25 Of The Best Songs That Start With The Letter C

Written by Dan Farrant
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Welcome to a musical journey through the letter “C”! In this article, we’ll explore a selection of songs whose titles all start with the third letter of the alphabet, from rock, pop, hip-hop, and country.

“C” is for catchy, and you’ll find no shortage of earworms among these songs. Whether you’re a music aficionado or simply looking for your next favorite track, there’s something here for you.

So once you’re settled into your seat and your earphones ready to listen to some tunes, read on for 25 of the best songs that start with the letter C.

1. “Counting Stars” By OneRepublic

The first song with its title starting with the letter “C” is OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars.” It was released as a single from their Native album in 2013.

In the song, the narrator reflects on the desire for success and the challenges faced along the way. “Lately, I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep / dreaming about the things that we could be” captures his longing and determination.

“Counting Stars” became a massive commercial success. It reached the top 10 in multiple countries and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming one of the band’s most popular tracks.

2. “Closer” By The Chainsmokers Ft. Halsey

Our next song is a chart-topping piece released in the summer of 2016. “Closer” is the beautiful brainchild of DJ duo The Chainsmokers and singer-songwriter Halsey.

The song tells a story of youth, complicated relationships, being broke, and just going with it because they “ain’t ever getting older.” With its infectious beat and relatable lyrics, it quickly won over listeners around the world.

“Closer” took the #1 spot on several charts worldwide, including the US and UK. Unsurprisingly, it also received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and three Billboard Music Awards.

3. “Cheap Thrills” By Sia Ft. Sean Paul

Next, move your body to the beat of Sia‘s “Cheap Thrills.” First released in 2015, a remix was later recorded with Jamaican singer Sean Paul in 2016 and included in Sia’s This Is Acting album.

“Cheap Thrills” revolves around the idea of enjoying simple and inexpensive pleasures in life, particularly through music and dancing. The lyrics encourage listeners to let go of their worries and embrace the moment.

The party tune was such a hit that it climbed to the top of Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart and several music charts the world over. Soon, it was certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

4. “Call Me Maybe” By Carly Rae Jepsen

Our next song, “Call Me Maybe,” first graced our ears as part of Carly Rae Jepsen‘s EP Curiosity in 2012. It then found its way onto her second studio album, Kiss, later that year.

From the moment it was released, it took the music world by storm. The infectious rhythm, playful lyrics, and Jepsen’s vibrant delivery all combined to make “Call Me Maybe” an instant hit.

The song’s lyrics are a blend of flirtation and optimism. They capture the thrill and anticipation of a new potential romance. Lines like “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy” have since become ingrained in popular culture, serving as a testament to the song’s far-reaching influence.

5. “Chop Suey!” By System Of A Down

From pop, we head to alternative metal territory with System of a Down‘s “Chop Suey!” It was released as the lead single from their Toxicity album in 2001.

The song was written by the band’s guitarist and songwriter, Daron Malakian, and lead vocalist Serj Tankian. “Chop Suey!” is widely regarded as one of System of a Down’s signature songs and has become a staple of their live performances.

“Chop Suey!” is a complex and introspective song that explores themes of self-reflection, mortality, and existentialism. The lyrics touch on topics such as suicide, self-destructive behavior, and the search for meaning in life.

6. “Can’t Feel My Face” By The Weeknd

A popular disco-funk track, “Can’t Feel My Face,” is by the Canadian singer The Weeknd. It’s featured on his second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which the singer dropped in 2015.

The term “I can’t feel my face” is often associated with a state of intoxication that numbs one’s nerve endings. But in the context of this song, it’s also a metaphor for an intense feeling, a passionate experience that leaves one overwhelmed.

“Can’t Feel My Face” didn’t just resonate with listeners; it made waves in the music industry. It quickly climbed the charts, giving The Weeknd his first #1 single on Billboard‘s Hot 100.

7. “Californication” By Red Hot Chili Peppers

The hard-rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers also presents a song starting with the letter “C.” If you guys haven’t guessed yet, it’s their 2000 song “Californication.”

It was written by the band’s members and is often regarded as one of their most iconic and commercially successful songs.

“Californication” explores themes of fame and celebrity culture. It also shines a light on the dark side of life in California, particularly Los Angeles. Musically, it is characterized by its melodic guitar riff, played by John Frusciante. It serves as the backbone of the song’s composition.

Released as the lead single of their album of the same name, “Californication” was a major success. It reached the top 10 on multiple charts around the world and topped both Alternative Airplay and Mainstream Rock on Billboard‘s charts.

8. “Chandelier” By Sia

Australian singer Sia appears again on our list with another hit single. “Chandelier” was released in 2014 from her 1000 Forms of Fear album.

Its lyrics are deeply introspective and explore themes of escapism, self-destruction, and the struggle with addiction. Sia’s poignant delivery infuses each line with a sense of vulnerability and desperation as she grapples with the turmoil of her inner demons.

The imagery of swinging from a chandelier becomes a metaphor for reckless behavior and the desire to numb the pain through self-indulgence.

Though “Chandelier” did not reach the same level as “Cheap Thrills,” it nonetheless gained widespread acclaim. Its music video won a Best Video ARIA Award and a Grammy nomination for Best Music Video.

9. “Creep” By Radiohead

From their debut album, Pablo Honey, Radiohead gives us “Creep.” The song’s unique musical composition and instrumentation, together with its emotionally charged lyrics, make it a standout piece in the band’s discography.

One of the defining characteristics of “Creep” is Jonny Greenwood’s blasts of guitar noise. These unexpected bursts of sound serve to disrupt the song’s smooth melody, adding an element of surprise that aligns with the song’s overall tone.

In terms of lyrics, “Creep” delves into themes of obsession, self-doubt, and isolation. The narrator is grappling with feelings of inadequacy and a deep-seated desire for acceptance by someone who’s “just like an angel.” This narrative strikes a chord with listeners, allowing them to connect with the song on a deeply personal level.

10. “Come & Get It” By Selena Gomez

An electropop hit, “Come & Get It” by Selena Gomez, is a musical gem that shines brightly in her discography. Right from its catchy chorus to the enchanting verses, this song has a way of catching your ear.

“Come & Get It” is a beautiful blend of pop and world music influences. The rhythmic drum beats, layered with the hypnotic melody, create an inviting soundscape that urges listeners to move their feet.

Lyrically, the song is straightforward. It doesn’t dive into profound metaphors or complex narratives. Instead, it keeps things simple. The narrator is ready for love and passion and is inviting her lover to “come and get it” when he’s ready.

11. “Crazy In Love” By Beyoncé Ft. Jay-Z

We’ll continue having you dance through our list with Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” featuring Jay-Z. This iconic R&B and hip-hop song was released in 2003 from Beyoncé’s debut solo album, Dangerously in Love.

The song was a massive commercial success. It topped charts worldwide and earned critical acclaim for its infectious beat, energetic vocals, and memorable hook. It marked Beyoncé’s transition from being a member of Destiny’s Child to a solo artist in her own right.

Not only did it take the charts by storm, but the song also received several awards and accolades. This includes (but is not limited to) two Grammys and being named best song by NME and Rolling Stone magazine!

12. “California Gurls” By Katy Perry Ft. Snoop Dogg

Not tired of dancing yet? Good! Because we’ve got another hit to keep you moving, this time by Katy Perry. “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, was the lead single from Perry’s 2010 album, Teenage Dream.

Perry’s vocals are bright and bubbly as she sings about the sunny California lifestyle. The lyrics reference beaches, palm trees, and bikini-clad girls. The chorus is infectious, with the singer declaring, “California gurls, we’re unforgettable / Daisy dukes, bikinis on top.”

The song quickly became a summer anthem and a commercial success, reaching the top of the charts in multiple countries. It won several awards, including a Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Single and a BMI Pop Award for Song of the Year.

13. “Chained To The Rhythm” By Katy Perry Ft. Skip Marley

Up next, we have Katy Perry again with yet another dance hit! “Chained to the Rhythm” is a vibrant track Perry released in 2017 from her Witness album.

The song is an amalgamation of pop and reggae, creating a unique sound that’s pleasing to the ear. Its rhythm is infectious, pulling listeners into a dance that seems to go on endlessly, much like the chains suggested in the title.

Featuring Skip Marley, the grandson of music legend Bob Marley, adds an extra layer of depth to the song. Marley’s reggae influence infuses the track with a richness that complements Perry’s pop sensibilities perfectly.

14. “Crazy” By Aerosmith

Let’s give your feet a rest and move on to some rock tunes with Aerosmith‘s “Crazy.” Released in 1994, the song quickly became a fan favorite and remains a classic today.

A Grammy-winning power ballad, “Crazy” showcases the band’s ability to blend rock with a more soulful, bluesy sound. Steven Tyler’s powerful vocals are on full display here, underscored by Joe Perry’s iconic guitar riffs.

The track is known for its catchy melody and emotional lyrics. The song speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever been in love and felt the wild roller coaster of emotions that can accompany it.

15. “Castle On The Hill” By Ed Sheeran

The “Perfect” pop singer Ed Sheeran presents us our next C-starting song, “Castle on the Hill.” From his ÷ (Divide) album, the single is a nostalgic and autobiographical anthem that reflects Sheeran’s upbringing in the English countryside.

It opens with a strumming acoustic guitar and builds into an anthemic chorus driven by electric guitars and pounding drums. The singer then reminisces about youthful adventures with friends, late-night parties, and the passage of time.

“Castle on the Hill” received widespread acclaim. It also landed in the top 5 of charts in multiple countries. It wasn’t long before it earned multi-platinum status, not just in the US, but in the UK and Australia too.

16. “Come As You Are” By Nirvana

Grunge-rock fans are most likely familiar with Nirvana‘s “Come As You Are,” if not its easily recognizable intro guitar riff. Released in 1992 from their groundbreaking album Nevermind, this song became one of the anthems of a generation.

The song is a masterpiece of grunge, a genre Nirvana helped popularize in the early ’90s. The aforementioned opening riff, played by Kurt Cobain on his left-handed Fender Mustang, serves as the backbone of the song.

The lyrics of “Come As You Are” are somewhat enigmatic. “Come as you are, as you were / as I want you to be,” sings Cobain in the opening verse. These lines speak to acceptance, inviting the listener to be true to themselves, to shed any pretense, and simply be.

17. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” By Elvis Presley

Love also has a letter “C” — well, in “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley, that is. From the soundtrack of the 1961 film Blue Hawaii, the song quickly became one of Presley’s signature tunes.

Its lyrics convey the narrator’s vulnerability and surrender as he acknowledges that he is powerless to resist the overwhelming feelings of love. The lines “Wise men say only fools rush in / but I can’t help falling in love with you” have become iconic. They capture the universal experience of being swept away by love.

The song’s enduring popularity has led to numerous covers and interpretations by artists from various genres. It has been featured in countless films, TV shows, and commercials, cementing its status as a timeless love ballad.

18. “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” By Kylie Minogue

Up next, we have Kylie Minogue‘s 2001 disco-pop hit “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.” Written by Rob Davis and Cathy Dennis, it was released from Minogue’s album Fever.

The song received critical acclaim upon its release and became one of Minogue’s signature songs. It topped the charts in numerous countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, and many European countries.

“Can’t Get You Out of My Head” is known for its catchy melody and infectious hook. Its lyrics revolve around themes of infatuation and desire. Minogue sings about being unable to forget someone she’s attracted to.

19. “Chasing Cars” By Snow Patrol

From their album Eyes Open, the Irish-Scottish band Snow Patrol released “Chasing Cars” as a single in 2006. It reached #5 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 list and topped charts in Canada and Australia.

The song is characterized by its simple yet powerful instrumentation. It also features acoustic guitar arpeggios and gentle piano chords. It builds gradually, creating a sense of emotional intensity that climaxes in the soaring chorus.

Lyrically, the song is a heartfelt declaration of love and devotion. Its title and central metaphor refer to the idea of chasing after moments of pure happiness and contentment.

Lines like “If I lay here … / would you lie with me and just forget the world?” capture the desire to escape from the pressures and distractions of everyday life and simply be present with the person you love.

20. “California Dreamin’” By The Mamas & The Papas

From a pop track, let’s move on to a folk-rock classic with The Mamas & The Papas‘ “California Dreamin’.” This song was first released in 1965 as a single from the group’s debut album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears.

The lyrics capture a sense of longing and nostalgia. The protagonist yearns for the warmth of California while enduring the cold and bleakness of winter elsewhere.

Upon its release, “California Dreamin'” became a great hit. It reached the top 10 in the charts in the United States and other countries. It has since become one of the most enduring songs of the 1960s, often regarded as a quintessential representation of the era’s folk-rock sound.

21. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” By Elton John

Let’s all fall in love with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” Elton John‘s masterpiece for Disney’s 1994 animated film The Lion King. It’s a significant piece in the movie and captured children’s and parents’ hearts worldwide, helping it win an Academy Award, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe!

The song falls under the pop ballad category, but it also exhibits elements of soft rock. Its mood is romantic and sentimental, with a touch of melancholy.

The song explores love and its transformative power. It uses the metaphor to describe the love blossoming in the night as the hearts of star-crossed voyagers meet. The phrase “Can you feel the love tonight?” is a rhetorical question that invites listeners to reflect on their own experiences of love.

22. “Carry On Wayward Son” By Kansas

The band Kansas created a hit with “Carry on Wayward Son,” fusing progressive, hard, and classic rock. Released in 1976 as part of their Leftoverture album, the song quickly became one of their most popular tracks.

The song explores themes of self-discovery, perseverance, and the journey of life. The iconic chorus has become a rallying cry for fans and a symbol of resilience and hope.

Kansas’ first top 40 hit on the chart, “Carry on Wayward Son” has enjoyed enduring popularity. Over the years, it has been featured in numerous films and TV shows, like Supernatural and South Park.

23. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” By Queen

With over 70 singles released, you can be sure that the legendary rock band Queen has a song starting with “C.” For our list, we selected their 1979 hit “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

The track is a nostalgic nod to the rock-and-roll sound of the 1950s. It’s infused with the distinctive energy and flamboyance that Queen is renowned for.

The lyrics are playful, reflecting the exhilarating and unpredictable nature of love. It captures the spontaneous and often chaotic feelings that come with falling in love.

The song achieved considerable commercial success and critical acclaim upon its release. It climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Queen’s first American #1 hit.

24. “Come Together” By The Beatles

Up next is a song instantly recognizable for its distinctive bassline and the opening lines “Shoot me.” “Come Together,” by The Beatles, was released in 1969 as the opening track of their album Abbey Road.

Lyrically, “Come Together” is enigmatic and surreal. It features cryptic phrases that have been interpreted in various ways by listeners. Some interpretations suggest the song is a commentary on the turbulent political and social climate of the late 1960s. Others see it as a playful and nonsensical piece of wordplay.

Regardless of its meaning, its bluesy, groove-driven rhythm has made it one of The Beatles’ most enduring and popular songs. It shot up the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as Australia and Belgium.

25. “Cardigan” By Taylor Swift

Let’s close this list with a contemplative song by pop icon Taylor Swift. A chart-topper, “Cardigan” is the lead single of the singer’s 2020 album, Folklore. The song showcases Swift’s move away from the pop sound of her previous albums to a more indie, folk-inspired style.

The lyrics of “Cardigan” are rich with vivid imagery and metaphorical language. The titular cardigan symbolizes comfort and familiarity, representing a past relationship that left a lasting impact.

Like many songs on this list, “Cardigan” took the top spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. It also received Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

Summing Up Our List Of Letter C-Starting Songs

As you have read, songs with titles beginning with the letter “C” span a wide range of genres, themes, and emotions. These reflect the diverse nature of music itself.

From classics like “Come Together” by The Beatles to contemporary hits like “Chandelier” by Sia, each song we discussed holds its own unique place in the musical landscape.

However, this list is far from exhaustive, and that’s where you come in. Are there any “C” titled tracks that you adore and we’ve missed? Help us expand our list by sharing with us your recommendations.

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Dan Farrant, the founder of Hello Music Theory, has been teaching music for over 15 years, helping hundreds of thousands of students unlock the joy of music. He graduated from The Royal Academy of Music in 2012 and then launched Hello Music Theory in 2014. He plays the guitar, piano, bass guitar and double bass and loves teaching music theory.