Girls, going places, getting money, and ghosts all start with the letter G. And frankly, those four things alone are plenty of inspiration for some great tracks. In this article, we’ll look at those and more as we present 31 songs starting with G.
1. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran
For Galway Girl, Ed Sheeran tapped into his Irish roots to honor a traditional Irish folk song. There are a lot of different versions of this track out there, but his collaboration with Beoga is one of the best ones we have access to today. In an unsurprising twist, he released the song on St. Patrick’s Day in 2017 and saw the track instantly shoot up the international charts. In total, it found a place on 31 different official charts and rose to the top spot in four countries.
2. Gang Gang – Migos
All three members of Migos are actually related, and they’re as thick as thieves. No matter what the situation is, they always show up and support each other while representing the group as a whole. Gang Gang was about all of that camaraderie and closeness. It was also, at least in part, responsible for the popularization of ‘gang gang’ as a phrase in the US.
3. Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio
Gangsta’s Paradise was the title track of Coolio’s 1995 album and was a play on Stevie Wonder’s Pastime Paradise. It would go on to become the best-selling song of 1995 and would eventually find places on publications’ lists of the greatest tracks in the history of hip hop. Since its original release, it has sold over five million copies, a feat very few songs ever reach.
4. Gas Pedal – Sage The Gemini
Sage The Gemini released Gas Pedal and instantly found a massive hit. It doesn’t matter if you need to get hyped to perform in sports, want a good workout song, or just need a track to boost your energy, this song has you covered. A driving, fast-paced rhythm gives this bop of a track all the power you need to get out of bed in the morning while remaining smooth and stylish. It’s a famous baseball walk-up song as well. It became the rapper’s first top-40 single when it peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.
5. Gasolina – Daddy Yankee
From one incredible hype track to another. Daddy Yankee’s Gasolina has a lot of the same energy that comes in our previous entry but also has more of a raw edge to it that its predecessor might be lacking. While it came out in 2005, it saw a resurgence in popularity with apps like TikTok driving viral dance trends with the sound and has even found places on all-time lists such as Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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6. Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera is an amazing vocalist and a huge star today, but her legacy was cemented by some of her earliest songs. Genie In A Bottle is one of those, coming from her debut studio album in 1999 and delivering powerful messages about self-respect. Not only would it earn a Grammy nomination for Best Female Vocal Pop Performance, it would reign at the top of the official charts in 21 different countries.
7. Gentleman – Theory Of A Deadman
This song mainly makes the list because I really enjoy Theory Of A Deadman’s music, and they don’t get nearly enough recognition for their work. Gentleman is a fun rocker inspired by the divorce the lead singer went through shortly before the track was written.
It mainly focuses on how women often ask men to be gentlemen, treat them in a special way, and be chivalrous, yet often chase assholes who treat them with no respect. A lot of guys plagued by seeing girls go for the bad guys feel they should act that way as well. While dissecting that dichotomy is an essay unto itself, take this song as just something fun to listen to.
8. Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
Georgia On My Mind was originally recorded in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael, but the song is better known for being recorded by Ray Charles in 1960, a full 30 years after its initial release. Charles, who was born in and lived in the state of Georgia, recorded the track for his 1960 album The Genius Hits The Road. That recording was so great that the state of Georgia made it the official state song in 1979, and it has since become part of the American Songbook Tradition.
9. Get Like Me – Nelly Fet. Nicki Minaj And Pharrell Williams
Nelly is no stranger to the high life and being a person of special interest. While many fans and young artists likely aspire to one day find the same level of wealth and success that he did, he told them to do it himself in 2013. Get Like Me was a pure flex song, reflecting on his immense greatness and highlighting how many others in the rap game seem to try to copy him to emulate his success.
10. Get Low – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Feat. Ying Yang Twins
If you’re ever looking for one of the best hip hop songs to dance to or get hyped to, you can’t find anything better than Get Low by Lil Jon. It first came out in 2002, rising all the way up to number two on the Hot 100 and remaining a staple piece of most people’s playlists—at least if you were alive then.
You can also find an amazing series on TikTok that takes the lyrics of this track and puts them to the tune and sound of a ridiculous number of songs from other genres. Both the track and that series are worth your time, and I highly recommend them.
11. Get Me Some of That – Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett’s Get Me Some Of That isn’t a song that you would think of as particularly clever or inspired, but that’s part of what makes it great. Without a massive amount of production added to the track, the simple lyrics allow his voice to shine through in what turned out to be a cute little love song. It would become so popular on the radio that it rose to number one on the Country Airplay chart and just missed out on being a top 40 hit when it peaked at number 41 on the Hot 100.
12. Get On Top – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Before signing with a major record label and becoming one of the biggest bands in all of music, the Red Hot Chili Peppers had a much harsher image that included a lot of sex and on-stage antics. Get On Top was one of their earlier songs that were undeniably about sex lyrically, but it can also have a double meaning. The second would be trying to get on top of the music game and achieve great success, something they would do a few short years after this track was released.
13. Get on Your Feet – Gloria Estefan
My first introduction to this track came when I was watching the TV series Parks And Recreation. It served as Leslie Knope’s theme song for a campaign rally and, while that was not a rousing success, it got played over and over and got stuck in my head. In general, though, it is a really good track and worth checking out if you haven’t heard it. It was also one of Gloria Estefan’s biggest hits in the US, which is saying something for an artist as successful as she is.
14. Get Stoned – Hinder
Hinder gets a pretty bad rap, but they put out some really great songs in their time. This one was a great rocker, but the only way I can really describe it is as a great track for middle schoolers that are having a tough day. This is really only because that’s when I first heard it, and I didn’t even really know what getting stoned was. In all honesty, the song is one of their best offerings and even earned them a top-five spot on the Mainstream Rock charts.
15. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert – Pink Floyd
When a song starts with a line as great as ‘Oi, get your filthy hands off my desert!’ I sort of have to place it on the list. This Pink Floyd track was actually talking about the band’s disapproval of armed conflicts taking place in the Middle East and appeared on their The Final Cut album. It’s a deep cut, one that even a lot of their fans probably missed, but it’s still a great song with an awesome title.
16. Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith
Before slapping comedians at award shows, having his personal drama blasted on talk shows, and spending years as an A-list actor, Will Smith actually had a successful rap career. He had a different approach to the game from most others, staying mostly family-friendly with all of his lyrics, which he caught flak for but didn’t seem to mind. Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It was arguably the best track he ever put out, spending three weeks at the top of the Hot 100 and winning the rapper a Grammy Award in the process.
17. Ghost – Badflower
Badflower’s Ghost is not a song you probably shouldn’t listen to if you’re depressed. It discusses heavy topics like self-harm and suicide from the perspective of a person who has tried to end their life on multiple occasions. While it was a very important track for me in my life and one I could relate to on a lot of levels, its beauty is not something to be taken lightly. In the end, it is an honest look inside the mind of someone struggling.
18. Ghost – Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber’s Ghost is very different than Badflower’s, but not much less stirring. It caused a bit of drama thanks to speculation that it was yet another song of his about Selena Gomez, which was natural as he is now married and the track was about wishing he could have an ex at a close glance. According to him, the song was really meant to help give people hope and let them find something to relate to as we went through the pandemic.
19. Gimme All Your Lovin’ – ZZ Top
ZZ Top has produced some legendary songs in their time, and Gimme All Your Lovin’ has to be included on any list of their best. Coming from their 1982 album Eliminator, the track would tie for their highest-ranking song on the UK Singles with an Elvis Presley cover, peaking at number 37 on the Hot 100 and number 10 on the UK Singles chart.
20. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) – ABBA
ABBA recorded this song to help promote their North American and European tour of 1979, and it would find a home on their compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 2 as one of the only brand new tracks to grace the album. Oddly, only the US received an edited version of the song for release, cutting the total length down by over a minute.
21. Gin And Juice – Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg’s Gin And Juice was the second single to come from his debut album back in 1994. It would go on to become one of the most legendary songs in all of hip hop, having the lyrics sampled countless times by other artists that wanted to include the iconic ‘my mind on my money and my money on my mind.’
22. Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
Other than Sk8er Boy there probably isn’t a more iconic Avril Lavigne song than Girlfriend. The lead single of her 2007 album, this track revolved around the narrator having a crush on a guy that already had a girlfriend, claiming that she should be in that place and would be a much better choice for him.
23. Girls With Guitars – Wynonna Judd
Wynonna Judd would know a little something about trying to make it as a female artist. Girls With Guitars was written about a young girl who wanted to become a rock star, while her parents had more traditional paths in mind for her. Hard to say it was too personal for her, as her mother sang one of the backup vocal roles in the track.
24. Girls, Girls, Girls – Mötley Crüe
Girls, Girls, Girls was the title track of Motley Crue’s 1987 album and played on the typical window message in strip clubs that match the title. And boy do they reference a lot of famous strip clubs in this song. It would wind up being a hit on the Hot 100, reaching number 12.
25. Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers
We already had a Red Hot Chili Peppers song on the list, but this is one you likely have actually heard before. Give It Away came from the band’s 1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik album and was released as the lead single. It was a huge hit that owned the top of the US Alternative Airplay charts.
26. Give It Away – George Strait
Some country songs see men begging for another chance, claiming they know they’ve done a woman wrong but want to make it up to them in some way. Others are pure love tracks about how much the narrator is in love. This one sees George Strait’s lover walking out the door, and rather than figuring out how to divide up all their stuff, he tells her to just give it all away. There may be no better song explaining what it’s like to just be over a situation and ready to wash your hands clean of somebody.
27. Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
Glory Days was a big hit for Bruce Springsteen, rising all the way up to number five in 1985 and becoming the fifth Top 10 single from his Born In The U.S.A. album. It was a nostalgic look back at the best days of his life, with the first verse being his account of one encounter with an old friend.
28. Glycerine – Bush
Gavin Rossdale wrote Glycerine about his—at-the-time—girlfriend, and despite a very rushed writing and production process, gave us one of the band’s biggest hits. A smooth, silky rock song, it would eventually reach the top of the Alternative Airplay chart and peak at number four on the Mainstream Rock charts.
29. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way is yet another amazing song to come from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album and another track written by Lindsey Buckingham about his breakup with Stevie Nicks. This one became a much bigger hit though, winding up being named one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine and brought the band a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100.
30. God Bless The U.S.A. – Lee Greenwood
God Bless The U.S.A. is one of the most important patriotic songs in American history, with Lee Greenwood writing and recording the piece. It eventually became his signature track and was played so often in the country that many grew tired of hearing it over and over. It had huge resurgences in popularity in the aftermath of several events, from the Gulf War in the early 90s to the September 11th attacks.
31. Gold Digger – Kanye West Feat. Jamie Foxx
And we’ll end off with a favorite. Kanye West’s Gold Digger is funny and instantly recognizable. It’s an all-time classic and something that will be listened to for generations to come in all likelihood.
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