Hit Songs: Popular Three-letter Word Song Titles

Feb 26th, 2009
Eleven popular songs with the shortest title that hit the chart.

Hit Songs: Popular Three-letter Word Song Titles

By: nobert soloria

Eleven popular songs with the shortest title that hit the chart. How many short-titled hit songs do you remember? Check

this out.

1. One


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Number one on the list is a song entitled "One". It is the third single from U2's Achtung Baby and

was released in 1992.The song is widely considered to be one of U2's greatest songs and is

consistently featured in lists of the greatest songsof all time. It was named the 36th greatest song

by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. "One" is #1 on Q Magazine's list

of the 1001 Greatest Songs of All-Time. VH1 ranked the song #2 in its list of "Greatest Songs of the

90s". The song reached #7 in the UK charts, and #10 in the US charts, and reached the top of the

US Mainstream Rock Tracks and the US Modern Rock Tracks charts. It peaked at #10 on the Dutch

Top 40.

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2. One


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Number two on the list is another song entitled "One" by heavy metal Metallica. "One" is Grammy Award's winner as

Best Metal Performance in 1990, and one of Metallica's most popular songs. This song appeared as the fourth track of

... And Justice for All and was released as the third single from the same album. "One" was also the Metallica's first

Top 40 hit single, peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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3. Hey

Another song title with three-letter word is the song "Hey" by Julio Iglesias, the father of the singer Enrique Iglesias.

Famous Spanish balladeer Julio Iglesias is a singer who has sold over 300 million albums in 14 languages and

released 77 albums. According to Sony Music he is one of the top 10 best selling music artists ever. While Iglesias

rose to international prominence in the 1970s and 1980s as a performer of romantic ballads and as an iconically

suave Spaniard gentleman, his success has continued as he entered new musical endeavors. Thus far, he has

performed approximately 5,000 concerts

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4. Lea

A song entitled "Lea" by Toto is another popular song of the 80s. Toto was an American rock band founded in 1977.

The band enjoyed great commercial success in the 1980s and became one of the biggest selling music groups of

their era. They also composed the theme music for the film Dune.

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5. She

"She" is a song written, recorded and released by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer. The song reached # 1

in the UK single charts in 1974. By reaching number one in the UK charts, this made Charles Aznavour the 3rd oldest

living male chart-topper in the UK charts (at fifty years old). Elvis Costello recorded a cover version in 1999 for the

soundtrack of the film Nothing Hill which starred award-winning Hollywood star - Julia Roberts opposite Hugh Grant.

It is featured over the film's opening and closing credits.

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6.  Ben


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Ben is a hit song by Michael Jackson. It is a number-one hit song recorded by Michel Jackson in 1972. Ben is the

theme of the film "Ben", a sequel to the 1971 killer rat movie Willard. The song spent one week at the top of the US

pop chart. It also reached # 1 on the Australian pop chart, spending eight weeks at the top spot. The song also later

reached a peak of # 7 on the British pop chart. "Ben" became the first of 13 # 1 pop hits for Jackson in the US and

his first # 1as a solo artist.

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7. ABC

ABC is a song by the popular group Jackson 5 where Michael Jackson was a member. The group was the first act in

recorded history to have their first four major label singles (I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, and I'll Be There)

reach the top of the American charts. ABC is one of 3 songs with the shortest title by Michael Jackson that became a

hit song.

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8. Bad


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Bad is a tremendous hit song of Michael Jackson. It was a 1987 hit recording which has become one of Michael

Jackson's signature songs. "Bad" was the 2nd of five Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit singles from the album

Bad, and was his 7th # 1 single overall.

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9. Say

"Say" is a song by John Mayer. It was written for the film The Bucket List in 2007. "Say" was released as a single on

November 20 and is the first commercial single in Mayer's career that was not originally released on one of his albums

but added to the special edition re-release of his album "Continuum. In the U.S. it has become the Mayer's highest

charting single to date, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has also peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Digital

Songs Chart. To date it has sold 1,207,216 downloads and is now eligible for platinum certification from RIAA. It is

also peaked at number-seventeen on Billboard's Pop 100 and number six on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks.

Say" also debuted on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at # 56, and debuted within the top 50 the next week at # 47.

In Canada, it peaked at # 27 on the Canadian Hot 100.

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10. Try


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"Try" is a song written by the popular Canadian singer Nelly Furtado. She wrote it with Brian West for her second

album entitled "Folklore" and was released in 2004. The song is about the reality of love that sometimes life sucks.

"Try" is not a happy-go-lucky song. It was a big success in Mexico and Portugal where it peaked at number one,

however, it did not chart in the US. "Try" was Furtado's first song to chart on the Latin America Top 40; it debuted

in the week that the chart was created at number thirty-one, peaking twelve weeks later at number seventeen.

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The song "If" has the shortest title of any song to reach number one.  "If" by the group "Bread" is a song written in

1971 by David Gates, an American singer-songwriter. The song charted at number four on the "Billboard Hot 100

when released as a single in 1971. This beautiful song also spent three weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary

chart. It was quickly covered by other singers (including Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones, Perry Como, Telly Savalas and

group Westlife). The Telly Savalas version reached number one on the UK single chart for two weeks in March 1975.

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Nobert Bermosa
I grew up and studied in a wonderful place with awesomely good and industrious people. I have always been a good follower and I solemnly believe that "If you want to be a good leader, be a good follower" and I also believe that "A real…
Nobert Bermosa
I am a Secondary School Head Teacher III and just graduated my doctorate degree at Araullo University. I also contribute articles on Triond & Knoji.
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