Are you looking for a song starting with A? Many of the greatest songs of all time start with the first letter of the alphabet. Once you scroll through these songs, starting with the letter A, you'll be sure to find quite a few that you love.
“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
Song Year: 1964
Sam Cooke was just 33 years old when he wrote what would become one of the most important songs of the Civil Rights movement. The song was inspired by the racism Cooke experienced in his own life, particularly when he and his friends were turned away from an “all whites” hotel.
“A Hard Day's Night” by The Beatles
Song Year: 1964
“A Hard Day's Night” is one of the Beatles' catchiest hits, and it speaks to everyone who's working hard to make a living. The idea for the song came from a phrase Ringo said. The band had been recording all day and night when Ringo commented that it had been a hard day, then corrected himself to the word night.
“At Last” by Etta James
Song Year: 1961
While most people associate “At Last” with the iconic Etta James, it was first performed in 1941 by Glenn Miller in the film Orchestra Wives. James marked the song as her transition from a teenager singer to an adult.
Strangely, although the song is still played and is by far James's most popular, it never charted on Billboard.
“A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash
Song Year: 1969
Many Cash fans know that he first performed the song “A Boy Named Sue” at his San Quentin State Prison performance, perhaps one of the most famous performances of all time.
Many people don't know the background of the song. It was written by Shel Silverstein, who's mostly known as the children's poet who published Where the Sidewalk Ends. Silverstein was a musician and wrote the song after talking to a friend with a “girl's” name.
Cash's wife June encouraged him to perform the song, and the rest is history.
“Ain't No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
Song Year: 1971
Withers wrote his legendary song after watching the film Days of Wine and Roses. He originally put the repeating phrase “I know, I know” in 26 times as a placeholder for more lyrics, but producers decided it was great as is.
Withers worked in a toilet factory at the time. When his song became a hit, his label gave him a golden toilet seat in commemoration.
“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” by Ilene Woods
Song Year: 1950
“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” is one of Disney's most popular classic songs. It's from the film Cinderella. She sings it to Jacques and Gus when reminding them to follow their dreams. It's also featured in many other Disney moments.
“Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)” by Pink Floyd
Song Year: 1979
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd wrote this song about his school days in 1950s England, and it soon became a scathing anthem against the British school system. The “bricks” in the song refer to the many horrors that led to Waters building a wall around himself.
“American Idiot” by Green Day
Song Year: 2004
“American Idiot” was the titular track off Green Day's 2004 concept album. The band wrote the song about their displeasure with politics and the mass media. It has become a popular protest song.
In 2009, the album was turned into a musical that followed three disillusioned young men struggling to figure out their roles in American society.
“Ain't That a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin
Song Year: 1960
“Ain't That a Kick in the Head” was performed in Ocean's 11, but the line was first heard in a Frank Sinatra film a few years prior. The song has been used in several movies and is always a Rat Pack favorite.
“Airplanes” by B.o.B.
Song Year: 2010
“Airplanes” was originally written by Lupe Fiasco. He used Hayley Williams from the band Paramore in his recording. When he decided not to release the song, it went to B.o.B, who also used Williams's chorus. It wasn't a collaboration, though, as the two never met until after the song was recorded.