P may not be one of the most common letters used for track titles, but did you know there are hundreds of songs that begin with it? If you’ve been trying to find tracks to add to your collection, keep reading to learn more about 31 songs starting with P.
1. Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
First on our list is Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses from the 1987 album Appetite For Destruction. This song makes it feel like you’re both in the jungle and the Midwest. It landed at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and 14 on the Mainstream Rock charts. It has been featured in Miami Vice and Thor: Love And Thunder.
2. Panama – Van Halen
Next is Van Halen with the 1984 song Panama, and this track is all about a car that David Lee Roth saw in a Las Vegas race called Panama Express. This song hit two on the Mainstream Rock chart and 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track has been featured in Family Guy, Superbad, and Lost In Space.
3. Party In The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Party In The U.S.A. wasn’t originally meant for Miley Cyrus, and it was supposed to be for Jessie J, but she didn’t think it was as edgy as she needed, so it was passed to Cyrus instead with some lyric changes. The song ended up on her 2009 EP The Time Of Our Lives. It hit number one on the Mainstream Top 40, two on the Billboard Hot 100, and 13 on the Adult Top 40 charts.
4. Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Calling all fans of Almost Famous, you may recall Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly & The Crickets in the movie. This track was released in 1957, and it reached number three on the Billboard Top 100 chart. In 1999, it was put into the Grammy Hall of Fame and routinely is listed as one of the greatest songs of all time.
5. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
Metal band Black Sabbath is next with their 1970 song Paranoid from the album of the same name. The track was actually written in a few days, and it only came about because the band needed about a three-minute song for their first album to finish it. It is one of their most well-known tracks, and it hit number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was released but only landed at four on the UK Singles Chart.
6. P.S. I Love You – The Beatles
If you’ve watched Beverly Hills, 90210 then you might have heard P.S. I Love You by The Beatles which was from their 1963 album Please Please Me. This track hit number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the theme of the song was just based on a letter, kind of how Paperback Writer was as well. Contrary to popular belief, the track was not written about a specific person.
7. Pain – Three Days Grace
Next on our list is Pain by Three Days Grace, which was released on their 2006 album One-X, and this song is about just always feeling numb, and being tired of feeling that way, which was from your own actions. It hit number one on the Alternative Airplay and Mainstream Rock charts and hit 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
8. Painkiller – Judas Priest
Heavy metal group Judas Priest is on our list with their song Painkiller, which was released in 1990 on the album of the same name. The character that you see on the album cover is also called Painkiller, and this track is all about this superhero who is going to be saving mankind. It reached 74 on the UK Singles chart. It has been featured on Beavis And Butthead and Metal Lords.
9. Photograph – Def Leppard
Def Leppard released Photograph in 1983 on the album Pyromania, and this was the first song released from the album. It was a track that set the band apart from others during that era such as Judas Priest and helped them become successful.
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10. Panic Prone – Chevelle
Landing at 26 on the Mainstream Rock chart is Chevelle with the song Panic Prone from the 2004 album This Type Of Thinking (Could Do Us In). This track is all about whether you’re going to do something about the horrible problems around us, such as those Save The Children commercials. It is also about whether you will get up and help make the world a better place or you’re just going to sit on your couch and mind your own business.
11. Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
Madonna released Papa Don’t Preach in 1986 on her album True Blue. This song is about getting pregnant as a teenager and everything that comes with being pregnant at that age. It landed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, four on the Dance Club Songs chart, and 16 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
12. Poison – Alice Cooper
Up next is Poison by Alice Cooper, which was released on the 1989 album Trash, and this song is one of his biggest hits and most well-known tracks. It’s a power ballad that landed at number two on the UK Singles chart, seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and 15 on the Mainstream Rock chart. It is found on the television show American Horror Story.
13. Paper Rings – Taylor Swift
Next is Taylor Swift with the song Paper Rings from her 2019 album Lover, and this track is about how she found the guy she wants to spend her life with. She even said she would marry him with paper rings even though she loves jewelry because she loved him that much. It’s a symbolic song about true love and how material objects don’t matter when you’re in love.
14. Paperback Writer – The Beatles
The Beatles make our list again with Paperback Writer, which was a song written in letter format, and it was released in 1966 on A Collection Of Beatles Oldies. The track was written as a letter for a publisher from an author. It went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles charts.
15. Purple Rain – Prince
Our next artist needs no introduction, and in 1984, Prince released the song Purple Rain which was one of his biggest hits and was on the soundtrack for the movie of the same name. He famously performed this track during Super Bowl XLI, and it began raining during the song. That Super Bowl performance is now one of the best-ever halftime shows. When it was released, it landed at one on the Hot Rock Songs chart and two on the Billboard Hot 100.
16. Papercut – Linkin Park
Linkin Park released Papercut on the album Hybrid Theory, which was released in 2000, and this song is the opening for the album. It hit 32 on the Alternative Airplay chart in 2002, and the RIAA certified it as Gold after it reached 500,000 digital sales in 2017.
17. Purple Pills – D12
Calling all Eminem fans, you may know he was in a group called D12 with other rappers such as Bizzare and Proof. One of their biggest hits was Purple Pills, which was radio edited to Purple Hills. This song is referencing a lot of different drugs, and because of those themes, wasn’t played on the radio much, except for the very edited Purple Hills version. It reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is one of their most well-known and successful tracks.
18. Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
Up next is Finger Eleven with Paralyzer, which is now the most successful song for the band, beating out their other hit One Thing. It was released in 2007 on the album Them Vs. You Vs. Me and landed at number one on the Mainstream Rock and Alternative Airplay charts. It went to number three on the Adult Top 40 chart and six on the Billboard Hot 100.
19. Pardon Me – Incubus
In 1997, Incubus released Pardon Me on the album Make Yourself, and this song is one of their most successful tracks and was a breakthrough hit for the band. It was inspired by the lead singer seeing an image in a magazine about spontaneous combustion. It landed at number three on the Alternative Airplay chart and seven on the Mainstream Rock chart.
20. Party Up (Up In Here) – DMX
Up next is Party Up (Up In Here) by DMX released on the 1999 album And Then There Was X. This song is one of his most popular tracks, and it’s also thought to be one of the best tracks of the 2000s. This party anthem made it to 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, 11 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, and 39 on the Mainstream Top 40. You can find this track in Shaft, Central Intelligence, Bad Trip, Cursed Friends, and other movies. To this day, it is played in clubs and is one of the biggest songs that he ever released.
21. Patience – Guns N’ Roses
In 1988, Guns N’ Roses released the slow ballad Patience on the album G N’ R Lies. While it was never confirmed, the thought is that this song is about lead singer Axl Rose and his relationship with Erin Everly, who is now his ex-wife. It landed at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and seven on the Mainstream Rock chart. It can be found in movies such as Warm Bodies and Cape Fear and has notably been covered by artists such as Chris Cornell.
22. Peace Of Mind – Boston
Next is Boston with the song Peace Of Mind from 1976, and this track made it to 38 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was released on their debut album and received a ton of airplay at the time of its release, which helped catapult the band. It is a staple in rock music, and this song can be found in the television show Supernatural.
23. Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Eagles
The Eagles had a hit with Peaceful Easy Feeling from their 1972 self-titled album, and this song landed at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 20 on the Easy Listening chart. There is a lot of harmony in it, which is what we love about this band. It remains one of their biggest tracks and fan favorites to this day. You can find this song in the classic movie The Big Lebowski.
24. People Everyday – Arrested Development
Arrested Development had an immense hit with People Everyday from their 1992 album 3 Years, 5 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of. This track made it to eight on the Billboard Hot 100, six on the Dance Club Songs chart, and 10 on the Dance Singles Sales chart. It’s one of the biggest dance and club tracks that ever existed and is constantly rated one of the best songs of the 90s. It is in the movie Definitely, Maybe and is still played on the radio routinely and in clubs.
25. Pepper – Butthole Surfers
Up next is Pepper by the Butthole Surfers, which was released in 1996 on the album Electriclarryland. It hit number one on the Alternative Airplay chart while hitting 19 on the Mainstream Rock chart and 26 on the Billboard Radio Songs chart. This is one of those tracks a lot of people don’t like if they aren’t into the style of the Butthole Surfers, but it’s a classic from that time period and deserves a spot on our list.
26. Pet – A Perfect Circle
Next is A Perfect Circle with the song Pet, which comes from the 2003 album Thirteenth Step, and this track is one of their classic tracks where the interpretation is left up to the listener. The style and sound match what we’ve come to know and love from Maynard Keenan, and it is one of their most popular songs.
27. Phantom Limb – Alice in Chains
Rock group Alice In Chains is up next with the song Phantom Limb from the album The Devil Put The Dinosaurs Here, which was released in 2013. This track was the first guitar solo that the new lead singer William Duvall had as part of the band. If you’re a fan of Alice In Chains when Layne Staley was the lead singer, then this is a song to check out because it’s in the classic style the band is known for.
28. Piano Man – Billy Joel
In 1973, Billy Joel released the song Piano Man on the album of the same name. This track was inspired by his time as a singer in a piano lounge, and all of the people he ran across while in that job. It’s all based on personal experiences and told from his point of view. The song made it to four on the Easy Listening chart and 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and this remains one of his biggest hits. It is found in movies and television shows including Just Go With It, The Boys, Castle, and Bones, just to name a few.
29. Pictures – Lady Antebellum
Next is Lady Antebellum with the song Pictures from the 2019 album Soundtrack To Summer 2019, and this track is all about a romance that is no longer working out, and it’s broken into a million pieces. The song was written to reflect on how things aren’t always as happy and positive as they appear in pictures.
30. Planet Caravan – Pantera
Metal band Pantera released the album Far Beyond Driven in 1994, and the song Planet Caravan was one of the tracks on this album. It was released after I’m Broken, and it made it to number two on the UK Rock and Metal chart. It became the top-charting single for them, and it landed at 21 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
31. Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Last on our list is the hit song, Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry from their 1976 self-titled album. This track made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Soul Singles, and CashBox Top 100 charts. It is one of the biggest songs of their career and is thought to be one of the best tracks of the decade. It was also the only song they had in the top 40. It is found in multiple movies and television shows including The Nice Guys, The Office, Big Bang Theory, Evolution, and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
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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.