Browse music to use in your short film or PSA — or find inspiration from songs throughout the Red Hot archive.
You can check out the full archive of Red Hot's past albums at RedHot.org.
Dark Was The Night 
Dark Was the Night features exclusive recordings by a number of independent artists and production by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The title is derived from the Blind Willie Johnson song “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground,” which is covered on this collection by the Kronos Quartet. On 1 December 2010, World AIDS Day, it was announced on 4AD’s website that profits raised by the compilation for the benefit of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention had surpassed $1,000,000.
Red Hot + Riot 
Red Hot + Riot is a tribute to the great songs of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It combines contemporary musicians from across the African Diaspora — Urban America, Brazil, Cuba, Europe and West Africa — including his son, Femi Kuti, and drummer, Tony Allen, along with a cross-section of some of the most creative musicians in the world. The combinations are not just musical, but also symbolic of how people need to work together to achieve the positive life force embodied in Fela's music and spirit.
Red Hot + Indigo 
Red Hot + Indigo, a tribute to the legacy of Duke Ellington, was the 13th album in the Red Hot AIDS benefit series. This project followed suit with Red Hot + Blue, Red Hot + Rio, and Red Hot + Rhapsody by featuring modern acts reinterpreting the work of one of the 20th century’s greatest songwriters.
Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon 
Like many epidemics, AIDS spread along major trade and travel routes. Onda Sonora (sound wave) follows the Portuguese travel routes by fusing elements from many cultures. It features 40 artists from 11 countries singing in 7 languages. Yet underlying these diverse origins is a common connection beyond their heritage — a message of hope and love. This project was created in conjunction with the 1998 World Expo in Lisbon Portugal. A donation of $100,000 was made in Red Hot's name by Imperio Seguradora, helping Red Hot raise AIDS awareness in the Portuguese-speaking world where reliable AIDS information is desperately needed.
Red Hot + Rhapsody 
Red Hot + Rhapsody is a contemporary tribute to the classic George Gershwin songs that have seduced listeners for nearly a century. In the spirit of RED HOT + BLUE, this project brings together a diverse set of performers to reinterpret the Gershwins’ music for new audiences.
Silencio = Muerte: Red Hot + Latin 
Silencio = Muerte: Red Hot + Latin, originally released in 1997 on Jellybean Benitez' H.O.L.A Recordings, was the tenth album in the Red Hot series created to fund the fight against AIDS in Latin America and the Latino community. The pairing of artists like David Byrne and Café Tacuba reflected a cultural encounter far ahead of its time that continues to provide a music-without-language-barriers soundtrack for the multi-cultural American experience. When Red Hot + Latin was originally released, the album was the subject of an MTV special that received widespread critical praise and aired worldwide.
America Is Dying Slowly 
America Is Dying Slowly (a backronym for AIDS) features collaborations from several hip hop acts, including Mobb Deep, De La Soul, Coolio, Biz Markie, Chubb Rock, The Lost Boyz, Pete Rock, and Wu-Tang Clan. Dubbed "a masterpiece" by The Source on its release, the album was one of the first of such efforts aimed at reaching out to African American men through pop culture.
Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip 
Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip combines elements of ambient, spoken word, and trip hop to expand the ideas of artistic collage and spiritual transcendence of "the Beats." The album is an offshoot of a larger project called The Beat Experience, which explored the legacy of the Beat movement.
Red Hot + Rio 
Red Hot + Rio is a contemporary tribute to the Bossa Nova sounds that has seduced people around the globe for decades, in particular the music of the great composer and arranger Antonio Carlos Jobim. This transcontinental pop record puts a modern spin on the magical ambiance and music that was Ipanema in the 60s.
Red Hot + Bothered 
Red Hot + Bothered is an anthology of the indie rock scene from the 1990s. The recording initially appeared as a pair of 10" EP recordings bundled with limited edition fanzines, and spoofing dating guides. Also included was advice from well-known artists and writers aimed at reaching the audience on a variety of issues, including relationships, love, sex, and the impact of AIDS. The EP recordings were eventually followed-up by a full–length CD including several tracks absent on the vinyl EPs.
Red Hot + Cool 
Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool was hailed as Time Magazine's 1994 Album of the Year. One of the first projects to explore the impact of AIDS upon the African American community, the album features collaborations between old school jazz performers and contemporary hip hop artists. A documentary film focusing on the impact of AIDS on communities of color was broadcast on PBS in tandem with the album release, and released on home video.
Red Hot + Country 
Red Hot + Country features music from the classic country and classic rock genres performed by an assortment of seasoned old and new country music artists. The album received two Grammy nominations following its release. A live show was held at the Ryman Auditorium — ancestral home to the Grand Ole Opry.
No Alternative 
No Alternative was the definitive alternative rock compilation of 1994, given an A+ by Entertainment Weekly. It features original tracks and covers from bands who went on to define the alternative rock scene of the 90s. An MTV special and home video featured live performances, music videos, and information about AIDS for an audience otherwise untargeted by other AIDS organizations.
Red Hot + Blue 
Red Hot + Blue, featuring contemporary pop performers reinterpreting the great songs of Cole Porter, was the first in the Red Hot series. Released in 1990, it sold over a million copies worldwide and was heralded as one of the first major AIDS benefits in the music business. The accompanying television special featured groundbreaking videos for nearly every song. Created by famous directors, these clips openly portrayed the effects of AIDS on our society. Blue has now been released on a special two-disc set including the original CD remastered, and a DVD of the home video.