The alphabet quest continues! Plenty of common words start with the letter E, making it easy to find some awesome tracks that start with this letter. In this article, we dive into the music world to discover 31 songs starting with E.
1. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You is one of the absolute biggest hit songs on this list. Bryan Adams scored an international hit with this one, reaching the top spot of the official charts in 19 countries.
It was actually his most successful track, selling over 15 million copies worldwide and becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. In truth, it was written for the film soundtrack of Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, but it was also included on his sixth album Waking Up The Neighbors in 1991.
2. E.T. – Katy Perry Feat. Kanye West
Katy Perry’s E.T. was a bit of a departure for her when it came to her bubblegum pop sound. Diving into electro and hip hop, this single was meant to be about falling in love with a foreigner, but the music video portrayed that foreigner as being from a different planet.
One of the biggest singles of 2011, it wound up becoming her fifth number-one single and won the award for Favorite Song at the People’s Choice Awards.
3. EARFQUAKE – Tyler, the Creator
No, the title of this song is not a typo. EARFQUAKE was the lead single for Tyler, The Creator’s 2019 album Igor, and it quickly became his highest-charting track. It rose to number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was highly ranked in the year-end charts. It wasn’t meant for him originally; he first wrote it for Justin Bieber and then ran it past Rihanna, but both artists rejected it. He then recorded it himself, and it turned out to be the right decision thanks to it becoming a big success.
4. East Bound And Down – Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed wrote and recorded East Bound And Down for the 1977 film Smokey And The Bandit. The lyrics are actually a quick synopsis of the movie’s plot, leaving out the runaway bride part of it, of course. In the history of music, there may not be a more iconic trucker song, and this was reflected on the charts. It wound up hitting number two on the Hot Country Songs chart that year and almost broke onto the Billboard Hot 100.
5. Easy Money – Bruce Springsteen
Easy Money may describe a couple of muggers, but Bruce Springsteen was targeting fat cat bankers with this hit single. It was a newer song from The Boss, mainly inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the political inequality in the US that had been ignored for years according to the artist.
6. Edge Of A Revolution – Nickelback
Edge Of A Revolution by Nickelback was the lead single on their No Fixed Address album in 2014. It was the first single the band released under their new label, and it found quite a bit of success. On top of some pretty solid chart performance—in spite of the fact that hating Nickelback is cool for some reason—eventually became the theme song for WWE’s Survivor Series PPV Event.
7. The Edge Of Glory – Lady Gaga
The Edge Of Glory may come off as a triumphant song about the ridiculous success Lady Gaga has attained throughout her career, but it was inspired by much more somber events. According to her, she wrote it shortly after her grandfather passed when she was inspired by his final words about love for his grandmother. It gave her her 10th-consecutive Top 10 hit on the Billboard charts and was a major single internationally.
8. Eenie Meenie – Sean Kingston And Justin Bieber
When Eenie Meenie was first released, the collaboration between Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston was one of the coolest things we could have gotten at the time. It was a bit of a funny song, seeing the duo at a pool party where one girl was pursuing both of them and trying to decide which one she wanted to end up going with.
9. Effigy – Creedence Clearwater Revival
I love Creedence Clearwater Revival, so I’ve got to put them on this list. Effigy was released in 1969 as part of the band’s Willy And The Poor Boys album. It was meant to be a political statement, pointing blame at the Nixon presidency for a lot of the bad things going on in the country, with the effigy burning in the song representing the crumbling of the administration’s powers.
10. Eight Days A Week – The Beatles
Eight Days A Week by The Beatles was inspired by an overworked chauffeur, swapping out the seven in the phrase for an eight to show how much work he actually ends up doing. It would become the band’s seventh number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remains one of their best-known songs to this day.
11. Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
Electric Avenue is an all-time classic, a song that’s great for dancing and one that just about everyone and their mother has heard once or twice. Everybody knows about rocking down to electric avenue, but few people pay close attention to the rest of the lyrics in the song. It describes the plight of the poor and would go on to be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.
12. Elevator – Eminem
Elevator is one of the songs from Eminem’s Relapse album that gets slept on a lot for no reason. It charted fairly well despite some controversy as the second promotional single for the album, rising to number 67 on the Hot 100. He called out Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken, using a derogatory and homophobic term in the lyrics. Lambert didn’t seem to mind though, thinking it was awesome to be mentioned in an Eminem track.
13. Elvira – The Oak Ridge Boys
Not everyone remembers Elvira by The Oak Ridge Boys, but I definitely do. It’s one of the most creative uses of vocals I’ve ever heard in music. It surprisingly isn’t about a woman that goes by the name of Elvira but is instead about a street in Nashville. This classic from 1966 was something I grew up listening to around my grandparents and would eventually become a signature song for the Oak Ridge Boys.
14. Emergency – Paramore
Paramore is another one of those groups that I’m always going to include in any list that I can. Emergency was the second single from their debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2006. It sadly never charted in the US, but major publications like Kerrang! eventually gave it its due by ranking it among the best songs of 2006.
15. Emotionless – Red Sun Rising
It’s worth asking why there are so many songs about dead bodies and necrophilia in rock music, but that’s a subject for another day. Red Sun Rising’s Emotionless rocks despite the lyrical content, which makes it pretty easy to get past how gross it may be in reality. We’ll call it a metaphor and avoid comparing it to Avenged Sevenfold’s Little Piece Of Heaven.
16. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys
Jay-Z pays tribute to the city and state of New York with this one. Empire State Of Mind is one of the best songs about the city of New York out there and served as part of his 11th studio album. It was one of the biggest hits of the year, winning two Grammy Awards and holding the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks.
17. Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie
The theme song for the film Endless Love, this track would eventually outshine the movie it was recorded for. While the film was a small success, this single about the endless amount of love a couple has for each other became a major hit by topping the US Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks.
18. Enemies – Shinedown
Shinedown has a ton of heavy-hitting singles out there, but Enemies has an extra edge to it that makes it great. It revels in the fall of the people who stood against you, laughing at them as they look up at the high place they were toppled from. The song itself came from their Amaryllis album—which has a ton of awesome tracks by the way—and it rose to number two on the Mainstream Rock charts. You also might have heard it as the theme song for WWE’s Monday Night Raw between 2016 and 2018.
19. Enemy – Sevendust
If you’re ever in need of a song to listen to before you go out to fight somebody you might want to pull up some old Sevendust tracks. While the band has become more of a forgotten pioneer of nu-metal, their songs are still staples of the genre. Enemy is one of those forgotten tracks, but it’s one of the best aggressive hype songs you can listen to today. It served as the lead single for the band’s seventh album in 2003 and was produced as a stress reliever for members of the band.
20. Enter Sandman – Metallica
Even music fans that aren’t too into Metallica have heard of Enter Sandman once or twice in their lives. It’s an epic metal track and one of the band’s most popular releases in their storied history. It was also popularized as the walkout song for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
21. Eraser – Ed Sheeran
Eraser was the opening track of Ed Sheeran’s third album in 2017, and despite not being released as a single from the album, it charted at number 14 on the UK Singles chart when the album was released. It drew incredible reactions from fans and critics alike, with some calling it his magnum opus and a song he could build a career around. It eked onto the Billboard Hot 100 as well, ranking at number 90.
22. Even Better Than The Real Thing – U2
While Achtung Baby didn’t get the best reception, the album still had some incredible bright spots. Even Better Than The Real Thing was one of those, serving as the fourth single of the album that charted at release and charted again when a remixed version of it was made later that year.
Some critics called it the best thing U2 had put out for quite a while, and it became one of the band’s most-played songs on their next few tours. Internationally, it was a pretty big hit. It made it to number 12 on the UK Singles chart and would rise up to the top of the US Mainstream Rock chart as well.
23. Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band
Eli Young Band produced one of the most nostalgic-feeling tracks in the country music world—at least in 2011—when they released Even If It Breaks Your Heart. It was originally released by Eric Hoge on one of his albums in 2009, but the Eli Young Band popularized it with their version of the song. While it wound up being critically divisive, the track charted extremely well. It rose to the top of the Hot Country Songs chart and made it to number 39 on the Hot 100 too.
24. Evergreen (Love Theme From, “A Star Is Born”) – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand’s Evergreen (Love Theme From, “A Star Is Born”) was the main theme for the film A Star Is Born, which was released in 1976. It appeared in the movie and on the movie soundtrack album, becoming a modest hit on its own. It won several awards for the singer, actress, and producer, including Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Grammy Awards. In the US, it topped three separate charts including the Hot 100 and Cash Box charts, and it also became an international hit by reaching number three on the UK Singles chart.
25. Everlong – Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters had a lot of happy, positive songs in their repertoire, and Everlong is no exception. It describes all the feelings that come along with falling in love with someone and the desire to protect the person you’re with. It wound up peaking at number three on the Billboard Alternative charts and was a sizable hit track for the band.
26. Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison
Brett Michaels and Poison’s signature song, Every Rose Has Its Thorn may be a power ballad, but it retains a level of sadness that hits fans on an emotional level. Michaels was inspired to write it after finding out a girlfriend was cheating on him, but that inspiration landed the band a hit single on the rock charts. The track wound up rising to number 11 in the US and number 13 in the UK.
27. Every Light in the House – Trace Adkins
I do enjoy putting songs I grew up listening to onto the lists I write, and this track is no exception. Trace Adkins’ Every Light In The House Is On was a song with a lot of meaning for me with a parent working far from home a lot of the time. In it, the narrator leaves all the lights in his house on at night to serve as a beacon for his love to find her way back to him if she ever decides that’s what she wants to do. It’s a beautiful track about a love that doesn’t end, and it’s one that a lot of people wound up missing.
28. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys‘ Everybody might be one of the catchiest songs on this entire list. Nineties kids will remember this track as the one that declared the boy band was back from their time in Canada and signaling a resurgence in the group’s popularity. Everyone else remembers it as a big hit single that was tons of fun.
29. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
Look, everybody knows that they have to Wang Chung tonight. It was one of the most popular movements of the 80s and wound up being an all-time hit. I frankly don’t have too much to say about this classic.
30. Everybody’s Fool – Evanescence
Look, I’m probably going to include Evanescence any time I possibly can. Amy Lee has one of the most beautiful voices out there, and the band, as a whole, rocks. Everybody’s Fool is all about the unrealistic standards expected in the beauty world, and it served as the final single for the band’s 2003 album Fallen.
31. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
You probably wondered why I left this song off the entire time you were reading this list. Don’t worry, there’s no way we could possibly forget Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor. It’s one of the best sports songs in history, popularized by the Rocky films, and being played at just about every sporting event in the US for the last three decades. It’s a track that everybody knows and loves, making it the perfect way for us to end our list of songs that start with the letter E.
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