Bands with Blue in Their Name

Posted in: Musicouching by Alistair Briggs on March 7th, 2012 | 5 Comments

A look at some of the bands who have blue in their name.

On writing an article entitled 10 More Songs With Blue In The Title, Triond user Allison Jae commented that there were a lot of songs out there with blue in the title – and indeed there are – but what about some bands with blue in their name. Well without further ado here is a look at some bands with blue in their name, although this isn’t an exclusive list.

Where better to start a look at bands with blue in their name than at a band called Blue. In April 1977 a UK group called Blue scored their one and only UK chart hit with a song called Gonna Capture Your Heart, hitting a peak of number 18 and staying on the charts for a total of 7 weeks. They have not to be confused with the UK boy-band Blue who started their UK chart career in June 2001 with the song All Rise. The more modern Blue managed to hit the UK number one spot on four different occassions and, in more recent years were the UK entry at Eurovision.

Blue – All Rise

Rewinding all the way back to February 1965 now and Babbity Blue scored a number 48 hit in the UK charts with a song called Don’t Make Me (Fall In Love With You). Not the only band or artist with blue in their name to have only scored one chart entry on the UK charts as there is also Blue Adonis (Disco Cop – number 27 in October 1998), Blue Bamboo (ABC and D – number 23 in December 1994), Blue Feathers (Let’s Funk Tonight – number50 in July 1982), Blue Haze (Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – number 31 in March 1972), Blue Melons (Do Wah Diddy Diddy – number 70 in June 1996), Blues Band (Blues Band EP – number 68 in July 1980), the Blues Brothers ( Everbody Needs Somebody To Love – number 12 in April 1990) and last but not least Blue Oyster Cult ((Don’t Fear) The Reaper – number 16 in May 1978).

Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

And it doesn’t stop there. There are plenty of other bands with blue in their name who have scored 2 or 3 UK chart hits, such as Blue Aeroplanes, Blue Amazon, Blue Boy, Blue Mercedes, Blue Rondo A La Turk, Blue Zoo, and the Blueskins. Not too many big hits amongst that set of bands with blue in their title.

Blue Mink had a decent run of UK chart hits from 1968 until 1973. Blue Nile had a few chart hits in the late 80’s and early 90’s and another hit in 2004. Blue Pearl had some hits throughout the 1990’s the biggest of which was their debut single Naked In The Rain which hit a peak of number 4 in the Summer of that year.

Moving on now to the Bluebells who, between 1983 and 1985 scored 6 UK chart hits, the biggest of which was the number 8, June 1984, hit Young At Heart. Fast forward to 1993 and Young At Heart was re-released and raced all the way to the number one spot in the UK charts.

Bluebells – Young At Heart

You will have noticed that so far all the bands mention with blue in their title have started with the word blue and there is one more to complete that set and that was the ‘Britpop’ band the Bluetones who have scored 13 hits since the Summer of 1995, the best known being their 1996 number 2 hit Slight Return.

Now on to 5 other bands with blue in their name, in alphabetical order and, in brackets, the name of one of their biggest UK chart hit.

  • Deacon Blue (Real Gone Kid)
  • Deep Blue Something (Breakfast At Tiffany’s)
  • Moody Blues (Go Now)
  • Screaming Blue Messiahs (I Wanna Be A Flintstone)
  • Shocking Blue (Venus)

Deacon Blue – Real Gone Kid



There are quite a few other bands and artists who have charted in the UK that have had blue in their name but, to be honest, they have been songs that haven’t charted high enough to be remembered by anyone really!
So far, as you will have noticed, we have only looked at those that have charted in the UK. And yet, even trying to research for other bands or artists with blue in their name that haven’t charted in the UK very few come up. The best known, I would say, of those is Blue October!
So now it is over to you, dear reader, to see if you can name any other bands or artists that have blue in their name. Good luck. :)

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