Here we will take a look at 10 songs with yellow in the title, in no particular order. Hope you enjoy.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
A lot of people see this song as one of Elton John’s most popular song (which it is) but a lot of people think of it as one of his number one hits. In fact, it only reached number 6 in the UK charts when it was released in 1973.
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Bombalurina
Originally released in 1960 by Brian Hyland reaching number 8 in the UK charts. This cover version was released 30 years later and raced to the top of the UK charts and featured children’s TV presenter Timmy Mallet.
Yellow by Coldplay
This was the song that brought Coldplay into the public eye proper. It was taken from their debut album Parachutes and reached number 4 in the UK charts.
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree by Dawn ft Tony Orlando
This song reached the number one spot in the US, the UK and Australia. It was once covered by Barry Manilow but we all know the original is better!
Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
Written by Mitchell in 1970, this song reached number 11 in the UK charts. On original release it only made number 67 in the US but peaked at number 24 on re-release 5 years later. It has been covered by both Bob Dylan and the Counting Crows.
Mellow Yellow by Donovan
Although the rumour has no been debunked, there was a time when it was believed that this song was about smoking dried banana skins. Even still it was a huge hit, reaching number 8 in the UK charts and number 2 in the US.
Yellow Submarine by the Beatles
Why so many people still think that Ringo Starr wrote this is beyond me. Starr only wrote two songs for the Beatles (Don’t Pass Me By & Octopus’s Garden), he did however sing some of the other ‘joke’ songs the Beatles wrote (like this one). Anyroads, another Beatles single, another number one hit.
Yellow Rose of Texas by Mitch Miller
The song itself is considered the unofficial state song of Texas. It has been covered by many different artists over the years. This version was the most successful in the UK charts, peaking at number 2 in 1955. It also reached number 1 in the US.
Yellow River by Christie
This song was written by Jeff Christie (lead singer of the Christies), it was originally offered to the Tremeloes but they turned it down. The Christies themselves decided to release it and it raced to the number one spot in the UK charts.
Yellow Pearl by Phil Lynott
Phil Lynott’s solo career never quite reached the heights of his Thin Lizzy work, but that wasn’t really a surprise. This song did reach number 14 in the UK charts in 1981, less than 5 years before his death.
P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 22nd of November 2009 and can be found by clicking HERE.