Some songs have the name of the muse in the title, while others have numbers. We have compiled a list of 50 of the best songs that had numbers in their titles. The list includes some of the all-time greats, by artists like Chuck Berry, Jay-Z, and U2; along with some of the more recent numbers. Have a look:
The pop queen has made some memorable songs throughout her illustrious career. 4 Minutes was released as part of the album Hard Candy, in 2008.
Timbaland and Justin Timberlake produced the song; the latter also helped Madonna with writing the lyrics of the song. The dance track was met with good reviews from critics and the general audience, alike
Will Smith, known more for his acting acumen than his rapping, wrote Just the Two of Us, after being inspired by the eponymous song recorded by Grover Washington and Bill Withers.
The song was the fourth track on Will’s debut album Big Wille Style, which was released in 1997. The song talks about the relationship between a father and his son.
The English rock band Radiohead included 2+2=5 their sixth album, Hail to the thief, which was released in 2003. The song reached the #2 spot in Canada.
The song is considered one of the best songs ever released by the band. Many Radiohead greatest hit compilations include the song. The song slowly builds up to a loud climax.
The song One Headlight was written by Jakob Dylan, the lead vocalist of the band The Wallflowers. It was produced by T-Bone Burnett.
The song is one of the most commercially successful songs released by the band. In 2008, it was listed as the 58th greatest pop songs of all time in the list compiled by MTV and Rolling Stones.
Alex Turner, the lead vocalist and main songwriter of the band Arctic Monkeys, wrote 505 and reached new levels of emotional depth lyrically.
The organ chords used in the song are the same as the ones used in the soundtrack for the movie, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Some believe that the title could be a sly reference to Flight 505, the Rolling Stones song.
Ol’ 55 is the lead single from the first ever album Tom Waits released, Closing Time. Watts wrong the song himself and Jerry Yester embodied it melodiously.
The song wasn’t really successful but has since been covered by numerous artists. Some of the most famous renditions have been done by Eagles, Sarah McLachlan, and Sass Jordan.
All the members of the Spice Girls teamed up with Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe to write 2 Become 1. The song was produced by Matt and Richard.
2 Become 1 was included in the girls’ debut studio album, and it pretty much helped them gain worldwide recognition. The pop song includes the usage of an electronic keyboard, a guitar, and string instruments.
5 O’clock was the showstopper from T-pain’s 4th studio album, Revolver. The song also features Wiz Khalif and Lily Allen.
The song reached the #10 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list and was an online sensation for years after its release. Allen samples her part of the song from her old song, “Who’d Have Known.”
Chuck Berry is credited for the original recording and performance of the song Sweet Little Sixteen, which has since then been performed with slight tweaks, by many artists.
The song reached the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list and is a staple of Chuck’s career, along with Johnny Be Good.
Fred “Toots” Hibbert wrote 54-46 was my number, and then later performed it alongside other members of the Toots and the Maytals. It was released in 1968.
A reworked version of the song was released a year later, and it became one of the first ska songs to actually receive recognition outside Jamaica.
Back to Zero was released as part of The Rolling Stones’ 1986 album, Dirty Work. The song was written and produced by Keith Richards, Chuck Leavell, and Mick Jagger.
The song was written over the fear of a possible nuclear war. This song is also the only song where Chuck Leavell has been given a writing credit.
The Black Album featured some of the most iconic Jay-Z songs, and 99 Problems is undoubtedly one of them. “I got 99 problems, but a b*tch ain’t one” was actually taken from Ice-T’s song of the same name.
The song elucidates the troubles Jyga faced while trying to up his rap game and make a name for himself. He recounts having to deal with racial profiling from a police officer who wanted to search his car without any justifiable reason.
Anything Phil Collins touches turns to Gold. One more night, the song featured in Phil Collins’ No Jacket Required, was/is no exception.
The song reached the #1 spot in the US and other countries from around the world. The song was released in 1984, but even though more than 3 decades have passed, it’s still regarded as one of Phil’s greatest hits.
Mambo No. 5 is jazz dance and mambo song by Cuban musician Pérez Prado, which was released in 1950.
Lou Bega, the German artist, gave the song a new life when he sampled the last 30 seconds of the original song and featured it in his debut album, A Little Bit of Mambo, which was released in 1999.
The iconic English singer David Bowie released some memorable songs during his career spanning 5 decades, and 1984 is undoubtedly one of them.
It was released as part of his 8th album, Diamond Dogs, in 1974. The song is a direct tribute to the novel 1984, by George Orwell, in which he talks about a dystopian world where the government has inadvertently stripped the people of their ability to think for themselves.
Two Princes was a single by the rock band Spin Doctors, released in 1993. The song reached the #7 spot in US, #3 spot in Australia and the United Kingdom, and the #2 spot in Canada.
The song was by far the band’s most commercially successful hit. It talks about the rivalry between two princes who are both trying to win the same girl over.
Christina Perri’s a Thousand Years, featured on the album The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, is one of the greatest love songs written in the last decade.
The song reached the #31 spot in the Billboard Hot 100 list and peaked at other charts from around the world. The song, which also has a music video, talks about a woman who has been waiting for her lover for a thousand years and loves him so dearly that she’s happy to wait for a thousand more.
In the Year 2525 is the greatest song ever released by the American duo Zager and Evans. It stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list for over six weeks.
The song, written and produced by Rick Evans himself, resonated immensely with the youth of the 60s, who weren’t sure about the present, and even less about the future.
A Thousand Miles almost didn’t make our list, because it was initially titled Interlude. The song was written, composed, and performed by Vanessa Carlton.
The song pretty much brought Vanessa to the musical spotlight and is still one of her most successful songs. It was released in 2001 when it also reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Sixteen Tons is a song initially written by Merle Travis in 1946. However, when Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded his own rendition in 1955, that’s when the song garnered global acclaim.
Ernie’s version of the song was a #1 hit in the United States. In 2015, the song was inducted to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
The hip-hop duo Luniz’s debut album, Operation Stackola, was released in 1995, and it included the hit song I Got 5 On it.
The song also features an R&B part by Michael Marshall. The song reached the # 8 spot in the United States, #2 in Germany, and #3 in the United Kingdom.
Robert Lamm, the founding member and keyboardist of the band Chicago, penned down the song 25 or 6 to 4 in 1969. The song reached the #4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 after its release.
The song was reworked by James Pankow and rereleased as part of the album Chicago by the band in 1985. 25 or 6 to 4 has for decades been the go-to song for Chicago, during live concerts.
Australian musician, Troye Sivan, and English singer, Charli XCX wrote and performed 1999, which was released on 5th October 2018.
The cover of the single was inspired by the 1999 movie, The Matrix. The duo also released an album before the single in the same year, by the name Boom.
7/11 was released on November 25, 2014, by Queen Bey, and it became an instant online sensation. The song was auto-tuned, which wasn’t appreciated by some of the critics.
Beyoncé also released a video to go with the song, which has now gained over 490 million views on YouTube. The song reached the #11 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
Baby One More Time is the eponymous song from Britney Spears’ debut solo album. The song talks about the feelings of a girl who has just gone through a breakup.
The song reached the #1 spot across 18 countries and gave Britney the recognition and appreciation she deserved. Britney has been performing the song live many times for the last 2 decades.
Song 2, which is often wrongly referred to as Woo Hoo, is a rock song by the English band Blur. The 1997 song reached the #2 spot on the UK songs chart.
At the 1997 MTV Music Awards, the song received nominations for Best Alternative Video, and Best Music Video. In 2011, NME gave the #79 spot to the song on their list of the 150 best tracks that were released in the last 15 years.
9 to 5 is a song by Dolly Parton from the 1980 eponymous comedy movie. The song also appeared on Dolly’s album titled, “9 to 5 and Odd Jobs”.
The song received 4 Grammy Award nominations and one Academy Award nominations. It also peaked at music charts from around the world.
The song When I’m Sixty-Four was written by Paul McCartney and featured in the 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
McCartney famously jotted the song down at a tender age of 16, but the song wasn’t officially released for another nine years. The song is believed to be about Paul’s father, who was around 64 when it got released.
Only the two of us was a song written by William Salter, Bill Withers, and Ralph Macdonald. IT was performed by Bill Withers and George Washington Jr. Before getting released in 1981.
The smooth jazz song talks about the ebbs and flows of love. In particular, it elucidates Bill’s desire to be with a woman he can’t possibly woo.
99 Luftballons is a song by the German band Nena which was released in the United Kingdom in 1984. An English version of the song was written by Kevin McAlea, and released as part of the album Luftballons in 1984 after the original song garnered great commercial success.
The inspiration of the song comes from the guitarist Carlo Karges’ visit to a Rolling Stones concert, where he saw released balloons soar towards the sky.
Seven Wonders is a song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. It was part of the 1987 album, Tango in the Night.
Sandy Stewart wrote the song, for which the vocals were handled by Stevie Nicks. The song has been featured in many TV shows and movies ever since; most recently in the season finale of the horror show, American Horror Story: Coven.
22 is a song from Lily Allen’s 2009 album, It’s Not Me; It’s You. Some of the critics commended the song because of its rousing lyrics and sound, while others weren’t too receptive.
The song made it to the top 20 of the UK charts, and also did great in other countries like Australia, Netherlands, and Ireland.
21 Questions is a song from the ’50s 2003 album, Get Rich or Die Trying. In the song, the rapper asks 21 questions from her lover, which mostly have to do with loyalty.
“If I wrote you a love letter, would you write back?” and “If I fell off tomorrow, would you still love me?” are some of the questions 50 asks in the hit song.
Missy Elliot wrote One Minute Man on a hot summer day in 2000. She and Timbaland produced the song which was to be featured in her third album, “Miss E… so Addictive.”
The song also features Ludacris. It reached the #15 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list and the #10 spot on the UK singles chart.
’74-’75 is a song by the American band The Connells. The song garnered global success by charting across Europe.
It was a huge success in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and Norway. The song talks about a woman who is trying to locate a man who she was in love during the years 1974 and 1975.
7 Years is a song by the band Lukas Graham, from their 2015 eponymous album. The song recollects the years past and talks about the experiences of the band members during different stages of their lives.
In addition to bringing back memories from the past, the band also shows worry about their life in the years to come.
One is one of the best Metallica songs ever. It was released in 1989, as part of the album, …And Justice for All.
The song sheds light on the experiences of a soldier who is fighting a war when suddenly mortar blows off near him. He loses all his senses and all his limbs. As he comes out of a coma in a hospital, he recollects about his past and all the things his father told him.
U2’s One is arguably one of the greatest rock songs ever written. It was featured in the 1991 album, Achtung Baby.
The band stumbled upon the melody which later gave life to One while working on the song “Mysterious Ways.” Everyone instantly felt something special about the song. The beautifully powerful lyrics were written by Paul David Hewson, also known by his stage name, Bono.
21 Guns is a powerful song from Green Day’s 8th studio album, 21st Century Breakdown. The singer questions whether the wars we are fighting are worth the loss of human life, and shows a longing for lasting peace.
The song was released in 2008 and has since then become a staple of Green Day’s live performances. According to Billie Joe, the song is as much as about looking for inner peace, as it’s about world peace.
The third song on the list with the phrase Two of Us is by The Beatles. The song was written by Paul McCartney and was released as part of the iconic album, Let it Be.
Paul McCartney has always claimed that this song was about him and his wife Linda Eastman, who he married only a few weeks after the song was released.
Paul Simon himself wrote and produced 50 ways to leave your lover. The single that featured on his second album, Still Crazy After All These Years, was released in 1975.
The song was famously written after Paul divorced with his wife, Peggy Harper. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 list for around 3 weeks.
Take Five was written by Paul Desmond and performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The band included the song in their album Time Out, which was released in 1959.
The pop hit has been used in numerous movies, and television shows ever since its release. The song was named so because it was written in an uncanny 5/4 meter.
One (Is the Loneliest Number) was written by Harry Nilsson and performed by Three Dong Night. The song made it to the #5 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
The 1968 song has been known for its famous opening line, “One is the loneliest number you’ll ever do.” It’s believed that Harry wrote the song after calling a person and being put on hold for a while. The constant beeping sound gave him the inspiration to write the song.
The American rock band, The Doors have released some smashing hits over the years, and Love me two times, is definitely one of them.
The song was featured in the 1967 album, Strange Days. The song was initially banned from being played on the radio because it was “too controversial.”
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) is a song both written and performed by The Proclaimers. It was the lead single from their album, Sunshine on Leith, released in 1988.
After the song was featured in the movie, Benny & Joon, it was released in the US and other countries from around the world. It reached the #3 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
Jack White of The White Stripes wrote Seven Nation Army, which was released as part of the band’s fourth album, Elephant, in 2003.
The song topped the alternative songs chart following its release and cemented the band’s place in the alternative rock hall of fame.
One Way or Another stood out in Blondie’s third studio album, Parallel Lines. The song didn’t really make the charts in the early years after its release but became a staple of punk rock stations.
The song was released after Heart of Glass, which still remains the band’s only song to have peaked on the US music charts.
Summer of ’69 is a song by the Canadian singer, Bryan Adams. The song was featured in the 1984 album, Reckless.
Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance wrote the song themselves, and Adams combined with Bob Clearmountain to give the song its melody.
We promise this is the last song by The Beatles on this list. Paul McCartney came up with the idea for Eight days a week, which was eventually co-written by him and John Lennon.
The song was released as part of the album, Beatles for sale, in 1964. The song ended up becoming their 7th song to top the Billboard Hot 100.
For the last song on our list, we turn to the king of funk rock, Freddie Mercury, and his entourage, Queen. The song was actually written by the bass guitarist, John Deacon, but Freddie is said to have made his own edits to the lyrics as well. It was featured in the 1980 album, The Game.
The song instantly became a global sensation, reaching the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and staying there for several weeks. It also won an American Music Award for Favorite Rock Single, along with a Grammy nomination. Another One Bites the Dust, is right up there with Bohemian Rhapsody, when we talk about some of the best Queen songs ever.