27 Songs Starting With C

Songs starting with C are comparatively popular, with many of the most popular songs of the last few decades using this letter to start. Here are some of the most popular songs beginning with the letter C from different genres.

“Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

Song Year: 2013

OneRepublic’s hit pop rock song from their album Human, Counting Stars, mixes calm and upbeat sections into a smooth and iconic melody. Although a little newer than most other songs on this list, its memorable lyrics made it easy to recite even years later once the basic beat drops.

“Closer” by The Chainsmokers

Song Year: 2016

Starts and stops aren’t unusual in songs, but Closer by The Chainsmokers goes much further than usual with its attention-grabbing intro. Humans are hardwired to notice changes in our environment, and the composition uses that trait to outstanding effect in a song from one of the most well-regarded bands in the world.

“California Gurls” by Katy Perry

Song Year: 2010

Discussions of the East and West coasts of the United States are a little more common in rap than pop, which might be why Katy Perry got rapper Snoop Dogg to feature in this celebration of California style. It’s not to be confused with the similarly-named California Girls by The Beach Boys, which uses their iconic rolling style as a good song in its own right.

“Cursed Night” by Calliope Mori

Song Year: 2020

Although mainly known for her raps, including a chart-topping EP, virtual singer Calliope Mori’s single Cursed Night quickly amassed millions of listens online after its debut in late 2020. The song features her signature lyric writing, including seamless transitions between English and Japanese and complex rhyme structures.

“Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas

Song Year: 1976

Arguably their most famous song, Carry On Wayward Son features long guitar sequences mixed with a stylish melody. It also helped propel the band to fame, becoming their first song to break into the Top 40. Unusually, radio stations at the time preferred to air the album cut instead of the shorter single version.

“Californication” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Song Year: 2000

Although their eventual music video featured graphics that can only be described as dated, the namesake alternative rock song of the Californication album is iconic. The song references a wide selection of topics but focuses on Hollywood and the topic of culture spreading, which has an interesting undertone given the sheer popularity the song maintains at their shows.

“Come Together” by the Beatles

Song Year: 1969

Although the lyrics seem almost nonsensical at times, this slow blues rock song from a band that needs no introduction got its start from a promise by John Lennon to government candidate Timothy Leary. It’s a rare song that may take several listens, and possibly reading the lyrics alongside, to understand a little better.

“Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John

Song Year: 1994

The animated version of Disney’s The Lion King was a hit in its time, and this iconic song from its soundtrack earned Elton John both an Academy Award and a Grammy for its sterling vocals. Although technically a pop song, many people cite it as closer to a ballad, with John’s powerful vocals giving it a hard-to-duplicate human quality that stands out from the crowd.

“Come as You Are” by Nirvana

Song Year: 1992

Grunge has never been as popular as some other genres, but Nirvana broke through stylistic barriers to become a household name in the early 90s. Although not quite as iconic as Smells Like Teen Spirit, it still managed to become their second and final Top 40 hit in America, and Top 10 in the UK.

“Come Sail Away” by Styx

Song Year: 1977

Mixing a calmer opening with heavy guitar in its second part, Come Sail Away uses the ideals of sailing as a metaphor to discuss reaching for dreams. Reaching an impressive #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, it ultimately helped its album hit multi-platinum status and remains one of the top hits of Styx’s career.

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