40 Songs About Unrequited Love (R&B, Rock & More)

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40 Songs About Unrequited Love (R&B, Rock & More)

Love in its purest form is not selfish, greedy, or manipulative. Love is free, the only price being what you’re willing to give for it. Unrequited love has no borders nor limitations. It is not perfect, it is as close to perfect love you will ever find.

I. Pop

Pop is the genre whose catchy tunes have floated around the best. That doesn’t mean that its music is any less powerful. Love is a topic widely known and broadly experienced. Naturally, pop emerges with some brilliant songs as it’s supposed to be the best of the best.

1) Perfect

Artist: Ed Sheeran
Album: Divide
Year: 2017
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Perfect isn’t a love ballad about how love is perfect. It’s about how in love, your partner’s flaws are part of them and love believes they’re perfect. Inside and out.

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2) Just the Way you Are

Artist: Bruno Mars
Album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Year: 2010
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3) All of Me

Artist: John Legend
Album: Love In The Future
Year: 2013
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All of Me is a song about how to love with all your being, how your partner’s curves and edges don’t matter because your heart sees perfection. Your heart sees love.

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4) Sweater Weather

Artist: The Neighborhood
Album: I Love You
Year: 2013
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II. New Songs

These songs are the latest ballads of love that echo in our hearts. These new releases are meant for the partners of writers but are war cries to love that rages within us all.

1) This is how you fall in love

Artist: Jeremy Zucker & Chelsea Cutler
Album: brent ii
Year: 2021
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“this is how you fall in love” Is about falling in love when you don’t accept it. This love is about slipping into the circumstance when you meet your soulmate, unplanned and unexpected. Beautiful and pure, a selfless love where you yearn for your partner’s happiness over your own.

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2) You are the reason

Artist: Calum Scott
Album: Only Human
Year: 2018
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3) Love You For A Long Time

Artist: Maggie Rogers
Album: Love You For A Long Time
Year: 2019
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No meaningful promises are easy to uphold. Love You For A Long Time doesn’t say love you until the end of time or until my heart stops beating. However, that doesn’t make it any less meaningful because the love in question isn’t about time. It’s about its purity and intense passion.

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4) Love Music – Lil yachty

Artist: Lil Yachty
Album: Single
Year: 2021
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III. 90s Love songs

90s classic love songs… Perhaps you lived them, or maybe it was before your time. Nevertheless, these are anthems to love written during the ’90s.

1) Can you feel the love tonight

Artist: Elton John
Album: The Lion King
Year: 1994
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They were initially written for the re-embrace of Simba and Nala as two lions reconnecting after a lifetime spent apart. This song is about how love remains in one’s heart for longer than you might know and only shows itself decades later.

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2) Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman

Artist: Bryan Adams
Album: 18 Til I Die
Year: 1996
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3) Baby, I Love Your Way

Artist: Big Mountain ft. Tom Lord-Alge
Album: Unity
Year: 1994
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It is a song about loving every aspect of your partner, including their weird mannerisms or behaviors. Baby, I love your way shows that unrequited love is about loving every part of your partner.

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4) Endless Love

Artist: Luther Vandross ft Mariah Carey
Album: Songs
Year: 1994
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IV. 80s Love Songs

Take a wild guess…these are the magic of the 80s and love ballads that followed.

1) Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Artist: The Police
Album: Ghost In The Machine
Year: 1981
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This song exactly describes what the first months of every relationship feel like, but what unrequited love will always be. The thought that your partner is so magnificent that ‘everything they do is magic and their touch turns things to gold.’

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2) Just the Two of Us

Artist: Grover Washington, Jr. ft. Bill Withers
Album: Anthology
Year: 1985
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3) Your Love is King

Artist: Sade
Album: Diamond Life
Year: 1984
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The utter brilliance of Your love is King cannot be understated. As unrequited love goes, this will remain a top contender. Sade says that her partner’s love is king not because he is a monarch but because his love reigns more powerful and loving than any other.

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4) So amazing

Artist: Luther Vandross
Album: Give Me The Reason
Year: 1986
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V. R&B

Rhythm and Blues is the genre whose tunes forever ring true. The smooth and graceful sounds match powerful lyrics that depict their essence.

1) Wife You up

Artist: Russ
Album: Single
Year: 2017
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Russ sings about how love shows you that there’s only one-of-a-kind soulmate and that marriage is a way to show everyone near and far your love.

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2) The Best Part of Life

Artist: SAINt JHN
Album: Single
Year: 2021
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3) Ready for Love

Artist: Lucky Daye
Album: Painted
Year: 2020
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Lucky Daye sings about how love means you want to ensure happiness and joy for your partner. This means shouldering some of their burdens or helping them to their feet if they fall.

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4) Beautiful

Artist: Snoop Dogg Ft. Pharrel Williams & Uncle Charlie Wilson
Album: Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$
Year: 2002
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VI. Rock

A top contender for love ballads. Queen, Elton John, the list goes on. Rock is notorious for its anthems to love.

1) Love me like there’s no tomorrow

Artist: Freddie Mercury
Album: Mr. Bad Guy
Year: 1985
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A standout from Freddie Mercury’s tenure with Queen, Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow is rich with love. Unrequited love feels as if you both have all the time in the world but want all that love instantly.

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2) Accidentally in Love

Artist: Counting Crows
Album: Shrek 2
Year: 2004
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3) She Is Love

Artist: Oasis
Album: Heathen Chemistry
Year: 2002
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4) Always – Bonjovi

Artist: Bonjovi
Album: Cross Road
Year: 1994
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What say’s I love you, more than I’ll always be at your side. Always isn’t about forgetting that life can hurt, but rather that unrequited love will cure your disease and find the happiness you might’ve forgotten existed.

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VII. Country songs about one-sided love

Unrequited love has opposites, toxic, and very tough one-sided love. Who better than country artists to call it what it is and write a song about it.

1) Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town

Artist: Kenny Rogers
Album: Ten Years Of Gold
Year: 1977
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Arguably what’s worse than losing your soulmate to death is having them fall out of love with you when you still love them. This song explores the extent of that pain when your partner gives their love to someone else.

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2) He Stopped Loving Her Today

Artist: George Jones
Album: I Am What I Am
Year: 1980
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3) Somebody’s Heartbreak

Artist: Hunter Hayes
Album: Hunter Hayes(Encore)
Year: 2011
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4) Put you in a song

Artist: Keith Urban
Album: Get Closer
Year: 2010
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“Put You in a Song” is rather creepy if you think about how the ending lyrics of wanting to put his beloved in a car are driven away. It’s a one-sided view of someone you are madly in love with but hasn’t confessed those feelings or really got to know his ‘beloved.’

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VIII. Hip-hop/Rap

Hip-Hop rarely gets the spotlight for its love ballads with fast rhythmic lyrics to match insatiable tunes and beats. To be fair, in most cases, love takes second place to wealth and status but not in this case.

1) LOVE

Artist: Kendrick Lamar ft. Zacari
Album: DAMN.
Year: 2017
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2) Interlude(That’s Love)

Artist: Chance The Rapper
Album: Acid Rap
Year: 2013
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“What’s better than trippin’, Fallin in love,” Interlude(That’s Love) is a song made about unrequited love. Its lyrics explain how you can have wealth and fame in great detail, but it’s worthless if you have no one you can love.

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3) Nothin on You

Artist: B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars
Album: B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
Year: 2010
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Nothin’ on You is about glorifying your love for your partner. In love, sure, perhaps someone might have softer hair for muscular bodies, but they aren’t your partner. Thus, they’ll never be close to the beauty you see in them.

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4) ROS

Artist: Mac Miller
Album: GO: OD AM
Year: 2015
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IX. Metal

Brutal truths shouted out loud. Love is profoundly summed up in a few words but explained through powerful chords. Love is a muse to all artists, but it brings metal artists to a few lines created beautifully.

1) Love You To Death

Artist: Type O Negative
Album: October Rust
Year: 1996
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What’s love if not being there through every lousy day to comfort your partner and to do so till the end of your days.

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2) This Love

Artist: Pantera
Album: Vulgar Display Of Power
Year: 1992
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3) Love Dump

Artist: Static-X
Album: Wisconsin Death Trip
Year: 1999
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4) Crazy Love

Artist: Gruntruck
Album: Push
Year: 1992
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Crazy Love speaks to the extent that you will do anything for them when you love someone. To ensure they’re happy, even if it means sacrificing your own.

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X. Love songs about Best Friendship

Who says unrequited love can’t be platonic? Love doesn’t only exist within romance but between family and best friends.

1) That’s what friends are for

Artist: Dionne Warwick Ft. Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder
Album: Friends
Year: 1985
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2) Count on Me – Bruno Mars

Artist: Bruno Mars
Album: Doo-Wops: Hooligans
Year: 2010
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Count on Me is about being there for your friends when they hurt or suffer and nursing them back to health. It’s a ballad to friendship and the strength between friends.

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3) With a Little Help From Friends

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Year: 1967
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With a Little Help From Friends is an anthem that anything is possible with friends and love by your side. If you’re stuck on a song, broken-hearted, or need someone to talk to, your friends are there to love you.

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4) We’re Going to Be Friends

Artist: The White Stripes
Album: White Blood Cells
Year: 2001
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