Did you know there are thousands of tracks that begin with the letter S? We’re going to tell you 31 songs starting with S that you might want to add to your playlist, so continue reading to find out what tracks made our list!
1. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
First on our list is Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd, which was released on their debut album in 1973. This is one of the most popular songs by the band, and it’s their third best-selling track in terms of digital downloads. More than one million copies of the album have been sold in the United States. The song has been in movies and television shows such as The Kitchen, Supernatural, and Encounter.
2. Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks
Next is Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks, which was released in 1974 on the album of the same name. This song was first released by Jacques Brei in 1961 and was titled Le Morlbond. Jacks rewrote some of the lyrics but kept the theme of it being a farewell to his loved ones. It made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts and is one of his most well-known tracks.
3. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Calling all baseball fans, we know that you’ve sung along to Sweet Caroline at a game before. This track was released by Neil Diamond in 1969, and it was inspired by John F. Kennedy’s daughter who we know as Caroline and who was only 11 years old. This song made it to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and three on the Adult Contemporary chart. While it’s a staple at sporting events, it’s in television shows and movies including Family Guy, Ted 2, Fever Pitch, and The Big Bang Theory.
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4. Sister Christian – Night Ranger
Next up is Night Ranger with their 1984 hit power ballad Sister Christian from the album Midnight Madness. The rock band had a huge hit with this track, which was both sung and written by Kelly Keagy, their drummer, for her sister. It made it to number two on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and five on the Billboard Hot 100. You’ve probably heard this in multiple television shows and movies including Air, Superstar, Boogie Nights, Friday The 13th, and Family Guy.
5. Something – The Beatles
The Beatles are on our list with the song Something, which was released on the 1969 album Abbey Road. George Harrison wrote this track, and this was the beginning of him as a guitarist moving into the position of a primary songwriter. This song made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and 17 on the Easy Listening chart.
6. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
We can’t have a list of “S” songs without including the massive hit Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses, which came out in 1988 on their highly-successful debut album Appetite For Destruction. This track made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been in multiple movies including Big Daddy, Step Brothers, Sweet Girl, The Big Short, and Bad Dreams.
7. Sugar Sugar – The Archies
While you may not have heard of The Archies, we know you’ve heard the song Sugar Sugar, which was released by the band in 1969. The Archies in reality was not a real band since they were just musicians that were on The Archie Show, which was a cartoon that had been inspired by Archie Comics. The studio band had a massive hit with this track, and it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
8. Sad But True – Metallica
Metallica makes our list with Sad But True, which came out in 1993 on their self-titled album. The song made it to 15 on the Mainstream Rock Chart and 98 on the Billboard Hot 100. While the track didn’t chart that high, it’s one of the more popular songs that the band released from that album.
9. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, And Dave Stewart
The Eurythmics had a hit song with Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), which came out in 1983. The new wave genre was very popular at this time, and this track was what made them a household name. It was the first single by the band to enter the United States and it topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
10. Said I Loved You…But I Lied – Michael Bolton
Up Next is pop singer Michael Bolton with his song Said I Loved You…But I Lied, which came out in 1993 on his album The One Thing. He was nominated for a Grammy for this track under the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category, and the song was certified Gold by the RIAA. It hit number one on the Adult Contemporary chart and six on the Billboard Hot 100.
11. Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
Attention all fans of Bob’s Burgers, you may have heard Stealers Wheel’s song Stuck In The Middle With You in the show. This track was released in 1973, and it became a huge hit for the band reaching 13 on the Adult Contemporary chart and six on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been in several movies and television shows including Bio-Dome, The Finder, The Happytime Murders, and Supergirl.
12. Something In The Way – Nirvana
If you’re a Nirvana fan, then you know the song Something In The Way, which was released in 1991 on the album Nevermind. While the track was not released as a single, it was a huge hit once it appeared on MTV Unplugged. You can hear the song in the movie Jarhead, Jerry Maguire, and Sound City, but it really made a comeback in 2020 when it was part of the trailer for The Batman.
13. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Next is Taylor Swift with her massive hit Shake It Off, which was released on the album 1989, and is all about her shaking off the bad things people say about her. This song was part of her debut pop album, and it was the lead single. It made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, and Adult Contemporary charts. You can find this in movies and television shows including Supernatural, The Masked Singer, Ballers, and Love Island.
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14. Somebody’s Baby – Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne had success with the song Somebody’s Baby, which you might remember being in the movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High. This track was the highest-charting song from his career, and it also was his last Top 10 hit. It hit 14 on the Adult Contemporary chart, seven on the Billboard Hot 100, and four on the Mainstream Rock chart.
15. Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
Up next is the hit Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson, which was released in 1987 on the album Bad. This was a rock song that had an incredible music video that was part of the movie Moonwalker. It is about a woman that was attacked while in her apartment, and it made it to seven on the Billboard Hot 100.
16. Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
Destiny’s Child released Say My Name in 1999 on the album The Writing’s On The Wall, which featured the original lineup of the band. It’s all about a woman wanting her man to say her name, but she thinks he has someone else in the crib. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Dance Singles Sales chart. It has been featured in an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
17. Smooth – Santana Feat. Rob Thomas
Next is Santana with the song Smooth featuring Rob Thomas, which was released in 1999 on the album Supernatural. It was one of her most successful tracks internationally. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Alternative Songs chart, and Adult Top 40 chart. You can find this song in movies and television shows including NCIS, Superstore, iZombie, and Hello Ladies.
18. Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
Spirit In The Sky is one of the biggest one-hit wonders in all of music history, and this song was released in 1969 by Norman Greenbaum. It hit number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed on the chart for over 15 weeks. This track has been featured in multiple movies and television shows including Wayne’s World, Apollo 13, Michael, Remember The Titans, The Longest Yard, Supernatural, Shameless, Suicide Squad, and Life, just to name a few.
19. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Up next is Otis Redding with his hit song Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay, which was released in 1968, although it had been recorded in 1967 twice by him. Unfortunately, he died in a plane crash in 1967, so the track was released a year later, and at the time, was the first single that posthumously topped the charts landing at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. He wrote this song because he was getting bothered by a bunch of fans and was sitting on a houseboat in order to get away for a while.
20. Signs – Five Man Electrical Band
Five Man Electrical Band released Signs in 1970, and this was a big hit for them that most people had never heard of before. It even hit three on the Billboard Hot 100. You might know the song because Tesla covered it later on, and it became a huge hit for the rock band too.
21. Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
Next on our list is The Drifters with the song Save The Last Dance For Me, which was released in 1960 on the album of the same name. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts and has been covered by several artists over the years such as Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.
22. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
Men Without Hats was a new wave band that was popular in the 80s and their song Safety Dance makes our list. Released in 1982, it’s all about the lead singer getting booted from a club after he started pogo dancing. The track reached number one on the Hot Dance Club Playlist and three on the Billboard Hot 100.
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23. Swayin’ To The Music (Slow Dancin’) – Johnny Rivers
Johnny Rivers’ hit Swayin’ To The Music (Slow Dancin’) was released in 1977 as a cover of the 1976 song released by Funky Kings. For him, this track would be his last big top 40 success in America, and the song is all about a guy slow dancing with his girlfriend in the night. It reached 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eight on the Adult Contemporary chart.
24. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
Next is twenty one pilots with the song Stressed Out, which was released in 2015 as a single for Blurryface. It was a huge hit for the band and made it to number one on the Adult Top 40 chart, number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and 17 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
25. Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.) – Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe released Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.) in 1989 on the album Dr. Feelgood, and the song is about lesbians according to VH1. The track hit 34 on the Mainstream Rock chart and 78 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. While not the most popular song from the band, it’s still a well-known track because of the success of Dr. Feelgood.
26. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Jackson 5
Next is a song we know you’ve heard, which is Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, and the Jackson 5 version of the track is probably one of the most popular out of all of the covers of this song. They released this track as part of the Jackson 5 Christmas Album, which was the best-selling album from the group. Their version can be found in movies and television shows such as Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and 9-1-1.
27. Santa Monica – Everclear
Everclear had a number-one Mainstream Rock hit with the track Santa Monica, which comes from the 1995 Sparkle And Fade album. It reached five on the Alternative Airplay chart and 29 on the Radio Songs chart, although it was never an official single.
28. Soulmate – Lizzo
Calling all fans of Black-ish, Lizzo makes our list with her 2019 hit Soulmate from the album Cuz I Love You. This song is about self-love and acceptance, which are themes you’ll find throughout her music. It is about her and not someone else as you might think. You can find this track in television shows and movies including Good Trouble, Dollface, and Siesta Key.
29. Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston
Next is Whitney Houston with Saving All My Love For You, which was released on her self-titled debut album in 1985. This song became one of the biggest tracks on the album and was a huge success for her, even though it was a cover of a 1978 Billy David Jr. and Marilyn McCoo song. For Houston, the track landed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. This song has been in movies and television shows such as I Want To Dance With Somebody and The Masked Singer.
30. She’s Not There – The Zombies
The Zombies released the song She’s Not There, which was their debut track on the album Begin Here, in 1964. The song hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of their breakthrough hits. After 9/11, this track was labeled as “lyrically inappropriate.” The song has been featured in The Crown, The Debt, and Beverly Hills, 90210.
31. Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Lastly is Scar Tissue by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was released in 1999 on the album Californication. This was the first track by the band where they incorporated their new sound, and it was a pretty big success with it hitting one on the Mainstream Rock and Alternative Airplay charts. It reached nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and two on the Adult Alternative Songs 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.