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Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs Top 10 All-Time


The Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in 1983. The band does not stitch to the hard rock genre as they also incorporate funk, punk rock, and psychedelic rock. The RHCP were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. See below for our list of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ top 10 songs.

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Current Band Members:

  • Anthony Kiedis – lead vocals (1983–present)
  • Josh Klinghoffer – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Flea – bass, piano, trumpet, backing vocals
  • Chad Smith – drums, percussion

Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

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Red Hot Chili Peppers song list curated by Matthew Campbell

10. Dani California
Released in 2006
On Album Stadium Arcadium
The song describes the life of Dani – early death, a poor, young Southern girl who eventually lived in California. Then she became a mother and lived a hard, fast, unsettled life.

California, rest in peace
Simultaneous release
California, show your teeth
She’s my priestess
I’m your priest

9. Scar Tissue
Released in 1999
On Album Californication
The song is about Anthony Kiedis’ and his battles with drug addiction.

Scar tissue that I wish you saw
Sarcastic mister know-it-all
Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you
‘Cause with the birds I’ll share

8. By The Way
Released in 2002
On Album By the Way

By the way I tried to say
I’d be there waiting for
Dani the girl is
Singing songs to me

7. Otherside
Released in 200
On Album Californication
The song is about Hillel Slovak who died of a heroin overdose and his struggles with addiction.

Pour my life into a paper cup
The ashtray’s full and I’m spillin’ my guts
She wants to know, am I still a slut?
I’ve got to take it on the other side

6. The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie
Released in 2011
On Album I’m with You
The song is about Flea’s collection of memories and people along the way.

We’ve got to make it rain somehow
She told me to
And showed me what to do
How Maggie makes it in her cloud


5. Snow (Hey Oh)
Released in 2006
On Album Stadium Arcadium
The song is about surviving and starting fresh – as in a canvas of snow.

When it’s killing me
When will I really see
All that I need to look inside

4. Can’t Stop
Released in 2003
On Album By the Way
The song is an example of the band’s occasional use of writing lyrics to rhythm rather than rhythms to established lyrics.

The world I love
The tears I drop
To be part of
The wave can’t stop
Ever wonder if it’s all for you
The world I love
The trains I hop
To be part of
The wave can’t stop

3. Give It Away
Released in 1991
On Album Blood Sugar Sex Magik
This was their first number one hit – on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. The theme of the song centers around the philosophy of selflessness and altruistic behavior.

Bob Marley poet and a prophet
Bob Marley taught me how to off it
Bob Marley walkin’ like he talk it
Goodness me can’t you see I’m gonna cough it

2. Californication
Released in 2000
On Album Californication
The song is mainly about the dark side of Hollywood and the export of culture through the movie industry.

Marry me, girl, be my fairy to the world, be my very own constellation
A teenage bride with a baby inside getting high on information
And buy me a star on the boulevard, it’s Californication

1. Under The Bridge
Released in 1992
On Album Blood Sugar Sex Magik
The song went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a commercial success.

I don’t ever wanna feel
Like I did that day
Take me to the place I love
Take me all the way

The song is about a place under the bridge to get drugs and as a place, they don’t want to go back to.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Highest-Charting Songs – U.S. Alternative

  • #1 Give It Away, 1991
  • #1 Soul to Squeeze, 1993
  • #1 My Friends, 1995
  • #1 Scar Tissue, 1999
  • #1 Otherside, 2000
  • #1 Californication, 2000
  • #1 By the Way, 2002
  • #1 Can’t Stop, 2003
  • #1 Dani California, 2006
  • #1 Tell Me Baby, 2006
  • #1 Snow (Hey Oh), 2006
  • #1 The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, 2011
  • #1 Dark Necessities, 2016
  • #4 Monarchy of Roses, 2011
  • #6 Knock Me Down, 1989
  • #6 Under the Bridge, 1991
  • #6 The Zephyr Song, 2002
  • #7 Behind the Sun, 1992
  • #7 Warped, 1995
  • #7 Around the World, 1999
  • #8 Aeroplane, 1996
  • #8 Fortune Faded, 2003
  • #8 Hump de Bump, 2007
  • #8 Look Around, 2012
  • #10 Show Me Your Soul, 1990

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