When you think of track titles, Q might not be the letter that comes to mind, but several songs from different genres of music use words that start with it. Continue reading to find out what tracks made our list of 31 songs starting with Q that you may want to add to your collection.
1. Queen Bitch – David Bowie
First on our list is David Bowie with the song Queen Bitch, which was released on the 1971 album Hunky Dory. Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground were the inspiration for Bowie to write this track, and it’s essentially a tribute to the band.
The song details a guy who is concerned after his romantic partner begins searching for a drag queen. The person finds one to hook up with after sitting there and ignoring the advances from the main guy.
2. Quiet – Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato had a hit with the song Quiet from her 2009 album Here We Go Again. This track is about a relationship that hasn’t moved along and is standing still. She sings about it being too quiet and how she wants the silence to end, and both people in the relationship are guilty of the silence.
3. Questions For The Angels – Paul Simon
Next up is Questions For The Angels by Paul Simon, which was released on the 2011 album So Beautiful Or So What. In this song, the perspective is that of a homeless person and it goes into where they should sleep that night. The lyrics also detail how they believe in angels even though they also say only fools believe angels exist.
4. Quarter Past Midnight – Bastille
Bastille released Quarter Past Midnight on the 2019 album Doom Days. He is a pop band from England, and you can hear that influence in this song as they sing about all of the people that go out in the city before the clock strikes midnight.
While the people are out having fun, the track goes into all of the bad decisions that happen. There are also lyrics talking about his feelings of trying to escape something in life. It hit number five on the Rock Airplay chart and 15 on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart.
5. Quiet Storm – Smokey Robinson
You’ve probably heard of Smokey Robinson before because he was an incredibly popular musician, and one of the songs he released is Quiet Storm. This track comes from his 1975 album A Quiet Storm. It is one of the songs on the album that made it a huge success, and this album is considered to be one of the greatest Motown albums ever. Between the song and the album, it helped Robinson revitalize his career, which had been flailing a bit after leaving The Miracles.
6. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) – Backstreet Boys
Calling all boy band fans, you’ve probably heard the song Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by the Backstreet Boys, which was incredibly popular when it was released on their 1996 self-titled album. The track hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Mainstream Top 40 charts. It also hit 12 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, and it was one of the tracks from their debut album that pushed them into the spotlight.
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7. Queen Of The Highway – The Doors
The Doors are on our list with their song Queen Of The Highway, which comes from the album Morrison Hotel from 1970. The lyrics have to do with Pamela Courson and her relationship with Jim Morrison. She eventually married him, and she was there when he died.
8. Quitter – Carrie Underwood
If you like country music, then you might have heard Quitter by Carrie Underwood, which was released on her 2009 album Play On. What’s cool about this track is that you hear steel guitars and mandolins, so it’s definitely a traditional-sounding country song that sticks with you.
9. Queen Of Mean – Sarah Jeffery
Attention all fans of the movie Descendants 3, Sarah Jeffery’s song Queen Of Mean from 2019 can be found in the movie. It was a fairly popular track due to it being in the film and went to number one on the Kid Digital Songs chart while hitting number 11 on the Pop Digital Songs chart. Even though it was for a children’s movie, it also hit 49 on the Billboard Hot 100.
10. Quest Of Fire – Iron Maiden
Calling all metal fans, we’re putting Quest Of Fire by Iron Maiden on our list, which comes from the 1983 album Peace Of Mind. The song is based on the movie of the same name, which was a French movie that Jean-Jacques Annaud directed. The film is about a caveman who is looking for a fire, and it’s more art than anything since there is hardly any dialogue happening. Interestingly, it is rated as one of the worst Iron Maiden songs, so if you haven’t heard it, we wouldn’t be surprised.
11. Quicksand – David Bowie
Attention all fans of the movie Moonage Daydream, you might remember the song Quicksand by David Bowie. The track was released in 1971 on his album Hunky Dory, and it’s a song that is similar lyrically to other tracks that he was writing at this time in his life. It features both an element of surrealism and some narration and talks about the Golden Dawn, which was a magic society, and there are a lot of Buddhist influences in the song too.
12. Quiet Light – The National
In 2019, The National released Quiet Light on the album I Am Easy To Find, and this song is all about moving on after a breakup and coming to terms with the end of the relationship. In the track, there is a lot of reflection on the changes that have happened since the breakup, including how empty and exhausted they feel and the sadness that comes with the breakup. It goes into the feelings of still loving that person even though the relationship is now over and the person wondering if the ex feels the same way.
13. Queer – Garbage
Attention all fans of the television show Daria, you may have heard Queer by Garbage on the show, and this song was released in 1995 on their self-titled album. The track was fairly popular in its time and made it to number 12 on the Alternative Airplay chart and 57 on the Radio Songs chart.
What’s interesting is that this song started as a demo before Shirley Manson, the lead singer, even joined the band, and once she joined, she decided to rewrite the lyrics to be less sexual in nature. It is one of their most well-known tracks and is also featured in the television show Good Trouble.
14. Queen Of California – John Mayer
In 2012, John Mayer released the album Born And Raised, and on it is the song Queen Of California. The track reached number two on the Adult Alternative Songs chart, seven on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, and 40 on the Adult Top 40 chart. It’s one of the many softer tracks that we’ve come to know from him.
15. Queen Of The Supermarket – Bruce Springsteen
Next is Bruce Springsteen, better known as The Boss, with his song Queen Of The Supermarket, which was released in 2009 on the album Working On A Dream. The track is all about a guy who has fallen in love with a girl that works at his local supermarket.
He calls this checkout lady the queen of the supermarket, and he talks about how no one else notices how unique she is and they are oblivious. Springsteen was at a market, and that’s how he was inspired by the song because he said the supermarket looked like something you’d see in a fantasy novel, which then led him to think about the sexual aspect of the supermarket.
16. Queen Of Hearts – Gregg Allman
Gregg Allman released Laid Back in 1973, and the song Queen Of Hearts is on this album, which he wrote for his second wife, although they would later divorce in 1975. The track was one that the band said wasn’t even saying anything, which made him mad, and he ended up recording the entire album out of rage.
17. Quasar – The Smashing Pumpkins
Next is The Smashing Pumpkins with the song Quasar, which was released on the album Oceania in 2012. This track is about religion and spirituality, with mentions of both Catholics and Buddhists, and has a lot of symbolism related to tarot cards in it.
18. Quiet Town – The Killers
The Killers are next with Quiet Town, which was released in 2021 on the album Pressure Machine. The song is about how a couple, who were seniors at the local high school Brandon Flowers went to, died when they got into an accident with a train. He was in eighth grade when this accident happened. Even though Flowers wasn’t friends with the couple, he was deeply affected by this incident, and it affects him even now all of these years later.
19. Queen Jane Approximately – Bob Dylan
Next is Bob Dylan with the song Queen Jane Approximately, which was released in 1965 on the album Highway 61 Revisited. This song is a warning to Jane and how she’s about to experience a fall from the top because she lives in a superficial world where people are meaningless and everything including her attitude is not authentic.
There is another part of Queen Jane Approximately where he tells her that if she wants honesty and authenticity that she should go see him and how he can help her pick up the pieces of her fake life.
20. Question! – System Of A Down
Rock band System Of A Down released the song Question! in 2005 on the album Mezmerize. This track is all about what people might face when they are dying, and it talks about ghosts, including asking whether the ghosts are just like people. The questions are repetitive in the song to make you think more about death. The track reached number two on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, seven on the Mainstream Rock chart, and nine on the Alternative Airplay chart.
21. Que’ Onda Guero – Beck
Beck is on our list with the song Que’ Onda Guero, which comes from the 2005 album Guero, and this track is all about how he grew up in Los Angeles, California, around a lot of people who spoke Spanish and what life was like for him in the neighborhood. He heard a lot of slang growing up in the area including being called white boy and blonde boy, so this song is an homage to his old stomping grounds. You can hear the track in the television shows The O.C. and Entourage.
22. Queen Of Clubs – KC & The Sunshine Band
Up next is KC & The Sunshine Band with the song Queen Of Clubs, which was released in 1974 on the album Do It Good. The track is about a woman who is dancing well after midnight and how she has this energy that allows her to bring the party anywhere that she is at or goes, thus making her the queen of the clubs. The song was inspired by the band visiting various clubs in Miami and paying attention to the type of music that got everyone on the dance floor, which is the type of music they began to write.
23. Quiet Distress – Killswitch Engage
Calling all metal fans, we’re going to talk about Quiet Distress by Killswitch Engage, and this song was released in 2016 off of the album Incarnate. The track is talking about domestic violence and the lead singer said that it’s not an issue that really gets enough attention.
It is all about how you can turn yourself from a victim into the victorious one, and about how you don’t have to keep letting that happen because you’re worth more than that. While the topic might be heavier than the band typically writes about, it’s a song that hits home for anyone who has been in or seen domestic violence situations play out.
24. Queen – Shawn Mendes
You’ve probably heard of Shawn Mendes as he is one of the most popular pop artists of the 2010s, and in 2018, he released a song called Queen on his self-titled album. The track is a concept that is vague and not about a specific person, but it’s about someone who is always putting their own interests above his.
25. Quietly Yours – Birdy
Next up is Bird with the song Quietly Yours, which was released in 2022 on the album Persuasion. This was the soundtrack for the Netflix film of the same name. The track is all about someone who experienced a lovely time with someone on the shore and they keep daydreaming about being back at the shore with that person.
However, in Quietly Yours, a lot of time has passed since that moment with the other person, and there is a hope the two will meet up again. When you get to the end of the song, you get the feeling that they might have found each other once again.
26. Que Sera – Justice Crew
Justice Crew makes our list with the song Que Sera, which is a pop album from the 2014 album Live By The Words. This was their debut album, and the track was released a week early because it was featured in the finale of My Kitchen Rules.
27. Quintessence – Mastodon
If you like metal and rock, then you might know Quintessence by Mastodon, which was from the 2009 album Crack The Skye. The song is about a person who ends up sucked into a wormhole after an out-of-body type of experience, and it’s deep and dark. The guitar riff right at the beginning and the melody of the whole song just feel magical. If you’re a fan of Mastodon in general, then you’ll enjoy this tune.
28. Quick – Jill Scott
Up next is Quick by Jill Scott, which was released in 2011 on the album The Light Of The Sun. This song is very personal to her because it’s about the relationship she had for about a year with her drummer. They were engaged and even had a baby, but soon after the baby was born, they broke up. She was heartbroken over this and wrote the track detailing how it ended quickly.
29. Question…? – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is on our list with her song Question…? The song was released on Midnights, which was her 2022 album, and she both helped produce and write the track. This song is all about looking back at a relationship that is broken and asking that guy a lot of rhetorical types of questions. Peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, it’s a track that many people love to sing along to.
30. Queen Of Peace – Florence + The Machine
Next is Florence + The Machine with the song Queen Of Peace, which comes from the 2015 album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. This track peaked at number 133 on the UK Singles Chart. This is one of those songs you should check out if you’re a fan of the band, even though it’s one of their lesser-known tracks.
31. Questions 67 and 68 – Chicago
Lastly is Chicago with the song Questions 67 And 68 from the album The Chicago Transit Authority, which was released in 1969. This is a lesser-known track by the popular rock band, and the lyrics are all about having feelings for someone else, and the singer dreams about how he and this other person belong together. The song was part of their debut album and hit 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 34 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
From the time she was little, Florence loved listening to music and quickly learned how music can make you happy and feel fulfilled. One of her favorite memories is being in the garage with her dad working on classic cars with the local rock station blaring in the background. Ever since Florence was 3, she loved grunge music and spent hours listening to bands such as Alice in Chains, Mad Season, Soul Asylum, and Soundgarden.
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.