Songs The Best Songs About Unrequited Love  

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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 Radiohead

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MarcHemrick added The Killers, Killers

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536 250
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cooliostallone added Bonnie Raitt

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165 48
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r-gold added Jackie Evancho

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283 128
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Kate Kavanagh added ADELE

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328 150
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cooliostallone added Eric Clapton

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209 91
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Missy McIntosh added

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260 120
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Pearl Jam

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220 106
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REO Speedwagon

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260 123
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Frank Ocean

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212 107
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Amber9 added James Blunt

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255 140
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cooliostallone added Rick Springfield

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103 41
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Tom Islava added The Beatles

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Taylor Swift

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167 91
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cooliostallone added Lionel Richie

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126 64
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cooliostallone added The Temptations

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160 80
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316 194
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Taylor Swift

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143 70
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Mumford & Sons

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64 15
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FastCleaning added Chris Isaak

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100 55
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larry-j-dunlap added Simon and Garfunkel

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Air Supply

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81 45
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Justine Villanueva added Slipknot

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100 69
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52 21
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Geoff Gentel added George Jones

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Elvis Presley

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66 41
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Amber9 added Sophie B. Hawkins

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Eric Clapton

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88 56
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The Turtles

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112 82
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Adele

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cooliostallone added Patsy Cline

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Vertical Horizon

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69 49
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Geoff Gentel added The Doobie Brothers

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84 64
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Evanescence

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77 66
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cooliostallone added Biz Markie

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63 50
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Dionne Warwick

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20 6
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Sampsa Silander added Guns N' Roses

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cooliostallone added Stevie Wonder

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sariah_shumate added Taylor Swift

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FastCleaning added Alicia Keys

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Amber9 added Jack Johnson

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TorstenAdair added Sarah Mclachlan

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Willie1019 added The Beatles

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Genesis

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39 34
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The Association

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Taylor Swift

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59 52
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Spandau Ballet