A lot of words start with the letter N, some good and some bad. This is especially the case when it comes to the music world and lyrics. But we ain’t got no worries here, we’ll only be focusing on the positive ones. In this article, we’ll go over 31 songs starting with N.
1. Natural Born Killer – Highly Suspect
Highly Suspect’s 2022 single Natural Born Killer might have some murderous vibes to it, but in reality, it’s about being ready to fight for your place in the world. The song isn’t about being an actual killer, it’s about how nothing is handed to you in the real world and you have to be willing to take it. It served as the lead single for their 2022 album The Midnight Demon Club and rose to number one on the Rock Airplay charts shortly after its release.
2. Nature Boy – Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole was the first artist to record Nature Boy, but he wouldn’t be the last. The song was originally written as a tribute to Bill Pester by Eden Ahbez and was primarily about a group called the Nature Boys. This group was an early hippie sect based out of California. The track would eventually rise to become a number-one single in 1948 and was one of the songs that helped Cole establish a solo career.
3. Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen
Nebraska remains one of Bruce Springsteen’s most treasured tracks. The title track of his 1982 solo album, this song would set the tone for the entire tracklist by being darker, moodier, and tenser than most of his other works. The song itself was set from the perspective of a serial killer meeting his girlfriend, with whom he would commit 11 murders in total, and the track covers 10 of those deaths.
4. Need Me – Eminem Feat. P!nk
The hook in Need Me alludes to the addictive style of love Eminem describes in the song. Throughout the track, it details a toxic relationship that’s full of cheating and lies. Both parties in the song are at fault and refuse to end the relationship. They continue the painful cycle for some inexplicable reason, hurting each other and wanting to leave but the gnawing feeling that they need each other—despite the negative nature of the relationship—keeps them clinging on.
5. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum’s Need You Know became one of the best country tracks to come out at the beginning of the 2010s. Released in 2010, this hit single would not only storm the country charts but earn the group several awards. It won four Grammy Awards in 2011, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. It would also become a crossover hit in several countries, rising to near the top of a few separate official pop charts.
6. Neon Knights – Black Sabbath
After the departure of Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath, the group became a little more experimental and challenged themselves to do things they never could before. Neon Knights was one of the final songs written for the band’s Heaven And Hell album and was meant to do little more than fill time. It wound up being a hit track in spite of that, rising up to number 22 on the UK Singles chart.
7. Neon Moon – Brooks & Dunn
Neon Moon was an incredibly successful song for the country duo Brooks & Dunn. It served as the lead single from their debut album Brand New Man and wound up being their third consecutive number-one on the country charts. The narrator of the track spends most of his time in bars, hence the neon signs he sits beneath because his lover has left him, and this is the only way he can try to cope with his heartbreak.
8. Netflix & Chill – Fredo
Fredo’s Netflix And Chill plays on the hookup culture of Netflix and chill while also sort of downing it as a waste of time. He’s flexing his wealth, friends, guns, jewels, drugs, and everything else you can think of in the song. It mostly speaks to building an empire and having his mind on the grind more than wasting time with a girl he’ll only see once or twice.
9. Never Again – Nickelback
Never Again is a song that covers a very heavy topic. It looks at domestic violence from the perspective of a child watching it, though according to the band it was not inspired by any member’s life events. Released in 2002 as part of their Silver Side Up album, it would soon peak at the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, becoming Nicklelback’s third consecutive number-one on that chart.
10. Never Enough – Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch’s Never Enough is an emotional gut punch and a song that is perfect to listen to when you need to vent some frustration. A bonus track from the re-release of their debut album The Way Of The Fist, it discusses all the crap you have to deal with in the world and how it can feel like nobody seems to care what you’re going through. It eventually rose to number nine on the rock charts, giving the band a solid hit.
11. Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album is widely regarded as one of, if not, the band’s best showing. It came during a lot of internal turmoil and the crumbling personal relationships between members, so all of the songs on it were either directed at another member or were deeply personal.
Never Going Back Again was one of the tracks Lindsey Buckingham wrote after breaking up with Stevie Nicks, and it might have been the prettiest track on the album. A relaxed acoustic song that didn’t have any pointed messages or barbs in it was a bit rare on the album, but this one managed to pull it off well and stand out in spite of not having those.
12. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
While Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up was a hit during its own time and is a classic song by most people’s standards, new life was breathed into it during the late 2010s. Using the song for something called ‘Rickrolling’ became one of the most prevalent pranks on the internet, seeing users begin to watch a video they were interested in only to be greeted by Astley only a few moments into the video.
It became one of the best trolls in internet history and is still around today in small ways, giving this song even more purpose than it had when it was first released.
13. Never No More – Aaliyah
Aaliyah’s Never No More became a wildly empowering song. It covers the topics of domestic abuse and artfully crafts the instrumentals around the lyrics to ensure any listener will get the full depth of emotion that it’s meant to relay. It was a track for anyone who was quietly dealing with abuse and seems to show that a breaking point has been reached with the relationship about to be at an end.
14. Never Say Never – Justin Bieber Feat. Jaden
Never Say Never eventually became one of the most popular songs Justin Bieber would release in the early portion of his career. It was written and used as the main theme for the film Karate Kid and includes a verse from the star Jaden Smith. Its original release was an international Top 10 hit, but the re-release on subsequent albums would see it bring him his second Top 10 hit in the US, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.
15. Never Too Late – Three Days Grace
Never Too Late is a song that deals with suicide and hopelessness while bringing a positive element to it by urging listeners to not give up. Some of the lyrics are inspiring, from doing anything possible to be there for someone dealing with depression to the important message that as long as you’re still breathing, it’s not too late to make a change and keep going. The track would wind up being censored on the radio, not for profanity, but to remove any suicidal elements.
16. New Patek – Lil Uzi Vert
New Patek was an interesting release for Lil Uzi Vert. It was the only solo single he released in 2018, but it didn’t make the tracklist for his 2020 album Eternal Awake. Despite being a loose single, it would earn a Platinum certification from the RIAA and earn him a top 25 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100.
17. New York State Of Mind – Billy Joel
This entry, and the next, are two of the greatest songs ever written about the city of New York. Billy Joel’s New York State Of Mind became one of his signature tracks, but it was more than that. He was inspired to write the song after he had spent a lot of time on the West Coast in Los Angeles, finally returning to where he considered home in New York. While it was never released as a single, the inspiration for the track—and many lyrics—were entirely literal, as he took a Greyhound bus home and wrote the song en route.
18. New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra made a lot of tracks famous in his day, with almost his entire repertoire being songs recorded by other artists before he got his hands on them despite his versions being the ones we remember the most today. New York, New York is another one of those songs and would go on to become one of the most iconic tracks in history about New York City. It served as the theme song for a Scorsese film of the same name and became one of Sinatra’s most popular tracks.
19. Night Moves – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Bob Segar’s 1976 hit single Night Moves is a soft rock coming-of-age story. The entire song is about young love, but explicitly talks about how the couple in the track isn’t actually in love with each other or trying to find something that lasts forever. Instead, they simply want to enjoy their time together, work on their ‘night moves,’ and give the relationship freedom to turn into whatever they decide to make it down the line.
20. Night Train – Jason Aldean
The title track of Jason Aldean’s 2013 album, Night Train is a simple song about two lovers finding the perfect spot to enjoy each other’s company. The sound of the late-night train going by drowns out just about everything around them, but they barely notice it as the two are more focused on each other.
21. Nine In The Afternoon – Panic! At The Disco
Nine In the Afternoon has undergone several iterations and a bit of evolution throughout its lifespan, but it remains one of Panic! At the Disco’s most beloved songs. Even Rolling Stone listed it as one of the best singles of 2008, and it earned the band a top 10 single on the US Alternative charts while just missing out on the top 50 of the Hot 100.
22. No Diggity – Blackstreet Feat. Dr. Dre And Queen Pen
No Diggity by Blackstreet remains an all-time jam to this day. The song served as the first single for the group’s second album and was the track that ended Macarena’s reign at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. In 1996 alone, the song sold over 1.6 million copies and won the group the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
23. No Frauds – Nicki Minaj And Lil Wayne
Rap beefs are always fun, but they’re even more fun when the women of rap turn out for them. Nicki Minaj’s No Frauds was a response track to a seven-minute song by Remy Ma about her in 2017. While critics may not have loved the track, fans did, sending the song up to number 14 on the Hot 100 that year.
24. No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame Feat. Wale And Roscoe Dash
Sometimes, a person tells you to listen to a track and sometimes the song tells you to listen to it on its own. No Hands is one of the latter, a banger of a rap collaboration that featured Waka Flocka Flame, Roscoe Dash, and Wale. It came from Waka Flocka’s debut album and just barely missed out on being a Top 10 single by peaking at number 13 on the Hot 100.
25. No Lie – 2 Chainz Feat. Drake
We know 2 Chainz today as one of the most influential rappers in the hip hop world, but he had to start somewhere. No Lie was the rapper’s debut single and instantly blew up. It would eventually earn a triple platinum certification and was one of the first songs to debut in the top 50 of the Hot 100 based on digital downloads.
26. No Love – Eminem Feat. Lil Wayne
Eminem’s No Love samples the famous Haddaway song What Is Love for its intro hook. Only the third single to come from the rapper’s Recovery album, it would be ranked as the eighth-best song of 2010 by Complex Magazine and gave him a top-25 single on the Hot 100.
27. No One – Cold
No One is all about being alone and not feeling like anyone is coming to help you. While it seems deeply personal, it was written for the singer’s mother after her closest friends had all moved away.
28. No Scrubs – TLC
No Scrubs was a wildly successful single for TLC. Serving as the lead single for the group’s third album, it would earn them their third number-one hit on top of raking in two Grammy Awards.
29. No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
I don’t think there’s too much of an introduction I need to give for this song. Let’s just hope the Beastie Boys eventually made it to their destination and got a good rest.
30. No Time To Die – Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish performed No Time To Die for the soundtrack of the James Bond film of the same name. It debuted at the top of the UK and Irish charts, giving her her first number-one single over there and making her the first artist born in the 21st century to achieve that feat.
31. No Worries – Lil Wayne Feat. Detail
No Worries is just a fun Lil Wayne song that you should be playing any time you need to let loose a little and enjoy yourself. It’s a track that turns a bad mood good and a good mood better.
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