70 Songs For When You’re Crushing Hard (Pop, R&B, Rock & More)

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70 Songs For When You’re Crushing Hard (Pop, R&B, Rock & More)

If the pleasures of puppy love weren’t sucked out of you by bad high school romances, then you might still get that tickle down your spine when you see someone special. Do these 70 songs remind you of your crush?

Songs For When You’re Crushing Hard

I. Latest songs about crushes (2019, 2020, 2021)

Oh, to be young and in love. Do the kids even know what that’s really like? You might be surprised to find love has changed a bit nowadays!

1)  Sucker

Artist: Jonas Brothers
Album: Music From Chasing Happiness
Year: 2019

The Jonas Brothers’ magnificent return after a six year hiatus, deserves to be mentioned first. Only boy bands know what its like to crush on someone.

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2) Eyes Off You

Artist: PRETTYMUCH
Album: Phases – EP
Year: 2019
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3)  One Shot

Artist: PRETTYMUCH
Album: Phases – EP
Year: 2019

One shot is all you need. Why can’t you ever get one? Flow with PRETTYMUCH and woo that sadness away.

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4)  The Pink Phantom

Artist: Gorillaz, ft. Elton John, 6LACK
Album: Song Machine
Year: 2020

How many bands do you know that can mix grime with Elton John and get a beautiful flow that grabs your heart by its strings?

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II. Secret crush songs

The worst part about having a crush is not having the words to tell them how you feel. Or being too scared to ask if they feel the same way!

1) Love Story

Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Fearless
Year: 2008

Secret love. Taylor Swift knows it best. If only they would say yes…

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2)  Into you

Artist: Ariana Grande ft Mac Miller
Album: Dangerous Woman
Year: 2016
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3)  Teenage Dirtbag

Artist: Wheatus
Album: Wheatus
Year: 2000

The early 2000s is seriously underrated in terms of music. Bands like Wheatus really captured the isolated crushing teenager in a way no other time period could.

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4)  Creep

Artist: Radiohead
Album: Creep
Year: 1992

A bit of a stretch, calling this a song about crushing, but not all one sided romances go so well. A little bit of narrative layering is good for the soul anyway.

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III. Songs about crushes on a guy who doesn’t know

Don’t you hate it when a guy just can’t take a hint? It’s so frustrating when you put yourself out there, and they’re too thick or too innocent to even notice!

1) Call Me Maybe

Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
Album: Curiosity
Year: 2012

You just can’t beat a classic. Also: Did you know this song syncs up with This is America by Childish Gambino’s music video?

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2) You Belong With Me

Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Fearless
Year: 2008
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3)  Teardrops On My Guitar

Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Taylor Swift
Year: 2006

This is the kind of song that encapsulates: “if you love something, then set it free.” Taylor just knows how to mix love and tragedy.

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4)  I Can Love You Better

Artist: The Chicks
Album: Wide Open Spaces
Year: 1998

Your crush deserves better. If only they knew that. The Chicks show that there are plenty of fish in the sea, and that they’re the better catch!

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5)  Hot N Cold

Artist: Katy Perry
Album: One of the Boys
Year: 2008

It’s not always nice to be on the receiving end of a crush, especially if you feel the same way. If only he wasn’t a case of a love bipolar.

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IV. Pop songs about crushes

You gotta love pop! It’s called popular for a reason. Crushing seems to be just as popular!

1)  Just the Way You Are

Artist: Bruno Mars
Album: Doo-wops & Hooligans
Year: 2010
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2)  One Thing

Artist: One Direction
Album: Up All Night
Year: 2011
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3)  Treat You Better

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Album: Illuminate
Year: 2016

It’s not a crush song listicle without a Shawn Mendes song! Treat You Better encapsulates the “I’d be better for her” feeling better than any other song on this list.

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4) Jessie’s Girl

Artist: Rick Springfield
Album: Working Class Dog
Year: 1981
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5) Call your Girlfriend

Artist: Robyn
Album: Body Talk
Year: 2010
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6)  A Thousand Miles

Artist: Vanessa Carlton
Album: Be Not Nobody
Year: 2001

Having a crush on someone can make you want to tackle the world and all the laws of physics. Vanessa Carlton really knows how to drive a piano.

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7)  Perfect

Artist: Ed Sheeran
Album: Divide
Year: 2017
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8)  Take on Me

Artist: A-ha
Album: Hunting High and Low
Year: 1985
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9) Digital Love

Artist: Daft Punk
Album: Discovery
Year: 2001

Daft Punk’s animated movie really captured romance in an epic way.The Lo Fi electronic music matches the excitement you feel from seeing your crush.

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10) Beautiful soul

Artist: Jesse McCartney
Album: JMac and Beautiful Soul
Year: 2004
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11)  Roses

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Album: Illuminate
Year: 2016
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12)  I Want To Hold Your Hand

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Meet the Beatles!
Year: 1964

The Beatles encapsulated the classic rock love song that made your parents go wild.

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13) Girls Like You

Artist: Maroon 5
Album: Red Pill Blues
Year: 2017
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14)  Bad Romance

Artist: Lady GaGa
Album: The Fame Monster
Year: 2009

You like bad boys? Are you eyeing a bad girl? If the two of you getting together means utter chaos, then GaGa’s got you.

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15) Hands to Myself

Artist: Selena Gomez
Album: Revival
Year: 2015
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16 )  Say Yes

Artist: Elliott Smith
Album: Either/Or
Year: 1997

Elliott Smith’s music can be described as ethereal and even melancholic at times. But Say Yes has an air of hopefulness to it that has you floating on your crush’s high.

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17) Love You Like a Love Song

Artist: Selena Gomez & The Scene
Album: When the Sun Goes Down
Year: 2011

This description has been written before, and here is another one. Who needs super long similes when your feelings are this obvious?

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18) Wrecking Ball

Artist: Miley Cyrus
Album: Bangerz
Year: 2013

This one is more up to interpretation, but depending on which point you’re on in the whole “crush” phase this ought to fit really nicely.

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19) Fallin’ for You

Artist: Colbie Caillat
Album: Breakthrough
Year: 2009
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V. R&B songs about crushes

There’s no bigger tragedy than unrequited love. At least it makes for good music!

1)  Can’t Help Falling In Love

Artist: Elvis Presley
Album: Blue Hawaii
Year: 1961

That’s right, it’s the king. See what it was like for your parents to have a crush back in the 60s.

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2)  I Wanna Be Your Lover

Artist: Prince
Album: Prince
Year: 1979

That’s right, it’s Prince. See what we did there? Whatever. The pop icon’s first single is all about yearning from afar.

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3)  Crush

Artist: Yuna, ft. Usher
Album: Chapters
Year: 2016

You’d think this would fit in with the last category of the listicle, but no. This R&B classic is smooth and subtle like a caress on the cheek.

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4)  Stay High

Artist: Brittany Howard
Album: Jaime
Year: 2019

Modern crushes require modern love songs. Enjoy Brittany Howard’s signature blues voice or check out the version ft. Donald Glover.

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5) U Got It Bad

Artist: Usher
Album: 8701
Year: 2001

“When you say that you love ‘em and nothing else matters no more?” Usher knows what he’s talking about.

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VI. Rock songs about crushes

When your heart’s a flutter, you need a song that can keep up the pace. There is no alternative to rock! Sometimes you just need to scream your feelings out.

1) Damn I wish I was Your Lover

Artist: Sophie B. Hawkins
Album: Tongues and Tails
Year: 1992
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2)  Iris

Artist: Goo Goo Dolls
Album: Silver Screen Classics
Year: 2015
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3)  Golden

Artist: Harry Styles
Album: Fine Line
Year: 2019
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4) Can’t Fight This Feeling

Artist: REO Speedwagon
Album: Wheels Are Turnin’
Year: 1984
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5) I Was Made For Lovin’ You

Artist: Kiss
Album: Dynasty
Year: 1979
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6) The Less I Know The Better

Artist: Tame Impala, Kevin Parker
Album: Currents
Year: 2015

Tame Impala isn’t for everyone, but their music flows like wine. Sometimes crushes are unrequited, sometimes they take a while. Better late than never!

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7) Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Artist: Queen
Album: The Game
Year: 1979

This thing, called love? You just can’t handle it. Freddie knows it!

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8)  Living Next Door To Alice

Artist: Smokie
Album: Midnight Café (New Extended Version)
Year: 1976

It’s that one song where everyone’s favorite drunk uncle sings the explicit version! Let this be a word of warning. Just take the chance.

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9)  I’m A Believer

Artist: Neil Diamond
Album: Just For You
Year: 1967

You were probably thinking about the Shrek version, right? But the rock ballad came from the Diamond himself and was originally covered by The Monkees!

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10) Play the Game

Artist: Queen
Album: The Game
Year: 1980
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VII. Rap/hip-hop songs about crushes

Old school rap might make you second guess this subgenre, but hip-hop is the modern day version of poetry. Romance has never flowed this well before!

1) Clumsy

Artist: Fergie
Album: The Dutchess
Year: 2006
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2) Cupid’s Chokehold

Artist: Gym Class Heroes
Album: The Papercut Chronicles
Year: 2005

Puppy love can be pretty funny at times. Ridiculous even! Give Gym Class’ bars a try if you agree.

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3)  Love.

Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Album: DAMN
Year: 2017
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4)  Personova

Artist: Austenyo
Album: extended playtime
Year: 2018

The lyrics can be a bit hard to follow at times. But that just adds to the awkward charm. Revel in the awkwardness instead of losing yourself to it!

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5)  Small Worlds

Artist: Mac Miller
Album: Swimming
Year: 2018

An introspective song about love and wealth. RIP Mac Miller. Your beats will forever be memorialized in a listicle <3

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VIII. Country songs about crushes

Cowboys know what it’s like pine from afar. Herding cattle makes getting to know someone hard! So it makes sense that country music makes for some of the best music about crushes!

1)  Stuck Like Glue

Artist: Sugarland
Album: The Incredible Machine
Year: 2010
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2) Check Yes or No

Artist: George Strait
Album: Strait Out of the Box
Year: 1995
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3) Yeah Boy

Artist: Kelsea Ballerini
Album: The First Time
Year: 2015

This country hit won the Radio Disney Music Award for Best Crush song. Its credentials speak for itself.

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4)  Girl Crush

Artist: Little Big Town
Album: Pain Killer
Year: 2014

Need a little LGBTQI representation in your crush mix? Little Big Town’s got you covered.

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5)  In Case You Didn’t Know

Artist: Brett Young
Album: Brett Young
Year: 2017
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6) One Of Them Girls

Artist: Lee Brice
Album: Hey Word
Year: 2020

A little problematic if you think about the lyrics for more than a minute. Lee Brice should maybe take a hint and leave the girl alone.

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7) Take Your Time

Artist: Sam Hunt
Album: Montevallo
Year: 2014

For the socially anxious cowboy.

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8)  Smile

Artist: Uncle Kracker
Album: Happy Hour
Year: 2009
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9)  Love You Out Loud

Artist: Rascal Flatts
Album: Melt
Year: 2002
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IX. Punk songs about crushes

Even the anti-establishment, hard-edged melodies of puck rockers can’t escape that crushing feeling. When you’re done crushing the Establishment, why not pine over your crush?

1)  Girlfriend

Artist: Avril Lavigne
Album: The Best Damn Thing
Year: 2007

If you haven’t heard this song before, trust me, in a second you’ll be wrapped around its finger.

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2) First Date

Artist: Blink-182
Album: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Year: 2001
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3) Thunder

Artist: Boys Like Girls
Album: Boys Like Girls
Year: 2006
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4)  Stacy’s Mom

Artist: Fountains of Wayne
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers
Year: 2003

Have you ever thought your best friend’s mom is just irresistible? No? Well Fountains of Wayne have you covered anyway.

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5) Hot for Teacher

Artist: Van Halen
Album: 1984
Year: 1984

Okay, but did you ever think your teacher was hot? Still no?

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6)  #1 Crush

Artist: Garbage
Album: Garbage
Year: 1995
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X. Songs with crush in the lyrics

I’m not running out of categories, you’re running out of categories! These are the types of songs that tell it like it is. There’s no time to be coy, you’ve got a crush and you’re here to sing it!

1)  Crush

Artist: Avril Lavigne
Album: Head Above Water
Year: 2019

You can’t get more obvious than this. But it’s Avril Lavigne! She’s been in the game for over 20 years by now! And she still knows how to channel pure lovestruck crushing.

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2)  Crush

Artist: David Archuleta
Album: David Archuleta
Year: 2008
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3)  Crush

Artist: Mandy Moore
Album: Mandy Moore
Year: 2001

More crush? “Moore” Crush?? You got it, chief. This one is as shy and self conscious as it gets!

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