How many songs do you know that begin with “Z”? Probably one or two… Here is a list of ten that comprises such songs but which cover different themes.
Dolores O’Riordan, who used to be the lead singer of the Irish band, Cranberries, died in 2018 at the age of forty-six. According to Dr. Shirley Radcliffe, the coroner who handled O’Riordan’s body, the singer drowned while intoxicated with alcohol.
Although O’Riordan had led the band in producing great hits over the years, she is greatly remembered for “Zombie” a song that makes the list of most popular songs that start with the letter “Z”.
The song addresses the misery caused by the turmoil that was going on in Ireland, which was as a result of religious fundamentalism that pitted protestants in England against Catholics in Ireland. This is the same conflict that Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford depict in the movie Devil’s Own.
Chris Brown is one of America’s most talented singers. When he sings “Zero” you just want to listen to him even if you do not know the words. He has a rich, smooth voice, and his dancing is captivating.
What makes the song so popular, in addition to the fact that the theme is so relatable, is the video production. The producers were wise enough to provide some ‘acting’ background to the theme of the song so that as you listen to the song, you can actually visualize Chris Brown’s situation.
In the song, Chris Brown tells his ex-girlfriend he is no longer interested in her because when he really felt a deep love for her, she left him and made him suffer. He informs her that he has moved on and that she should desist from trying to connect with him via Instagram because it might bring strife between him and his new love.
The song “Zero” by the band, The Smashing Pumpkins is a famous metal band whose members include Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlain, and D’arcy Wretzky. This band has an interesting history in that despite their prolific career, they have time and again fallen out as band members and reunited just as many times.
However, some incidents were extremely sad, like the death of their keyboard player from a drug overdose. When this musician, Jonathan Melvoin, died in 1996, the band members made a unanimous decision to fire their drummer known as Jimmy Chamberlin, who had been with Melvoin when he injected himself with heroin. It was a known fact that Chamberlin was a drug addict, and his addiction had been a cause of conflict within the band for a long time.
The popular US rapper Travis Scott, who is the father of Kylie Jenner’s two children, has been featured in the song “Zeze”, which was performed by another famous rapper, Kodak Black.
This song, which covers the themes of violence, sex, affluence and run-ins with the law, is thought to have been an attack on another rapper who goes by the name, 6ix9ine. This suspicion arose from the fact that a short time before the song was released 6ix9ine and Kodak Black had exchanged unpleasant words on social media. This suspicion tends to gain credibility from the fact that 6ix9ine has a unique style of naming his songs. For example, one of his songs is titled “Keke” and another one “Fefe”. So, Kodak Black naming his song “Zeze” appears like an attempt at provoking 6ix9ine.
5. Ziggy Stardust
The song “Ziggy Stardust” is a production by David Bowie, a singer whose style of music was much influenced by the Beetles. Bowie was an Englishman, and his real name was David Robert Jones.
The character, Ziggy Stardust, portrayed in the song, is a drug user with the mannerisms of an alien, who, nevertheless, has the power to deliver messages from beings that dwell within the extraterrestrial sphere.
6. Zero Gravity
It is understandable when music lovers allege that the singer of “Zero Gravity” Kerli Koiv, is underrated. When it comes to danceability, the song is as appealing to English speakers as it is to non-English speakers. Interestingly, Kerli is Estonian by birth.
She entered the music industry through music competitions, where she was soon noticed and signed by Island Records, a subsidiary of the Universal Music Group.
The song, Zero Gravity, is about the singer’s determination to overcome some difficult challenges. Kate Miller, who had a chance to perform alongside Kerli in Australia in 2019, explained that she appreciates the song Zero Gravity as one that helps her overcome depression. In her words, it helped her overcome the postpartum depression she suffered after the delivery of her son.
“Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” is a happy song by James Baskett in the movie Song of the South. The lyrics are credited to Ray Gilbert and the original compilation by Allie Wrubel, both of whom targeted performances at Disney in 1946.
When Baskett performed the song in the movie, it was found to be the best original song, and it won that movie an academy award on that count.
This song, “Zoom”, was sung by Lil’ Boosie in a production that featured Yung Joc. Joc’s real name is Jasiel Amon Robinson, and he was born in 1980. He is a US rapper whose fame rose with the release of his song, “It’s Goin’ Down.”
As for Lil’ Boosie, his real name is Torence Ivy Hatch, and he was born in 1982. Today he has dropped “Lil” from his stage name and simply goes by the name “Boosie” or “Boosie BadAzz”. Among the popular songs that start with Z is the song, Zoom, which was released in 2006 as part of the album titled, Bad Azz.
The song “Zoom” by Serapis Bey is one of those songs the whole family can sing and dance to when they are together. It is the kind of song usually incorporated into some form of Brazilian martial art known as Capoeira.
The singer, Bey speaks of plans to soon leave for the moon and invites the listeners to hop onto his purported rocket ship for that trip to the moon. The popularity of this song soared when it was featured in a movie produced in 1994, by the name of “Only the Strong”.
“Zillionaire”, the song by the US rapper, Flo Rida, portrays a hopeful youth promising heaven to the girl he is trying to woo. He tells her he is going to lavish her with whatever she wishes when he becomes very rich; and cites things like a 20-carat diamond, a BMW, exquisite brand shoes like Alexander McQueen or Jimmy Choo as some of the luxury items he is going to buy for her.
Clearly, there is no shortage of songs that start with Z; at least not in the US and Europe. In fact, if you dig deeper among the existing music catalogs, you are bound to find many other songs whose starting letter is Z.
These songs cover a wide range of themes, from Zombie, the war-themed song, to Zillionaire, the song of the wishful singer, Flo Rida, and many more.
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