25 Of The Best Songs That Start With The Letter N

Written by Dan Farrant

When we think of music, our minds often dance through melodies and lyrics that have touched our lives. Now imagine going through songs all beginning with “N.”

We are going to explore nostalgic hits that take you back in time as well as new-age anthems. Each carries its own story and emotion, creating a soundtrack that captures the heart.

In this post, we invite you to join us as we highlight 25 of the best songs that start with the letter “N.” So continue reading, and let’s uncover the rhythms and rhymes these songs have to offer!

1. “New Rules” By Dua Lipa

First on our list, with over three billion views on YouTube, is “New Rules” by Dua Lipa. This electropop anthem made waves following its release as part of the singer’s self-titled debut studio album in 2017.

The song presents a relatable message that focuses on how to move on from an ex-lover. The chorus gives these rules to follow: “Don’t pick up the phone,” “Don’t let him in,” and “Don’t be his friend.” These help to set boundaries to avoid falling back into a toxic relationship.

“New Rules” received critical acclaim. It charted successfully worldwide, including reaching the top of the UK Singles Chart. Beyond this, “New Rules” has become an anthem for self-respect, independence, and female empowerment.

2. “Numb” By Linkin Park

Released in 2003, “Numb” by Linkin Park is one of their signature songs. From the band’s Meteora album, the track showcases their distinct blend of rock, nu-metal, and electronic elements.

Its lyrics describe feelings of inadequacy and the pressure to meet others’ expectations. The chorus, “I’ve become so numb … / become so tired … / All I want to do / is be more like me and be less like you,” speaks to the struggle of losing one’s identity in trying to please others.

“Numb” has become an anthem for those who feel misunderstood or constrained by societal expectations. This helped push the song to the top of the UK Singles and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

3. “Never Gonna Give You Up” By Rick Astley

Before we talk about our next song, we promise we’re not rickrolling you. Yes, Rick Astley‘s “Never Gonna Give You Up” is number three on our list. With its popularity as a classic track and Internet meme, it’s not surprising the song has over a billion views on YouTube!

But it’s not just a contemporary phenomenon. “Never Gonna Give You Up” was a smashing success when it was released in 1987. Not only did it top the Billboard Hot 100, but it also claimed first place on the charts of over 25 countries!

With the song’s promise of eternal devotion, its popularity is not surprising. Its infectious chorus, combined with Astley’s sincere delivery, helped cement it as a quintessential love song of the late 1980s.

4. “No Tears Left To Cry” By Ariana Grande

Our next “N”-starting hit is by pop singer-songwriter Ariana Grande. Released from her 2018 album, Sweetener, “No Tears Left to Cry” emerges as a triumphant anthem of hope and recovery.

The song combines elements of pop with an uplifting dance beat. Yet it doesn’t shy away from exploring the complexity of healing and moving forward. The narrator sings about getting over some troublesome times. Despite this, she’s finding the strength to overcome them.

The song’s music video is a visually stunning piece that further amplifies the song’s themes. It’s set in a surreal world that defies gravity. It features Grande navigating through a series of disorienting landscapes, which can be interpreted as a metaphor for finding one’s footing after a tumultuous period.

5. “Never Say Never” By Justin Bieber Ft. Jaden Smith

Fans of Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith will enjoy our next song. Rewritten for the film The Karate Kid, in which Smith also starred, “Never Say Never” gives us a message of perseverance and determination. This echoes the narrative of the movie where a young boy overcomes challenges through resilience and hard work.

Lines like “I will never say never … / I will fight till forever!” resonate with listeners. It encourages them to never give up, regardless of the obstacles they face.

“Never Say Never” charted well internationally and peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its success also contributed to the promotion of The Karate Kid, illustrating the powerful synergy between music and cinema.

6. “No One” By Alicia Keys

Released in 2007, “No One” by Alicia Keys is a song about enduring love, even in the face of challenges and doubt. This message resonated with listeners, pushing the track to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In the song, Keys delivers a message of hope to her lover. She assures him that “everything’s gonna be alright” and “no one can get in the way of what [she’s] feeling for [him].”

“No One” combines elements of soul, R&B, and reggae. This fusion creates a rich and engaging sound that complements the uplifting message. It has also been recognized with several awards, including Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.

7. “Night Changes” By One Direction

From One Direction‘s album, Four, comes “Night Changes,” released in 2014. Co-written by the band members, it captures the essence of change and the bittersweet nature of growing up.

The song’s lyrics explore how life’s moments, both big and small, transform over time. The lines “Everything that you’ve ever dreamed of / disappearing when you wake up / But there’s nothing to be afraid of / even when the night changes” are particularly noteworthy. They convey a message of acceptance and resilience in the face of change.

“Night Changes” was praised for its melodic composition and emotional depth. Even after One Direction went on hiatus, the song continues to hold a special place in the hearts of fans.

8. “Need You Now” By Lady Antebellum

The title track of the second studio album of Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, is “Need You Now.” This remains a standout track from the group’s discography.

The poignant ballad explores the feeling of longing in the face of loneliness. In it, the two lovers express their need for each other despite the rift between them. After suffering through loneliness and regret, both give in and reconnect.

“Need You Now” dominated the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It also crossed over to mainstream charts, reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It won Lady four Grammy Awards in 2010: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best Country Song.

9. “Natural” By Imagine Dragons

Up next is “Natural” by Imagine Dragons. It captures the essence of resilience and the human instinct to fight and persevere through challenges.

Released in 2018, this song quickly cemented itself as one of the band’s notable tracks. With its emotionally charged lyrics and beat, it urges listeners to find the inner strength to fight and stand up for themselves to overcome obstacles in life.

“Natural” became another one of Imagine Dragons’ #1 songs on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart. Its use as an anthem for sports events further amplified its reach and impact. It highlights its universal appeal and the band’s ability to connect with a wide audience.

10. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” By Starship

Next is “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship. This quintessential anthem of the 1980s embodies the era’s optimistic spirit and sound. Released in 1986 as part of their album No Protection, the song has since become an enduring classic.

 Co-written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond, the lyrics are a testament to the power of love and determination: “Let the world around us / just fall apart / Baby, we can make it / if we’re heart to heart.”

Like many on this list, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” took the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It marked a high point in Starship’s career and became the band’s third #1 hit of the decade.

11. “Nothin’ On You” By B.o.B. Ft. Bruno Mars

Collaborating with singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, rapper B.o.B. released “Nothin’ on You” as his debut single in 2009. A smooth blend of hip-hop and R&B, the track played a pivotal role in catapulting both artists into the spotlight.

“Nothin’ on You” is a heartfelt ode to a significant other. It expresses that no other person compares to the one you love: “Hands down there will never be another one … / Baby, you the whole package … / They got nothin’ on you.”

With this beautiful message, “Nothin’ on You” soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also won several awards, including — but not limited to — the Soul Train Music Song of the Year in 2010.

12. “No Scrubs” By TLC

From their studio album FanMail, the musical trio TLC released “No Scrubs” in 1999. Its empowering message immediately made it a hit with listeners across the globe.

The song stands out for its lyrical content. It addresses the topic of men who do not treat women respectfully or contribute positively to a relationship. They’re referred to colloquially in the song as “scrubs.” The lyrics are delivered with confidence and sass, particularly in the memorable chorus: “No, I don’t want no scrub / A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me.”

It’s no wonder “No Scrubs” secured the #1 spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles charts. It also earned TLC several awards, including a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

13. “Nice For What” By Drake

Next, let’s bounce to the beat of “Nice for What” by Drake. This vibrant track became an instant hit upon its release in 2018, as part of his fifth studio album Scorpion.

The song’s empowering message is aimed at celebrating the independence and resilience of women. Drake’s lyrics commend the hard work and strength of women, encouraging them to live freely and enjoy life.

With its lively tempo, catchy chorus, and positive message, “Nice for What” quickly climbed to the top of the charts in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada. Not only that, but a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance followed.

14. “Needed Me” By Rihanna

A top 10 hit by the Barbadian singer Rihanna, “Needed Me” was released from her studio album Anti in 2016. Featuring a mid-tempo vibe, the track blends captivating lyrics with dark, fluttery synth sounds produced by DJ Mustard.

The lyrics portray a narrative of self-empowerment and independence. Here, Rihanna addresses a past lover who underestimated her significance in their relationship.

The song stands out for its candid and unapologetic tone. It’s different from traditional breakup songs as it emphasizes the strength and autonomy of the protagonist.

The music video for the song further emphasizes these themes. It shows the singer in a powerful and assertive role that complements the song.

15. “Never Be The Same” By Camila Cabello

Singer-songwriter Camila Cabello has been around for a little over a decade. Throughout this time, she released many great songs, with “Never Be the Same” being one of them.

Released from her self-titled debut album in 2018, this song quickly captured fans’ and critics’ attention and landed in the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100.

Its lyrics speak to the power of love. They suggest that the experience of falling deeply for someone can alter life in profound ways. Cabello refers to her lover as so intoxicating that it’s like a shot of “nicotine, heroin, morphine.” One hit of this man’s love, and she “knew [she’ll] never, ever, ever be the same.”

16. “Never Too Late” By Three Days Grace

From Three Days Grace’s 2006 album One-X, we have “Never Too Late.” The post-grunge track provides an important lesson on holding on to hope.

The lyrics describe the narrator’s dive into despair as he struggles with depression: “Even if I say / it’ll be alright / still I hear you say / you want to end your life.” Despite this, he doesn’t give up hope and reminds himself that “it’s never too late.”

The song’s impact extends beyond its musical composition. It touched the lives of listeners who found solace and inspiration in its message. This helped the track climb to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart and #2 on the Alternative Airplay.

17. “Naughty Girl” By Beyoncé

After debuting her solo career with the Dangerously in Love album, Beyoncé shot to even greater fame. One of the songs that helped push her up is “Naughty Girl,” which topped Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts.

This song pays homage to the disco era while infusing it with contemporary R&B flair. Its lyrics capture the intoxicating effect of attraction and the thrill of the dance floor, making it a perfect anthem for nights out.

Over the years, “Naughty Girl” has been covered and remixed by various artists, such as Irish singer-songwriter Roesy. It was also used in the trailer for the film Mean Girls.

18. “Nobody’s Home” By Avril Lavigne

Next, we have Avril Lavigne‘s “Nobody’s Home.” As the third single from the 2004 album Under My Skin, it showcases the singer’s growth as an artist and songwriter.

The lyrics of “Nobody’s Home” tell the story of a young girl grappling with isolation and despair. Through the chorus, “She wants to go home, but nobody’s home / That’s where she lies, broken inside with no place to go,” Lavigne captures the essence of loneliness and the longing for a sense of belonging or understanding.

Though the song is not as popular as Lavigne’s other hits, “Nobody’s Home” still landed in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100. It continues to be a memorable and enduring piece of early 2000s pop-rock music.

19. “No Matter What” By Calum Scott

A mother’s love is an amazing thing, and Calum Scott tells this to us in the best way in his song “No Matter What.” Featured on the special edition of his debut studio album, Only Human, the track is personal to the singer.

It is Scott’s journey of self-acceptance and the unconditional love he received from his mother when he opened up about his identity. The lyrics describe the singer’s emotional turmoil and fear of not being accepted for who he is.

However, the chorus brings a message of hope and acceptance. It echoes the words of his mother, “She said ‘I love you no matter what,'” highlighting the unconditional love that helped him through his journey.

20. “Nine In The Afternoon” By Panic! At The Disco

The song “Nine in the Afternoon” by Panic! At the Disco came out as the first single from their second album, Pretty. Odd., in 2008. It’s a lively and playful track that shows a big change in the band’s style of music, which had a more emo-pop sound.

The song’s title and lyrics evoke a surreal, dream-like quality, suggesting a time that doesn’t exist. It also hints at being so happy that it feels like you’re in a different reality: “You could ’cause you can, so you do / We’re feeling so good just the way that we do.”

The song did not chart very high on the charts. However, it still received positive reviews for its cheerful vibe and melody. It gained double-platinum status from the Recording Industry Association of America.

21. “Not Your Barbie Girl” By Ava Max

A modern twist on the iconic “Barbie Girl” by Aqua, Ava Max‘s “Not Your Barbie Girl” champions independence and self-assertion. It quickly caught the attention of critics and listeners for its bold message and catchy melody.

The lyrics challenge traditional expectations of femininity and encourage women to assert their autonomy. The lyrics, “I’m not your Barbie girl, I’m living in my own world / I ain’t plastic, call me classic,” emphasize this. It rejects the notion of being molded into someone else’s ideal.

The reception to “Not Your Barbie Girl” was mixed. Some listeners praised the song for its fun, empowering message. Others found it to be a humorous take on the original song. Despite the varied opinions, the track undeniably contributed to Max’s rise in the pop music scene.

22. “New York, New York” By Frank Sinatra

What would our list be without the classic “New York, New York,” one of Frank Sinatra‘s most iconic and enduring songs? He released the song in 1979 for his album Trilogy: Past Present Future.

Did you know that the song was originally performed by Liza Minnelli for the Martin Scorsese film New York, New York? However, it was Sinatra’s version that catapulted the song into legendary status.

The lyrics invite listeners to envision the city as a place where anyone can make a fresh start and achieve greatness: “Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today / I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.”

Sinatra’s rendition of “New York, New York” quickly became an anthem for the city. It embodies the aspirations, dreams, and relentless ambition associated with New York.

23. “Need A Favor” By Jelly Roll

Let’s move on to country rock with a blend of hip-hop. “Need a Favor” is a compelling track by American musician Jelly Roll. This heartwrenching piece was released in 2022 from his album Whitsitt Chapel.

“Need a Favor” is about a man about to lose his beloved. He prays to God for a favor, but at the same time, he feels he isn’t deserving of this chance.

This sentiment reflects the track’s widespread popularity. It topped both the Country Airplay and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts. This propelled Jelly Roll to new heights of recognition and success.

24. “No Place” By The Backstreet Boys

If you love to travel, “No Place” by the Backstreet Boys would be a song for you. It expresses a sentiment of global travel and the experiences that come with it, from visiting Paris to watching sunsets in Mexico.

However, the core message is that no matter how far one travels or what sights one sees, there’s no place like home. This theme is beautifully encapsulated in the lines “I’ve been all around the world, done all there is to do / but you’ll always be the home I wanna come home to.”

“No Place,” overall, is a heartfelt ode to family and the irreplaceable comfort of being surrounded by loved ones. Through its touching lyrics, it captures the essence of finding solace and happiness in the simplest things in life.

25. “Night Train” By Jason Aldean

Closing this list is a mid-tempo rock ballad from the country music artist Jason Aldean. “Night Train” was released in 2013 from the album of the same name.

The song is an intimate adventure of two lovers seeking solace in a secluded spot away from the world. Their time together is set against the backdrop of waiting for a train to pass by.

This setting provides an image that captures the essence of fleeting moments of connection. This becomes relatable to anyone who has experienced the depth of love and the desire for a private escape with someone special.

Summing Up Our List Of Letter N-Starting Songs

There you have it — some of the best letter “N”-starting songs that have captivated listeners throughout the years. These are dance beats and beautiful ballads to get the body moving and make your day brighter.

We hope you enjoyed our list and found something worthwhile to listen to and add to your playlist.

That said, our list is far from complete. Have we missed your favorite song that starts with “N”? Let us know so we can add it here!

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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.