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.


1. Coolio – “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRVVOLNmkAQ%5DCoolio, 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. Barenaked Ladies – “One Week”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC_q9KPczAg%5DThis 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”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKVq-P3z5Vg%5DPhil 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 1990s in a public service announcement about emergency shelters?


4. Blur – “Song 2”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc18xt5wQnk%5DEnglish 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”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL1ly1GMwwc%5DElliott 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”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IBRbzf3Fws%5DThis 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)”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqGiCXtvokM%5DArcade 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”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaGUr6wzyT8%5DIf 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”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok7becfXoJE%5DI 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”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iiK4MgIPtI&w=584&h=390%5DAwesome song from Irish electronic musician Aphex Twin (also known as Richard David James).

11. Cake – “Friend is a Four Letter Word”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm70afsCO7k&w=584&h=390%5DThis is off my favorite Cake album, Fashion Nugget.

12. The Clash – “Four Horsemen”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ng9uGizNtY%5DA song from an awesome punk album, London Calling.


13. Beck – “High 5”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aWDi-c5120%5DHow could I not include a song that mentions the title of my blog?

14. Dolly Parton – “Working Nine to Five”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaERHs8Q93E%5DIt’s both a great song and a great movie. Don’t hate.

15. Radiohead – “2 + 2 = 5”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waJWRYa7weo%5DThis is from Radiohead’s 2003 album Hail to the Thief. It’s about “unreality” in George Orwell’s novel 1984.

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