Did you know that hundreds of songs begin with the letter “C” and cover several different topics? We wanted to tell you about 31 songs starting with C that you might enjoy listening to, so continue reading to find out what’s on our list!
1. Come As You Are – Nirvana
First on our list is Come As You Are, which was released in 1992 off of the Nirvana album Nevermind. This song was the last top 40 hit from the band, and it was incredibly popular. It reached number three on the Mainstream Rock and Alternative Airplay charts. However, it only reached 32 on the Billboard Hot 100. Come As You Are is part of the welcome sign in Aberdeen, Washington, as a hometown tribute to frontman Kurt Cobain. The song was also featured in movies like Definitely, Maybe, Captain Marvel, and The Defenders.
2. Cats In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
Harry Chapin released Cats in the Cradle in 1974 off of Verities & Balderdash, and this folk song became not only an iconic song for the folk genre but a signature song for Harry. When it was released, Cats in the Cradle hit number three on the Mainstream Rock charts, number six on the Billboard Hot 100, and 11 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. In 2011, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
3. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
Attention all fans of The Wall, you probably know Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd, which was used in the movie in a memorable scene. This song was released on The Wall album, which came out in 1979. Roger Waters, the bassist, wrote the lyrics, and it has since become one of their signature songs because it has two very distinctive guitar solos.
4. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas
Next on our list is California Dreamin’ by the Mamas & The Papas. The song was released in 1965 on the album with the same name. It’s one of the most notable songs by the group and remains a timeless classic even today. California Dreamin’ was featured in the classic movie Forrest Gump and was also featured in After The Sunset.
5. California Love – 2Pac feat. dr. dre
2Pac is on our list with the song California Love which featured Dr. Drew and Roger Troutman. When 2Pac signed with Death Row Records after a stint in prison this was the first song he released and it was thought of as a comeback. California Love is one of 2Pac’s most successful songs and it went number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Rap Songs, Dance Singles Sales, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
6. Come Together – The Beatles
Next on our list is the song Come Together by The Beatles, which was released in 1969 on the famous record Abbey Road. The song is one of the most famous by The Beatles. When it was released, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at number four in the UK. Michael Jackson and Aerosmith are just some musicians that have covered Come Together over the years.
7. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Calling all fans of Tommy Boy, you probably heard Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners in the movie, and this song was released in 1982. It comes off of Too-Rye-Ay, which was the second album released by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. Come On Eileen has also been featured in Get Him To The Greek, Take Me Home Tonight, Jane The Virgin, Hindsight, and What We Do In The Shadows.
8. Candle in The Wind – Elton John
Next is the song Candle In The Wind by Elton John, which you may remember was rewritten for Princess Diana as a tribute, and Elton performed it during her service. The original song was written and released in 1973 as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. Candle In The Wind was featured in the movie The Matchmaker, which came out in 1997, and this song has been named one of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time by Rolling Stone, coming in at 347.
9. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Elvis fans rejoice. We have included Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley on our list, released in 1961 on his album Blue Hawaii and in the movie Blue Hawaii. The song became number one on the Adult Contemporary chart and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It’s been covered by several artists through the years, such as UB40, and was in the 2022 movie White Noise.
10. Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas
An iconic and signature song for Kansas, Carry On Wayward Son is next on our list, and this song was released in 1976 on the album Leftoverture. It’s one of the most famous rock songs of all time. It is featured on Supernatural, South Park, and Guitar Hero. It is also used by The Elite wrestling team. When Carry On Wayward Son was released, it reached 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
11. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
Next on our list is the classic song Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne, released in 1980 as his debut single from the debut album Blizzard Of Ozz. For a song that talks about the Cold War, it has remained one of his most iconic songs. It has been featured in movies such as Megamind, Magic Mike XXL, and Tag.
12. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Queen released Crazy Little Thing Called Love in 1979, and this was on The Game, which was released in 1980. It made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the first time a single from Queen topped the chart in the US. It landed at 17 on the Adult Contemporary chart and is one of many popular Queen songs that still gets plenty of airplay. You can find this song in television shows like Bull, The A Word, and Midnight, Texas.
13. Cowboys From Hell – Pantera
Calling all metal fans, next on our list is Cowboys from Hell by Pantera, which was from their demo album released in 1989. This was the first single by Pantera and is one of their most famous songs and features an iconic riff by Dimebag Darrell. Cowboys From Hell has been ranked by Metal Hammer as the third-best Pantera song of all time. The song has been featured in several television shows, including That 90’s Show, Barry, and Sense8.
14. Changes – David Bowie
Next on the list is Changes by David Bowie, and this song was released on Hunky Dory, his album that came out in 1971. What’s cool about the song is that it was the first time David Bowie played the saxophone, so it’s definitely memorable. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Changes peaked at number 41. This song is found in movies and television shows such as NCIS, Life On Mars, Timeless, and Bandslam.
15. Crazy – Aerosmith
Aerosmith makes our list with the song Crazy, released on Get A Grip, one of their most famous albums in 1993. The song landed at 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it hit number one in Iceland. Crazy made it to number seven on the Mainstream Top 40 and Mainstream Rock charts. It’s still one of the most popular songs from Aerosmith and is featured in the television show Bull.
16. Call Me – Blondie
Next is Blondie with her Billboard Hot 100 number one hit Call Me, which stayed in the number one spot for six weeks. It was released in 1980 for the movie American Gigolo, and the song became the biggest hit for Blondie. The song has been featured in movies such as Bride Of Chucky, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Pitch Perfect 3, and Rainbow.
17. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love babe – Barry White
Barry White and his hit song Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love was released in 1974 from Can’t Get Enough. This song is one of Barry’s signature songs and hit number one on the Billboard R&B and Hot 100 charts. You can find this song in numerous movies and television shows, such as Blast From The Past, Good Boys, and We Have A Ghost.
18. Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel
Next is Cecilia, a song by legends Simon & Garfunkel released in 1970 on the album Bridge Over Troubled Water. The song is about a lover that isn’t to be trusted, and it became a huge hit with it hitting number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached number 31 on the Easy Listening chart and has since been covered by several artists, including Suggs.
19. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Next is Carly Rae Jepsen with her hit song Call Me Maybe, released in 2011 for her 2012 album Curiosity (EP). It’s a song about how a girl hopes a crush calls her back and is one of the most popular pop songs of that decade, landing at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts. It hit number two on the Adult Top 40 chart and has been in several movies and television shows, including Two Broke Girls, 90210, Sing, Our Friend, and The Happytime Murders.
20. Chantilly Lace – Big Bopper
The Big Bopper released Chantilly Lace in 1958, and this song was one of the biggest songs of his career, reaching number one on the Hot Country Songs chart. It landed at 23 on the Adult Contemporary chart and was famously covered in 1972 by Jerry Lee Lewis. You can find this song in the movies American Graffiti and Flipped.
21. Chop Suey! – System Of A Down
Next is System Of A Down with their hit Chop Suey!, which was released on Toxicity in 2001. The song became a huge hit, and the popular nu metal band was nominated for a Grammy for this song. Most people think Chop Suey! is the signature song of System of A Down, and it peaked at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and seven on the Alternative Airplay chart.
22. Creep – Radiohead
Radiohead released Creep in 1992, their debut single from the album Pablo Honey. It was a single that the band hadn’t intended to release until the record producers encouraged it. Good thing they did because it became one of their most well-known songs and just as popular an anthem as other songs from that time in alternative music.
Creep hit number two on the Alternative Airplay chart and 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been featured in movies and television shows such as Life As We Know It, Beavis and Butthead, Superstore, The Masked Singer, and Penguin Bloom.
23. Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
We have another Elton John song to talk about: Can You Feel The Love Tonight. You may remember this song is famous for being in the movie The Lion King from 1994. It was released in 1994 for the film and made it to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Can You Feel The Love Tonight hit number one on the Adult Contemporary chart and three on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The song won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1995.
24. Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James
Tommy James released the 1969 hit Crystal Blue Persuasion. The song hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 charts. It landed at number 27 on the Easy Listening chart, and this song has been featured in television shows such as Fringe.
25. Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Next is the 2000 song Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was released on the album Californication. This was a hit for the band peaking at number one on the Alternative Airplay chart and making it to 17 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart. Californication is one of the rock band’s most popular songs and one of their most requested and performed songs.
26. take me home, Country Roads – John Denver
If you’re from West Virginia, you’ll know the next song since it’s a symbol of the state and an official anthem. We’re talking about Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver, released in 1971 and made it to number two on the Hot 100 Singles Billboard chart. Take Me Home, Country Roads is still a classic song today and just as popular as it was when it was released!
27. Come Together – Aerosmith
Aerosmith is on our list with Come Together, which was released in 1978, and even though it’s cover, it quickly became a success for the band. The song reached 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used in the film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Sadly, this would be the last chart-topping hit for the band for almost 10 years after having several songs make the Top 40.
28. Counting Stars – OneRepublic
Next up is the song Counting Stars by One Republic, which came out in 2013 on the album Native. It’s one of the group’s most popular songs, reaching number one on the Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, and Adult Top 40 charts. Counting Stars made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
29. Cocaine – Eric Clapton
We all love Eric Clapton, and he’s up next with the hit song Cocaine, which is an anti-drug song that is meant to warn us all about the dangers of the drug, including how addictive it is. It was released in 1977 on the album Slowhand, and it’s one of the biggest hits for Clapton and one of the fan favorites. Cocaine reached number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
30. California Gurls – Katy Perry feat. snoop dogg
Katy Perry had a hit with California Girls, which was from Teenage Dream, her third album that was released in 2010. The song was written as a rebuttal to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s hit song Empire State Of Mind, and it’s all about how good California is. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Dance Club Songs, and Mainstream Top 40 charts.
31. Crazy In Love – Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
Lastly, we have Crazy In Love by Beyonce, from Dangerously In Love, her debut solo album released in 2003. This is one of her most iconic songs and talks about someone being so in love that they act differently than they normally would. Crazy In Love topped almost every single chart in the US, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts.
From the time she was little, Florence loved listening to music and quickly learned how music can make you happy and feel fulfilled. One of her favorite memories is being in the garage with her dad working on classic cars with the local rock station blaring in the background. Ever since Florence was 3, she loved grunge music and spent hours listening to bands such as Alice in Chains, Mad Season, Soul Asylum, and Soundgarden.
She also enjoys classic rock, modern rock, nu metal, alternative rock, and old 90’s R&B. Her love of music grew as she got older, and used music to help her get through tough times in her life. More often than not, you’ll see Florence with earbuds in while she’s writing, cooking, cleaning, and doing other tasks. She also loves to debate music with her friends such as which lead singer is the best vocalist, the most iconic guitar solos in music, and what songs are really the best of the decade.