10 Most Popular Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs Ranked In Order

Red Hot Chili Peppers logo, it is the original logo of the band since its conception in 1982.
Red Hot Chili Peppers logo, it is the original logo of the band since its conception in 1982.( Source : facebook )

10 Most Popular Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs Ranked are 1. Californication 2. Under the Bridge 3. Can't Stop. Here are some famous RHCP Songs In Order:

10 Most Popular Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs Ranked In Order

Song Name:Spotify Streams:
Under the Bridge1,176,940,278
Can't Stop977,500,157
Scar Tissue720,453,970
Snow (Hey Oh)938,740,961
Dani California612,235,386
By The Way414,777,457
Give It Away341,091,335
Dark Necessities418,722,834

The members of Red Hot Chili Peppers include the lead singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist John Frusciante. They are core members of the group.

Peppers dabble in multiple genres of music including alternative rock, funk, hip-hop, psychedelic rock, and rap metal. Their contribution have been immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. 

Similarly, the band also received its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022. The artists are touring through multiple cities in 2023 to promote their most recent album.   

1. Californication

Californication is the most popular song by Red Hot Chili Peppers. To many, it is the perfect encapsulation of RHCP's brand of music.

Key Lyrics:

Psychic spies from China try to steal your mind's elation

And little girls from Sweden dream of Silver Screen Quotation

And if you want these kind of dreams it's Californication

The song is the intro to their album of the same name. The record sold more than six million units in the US and an additional four million in Europe.

2. Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge is a haunting track that reflects the singer's desperation, solitude, and struggle. It is one of RHCP's most popular songs.

Key Lyrics:

Sometimes I feel like I don't have a partner

Sometimes I feel like my only friend

It is from their fifth studio album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The album was released in 1991 and is regarded as their best by many.

3. Can't Stop

Can't Stop is a thunderous track filled with nonsensical rhymes. However, Kiedis' delivery saves the song from itself, and makes it an RHCP classic.

Key Lyrics:

Can't stop, addicted to the shindig

Chop Top, he says I'm gonna win big

The songwriting of this track is quite unique with the addition of punk and funk sounds making it a melodic and rhythmic rock song.

The lyrics addresses the various decisions of the singer surrounding his failures, successes, and philosophy.

4. Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue is from the critically acclaimed album Californication (1999). It is a powerful and mournful tune that is perfect to listen to when feeling wistful.

Key Lyrics:

Scar tissue that is wish you saw

Sarcastic mister know-it-all

The meaning refers to the consequences of indulging in drugs (heroin) which makes a person susceptible to mental, emotional, and financial damage in their life.


Otherside talks about the fight between addicts against their addiction. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis had a long and well-known battle with substance abuse.

Key Lyrics:

Once you know you can never go back

I gotta take it on the other side 

Otherside is also from the seventh studio album "Californication." It is one of the group's darkest songs.

6. Snow (Hey Oh)

Snow (Hey Oh) was popular for being featured in Billboard Modern Rock for five straight weeks. Their record still holds to this date.

Key Lyrics:

Come to decide that the things that I tried

Were in my life just to get high on

The song's lyrics meaning refers to starting fresh in life. It aspires the listeners to move on from their past and begin a new journey in life.

7. Dani California

Dani California is a fun song that sees the group meld various influences. The music video is widely regarded as their best.

It showcases the members transforming from various eras of Rock music, from the 50s to the present day.

Key Lyrics:

Getting born in the state of Mississippi

Papa was a copper, and her mama was a hippy

The lyrics are quite humorous, and the funk of the music gives a sense of adventure to the listeners. It describes the nostalgia and euphoric experience of individuals.

8. By The Way

By the Way is an attack on commercialism, consumerism, and people's gravitation toward materialistic things in their life. It features classic RHCP rapping.

Key Lyrics: 

Standing in line

To see the show tonight

And there's a light on

The song is the title track of the band's eighth studio album of the same title. The catchy bass and mix of abstract sounds make the track a unique presentation from the band. 

9. Give It Away

Give It Away is one of the finest examples of the group's rap-rock style. It also has a lot of funk to it, and is the first RHCP song many heard.

Key Lyrics:

Oh, oh

What I got, you got to give it to your mama

What I got, you've got to give it to your papa

As the lyrics and title of the song suggest, it is a philanthropic and altruistic track that urges people to give it away and gain satisfaction from the art of giving rather than relying on greed.

10. Dark Necessities

Dark Necessities is the most recent song on this list. It is from their album, The Get Away.

Key Lyrics:

Coming Out to the light of day

We got many moons that are deep at play

The song is from the band's eleventh studio album, which starts with bombastic funk bass. The lyrics meaning refers to, the influence of our dark side in our creative expression.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums In Order Of Release Date

Red Hot Chili Peppers albums in order of release date include thirteen studio albums starting from their debut self-titled album.

The Red Hot Chili PeppersAugust 10, 1984 (EMI Capitol)
Freaky StyleyAugust 16, 1985 (EMI Capitol)
The Uplift Mofo Party PlanSeptember 29, 1987 (EMI Capitol)
Mother's MilkAugust 16, 1989 (EMI Formats)
Blood Sugar Sex MagikSeptember 24, 1991 (Warner Bros)
One Hot MinuteSeptember 12, 1995 (Warner Bros)
CalifornicationJune 8, 1999 (Warner Bros)
By The WayJuly 9, 2002 (Warner Bros)
Stadium ArcadiumMay 9, 2006 (Warner Bros)
I'm With YouAugust 29, 2011 (Warner Bros)
The GetawayJune 17, 2016 (Warner Bros)
Unlimited LoveApril 1, 2022 (Warner Bros)
Return of the Dream CanteenOctober 14, 2022 (Warner Bros)

The band has released thirteen studio albums, two live albums, twelve compilation albums, twelve video albums, and fifty-three video albums as well.

Red Hot Chili Peppers best-selling albums are 1. Blood Sugar Sex Magik 2. One Hot Minute 3. Californication 4. By the Way 5. Stadium Arcadium 6. I'm With You. These six albums have all been certified platinum sales.

Chili Peppers Unlimited Love album CD and vinyl, the band were entertaining the audience by asking their favorite tracks through their Instagram post in April 2023
Chili Peppers Unlimited Love album CD and vinyl, the band were entertaining the audience by asking their favorite tracks through their Instagram post in April 2023( Source : instagram )

That said, Californication is one the best-selling rock album of all time. It went 7 times RIAA platinum, 8 times ARIA platinum, and 4 times BPI platinum. 

Similarly, except for the band's debut album, all of their albums went gold. While the sales of their latest album are yet to register, the music collection was well-received by critics and audiences. 

Red Hot Chili Peppers New Album

Return of the Dream Canteen details provided by the band Chili Peppers through their Instagram post in February 2023
Return of the Dream Canteen details provided by the band Chili Peppers through their Instagram post in February 2023( Source : instagram )

Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album is Return of the Dream Canteen. The record was released on October 14, 2022

It was positioned third in the US and Canadian charts. The album also achieved the 2nd and 1st position in Australia and Austria's charts respectively.

The sales of the album are yet to be registered. However, it is critically well received with a  6.3/10 rating from Pitchfork and a 69/100 review from Metacritic.

The album's singles include Tippa My Tongue and Eddie, the other fifteen tracks of the songs are as follows:

  • Peace and Love
  • Reach Out
  • Fake as Fu@k
  • Bella
  • Roulette
  • My Cigarette
  • Afterlife
  • Shoot Me a Smile
  • Handful
  • The Drummer
  • Bag of Grins
  • La La La La
  • Copperbelly
  • Carry Me Home
  • In the Snow

Return of the Dream Canteen most popular songs are 1. Tippa My Tongue 2. The Drummer 3. Eddie.

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