There are tons of cool songs that start with “I.” Whether it is songs about love, life, or simply the world itself, you are sure to find one that suits your musical taste.
I scoured the internet (and my playlist) to round-up the top 9 songs. There are some timeless tracks from bands like Linkin Park, prolific rappers like Kendrick Lamar, and more. So, let’s get started.
1. In the End – Linkin Park
- Released: 2000
- Genre: Rap Rock, Metal, and Rock
- Album: Hybrid Theory
- YouTube views: 1.4B
“In the End’ is one of Linkin Park’s most popular songs. It is based on the hard times Chester had to go through during his childhood. When you listen to the lyrics carefully, the pain and the hardships he had to overcome come through pretty clearly.
The song itself is a masterpiece and one that has stood the test of time. Can you believe it came out in 2000?
2. Imagine – John Lennon
- Released: 1971
- Genre: Pop, India, and Alternative
- Album: Imagine
- YouTube views: 113M
I cannot talk about songs starting with ‘I” without mentioning “Imagine” by John Lennon, which is his best-selling track ever! “Imagine” is a one of a kind song that resonates with people and transcends generations.
Although this is the oldest song on this list, it might very well be the most impactful till date. A true masterpiece.
3. I – Kendrick Lamar
- Released: 2015
- Genre: Hip Hop
- Album: To Pimp a Butterfly
- YouTube views: 84M
Say what you will about Kendrick Lamar. But his music gets people talking. He makes music about hard-hitting topics that people do not talk about. The powerful musical lyrics, along with his unique rapping style, make Kendrick Lamar’s music the jam.
Funnily enough, he has a song titled “I.” It is all about self-love; a very important topic. In the hustle and bustle of the modern world, many of us might forget about the most important thing, which is being happy and caring about yourself. That is why I love ‘“I.” It takes a positive approach to self-love and being positive no matter what the world throws at you.
4. IDGAF – Dua Lipa
- Released: 2017
- Genre: Pop
- Album: Studio Album – Dua Lipa
- YouTube views: 803M
“IDGAF” could possibly summarize everything Dua Lipa’s music stands for. It is all about powerful and independent women.
And boy, does it hit the spot. Great lyrics, an awesome music video, a powerful beat, and a catchy chorus you can sing along to all day. “IDGAF” is something all women (and some men) will love. Maybe even play it on repeat.
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5. I Can’t Breathe – H.E.R
- Released: 2020
- Genre: Soul, RnB
- Album: I Can’t Breathe
- YouTube views: 3.3M
“I Can’t Breathe” is the Black Lives Matter song that spits fire. The rap in the song is sure to give you goosebumps. It hits hard and makes you really question things around you. The song touches on the sensitive subject of police brutality in the US.
If you are not aware, the song’s name comes from the words uttered by George Floyd. His last words were, “I can’t breathe,” when a police officer had Floyd pinned down with his knee. Now, millions of people know about the heartbreaking story. It even won the “Song of the Year” award at the 63rd Grammy.
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6. I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd, Ft. Daft Punk
- Released: 2016
- Genre: RnB, Pop, Disco
- Album: Starboy
- YouTube views: 1B
While many love songs are about going all in with extreme passion, “I Feel It Coming” takes a different approach. It is about letting someone know that you want to go slow. But also reassure her that the feelings are coming.
The Weeknd’s vocal performance in this track is simply inspired. You can definitely hear Michael Jackson’s influence in his performance. Daft Punk also held their own here. Both of them complement each other. The beat is retro with a smooth tone. It really is very romantic.
7. I Did Something Bad – Taylor Swift
- Released: 2017
- Genre: Synth Pop, Pop
- Album: Reputation
- YouTube views: 3.9M (unofficial channel)
What is there to say about Taylor Swift? She is a legend. Taylor Swift started her career as a country singer. Her development in the music industry was something to witness. Over the years, she transitioned into a powerful pop singer.
And her album, Reputation, was the one that shocked everybody. Love it or hate it, the album had us talking. And “I Did Something Bad” was one of the best tracks on the album, albeit a bit controversial. The song was a message to everyone that she is here to stay and is unapologetic about the ‘bad’ things she did.
8. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys
- Released: 2006
- Genre: Pop, French Indie
- Album: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
- YouTube views: 51M
Have a crush? “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” by the Arctic Monkeys is the song you need to gather up the courage to ask your crush out. Or, at least for a dance.
This 2006 hit track is all about sweeping a girl off her feet. As far as dance songs go, this is quite up there. It is fun, light, and maybe even a bit funny. But one thing is for sure: it is definitely memorable.
9. Ironic – Alanis Morissette
- Released: 1996
- Genre: Alternative Rock
- Album: Jagged Little Pill
- YouTube views: 215M
Alanis Morisette is a talented singer-songwriter. She wrote “Ironic” herself, along with Glen Ballard. This alternative rock track is a great listen. It portrays a great use of lyrics and conveys a message that actually had critics talking. Many people criticized her use of the word “ironic” in the song. You need to listen to it for yourself.
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There are tons of other songs starting with “I” out there. However, these are some of the top songs that start with “I.”
Music is broad and super subjective. You will find one from our list that is sure to hit a chord with you. I tried to round-up songs that touched on different topics as best as I could. So, which of these nine songs best suits your musical tastes?