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 Creep Radiohead

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MarcHemrick added Mr Brightside The Killers, Killers

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cooliostallone added I Can't Make You Love Me Bonnie Raitt

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Kate Kavanagh added Chasing Pavements ADELE

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cooliostallone added Layla Eric Clapton

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Missy McIntosh added Say Something A Great Big World

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Bad Religion Frank Ocean

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Black Pearl Jam

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r-gold added Apocalypse Jackie Evancho

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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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Amber9 added You're Beautiful James Blunt

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Tom Islava added While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles

The Best Rap Songs About Love

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Teardrops on My Guitar Taylor Swift

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cooliostallone added Hello Lionel Richie

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You Belong With Me Taylor Swift

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cooliostallone added Just My Imagination The Temptations

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I Will Wait Mumford & Sons

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larry-j-dunlap added Cecilia Simon and Garfunkel

The Best Dogs for City Living

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FastCleaning added Wicked Game Chris Isaak

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Justine Villanueva added Vermilion, Pt.2 Slipknot

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All Out Of Love Air Supply

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Return to Sender Elvis Presley

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

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Geoff Gentel added He Stopped Loving Her Today George Jones

The Greatest Depressing Love Songs

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One and Only Adele

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Happy Thogether The Turtles

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cooliostallone added Sweet Dreams Patsy Cline

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Missing Evanescence

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Everything You Want Vertical Horizon

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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cooliostallone added Just a Friend Biz Markie

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Layla Eric Clapton

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sariah_shumate added Invisible Taylor Swift

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Geoff Gentel added What a Fool Believes The Doobie Brothers

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Speak Now Taylor Swift

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Walk on By Dionne Warwick

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Great Country Songs About Falling in Love

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FastCleaning added You Don't Know My Name Alicia Keys

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Amber9 added Sitting, Waiting, Watching Jack Johnson

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cooliostallone added My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder

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TorstenAdair added When She Loved Me Sarah Mclachlan

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Sampsa Silander added November Rain Guns N' Roses

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Invisible Touch Genesis

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True Spandau Ballet

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Cherish The Association