Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Under the Bridge

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

I first discovered this song playing Rock Band when I was seven. Haven't stopped listening to this song, or the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, since I played this and Californication on Rock Band. It was back when my parents were still together and we were actually happy. Oh, the memories... It's amazing what music can do. - SirSheep

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2 Californication

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

The BEst!

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3 Snow (Hey Oh)

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

yes

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4 Can't Stop

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

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

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

I could sing this song a million times...amasing song,Anthony =-D

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5 Scar Tissue

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
- CTP5070

This song saved my life. Absolutely phenomenal.

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6 Otherside

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!

Not bad!

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7 Dani California

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! - thomasnirvanastroud

CALIFORNIA REST IN PEAC
SIMULTANEOUS RELEASE
CALIFORNIA REST IN PEACE

this sticks in my head so bad

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8 By the Way

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 song is basically great.

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9 Give It Away

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.

The best of the best

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10 Wet Sand

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"

Just the best guitar solo ever

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The Contenders

11 Higher Ground

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

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

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

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12 Around the World

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!

That intro is sick with the distorted bass! - Userguy44

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13 Soul to Squeeze

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

Definitely their best song by far!

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14 Suck My Kiss

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.

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

Has so much more character than there other songs

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15 Don't Forget Me

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).

Hypnotic song

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16 Aeroplane

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 - burnleyman

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

Should be in the top tens

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17 Venice Queen

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!

My favorite red hot chilli peppers song it's so underrated

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18 I Could Have Lied

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.

This song is really sorrowful.Can't help crying!

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19 Dark Necessities

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

best song

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20 Breaking the Girl

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 - burnleyman

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

What makes this song great is very little related to the lyrics. My favorite Zeppelin song is 'Friends' and I seem to be in the minority with this taste. When I realized that Frusciante pulled inspiration from that same song, it suddenly clicked. That's why this is one of my favorite RHCP songs.

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21 Parallel Universe

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 - GuitarZero

the best

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22 This is the Place

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

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

23 Monarchy of Roses

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

The chord progression in the chorus is like crack.

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24 Sir Psycho Sexy

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 - Lukas327

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.

Song just kicks ass

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25 The Zephyr Song

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 - mneilan

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 is very goood. thank you rhcp, very cool.

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26 Stadium Arcadium

Am really sad to see the list here. What on earth stadium arcadium doing at no.31? And the saddest part is its far behind the adventures of rain dance maggie.

Very good and underrated song. Should be in at least top 10. Great music and very pleasing. I recommend this 2 everyone 2 listen it at least once.

I really love this song is beautiful and gets excited! I wish they play this song in the concert in Barcelona in December!

One of the best ever song from RHCP. Definitely in top 10 if not top 5

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27 My Friends

I would say is the RHCP best song, but surely it's a top 10 song, best song on One Hot Minute! Under the Bridge is rightly fully number 1 so I've voted for this instead it should be much higher up the list. Maybe fans forget about this because it's a Navarro song, don't get me wrong Frusciante is way better, but Navarro did manage to contribute to some good songs, this being his best RHCP song

How can I describe this song? Well considering the tension going on, this is truly a light in a dark tunnel. This song kept their heads above water.

This song deserves to be in the top 10 is a masterpiece, everything is perfect.

This is a beautiful song, #33 is far too low. Top 3 for sure. - truckturner

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28 She Looks to Me

One of the best, amazing melody and lyrics. Its just so calm and soothing. Should be at least in the top 10 :/

Beautiful song. One of the better songs of stadium arcadium

This is one of my favorite songs on my favorite album

She don't like Rolling stones!

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29 Slow Cheetah

Clearly all you chili pepper fans aren't fans (or haven't listened to this song enough)... If you took the time to figure out the lyrics to this masterpiece you'd spend the rest of your living days... It's a brilliant piece of work! Most of the top 10 listed here are the top pop 10... Not the peppers' 10 best songs...

You haven't heard true beauty until you have heard this song; every time I listen to this song, no matter how sad I am it always stirs emotions deep within me. That acoustic guitar riff is hauntingly beautiful and the ending is just insane; so different from anything I've ever heard but still beautiful.

One of the greatest melodic rock song I've ever heard.. hats off to rhcp for dis one - Abhay

The best of rhcp slow cheetah xx

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30 Look Around

Great catchy lyrics. Perfect rhymes. And a chorus that makes you just want to jump up and start clapping your hands. Best song on I'm with you by far.

Great Song This One Should Be Higher Up The List Please Vote This Song Up - mneilan

Really catchy song. Makes you want to get up and dance. Should be higher up the list. Best song on the I'm With You Album.

Damn that guitar man

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31 Love Rollercoaster

Think the Chili's version is better than the original...

Really surprised it's not much higher in this list. It's a awesome song and upbeat.. My favourite RHCP Song. - brad76

This is the only RHCP song I like and it's a cover song - christangrant

THIS SONG HAS SUCH AN AMAZINGLY CATCHY BEAT DANG ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT NOT COMPETE WITH TODAYS MUSIC THE BEAT IS UNDESCRIBABLE~! YES IT GIVES ME A FUNNY FEELING IN MY TUMMY!

32 The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

HEY NOW WE GOTTA MAKE IT RAIN SOMEHOW!
What a name for a song rain dance maggie who would think of a name like that. I like snow too but this is third best. Dani California second

I think that this is the best song from Red hot chili peppers. It has a super bass and the music video is great I think it should be the number one. The song is kind of going back to their old style because it has some funk to it, which is good.

Unbelieveble! Among the strongest songs ever with the best line base, I keep listening loop, maye you must rate for it

Belongs in top 10

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33 Warped

an underated gem from dave navarro's era. it begins with a slow moaning start but then explodes with awesome guitar skill but then slows down at the end finishing beutifully - burnleyman

Never forget that the best RHCP record is still One hot minute with one of the best guitarist ever, far above Frusciante... The post 90s era is for the easy fm listeners...

Dave's presence in the band was incredible and the discreet plea for help in this song deeply touches my soul.

One hot minute is the most underrated album of all of the red hot chili peppers

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34 Hey

The band taps into an extraordinary/beautiful groove here. One of Flea's personal favorite basslines, topped off by a cool/jazzy drum beat and incredible lyrics/vocals. But John's guitar (in the verses and solo bits) alone should earn this one a spot in the top 10. In the likely case you haven't heard it, change that.

How isn't this up there at the top, the bass in this alone is so jazzy and the guitar solo is beautiful. Great combination!

I LOVE this song! It is EXTREMELY underrated. Deserves a place in top 10!

I LOVE this song!

35 Especially in Michigan

This song keep playing on my mind! Really awesome song with amazing guitar riff and vocal with beats from a great drummer!

Chorus is amazing... Such an underrated song, lyrics are great. Guitar riff is really good as well.

Chorus is just awesome... grt song...
An underrated song, must be on at least top 25 - sumedh

Masterpiece

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36 Minor Thing

Are you kidding me?! #48? this song deserves top 10. The guitar is superb, the drums are excellent, john's harmonies are godly, Anthony's lyrics are mesmerizing, and flea is the glue that holds everything in place.

Its just a minor thing, and I'm a minor king... -

The Outro at the end changes the direction of the song, giving a tone of contemplating. Very good.

Best rhcp song ever.it rocks from begin til end.but hey its just a minor thing

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37 The Longest Wave

This is the most underrated Rhcp song... Deserves to be in the top 10... Just that this song doesn't have a good history to be famous. A true listener will get goosebumps in the magical chorus. Josh has really nailed it with the intro and those faint fills in the chorus.

Great song amazing rhythm, makes me so happy when listening

Best bass rif ever. Magic Flea.

38 Universally Speaking

One of the most underrated of RHCP, this song really makes me happy, with an awesome feel good tune, and a meaning that wont depress its one of my favourite RHCP songs, I remember buying By The Way thinking that this should be more recognized, And I don't find many lists with this being in the top 10, so I thought Hey, I like this song, This is definitely going into my top 10.

instrument playing that makes you say "ahhh how cute" and lyrics about making love make this a great love song - burnleyman

Why can't this be #2? I understand it being behind Under The Bridge, but seriously? #38? It's an underrated song on an underrated album.

This song could easily be top 5. Never get sick of it

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39 One Hot Minute
40 Tear

Wow I knew this was an underrated song but not even in the top 25! This is possibly one of my favorite songs by the chili peppers I wish that it had at least a little appreciation! At least try and listen to it and see what the song has to offer trust me you will like it.

Beautiful... This is the only word needed to describe this song... Definitely deserves to be rated higher than this... What a shame.

41 The Power of Equality

First rhcp song I ever listened to. This got me into the band. Such a moving song and very powerful. Still one of my favorites today

Why 59? Top 20 immediately

42 Transcending
43 Deep Kick
44 Go Robot

It's amazing! The sounds is so catchy!

Great great sound

First time I heard it 5 mins ago and was absolutely refreshing, great song!

Good beat very replayable

45 Blood Sugar Sex Magik

133. That's it. Seriously. This should be in the top thirty, at the very least. The guitar is slightly heavier on this one, but it works well here. But the thing that brings this song together is Anthony Kiedis' haunting vocal work.

The live version at Woodstock 94 is one of the greatest performances I have seen the Chili's do

66! Madness. In my top 5. Good grief. Superb guitar work in this one. Incredible song

This song in my top 3..and only #61? Seriosly?

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46 Encore

You get lost in the beat of the music just like in californication

This is their best song since anything on stadium arcadium

This is the best

47 Me and My Friends

THE GREATEST SONG OF THE PEPPERS

The early Chilis are better than the current Chilis, not the same without Hillel rip

48 My Lovely Man

"I used to shout across the room to you, and you come dancin like a fool... " I love it! I especially love the bass solo -- gives me chills.

Such an underrated song!

Top 3 BSSM song in my opinion!

Just a compassionate tribute that's also bada**

49 Turn It Again

Definitely one of john's best guitar solo's it really blows your mind!

The fact that this is down so low here makes me want to scroll to the bottom of every artist's page to find the gems

The guitar main riff will blow your mind

Just listen it. this one deserve top 5!

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50 Purple Stain

This Is Such a Good Funky Song Why It So Low?!

Great funky groove by leasciante. Just watch slane castle.

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