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List Rules Vote for the unrequited love songs you enjoy the most, whether it's from an emotional or just pure enjoyment point of view.

If this list only featured songs from the modern era, it might be called "songs about being in the friend zone". The concept of unrequited love has been represented in music going back hundreds of years, where songwriters wrote lyrics about how their crush did not reciprocate their feeling of admiration. This is a ranked list of all songs about unrequited love, as voted on by music fans like you. If you're feeling blue or frustrated about someone not liking you back, these unrequited love songs might make you feel better.

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 unrequited love 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. You can vote for any of these songs, from “Losing My Religion” to “Sylvia's Mother.”
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cooliostallone added I Can't Make You Love Me Bonnie Raitt

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cooliostallone added Creep Radiohead

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MarcHemrick added Mr Brightside The Killers, Killers

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Kate Kavanagh added Chasing Pavements ADELE

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Bad Religion Frank Ocean

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Missy McIntosh added Say Something A Great Big World

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cooliostallone added Layla Eric Clapton

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Amber9 added You're Beautiful James Blunt

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Black Pearl Jam

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Can't Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon

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cooliostallone added Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield

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Teardrops on My Guitar Taylor Swift

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cooliostallone added Hello Lionel Richie

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cooliostallone added Just My Imagination The Temptations

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r-gold added Apocalypse Jackie Evancho

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Tom Islava added While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles

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You Belong With Me Taylor Swift

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larry-j-dunlap added Cecilia Simon and Garfunkel

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I Will Wait Mumford & Sons

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All Out Of Love Air Supply

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Vermilion, Pt.2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Unrequited Love
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Return to Sender Elvis Presley

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Happy Thogether The Turtles

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FastCleaning added Wicked Game Chris Isaak

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cooliostallone added Sweet Dreams Patsy Cline

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One and Only Adele

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Amber9 added Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover Sophie B. Hawkins

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Missing Evanescence

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Everything You Want Vertical Horizon

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cooliostallone added Just a Friend Biz Markie

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sariah_shumate added Invisible Taylor Swift

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Speak Now Taylor Swift

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Walk on By Dionne Warwick

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cooliostallone added My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder

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True Spandau Ballet

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Geoff Gentel added He Stopped Loving Her Today George Jones

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Sarah Mclachlan - When She Lov... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Unrequited Love

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Geoff Gentel added What a Fool Believes The Doobie Brothers

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Surrender Billy Talent

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Invisible Touch Genesis

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FastCleaning added You Don't Know My Name Alicia Keys

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Take This Longing Leonard Cohen

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Cherish The Association

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Amber9 added Sitting, Waiting, Watching Jack Johnson