songs The Best Songs About Loneliness  

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List Rules Songs with loneliness in the title are fair game, but this list focuses mainly on songs about being alone as a subject.

This is a ranked list of all the best songs about loneliness, as voted on by music fans like you. Spending time alone can be mentally draining, but luckily there is music to help cope with the isolation. Some of the songs included below may have the word "lonely" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about loneliness as a subject or theme. Music about isolation, alienation, and solidarity are all on this poll, whether it's about physical loneliness or emotional loneliness.  

Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this music list is a great way to find some solid tracks that are thematically similar. Vote for the loneliness songs that you enjoy the most, and downvote ones if you think they're not worthy of being high on the list. If one of your top songs is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for it too. Many genres of music are featured below, including rock, pop, folk, metal, and more.
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Eleanor Rigby The Beatles

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36 10
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Space Oddity David Bowie

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25 8
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How Soon Is Now The Smiths

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25 10
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Message in a Bottle The Police

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Tom Islava added Like a Stone Audioslave

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Lonely Day System of a Down

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19 10
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Downtown Petula Clark

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14 7
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So Lonely The Police

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11 5
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Mr. Lonely Bobby Vinton

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12 7
Here I Go Again is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Loneliness
Here I Go Again Whitesnake

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12 9
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Drive The Cars

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12 9
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Solitary Man Neil Diamond

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9 6
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Lonely People America

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7 4
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One Three Dog Night

The Best Metal Songs About Loneliness

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7 4
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Turn the Page Bob Seger

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5 2
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Tom Islava added Oh, Lonesome Me Don Gibson

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11 9
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Tea for One Led Zeppelin

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11 9
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Only the Lonely The Motels

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7 5
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My Doorbell The White Stripes

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6 5
The Night They Drove Old Dixie... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Loneliness

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punksnotdead added Alone Again Or Love

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Matej Mikula added I’m Lonely (but I Ain’t That Lonely Yet) The White Stripes

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Blue Bayou Linda Ronstadt

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6 6
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South Carolina The Outlaws

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punksnotdead added The Figurehead The Cure

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Stranger in Moscow Michael Jackson

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Marlene on the Wall Suzanne Vega

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Lonely Is the Hardest Suzi Quatro

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Isolation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About Loneliness
punksnotdead added Isolation Joy Division  

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3 4
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Lonely Don't Candi Staton

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2 3
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punksnotdead added Isolation Therapy?

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beebebee added Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Black Orchid Blue October

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7 9
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Sister Europe The Psychedelic Furs

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Unwell Matchbox Twenty

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Leave Me Alone Millie Jackson

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Don't Answer Me The Alan Parsons Project

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Nobody Home Pink Floyd

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Lonely Is the Night Billy Squier

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3 5
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Hand in Glove The Smiths

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6 9
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That's Where I Went Wrong The Poppy Family

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4 7
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Need You Now Lady Antebellum

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4 7
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Hide in Your Shell Supertramp

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4 7
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Single Women Dolly Parton

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Heard It in a Love Song The Marshall Tucker Band