Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

The Top Ten

1 Under the Bridge Under the Bridge Cover Art

Once you listen to this song, you just can't leave it. I'm sure you'll love as much as you do yourself

The Red Hot Chili Peppers career can be divided into two halves " the period before and after Under the Bridge.

I'm sorry but this song takes the cake I love this song even though a lot of there under played music is still very good

Favorite song of all time. The Chili Peppers had a lot of big hits that are in my top 5, such as Dani California, Give It Away, Californication and Scar Tissue, but none of the other songs ever came close to how good this one is. It's completely different from the others because it connects to feelings we all have, such as loneliness. The song can, as its lyrics say, take you to the place you love. It's such a mellow, slow, yet hard-hitting, powerful, and thought-provoking tune. This is in the top five for the greatest alternative rock songs of all time, and I think "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana is the only thing that can beat, or at the very least contend with this masterpiece. Simply put, there will never be a song like this one ever again.

2 Californication Californication Cover Art

Unlike anything the Peppers ever wrote. The intro and verses are haunting as hell, the chorus is really catchy, and the guitar solo is just beautiful. No wonder Flea said this is the best song they ever wrote! No. 1 for me too!

Epic song by an epic band.
Better than their old stuff.
I believe this is where they matured into real musicians.

For me the best song of RHCP
A complete song with great vocals and lyrics and with equally good guitar and bass and drums too

DeSERVES that spot in the greatest hits, especially as one of the first ones

3 Snow (Hey Oh) Snow (Hey Oh) Cover Art

Not only is the guitar riff amazing, but the bass has a pretty catchy tune as well.

Snow is the best song of RHCP ever... Just listen to the riff, you'll understand exactly how good John Frusciante is...

Amazing guitar riff, I think this is the best of of RHCP, I really enjoy listening this song

I love this song for so many reasons, not only are the lyrics amazing but the meaning is out of control in the best way possible. It's about the lead singer's drug addiction, but it turns into so much more. Almost as haunting as Californication, but just as beautiful and methodical. Please please go look up the meaning behind the lyrics (of both songs! ), they're so amazing and really make you appreciate the song even more. That's one thing I love about RHCP, they're songs are as meaningful as they are catchy and that's more important than most of us realize. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do.

4 Can't Stop Can't Stop Cover Art

Epic vocals.. Electrifying guitar and bass.. Guaranteed to get your spirits up after every listen..

The bass at the beginning is just ridiculous and it flows perfectly into the rest of the song which is AMAZING! Definitely my favorite chili peppers song which is saying something because they have so many good songs

the guitar solo at the start is just incredible.... so refreshing

My favourite chili pepper song! the bass is my favourite part of the song

5 Otherside Otherside Cover Art

Great Song! Once listen to then ever want to listening! Easiely said: one of the great songs ever produced!

A real gritty song. You can feel the pain and in the song.

Its one of the famous guitar riffs and also one of the most amazing!
RHCP best one ever! Live an unbelieveable thing!

Amazing song gets my every time the vocals are some of the vest and just an awesome song

6 Scar Tissue Scar Tissue Cover Art

Such a beautiful, mellow song. It's so chill.

Beautiful song. you could just sit back and love this song no matter who the hell you are... the melody and vocals are so beast, and the guitar solo is really catchy

I have never gotten sick of this song since it came on the scene

Just how can 4 people turn sound into something so incredible..that's what this song's all about. Probably the RHCP song where the guitars emote the most hence this one tops my list

7 Dani California Dani California Cover Art

The most awesome song I think is from RHCP. The more I listen, the more I want to hear it. The more I hear it, the better I feel. Its so exciting and its chorus is so cool. I thought it was pretty good

A very good, popular groovy hit.

The song is great and the video is even better!

This was my favorite song for a long time, it takes Mary jane’s last dance by Tom petty and makes it even better

8 Give It Away Give It Away Cover Art

My "favorite song ever" for the longest period of time!

What is this doing here!? I was expecting this to be right at the top of the list! This was their first huge hit and still one of their best songs to this day, I still listen to this nowadays.

One of their first and most recognizable hits.

This song changed my life... The meaning of this song is very touchable and deep. For those who read anthony's book know what I am talking about! The best song ever!

9 By the Way By the Way Cover Art

Such a good driving beat, with a feel-good chorus.

My favorite song of all time. Just an iconic song that never seems to get old. It shows all sides of rhcp and showcases everything amazing about this band.

NO DOUBT THAT THIS IS THE BEST! Guitar palming impressive as well as John Frusciantes heavenly voice mixed in with Flea's fast funk bass skills. My favourite song since I was 8.

This is honestly the best song. It just shows the RHCP style all in one song. You got their fast paced music style at one point and boom the best melody and chorus ever. So harmonious and yet so sporadic at other points. RHCP songs that are all harmonious mislead listeners to what RHCP songs really are. There really is something great about RHCP where they have so many different styles yet it's their own unique style you can recognize it instantly if you're a fan.

10 Wet Sand Wet Sand Cover Art

This song gives the listener a glance inside Frusciante's soul. There is a steady, mellow spirit but the fire burns beneath. When that fire reaches the surface, there is a euphoric explosion of sound that pulls the listener in by the ears and leaves a piece of Frusciente forever on the listener's soul. And they are better for that. For the listener has seen what it means to be so intensely passionate without sacrificing control. They have seen how pin-like precision at the tiniest level compounds and binds together to form true beauty. And when they next find themselves in turmoil, the piece of Frusciante inside of them will give them strength. They will remember the guitar solo at the end of Wet Sand and understand that perfection is difficult to obtain, and to find it, one must not ever succumb to the challenges they face. If they are lucky, one day they may reach the enlightenment of spirit that they have longed for. One day, they will understand what it means to feel the world as ...more

This is one of the songs that will have its relevance and touch humans to their bones still in 30 years. It can stand any comparison with Let it be or Like a rolling stone. It is perfect in every respect.

Fruciante's genius, words cannot describe the emotion he must have out into that beautiful heart touching solo

Always going to remain as my favorite number along with "venice queen", "Don't forget me" and definitely "stadium arcadium"

The Contenders

11 Higher Ground Higher Ground Cover Art

Dafuq is wrong with all of you! Its a helluva song! Great riffs, great chorus damn great song! No wonder it was played in the movie The Karate Kid.

Awesome cover this song pulses with energy its nuts

They turn a good Stevie Wonder song and turn it into a mouth-dropping funk metal song. Amazing.

Such a great song. Ever since I heard this song on Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers the Movie, I thought it was awesome

12 Soul to Squeeze Soul to Squeeze Cover Art

This is probably their most underrated song. The lyrics and the bass are just great.

It's bitter baby,
And it's very sweet.
I'm on a rollercoaster,
but I'm on my feet.

Easily their best song. I love the guitar solo and the overall summer feel to it. It really makes me feel good when I listen to it.

Its just perfect the opening guitar sound like oasis, and the bassline is very melodic, the way Anthony sings its awesome

This song always gets overlooked because it wasn't released on an actual album. It was supposed to be on "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" but was delayed and missed the album. It's a fantastic song with great guitar writing by John Frusciante.

13 Around the World Around the World Cover Art

Great bass part, guitar part, drum part, and fun vocals-you know what that means...

The bass, the guitar, it is said the gods listened to this song and made the earth.. The bass intro in the beginning is fantastic and the guitar during the chorus is just so melodious.. Love this song

No comment is needed here, other than the amazing bass (especially in the intro and solo/end. :O

One of the BEST RHCP songs of all time-great vocals, guitar, drums and bass. Also, the lyrics are deep and really powerful. I love this song! It mos' definitely' deserves a spot in the top 10!

14 Suck My Kiss Suck My Kiss Cover Art

This is one of the greatest songs ever, is has such a funky sound with a wondrous rhythm. This song honestly is so catchy I find myself getting it stuck in my head while running. It has such a raw bass and guitar together that is just mesmerizing.

The boys are so tight on this album and especially in this song.

I adore this song. Funky and catchy, you can sing to this one and dance to it. It is just an incredible song and it is on an incredible album.

How is storm in a teacup not even a contender?! It should be way higher than wet sand and soul to squeeze

15 Don't Forget Me Don't Forget Me Cover Art

This song is incredible, you can't compare this song to some of the newer songs, simply because of the fact that it has so much deep emotion to it, that you know comes straight from the heart, especially when you hear some of the live ones such as the one at la Cigale in France, John completely nails in a solo and the intro is superb, seriously this song is amazing..

THIS SONG IS WONDERFULL... Such emotion that brings to the listener... This song MUST be on TOP TEN! This song is much better than Wet Sand and Soul To Squeeze together...

This is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever listened to, and certainly one of the best the Chili Peppers have produced; I certainly won't forget it! Anthony Kiedis' vocals here are just effortlessly captivating, and the guitar is excellent - a perfect melding of the simplistic and the breathtaking (the second verse in particular).

Amazing song really. I like especially the Slane Castle version.

16 Aeroplane Aeroplane Cover Art

One hot minute is so underrated. Most of its songs are great like this one.

I don't know why but every time I listen to this song.. , I get nostalgic about my childhood..! very melodic n awesome n one of my favorite after under the bridge, give it a way and around the world.. flea is super insane son of a bitch.. anyway r. h. c. p are godfather of alternative!

another amazing navarro song that needs more attention is aeroplane, a song about how music helps anthony forget about drugs. amazing vocals by anthony and

A great poppy song with an amazing bass lick that gets the song going. The bass and guitar solos are phenomenal as well.

17 Venice Queen Venice Queen Cover Art

Just watch the live in Slane version of this, changed my view on john Frusciante's guitar playing... Truly amazing!

That starting guitar riff is more beautiful than anything else.

One of my 3 favorite songs by RHCP. About Gloria Scott. Just so beautiful!

Not only my favorite Chili Peppers song, my single favorite song period by any artist ever. There's something about this one that cuts straight to the core of my soul. It's perfect.

18 Breaking the Girl Breaking the Girl Cover Art

Very Under-rated. One of their best songs easily. Looking for a RHCP song to do in our band, and this is a serious contender.

a slow melodic song about anthony's girlfriend. this was one of the bands first proper slow songs and it works very well

Not only the best RHCP song, but one of the greatest songs ever. The riff is brilliant, the lyrics heartbreaking, the chorus majestic. As close to music perfection as you can get.

Frusciante wrote this when he was 20 and it is one of the best guitar tracks of all time

19 I Could Have Lied I Could Have Lied Cover Art

Best song they ever made. Almost every song of Blood Sugar Sex Magik is fantastic, but this one is certainly the best. Especially the last chorus with the guitar

This song heals wounds no band-aid in the world could heal. It really is an amazing song, the guitar riff is full of emotion, the lyrics are amazing and the drum beat is just right. Without a doubt, the best Chili Pepper's song out there. Incredible.

Easily one of Frusciante's best solos and for that alone this needs to be way higher than it is. Very heartfelt song.

The emotion that comes out of John's guitar is so strong. This is certainly my favourite song of the album, probably my favourite song ever. Absolutely heart warming.

20 Dark Necessities Dark Necessities Cover Art

According to my humble personal view, one of the best songs of RHCP, I agree that "Under the Bridge" is a poem and a meaningful song, but I prefer "Dark Necessities", this is a vivid song with tremendous meaning (dark necessities are an essential part of the human being)

Its got that funky bass line and that modern feel of new chili peppers. And it's beautiful. Yeah I miss John, who doesn't? But this is their best song without him since he's been gone

This song is obviously a contender for top 20 however it does lack a creative guitar solo that John used to always incorporate in their earlier songs

The bass is incredible, the lyrics are meaningful, all around great song

21 Parallel Universe Parallel Universe Cover Art

Vocals. Drums. Guitar. Bass... All perfect which means the song is prefect also...

I can play it on guitar! Awesome song! The vocals are amazing and fleas bass is as always sweet

He sings the verse softly and then belts out the chorus

I can't believe this song didn't reach top ten, for me one of the best songs, the lyrics are very intense. The more you listen to it, the better it gets.

22 The Zephyr Song The Zephyr Song Cover Art

The most underrated Chili Peppers song ever, This song really puts me in the best mood ever, I Could go on about this song forever, this song really just Explains why I love This band, its an amazing song and The lyrics are probably my favourite of any chilli peppers song, It has a tune which sticks in my head for days, and even after not listening to this for 4 years I Come back to it and all of a sudden I'm singing along, It Is really one of there best, And I wish more people could see this.

Amazing Should Higher Like Number 10 Really Good Song Love It

The chorus is so chill. I remember first hearing this song on vacation on a Florida beach and instantly became addicted to it. "... And in this perfect weather, we'll find a place together"

It breaks my heart to find this song at the bottom of my pile. It is one of their best songs

23 This is the Place This is the Place Cover Art

Should definitely be higher. This Is The Place, lyrically, is probably one of the best Red Hot Chili Peppers songs ever. Has an amazing tune with a fantastic baseline and is unbelievably easy to listen to over and over again. Easily top 10 material

Amazing song, should be higher in my opinion

This is the place where all the junkies go

One of the greatest, most original Chilis songs ever written. It's actually amazingly underrated. Should easily be in the Top 10.

24 Monarchy of Roses Monarchy of Roses Cover Art

Great song... The best part of the song is the change in pitch of vocals.. And listen clearly to the guitar riff... Its melodious. The next 50% of song has cherubic tune.

One of the best/catchiest/most addicting choruses they've written. It sounds even better because it contrasts so strongly wih the dissonant verse. The solo is electrifying. Such a fun song with so much energy.

One of my favourite. But because it's quite new it is not that high on the list. SO I will vote for this one. To give it some boost to the top

Amazing song... Best on the new album just sounds so good... This just sounds a bit like there old songs, Josh was a good replacement for John

25 Sir Psycho Sexy Sir Psycho Sexy Cover Art

Just the most suggestive song of all time, and makes you feel like a badass player, and is definitely one of their best along with Under The Bridge, Otherside, Dani California and Venice Queen.

Not to mention they were funk around this time and sounded so sexy.

How was this not added yet? This may be the most B. A funk-rock song of all time! The lyrics and bass line make me wanna go nuts! Give this one a listen

Their best song. It epitomizes all the things they did well, particularly the combination of Funk, Melody, Beauty, and Dynamics. This song has everything you could ask from the Peppers and more.

I'm shocked to see this song so low! For me this the epitome of all things chili peppers. Sex, Slinky melodic funky ass guitar, a badass squelchy bassline and a godly groove. Although probably not as relevant as their other epics (Venice queen and Wet Sand). It stands alone as the best statement of what RHCP stands for from their arguably best era and is always my go to song when showing someone who thinks that the chili peppers are nothing more than their hits.

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