10 Songs With The Word Try In The Title

From Taylor Swift (Left) to The Weeknd (Top Right) to Travis Scott (Bottom Right), many singers have songs that have utilized
From Taylor Swift (Left) to The Weeknd (Top Right) to Travis Scott (Bottom Right), many singers have songs that have utilized "Try"( Source : facebook )

Songs with the word Try in the title include 1. Try Me by The Weeknd 2. This is Me Trying by Taylor Swift 3. Stop Trying to Be God by Travis Scott.

"Try" is a heavy and malleable word that can be used in a variety of contexts to mean many things. As such, it is a favorite for songwriters who can craft the word to mean whatever in the context of their songs.

Be it relationships, self-respect, or goals in life, the songs on this list all have two things in common: they have Try in their names and each uses it in a way wholly their own. 

From Soul, and R&B, to Rock and even Punk and Hip-Hop, it is an eclectic list featuring a bevy of genres that only goes to show that good songwriting can be found anywhere. The tracks are also ranked from the least Spotify plays to the most.

10 Songs With The Word Try In The Title

Song Name:Artist Name:
Can't We TryTeddy Pendergrass
Try Better Next TimePlacebo
I Am Trying to Break Your HeartWilco
Trying Your LuckThe Strokes
Give Yourself A TryThe 1975
Try Sleeping with a Broken HeartAlicia Keys
Try a Little TendernessOtis Redding
Stop Trying To Be GodTravis Scott
This Is Me TryingTaylor Swift
Try MeThe Weeknd

10. Can't We Try by Teddy Pendergrass

Spotify Streams:518,227
Released on:July 25, 1980

Can't We Try is the first single off of Teddy Pendergrass's fourth album TP. It was also featured in the 1980 movie Roadie.

Though a modest hit when it came out, peaking at number 52 on the Hot 100, modern audiences know it best for being sampled in the famous Ghostface Killah song, Camay. The song was released on October 29, 1996, and features Pendergrass's song as its intro.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS - CAN'T WE TRY ( Source : youtube )

However, the Pendergrass song isn't anything to scoff at by itself. It is a pristine example of everything that made the singer one of the icons of Soul and R&B. 

Featuring his beautiful crooning voice singing to a past lover and wanting to try a chance at love again, one would need to have a heart made out of stone not to feel something, anything, when listening to this underrated classic.

9. Try Better Next Time by Placebo

Spotify Streams:8,863,269
Released on:January 11, 2022

Try Better Next Time is the third single and seventh track off of Placebo's newest album, Never Let Me Go. Placebo is an English Alternative band.

Known for their gender-bending visuals and sound, the group has been active since the 90s, with a strong audience in Europe. Their music revolves around doomed love affairs as well as the trials of conforming to a heteronormative society.

Placebo - Try Better Next Time (Official Visualiser) ( Source : youtube )

Lyrically, this song talks about how there is a better life out there, but the protagonist and the listener seem unable to grasp it. No matter how much they try, they keep missing it.

Ultimately though, it is an optimistic song because the singer keeps telling the listener:

Wake up, wake upTry better next time

By the end of the song, one is hard-pressed not to bob their head along and agree.

8. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart by Wilco

Spotify Streams:17,355,299
Released on:September 18, 2001

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart by Wilco is the opening track of their album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The band and that album are pioneers in indie rock.

At 6 minutes and 57 seconds, it is the second longest track on the album, and each second of that time is spent in the record's trademark dissonant style of music that sounds like drowning in a pool of whiskey.

Wilco - " I Am Trying To Break Your Heart " ( Source : youtube )

The lyrics aren't much different either as it describes our protagonist who is a man recently broken up with walking around a city dazed, drunk, and confused. However, he keeps convincing himself his ex-lover will take him back and when she does, he will only break her heart.

Another great thing about this song is that Wilco have added snippets from the rest of the track in its outro.

7. Trying Your Luck by The Strokes

Spotify Streams:31,905,826
Released on:July 30, 2001

Trying Your Luck is the penultimate track of The Strokes' debut album Is This It? The Strokes are an American Garage Rock Revival band.

Known as the group that kicked off the Garage Rock Revival movement of the early 2000s, their debut album is seen as one of the most important records of that decade. The band themselves is seen as one of the last big rock bands.

The Strokes - Trying Your Luck (Live at 2 Dollar Bill) ( Source : youtube )

As for the song, in classic Strokes fashion, singer Julian Casablancas talks about his relationships with women in his unique hodge-podge way, mixing in personal experiences alongside weird desires.

Though one of the more deep cuts of the album, its bouncy beat and fun lyrics have made it a fan favorite. According to Genius, the song was originally titled This Life, but they changed it along the way.

6. Give Yourself A Try by The 1975

Spotify Streams:86,441,505
Released on:May 31, 2018

Give Yourself A Try is the first single and second track from A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. It is the band's third studio album.

The song features an interpolation of the Joy Division track Disorder and mixes lo-fi indie rock with post-punk. The lyrics see the singer Matt Healey deal with questions of aging and the lessons learned growing up.

The 1975 - Give Yourself A Try ( Source : youtube )

The concept of the song is that Healy has turned 29 and is giving a sort of hap-hazard lesson to his, presumably, younger listeners about all the things he has learned. From relationships to social anxiety to questions about health, the lyrics juxtapose stern, formal lyrics with an upbeat yet janky beat.

However, the chorus of the song, which repeats the title, is an optimistic call to arms that pleads with the listener to not give up and believe in themselves.

5. Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart by Alicia Keys

Spotify Streams:105,559,061
Released on:November 17, 2009

Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart by Alicia Keys is the second single from her As I Am album. It is the fourth track on the album.

As the title suggests, it is a downtempo ballad reminiscent of the 1980s' power ballads. The lyrics depict the narrator trying to move on and get past a failed relationship.

Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart (Official Video) ( Source : youtu )

However, try as she might, she can't help constantly thinking of her lover, which only leads her to fall more and more into depression. Critics lauded the song for its music, lyrics, and Keys' powerful vocal delivery.

Upon release, the song was a modest success in the States where it peaked at #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and reached all the way to #27 in the Hot 100. It was a greater success in the UK where it managed to crack into the Top 10 at #7.

4. Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding

Spotify Streams:122,243,673
Released on:November 14, 1966

Try a Little Tenderness is a song popularized by Otis Redding. It was originally written for the Ray Nobel Orchestra back in 1932.

Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, and Henry Woods, the song had been performed by Ted Lewis, Ruth Etting, and even Bing Crosby in the 30s. However, Redding's version is the one best known by modern audiences.

Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness (Official Audio) ( Source : youtube )

Released in the 60s, Redding's version adds a more R&B element to the traditional Big Band sound of the original and became a huge success. It peaked at #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and even reached #25 on the Hot 100.

One of the main reasons it has become popular in the 21st century is because it was sampled heavily by Kanye West for his collaboration track and lead single Otis with Jay-Z for their 2011 album Watch the Throne.

3. Stop Trying To Be God by Travis Scott

Spotify Streams:216,369,398
Released on:August 3, 2018

Stop Trying To Be God by Travis Scott is the fifth song off his 2018 album Astroworld. Though not an official single, it reached #27 on the Hot 100.

As per Scott's style, the song has many features as it possesses additional vocals by rapper Kid Cudi, singer James Blake, and legends like Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as Stevie Wonder. The song is also produced by Scott himself alongside J Beatzz, CuBeatz, and Mike Dean

Travis Scott - STOP TRYING TO BE GOD ( Source : youtube )

As for its lyrical content, the song talks about the dangers of succumbing to a God complex, which caused a big furor when people started wondering if Scott was taking shots at his mentor, Kanye West.

However, the rapper clarified that he didn't have anyone particular in mind when writing the song, and meant it more as a statement to everyone in general.

2. This Is Me Trying by Taylor Swift


This is Me Trying is the ninth track from Taylor Swift's 2020 album Folklore. It is one of five songs co-produced by Swift's ex-lover Joe Alwyn.

Written by Swift alongside her songwriting partner and producer Jack Antonoff, the song is an orchestral pop track that shows hints of dream pop through its organs, horns, and slow beats.

Taylor Swift – this is me trying (Official Lyric Video) ( Source : youtube )

Lyrically, it showcases Swift's adept and famous handling of the topic of love. The narrator or narrators in the track are all people who are trying to allay the worries of their partners by echoing that they are trying their best.

The songwriting of the track is widely lauded as many believe it is one of the best written songs on the record. Simultaneously hopeful, loving, but also with a hint of manipulation, it perfectly displays how Swift has grown as a writer.

1. Try Me by The Weeknd

Spotify Streams:301,754,861
Released on:March 30, 2018

Try Me by The Weeknd is the second track off his debut EP, My Dear Melancholy. The EP saw the singer return to the darker sound of his early work.

Lyrically, the song is reminiscent of many of the singer's tracks as it sees him trying to, or manipulating, his ex-partner to leave their current lover and return back to him. The "Try" here refers to the singer himself, and the song even utilizes some tracks from Beyonce's Drunk in Love.

The Weeknd - Try Me (Official Video) ( Source : youtube )

Despite not being a single, the song proved successful enough that it debuted and peaked at #26 on the Hot 100. The success led to a remix of the song dropped a couple of months later featuring rappers Quavo, Trouble, and Swae Lee. 

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