20 Best Songs with Numbers in the Title

Nina Hampson

If you are looking for the best songs with numbers not only in the lyrics, but in the titles, then you’ve come to the right place.

This list counts down and ranks the 20 best songs with numbers in their titles by votes, popularity and even BPM.

The best songs with numbers in their titles are a mixed bag of tracks from all genres from classic rock to hip hop.

By the way, if you’re searching for songs with numbers in the title, you may also like some of our other playlists, like songs about colors, songs about guns, songs about magic, songs about minutes, and songs about years.

21 Guns – Green Day

Green Day - 21 Guns [Official Music Video]

This is the name of a song by the American punk rock band Green Day from their album 21st Century Breakdown.

In this song, Billie Joe Armstrong salutes the fallen with the lyrics, a blistering 21 Gun salute of a chorus.

26 Miles Santa Catalina – The Monterey County Aquarium Society Orchestra

This song was famously covered by The Byrds and in 2003, it made the “Mojo” album of the decade.

However, the first version of the song was recorded by The Monterey County Aquarium Society Orchestra.

The song is about an experience lead singer Roger McGuinn has had riding on a ferry boat.

It takes 26 miles to cross from Long Beach Harbor to Santa Catalina Island.

2112 – Rush

Rush - 2112 [HD FULL SONG]

Although this is not your typical hit single, when you consider its position in Rush’s discography, 2112 ranks as one of their most ambitious works.

The song is about a futuristic society in which individual freedoms are sacrificed for the good of the state.

The key character in the story is a “hero” who defies the system, sparking off an epic battle between him and his opposing faction.

1,2,3,4 – Plain White T’s

Plain White T's - 1, 2, 3, 4

1,2,3,4 is a song by the Plain White T’s.

It was released on May 8th 2006 as part of their album “All That We Needed” The song became very well known after it was played during televised sporting events.

Additionally, different radio stations have used it for promotional purposes at one point or another.

The lyrics are about having a crush on someone who is not interested, but continuing to try to be with them anyway.

3 Libras – A Perfect Circle

A Perfect Circle - 3 Libras

This song is part of A Perfect Circle’s debut album “Mer De Noms”.

The lyrics are about the unwillingness of a female character to start a relationship with someone, but feeling destined to do so anyway.

5 Years Time – Noah And The Whale

Noah & The Whale - 5 Years Time (lyrics)

This song was originally written by Noah And The Whale’s Charlie Fink for his father, who had just retired.

His dad really loved it and often sang it while out in his garden, so when Noah decided to make a proper recording of the song he wanted to include his dad singing along.

Unfortunately, due to a problem with his voice, this idea had to be scrapped and the song was never released in its original form.

5 Colours in Her Hair – McFly

Five Colours In Her Hair McFly

This song by McFly was inspired by their manager’s daughter, who at five years old had “five colors in her hair.”

It only took the four band-mates five minutes to write the song.

4 Minutes – Madonna

Madonna - 4 Minutes feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland (Official Video)

This particular piece is a collaboration between Madonna and Justin Timberlake.

It was released on March 17th, 2008, and charted at number three in the US Billboard charts.

The song marks Madonna’s return to contemporary music after her 2003 album American Life.

24 Hours from Tulsa – Gene Pitney

Gene Pitney - 24 Hours From Tulsa

This song was written by American singer-songwriter Ginger Thomas in 1960 and is about a small town in Oklahoma in which all young men leave in order to pursue their dreams in bigger cities like Nashville and Tulsa.

25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago

Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4 - 7/21/1970 - Tanglewood (Official)

According to Chicago keyboardist Robert Lamm, the lyrics of this song were written in early morning hours when he was at home with his newborn son.

He woke up suddenly after hearing the first two lines, but could not remember them for the rest of the day.

When he finally woke up the next day, he found the lines written on a paper and went on to complete the song.

3am – Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty - 3AM (Official Video)

This Matchbox Twenty track is about a man who cannot sleep at night and calls his ex-girlfriend in hopes that she will help him pass the time: “3 am, here we are / Do you remember? / All of the things that I wished you would say to me.”

3rd Planet – Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse - Third Planet

This song from Modest Mouse is about someone waking up from a dream and realizing that the only thing they have to do is go back to sleep, because reality is too scary.

99 Luftballoons – Nena

NENA | 99 Luftballons [1983] [Offizielles HD Musikvideo]

The lyrics to this song were based on real life events surrounding an incident that occurred during two separate NATO military exercises in 1979, resulting in fighters being sent to intercept and shoot down a supposed enemy aircraft.

1999 – Prince

Prince - 1999 (Official Music Video)

The title of this song, released in 1982, was based on a popular party anthem and the impending end of the millennium (and possibly world), but it is also rumoured that Prince originally wrote this song about his ex-girlfriend, Vanity 6 singer Denise Matthews.

1984 – Van Halen

1984 (2015 Remaster)

This song is based on the George Orwell novel of the same name, which is set in a dystopian future.

It was included as part of Van Halen’s 1984 album and has been played at many political events since then.

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton - 9 To 5

9 to 5 was written and originally performed by American country singer Dolly Parton in 1980 at the request of her manager, who wanted a rock-sounding song with a female perspective for Parton’s film debut in 9 to 5.

This track is one of many songs written by Parton about working in an office.

11am – Incubus

The lyrics of this song were written by Brandon Boyd based on the story idea that he had had during his first year at Hollywood Arts High School.

The time referenced in this song is actually the break between classes, which was 11 am.

7 Days – Sting

Sting - Seven Days (Official Music Video)

This song was released as a single in 1993 and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

It is about a man who asks his girlfriend to stay with him for just one more week, adding that he loves her and will love her for seven days “but not another day more.”

867-5309/Jenny – Tommy Tutone

8675309 Jenny Jenny

This song hit number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 and is often referred to as simply 867-5309 or Jenny.

It was inspired by a true story told to the band’s lead singer, Tommy Heath, who then wrote the song’s lyrics about a fling that he’d had with a woman named Jenny.

19-2000 – Gorillaz

Gorillaz - 19-2000 (Official Video)

In this song, Damon Albarn sings from the perspective of the Universal Party Building, a large transportable building being towed around by a spaceship.

The song has been used for several movie trailers and commercials since its release in 2001.

20th Century Boy – T Rex

20th Century Boy (2012 Remaster)

This is one of Marc Bolan’s signature songs that he originally wrote after seeing Mott the Hoople on Top of the Pops.

The song was inspired by Marc reading a book on Rock and Roll and imagining what it would be like to have that kind of success with a band.

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