You’re going to find a lot of powerful words that start with the letter K. From killing to kings, we’re going to cover everything we can find. In this article, we’ll go over 31 songs starting with K.
1. Kaleidoscope – A Great Big World
Kaleidoscope by A Great Big World might be a song you’ve never heard of, but you need to listen to it if you haven’t before. It’s a beautiful track of building verses, sweeping you through a dreamscape of instrumentals that ultimately describes the narrator’s love as a kaleidoscope.
2. Kamikaze – Eminem
Kamikaze is the first of two fierce Eminem entries to this list. Critical reception of the rapper’s albums had turned when this one was released, with some questioning if he was still any good. In classic Eminem fashion, he released a series of songs attacking critics and rappers alike, with this track serving as the second in a string of responses from the rapper to those who would dare question his abilities.
3. Kansas – Neil Young
Kansas sees the narrator of the song detailing a one-night stand and the morning after, but it takes a different approach than you would probably expect. It’s a soft, tender track that revels in the comfort brought by the unnamed—he forgot her name already—woman in the bed next to him. It remains one of his more famous songs, but despite the title, Neil Young never refers to Kansas or says the title a single time throughout the entirety of the track.
4. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
Karma Chameleon is such a fun song, and it’s so darn catchy. Just mentioning the title or reading this section is probably enough to honestly get the chorus of the track stuck in at least a few people’s heads for the next hour. It was a huge hit, topping both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 at one point, and it remains one of the best-selling songs in history in the UK.
5. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin produced quite a few legendary songs, but any list that ranks their work has to include Kashmir near the top. This is especially worth considering since all of the band members have agreed that it was the height of their creative and artistic achievements. Three years in the making, it is a track that comes up on just about every list of the greatest rock songs—and greatest tracks—lists of all time.
6. Katmandu – Cat Stevens
Eastern mysticism grew in popularity among young Westerners during the 70s. A lot of people were just worn out by Western culture and were looking for somewhere to get away from all of that. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, an important city in several Eastern religions, and it was a place a lot of people at the time—including musicians—visited to get away for a while.
Cat Stevens was another person that many thought made this pilgrimage, writing this song after returning from a trip to the city, but there’s no evidence that he ever went. Instead, the track serves as more of a spiritual connection to the place than a physical one.
7. Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
Keep On Loving You is one of those songs you probably got tired of listening to your parents play when you were a kid, but that chorus we now might think of as corny is still a really catchy one. Maybe they should have come up with a better reason to keep on loving them than not knowing what else to do, but hey, at least the love is still there.
8. Keep Ya Head Up – 2Pac
Keep Ya Head Up by 2Pac was dedicated to a couple of different people, chiefly the rapper’s godson. It also references and was dedicated to a woman who had been shot in Los Angeles by a Korean store owner, heightening tensions between the Black and Korean communities in the city. Overall, it’s an ode to black womanhood and a track about perseverance in the face of adversity.
9. Kerosene – Miranda Lambert
The title track of Miranda Lambert’s 2005 album absolutely set the tone for much of her career. It became a huge success, buoyed in part by the excellent and powerful music video that came along with it, seeing her set fire to a lot of stuff. She earned her first Grammy nomination with the song and it would eventually rise up to number 15 on the country charts and 61 on the Hot 100.
10. Kick In The Door – The Notorious B.I.G.
Kick In The Door is one of the best diss tracks of all time. You may ask why, and that’s pretty fair. But it remains one of the best to this day because it’s an unbridled diss. It’s not aimed at a person, it’s aimed at anyone. It’s a big ‘if you ain’t with me then you’re against me’ kind of song. That goes for listeners as well, because while The Notorious B.I.G. went after all the West Coast rappers he could, he goes as far as dissing the person listening to the track as well. For that, it deserves a lot of credit.
11. Kickstart My Heart – Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe was pretty big in their day, but only a select few of their singles really wound up having a ton of staying power as we entered the 21st century. Kickstart My Heart was one of the ones that did stick around, thanks in large part to the incredible guitar licks it contained. You can hear it in a ton of other pieces of media, from the coverage of the NHL playoffs to video games and movies.
12. Kill Bill – SZA
SZA’s Kill Bill draws heavily on the plotline of the film it shares a name with, as it’s directly inspired by that movie. Like the protagonist of the movie, she wants to exact revenge on an ex-boyfriend through any means necessary, including murdering both him and his new girlfriend purely out of jealousy. If I was him when this song came out, I definitely would have been keeping my head on a swivel to make sure I was safe.
13. Kill the Lights – Britney Spears
Kill The Lights was a really successful single for Britney Spears, just missing out on the Top 10 of the Hot 100. It was essentially her way of discussing her relationship with the media and the paparazzi that followed her every move. When you’re as famous as she is, you can’t just go out and have a nice evening. Everything you do is watched, which gets exhausting. This song was essentially her wanting all of that part of it to end.
14. Kill The Noise – Papa Roach
Papa Roach’s Kill The Noise sees the band delving into mental health issues once again. When you’re really struggling, everything can seem very loud. Whether it’s the voices in your head or just overstimulation, it keeps you on edge and is the most irritating thing imaginable. The song is mostly just wanting an end to all the noise, all the intrusive thoughts, and all the garbage so they can finally get a little peace and silence to rest.
15. Killing Floor – Howlin’ Wolf
Howlin’ Wolf’s Killing Floor is one of the most lauded blues songs of all time. It’s been recognized by the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and is widely regarded as both a blues standard and the defining track of Chicago electric blues. Countless artists have picked it up and done a cover or adaptation, including the likes of Jimi Hendrix.
16. Killing In The Name – Rage Against the Machine
Killing In The Name is one of Rage Against The Machine’s biggest hits ever and solidified their place in the music world as part of their debut album. Of course, coming from them you should expect it to be an—almost—anarchic protest song, but this one remains to this day a relevant one. It maligns both racist police officers and police brutality as a whole, calling for change and action.
17. Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
While others had written and recorded this song, Roberta Flack was the one to popularize it. Her version became a hit single in the US and UK, going on to inspire others to put their own spin on it. Out of all the versions—besides hers—I highly recommend the one the Fugees did with Lauryn Hill.
18. Killshot – Eminem
The Eminem and MGK beef was fun while it lasted. After commenting about Eminem’s daughter, Eminem disses MGK in his Kamikaze album. and MGK responded with Rap Devil, playing on Eminem’s Rap God. This song essentially ended the beef, because it was so good there could be no response. He released Killshot in 2018 and critics thought it was the best thing he had released in a long, long time.
19. King For A Day – Pierce the Veil Feat. Kellin Quinn
King For A Day was an emo kid’s wet dream. It saw Vic Fuentes team up with Kellin Quinn for what is likely the biggest goth kid team-up in music history. The result wound up being one of the genre’s anthems, discussing being pushed past your breaking points and just trying to keep it together.
20. King of Anything – Sara Bareilles
When Sara Bareilles gets fed up, you can expect her to write a track about it. King Of Anything is, in her own words, a ‘fuck you song.’ But she asks an important question in it and gives off a very good message. When somebody keeps giving you unsolicited advice or tells you how to live their life, the real question to ask is who made them king of anything and why do they have any right to tell you what to do?
21. Kiss N Tell – Ke$ha
There’s a reason you should never kiss and tell, but if you’re cheating, then I don’t care what happens to you. Ke$ha’s Kiss N Tell was an anthem against cheaters and was inspired by events in her own life. She found out her boyfriend had been cheating on her with another pop star and those events resulted in this awesome song.
22. Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’ – Charley Pride
One of the best ways to start your day is to wake up to your loving partner and give them a quick kiss. Charley Pride obviously knows something about the simple joys in life like that, evidenced by his hit single Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’. It became the artist’s signature song and was his eighth country number-one single, and it was also his only track to break into the top 40 of the Hot 100.
23. Kiss & Tell – Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber’s Kiss & Tell was quite different. He’s interested in keeping his relationships private, which is incredibly hard to do when you’re so famous. The entire song, he’s asking the girl if she’s going to tell everybody she got to kiss him and is insistent that she keep it a secret, not because of anything nefarious, but because he doesn’t want the drama that comes from outlets like TMZ.
24. Kiss It Better – Rihanna
When you’re a kid, your mom can kiss any little boo-boo you have and it will instantly feel better. Rihanna takes that on as the theme of this song, wanting her partner to kiss away all of her troubles. Unfortunately, it also acknowledges that the relationship is destructive in the end, but it hopes that they can kiss, make up, and heal from the traumas that come from it.
25. Kiss Me More – Doja Cat Feat. SZA
Doja Cat found a lot of success with her debut album, producing singles that went viral on apps like TikTok by inspiring dance challenges. Producers at her record label looked to capitalize on that success by producing a song for an actual single release without social media boosting numbers, which resulted in Kiss Me More. According to her, it was meant to be a cute track about kissing and absolutely nothing more than that. On that front, it succeeded.
26. Kiss Me Thru the Phone – Soulja Boy Tell’em Feat. Sammie
Okay, hear me out. This was absolutely not a long-lived song, but this was a bop when I was in middle school. Soulja Boy Tell’em himself was huge for a few years back then, with this being one of his most popular tracks outside of Crank That. Kiss Me Through The Phone is a bit old school at this point—seeing as it’s something like 15-plus years old—but it’s worth a listen or two if you’re into 2000s hip hop.
27. Know Your Enemy – Rage Against the Machine
We’re coming back to Rage Against The Machine near the end of our list because they frankly deserve it. On the whole, their self-titled album was staunchly an anti-war rant, with Know Your Enemy not coming close to being an exception. It’s a blunt expression that your enemy isn’t the people in another country that the government is telling you to hate, your enemy is the government starting a war in the first place.
28. Kokomo – The Beach Boys
While you might not recognize the title, Kokomo by The Beach Boys is one of those songs that everybody has heard by now. It was originally released alongside the 1988 film Cocktail and appeared on their Still Cruisin’ album. It’s the one that goes “Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty momma.” Weirdly, it was the group’s first number-one single that was their original work. But if you can’t remember which one it is, it’s the one that lists off all the tropical vacation places.
29. Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
Name a better song by 3 Doors Down. I’ll wait… Kryptonite remains to this day one of the best alt-rock tracks of all time, and no, I will not be accepting arguments against that statement.
30. Kill Em With Kindness – Selena Gomez
Lots of killing in this article, so I figured we should do one killing song that was actually positive. The whole theme of Kill Em With Kindness was about the best way to handle critics. Selena Gomez has gone through a lot in her career, from music critics to social media jerks. This song was inspired by the body-shaming issues she dealt with in recent years. Rather than a nasty response—which would have been warranted—this track was more of a plea to face negativity with positivity, instead of being just as mean back.
31. Killer Queen – Queen
While Queen released a ton of hit songs that we all know and love today, Killer Queen was their first hit in the US. It rose to number 12 on the Hot 100, providing the band with an entry into the US markets.
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