Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs List for a Wedding Playlist

Last Updated: August 12, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)

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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.

RHCP was 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

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Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Big Hits

#1 Under The Bridge
Released in 1992 on the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik

The song went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a commercial success.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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 a place, they don’t want to go back to.

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#2 Californication
Released in 2000 on the album Californication

The song is mainly about the dark side of Hollywood and the export of culture through the movie industry.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

song on Amazon

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#3 Give It Away
Released in 1991 on the 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.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

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#4 Can’t Stop
Released in 2003 on the 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.

Most Meaningful 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

song on Amazon

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#5 Snow (Hey Oh)
Released in 2006 on the album Stadium Arcadium

The song is about surviving and starting fresh – as in a canvas of snow.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

song on Amazon

#6 The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie
Released in 2011 on the album I’m with You

The song is about Flea’s collection of memories and people along the way.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

song on Amazon

#7 Otherside
Released in 200 on the album Californication

The song is about Hillel Slovak who died of a heroin overdose and his struggles with addiction.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

song on Amazon

#8 By The Way
Released in 2002 on the album By the Way

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

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#9 Scar Tissue
Released in 1999 on the album Californication

The song is about Anthony Kiedis’ and his battles with drug addiction.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

song on Amazon

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#10 Dani California
Released in 2006 on the 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.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

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

song on Amazon

Red Hot Chili Peppers Highest-Charting Singles – 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

Have a favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers song? Please share your song below in the comments!

About Matthew Campbell

DJ, Editor, Music Lover


Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder/editor of My Wedding Songs from his experience as a wedding DJ. He is the author of two wedding planners: ‘Wedding Songs Planner’ and ‘The Wedding Music Toolkit’. Matt is the host of the ‘Wedding Songs Podcast’. He shares music inspiration in his weekly newsletter the ‘Wedding MusicLetter’. His articles have been published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. Matt resides in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas.

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