While U might be toward the end of the alphabet, it doesn’t mean that musicians haven’t used this letter to start their track titles, and sometimes, they do in very creative ways. Here is our list of 31 songs starting with U that you may want to add to your collection!
1. U Got It Bad – Usher
First on our list is Usher with the 2001 song U Got It Bad from his album 8701, and Chili from TLC is in the video and portrays his love interest. The track is a mix of soul and R&B, and it’s all about how the guy is crazy for the girl. The bass in it is very slow and sensual, and it was a huge hit for him and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Rhythmic charts. It also landed at number three on the Mainstream Top 40 charts. This song was featured in the movie The Sweetest Thing.
2. Under Pressure – Queen And David Bowie
Calling all fans of the movie Grosse Pointe Blank, you’ve probably heard Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie in this movie. This song was released in 1981 as a single by Bowie, and in 1982, on the Queen album Hot Space. This is an iconic track that has been sampled by the likes of Vanilla Ice for his song Ice Ice Baby.
It made it to 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 22 on the Cash Box Top 100. It has also been featured in movies and television shows such as Stepmom, The Heartbreak Kid, The Girl Next Door, World’s Greatest Dad, Aftersun, and Scrubs.
3. Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hit song Under The Bridge comes from the 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. This track is all about getting off of drugs and how lonely it is when you’re trying to get and stay clean. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis wrote this song, and it was one of the tracks that gave the band mainstream success. It landed at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and Mainstream Rock chart but only peaked at number six on the Alternative Airplay chart.
4. U Got The Look – Prince
Prince released U Got The Look in 1987 on his album Sign “O” The Times, and this song was one of his most popular tracks at the time. It made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and three on the Cash Box Top 100 charts. It is all about a boy swooning over a girl, and it’s one of those typical Prince songs that has an amazing beat and fun lyrics.
5. Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
Next is the pop tune Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters, which was released in 1964. This song is thought to be one of the best tracks of all time and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was released. It’s about a guy that is going to meet his woman under the boardwalk and away from the prying eyes of everyone else. While it has been covered by the likes of John Mellencamp, The Beach Boys, Bruce Willis, and several other artists, this version remains an iconic classic masterpiece.
6. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
The next song is Unforgettable by Nat King Cole, and this track was released on the album of the same name in 1952. While this version is a cover of the original, it’s the most well-known and popular version of the song, and it landed on the Billboard Best-Selling Pop Singles chart at number 14. It has been in movies and television shows including the movie Watchmen from 2009.
7. U Smile – Justin Bieber
Up next is U Smile by Justin Bieber, which comes from his 2010 debut album, and it’s a ballad that received a lot of praise when it was released. This soulful ballad made it to 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and hit number 26 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. While it’s one of his earliest hits, it’s a song that still gets a lot of attention years later.
8. Unpretty – TLC
Popular 90s girl group TLC had a hit with the song Unpretty, which was released in 1999 on the album Fanmail. This track was inspired by band member Tionne T-Boz Watkins watching Ricki Lake and being disgusted at what she saw. It was a success and landed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, three on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and 18 on the Dance Singles Sales chart. This song has been featured on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and Schooled.
9. Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton
Up next is the popular 1996 hit Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton from her album Secrets, and this is a heartbreaking song that you’ll hear one time and remember forever. In it, she is begging her ex to come back and stop the pain he caused by leaving. This was a huge hit and sold over 10 million copies internationally, which helped her receive global success. The track reached number one on the Dance Club Songs, Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, Dance Singles Sales, and Rhythmic charts.
10. U.N.I.T.Y. – Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah had a hit when she released U.N.I.T.Y. in 1993 on her album Black Reign. This song was all about how black women are disrespected including while in the streets and how they are often victims of domestic violence. This track also talked about how in the culture of hip hop black women have slurs hurled at them.
What’s cool is that even though it had cuss words, because of the meaning and message of the song, most television and radio stations wouldn’t censor the cuss words. It made it to 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and landed at number seven on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
11. Uma Thurman – Fall Out Boy
Next is the Fall Out Boy song Uma Thurman, which comes from the 2015 album American Beauty/American Psycho. The track is all about the actress, and it’s a tribute to all of her work. It’s a fun song that made it to 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 but only hit three on the Adult Top 40 and two on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart.
12. Unchained – Van Halen
Van Halen released Unchained in 1981 on the album Fair Warning, and the flanger pedal was used in this song, which was rare at the time. This track is your typical Van Halen type of song, meaning it’s hard and rocks your socks off.
13. Unbelievable – EMF
Attention all Charmed fans, you may remember the song Unbelievable by EMF, which was released in 1990 for the 1991 album Schubert Dip. This became the biggest hit that the band had, and it went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and three on the Modern Rock Tracks. Andrew Dice Clay is sampled in the track with his famous “Ohh!” and you can find this massive hit on shows including Love Island, Six Feet Under, and Derry Girls.
14. Unbreakable – Janet Jackson
Next is Janet Jackson with her 2015 song Unbreakable, which hit five on the Adult R&B Songs chart. This track is typical for her with a massive beat and catchy lyrics. It’s a song where she is in love, self-assured, and ready to get back on the road again.
15. United We Stand – Brotherhood Of Man
Brotherhood Of Man released United We Stand in 1970, and it was the first song for the band that was a hit. It peaked at 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 15 on the Adult Contemporary charts. In 1970, this track was listed as the 64th most popular of the year. It was the ending theme song for The Brady Bunch Hour.
16. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
Next is The Righteous Brothers with the cover of Unchained Melody, which is the most well-known version of the song. The track was released in 1965 on the album Just Once In My Life. It reached four on the Billboard Hot 100 and is one of their most popular songs to date. The track has been featured in movies and television shows such as Family Guy, Community, Tall Girl, and The Resident.
17. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
Next is Billy Joel with the song Uptown Girl, which was released in 1983 on the album An Innocent Man. The track is about a woman who is way out of his league, and she’s high class while he is just a middle-class working man. Christie Brinkley appeared in the video, and it’s not a stretch to think this song is about her. It made it to three on the Billboard Hot 100, two on the Adult Contemporary chart, and 22 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
18. Undone (The Sweater Song) – Weezer
Up next is a song we all know, which is Weezer and their hit track Undone (The Sweater Song), which was released in 1994 as the debut single from the band on their self-titled album. The track peaked at 57 on the Billboard Hot 100, 30 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and six on the Alternative Airplay chart. It’s one of the most popular and well-known Weezer songs that fans love to sing along to.
19. Under A Cloud – The Bangles
The Bangles released the song Under A Cloud in 2011 on their album Sweetheart Of The Sun, and this track is all about what you’ll find in California under the surface. It details the fact that California is just like anywhere else and that people can be depressed and sad there even though it’s warm and sunny just like they can be in cities such as Seattle where it rains all of the time.
20. Under My Thumb – The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones had a huge hit in 1966 with Under My Thumb, which was the song the band was playing when an 18-year-old was murdered by a group of Hell’s Angels at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival back in 1969. This popular track is still one of the fan favorites today.
21. Underneath The Streetlight – Joni Mitchell
Next is Joni Mitchell with the song Underneath The Streetlight from her 1982 album Wild Things Run Fast. This track helped propel the album to number 25 on the Billboard 200, and it’s a love song that has stood the test of time.
22. Under Attack – ABBA
ABBA is on our list with the song Under Attack from their 1982 album The Singles: The First Ten Years. This track was not a song that gained a lot of attention and did not have a lot of commercial success. Unfortunately, by the time it was released, the band had not been doing well in the business and it never became a hit song outside of Netherlands and Belgium.
23. Under Your Scars – Godsmack
Calling all rock fans, Under Your Scars by Godsmack is next, and this song comes from the 2018 album When Legends Rise. This track is all about staying strong while in a relationship and being able to get through tough times together, such as when there is an issue in the relationship.
In Under Your Scars, there is a hope that the couple can make something good out of their relationship even though there might have been issues in the past that caused problems, such as one of them cheating on the other. It’s about being open in the relationship because there is still love between the two people underneath the bad things that have happened.
24. Unfaithful – Rihanna
Rihanna is next with her 2006 hit Unfaithful, which comes from A Girl Like Me, and this song was the second single from the album. Evanescence inspired this track, and it’s all about a woman that has a lot of regret after cheating on her significant other. It hit number one on the Dance Club Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts while hitting number two on the Mainstream Top 40. It made it to number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
25. Unholy Confessions – Avenged Sevenfold
Metal group Avenged Sevenfold had a successful song called Unholy Confessions from their 2003 album Waking The Fallen. This was the lead single from the album, and it had a lot of exposure since it was one of the first tracks from the group that was clean. It is all about a couple that has figured out both of them were cheating on each other. This song is still one of the most popular tracks from the band, and it’s routinely on their live setlist.
26. United In Grief – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar makes our list with the song United In Grief, which comes from his 2022 album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. This track is great because it ends by saying we all grieve differently and that we shouldn’t judge one another for how we cope with trauma. In the song, he details the grief he’s had in his life such as the death of people he’s loved and relationship problems. He also details how he has coped such as through therapy and spending money on luxurious items.
27. Universal Mind Control – Common
Up next is rapper Common with the song Universal Mind Control, which was from the 2008 album of the same name. Pharrell Williams also has vocal parts in this track since he helped produce the song for Common with his group The Neptunes. In the US, this became one of his biggest charting singles since it peaked at number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
28. Universe – Savage Garden
Savage Garden is on our list next with Universe, which comes from their self-titled debut album released in 1997. This song was the last track from the album to be released as a single in Australia, and it charted at 26 in their country, while hitting 25 in New Zealand. The music video shows women and couples dancing, and it’s a slow song that is both sensual and romantic.
29. Up Around The Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival
In 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival released the song Up Around The Bend on the album Cosmo’s Factory. This track was a massive hit for the band, and while a lot of people think it’s about taking a ride, there is a possibility the hidden meaning is about dodging the draft and going to Canada. It reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
30. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Next is the song Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, which was released on the album Uptown Special in 2015. The track made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Dance Club Songs, and Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. This is a track that features a mix of disco, pop, boogie, soul, and funk-pop, and it was a huge song that people of all ages enjoyed singing and dancing to.
31. Until It Sleeps – Metallica
Last on the list is the Metallica song Until It Sleeps, which was released in 1996 on the album Load. This video to the track won an MTV Music Video Award, and it hit number one on the Mainstream Rock chart. It also made it to 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 27 on the Alternative Airplay 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.