The Colorful Wedding Cocktail Hour

June 15, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

nordine_colorsLife is full of beautiful colors. The diverse world of color has inspired many songwriters through the ages. The following playlist includes songs about color in general and specific shades and combinations of color. However, this playlist is more than an academic exercise. That is, the songs selected needed to stand on their own merit – they are songs that we would consider for any wedding cocktail hour playlist!

For those readers who crave more music about colors, we recommend the epic album “Colors” by acclaimed voice-over artist Ken Nordine, who riffs about colors ranging from chartreuse to puce over cool jazz riffs. We’ve honored Nordine by placing one of his songs in the playlist.

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature drink for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. Let’s go with a shot of the distinctive Swiss cinammon schnapps, “Goldschlager.”

The Colorful Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

Blue in Green – Bill Evans OR Miles Davis
Orange Colored Sky – Natalie Cole
Crimson & Clover (cover version) – Prince
Amber – 311
Red, Red Wine – UB40
Brown-Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Pretty in Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
Mint Car – The Cure
Raspberry Beret – Prince
Black or White – Michael Jackson
Black & Gold – Sam Sparro
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Yellow – Coldplay
Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones
Touch of Grey – The Grateful Dead
Green River – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Man in Black – Johnny Cash
Colors – April Smith & the Great Picture Show
Big Yellow Taxi (cover) – Counting Crows f/ Vanessa Carlton
Orange Crush – R.E.M.
Colour My World – Chicago
The Lady in Red – Chris DeBurgh
True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues
Evergreen – Barbara Streisand
Black (from the album Colors) – Ken Nordine
Purple Rain – Prince
Any Colour You Like – Pink Floyd

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Valentines Wedding Cocktail Hour, Godiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour, Cuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The “Super Happy Hour” Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Bob Marley (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour, Caipirinha (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour, Boat Beer (Microbrew) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour, 2010 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (Bordeaux) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Disco Love Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sloe Gin Fizz (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Funky Cold Medina (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Acid Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Gimlet (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Miller High Life (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
The New York State of Mind Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bronx Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Disney Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vibrant Orange Juice Frosty (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Summer Pop Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jameson & Ginger Ale (DJ Spinz). Click here.
About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile NJ DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey that specializes in wedding DJ entertainment. Ambient DJ is a 2013 winner of the Knot Best of Weddings award as well as of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. We have a deep passion for the music that we play and enjoy collaborating with our brides and grooms to create unforgettable parties! For more info and to read our wedding reviews, visit us on the web at

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