Your favorite songs that start with J, K, Q, X, or Z

I’m in charge of the stereo whenever I’m in the car with my best friend, so I make 26 song mixes that use one song from each letter of the alphabet while following a theme, like musicals, angry girl music, weird boy music (Neil Cicierega, Jonathan Coulton, the like), or rock in general. It’s an easy way to sort songs, and is just predictable enough to be a dependable source of car music.

I used to try to keep every song new from mix to mix. I’ve found that I can’t. I’ve only got 7 songs that start with Q, 4 that start with X, and 5 that start with Z*. Even with about 57 songs that start with J and 47 that start with K, those letters are problematic too. We’ve listened to the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’ cover of Jolene about a bajillion times, not to mention the Mitch Hedberg track “X”- which isn’t even a song, but is much better than Xanadu, one of the other options, and less irritating to other passengers, which the Xena theme can be.

So- do you know any really great songs, preferably with lyrics in English (French, German, and Japanese could be fun too)? If they’re available free online legally, that’s extra great, but I’m willing to buy anything that starts with a Q or an X.

*Six if you count “Zed’s Dead, Baby [Skit]/Bullwinkle, Pt. 2,” but I don’t.

didn’t read the OP

The first song I could think of starting with X: “XTC vs. Adam Ant” by They Might Be Giants.

…starting with Q: “Question” by The Moody Blues

…starting with Z: “Zero Zero Zero!” by Sam Phillips

Jessie’s Girl- Rick Springfield
Juke Box Hero- Foreigner

Kashmir- Zeppelin
Keep on Loving You- REO Speedwagon
Knockin on Heaven’s Door- Dylan or GNR
Kryptonite- 3 Doors Down

Quasimodo- Lifehouse
Quixoticelixir- Red Hot Chili Peppers (Really good song, one of Keidis’s favorites)

I got nothin’.

See X

I listen to a huge selection of music (and I’m stalling on doing my homework), so here you go (I’m leaving out the random anime and cartoon stuff)

Jack - AC/DC
Jailbreak - AC/DC
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis
Johnny B. Goode - Elvis (and half a dozen other covers)
Jean Genie - David Bowie
Joe the Lion - David Bowie
Jerry Springer - Weird Al
Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day
Join in the Chant - Nitzer Ebb
Jug of Punch - err, probably any folk group. Mine’s by the Clancy Bros.
Just Around the Riverbend - Disney’s Pocahontas
Just Like Jesse James - Cher
Just You - Sonny & Cher

Karma Man - David Bowie
Keine Lust - Rammstein
Key West - Village People
Kick It - Nitzer Ebb
Killer Queen - Queen
Kind of Magic - Queen
King of Hearts - KISS
King of Suede - Weird Al
Kung Fu Fighting - err, mine’s from Mulan

Quantum Leap Theme
Queen Bitch - David Bowie
Questionnaire - Rutles

Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
Zwitter - Rammstein

Well, that probably wasn’t as much help as you’d like, but I tried.

Que’ Onda Guero by Beck.

X-Files Theme by Mark Snow (also a remix by PM Dawn).

Zebra - John Butler Trio
Ziggy Stardust - Bowie
Zombie Eaters - Faith No More
Zoo Station - U2

Looking at my iPod and selecting at least 3 songs:

J: “Juicy” by Better than Ezra
“Just What I Needed” by the Cars (a sentimental favorite from the 80s)
“Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” by Primus

K: “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas
“Kool Thing” by Sonic Youth
“Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant

Don’t have anything with Q, X or Z.


Jackson - Johnny Cash
Jagged - Old 97s
Jane - Barenaked Ladies
Jane Says - Jane’s Addiction
Jealous Girls - The Gossip
Jeannie’s Diary - Eels
Jesus on the Radio - Guster
Jesus Wrote a Blank Check - CAKE
Jesus, etc - Wilco


Kamera - Wilco
Karma Police - Radiohead
Kate - Ben Folds Five
Keep it Together - Guster
Keep the Car Running - Arcade Fire
Killing an Arab - The Cure
King of all of the World - Old 97s
Kiss Off - Violent Femmes


Quicksand - Seu Jorge (David Bowie cover from Life Aquatic sessions)
Question - Rhett Miller (or Old 97s)
Quattro - Calexico
Quality - Barenaked Ladies


X-Ray Eyes - Guster


Zak and Sara - Ben Folds
Ziggy Stardust - Seu Jorge
Zina-Marina - Gogol Bordello

Judas Kiss byt the Del Lords is one of my favorite songs ever.

From the album, A Date With Elvis, I recommend the Cramps, Kizmiaz

The B-52’s were a fun party band back in the day, and Quiche Lorraine was a party staple.

Can’t think of anything off the top of my head for X,
but try

Zero my hero from schoolhouse rock.

I could also suggest The Toll, Jonathan Toledo

If you need more, I will scan my memory for 80’s MTV hits.

SSG Schwartz

(these are authorized mp3 downloads)

“Just Like Tivoli”


Just Like Heaven, The Cure
Jackie’s Strength, Tori Amos

Xanadu, Rush

Zero Point, Tori Amos

Wow, thanks!

feppytweed- I should have already thought of Jesse’s Girl- it was playing today in the scene shop, and everyone was singing along.

Silver Tyger Girl- I’ve already got Jerry Springer, Killer Queen, and Ziggy Stardust on mixes, and King of Suede on my computer, but everyone I know likes Rammstein and the rest of the list sounds great too!

chicken wire?- Zombie Eaters is such a totally awesome name that I will use it one day no matter how it sounds. Also, ooo, a Beck song that starts with Q. I haven’t gotten a Beck album since I was 16 or so (okay, so that was only 4 years ago, but whatver) and I don’t have that song, but I was thinking of buying more Beck soon.

Lucky 13- Your K list looks especially nice- not that’s there anything wrong with the Js!

Everyone else who posted between me starting this and me hitting post- Thanks so much! I didn’t expect such an overwhelming response.

Here’s some I have starting with J and K:
Jamaica Heartbeat Acoustic Alchemy
Jamaica, Jamaica Special EFX (Double Feature CD)

Knock Me Off My Feet Vesta (Distant Lover CD)


Zelda Rap - Benefit
Zion - Fluke
Zombie - Cranberries
Zombie Dance - The Cramps


Quando, Quando, Quando - Englebert Humperdinck
Queen For A Day - Dance Hall Crashers
Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton
Queer - Garbage


Kalifornia - Fatboy Slim
Keep Their Heads Ringin’ - Dr. Dre
Kick Drum - G. Love and Special Sauce
Killing In The Name Of - Rage Against The Machine
Kinda I Want To - NIN
Kinder Words - Mighty Mighty Bosstones
King Of Rock - Rum DMC
King Without A Crown - Matisyahu
Kiss And Say Goodbye - The Manhattans
Knights Of Cydonia - Muse
Kodachrome - Paul Simon


J.A.R. - Green Day
Jam-Master Jay - Run DMC
Jamiaca Ska - Desmond Dekker and The Specials
James Bond Theme - Moby
James K. Polk - TMBG
Jamie - Weezer
Jesus Built My Hotrod - Ministry
Jimmy James - Beastie Boys
Johnny 99 - Bruse Springsteen
Judy Is A Punk - Ramones
Julia - HorrorPops
Just For You - Sam Cooke
Just Like Honey - Jesus and Mary Chain
Just My Imagination - Temptations
Just Wait - Blues Traveler
Justice For All - Social Distortion

Queen Bee - Grand Funk Railroad
Question - Moody Blues

Zomby Woof - Frank Zappa
(Zoo Station - U2) - I see chicken wire beat me to that, so I’ll go with: )
Zanzibar - Billy Joel

Jason and the Argonauts - XTC
Jazz Police - Leonard Cohen
Jigsaw Puzzle - Rolling Stones
Juicy John Pink - Procol Harum

Keep On Chooglin’ - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Kid Charlemagne - Steely Dan
Know Your Rights - The Clash

Queen and Country - Jethro Tull
Quizz Kid - Jethro Tull

Xmas Values - Frank Zappa

Zomby Woof - Frank Zappa
Zoot Allures - Frank Zappa

Jacquiline - Franz Ferdinand
Jamie - Weezer
Jane - Jefferson Starship
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine - The Killers
Jesus Walks - Kanye West
Jetpack - The Flobots
Jimmy - The Living End
Judy Is A Punk - The Ramones
Jump Around - House of Pain
Just A Friend - Biz Markie
Just What I Needed - Cars
Karmacoma - Massive Attack
Keep Fishin’ - Weezer
Keep The Car Running - Arcade Fire
Kick Out The Jams - Presidents of the USA
Kelly, Watch the Stars! - Air
Kickapoo - Tenacious D
Kids Don’t Know Shit - Islands
Killing the Right - The Living End
King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1 - Neutral Milk Hotel
Kissing the Lipless - The Shins
Know Your Onion! - The Shins
Knee Deep - George Clinton

Questions and Answers - Apples In Stereo

X Amount of Words - Blue October

Zombie - Cranberries

Apparently theres also a lot of names that start with J

Jack & Diane - John “Cougar” Mellencamp
Jackie Blue - Smashing Pumpkins (cover song, don’t know the original)
Jacob’s Ladder - Rush
Jailbreak - AC/DC
Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
Jamie’s Crying - Van Halen
Janie’s Got a Gun - Aerosmith
Jawbreaker - Judas Priest
Jeremy - Pearl Jam
Jeremy Bender - Emerson Lake & Palmer
Jerry Was A Race Car Driver - Primus
Jesus Built My Hot Rod - Ministry
Jesus He Knows Me - Genesis
Jesus Saves - Slayer
Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band
Jet City Woman - Queensryche

There’s tons and tons of “J” songs, same with “K”

Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton
Queen of Spades - Styx
Queen of the Broken Hearts - Loverboy
Queen of the Reich - Queensryche
Question - Moody Blues
Quiche Lorraine - B-52s
Quicksand Jesus - Skid Row
Quiet - Smashing Pumpkins
Quiet World - Katatonia (beautiful song!)

X Offender - Blondie
Xanadu - Rush
Xnoybis - Godflesh
X-Ray Mirror - Voivod
XXX - Nasty Savage

Zanzibar - Billy Joel
Zero - Smashing Pumpkins
Zero Signal - Fear Factory
Zero the Hero - Black Sabbath
Zerox - Adam & the Ants
Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie (or Bauhaus, or Def Leppard)
Zodijackyl Light - Dark Tranquility
Zombie - The Cranberries
Zombie Attack - Tankard
Zombie Stomp - Ozzy Osbourne
Zoo Pie - Guided By Voices
Zoo Station - U2
Zulu Lulu - Bruce Dickinson
Zuviel Hitze - Falco

I think you’ve probably got J and K pretty well covered.

Just checking my iPod, I came up with these:

X-Ray Man–Liz Phair
X.Y.U.–Smashing Pumpkins

Zephyrus–Bloc Party
Zero–Smashing Pumpkins
Zero-Sum–Nine Inch Nails
Zona de Promesas–Soda Stereo
Zoom–Soda Stereo

Quarter to Three–Sleater-Kinney
Queen is Dead–Smiths
Quiet–Smashing Pumpkins (they’re quite good with the obscure letters, no?)
Question of Time–Depeche Mode
and my personal favorite, Quiero Vino Por Favor–La Mar’K

Queen of Cans & Jars - Guided By Voices
Quittin’ Time - Mary Chapin Carpenter

Seasonal use only:
X-Mas in Jail - Asleep at the Wheel (no idea where or how I obtained this song, and I wouldn’t call it a favorite, but it’s kind of funny and is the only song I own that starts with an X)