It is always fascinating to see a rainbow, whether you’re a child or an adult. For some, a rainbow is a symbol of hope and happiness after the rain. It also symbolizes unity in diversity—there is friendship and love despite our different colors.
Let’s put color to your life with these 21 feel-good songs about rainbows.
Table of Contents
- 21. Over the Rainbow – Renee Zellweger (Judy Garland)
- 20. Pocketful of Rainbows – Elvis Presley
- 19. The Rainbow Connection – Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson)
- 18. Rainbow – Sia
- 17. Rainbowland – Miley Cyrus featuring Dolly Parton
- 16. Double Rainbow – Katy Perry
- 15. Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves
- 14. Rainbow – Kesha
- 13. Rainbow (Interlude) – Mariah Carey
- 12. Rainbow – South Border
- 11. She’s a Rainbow – The Rolling Stones
- 10. Rainbow – Jessie J
- 9. Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows – Lesley Gore
- 8. Black Rainbows – Cut Copy
- 7. Colors of the Rainbow – Sevenn featuring Kathy
- 6. Rainbows and Waterfalls – Pretty Lights
- 5. Chasing Rainbows – Big Freedia featuring Kesha
- 4. Chasing Rainbows – Shed Seven
- 3. Rainbow Country – Bob Marley
- 2. Rainbow Bap – Jaden Smith
- 1. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
21. Over the Rainbow – Renee Zellweger (Judy Garland)
This classic song written by lyricist Yip Harburg and composer Harold Arlen has become a favorite of crowds of all ages. This song which evokes a feeling of hope was originally written for The Wizard of Oz in 1939 and was sung in the said movie by Judy Garland.
20. Pocketful of Rainbows – Elvis Presley
Another classic song about rainbows that brings out positivity to listeners was performed by the King of Rock ‘n Roll himself, Elvis Presley. This song, from the album G.I. Blues, was also featured in a movie with the same title of the album. Pocketful of Rainbows was written by Fred Wise and Ben Weisman.
19. The Rainbow Connection – Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson)
The Rainbow Connection was sung by Jim Henson in the movie the Muppet Show in 1979. Written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher, this children’s song is very easy to sing-along with and is very inspiring. It is about building connection with people and following our dreams. Click the link; sing along and be inspired.
18. Rainbow – Sia
Just like a rainbow that is so bright and full of colors, this song by Sia is about consoling someone who is hurt. Sia Furler, professionally known as Sia, sung this song as Songbird Serenade, a pegasus from the animated movie, My Little Pony. This song was released as a part of the official soundtrack of the movie in 2017.
17. Rainbowland – Miley Cyrus featuring Dolly Parton
A beautiful collaboration and rendition of two legendary artists, Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton. This song embodies the saying, “There is Unity in Diversity”. The message of this song tells the listeners that like the different colors of the rainbow, we may be different from one another (race, gender, age, etc.) but the combination of the different colors made the rainbow beautiful. So, let’s not change but come together to build a beautiful community despite our differences.
16. Double Rainbow – Katy Perry
Double Rainbow is a song written through the collaboration of the singer herself, Katy Perry, with the Australian singer/ songwriter Sia Furler. Released in 2013 from the Album Prism which received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Producer of the Year, Non-classical. This song talks about finding that special person who complements you so that you become a double rainbow together.
15. Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves
A country song that won in the Country Music Association for Music Video of the Year in 2018, Rainbow by Kacey Musgraves is from her Golden Hour Album. The music video is very encouraging to people who are struggling with their lives–to new mothers, aged women, those who have relationship problems with their partners/ family.
14. Rainbow – Kesha
Rainbow is a part of Kesha’a Rainbow Album released in 2017 after a five year hiatus. This album is a testimony to Kesha’s battle in life. The song Rainbow by Kesha is encouraging people who have been in the dark to “put those colors on” again or to bring back the hope, happiness, peace or whatever those colors mean to their lives, just get out of the dark.
13. Rainbow (Interlude) – Mariah Carey
Rainbow (Interlude) is a short song rendition by Mariah Carey in her seventh studio album Rainbow in 1999. Just like Kesha in the previous song above, Carey did this Rainbow album as her bounce-back album after her break-up with her husband Tommy Motola in 1998. Rainbow’s (Interlude) lyrics gives very simple message: everything’s going to be alright after our sorrow.
12. Rainbow – South Border
South Border is a Filipino pop and R&B band who became famous in the mid-90’s to 2000’s. Rainbow is a song from their Episode III Album released in 2004. This song talks about realizing that there are still wonderful things that we can appreciate despite the challenges in life that we go through.
11. She’s a Rainbow – The Rolling Stones
A Mick Jagger and Keith Richards composition for the Rolling Stones, She’s a Rainbow is a song that compares a woman to different colors. She’s a Rainbow is originally released as a single in November 1967 and is later on featured in the Rolling Stones’ album titled Their Satanic Majesties Request.
10. Rainbow – Jessie J
Rainbow is the sixth song in her debut album Who you Are which was released in 2011. This song tells us that we are all the same ( We walk the same road. We bleed the same color of blood.), so we should just share with each other and take care of one another.
9. Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows – Lesley Gore
Written by Marvin Hamlisch, arranged by Claus Ogerman and Lesley Gore on vocals, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows was originally released as a part of Gore’s 1963 album Leslie Gore Sings of Mixed-up Hearts. It’s film debut was in 1965 in the file Ski Party and later on appeared in various films, sitcoms, series including The Simpson’s Marge on the Lam episode on November 4, 1993. It was also featured Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie.
8. Black Rainbows – Cut Copy
Black Rainbows is a part of the Haiku from Zero album of the Australian synth-pop band formed in 2001. It is a combination of Alternative/ Indie and Dance/ Electronic. Black Rainbows tells us about not giving up on something; just keep pursuing to achieve it even if it seems impossible.
7. Colors of the Rainbow – Sevenn featuring Kathy
Another upbeat-dance-electronic song in our list is Colors of the Rainbow by Sevenn featuring Kathy. Part of the album which has the same title as this song, Colors of the Rainbow tells about an inspiration who is a shining light for someone.
6. Rainbows and Waterfalls – Pretty Lights
Pretty lights will take you back to the funky 70s but still give you a taste of soul in Rainbows and Waterfall. Produced by American Electronic Music Producer Derek Vincent Smith known with his stage name as Pretty Lights. Its lyrics features lyrics from Strawberry Letter 23 by Shuggie Otis.
5. Chasing Rainbows – Big Freedia featuring Kesha
Big Freedia describes this song as a “love anthem” because of the message of the song. Chasing rainbows is a collaboration of Big Freedia and Kesha in Big Freedia’s Album Louder. The video shows the two singers spreading love around the world; they want us to treat one another equally and with love.
4. Chasing Rainbows – Shed Seven
Chasing Rainbows is the first single from the 1996 album, Let It Ride, by the British Pop Band Shed Sevenn which was released in November 1996. Chasing Rainbows is a soft rock song that shows how the persona in the song chases his dreams despite his failure.
3. Rainbow Country – Bob Marley
Reggae King Bob Marley wrote the song Rainbow Country with Lee Perry in 1975. It was first recorded by Bob Marley and the Wailers band. If you are a reggae lover, you sure will be encouraged to dance to this music especially with the positivity its lyrics have.
2. Rainbow Bap – Jaden Smith
The multi-awarded son of Will Smith has already proven himself in the music industry. This song, Rainbow Bap, is one of those songs that will show his maturity in his craft. Rainbow Bap was released in 2020 from his Album CTV 3: Cool Tape Vol. 3.
1. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
The last but not the least–the only video in our list that doesn’t contain the word ‘rainbow’ in its title–is also a classic, all-time favorite of many. The lyrics say
The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by… This song proves that despite the hardships and difficulties in life, the world is still a wonderful place.
So, there you go! I hope you can now see the rainbow in your world. Have a colorful day ahead.