Songs About Longing: The 108 Best Songs When You Miss Someone

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You have the desire to be with your partner, but you don’t have the opportunity to visit them. Your partner is unattainable for you, then you surely have longed. It always hurts to be away from someone you love. If you are longing, maybe our playlist with more than 100 songs will help you.

If you are missing someone, these songs are just the right ones for you!

There are many reasons why you suddenly feel a longing for someone. Maybe you moved with your parents and had to leave your friends behind. Your boyfriend is away on a business trip?

Do you go to a boarding school and miss your family and classmates? Do you miss your girlfriend after a Separation? All of this can be quite painful, but wallowing in self-pity won’t help you either!

We have selected songs from all music genres and decades so that you will surely find at least one suitable song for your situation.

(For each list we have created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

01. Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers


Bill Withers has a mega-hit with Ain’t No Sunshine. The song offers pure heartache and makes you feel the desire literally.

The American singer composed Bill Withers himself. Today the song is considered a real classic and shows how much you can miss a person. Anyone who has ever missed a person knows how painful that can be.

Ain’t No Sunshine refers to the fact that there will be no more sunshine when the beloved is no longer there. The song describes pure longing and is therefore still comprehensible for many people today.

02. And When A Song by Xavier Naidoo


Xavier Naidoo and the Söhne Mannheims made their breakthrough in the German-speaking world with this song. Xavier Naidoo focuses on soulful songs that have unique, meaningful lyrics to offer.

This song also speaks of longing and the desire for another person. Maybe this song is one of the most beautiful german love confessions there is. In any case, the song is pure longing and inspires with a great sound and enchanting lyrics. Whoever doesn’t go into raptures with this song, will probably never do so with any song.

03. You Were Always On My Mind by Elvis Presley


You Were Always On My Mind is a song full of longing by Elvis Presley, which has lost none of its magic even today. The timeless song already inspired numerous Elvis fans back then and immediately made it into people’s hearts.

Elvis is still the king of Rock’n’Roll today and is considered one of the most successful artists of all time. The dream of all women convinces with numerous songs and shows with this ballad especially much feeling. His fantastic voice, charm, and good looks were the reason for the dream career that Elvis had.

Thank you Elvis for this masterpiece!

04. Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore by Celine Dion


Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore is the most famous French song by Celine Dion. With Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore Celine describes that you can love someone so much and would just do anything for that person to love you again. By the way, the song is translated as “So that you still love me”.

At the funeral of her beloved husband, Celine had the song played as the closing song. In Canada and France, Celine Dion became famous for the song. Today the song is one of the most beautiful love songs of all time.

05. Wish You Were Here by Avril Lavigne


Avril Lavigne also delivers a wonderful longing song with Wish You Were Here. The Canadian singer convinced not only the Americans but also the Europeans with her rocking voice and her great lyrics. The song describes the longing for a person you are longing for right now.

If you miss a person, you can certainly relate to this song. Avril is also convinced with her easy-going, funky style and is one of the most popular singers from Canada today. The then still very young artist achieved international success with the song “I’m With You”.

06. Je T’aime by Lara Fabian


Lara Fabian also delivers a song full of longing with Je T’aime, which describes how much she loves a person. Lara is not only popular in the French region, but celebrated numerous international successes. The singer sings mostly in French but also has numerous English songs to offer.

Lara is next to Celine Dion one of the most successful francophone singers. By the way, the singer originally comes from Belgium and even sang once for the European Song Contest. The winner was Celine, but Lara later made it into the international charts with numerous hits.

Lara Fabian convinces with her loving nature, the fantastic music, and the soulful lyrics.

07. The Power Of Love by Jennifer Rush


Jennifer Rush also provided a song full of longing. The Power Of Love shows how strong love can be. The song is considered one of the most beautiful love songs of all time and was also covered by greats like Celine Dion.

Jennifer Rush comes from the USA. Especially in the German-speaking countries Jennifer became known in the 80s. Most of Jennifer’s songs talk about love, longing, and desire.

She became famous especially with Colors Of The Wind from Pocahontas.

08. Love Story by Taylor Swift


The song describes longing in a different way. Here it is about a young woman longing for her lover and not knowing when he will finally come and ask for her hand in marriage.

The song is romantic and enchanted numerous people worldwide. Taylor belongs to the most popular country singers in the world and inspires an incredibly large audience. Almost every song by Taylor becomes a mega-hit. Taylor is even revered in Asia.

Love Story is a great song and one of Taylor’s most famous songs.

09. Memory by Barbara Streisand


Memory is from the musical Cats and was sung by Barbara Streisand, among others. Barbara inspires not only with her insanely beautiful voice but also with her soulful way of singing.

Memory is also about longing, even if it is not about the longing for a certain person. Here one mourns for one’s own youth. From a certain age, we probably all mourn our past youth.

We all long for the time when we were happiest and want to feel as young and carefree as we did back then. Memory is therefore a song that totally gets under the skin and has an incredible amount to give.

10. Hello by Adele


With Hello Adele created one of her most famous songs. Adele convinces her fans with her great voice and numerous songs, which can also convince with their lyrics.

Hello talks about longing for the one you love, even if a long time has passed already. Adele calls her love again in the song and would love to apologize for everything that happened. Unfortunately, Adele does not reach her love, but the song became a mega-hit practically overnight.

Places 11-108 of the best songs about longing:

Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.

Places: Song: Performer: Audio sample:
11. With or Without You U2
12. I Never Told You Colbie Callait
13. Thinking ‘Bout You Ariana Grande
14. Nothing Compares 2 U Sinead O’Connor
15. Miss You More Katy Perry
16. I Miss Her Jessie J
17. Missing You Diana Ross
18. Need You Now Lady Antebellum
19. It’s You I Miss Fleetwood Mac
20. Patience Guns ‘N Roses
21. The Bed’s Too Big Without You The Police
22. She Ain’t You New Hollow
23. Anymore Travis Tritt
24. Where Are You Tonight? Bob Dylan
25. Who You’d Be Today Kenny Chesney
26. More Than A With or Memory Garth Brooks
27. Ich bin die Sehnsucht in dir Toten Hosen
28. Home Michael Bublé
29. Thinking About You Radiohead
30. I’ll Be Missing You Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans
31. It Must’ve Been Love Roxette
32. Rosanna Toto
33. Missing Everything But the Girl
34. Baby, I’ve Been Missing You The Independents
35. What Hurts The Most Rascal Flatts
36. Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd
37. How I Miss You Foo Fighters
38. I Miss You Incubus
39. Dreamin’ of You Bob Dylan
40. Carrying Your Love With Me George Strait
41. I Can Dream About You Hall & Oates
42. Missing You Steve Perry
43. I Miss You So Etta Jones
44. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved The Script
45. I Call Your Name The Mamas & The Papas
46. So Far Away Carole King
47. Lonesome Day Bruce Springsteen
48. Always Bon Jovi
49. Right Now (Na Na Na) Akon
50. A Long December Counting Crows
51. Gone Too Soon Michael Jackson
52. Missing You Black Eyed Peas
53. Faithfully Journey
54. Bye Bye Mariah Carey
55. Someone Like You Adele
56. Far Away Nickelback
57. I Miss You Randy Newman
58. I Miss You Blink 182
59. Yesterday The Beatles
60. I’m Already There Lonestar
61. Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers
62. When She Loved Me Sarah McLachlan
63. When I Was Your Man Bruno Mars
64. Missing My Baby Selena
65. Wenn ein Lied Xavier Naidoo
66. I Miss You Klymaxx
67. Stardust Nat King Cole
68. I Still Miss Someone Johnny Cash
69. Missing You John Waite
70. The Sound in Your Mind Willie Nelson
71. Miss You Rolling Stones
72. When You’re Gone Avril Lavigne
73. Wake Me Up When September Ends Green Day
74. How Do I Live LeAnn Rimes
75. I Don’t Know What To Do With Myself The White Stripes
76. The Same Old Song Four Tops
77. Get Here Oleta Adams
78. It’s a Lonesome Old Town Frank Sinatra
79. Who Knew Pink
80. Back To December Taylor Swift
81. The Promise Tracy Chapman
82. Are You Alright? Lucinda Williams
83. Pain In My Heart Otis Redding
84. Miss You Like Crazy Natalie Cole
85. My First Night Alone Without You Bonnie Raitt
86. I See You Luke Bryan
87. I Will Remember You Sarah McLachlan
88. Run George Strait
89. Come Home One Republic
90. Thinking About You Frank Ocean
91. You’ll Think of Me Keith Urban
92. My Arms Keep Missing You Rick Astley
93. Here Without You 3 Doors Down
94. I Miss You Beyoncé
95. All I Want Kodaline
96. I Still Miss Someone Martina McBride
97. Hey There Delialah Plain White T’s
98. When I Need You Rod Stewart
99. Wishing the Days Away Billy Brag
100. I Miss You Clean Bandit
101. Miss You Much Janet Jackson
102. Somebody’s Missing You Dolly Parton
103. Always Something There to Remind Me Naked Eyes
104. When the Sun Don’t Shine Best Coast
105. Miss You In A Heartbeat Def Leppard
106. Tears In Heaven Eric Clapton
107. Miss Missing You Fall Out Boy
108. Better Together Jack Johnson

Songs About Longing on Spotify Playlist:

Many songs describe the love or longing for a person. Longing is one of the themes that will probably always move us, no matter how old or young we are.

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