Oh behave! Looking for songs beginning with the letter B? Here is our choice of the best.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
Song Year: 1975
We can’t think of a better song to kick off this list than the classic Queen song to which everyone knows the words.
This daring and edgy rock and roll anthem of the 1970s showcases the true talent of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. Featuring a variety of musical flavors and tempos throughout, Bohemian Rhapsody continues to garner new fans every year.
“…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears
Song Year: 1999
The breakout hit of the Princess of Pop ushered in a new era of pop music in the late 1990s. With the opening chords alone, Britney Spears changed the history of music forever.
This bubblegum pop song’s iconic music video sparked a firestorm of success for the pop singer. The song generated scores of screaming fans, record-breaking music sales, and one of the most loyal fanbases of all time.
“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Song Year: 2009
Late in the 2000s, Lady Gaga took the pop music world by storm when she released her debut album, “The Fame.” When Gaga released this instant hit, she solidified her place in music history and ignited a generation of fans.
A decade and a noteworthy career in music and film later, Gaga’s “little monsters” still jump for joy when her classically-trained vocals begin to sing the opening notes of this classic.
“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
Song Year: 1982
The King of Pop lives on through the music he graced the airwaves with throughout his impressive and legendary career.
Billie Jean is Jackson’s cautionary tale of the consequences of casual encounters. The song explores the game of he-said, she-said, in which a man disputes his role in a child’s life.
To this day, this song's funky, disco-inspired beat can make anyone want to dance.
“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
Song Year: 2014
When Taylor Swift finally transitioned to pop music, her songs became a thing no one could avoid.
Swift began to tire of the rumors surrounding her love life, so she decided to play with them. This song is her clap back at the critics who judged her choices and became one of her most successful songs. It’s easy to see that in the end, she got the last laugh.
“Break My Soul” by Beyoncé
Song Year: 2022
After a six-year hiatus from any original music of her own, Beyoncé stormed back into our lives in the summer of 2022 with this instant club banger.
This single is the lead track from an album of disco-inspired songs dedicated to the Black LQBTQIA+ community. Beyoncé sings of freeing herself from that which doesn’t serve her.
With this, Beyoncé serves one of the best songs of the 2020s, despite being early in the decade.
“The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
Song Year: 1984
The days of young love in the summertime are enough to make anyone stop and feel nostalgic. For many, this song is the time capsule that transports them back to those glory days.
Don Henley, fresh out of the band Eagles, wrote this tune for anyone who thought back on past loves. Though the world wished for the band's reunion, this song was an excellent fruit of Henley's solo career.
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
Song Year: 2020
The Weeknd is known for providing the music industry with R&B music that reaches a wide audience. With “Blinding Lights,” the artist gave us an infectious hit that we put on repeat during COVID-19 lockdowns.
The song also lit up social media and became a viral dance trend on the popular app TikTok. It’s probably a good thing most people don’t realize the song speaks about drunk driving.
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day
Song Year: 2004
The punk rock band Green Day found renewed success in the early 2000s with their album “American Idiot.” This song is the album’s shining centerpiece.
The band sings of walking down a path of life’s disappointments and failures, with shattered dreams of a life marred by sadness. It remains the only song earning both the Grammy for Record of the Year and the VMA Award for Video of the Year.
“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
Song Year: 2006
Carrie Underwood sets the tone for what to expect should people betray her trust.
This country hit tells the tale of a woman scorned by a lying lover. We pity the fool who decided that Underwood was the woman to cross.
After her win on American Idol, Underwood soared into the hearts of even the most reluctant country music listeners. Her hits remind us that music can and should be fun.
“Back in Black” by AC/DC
Song Year: 1980
Following the untimely death of their lead singer, AC/DC was faced with the choice to disband or carry on. Thankfully, they chose the latter and found new levels of success.
The song is a rock and roll celebration of the late singer’s life and love for rock music. The Australian band created some of their biggest hits through their grief, and this was one of them.
“Break Free” by Ariana Grande feat. Zedd
Song Year: 2014
Ariana Grande rose to critical acclaim in the 2010s with her high-key hits. This collaboration with Russian-German DJ Zedd accelerated that success.
The upbeat club hit serves as an anthem for anyone who has ever felt restrained or held back by anything or anyone. Grande empowers her listeners to embrace their authentic selves and shine their true light on the world. It’s hard to listen to this and not feel the love.
“Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson
Song Year: 2004
Leaving one’s hometown is one of the most challenging things a person can do. It also can prove to be one of the most rewarding things in life. In this heartfelt powerhouse ballad, Kelly Clarkson explores the emotional journey of leaving home and finding a new life.
The music is emotional, and, as always, Clarkson’s vocal abilities are enough to bring a tear to the eye.
“Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran
Song Year: 2021
Ed Sheeran returned to the music scene in the early 2020s with an honest and vulnerable look into the effects of fame.
Singing about how vices can take over a person’s life, Sheeran provides a catchy, upbeat, and cautionary tale about the cost of losing self-control. While Sheeran has been vocal about substance abuse struggles, this song offers a deep dive into what that looks and sounds like for him.
“Break My Heart by Dua Lipa
Song Year: 2020
Love is weird. At least, that’s what Dua Lipa is quick to point out in this smash hit from her sophomore album.
The Australian pop singer presents a firsthand look into the inner struggle of loving someone you know will hurt you. She (beautifully) sings that she recognizes she had the power to resist but gave that up due to her desire for her lover.
“Big Energy” by Latto
Song Year: 2021
We spoke earlier about artists of the music industry recycling things that worked for others. This song is one of those instances.
Sampling Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” of the 1990s, Latto provides her listeners with a fun song that explores the energy she feels from the lover she desires. After a rough start to the 2020s, music listeners found the urge to head back to the clubs and dance to this song.
“Birthday” by Katy Perry
Song Year: 2013
Whether it’s your birthday or not, this upbeat party anthem from quirky girl Katy Perry will help initiate a celebration.
Singing about celebrating the one you love, no matter the day, the quick beat and happy sounds of this song can instantly brighten the day of anyone who gives it a listen. Grab your friends, get a cake, and put this song on repeat for a fun night of celebrating whatever you choose!
“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
Song Year: 1967
Once upon a time, this song was considered too racy to be played in public settings. If only music fans of the sixties knew what was to come.
Van Morrison provides a timeless classic hit with this song about longing for lost love. The singer remembers when a woman with beautiful brown eyes once only had eyes for him.
Though times have changed, this song continues to be a favorite.
“Believe” by Cher
Song Year: 1998
Cher is one of the few artists whose highly successful career has spanned over six decades. By the time she released this instant hit in the late 1990s, she had already released twenty-one studio albums.
In this particular song, she sings about her ability to find her way after saying goodbye to the one she loves. While heartbreak stings, this song brings people together to this day.
“Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston
Song Year: 2007
Though his career slightly fizzled out after a few short years, Sean Kingston’s debut single was a massive success in the late years of the 2000s.
The lyrics speak about the turmoil experienced while pursuing a woman to love. Kingston broke through airwaves and became an overnight sensation.
Kingston's voice is like butter on the ears. The beautiful melody of the song and upbeat energy will warrant repeat listens.
“Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie
Song Year: 2006
Any woman who has ever had to remind themselves that they deserve something better can relate to the heartfelt lyrics of this ballad.
Fergie provides an in-depth look at the raw emotions of choosing to love yourself first. While leaving a lover is hard, continuing your forward trajectory is one of the healthiest decisions. Fergie gives us all of that in this song.
“Baby” by Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris
Song Year: 2010
In the early 2010s, a new virus began to plague listeners of pop music all over the world. Bieber Fever was the latest epidemic to hit radio airwaves.
Justin Bieber was a name no one could avoid, particularly when this song dropped in the early days of the new decade. Bieber speaks about the sting of losing his first love. Filled with preteen innocence, “Baby” bolstered Bieber’s success for years.
“Bills, Bills, Bills” by Destiny’s Child
Song Year: 1999
In the late years of the 1990s, Destiny’s Child lit up the airwaves and ushered in a new era of pop/R&B music.
The girl group had been creating music together for years by the time this hit dropped. The girl group sings about the frustrations of lending and, in many cases, giving expensive things to their lovers.
Shortly after, the girl group pivoted towards messages of independence in their music. Nevertheless, this song remains a classic.
“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
Song Year: 1996
Celine Dion has a way of incorporating deep feelings of love in every lyric and every note of her music. This love ballad is no different.
The woman known for sailing into our hearts with her love anthems sings of how love saved her life. This heartfelt and passionate song about sacrifices people make for others is enough to make even the most cynical listener fall in love.
“Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift
Song Year: 2014
Not all songs by Taylor Swift are a response to love turned sour.
This inspiringly angry anthem focuses on betrayal in one of the most vulnerable places: friendship. “Bad Blood” launched a years-long feud between Swift and fellow superstar Katy Perry. Though the two have since buried the hatchet, we still go crazy whenever this song begins to play.
The music video features an ensemble cast and is always a treat we enjoy.
“Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot
Song Year: 1992
There are certain songs that everybody has heard at least a dozen times in their lives. This song is one that everybody has heard at least a hundred times.
Sir Mix-A-Lot gave the world this hip-hop jam in the early 1990s and instantly lit dance floors ablaze. Mix-A-Lot sings about his particular desires for the women he pursues. Though over time, the public called the lyrics into question for objectifying female bodies.
“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
Song Year: 2019
Our final entry comes from the young Billie Eilish. Her smash hit “Bad Guy” lit up the airwaves in the late 2010s. Eilish has the unique style of singing softly and exploring dark themes in her music.
Fans adore Eilish for her raw talent and standalone style of music. This breakout hit speaks about how she is stronger than her lover while taunting him to prove her wrong.
Best Songs Starting With The Letter B, Final Thoughts
The songs and artists featured on this list offer an in-depth look at how the music industry changes over time.
The talent listed above is undeniable, and we know you probably can name a few songs we neglected to mention.
We can’t help but wonder: how many new songs will we be able to add to this list of songs beginning with the letter B in a few short years?