Top 11 Songs with Numbers for Titles—“9 to 5,” “One,” “3AM,” and More

Not all songs lead with words. Sometimes the power of a song is in its number, or numbers. Many songs have been arranged around a single-digit—”One” used by several artists throughout the past 50 years—a timestamp (“9 to 5,” “4:44”), a significant year (Prince’s prophetic pre-Y2K opus from 1982), or even an entire phone number (cue Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309/Jenny”).

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Throughout the decades some artists have opted for numerics over actual words or phrases as their song titles, leaving something to the imagination before the listener hears the extended lyrics, from Dolly Parton’s workhorse anthem “9 to 5,” Smashing Pumpkins wistful “1979” and the infectious pop of Feist’s more orderly “1234.”

Here are 11 songs with numbers (and very few letters or words with the exception of an “x” or “to,” and an “AM” or other punctuation) as titles.

“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton (1980)
Written by Dolly Parton

“4:44” by Jay-Z (2017)
Written by Jay-Z, Dion Wilson, Kanan Keeney

“2 x 2” by Bob Dylan (1990)
Written by Bob Dylan

“1234” by Feist (2007)
Written by Feist, Sally Seltmann (New Buffalo)

“3AM” by Matchbox Twenty (1997)
Written by Rob Thomas, John Joseph Stanley, John Leslie Goff, Brian Yale

“867-5309” (“Jenny”) by Tommy Tutone (1985)
Written by Alex Call, Jim Keller 

“One” by Harry Nilsson (1968)
Written by Harry Nilsson

“1979” by Smashing Pumpkins (1994)
Written by Billy Corgan

“One” by Metallica (1988)
Written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich

“One” by U2 (1992)
Written by Bono

“1999” by Prince (1982)
Written by Prince

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  1. I’m not sure how you could come up with the “top” 11 songs with numbers for names without including The Who’s “5:15” or Rush’s epic “2112”. These are major omissions! Some of the songs on this list are not even in the same class.

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