The use of numbers in pop and rock songs has been a standard for years. There are tons, countless, as it seems the use of numbers in songs is popular beyond words. Here are the Top 20 songs with digits in their titles, numerical song bliss that hit the Top 40 charts.
1 - One Is the Loneliest Number by Three Dog Night. A big hit from a band that, coincidentally, also has a number in its name.
1/tie - 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago. The most numbers (almost) in any song.
2 - Two Out of Three Ain't Bad by Meatloaf, a #1 hit from the hit charting Bat Out of Hell album in 1977.
3 - 19 by Paul Hardcastle, an anti-war song from the danceable 80s. It's one of the most memorable number songs. "Nah nah nuh nuh Nineteen..."
4 - 867-5309 / Jenny by Tommy TuTone
5 - 1984 by Eurythmics for the movie soundtrack based on the George Orwell novel.
6 - Eight Miles High by the Byrds
7 - In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) by Zager and Evans
8 - Eight Days a Week by the Beatles
9 - Two Divided By Love - recorded by The Grass Roots
10 - Strawberry Letter 23 by the Brothers Johnson, a big 70s hit with lots of groove.
11 - 39 by Queen, from their magnificent breakout album: A Night At the Opera. "In the year of 39..." Queen also sang The Seven Seas of Rhye.
10 - Echo Valley 26809 by David Cassidy, first performed on the Partridge Family TV show. Like in the Jenny tune, it's a phone number. And Twenty-Four Hours a Day also by the Partridge Family
11 - Love Plus One by Haircut 100, an 80s smash one hit wonder.
12 - 99 Red Balloons by Nena
13 - Knock Three Times by Tony Orlando and Dawn
14 - December '63 (Oh What a Night) by the Four Seasons
15 - Two Tribes by Franke Goes to Hollywood
16 - Sweet Sixteen by B.B. King, another version by the Furies, and yet another version by Billy Idol
17 - Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks, her #1 solo hit.
18 - Pieces of Eight by Styx from the album of the same name.
19 - Two Princes by the Spin Doctors was voted both as best and most annoying song of that year. Which side did you fall on? It was a one hit wonder that faded fast.
20 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon. Featuring pedantic rhymes, Paul did well with this numbered track. It hit the Top 10 and defied the odds to stay there a long time. "Don't need to be coy, Roy..."
Summer of '69 by Brian Adams
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers
2112 by Rush, about a future without music. It's one of the longest songs, clocking in at twenty minutes but was not a single and did not chart on its own.
The Six-Teens by The Sweet from Desolation Boulevard
Revolution 9 by the Beatles. Eh, is that even a song? It's not their best effort but it does have a number in it.
...and what about Spice Girls, 2 Becomes 1? Nah. Doesn't make the grade.
Bands with numbers? Nine Inch Nails, Haircut 100, Four Seasons, 3DN, 10cc... there are many.
Those are the best songs with numbers in their titles. There are so many more, too many to count, but these in this list hit the top40 list and are deemed the best. Count them down and play them again.