W is near the end of the alphabet and often gets overlooked, but did you know several different track titles begin with this letter? We’re going to dive into 31 songs starting with W that would make a great addition to your playlist!
1. We Can Work It Out – The Beatles
First on our list is the song We Can Work It Out by The Beatles, which was released in 1965 and written by both John Lennon and Paul McCartney. This track was one of their most popular songs, and it went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In the 60s, the single placed seven on the top 10 highest-selling singles of the decade in the UK. You may have also heard this in the television show Our Friends In The North.
2. Wonderwall – Oasis
Calling all fans of Misfits, you probably heard Wonderwall by Oasis in this show, and it’s one of the band’s most popular songs to date. The track was released on the album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory in 1995, and it’s about having an imaginary close friend who is going to help save you and protect you from yourself.
It hit number one on the Alternative Airplay chart, five on the Adult Alternative Songs chart, and eight on the Billboard Hot 100. You can find this song in movies and television shows including Girls, Mommy, Frequency, and Schooled.
3. Wannabe – Spice Girls
Next is the Spice Girls with their debut hit song Wannabe, which was released in 1996 and is one of the biggest tracks of the 90s. A track that’s all about empowerment and valuing female relationships over heterosexual ones, it was the song that defined this girl group.
It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Rhythmic charts, as well as four on the Mainstream Top 40, and nine on the Latin Pop Airplay chart. It has been in movies and television shows including The Simpsons, Daria, The O.C., The Heartbreak Kid, American Reunion, Feel Good, and The Circle.
4. Wait And Bleed – Slipknot
Metal fans should know the track Wait And Bleed by Slipknot, which was from their 1999 self-titled album, and it’s their debut single that really put this band in the spotlight. It is thought of as one of their signature songs, and it hit 34 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
5. Waitin For You – Demi Lovato Feat. Sirah
Next is Demi Lovato with the track Waitin For You, which comes from her 2015 album Confident. This song is essentially a diss track, and it’s thought that the person she is dissing is Miley Cyrus, although that’s never been confirmed by either person. It is a song that has confidence and vulnerability, and it’s fairly confrontational, which is why it’s the perfect song if you need to just get something off your chest. It reached 21 on the Twitter Top Tracks chart.
6. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
On our list is Louis Armstrong with the timeless classic What A Wonderful World, which was released in 1967, and it has become the most well-known version of this song. In 1999, his version was put into the Grammy Hall of Fame. You’ve heard this track in movies and television shows such as Good Morning Vietnam, 12 Monkeys, Dawson’s Creek, House, Rio 2, Black-ish, Nobody, and The Good Doctor.
7. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
Calling all fans of Zoolander, you’ve heard the song Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! in the movie, and this track is one of their most well-known songs ever. It was released in 1984 on the album Make It Big, and it was the first number-one hit for them in both America and the UK, and it is thought of as one of the best tracks of the 80s.
It was inspired by a note that one of the band members had written for his parents where he tried to tell them to wake him up before they go, but he wrote the word “up” twice accidentally, so then he ended it with “go” twice too. It went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, four on the Adult Contemporary chart, and 27 on the Dance Club chart.
8. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
The punk band Green Day is next with their song Wake Me Up When September Ends, which is from their 2004 album American Idiot. This track is one of the biggest songs they had, and it hit six on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong wrote this track when he was only 10 about his father dying. This song has become an anthem and tribute after natural disasters and tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina and also was dedicated to the victims of 9/11. Anyone who has experienced loss relates to this track and that’s why it has remained such a big hit to this day.
9. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton is next with the beautiful ballad Wonderful Tonight, which was released in 1977 on the album Slowhand. This song was written about Pattie Boyd, who he was married to while she was waiting to get ready to attend the Buddy Holly Party. It’s one of those love tracks that are timeless, and when it was released, it went to 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 39 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was featured in an episode of Friends and Miami Vice.
10. Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole
Paula Cole released Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? on her 1996 album This Fire. The song was a huge hit and made it to number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and landed at four on the Adult Top 40 chart. It has been featured in The Sleepover, The Simpsons, New Girl, and Family Guy. It is her only song that was a Top 10 hit in the US.
11. Wake Up – Mad Season
Next is the song Wake Up by Mad Season from their 1995 album Above. This track is all about drug use and hoping someone wakes up from their addiction. The rumor is that it was written about Blind Melon lead singer Shannon Hoon. It has also become the song the mother of the lead singer of Mad Season, Layne Staley, sings at the annual Layne Staley Tribute Benefit Concert since he died in 2002 of a drug overdose.
12. Walk – Pantera
Calling all metal fans, we’re going to talk about Walk by Pantera, which was released in 1992 on the album Vulgar Display Of Power. The message of the song is to take a hike and it was directed at their friends who began to treat the band members differently once they went back home after becoming famous. To this day, it is one of the most popular and most well-known Pantera tracks.
13. Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers
Next is Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers, which was released in 1958. This song made it to 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and five on the Adult Contemporary charts. It’s routinely listed as one of the greatest tracks of all time and was featured in the television show Riverdale.
14. Walk On By – Dionne Warwick
Walk On By, which was a song released in 1963 by Dionne Warwick, makes our list. This track hit six on the Billboard Hot 100 and seven on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and was featured in the movie Bridget Jones’s Baby.
15. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
Aerosmith released Walk This Way in 1975 from the album Toys In The Attic, and it reached 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The cover version with Run DMC and the original with Aerosmith is in the Grammy Hall of Fame. This song was featured in the television show The Circle.
16. Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline
Up next is the Patsy Cline hit Walkin’ After Midnight, which is considered to be one of the best country songs of all time. It was released on he self-titled album in 1957 and landed at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 list and two on the Hot Country Singles chart. The track has been featured in Pretty Little Liars, The Strain, and Shameless.
17. Walkin’ On The Sun – Smash Mouth
Smash Mouth had a hit with Walkin’ On The Sun, which came out in 1997 on Fush Yu Mang. This song hit number one on the Adult Top 40, Alternative Airplay, and the Modern Rock Tracks chart. This is one of the most well-known songs by Smash Mouth.
18. Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn
Next is Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn, which was released in 1991, and this is his signature song. He won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1992 for the track and his self-titled album, and this song is all about when he went to Memphis while a struggling musician. He talked about how he had writer’s block and went there to just visit sites such as Graceland. It worked because he got back to New York and then wrote this hit.
19. Wango Tango – Ted Nugent
Next is Ted Nugent with the song Wango Tango from his 1980 album Scream Dream. This track made it to 86 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it’s one of his most well-known songs of all time and is often performed live at his concerts. The track has recently appeared on the Netflix show Stranger Things.
20. Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
In 1996, Bon Jovi released Wanted Dead Or Alive on the album Slippery When Wet, and this is one of the most well-known songs from the band. It’s thought to be the signature track for them and is best known as the theme song for the reality show Deadliest Catch. It reached seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and 13 on the Album Rock Tracks chart.
21. Wash Us In The Blood – Kanye West Feat. Travis Scott
Kanye West released the album Wash Us In The Blood in 2020, with this song being the title track. It features Travis Scott, and it’s considered to be an industrial hip hop song. It reached 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart but went to number one on the Christian and Gospel Songs charts.
22. Wasted – Carrie Underwood
Next is country star Carrie Underwood with the song Wasted, which came out in 2005 on the album Some Hearts. This track is all about alcoholism and addiction and how two people have let it take over their lives. At the end of the song, one gets clean from alcohol while the other gets out of their love and relationship addiction. The track reached one on the Hot Country Songs chart and 37 on the Billboard Hot 100.
23. Wasted Time – Skid Row
One of the hit songs on the album Slave To The Grind is Wasted Time by Skid Row. The track was released in 1991 and went to 88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 30 on the Mainstream Rock charts. Sadly, this would be the last song to make it to the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
24. Wasted Years – Iron Maiden
Metal group Iron Maiden released the song Wasted Years on the album Somewhere In Time in 1986. The main theme of the track is feeling alienated and lonely, and it went to 18 on the UK Singles chart. It is the one song on this album that doesn’t use synthesizers.
25. Wasteland – 10 Years
Next is Wasteland by 10 Years, which was released in 2005 on the album Killing All That Holds You, and this was the debut song from the album. While the band had a couple of hits after this, this is their signature track.
26. Waterfalls – TLC
In 1994, everyone was singing the hit song Waterfalls by TLC on their album CrazySexyCool, and this track is one of their most well-known songs to this day. The track went into detail about HIV and the girl group often talked about safe sex and wearing condoms. It also had a music video that you’d see once and never forget. It’s their signature song and had gone to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released. The track is featured in Derry Girls, We’re The Millers, Scream Queens, and Bull.
27. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Next is Sister Sledge with their song We Are Family, which was released in 1979 from the album of the same name. This is a popular track that quickly became their signature song. It reached number one on the Dance Club Songs chart and two on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The track has been in The Full Monty, The Simpsons, Derry Girls, Love Island, and Supergirl.
28. We Are The Champions – Queen
One of the most recognizable songs ever is We Are The Champions by Queen. The rock band from Britain had an international hit with this track, which went to number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It was put into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 and has been a staple at sporting events all over the world.
29. We Are Young – Fun. Feat. Janelle Monáe
Attention Gossip Girl fans, We Are Young by Fun. was featured in an episode. This song was released in 2012 on the album Some Nights. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and is thought to be both their signature track and their biggest hit.
30. We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
Next is Mariah Carey with We Belong Together from her 2005 album The Emancipation Of Mimi. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40, and Pop 100 charts. It helped rejuvenate her career because a lot of critics at the time were saying that her career was over, and this track was the one she needed and used to prove them wrong.
31. We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel
Calling all fans of The Goldbergs, you might know the track We Didn’t Start The Fire by Billy Joel since it was featured in the show. The song is from his 1989 album Storm Front and is one of his most popular tracks because it’s a super quick list song. It references 118 different events in the history of significance, and it’s fun to try to keep up with the pace.
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.