27 Best Songs With Numbers in the Title
Songs with numbers in the title, or those with a number as the title, are more common than you probably realize.
Enjoy this list of the best songs with numbers in the title, whether they're old favorites or new ones you discover and want to add to your playlist.
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
Song Year: 2011
This song is about a love so intense and enduring that it lasts thousands of years. The hit love song is part of the film soundtrack for “Breaking Dawn: Part 1,” the penultimate movie in the Twilight saga.
The lyrics are about the love between vampires Bella and Edward. Not only is it a beautiful song, but it's also part of an insanely popular movie franchise.
“867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone
Song Year: 1981
The most famous phone number in history, thanks to Tommy Tutone, is also one of the best songs with numbers in the title.
Almost everyone who listened to popular music during the 80s and since can sing the chorus and remember this number, though they might forget the phone numbers of family and friends.
“3005” by Childish Gambino
Song Year: 2013
Childish Gambino is the stage name of actor Donald Glover, known for television shows like Community and Atlanta. Gambino says people misinterpret this song as a love song, but it's really about being afraid to be alone.
His first two Grammy nominations were for this song and its entire album.
“Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks
Song Year: 1981
Stevie Nicks' distinctive vocals and the rock rhythm turn this coming-of-age song into an experience.
Nicks started making music in the 1970s with Lindsay Buckingham. Together, they joined the group Fleetwood Mac for their hit debut album in 1975. Stevie Nicks has been making music with Fleetwood Mac and on solo projects ever since.
“It Takes Two” by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston
Song Year: 1966
This pop Motown hit about how life was better with two people instead of one reached #14 on Billboard's pop music chart in 1967. The song was also Marvin Gaye's first hit in the UK.
Gaye and Wilson were two of the most popular musical artists from the Motown era. Still popular today, this catchy pop duet appeared at the end of the film “It Takes Two” in 1995.
“3AM” by Matchbox 20
Song Year: 1994
The song “3AM” was the second single released from “Yourself or Someone Like You,” Matchbox 20's first album. Most people think it's about a love interest, but lead singer Rob Thomas said he wrote the song about caring for his ill mother.
All the releases from that album became instant hits, leading it to sales of over 10 million copies and Diamond album status.
“I'm Gonna Be (500 miles)” by The Proclaimers
Song Year: 1987
The Proclaimers are a Scottish musical duo still performing in 2021. Craig and Charlie Reid are the twin brothers behind this quirky love song that makes you want to tap your feet.
This hit is one of the best songs with numbers in the title that made it to #1 in several countries. It topped the charts again in 1993 after it appeared in the Johnny Depp film “Benny and Joon.”
“99 Luftballons” by Nena
Song Year: 1983
This fun pop song by the German band Nena became a hit in Europe and Japan. In 1984, Nena released an English-language version with slightly different lyrics called “99 Red Balloons.”
The English version didn't climb the music charts, but the German edition hit #1 in the US and remains one of the best songs with numbers in the title in any language.
“Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
Song Year: 1980
Iconic hard rock band Queen with Freddie Mercury at the helm had a hit on their hands with this song from their 8th album. The tune is the best-selling single from the band, with over 7 million copies sold.
The song earned them a Grammy and an American Music Award, and it still appears in media and pop culture regularly today. The 2018 blockbuster film “Bohemian Rhapsody” chronicles Queen's history and successful career.
“Three Times a Lady” by The Commodores
Song Year: 1978
Before Lionel Richie became a solo music star, he was one of The Commodores. Richie wrote the song and sang the lead vocals, leading the soul group to their first #1 hit.
Some might disagree, but I think this song is one of the most beautiful love songs ever recorded, thanks to its sweet melody and sincere lyrics.
“You're Still the One” by Shania Twain
Song Year: 1997
Canadian singer Shania Twain achieved her first top 10 single in the US with this love song. The song is about overcoming things together and staying in love despite obstacles.
The theme and beautiful melody made it a popular choice for the first dance between a bride and groom at their wedding reception.
“One Way or Another” by Blondie
Song Year: 1978
Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie, belted out this song about never giving up on the object of your affection and turned stalking into a catchy tune people still sing over 40 years later.
Blondie became popular with their single “Heart of Glass” and followed that with this song, securing their place in pop music history.
“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton
Song Year: 1980
Dolly Parton was already a country icon when she wrote this song, but its popularity and the success of the same-named movie she wrote it for brought her legions of new fans.
This catchy song about working the day-job grind and struggling to get ahead earned her two Grammy awards and an Academy Award nomination.
“Two Out of Three Ain't Bad” by Meat Loaf
Song Year: 1977
This sad rock ballad about not loving someone became a hit for singer Meat Loaf from his album “Bat Out of Hell.” Meat Loaf had several hits in the 70s and 80s, but this song remains many people's favorite.
The album became one of the top-selling albums of all time and still sells hundreds of thousands of copies each year.
“December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)” by Franki Valli and the Four Seasons
Song Year: 1975
This peppy song about a young man's first experience with love was the last #1 hit for the group The Four Seasons.
Franki Valli sang the lead vocals for The Four Seasons from 1960 until he left to further his solo career. This song has the group's distinctive sound, later commemorated in The Jersey Boys, the award-winning Broadway musical.
“1984” by Bowling for Soup
Song Year: 2004
Despite the bleak lyrics about life not working out the way we thought it would when we were young, this song has a feel-good sound.
The list of rock artists and movies from the 80s makes it nostalgic and fun, but the theme is living in the past and having unrealistic expectations. The music makes it hard to get too depressed about getting older, though.
“Two Tickets to Paradise” by Eddie Money
Song Year: 1977
This rock song about trying to seduce a lover came from Eddie Money's first self-titled album and rocketed him to stardom. The tune has remained popular over the decades and still plays on classic rock stations regularly.
Most people think of this song when they think of Eddie Money.
“I Can't Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar
Song Year: 1984
In 1984, the highest speed limit in the United States was 55 mph because of the National Maximum Speed Limit law enacted in the early 70s. This song was about the need for speed and faster limits on long stretches of highway.
This song was Hagar's last solo hit. He replaced David Lee Roth as frontman for Van Halen in 1985. This tune regularly appears in motorsports and racing video games.
“17” by Avril Lavigne
Song Year: 2013
This pop track is about a girl and her 17-year-old boyfriend stealing kisses and falling in love. The song fits her theme of a bubble-gum pop sound mixed with teen angst and skateboard culture.
Lavigne's first album in 2002 was the top-selling album by any Canadian artist in the 21st century, so this song and her later albums had a lot to live up to.
“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon
Song Year: 1975
This hit song about getting out of an unhappy relationship appeared on Simon's album “Still Crazy After All These Years,” his first solo album to hit #1. The different ways to leave make up a catchy chorus that's still quoted often in entertainment today.
Paul Simon started his career as part of the folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel but went solo in 1972. Art Garfunkel sings back-up on some of the tracks of his solo albums, like the one that features this song.
“A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton
Song Year: 2001
The bouncy piano score makes this song memorable, as do the lyrics about missing someone and being willing to go to any lengths to see them again.
Carlton wrote the song when she was only 16 years old in the 1990s. Thanks to its success, her debut album in 2002 sold over a million copies and achieved Platinum album status.
“Eight Days a Week” by The Beatles
Song Year: 1964
No list of the best songs with numbers in the title would be complete without this song by the best-selling musical act in history.
This classic group started the “British Invasion” in the 60s. This invasion was the phenomenon of UK artists breaking into popularity in the US. The Beatles were so popular their success earned a separate name: Beatlemania.
The Beatles have sold over 600 million albums and have more #1 hits in the US and the UK than any other musical artist. Their memorable lyrics and catchy tunes helped make them the iconic music group all other bands aspired to be.
“One Is the Loneliest Number” by Three Dog Night
Song Year: 1968
The music sounds upbeat and peppy, especially once the drums join in, even though this is a song about loneliness. “Joy to the World” is undoubtedly the most well-known song by this folk band.
Three Dog Night was a popular group with over 20 hits on Billboard's Top 40 chart before 1975. The group has toured off and on since and is still making appearances in concert in 2021.
“The One” by Elton John
Song Year: 1992
This song appeared on the album of the same name and became Elton John's best-selling album since 1973's “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” “The One” was his 22nd studio album.
A beautiful love song with Elton's John's signature vocals and piano, this tune became standard for weddings during the 1990s. Elton John has been an iconic performer since the 1960s and is the subject of the blockbuster film “Rocketman.”
“Love Potion No. 9” by The Clovers
Song Year: 1959
This fun 50s ditty was a top hit in its day and has appeared in the catalog of several other bands, like Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. The Searchers and The Coasters covered the song, too.
Rockin' piano and saxophone give the song some oomph as The Clovers sing about getting a love potion from a gypsy to help the course of true love. This song has that unmistakable 50s vibe that makes you want to sing along.
“I Would Die 4 U” by Prince
Song Year: 1984
This funk and pop masterpiece comes from Prince's 6th studio album “Purple Rain.” The album is the soundtrack to his rock drama film by the same title. The movie earned over $72 million worldwide, and the album achieved 13x Platinum status, with over 25 million copies sold.
The range of the “Purple Rain” album and its string of hits cemented Prince's place as one of the most gifted songwriters, singers, and guitarists in musical history.
“Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O'Connor
Song Year: 1990
Two of the best songs with numbers in the title came from Prince. The rock and pop powerhouse wrote this song for a group he formed and signed to his record label in 1984 called The Family.
Irish singer O'Connor released this mournful song about love and longing from her second album and became an international hit. The tune's also available with Prince singing vocals on a live album, a studio album, and “Originals,” a posthumous collection released in 2019.
Top Songs With Numbers in the Title, Final Thoughts
How many of these popular songs with numbers in the title had you heard before? How many did you know by heart? Some of my favorite songs of all time, songs I still listen to and love, made this list. I hope you found your old favorites here and discovered some new favorites, too.
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