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'Bodak Yellow,' 'Black Beatles '& the Top Charting Colors on the Billboard Hot 100

by Xander Zellner
September 27, 2017, 10:45am EDT

Cardi B's new No. 1 "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" is the fourth leader with "yellow" in its title.

On this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Oct. 7), Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" rises 2-1, earning the rapper her first No. 1.

The song also joins Wiz Khalifa's 2011 No. 1 "Black and Yellow," Dawn's 1973 leader "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" (featuring Tony Orlando) and Brian Hyland's 1960 earworm "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" as the fourth song to top the Hot 100 with "yellow" in its title.

With that in mind, we combed through the rainbow -- and each of the 1,067 songs that have led the Hot 100 (dating to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception) -- and found that yellow is far from the only color in a No. 1 song title. In fact, nine colors have painted the Hot 100's summit in song titles: black, blue, brown, gold, green, purple, red, white and yellow have all hit the top of the chart. (Then there's "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper, which spent two weeks atop the ranking in 1986.)

In alphabetical order by color and chronologically by song, here are all the songs to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 with a color in the title:

Black
Title, Artist, Peak Position, Date Reached No. 1 (Weeks at No. 1)
"Paint It, Black," The Rolling Stones, June 11, 1966 (two weeks)
"Black & White," Three Dog Night, Sept. 16, 1972 (one week)
"Black Water," The Doobie Brothers, March 15, 1975 (one week)
"Black Velvet," Alannah Myles, March 24, 1990 (two weeks)
"Black Cat," Janet Jackson, Oct. 27, 1990 (one week)
"Black or White," Michael Jackson, Dec. 7, 1991 (seven weeks)
"Black and Yellow," Wiz Khalifa, Feb. 19, 2011 (one week)
"Black Beatles," Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane, Nov. 26, 2016 (seven weeks)

Blue
"Mr. Blue," The Fleetwoods, Nov. 16, 1959 (one week)
"Blue Moon," The Marcels, April 3, 1961 (three weeks)
"Blue Velvet," Bobby Vinton, Sept. 21, 1963 (three weeks)
"Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu)," Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra, Feb. 10, 1968 (five weeks)
"Wedding Bell Blues," The 5th Dimension, Nov. 8, 1969 (three weeks)
"The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue," The Beatles, June 13, 1970 (two weeks)
"Song Sung Blue," Neil Diamond, July 1, 1972 (one week)

Brown
"Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter," Herman's Hermits, May 1, 1965 (three weeks)
"Brown Sugar," The Rolling Stones, May 29, 1971 (two weeks)
"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," Jim Croce, July 21, 1973 (two weeks)

Gold
"Heart of Gold," Neil Young, March 18, 1972 (one week)
"Sister Golden Hair," America, June 14, 1975 (one week)
"Gold Digger," Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, Sept. 17, 2005 (10 weeks)

Green
"The Ballad of the Green Berets," S/Sgt. Barry Sadler, March 5, 1966 (five weeks)
"Green Tambourine," The Lemon Pipers, Feb. 3, 1968 (one week)
"Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born")," Barbra Streisand, March 5, 1977 (three weeks)

Purple
"Deep Purple," Nino Tempo & April Stevens, Nov. 16, 1963 (one week)

Red
"Roses Are Red (My Love)," Bobby Vinton, July 14, 1962 (four weeks)
"Red Red Wine," UB40, Oct. 15, 1988 (one week)

White
"Black & White," Three Dog Night, Sept. 16, 1972 (one week)
"Black or White," Michael Jackson, Dec. 7, 1991 (seven weeks)

Yellow
"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini," Brian Hyland, Aug. 8, 1960 (one week)
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree," Dawn featuring Tony Orlando, April 21, 1973 (four weeks)
"Black and Yellow," Wiz Khalifa, Feb. 19, 2011 (one week)
"Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)," Cardi B, Oct. 7, 2017 (one week to date)

"Black" leads our analysis, as the color has yielded eight Hot 100 No. 1s. "Blue" follows with seven.

It's also worth noting that other colors have appeared in the titles of Hot 100 hits but haven't reached No. 1, thanks to such songs as Grateful Dead's "Touch of Grey" (No. 9, 1987); Dodie Stevens' "Pink Shoe Laces" (No. 3, 1959); Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra's "Orange Blossom Special" (No. 63, 1961); and Coldplay's "Violet Hill" (No. 40, 2008).

Plus, three songs with "yellow" in their titles just missed hitting No. 1 on the Hot 100, peaking at No. 2: The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," Donovan's "Mellow Yellow" (both in 1966) and Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" (1973).

Of course, colors aren't limited to song titles. More than a dozen acts with colors in their names have ruled the Hot 100. Pink leads the category of such artists with four No. 1 Hot 100 hits, followed by The Black Eyed Peas and Maroon 5 with three each, and Bobby Brown, Chris Brown and Simply Red with two apiece.

Other acts with one No. 1: BLACKstreet, Blue Swede, The Browns, Al Green, Lorne Greene, Joan Jett + The Blackhearts, Pink Floyd, Plain White T's, The Shocking Blue, Sleepy Brown, Barry White, Karyn White and Whitesnake. (Honorable mentions: Color Me Badd and The Hues Corporation.)

As for the Hot 100's new No. 1's subtitle, "Money Moves" (and tying into the color green), Cardi B is the fourth act to bank a leading song with "money" in its title, following Dire Strait's "Money for Nothing" (1985); The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems" (featuring Puff Daddy & Mase; 1997); and Ludacris' "Money Maker" (featuring Pharrell; 2006).

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