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30 Best Songs About Roses

June 16, 2023
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Are you looking for the best songs about roses?

These beautiful flowers signify romance, love, growth, and passion, and these songs have captured that essence beautifully.

This article details the thirty best songs about roses so that you know what to check out.

1. “Roses” by Saint JHN

“Roses” is a song by rapper Saint JHN, included in his album Collection One.

It went viral four years after it was released, in 2020, and amassed over 4.5 million listens on TikTok.

It reached the top of the charts in twelve countries around the world, selling over one million copies in Germany and three million in the United States.

It received the most success in Sweden, though, with over twenty-four million streams!

2. “A Rose by Any Name” by Blondie

“A Rose by Any Name” is a hit by the new wave band Blondie, released on their tenth studio album Ghosts of Download in 2013.

Some of the lyrics come from lead keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen and his wife Laurel Katz-Bohen, who was expecting a baby at the time of writing.

They never found out the gender, so decided to add “If you’re a boy or if you’re a girl, I’ll love you just the same”.

3. “Last of the English Roses” by Peter Doherty

“Last of the English Roses” was the Libertines frontman Peter Doherty’s debut solo single, released in 2009 on his debut studio album Grace/Wasteland.

The song reached number sixty-seven on the UK singles chart and was performed live several times.

4. “La Vie en Rose” by Édith Piaf

“La Vie en Rose” is known as French singer Édith Piaf’s signature song.

It was released in 1947 but didn’t gain popularity until 1950. It has been covered and recorded by lots of big names, including Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Tony Martin.

The song charted in Belgium, Canada, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, France, and the US, performing the best in Italy.

There it reached number three on the Musica e Dischi singles chart and sold over one million copies.

5. “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal

In 1994, British singer-songwriter Seal released “Kiss From a Rose” on his self-titled second studio album.

It has been extensively used in popular media, including on the soundtrack of the film Batman Forever.

It won three Grammy awards in 1996: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

The hit peaked at number one in Australia, and on four different charts in the United States, selling over seven hundred thousand copies.

6. “Monarchy of Roses” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

From the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2001 studio album, I’m with You, “Monarchy of Roses” became loved in five different countries.

It charted in Belgium, Canada, Japan, Poland, and the United States.

It was most successful in the United States and Canada, charting at number four and number five respectively. 

7. “Rose Tattoo” by Dropkick Murphys

“Rose Tattoo” is a well-known song by the Dropkick Murphys, which is a Celtic punk band.

It was first released in 2012 from their eighth studio album Signed and Sealed in Blood, but was re-released featuring vocals from Bruce Springsteen.

The latter version was released in aid of the Boston Marathon bombing, which occurred in 2013, and appeared on the Rose Tattoo: For Boston Charity EP.

This version reached number twenty-five on the Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart.

8. “English Rose” by Motörhead

“English Rose” is a song by Motörhead, an English rock band.

It was released on their 2008 studio album Motörizer and proved popular upon release.

The lyrics are a love story, in which the protagonist is infatuated with lust for a girl.

9. “Roses” by The Chainsmokers ft. ROZES

“Roses” is a popular hit by the DJ duo The Chainsmokers, which features the singer ROZES.

It was produced and written by the duo themselves, and released on their debut extended play Bouquet in 2015.

It became popular quickly and charted in twenty-three different countries around the world, reaching number one on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

It sold six million copies in the United States and was certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA.

10. “Bed of Roses” by Bon Jovi

American rock band Bon Jovi released “Bed of Roses” in 1992 on their fifth studio album Keep the Faith.

Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi wrote the song, supposedly when he was hungover in a hotel room and wanted to reflect his feelings at the time.

It performed well on the charts in fifteen different countries, reaching number two on the Canada Top Singles chart and number four on the United States Cash Box Top 100.

It also sold two hundred and fifty thousand copies in Germany.

11. “Desert Rose” by Sting ft. Cheb Mami

“Desert Rose” is a hit by British singer Sting, which features the Algerian musician Cheb Mami.

It was released in 1999 as a part of Sting’s album Brand New Day.

He cited the lyrics as being about “lost love and longing”.

The music video required Sting to take a trip to the Mojave Desert, in a collaboration with Jaguar.

Despite the mixed reviews from critics, the song charted in eighteen countries around the world and reached the top spot in the United States, Portugal, and Greece.

12. “Rose of Sharon” by Mumford & Sons

“Rose of Sharon” is a 2018 song by Mumford & Sons from their album Delta.

The protagonist compares her beauty to the Rose of Sharon, with the title being in reference to the Old Testament.

Part of the song is influenced by Marcus Mumford’s loss of his Grandmother, and he captures this beautifully with lyrics such as “with a love too deep for words”.

13. “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” by Kathy Mattea

Written by Paul and Gene Nelson for Kathy Mattea, “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” was released on Mattea’s 1988 album Untasted Honey.

Lyrically, the song counts down from eighteen to twelve, until the protagonist gets to the one that he loves.

The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart and landed on the US Country year-end chart at number nineteen.

14. “Rose of My Heart” by Johnny Cash

“Rose of My Heart” was written by Hugh Moffatt and released by Johnny Cash on his album American V: A Hundred Highways (2006).

The hit has been viewed one hundred and four thousand times on YouTube since its 2006 release.

15. “Love Is a Rose” by Linda Ronstadt

“Love is a Rose” was originally written by Neil Young, but didn’t become popular until it was released as a country version by Linda Ronstadt.

She released it as a track on her album Prisoner in Disguise, which was recorded in 1975 and was certified Platinum.

Ronstadt’s version charted in the United States and in Canada, reaching number five on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. 

16. “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris” by Hayley Williams

“Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris” is a song by Hayley Williams, released on her studio album Petals for Armor.

Featuring the girl-group boy genius, it is a song about feminism.

Williams uses a garden with blooming flowers as a metaphor for growing and finding yourself.

17. “Rose in Harlem” by Teyana Taylor

“Rose in Harlem” was released by Teyana Taylor from her 2018 studio album K.T.S.E. Sampling “Because I Love You Girl” by The Stylistics, Taylor sings about the difficulty in leaving her hometown and how she grew, rising to the occasion.

She calls out her betrayers, stating that they only served to push her harder so that she could achieve what she wanted to.

18. “Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)” by Stone Sour

The rock band Stone Sour wrote “Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)” in 2017, releasing it on their studio album Hydrograd.

Refreshingly, the song was recorded with no auto-tune or tweaking involved.

It reached number ten on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Singles chart a couple of years after its release, and AllMusic described the hit as “Beatles-esq”.

19. “Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson

“Rose Garden”, which is sometimes referred to as “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”, is a song originally written by Joe South in 1967.

Lynn Anderson released her version in 1970, after much deliberation from her producer.

Her version proved very popular, reaching the top of thirteen charts around the world.

It has since sold over one million copies in the United States and has become a well-known tune.

20. “A Rose Is Still a Rose” by Aretha Franklin

“A Rose Is Still a Rose” is a song by Aretha Franklin, released in 1998 on her album of the same name.

Lyrically, the song highlights that despite her “scorned roses and thorn crowns”, the female protagonist is “still a rose”.

The song charted in the Eurochart Hot 100, as well as in Iceland, Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

It topped the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and sold over five hundred thousand copies in the US alone.

21. “The Rose” by Bette Midler

“The Rose” was originally written by Amanda McBroom, but only became popular after Bette Midler’s recording.

It starred as the closing song to her film The Rose and was released in 1980 on the album Growing Up In Hollywood Town. 

It charted in eight different charts around the world, reaching number one on the Canada Top Singles chart, the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and the US Cash Box Top 100 chart.

It sold over one million copies in the United States.

22. “The Rose Song” by Olivia Rodrigo

“The Rose Song”, performed by Olivia Rodrigo, is an original from the Disney television series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Rodrigo’s character sings about her relationship, and how she is stepping into her power and self-love.

23. “Yellow and Rose” by James Taylor

“Yellow and Rose” is a song written and sung by James Taylor in 1997 from his album Hourglass.

He stated that it “is a recovery song, a song about people sent to Australia to be punished finding out that they are actually reborn”.

He is referring to the British Crown’s penal transportation, in which over one hundred and sixty thousand convicts were deported to Australia in the 1800s.

24. “A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me)” by Monica

“A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me)” is a song by singer Monica, released in 2006 as a part of her studio album The Makings of Me.

It was written by rapper Missy Elliott and Corte Ellis; Monica often collaborated with the former.

A song about love and passion for a man, it reached number thirty-seven on the US Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart and number forty-eight on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. 

25. “Roses” by Adam Lambert ft. Nile Rodgers

“Roses” is a song written and recorded by Adam Lambert that features singer Nile Rodgers.

It was released in 2020 as the fifth single from his fourth studio album Velvet.

The protagonist sings about the lust and passion for their lover.

26. “Like Red on a Rose” by Alan Jackson

“Like Red on a Rose” is a song by Alan Jackson, released on his studio album of the same name in 2006.

The hit was written by Robert Lee Castleman and Melanie Castleman.

The song was nominated for a Grammy award in 2006, for the title Best Country Song.

It charted at number fifteen on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and number eighty on the US Billboard Hot 100.

27. “One Red Rose” by Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Symphony Orchestra

Frank Sinatra teamed up with The Tommy Dorsey Symphony Orchestra to release “One Red Rose” in 1994.

It was released on Sinatra’s album The Song Are You?

It is about the protagonist professing his love for another with a single red rose.

28. “Roses” by GASHI

“Roses” is a song by GASHI, released on his self-titled studio album in 2019.

The song proved one of his most popular, racking up over sixty-six million streams on Spotify.

He sings about his love and the gradual decline of their relationship.

29. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison

“Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” by the glam metal band Poison is a power ballad that was released in 1988 as a part of their second studio album Open Up and Say…Ahh!.

The hit became their only number-one in the US and quickly became their signature song.

The song charted in thirteen different countries, reaching number two on the Canada Top Singles chart.

It sold over five hundred thousand and two hundred thousand copies in the United States and the United Kingdom respectively.

30. “Mother Rose” by Patti Smith

“Mother Rose” is a song by Patti Smith, released in 2003 on her studio album Trampin’.

She reportedly wrote the song about her late mother, who passed away at the end of 2002.

Smith also details her own experiences as a mother, following the theme of the album.

Best Songs About Roses – Final Thoughts

The songs in this article are definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for songs about roses.

There are lots out there, so we hope we’ve given you some guidance.

The artists of these hits captured the essence of the rose, so enjoy listening!

You may also like: Songs About Flowers

Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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