“Y” is one of those weird letters that we don’t think about often, but did you know a lot of tracks begin with this letter? Continue reading to learn more about 33 songs starting with Y that you may want to add to your playlist!
1. You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
First on our list is the popular track You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift, which comes from her 2008 album Fearless. This song is all about someone who is insecure and has feelings for someone, although they seem to be a little out of their reach. This country pop track hit number one on the Hot Country Songs chart and Adult Contemporary charts, with it landing at two on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, and Mainstream Top 40 charts.
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2. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
Calling all The Beatles fans, we’re going to talk about Yellow Submarine, which comes from the 1966 album Revolver. Ringo Starr had a vocal part in this song, and this was during the time when the band had been experimenting with various styles in the recording booth. It was written as a track for kids by both John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. You can find it in movies including Yellow Submarine and Yesterday.
3. (You Drive Me) Crazy – Britney Spears
Next is Britney Spears with her third single (You Drive Me) Crazy from her debut album Baby One More Time, which was released in 1999. This song was featured in the popular rom-com Drive Me Crazy and reached 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also can be found in movies and television shows including Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Impulse. It remains one of her biggest hits and a fan favorite.
4. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Calling all fans of Private Parts, the Howard Stern biopic, you might remember hearing You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC in the closing scene. This song was released in 1980 on the album Back In Black, and it was the first single with the new lead singer Brian Johnson. It reached 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has been featured in A Knight’s Tale, Supernatural, Maximum Overdrive, Brothers And Sisters, and New Girl.
5. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Dead or Alive
We have to mention the English pop group Dead Or Alive with their song You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), which was released in 1985 on their second album called Youthquake. The track reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it hit number one in the UK after 17 weeks.
6. (You’re) Having My Baby – Paul Anka
Paul Anka released (You’re) Having My Baby in 1974 on the album Anka, and this song is a debut that features Odia Coates singing the female vocal part of the track. For him, this was his second time hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, although it hadn’t happened since he released Lonely Boy 15 years prior. The song also reached five on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was written while he was visiting Lake Tahoe and is for his four daughters and his wife.
7. Yesterday – The Beatles
The Beatles had huge success with the song Yesterday released in 1965 on the album Yesterday And Today in the US and Help! in other countries. It was written by Paul McCartney and landed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, with it still just as much of a success today as it was back then. More than 2,000 different artists have covered this beautiful track, making it one of the most covered songs in music history.
8. You’ve Got The Love I Need – Al Green
On our list next is the 2008 song You’ve Got The Love I Need by Al Green, which comes from the album Lay It Down. Anthony Hamilton also lends his voice to the track, so it’s one of the more soulful songs out there about how you should believe in love, but it has more of a gospel-like feel to it.
9. You Were Meant For Me – Jewel
Jewel had a huge hit with You Were Meant For Me, which was one of the biggest songs on her first album Pieces Of You, released in 1995. This track is all about her trying to move on after having gone through a relationship that didn’t work out. It received a lot of praise and helped her become a household name.
The song hit number one on the Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, and Mainstream Top 40 charts. It landed at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and she won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video as a result of the track.
10. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
Next is Jackie Wilson with the song (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher, which was released in 1967. This soulful track features horns, and the chorus is catchy enough that you’ll keep singing it long after the song is over. It was a huge hit for him, reaching number one on the Billboard R&B chart and number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
11. Yikes – Kanye West
Kanye West released Yikes in 2018 from his album Ye, and this song has quite a few echoes in it that make it chilling when you add it with the bass. This was the lead single from the album, and it was a huge success with the RIAA certifying it Platinum. It hit 25 on the Rhythmic Chart, eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and seven on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
12. Y’all Boys – Florida Georgia Line Feat. HARDY
Next on our list is country group Florida Georgia Line with the 2019 song Y’all Boys from Can’t Say I Ain’t Country. This is a very upbeat track that also has HARDY in it, and it’s all about the bond between Southern guys and having a laid-back life. The chorus is catchy, and it’s a great summer anthem that you can grab a beer and drink to.
13. Y.M.C.A. – Village People
The Village People released Y.M.C.A. in 1978 on their album Cruisin’, and this song is one of the biggest dance tracks of all time. It hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and Dance Club Songs chart, while in the UK, it landed the top position. We all know this track, and it’s one of the best songs to break out during any party or special event.
14. Yeah! – Usher Feat. Lil Jon And Ludacris
Up next is Usher with his hit song from the 2004 album Confessions, which is Yeah! The track features Ludacris and Lil Jon, and it’s a mixture of R&B and crunk, and it remains one of the top party and dance songs. This track was a huge hit and reached number one on the Rhythmic, Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
15. You Can’t Lose Me – Faith Hill
Attention all country fans, You Can’t Lose Me by Faith Hill makes our list, and this song was released on her 1995 album It Matters To Me. This track reached number six on the Hot Country Songs chart and hit one in Canada on the Top Country Tracks chart.
16. You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
Released in 1997 on the album Come On Over, You’re Still The One by Shania Twain is one of her most successful tracks and it was known as her crossover song. The track reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart and Adult Contemporary chart, with it hitting two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
17. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) – The Beastie Boys
Calling all partiers out there, next is the party anthem (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!), which was released on the album Licensed To III in 1986 by The Beastie Boys. This is an incredibly popular song and is thought to be their biggest hit with it having a huge influence on culture. It reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is in movies such as Look Who’s Talking Too, Fun Size, and Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
18. You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
We have to mention Paul Simon and the song You Can Call Me Al from his 1986 album Graceland. The track is all about someone who is going through a midlife crisis and part of the inspiration comes from when he visited South Africa. He had a lot of success with this song, and it peaked at 15 on the Adult Contemporary chart and 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.
19. Your Song Saved My Life – U2
On our list next is U2 with Your Song Saved My Life, which was written for Sing 2, a musical animated comedy that features Bono as one of the voice actors. The track was released in 2021, and it was the first original song by the band since 2019, with him saying this track was an autobiography. He got inspired to write this song around his 60th birthday when he wrote down 60 tracks that helped save his life. This peaked at 34 on the Adult Alternative Airplay chart.
20. You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
Calling all fans of The Wonder Years, you might know You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker which was released in 1974 on the album I Can Stand A Little Rain. The song reached 12 on the Adult Contemporary chart and five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which made it his biggest solo hit track. You can find this beautiful love song in movies and television shows such as Two And A Half Men, Full House, Carlito’s Way, and Home Improvement.
21. Yankee Rose – David Lee Roth
We have to include Yankee Rose by David Lee Roth on our list, which was released in 1986 on Eat ‘Em And Smile. This song talks about Independence Day, the National Anthem, and other themes because it’s a tribute track to the Statue of Liberty. It reached 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 10 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
22. You Make Me Wanna… – Usher
Usher makes our list again with the song You Make Me Wanna…, which comes from his second album My Way, and was one of his biggest hits not only from the album but one of the most popular tracks of his career. The song landed at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remained on the chart for more than 47 weeks altogether.
23. Yes – Coldplay
Next up is Coldplay with their 2008 song Yes, which comes from the hit album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends. This track was intentionally sung in a lower vocal register because the band thought it would be a good idea to change the sound of their band and lead singer Chris Martin.
24. You – Candlebox
Candlebox is on our list with the song You, which was released in 1993 on their debut album of the same name. It’s one of their biggest tracks to date and hit 78 on the Billboard Hot 100 and six on the Mainstream Rock chart. It was inspired by the lead singer, Kevin Martin, and his drug use as a teenager when he had stolen from his parents, which led him to feel ashamed and quit the drugs. This song is more of a good riddance track to addiction and the horrible things that occur as a result of being addicted.
25. You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore
Lesley Gore is on our list with her 1963 hit You Don’t Own Me, and this track was one of her biggest hits. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017, and it’s all about a woman who is done with being controlled and owned by a man. It landed at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
26. You Really Got Me – Van Halen
Next up is the rock band Van Halen with the song You Really Got Me, which was the lead single on their self-titled debut album in 1978. This was their first single released and has remained one of their biggest hits. It reached 36 on the Billboard Hot 100, and this was a cover of the same track by The Kinks.
27. You Showed Me – The Turtles
On our list next is The Turtles with the 1968 hit song You Showed Me, and this track was one of the last hits that they would have in America. It reached four on the Cash Box Top 100 and six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It’s a song that is both sexy and sensual, so it fits perfectly with that era in our history.
28. Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha
Ke$ha is on our list next with Your Love Is My Drug, which was released in 2010 on Animal. It was written about a co-dependent relationship, so it’s dark but seems happy on the surface. It made it to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and one on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
29. You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Bachman–Turner Overdrive
On our list next is Bachman–Turner Overdrive with their hit song You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, which comes from the album Not Fragile from 1974. This track is about a guy who has met a woman who is the devil, and the stutter in the song is the most famous part of it. This track reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
30. Yours If You Want It – Rascal Flatts
Calling all country fans, we have added Yours If You Want by Rascal Flatts to our list, which was released in 2017 on the album Back To Us. It hit number one on the Country Airplay chart, 13 on the Hot Country Songs chart, and 71 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
31. You and Me – Lifehouse
We have to mention You And Me by Lifehouse, which was released in 2005 on their self-titled album, with it getting a lot of positive reviews. It reached one on the Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, while it peaked at five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
32. Young Lust – Pink Floyd
Up next is Pink Floyd with Young Lust, which was from their 1979 album The Wall, and it’s about the sex, drugs, and other elements that are tied into being a band. This track was performed by Bryan Adams during the 1990 Berlin concert, and his version hit seven on the chart for Mainstream Rock Tracks.
33. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
Lastly, we have You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones. This was released in 1969 on Let It Bleed, and it’s one of their biggest hits and rated one of the best songs of all time. It reached 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 34 on the Cash Box Top 100.
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.