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Double Rainbow: 14 Songs with a Strong Hue

written by: on December 7, 2011

On Jan. 8, 2010, YouTube user Hungrybear9562, whose real name is Paul Vasquez, uploaded a candid video of a spectacular site just outside his front yard near Yosemite National Park in California. The vision captured was of a rare double rainbow, and it caused a spectacular reaction of exuberance and amazement from Vasquez that was also caught on tape.

Here is double-rainbow of music to mirror the passion of Vasquez, picked to instill the same kind of awe that he felt when he saw the double rainbow.



Red is the color of passion and love, and both of these songs do a good job portraying different shades of those feelings. Prince’s classic “Little Red Corvette” is the fiery red of a love too hot to hold on to, and Hendrix’s bluesy “Red House” is the cool, slow-burning red of a passion for playing guitar and making love to your girl and her sister, if she’s not around.

“Little Red Corvette” by Prince



“Red House” by Jimi Hendrix




Orange is the juiciest color in the rainbow. Nat King Cole’s famous “Orange Colored Sky” is a fun jazz standard about sweet and sudden love. The Doors’ “Orange County Suite” is a bit more bittersweet. Melancholy and disappointment haunt the Morrison-penned lyrics of the song. (“Now her father has passed over/And her sister is a star/And her mother smokes diamonds/And she sleeps out in the car”).

“Orange Colored Sky” by Nat King Cole


“Orange County Suite” by The Doors



Yellow is a color with many meanings. It is a cheerful and bright color, but it is also a color of cowardice and caution. All of these meanings can be found within the lyrics of “Yellow” by Coldplay, a famous song on unrequited love that sparked its career. Yellow is also associated with sensationalist journalism practices, as in the term “yellow journalism.” “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles reports the story of sensational and exaggerated land of submarines where everybody has all they need.

“Yellow” by Coldplay



“Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles




Green is seen as the color of financial success due to it being the tint of U.S. currency, and “Green Onions” has certainly been a prosperous song for Booker T. & The M.G.’s. It reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, received a Grammy Hall of Fame award, and has been used in countless films and television shows. Green also means go in the world of traffic lights, which is what Incubus references in its single from 1997’s S.C.I.E.N.C.E., “A Certain Shade of Green.”

“Green Onions” by Booker T. & The M.G.’s


“A Certain Shade of Green” by Incubus



Blue is the most musical of all the colors, having spawned its own genre of the art form. “Blue Blood Blues” is a great updated, modern rendition of that genre, and it uses the color twice within its name. Blue doesn’t always have to be a sad color, though. It can involve clarity and happiness like that experienced with the clear blue sky of Electric Light Orchestra’s song “Mr. Blue Sky.”

“Blue Blood Blues” by The Dead Weather


“Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra




Indigo is the bastard child of the color world. Some chromatologists (color scientists) don’t even consider it a separate color, and anybody is unlikely to pick it out of a lineup because of its strong resemblances to its neighbors, blue and violet. However, indigo has found some love in the music world thanks to 1990s artists the Indigo Girls and great songs with the color in their title such as Nina Simone’s beautiful rendition of Duke Ellington’s jazz classic “Mood Indigo” and the rumble and fuzz of “Indigo Children” from Pusicfer, the solo project of Tool and A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan.

“Mood Indigo” by Nina Simone



“Indigo Children” by Puscifer




Violet is the color of royalty and luxury and of a flower that shares its namesake. Violet is also the darkest color in the spectrum. Both Hole’s “Violet,” one of Courtney Love’s few grunge classics, and indie-folk group Sea Wolf’s “The Violet Hour” latch on to this by referencing in their lyrics the deep hue of this color that the sky can take near the end of a sunset.

“Violet” by Hole


“The Violet Hour” by Sea Wolf