Think of a song that starts with the letter Z. There’s probably not many in your playlist! Today, we want to expand your song knowledge and add to your playlist.
It doesn’t matter what genre the song is, as long as you connect with the music and lyrics. To help you out, here are 20 songs to kickstart your Z-titled playlist.
- 1. “Zombie” by The Cranberries
- 2. “Zannalee” by Prince
- 3. “Zig Zag Stories” by Vanilla Ice
- 4. “Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie
- 5. “Zebras and Airplanes” by Alicia Keys
- 6. “Zendaya” by J. Cole
- 7. “Zoo Station” by U2
- 8. “Zen Brain” by Nada Surf
- 9. “Zero And Blind Terry” by Bruce Springsteen
- 10. “Zack and Codeine” by Post Malone
- 11. “Zebras Crossing the Street” by Scooter
- 12. “Zero” by Chris Brown
- 13. “Zero The Hero” by Black Sabbath
- 14. “Zoe Jane” by Staind
- 15. “Zeus” by Eminem
- 16. “Zombie Stomp” by Ozzy Osbourne
- 17. “Zoosk Girl” by Flo Rida
- 18. “Zorro’s Ascent” by Alice Cooper
- 19. “Zero Mechanism” by The Used
- 20. “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” by Paula Abdul
1. “Zombie” by The Cranberries
A catchy hard rock song, “Zombie” was written when there were a lot of bombings going on in the UK. The band, hailing from Ireland, was on tour in 1993 when they heard about the tragic news of two children who lost their lives in one of these bombings.
Dolores O’Riodarn, one of the group members, wrote the song solely in between performances. Eventually, the hard rock song became one of the most famous protest songs.
2. “Zannalee” by Prince
Everyone remembers that one song that keeps reminding them of their crush or lover. Prince wrote this song about his crush Zannalee, and it is as relatable as any of his other songs. If you like blues-rock, you’ll appreciate this song. Even though “Zannalee” was written in 1993, the studio version did not come out until March 1995.
3. “Zig Zag Stories” by Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice is best known for his famous hip-hop song “Ice Ice Baby,” which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Vanilla Ice released “Zig Zag Stories” in 1998 as part of his album “Hard to Swallow.” In contrast to his usual hip hop genre, the song was labelled “Skate Rock”, giving his fans a taste of something new.
4. “Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie
With today’s ongoing mental health advocacy, many musicians are now speaking out about their experiences. David Bowie admitted that the song “Ziggy Stardust” was written to deal with his mental health at the time.
David had to get into the character of Ziggy while writing his song to depict the narrative. He later revealed in an interview that he was gay.
5. “Zebras and Airplanes” by Alicia Keys
In 2014, Alicia Keys released “Zebras and Airplanes “, which discusses topics that depict the reality of dreams. Alicia Keys sings about the sky being blue and the water meeting the sand in the song.
She was returning us to the reality of our dreams by transporting us back in time. “Zebras and Airplanes” is about remembering how we felt in our dreams.
6. “Zendaya” by J. Cole
J.Cole’s fans adore the way he talks about his life and its ups and downs. Similarly, “Zendaya” is a song by rapper Cozz that features and was produced by J.Cole. Both rappers discuss their pasts and the people who influenced their rap careers in music.
J.Cole discusses Cozz’s admiration for actress Zendaya. The song comment comes after Cozz mentioned how much he admires Zendaya, intelligent, hardworking, and beautiful.
7. “Zoo Station” by U2
The song has a lively and surrealistic storyline, which was a departure from U2’s usual realistic lyrics. It’s titled after Zoo Bahnhof, a train station in Berlin where the underground part of the U2 line starts.
8. “Zen Brain” by Nada Surf
The song “Zen Brain” is from Nada Surf’s 1996 album “High/Low.” Zen is a Buddhist term that means “calm and peace.” Generally speaking, everyone has childhood traumas, which the song addresses.
Zen brain refers to a powerful brain that is free of psychological issues. The song teaches us that we must let go of our childhood traumas to progress.
9. “Zero And Blind Terry” by Bruce Springsteen
One thing about Bruce is that he is straightforward with his lyrics in “Zero And Blind Terry“. The song is basically about a girl who’s head over heels for a boy. But her father wasn’t too thrilled about their relationship, in which he sends the cops to get rid of the poor guy.
If you’re into love songs with a twist, this one will leave you hanging, wondering what went down with Zero and Terry.
10. “Zack and Codeine” by Post Malone
Have you ever seen Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”? Post Malone refers to the show in “Zack and Codeine ” by talking about his partying life. For instance, he discusses how he throws parties in hotels, similar to how the show’s characters live in luxurious hotels.
11. “Zebras Crossing the Street” by Scooter
Scooter released the album “Wicked” in 1996. One of the songs that were popular at the time was “Zebras Crossing The Street.” The song is meant to be fun, but it also discusses clearing your mind and living life to the fullest.
12. “Zero” by Chris Brown
We can’t deny that Chris Brown’s album “Royalty” was one of his best of all time. In 2015, the song “Zero” reached the top of the United Kingdom and the United States charts. The song is about how you feel when you’ve moved on from an ex, but the ex still wants you back.
13. “Zero The Hero” by Black Sabbath
If you like heavy metal, you will enjoy the song “Zero The Hero.” In 1993, Black Sabbath released the album “Born Again,” which included this song. Contrary to how fast heavy metal beats are usually, the song has a slow beat with some of Tony Iommi’s best guitar riffs.
14. “Zoe Jane” by Staind
Aaron Lewis wrote the song “Zoe Jane” from the album “14 Shades of Grey.” Aaron, the lead singer of the group, was deeply impacted by Layne Staley, who tragically passed away on the same day his daughter was born. In honor of his daughter Zoe Jane, he wrote the song.
15. “Zeus” by Eminem
The famous and legendary rapper Eminem released a second album in 2020 titled “Music to be Murdered: By Side B”. The album’s song “Zeus” became popular while also being controversial. In the song, Eminem mentions the names of some well-known industry figures who were involved with social issues at the time.
16. “Zombie Stomp” by Ozzy Osbourne
In this song, Ozzy Osbourne speaks about people who are dealing with the side effects of drugs or a hangover. In this case, the “Zombie Stomp” refers to the walk people take when intoxicated. He says the walk is like walking on thin ice, which is dangerous. If you’re looking for an anti-alcohol song, this is the one.
17. “Zoosk Girl” by Flo Rida
If you like Flo Rida’s songs “Wild Ones” and “Good Feeling,” you’ll enjoy “Zoosk Girl“. Flo Rida collaborates with T-Pain on a song about wanting a girl from the online dating site Zoosk. The two rappers sing about how it is easy to get the girl they want because they are famous.
18. “Zorro’s Ascent” by Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper sings about the famous Spanish hero Zorro in this song. This lazy rock song will undoubtedly transport you back to when Zorro fought criminals and saved lives. To top it all off, Alice gets into character and sings in different voices for each persona.
19. “Zero Mechanism” by The Used
Another rock song released in July 2003 is “Zero Mechanism“. The song appeared on the album “Maybe Memories,” a compilation of previously unreleased songs. The track is about how you should work harder when life seems complicated.
20. “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” by Paula Abdul
If you enjoy Disney songs, you will enjoy this one. The piece appeared in the Disney animated film “Song of the South.”
The music was influenced by another pre-civil war song called “Zip Coon.” The film stars the well-known actor James Basket. Later on, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” won the award for the best original song.
This list has a mix of songs from different genres, each with its own story to tell. From rock to pop, hip-hop to country, you’ll find a variety of musical experiences that are bound to grab your attention. So let’s uncover the hidden treasures in these songs starting with the letter Z.