While we don’t often think of the letter “V” because it’s near the end of the alphabet, there are quite a few tracks that start with this less-than-common letter. Here is our list of 31 songs starting with V that you might want to listen to!
1. Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
First on our list is the 1964 hit by Elvis Presley called Viva Las Vegas, which was featured in the movie of the same name. This song hit number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 16 on the Cash Box Top 100 chart. Interestingly, he only sang this track live a couple of times, but it quickly became one of his signature songs.
2. Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles
Next is The Buggles with the song Video Killed The Radio Star, which was released in 1979 from the album The Age Of Plastic. The track had to do with how new technology and inventions changed media and artists.
Once the song was released on MTV in 1981, it became a huge hit for them. MTV wasn’t doing well at the time, and this video helped MTV become a household name. The track hit number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. You can find this song in movies and television shows such as Take Me Home Tonight, Take This Waltz, and Patrick Melrose.
3. Valley Of Lost Souls – Poison
Attention fans of hair metal, Poison is on our list with the song Valley Of Lost Souls, which is from their 1990 album Flesh & Blood. This is a track that’s about trying to get into the limelight in Hollywood and rise from the bottom of the barrel. While this song is one of the lesser-known tracks, it’s a great song about trying to break into the business and a track that a lot of struggling artists will relate to.
4. Vasoline – Stone Temple Pilots
Vasoline by Stone Temple Pilots was written by Scott Weiland, the lead singer, and was released on the album Purple in 1994. The song was actually supposed to include the lyric “Life in the fast lane,” but his band misheard the lyric and thought he said “Flies in the Vaseline,” so that’s how that title came about. This was the track that made everyone realize the drug addiction that he had, and it hit number one on the Mainstream Rock chart.
5. Vienna – Billy Joel
Next is music legend Billy Joel with Vienna, which was released in 1977 on his album The Stranger. This was only released as a B-side but still managed to become Platinum. According to him, this song is all about getting old, and it’s a metaphor for that experience in life, and it may have something to do with when he finally saw his estranged father. On Spotify, this is one of his most-streamed tracks.
6. Velvet Rope – Janet Jackson
Up next is Velvet Rope by Janet Jackson, which was released on the album The Velvet Rope in 1997. This is a thoughtful tune, so it’s different from the pop songs she traditionally sang about. This was one of her most personal albums thanks to tracks like this, which was why she both won and was nominated for multiple awards, including winning Top Female R&B Artist at the Billboard Music Awards.
7. Victim Of Love – The Eagles
Next is The Eagles with the song Victim Of Love from the 1976 album Hotel California. This was one of their biggest albums ever, and it won Record of the Year. This was thought to be the track that broke the band because the vocals went to Don Henley even though Don Felder was promised to have lead vocals throughout the album. Since Felder came up with this song idea, he thought it would be his track to sing, but it was not, and it created controversy within The Eagles and tension.
8. Vanilla Sky – Paul McCartney
Calling all fans of the movie Vanilla Sky, Paul McCartney released a song of the same name for this film in 2001, and it’s on the official movie soundtrack. This track was written for the film in about a week while McCartney was working on his album Driving Rain and was nominated in the Best Original Song category at the Golden Globes.
9. Vogue – Madonna
Next is pop icon Madonna with her hit song Vogue from 1990 on the album I’m Breathless. To this day, it’s one of the biggest tracks of her career and instantly became a hit for her when it was released. It was certified as Double Platinum, and she has been performing this ever since, including at the Super Bowl and awards shows. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Dance Club Songs, and several other charts.
10. Veronica – Elvis Costello
If you love your grandmother, then you might love the song Veronica by Elvis Costello, which was released in 1989 on his album Spike. This track is all about his grandmother and how she was getting older and had to move into a nursing home.
It talks about how she can’t remember things which makes sense given his grandmother died due to Alzheimer’s complications. In America, it became his breakthrough hit and went to number one on the Alternative Airplay chart and landed at 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
11. Voices – Disturbed
Attention metal and rock fans, we are going to talk about the 2000 hit Voices by Disturbed, which comes from the album Sickness. This song was the first one on the album, and it hit 16 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and 18 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It can be found in a trailer for Jeepers Creepers and also can be purchased to play in the video game Rock Band.
12. Valleys Of Neptune – Jimi Hendrix
Valleys Of Neptune was released in 2010 on the album of the same name by Jimi Hendrix. This was the posthumous album that was put out, and this song had been unreleased although it was supposed to be included in Electric Ladyland. He felt that he didn’t get the sound perfect so he never released it, but it’s a great track that shows off his signature style.
13. Vacancy – Neil Young
Neil Young released Vacancy in 2020 from his album Homegrown, which was supposed to be released in 1975 when this song and other tracks on this album were recorded. However, these songs were too painful for him at the time to release since it was about his breakup with his ex-wife, so it wasn’t released until 2020.
14. Voodoo – Godsmack
If you liked the Wes Craven movie The Serpent And The Rainbow, you might remember hearing Voodoo by Godsmack. This song was written for that film, and it was released in 1999 on their self-titled album. It reached number two on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 and Active Rock charts and hit number five on the Mainstream Rock chart.
15. Venus – Billy Idol
In 1993, Billy Idol released the song Venus from his album Cyberpunk, and this track is way more romantic than other songs that he had released at the time. In the track, he is trying to get with a girl and woo her to become his. He also talks about how we all deserve love sometimes and how much he would love for her to touch him, but it’s done in a less sexual manner.
16. Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Coldplay had a huge hit with the song Viva La Vida, which was released in 2012 on the album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends. The track means “Long Live Life,” and it was inspired by the Frida Kahlo painting. It topped the iTunes chart for the best-selling song and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Alternative Songs, and many other charts. It has been featured in movies and television shows such as The Hills, 90210, Shades Of Blue, Suits, and The Imposter.
17. Vigilante Sh*t – Taylor Swift
Calling all Swifties, up next is Vigilante Sh*t by Taylor Swift, which comes from her album Midnights released in 2022. This song is all about her helping a woman take down a guy, who happened to be the woman’s ex-husband. A lot of people began wondering who this ex-wife was that she was helping since Midnights is an autobiographical album of sorts, and some have said it’s about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, but we don’t know that for sure.
18. Vertigo – U2
In 2004, U2 released the song Vertigo from the album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, and it won three different Grammy Awards. It was such a hit that Apple used it for an iTunes commercial, and it reached 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while hitting number one on the Adult Alternative Songs and Alternative Airplay charts.
19. Valleri – The Monkees
Valleri was released in 1968 on the album The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees by the group The Monkees. If you’ve ever seen the television show The Monkees, then you know this was a band that got famous for songs they recorded for their television show. The show was nearing its end when Valleri was recorded, so it was one of the last big hits they had, and it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
20. Valentina – Prince
In 2009, Prince released Valentina on his album MPLSound, and this track was never performed live that we know of. In the song, Penelope Cruz and her daughter, who is named Valentina, are talked about. Penelope and Prince were friends, and the story is that after working with him on a music video, she started to like him.
21. Volcano – Jimmy Buffett
Attention all Parrotheads, Jimmy Buffett is on our list next with his 1979 hit Volcano, which comes from the album of the same name. The song is one of his most popular tracks, and fans love this track even though it only reached 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released. He even performed this song alongside Don Henley in 1993 when they were on stage for a benefit.
22. Vanilla – Holly Humberstone
Next is Holly Humberstone with the song Vanilla from her 2022 album Can You Afford To Lose Me? The track is all about a woman who is in a relationship that has a lot of good and bad times but admits her best times are when he’s not around, such as at night. She also comes to the conclusion that their relationship doesn’t mean anything and decides that she needed to end it because all she felt was vanilla and lukewarm about him and the relationship.
23. Voices Carry – Til’ Tuesday
On our list next is Voices Carry by Til’ Tuesday, which was released in 1985 on the album of the same name. The song reached number seven on the Radio & Records Pop Airplay chart, eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and 14 on the Top Rock Tracks chart. What made it popular is that it was constantly in rotation on MTV. It’s about a woman who is the side piece in an affair and in total it spent 14 weeks on the Billboard charts.
24. Version Girl – UB40
UB40 released Version Girl in 1983 on the album Labour Of Love, and it’s the same album that featured the hit song Red, Red, Wine. This is only a cover since it was first released by Boy Friday, which was a ska band. The track is all about wanting to know more about a girl and hoping to get closer to her.
25. Vitamin – Incubus
Incubus released Vitamin in 1997 from the album S.C.I.E.N.C.E., and it was the second song from this album. This is a great track that really shows off the style they had, and it’s thought to be their real debut album.
26. Villain – Maisie Peters
Maisie Peters released Villian in 2021 on the album You Signed Up For This. The song is all about how the same situation can be seen differently by two people and how she lost her boyfriend and is struggling to process things when she sees him with another woman. She realizes at some point that she is the villain and not his love interest anymore, and it’s a track a lot of us can relate to.
27. Velcro Fly – ZZ Top
In 1985, ZZ Top released the song Velcro Fly from the album Afterburner, and this track is about Velcro, which is something Billy Gibbons loved. There are sexual references in the song too, which was common for ZZ Top. This track reached 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 15 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
28. V-12 Cadillac – Jewel
Jewel is a singer and songwriter who is known for personal and thoughtful songs, but V-12 Cadillac from 1997 is a track she recorded that is more fun and lighthearted. It’s all about spending a day on the beach where you feel the breeze and sun. She also thinks about the possible romantic options that exist down on the beach and thinks of when times were simpler.
29. Vincent Price – Deep Purple
Deep Purple released Vincent Price on the album Now What?! in 2013, and this is the last song from the album. The track is about Vincent Price who was an actor in horror films such as Edward Scissorhands, House Of Wax, Madhouse, and More Dead Than Alive. In the track, there are references to some of his work such as zombies, chains, and other elements that can traditionally be found in horror flicks.
30. Vegetables – The Beach Boys
We have to talk about Vegetables by The Beach Boys, which was released in 2011 on the album Smiles. This song was written for fun, and it’s dorky and silly, but one of those tracks that are catchy and will leave you smiling long after the song is over.
31. Ventura Highway – America
In 1972, America released the song Ventura Highway, which was written by Dewey Bennell. This track is all about a road trip he took with his family in 1963, talking about how clouds were going by as he sat there with his brother while his father changed a tire. It was a hit song that reached three on the Easy Listening chart and helped inspire artists including Prince with his hit Purple Rain.
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.