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32 Songs With the Color Pink in the Title

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Depending on its shade, pink can symbolize nurturing, femininity, girly youth, love, or sensuality. Celebrate the diversity of the color pink with a playlist of pop, rock, country, metal and R&B songs with the color pink in the title.

Depending on its shade, pink can symbolize nurturing, femininity, girly youth, love, or sensuality. Celebrate the diversity of the color pink with a playlist of pop, rock, country, metal and R&B songs with the color pink in the title.

Eclectic Pink

If you take the purity represented by the color white and the sensuality of the color red, the grand result is pink, in shades as wide-ranging as

  • understated champagne pink
  • luscious pink raspberry
  • soft cherry blossom pink
  • romantic dusty rose and
  • Barbie pink, young and rowdy.

Pink's meaning often varies according to the vividness of its shade. (Sometimes red is instead mixed with orange or blue to yield sassier shades of the color.) A stereotypically feminine color, pink can take on nuanced meanings of comfort and compassion, youth and playfulness, or romantic love and seductiveness. Consider by example, how various companies and products rely prominently on pink in their marketing: Victoria's Secret, Mattel, Baskin-Robbins, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Pepto Bismol, and Taco Bell.

Some people have dared to argue that pink isn't a "real" color because it's represented by a combination of multiple wavelengths on the visible light spectrum rather than a single frequency of light. I say that's hogwash. And yes, pigs are one of the few non-floral creatures in nature, as are flamingos and the pink cyanide millipede.

Pink is the color of ballet slippers and tutus, bubblegum and cotton candy. Shocking pink was the color of Marilyn Monroe's dress as she famously sang "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Sadly, it was also the color of Jackie Kennedy's suit when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode beside her in 1963. Now pink is a fashionable hair color for the more adventurous among us.

For all that this color can symbolize, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B, and metal songs with the color pink in the title. We have a long list to start you off.

1. "Pink Houses" by John Cougar Mellencamp

This classic 1983 rock song doesn't salute Americana like you probably think it does. Its singer-songwriter, John Cougar Mellencamp, proclaims that it's the opposite, a lament about the inequality of the American dream. The ditty was inspired when Mellencamp spotted an old black man sitting with his black cat outside of his pink shotgun house as highway traffic sped through his front yard.

The song ironically has been used by political campaigns on both the left and the right without an understanding as to the true meaning. It was honored by Rolling Stone magazine by being included on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

2. "Pink Cadillac" by Bruce Springsteen

Rev up your engine. You may be singing about a big gaudy automobile, but there's a clever double entendre hard at work in this 1984 rock classic by Bruce Springsteen.

Addressing his lover, The Boss confesses that he puts up with her getting on his nerves not because she has money—he has plenty of that, too—but instead because of the allure of her (ahem) lady parts. Once someone points this out to you, you can't unknow it. (I'm still reeling over how I didn't see how this wasn't actually about cars all these years!) Natalie Cole boldly covered the song 1987 and made it a Top 10 hit, although Springsteen had previously vetoed Bette Midler's 1983 request to release the song because he perceived it as inappropriate for a woman singer.

3. "Geek in the Pink" by Jason Mraz

Let go of your misconceptions. Real men can totally rock a pink shirt or tie. However, when they do choose to wear the rosy color, women shouldn't malign them for it.

The guy in this 2006 rock song dons a sweet pink polo and feels judged as a geek by the lady he's hoping to pick up. He acknowledges that he may have a short attention span and pink flip flops, but he's certainly not one of those cookie-cutter pretty boys. What he instead offers a potential love match just may be a grass-is-greener scenario. The girl he likes just needs to give this Geek in the Pink a chance.

With his pink attire, the narrator stands out in the crowd, and he offers his would-be lady friend the following advice on love:

Don't judge me by the color, confuse it for another
You might regret what you let slip away.

4. "Sink the Pink" by AC/DC

Although never released as a single, "Sink the Pink" was regarded as one of the best songs on AC/DC's Fly on the Wall album, which Rolling Stone magazine, unfortunately, panned as "sexist and politically incorrect." The narrator in the 1985 heavy metal track wants to show the girl he's with a rowdy time. He thus invokes a number of thinly-veiled references to sexual activity and drugs. The song lyrics border on lewd. In addition, with drug references like "give you wings to make you fly," this number may also allude to synthetic heroin, a powerful and illicit drug that is nicknamed "Pink" and can be light pink in color.

5. "Two Pink Lines" by Eric Church

They were fresh out of school and just fooling around when the threat of an accidental pregnancy hung heavily over their heads. The couple in this 2006 country tune nervously await the result of a home pregnancy test. While the minutes tick away, the young man considers what to do in the event of a positive test. Should he face the girl's father, who is sure to be angry, or should they skip town and elope? They had only been dating a short time.

Luckily, the test is negative. As the young woman learns the test result, she is tickled pink then quickly gives her partner the brush-off, telling him "see ya around." Lesson learned?

6. "Pink" by Aerosmith

Little is left to the imagination in this suggestive, Grammy Award-winning rock song from 1997. It describes the narrator's new obsession with all things pink. We aren't talking flowers and cupcakes here, folks.

The song narrator mentions how the color of flamingos is both passionate and fashionable, however, the pink birds are about the only nonsexual reference he has up his sleeve. The guy is salivating over his darling's pink lips (don't even go there), he's digging the pink sheets they lay on, and alluding to his pink manhood as "my favorite crayon" (Oh, wow, did he just say that?).

7. "Pink Guitar" by Reba McEntire

This lively country ditty from 2009 is about a woman who wants to play the Grand Ole Opry just like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. You can't keep down a girl with a dream.

As a teen, she earned money doing chores, saving up to buy a coveted pink guitar. She practiced in front of her mom then landed a local gig. With stars in her eyes, the future country rocker skipped college and paid her dues by standing on every hole in the wall stage that would have her. Watch for the girl with big dreams:

She likes to play, she loves to rock!
Yeah, she's closer to the bottom but she's headed for the top.
She's got a dream to be a star dressed in black like Johnny Cash,
With a pink guitar.

8. "Pretty in Pink" by The Psychedelic Furs

"Pretty in pink" is a metaphor for being naked, and the young woman at the center of this song spends a fair amount of time in the pink. British new wave group The Psychadelic Furs re-recorded their 1981 song for the 1986 motion picture, Pretty in Pink, and the tune appeared during the closing credits.

The song refers to a girl who resorts to promiscuity as a desperate measure for social acceptance. Whereas she hopes that she is admired and beautiful, sadly, the girl of easy virtue is being ridiculed by peers behind her back. Filmmaker John Hughes misunderstood the song's meaning and wrote the movie script around his mistaken interpretation.

9. "Pretty Pink Ribbon" by Cake

In an alternative rock song from 2001 about gender expectations, the narrator points out the constraints placed upon women as well as the special treatment afforded to them. The pretty pink ribbon symbolizes femininity.

The narrator is a guy who has worked hard to develop his physical strength and to control his emotions because society gives him no choice, yet he doesn't feel valued for his effort or self-discipline. He enviously addresses a woman who reaps certain benefits merely on account of her being female (e.g., free tickets).

The self-absorbed narrator also points out that femininity has downsides; if it weren't for being female, she'd be able to speak her mind, like him. The fairer sex is expected to be pretty, compassionate, and virtuous, and the burden of feminine expectations cause women to experience life very differently.


10. "Pink Sunglasses" by Miranda Lambert

Pink sunglasses make the world look a little better. They're an upgrade from tortoiseshell shades and have way more sass than aviator style sunglasses.

The white trash honey in this 2016 country tune is a believer in the "power of the plastic—positive plastic." She picked up her pink sunglasses for under $10 at the drugstore, and they work sheer magic, giving her the benefits of glamour, a sexy disguise, and a little more edge to her attitude. Sometimes she even goes to bed in them.

11. "Pretty Pink Tractor" by Tim Hawkins

When the farmer in this humorous 2011 novelty number was faced with a broken-down tractor he thought he had found a replacement on Craigslist. Bought sight unseen, that good deal turned out to be a Pepto Bismol pink tractor with a flowery canopy. He's been a laughing stock ever since. Even his dad is making fun of him, and now the farmer has his sights set on selling his pretty pink tractor so he can get one that's more conventional—green or brown.

14 Idioms Using the Color Pink

IdiomMeaning

in the pink of health

extremely healthy

pink tax

the higher price often charged for products or services marketed to women, particularly those that are nearly identical to products or services marketed to men

to have a pink fit

to become extremely angry

to be tickled pink

to be extremely happy

pink slime

a meat by-product (lean finely textured beef) used as a food additive or filler to reduce the overall fat content of ground beef

pink-collar

jobs that are traditionally filled mostly by women (e.g., teachers, nurses, wait staff)

(as) gay as pink ink

overtly or flamboyantly homosexual

race for pinks

an auto race wherein the loser turns over the title of their vehicle to the winner

pink-slipped

to be discharged from a job

park the pink Plymouth (in the garage of love)

to engage in sexual intercourse

to see pink elephants (or pink spiders)

to hallucinate or see things as a result of extreme alcohol intoxication or withdrawal

shrink it and pink it

a marketing strategy for women's products involving duplicating men's products except making them smaller and pink in color

pink tide

nickname given to the wave of left-leaning governments in Latin America

pink moon

first full moon of spring in the northern hemisphere; it is named after pink phlox flowers that bloom in April in the US

With high salt content similar to levels of the Dead Sea, Pink Lake in Australia gets its unusual color from Salinibacter ruber bacteria. Its shade of pink varies according to the amount of rainfall.

With high salt content similar to levels of the Dead Sea, Pink Lake in Australia gets its unusual color from Salinibacter ruber bacteria. Its shade of pink varies according to the amount of rainfall.

12. "Pink and Glitter" by Tori Amos

This 2009 tune from Tori Amos' seasonal folk album Midwinter Graces fancies celebrating the joys of the holiday season with the soft hue of pink and a dash of glitter. The narrator and her baby daddy marvel at their daughter and the joy she has brought to their lives. The mother seeks to shower the world with pink this year as a celebration of the miraculous gift in her life, her daughter.

13. "Pink Lemonade" by James Bay

Stop already with the inquiries, "Do you wanna talk? Do you wanna talk it through?" because sometimes it's just not that deep. With an upbeat, electronic-tinged vibe, this 2018 pop single is very danceable, and it features a guy who is emotionally exhausted by having to conversationally dissect the love relationship he has with his partner. Her incessant demands for discussion make him feel cornered, suffocated, and under the microscope. James Bay is a British pop and rock singer-songwriter who has opened for Kodaline, Hozier, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and The Rolling Stones.

14. "Pink Balloon" by Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

The unusual woman in this 2016 rock song walks around with a treasured pink balloon tied to either her waist or wrist. Blowing up her pink balloon is the last thing she does before leaving home each morning. Although most people gawk at her, others marvel at it. She knows she's weird, but let the haters hate because she totally digs that pink balloon.

15. "The Color Pink" by Walker McGuire

Most fathers of daughters can identify with the sentiments of this 2013 country song. The narrator is a dad who notes that while he grew up hunting, fishing, and watching boxing on cable tv, now he's come to appreciate all things feminine because he has little girls. He rattles off a long list of toys and activities that are often associated with being a stereotypical girl: Malibu Barbies, tea parties and Easy Bake Ovens, shopping at the mall, wearing flip flops, and buying prom dresses. This dad is even a good sport and allows his daughters to paint his nails pink, plus he enjoys singing along to Taylor Swift songs with them. Walker McGuire was a country duo that disbanded in 2018.

16. "The Pink Panther Theme Song" by Henry Mancini

Play just a few bars of this instrumental jazz song and most folks can identify it. The instantly recognizable tune was created for the opening credits of the 1963 film, The Pink Panther. Then it climbed the mainstream US Billboard chart to reach the Top 40 and won three Grammy Awards.

17. "Pink" by Two Feet

"Two Feet" is the stage name for alt-rock singer-songwriter Bill Dess. In this 2019 offering about the ephemeral nature of youth, the narrator addresses a friend and recalls the old days, when he was 25 years old. He feels like time is slipping and things are changing:

The years do come to pass
And I keep getting older
My mind is getting colder
The things that all once mattered
I know for sure won't last.

18. "Pink Bullets" by The Shins

The narrator in this 2005 ballad fondly recalls a youthful love relationship, He describes his former sweetheart as decent and kind, warm and flowery. She was a refreshing contrast to the "brutes in the halls" of his school, and the two young lovers spent long days together that turned into years. Their lives were so intricately intertwined that when they finally broke up they had to make a clean break because they couldn't otherwise disentangle their identities. Even now, years later, he misses her.

19. "Pink + White" by Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has been called the most dominant artist of the 2010s decade, with a style that blends pop and cutting edge R&B. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter's lyrics are often idiosyncratic and pertain to love and nostalgia.

This sultry 2016 track features an uncredited appearance by Beyoncé in the background. The song describes an idealized world with a pink and white sky and a hard, stark yellow and black ground. The tune's narrator realizes that things will only get worse from this point forward. He converses with a loved one he misses who has passed away and recalls "pinker" days.

20. "Pink Triangle" by Weezer

When the mentally unstable narrator in this 1997 alternative rock song spots a woman he fancies, an instant attraction takes hold. Although he hasn't met her yet, he sees her as an old-fashioned girl. In his mind, they are already married. Upon spotting the pink triangle on her sleeve identifying her as lesbian, his hopes are suddenly dashed.

Use of the pink triangle in this way harks back to the 1930s and 1940s and Nazi Germany when gay men in concentration camps were identified and shamed using pink triangle badges. Beginning in the 1970s, the LGBTQ movement began to reclaim the symbol as one of protest and pride identity.

Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.

Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.

Even More Songs with the Color Pink in the Title

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Pink Christmas

Tori V

2019

22. Pink

Julia Michaels

2019

23. Pink Flamingos

Tracy Byrd

1994

24. Pink Moon

Nick Drake

1972

25. Pink Champagne

Ariana Grande

2013

26. Tickle Me Pink

Johnny Flynn

2008

27. Pink Rabbits

The National

2013

28. Pink Matter

Frank Ocean

2012

29. Pink Toenails

The Chicks

1992

30. Pink Pussycat

Devo

1979

31. Four Pink Walls

Alessia Cara

2015

32. Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossoms)

Alan Dale

1955

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2020:

Nithya - The lyrics on that one are pretty risque for some old dudes. I love Aerosmith. They sure have been around a long time. Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2020:

MG - Thank you for your kind support. I'm glad you enjoyed the playlist.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 19, 2020:

Pink is the color of love and you have made a lovely selection. I will listen to the songs in my spare time.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 18, 2020:

A beautiful color and a great selection of songs. My favorite is the song "Pink" by Aerosmith.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 13, 2020:

Dora - "Pink Guitar" is one of my preferred songs here. I hope you find a couple of songs you like.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 12, 2020:

I like your introduction. Another exciting song theme. The lyrics tell interesting stories and I'm off to listen to Pink Guitar. Remembering the Pink Panther and the theme song from my kids' childhood days.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on August 12, 2020:

Thanks!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 12, 2020:

Liz - Thanks for chiming in. I'm glad this jogged your memory. Have a great week!

Liz Westwood from UK on August 12, 2020:

I used to love the Pink Panther theme tune. You have collected an interesting list of songs. I struggled to remember any before I started reading.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 11, 2020:

Bob - Thanks for the "Pink tide" idiom. I'll add it. Hope you are doing well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 11, 2020:

Linda - That's the greatest idea for nonbullying. Thanks for sharing that!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 11, 2020:

Danny - I always liked the Pink Panther cartoons as a kid and would recognize the song the moment I heard the first bar or so. I appreciate you stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 11, 2020:

Devika - Thank you for your kind comment. Have a good week and take care of yourself.

Robert Sacchi on August 11, 2020:

Another fun list. In the idioms category there is "pinko", Communist sympathizer, and "The Pink Revolution", a reference to the Latin American move to socialism at the turn of the century.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 11, 2020:

Nowadays, pink is for me associated with cancer. Personally, though, it makes me happy because it speaks of love. I love these songs you have included.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 11, 2020:

This sounds great to know of that many songs. Your list has increased my knowledge of all songs.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 10, 2020:

I like your statement that "Real men can totally rock a pink shirt." Here in British Columbia (and other places), there is an annual event known as Pink Shirt Day in schools. It's designed to fight bullying. It was started by some high school students in Nova Scotia after a younger student in the school was mocked for wearing a pink shirt.

Thanks for sharing another interesting article, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 10, 2020:

Heidi - I thought that Aerosmith (what were they at the time, like in their 50s?) was filthy-minded and low-browed. It's so strange that men used to wear red ribbons and boys (who were thought of as miniature men) wore pink. Times certainly change. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 10, 2020:

Nella - Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 10, 2020:

Bill - I was also surprised! She used to have pink hair and all then she branched out with her artistic identity.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 10, 2020:

Pamela - Thank you for your kind comment. Have a lovely week ahead.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 10, 2020:

Shannon - It's a fun, light-hearted tune. Glad you enjoyed this list.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 10, 2020:

I like pink and I think of sweet girls with this color. This is a good song selection with multiple songs that us the term pink. This is a very good song selection as always, Flourish.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on August 10, 2020:

Definitely Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac” was the first song to come to mind. I’m surprised the artist Pink doesn’t have a song with pink in the title. Great job as always. Stay safe and have a great week.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on August 10, 2020:

Great list! Pink Houses and Pretty in Pink are my favorites

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on August 10, 2020:

Isn't it weird that Pink (or is that P!nk?) hasn't done any songs about pink? Or Pink Floyd? And dear God, Aerosmith. ;-)

Anyway, I love the color, but not sure that it symbolizes anything for me.

Even weirder is that pink used to be the color for boys until about the 1940 or 1950s when some marketing reversed it. Hmm.

Hope your work is pink-tastic!

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 10, 2020:

You've got quite a list here, as always. Very enjoyable. You even included the "Pretty Pink Tractor" parody of "Big Green Tractor." That's funny.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 10, 2020:

Linda - Thanks for the song suggestions. I added the highest-charting vocal version of the Cherry Pink song. The other song's official title didn't reference pink, as it was the shortened version of the title. I hope you have a tremendous week ahead.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 10, 2020:

Emge - I'm glad you enjoyed this list. Have a fabulous day.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 10, 2020:

John - I was really taken aback at what was in so many songwriters' minds. I always thought of pink as a sweet, soft color, never one regarding sexuality. And the lyrics! Some of these songs were more literal than symbolic.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 10, 2020:

Peggy - Apparently that millipede is really lethal. There are a couple of other interesting creatures that are also pink but not many.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 10, 2020:

Bill - I'm so surprised you thought of that one first! Funny how the mind works. Have a great day, buddy.

Danny from India on August 10, 2020:

Pink is a versatile color and it evokes happy feelings. I know of a Pink panther. :)

Thank Flourish for listing out detailed information on pink color and its idioms..

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 10, 2020:

Good morning Flourish. What a fun topic. I love the color pink (except when it's a sunburn). I knew almost none of the songs you chose, but was looking, looking, looking for these two: "A White Sportcoat, and a Pink Carnation" (Marty Robbins, 1957), and "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White." Yes, I know they're old as the hills.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 10, 2020:

Pink is the color of sensuality and love. Great selection of songs and in leisure I will listen to them with my close friend with Chivas. Thank you.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 10, 2020:

Who would have thought there would be so many songs with “pink” in the title....and especially so many with sexual innuendo. Great job on the research on these, as usual, Flourish.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 10, 2020:

You are correct in writing that most people can easily identify the Pink Panther Theme Song after hearing just the first few bars. In addition to the many great songs you listed with pink in the title, you showed some idioms that I had never heard, and for certain, I did not know that there was such a thing as a pink cyanide millipede. Thanks for the education! (Smile)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 10, 2020:

Jason Mraz is the only one I could think of; then I groaned when I saw Springsteen on your list. Duh!

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