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.
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.
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.
2) Just the Way you Are
3) All of Me
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.
4) Sweater Weather
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
“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.
2) You are the reason
3) Love You For A Long Time
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.
4) Love Music – Lil yachty
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
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.
2) Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman
3) Baby, I Love Your Way
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.
4) Endless Love
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
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.’
2) Just the Two of Us
3) Your Love is King
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.
4) So amazing
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
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.
2) The Best Part of Life
3) Ready for Love
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.
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
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.
2) Accidentally in Love
3) She Is Love
4) Always – Bonjovi
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.
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
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.
2) He Stopped Loving Her Today
3) Somebody’s Heartbreak
4) Put you in a song
“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.’
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.
2) Interlude(That’s Love)
“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.
3) Nothin on You
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.
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
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.
2) This Love
3) Love Dump
4) Crazy Love
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.
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
2) Count on Me – Bruno Mars
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.
3) With a Little Help From Friends
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.