The Top Ten Crayola Crayon Colors

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Lists
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Here’s the deal.  Who doesn’t look back fondly on time spent with a simple, blank sheet of paper and their box of Crayola crayons?  The world was a wonderful, inspirational place full of imagination.  Now you’ve got a mortgage, insurance, and you have to use a tiny electric razor to shave your ears.  Your ears!  Why is hair growing out of your ears?!?  Deep breath.  Please, someone hand me some crayons…

Rubens Crayola No 500 - Inside box with crayon...

They don't make them like they used to...actually, I guess they make them exactly like they used to...

Anyway, Crayola has done a lovely job of naming their crayons over the years.  Since the first set of six colors introduced in 1903, to current boxes which hold 120 crayons.  And just let me be very clear about this list.  I do not want to get involved in yet another drawn out legal battle.  I am not ranking the best colors.  No, I’ll leave that to the interior designers and Scandinavian crayon experts.  I am listing the best color names.

And sure, I can already hear the outraged cries echoing in my oddly hirsute ears, “Where’s Banana Mania?  You left off Inchworm?  What kind of a list doesn’t include Electic Lime, you hairy bastard!”  Please, there’s no need for name calling.  I understand that everyone is going to have their own opinion here.  All I ask is that you recognize that mine is, in fact, correct.

Fair enough?  Okay, let’s see the list…

The Top Ten Crayola Crayon Colors

11. Outer Space  (The less flashy browns and drab shades are much more difficult to romanticize.  Everyone loves to color with a vibrant yellow or a majestic purple, but I like the fact that they gave this dark gray some mystery and allure) 

10. Razzmatazz   (Powerful word.  The strange thing is this is the only name that does not clearly indicate which color it is…it’s like a crayon called Flamboyant.  Is it yellow, red, green?  Who knows?  And who cares?  It’s Razzmatazz, baby)

9. Brick Red  (It may not be showy, but brick red is a solid color.  Hard working.  Got a huge wall to color in?  Leave those fancy colors in the box.  It’s Brick Red’s time to shine)

8. Metallic Seaweed  (The exact opposite of Brick Red.  Perhaps the most specific color I can imagine.  “I need to color in this small clump of seaweed.”  “Okay, here’s the green.”  “No, wait, it’s more of a…I don’t know…leaden, or copper algae.”  “Ohhhhh, I’ve got just the crayon for you, my friend.”)

7. Shadow  (Cool and mysterious.  What lies in the shadows?  This crayon does…this crayon does)

6.  Antique Brass  (Time to class up the place a little.  Not all children want to color in fantastic pictures of jungles, rocket ships and dragons.  Some prefer to work on an image of assorted Victorian era keys and latches.  And don’t listen to your schoolyard chums, Timmy, there’s nothing wrong with that)

5. Cinnamon Satin  (So poetic.  This color whisks you off to a wonderful world where everyone is draped in luxurious Cinnamon Satin.  We glide, barefoot, over paths of polished, luscious ribbons of gourmet chocolates.  Stopping only to rest our weary heads on tufts of glistening cotton candy near a soothing, babbling brook of syrupy decadence…)        

4. Dirt  (Okay, back to reality.  There’s something to be said for telling it like it is.  Hey, kid, you need to color in that dirt?  Here you go.  Maybe this color naming has gotten a little out of control.  Perhaps you should open your crayon box and see names like – dirt, tree, sun.  Stop sipping tea, put down your parasol and start coloring, you pretentious brat)



3. Atomic Tangerine  (Now your coloring with power.  Why use orange when you can wield the mighty Atomic Tangerine?  Then again, it’s not surprising so many kids try to eat their crayons – half of them are named so deliciously)

2. Bittersweet Shimmer  (I like this one, but it’s a mouthful.  I’m not entirely convinced that first graders are applying this level of emotional depth to their Little Mermaid picture.  But, then again, why not?  Perhaps we should introduce a whole line of colors designed to introduce children to complex emotional concepts – Empathetic Emerald…Midlife Crisis Maroon…Theoretical Blue…)

1. Neon Carrot  (I think this does everything a good color name should.  It introduces a concrete object that kids can understand.  A carrot.  That means orange.  But it pairs that with an exciting adjective.  Neon Carrot.  All of the health and simplicity of a vegetable combined with the allure and pizzazz of Vegas)

So maybe take a moment, my friends.  Find some time in your busy week.  Grab a box of crayons.  And sit down and color.  You’re never too old to draw.  It might take you back to a simpler time.  It might make you forget about some of your troubles.  Draw a princess in a castle.  Draw a cowboy atop a mighty steed.  Or, if you prefer, draw a blogger…wait….hold on…why are you putting so much hair in my ears?

  1. Jackie says:

    Great post, Makya! Razzmatazz is a fantastic word. I loved the straightforwardness of macaroni and cheese. I remember the first time I saw that one and was amazed it existed. The world of wonder is so huge when you’re a tot.

    Love the ear hair notes – made the post. 🙂

  2. the waiting says:

    All of these names would also make really good band names, especially Atomic Tangerine and Bittersweet Shimmer.

  3. I reckon you’re on to something with the idea of introducing complex emotions to children through the colour names of their crayons -Bittersweet Shimmer – excellent. Nail varnish colours can also bring up some interesting colour names too -e.g. ruby slippers, blue satin, marilyn, but none with the playfulness and whimsey of the crayola crayon names perhaps.

    I enjoyed your post,
    Best Wishes

  4. Becky says:

    Love it! I had a friend who used to love to color with her toddlers because it was so relaxing. Can I get away with sliding my adding machine out of the way and doing that at my desk today?

  5. #4 says:

    Let’s see – got my paper, got my box of crayons, dig dig dig – where is it? Oh no! They don’t have it? How can I finish my picture of the Democratic convention without….Pugnacious Puce!?
    Darn – guess I’ll just color this bunny…

  6. aclundin says:

    Funny as always, do enjoy your posts 🙂

    • Makya McBee says:

      Jackie – Hoooray, a female who loves both macaroni and cheese and ear hair. There’s hope for me after all.

      The waiting – Agreed. Musical crayons…not a bad band name itself.

      Joanne – I reckon you’re on to something when you reckon that I’m on to something. Maybe we should introduce this to school systems nationwide.

      Becky – I hope you can get away with coloring at work. One of the advantages of “working” from home is that I can color all day.

      #4 – I will not be drawn into a political debate…but how dare you bring up bunnies?

      Aclundin – Thanks. I enjoy your hand-drawn, yellow smiley face. You should consider patenting that.

  7. Haqiqa says:

    Re. Dirt and Why I Subscribed to Makya: Your Crayon colors post appeared the day after I’d colored for the first time in years. Care Bear needs to be brown in the Christmas coloring book destined for my grandchildren. Where was BROWN?? When did these new color names happen? They are No Help to me. “Dirt” would have been so much better!
    p.s. I’m 69

    • Makya McBee says:

      Thanks you for your support. I will do my best to continue to provide the quality content you’ve become accustomed to over these past few minutes. P.S. I’m 37.

      • Haqiqa says:

        Off topic: Memory Lane stroll: In ’84 I lived upstairs in the old house where North Branch School provided quality playgrounds for you, made by you?, your dad & others. Your mom babysat my Alex dog once. Thanks for this blog! now I don’t have to ask your mom every time I go to the library “What’s Mayya doing?”…I can see…. his usual quality/haha stuff ;*)

      • Makya McBee says:

        When, in my youth (well, not my real youth, when I was…apparently…building playgrounds), I first started this blog, I thought to myself, “If I can save my mom from having even one person ask about how I’m doing so she can fully focus on the Dewey Decimal system, I’ve done my job.”

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