It’s interesting that you would inadvertently stumble into this informational article. If by chance you were looking for a list of a bunch of great tracks that start with the letter I, then you’re in luck. In this article, we’ll be going over 31 songs starting with I.
1. (I Just) Died in Your Arms – Cutting Crew
Something I did not know about this song before starting this article was that the line ‘died your arms tonight’ was about an orgasm. In French, ‘la petite mort’ is a euphemism for an orgasm as that was basically the inspiration Nick Van Eede took to write this track. Regardless, this was the debut single for Cutting Crew and their biggest hit, remaining to this day one of the biggest songs in all of classic rock.
2. (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! – Shania Twain
Shania Twain pulled off an incredible career that saw her own the female side of the country music world for years. She put out hit after hit, but this one was only her second number-one single. The point of the song was that she isn’t looking for a good time, she wants the real thing.
3. I Am a God – Kanye West
Boy, was there ever a better song to describe Kanye West before he decided to become a Christian or before he went off about the Jews in a Twitter rant? There are a lot of different explanations for the meaning or point of the track, but the obvious God complex of someone that lists God as a featured performer and compares themselves to Jesus multiple times in a song is on full display.
4. I Am Machine – Three Days Grace
Hardships can lead to a lack of emotion, and it’s hard to really give a care when you’re struggling on your own. A lot of people just go numb to everything. And that’s basically the point of I Am Machine by Three Days Grace, a song about wanting to have a deeper emotional connection to the world around you but lacking one most of the time.
5. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
While R. Kelly is not someone that I would say you should ever aspire to look up to or act like, he put out some really dang good songs. I Believe I Can Fly might be his best, especially if we judge by its longevity. It’s been used in quite a lot of movies and has been remixed to hell and back with different lyrics, but it was originally a really good track.
Believing you can reach your goals and attain the highest prizes is something everyone needs a little bit of in their life. So, we’ll separate the artist from their work with this one and give this classic song its due.
6. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys’ debut single, and one of their best-known tracks, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor remains one of their best to this day. It debuted on the top of the UK Singles chart and has even been listed as one of the greatest songs of all time by NME.
7. I Can Only Imagine – David Guetta Feat. Chris Brown and Lil Wayne
I Can Only Imagine by David Guetta is one of the best representations of love and lust at first sight I’ve ever listened to. From the moment he lays eyes on this girl, he begins imagining what it would be like to be with her and what their life could look like. Additional verses from Lil Wayne and Chris Brown send this one over the top.
8. I Can’t Fight This Feeling – dUg Pinnick
I Can’t Fight This Feeling was written by dUg Pinnick about a friend who was addicted to heroin. It was a struggle for them both, as he was sure his friend would kill himself and had seen him OD on a couple of occasions already.
9. I Could Kick Your Ass – Justin Moore
I Could Kick Your Ass frankly comes off as a drunk redneck trying to start a fight, and he isn’t too bright. However, it was one of Justin Moore’s most fun and playful singles. The whole song is an open letter to anyone who gets too big for their britches and wants to try to take away his woman. They better bring some backup, because despite having a boatload of money and awards, he could totally—allegedly—kick their ass.
10. I Could Not Ask for More – Edwin McCain
I Could Not Ask For More is another classic love song. It’s all about how just being in a specific person’s presence can make everything seem perfect. Edwin McCain was the artist to first record it, however, I grew up hearing the Sara Evans version of the song.
11. I Don’t Care – Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy’s I Don’t Care is an interesting song. It’s obviously political, but it takes on the politics of a relationship rather than being a protest against some big government action. It wound up being one of their most successful tracks and is quintessential for fans of the band.
12. I Don’t Fuck With You – Big Sean Feat. E-40
Akin to CeeLo Green’s Fuck You, Big Sean had his own response to haters and former friends that wanted to try to tear him down. What became an anthem for a lot of people and a song that was often quoted in plenty of high school dramas, I Don’t Fuck With You was one of his most popular tracks. It’s a sentiment I can get behind. Why are you talking to me, I don’t even mess with you.
13. I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore – Rise Against
Rise Against’s I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore is a personal favorite of mine. It’s the perfect song to throw on when your boss makes you stay late at work or you’re stuck in a situation you really don’t want to be in but you can’t leave.
While some may see it as a brattish, angsty cry of rebellion, I see it as a fun stress reliever that works wonders when I really don’t want to be sitting at my desk typing anymore because I’ve been doing it for hours. Anytime you need a little bit of a boost or want to rage against your current situation—no matter how trivial the reality may be—this track has you covered.
14. I Drink Wine – Adele
When Adele was going through her very rough divorce, she was still writing music. I Drink Wine was one of the songs to come from that period, explaining the way she copes with everything and talking about how important it is to let go of your ego to find the best solutions to arguments.
15. I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
Lee Brice’s I Drive Your Truck is one of the best country tribute songs you’re going to listen to today. In remembrance of someone he lost, he fires up their old truck and runs it through all the fields, pushing it to its limits. The whole while, he’s tearing up as he dwells on the loss.
16. I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe is an iconic duet about how no matter what happens, they still have each other. I suggest this one for karaoke night.
17. I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas released I Gotta Feeling and made one of the best stadium songs to come out in recent years. While arena rock still mostly dominates sporting venues, you’ll hear this one played side-by-side with titans of rock and roll.
18. I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
I Kissed A Girl was a song that stirred up a lot of controversy for Katy Perry, but that did nothing but drive home how big of a hit it wound up being. I remember when this track came out. A lot of people questioned her sexuality. A lot more people mocked the song—in a fun way—because of how easy it was with such a simple chorus.
Look, there are songs the internet gets ahold of and goes to town by changing lyrics, and this is one. If you need another example, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer with ‘lemon on a pear’ is a good example.
19. I Love Rock ‘N Roll – Joan Jett
Look. We all know Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘N Roll. It’s a rock standard at this point, in the same vein as something like We Will Rock You. What a lot of people don’t think of when they hear this song is its amazing karaoke potential. It’s one of the easiest tracks you can pull out and doesn’t require any vocal talent to pull off. So, if you hate karaoke and get forced to go or are just really bad at it, this is a song I’d recommend.
20. I Miss You – Incubus
Incubus is a band that often tugs at my heart and has a lot of songs that I can relate to on a deep level. I Miss You is something that became especially powerful for me as I developed a long-distance relationship and realized it was going to be with the person I wanted to spend my life with. Just waking up next to your loved ones is a gift that a lot of people take for granted, but this track points out that it’s actually an amazing thing and that any time spent apart feels like it’s being wasted.
21. I Need a Doctor – Dr. Dre Feat. Eminem and Skylar Grey
Who does a doctor call when they need help? A doctor of course. This is basically the premise of this song, though having a doctorate in hip hop might not be what you were thinking of. Dr. Dre’s I Need A Doctor was all about his close relationship with Eminem and how often the duo inspire each other and push each other to new heights. Plus, it features Eminem on the track.
22. I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc
I Need A Dollar has an amazing backstory. Aloe Blacc wrote the song when he was down to his last few dollars and was absolutely struggling. It wound up becoming his first single, turning into a hit, and springboarding his music career in a way nobody ever imagined was possible. While he has since released other hits, none are more personal, interesting, or important for him than this track.
23. I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls
So, I only know this song because on That 70s Show it’s the one Fez breaks out at the High School Reunion that happens in the 80s when he’s become a big music star. While I know the actual track is a quality one, I can’t get his nasally version of it out of my head, which makes it very hard for me to take this song seriously. Plus, it’s literally by A Flock of Seagulls. I don’t know man, but this track is actually pretty good if you listen more for the instrumentals than the lyrics.
24. I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
Prince was another one of the artists I grew up listening to a lot, and the older I get, the more I respect the music he puts out. I Wanna Be Your Lover was one of the songs that I didn’t understand as a child but sang along to anyway. It’s a seductive track of desire that was the song to kick off his rise to stardom in the US. It was his first big hit here, rising to number 11 on the Hot 100 and taking the top spot on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart as well.
25. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
I Wanna Dance With Somebody was the lead single for Whitney Houston’s second album and remains a classic to this day. It also earned her her second Grammy Award win and became an overnight commercial success.
26. I Want to Break Free – Queen
Nobody, and I mean nobody, was going to keep Freddie Mercury bottled up forever. And it was a service to the world that he got to express a lot of himself to us. I Want To Break Free is one of the perfect songs to describe wanting to get away from a toxic person in your life, whether that be someone in your family, a friend, or a romantic partner. Getting away from their lies and negativity is only going to bring you positive results, no matter how difficult that process might be for you.
27. I’m A Believer – The Monkees
The Monkees might have recorded I’m A Believer in 1966, but it’s a song that’s still around today. I’ve heard it countless times in films and TV shows and it remains an all-time classic. All about love at first sight and what you’re willing to do for that person, it’s a beautiful and happy tune.
28. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
I always get confused by the opening instrumentals of this song. When it comes on, I know either Ice Ice Baby or Queen’s Under Pressure is about to play. While there’s no contest between which one was more artistically creative, Vanilla Ice really beat it out in terms of commercial success. This track alone made him so much money he never had to have another hit, and it’s regarded as one of the best one-hit wonder songs in all of music history. Plus, it’s a track that all the white people can rap along to.
29. If Tomorrow Never Comes – Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks is the undisputed king of country music, and you will not be able to argue with me about that one. The only real shame about his music is that you can only get it on Amazon thanks to a massive deal they made, but money talks. If Tomorrow Never Comes was one of the biggest and best love songs the king ever produced. It’s sweet, stating that if he were to not wake up in the morning, he would want to spend his last moments with his significant other.
30. If We Ever Broke Up – Mae Stephens
This song is a bit of a thorn in my side. It’s great, don’t get me wrong, and it’s a popular one on TikTok. Though it is a little disconcerting to hear my fiancée singing it multiple times a day while she’s working. While I do understand the gist of the track, if you really think you wouldn’t be sad if someone broke up with you then you should just go ahead and leave. It isn’t worth staying and you can do vastly better than the person Mae Stephens is singing about in this song.
31. In Case You Didn’t Know – Brett Young
Brett Young’s In Case You Didn’t Know is one of the better country love songs to come out in recent years, and I don’t say that lightly. The entire track is a declaration of love from the narrator to someone he obviously cares about very much but often finds himself struggling to communicate his feelings. It works well if you have a hard time telling someone how you feel or finding the right words to accurately define your devotion to your significant other. And it’s a song I highly recommend if you do enjoy country music.
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