Even though Z is the last letter in the alphabet, there are still quite a few tracks that begin with this letter that you should check out. We’re going to tell you 31 songs starting with Z that you might want to put on your playlist so read on to see what tracks made our list!
1. Zombie – The Cranberries
First on our list is the 1994 classic song Zombie by The Cranberries, which was on the album No Need To Argue. Dolores O’Riordan had such a powerful voice in this track that you can’t replicate it, and it was one of the biggest hits they had throughout their career. It landed at number one on the Alternative Airplay chart, made it to 22 on the Radio Songs chart, and hit 18 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
2. Zorro’s Ascent – Alice Cooper
In 1982, Alice Cooper released the song Zorro’s Ascent from his album Zipper Catches Skin, and this is a great track about Zorro. It talks about how Zorro dies and a lot of people are sad and feel hopeless without their hero. We find out at the end of the song that the person singing about Zorro is actually Don Diego.
3. Zero Chance – Soundgarden
Next on our list is Soundgarden with the song Zero Chance, which comes from the 1996 album Down On The Upside. This track is all about depression and how it can have a huge negative impact on your life. A lot of people aren’t aware of just how much depression can ruin your future, and that all is talked about in this song by the grunge legend Chris Cornell.
4. Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
In 1972, David Bowie released the song Ziggy Stardust, which is one of his most well-known tracks since Ziggy Stardust was an alter-ego character he used during his career. This track comes from The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, and this song was important not only for glam rock but for music in general. It also had an influence on fashion and culture, since his alter-ego was sent from an alternative alien universe.
5. Zoe Jane – Staind
Next on our list is Staind with the song Zoe Jane from the album 14 Shades Of Grey, and this track has a lot of significance for lead singer Aaron Lewis. He was a huge fan of Alice In Chains and the lead singer Layne Staley, who died the day that his daughter was born. This song was written for his daughter, and it’s almost a tribute track to the birth of his daughter and the influence Layne had on his life, which can also be found in his song Layne.
6. Zero – Smashing Pumpkins
In 1995, Smashing Pumpkins released the song Zero on the album Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. This is thought to be the best track by the 90s band, and it’s a fan-favorite song too. It reached number nine on the Alternative Airplay chart and 15 on the Mainstream Rock chart. In Canada, this track reached number one, and you can find this track on television shows and movies such as The Simpsons.
7. Zeus – Eminem
Next up is Eminem with the song Zeus, which was released in 2020 off of the album Music To Be Murdered By. This track is an apology from Eminem to Rihanna about the leaked recording where he sided with Chris Brown, who had abused her. He also makes some references to current rappers including Future, Chance, and Migos. This is a very influential song that also features White Gold, and then ends with a statement about black people being attacked by the police.
8. Zero – Imagine Dragons
We have to mention Imagine Dragons and their 2018 hit Zero from the fourth album that the band has released called Origins. This track hit number nine on the Hot Rock and Alternative Songs chart, and it’s a track about trying to accept who you are and learning to love who you are. It was featured in Ralph Breaks The Internet, which was a hit Disney movie.
9. Zannalee – Prince
Our next artist is Prince with the song Zannalee, which comes from the 1996 album Chaos And Disorder. The track has blues and rock elements in it, and this song is a track that you’ll relate to if you’ve ever been in love with someone. The song was written about Zannalee, who was a girl Prince had a crush on, and it’s a very beautiful track.
10. Zanzibar – Billy Joel
Next on our list is the Billy Joel song Zanzibar from 1978 on the album 52nd Street, and this track helped catapult the album to being one of the best albums of all time according to Rolling Stone. In the song, a patron that visits a sports bar is trying to ask out the waitress he’s swooning over, and he’s hoping that the sports figures can help inspire him to ask her out.
11. Zero – Chris Brown
In 2015, Chris Brown released the album Royalty, which contained the song Zero. The track hit 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. It also reached 33 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
12. Zoo Station – U2
U2 released Zoo Station in 1991 on the album Achtung Baby, and this song is more of an industrial style sound as opposed to other previous tracks they have released. The inspiration comes from Bono hearing a specific story about WWII and Berlin. The story was that when bombs were dropped near the zoo, this led to animals getting out and running all over the demolished town.
13. Zero and Blind Terry – Bruce Springsteen
Up next is Bruce Springsteen with his song Zero And Blind Terry, which is about a younger woman in love with a guy and her dad doesn’t approve. The father tells the police to kill the boy to keep him away from his daughter. It’s a track worth listening to and is in the same style as most of his other songs.
14. Zaar – Peter Gabriel
Calling all fans of Genesis, next is Peter Gabriel, the former lead singer for the band with his solo album Passion – Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ and the song Zaar. This was released in 1989 and was awarded a Grammy for Best New Age Performance of the Year. If you like how he utilizes influences from various cultures, then this track might be worth checking out.
15. Zither – R.E.M.
Next is R.E.M. with the song Zither, which was released in 1996 on the album New Adventures In Hi-Fi. This is an instrumental track, and it is one of those instruments that you’ll hear in the song. You’ll notice it sounds similar to a harp, so it’ll stand out even next to the guitar.
16. Zebras and Airplanes – Alicia Keys
Calling all fans of dreams and dreaming, you may want to check out Zebras And Airplanes by Alicia Keys. This song was written in the early 2000s, but she did not release this track until early 2014. She dropped it on her website, and it’s a song that she wrote when she had been recording The Element Of Freedom.
She goes on to talk about how this track was inspired by art that she had seen and she felt compelled to write about it, such as how the water touches the sand and the sky is blue. This song will remind you how you felt in a dream and take you back to a special place you’ve been in your past that you enjoyed.
17. Zack and Codeine – Post Malone
Attention fans of The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody, in 2019, Post Malone released Zack And Codeine on his album Beerbongs & Bentleys. This track is kind of playing off of the name of the Disney show, but it’s a song that’s detailing the partying he is doing in his life. He talks about how just like the two boys in the Disney show, he goes to hotels, but he throws wild parties and has more fun. It’s a funny track since he’s talking about how similar he is to Zack and Cody, except he has more adult fun.
18. Zero The Hero – Black Sabbath
Up next on our list is the 1983 song Zero The Hero by Black Sabbath from the album Born Again. Any fan of metal or heavy metal will enjoy this track because it’s similar to other Black Sabbath songs with the signature heavy guitar riff. The only difference with this is that it’s a much slower track with a beat that’s toned down a little.
19. ZEZE – Kodak Black Feat. Travis Scott And Offset
Rapper Kodak Black released ZEZE in 2018 on his album Dying To Live, and it features both Offset and Travis Scott. The track was a huge hit and reached number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Rhythmic chart while hitting number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It also found popularity in 2020 when there was a TikTok challenge that was called the Zeze Challenge.
20. Zebras Crossing The Street – Scooter
Do you like fun songs that might make you laugh? Zebras Crossing The Street might just be the track for you. This song is by the boy band Scooter and was released off of the 1996 album Wicked! It’s a really fun track that has fun lyrics you can sing, but there is a meaning behind all of the fun lyrics too. It has a deeper meaning of telling you to live your life to the fullest and how it’s important that you clear out your mind and keep your head up when times are tough.
21. Za – Supergrass
Next is Za by Supergrass, which comes from the 2002 album Life On Other Planets, and this song is all about how you should seize the day and live in the moment. Whether you’re in love with someone or just want to travel the world, we are only on this Earth for a certain amount of time and should take advantage of any and all opportunities we have.
22. Zombie Stomp – Ozzy Osbourne
Calling all fans of heavy metal, Zombie Stomp is a song by Ozzy Osbourne from his 1991 album No More Tears, and this is a track that talks about the downside of drug use. When you’re under the influence, there is a walk you have, which is referred to as the Zombie Stomp. If anyone can talk about how it’s dangerous to do drugs or drink, it would be Osbourne. It’s almost a warning about how you’re skating on thin ice by doing drugs or drinking, and it’s a great anti-substance abuse song.
23. Zip Mouth Angel – The Rolling Stones
Next is Zip Mouth Angel from the 1998 album Stereo Rarities: Volume 4 by The Rolling Stones. In the song, the guy is looking for someone who goes by Angel because he is in love with her. However, when he finds her house, he realizes she is leaving, and he finds out she was married, and he missed his chance to be with her.
24. Zen Brain – Nada Surf
Nada Surf released the song Zen Brain on the 1996 album High/Low, and if you didn’t know the word, “zen” means being peaceful and calm. The track details some of the childhood abuses that we have all gone through or how we might know someone who has gone through them.
It’s a song that says we have to learn to be zen and let go of those abuses or issues from our childhood in order to mature and progress as a person. Sometimes, it’s best to let go of the past if you want to have a good future, which is what this is all about.
25. Zoosk Girl – Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain
Do you like rap and enjoy old songs such as Tainted Love? Well, Zoosk Girl by Flo Rida is going to give you all of that and more. The track was released on the album Only 1 Flo (Pt. 1), and T-Pain is also in this song.
The 1981 version of Tainted Love by Soft Cell is sampled here, so you’ll notice that immediately, and it’s all about Zoosk, the online dating website. Both Flo Rida and T-Pain talk about how easy it is to get girls because of their fame, and there is a specific girl that they want to get through Zoosk.
26. Zombie Zoo – Tom Petty
We all know Tom Petty, but a lot of people don’t know the 1989 song Zombie Zoo, which was released on the album Full Moon Fever. It’s a great track that details a club called Zombie Zoo and talks about the younger females that liked to go there. This is about how these girls in the punk scene are trying to be someone they aren’t and how they’ve been wasting time to have this certain lifestyle and image, which can be seen in the club.
27. Zephyrus – Bloc Party
Next on the list is Zephyrus by Bloc Party, which came out in 2008 and can be found on the album Intimacy. The vocals and lyrics in this song are entertaining, and there is a very unique sound and style that Bloc Party has that you can hear within this song.
28. Zamba – Bryan Ferry
In 1987, Bryan Ferry released Zamba on Bete Noire, and it’s all about a previous girlfriend that the guy had years ago but that he no longer talks to through no fault of his own. This old girlfriend has now become an elite woman in society.
She no longer has time for those people from her past when she was a nobody and had less financial success. This is a song that a lot of people can relate to. We’ve seen friends or family become better off, and have seen how they no longer want to associate with those they feel are beneath them.
29. Zim Zimma – Joyner Lucas
In 2020, Joyner Lucas released Zim Zimma from the album Evolution. This is a rap song that is paying tribute to Beenie Man, and it has a beat that you’ll love, which is why it quickly became a fan favorite. The lyrics talk about cars, sex, money, and all of the other aspects of Beenie Man’s life, so if you are familiar with him, then give this a listen!
30. Zak and Sara – Ben Folds
Up next is the 2001 song Zak And Sara by Ben Folds from Rockin’ The Suburbs, which was his debut album. This is a classic early 2000s rock track and features those classic music stylings from that period of time. It’s all about two young people who are in love, and a song you should check out if you’re into rock.
31. Zimbabwe – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Lastly on our list is the 1979 hit Zimbabwe by Bob Marley, which was released on his album Survival. This song is about how you can choose your own path in life and make your own destiny. It’s one of those tracks that you listen to when you need some encouragement.
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.