Sunday, August 26, 2012

30 Awesome Songs That Feature Numbers in Their Title

Songs are all about numbers. They're about the number of times you repeat the hooks, the number of lyrics you have and the number of beats you have per line. For mainstream artists, songs are also about the number of weeks it takes to get to #1 on the Billboard charts.

Since I like different types of songs, and since I'm half Asian (and stereotypically like math and numbers), I decided to compile a list of awesome songs with numbers in their title.

Keeping up with the theme of the post, here are 30 great songs, listed from 1-10, grouped in threes.


1. Coolio - "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)"

Coolio, best known for his 1995 hit "Gangsta's Paradise" (as well as his crazy cornrows/dreads) dropped this catchy numerical rap a year later.

2. Barenakes Ladies - "One Week"

This song came out the summer before I went to college. I don't think anyone could recite every single lyric, but it was fun trying to, especially after drinking beer.

3. Phil Collins - "One More Night"

Phil Collins sure knew how to woo the ladies. He also knew how to write about heartbreak, like in this song. Did you know that the American Red Cross used this song in the early 1990's in a public service announcement about emergency shelters?


4.  Blur - "Song 2"

English alt-rockers Blur premiered this song in 1997. It became their biggest hit in the U.S. It's most profound lyric: WOOHOO!

5.  Elliott Smith - "Waltz #2"

Elliott Smith died too young, too soon. He was a talented singer-songwriter whose battle with depression and addiction often reflected in his songs. This is from his album XO.

6.  Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock - "It Takes Two"

This was the JAM in 1998! It is ranked #18 in VH1's list of One-Hit Wonders of the 80s.


7. Arcade Fire - "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)"

Arcade Fire is an indie rock band from Canada. Their albums have appeared on many top ten lists. This song is from their album Funeral.

8.  Bob Marley - "Three Little Birds"

If you don't like Bob Marley & The Wailers, or this song, then I don't like you. That is all.

9.  Kenny Rogers - "Three Times a Lady"

I told you, I like ALL types of music. Although this was originally recorded by funk band the Commodores. this cover by Kenny Rogers is a 1980 classic.


10.  Aphex Twin - "4"

Awesome song from Irish electronic musician Aphex Twin (also known as Richard David James).

11.  Cake - "Friend is a Four Letter Word"

This is off my favorite Cake album, Fashion Nugget.  

12.  The Clash - "Four Horsemen"

A song from an awesome punk album, London Calling.


13.  Beck - "High 5"

How could I not include a song that mentions the title of this blog.

14.  Dolly Parton - "Working Nine to Five"

Yes, it's a great song and a great movie. Don't hate.

15.  Radiohead - "2 + 2 = 5"

This is from Radiohead's 2003 album Hail to the Thief.  It's about "unreality" in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.


16. DJ Shadow & Mos Def - "6 Days Remix"

This is one of my favorite songs, EVER. It's a perfect example of instrumental hip hop music.

17.  Lil Wayne - "6 Foot 7 Foot"

Yes, I like Lil Wayne, even if he does want to quit rapping to skateboard.

18.  Sneaker Pimps - "6 Underground"

This was the biggest hit for British band Sneaker Pimps, although it only reached #45 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1997.


19.  Wilco - "Dash 7"

This is from Wilco's debut album A.M.

20.  The Clash - "The Magnificent Seven"

This song, off the album Sandinista!, was inspired from old school hip hop acts Grandmaster Flash and The Sugarhill Gang.

21.  The Shins - "My Seventh Rib"

This song is off a 1998 7" EP album titled Nature Bears a Vacuum.


22.  The Beatles - "Eight Days a Week"

This song was released on the 1964 album Beatles for Sale.

23.  Gossip - "8th Wonder"

This is from the band's 2009 album Music for Men.

24.  R.E.M. - "Driver 8"

This is the second single from R.E.M.'s 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction.


25.  The Searchers - "Love Potion #9"

Originally written by The Clovers in 1956, this song became a #3 hit for The Searchers in 1965.

26.  Damien Rice - "9 Crimes"

This is the first single from the 2006 album 9. It features Lisa Hannigan.

27.  Mike Doughty - "Madeline and Nine"

Mike Doughty, who used to be the frontman for Soul Coughing, released this song on his 2005 album Haughty Melodic.


28.  Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "10 x 10"

This song is from their third EP released in 107 titled Is Is.

29.  The Black Keys - "Ten Cent Pistol"

The Black Keys are an awesome band out of Akron, Ohio. This song is from their 2010 album Brothers.

30.  Led Zeppelin - "Ten Years Gone"

This is from the 1975 album Physical Graffiti. Robert Plant revealed that it was about a girl who made him choose between her or his music.


Mos Def - "Mathematics"

Just because this song is dope. It's from the 1999 album Black on Both Sides.

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