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The Saddest Songs About Wanting Someone

Updated August 30, 2018 1.5k votes 271 voters 17.5k views32 items

List RulesUpvote the biggest bummer songs about longing for someone and are ideal for a depressing playlist.

The saddest songs about wanting someone perfectly capture a wide range of emotions and examine the varied reasons love can hurt. While longing and lust can be exciting emotions worthy of celebration, this is not the case with these songs. Whether you're longing for a love far away, lamenting a doomed relationship, or crazy about someone who does not love you back, the playlist below is great if you need to wallow. 

Desire is multifaceted and the reasons for wanting someone can be complicated. These sad songs examine why and how heartbreak hurtsCircumstances break up loving, happy couples. Someone falls for someone who does not love them back. An individual's beloved is far away, and when and if they'll meet again is unclear. 

These are without a doubt some of the most depressing songs about desiring someone ever recorded, and they’re rich with lyrics that will stay with you long after the songs are over. Browse the list below, and feel free to add anything you think is missing! 

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    More Iris 

    #114 of 215 The Best Songs with a Girl's Name in the Title#38 of 108 The Best Rock Songs Of The '90s, Ranked

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    More Creep 

    #1733 of 3,867 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked#14 of 148 The Best Songs About Unrequited Love

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    Nothing Compares 2 U

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    More I Can't Make You Love Me 

    #25 of 102 The Best Songs With Make in the Title#113 of 256 The Best Songs with Love in the Title

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    More Fix You 

    #10 of 20 The Saddest Songs About Infertility#9 of 14 14 Songs You Didn't Know Were About Other Celebrities

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    I Fall To Pieces

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    #11 of 176 The Best Classic Country Songs#8 of 112 The Best 1960s Country Songs

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    More Back To Black 

    #21 of 47 The Saddest Breakup Songs Ever Written#7 of 39 The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain

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    I Honestly Love You

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    More Unchained Melody 

    #11 of 38 The Greatest Depressing Love Songs#33 of 51 The Best Songs For a First Dance

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    Not In That Way

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    More I Want the One I Can't Have 

    #14 of 49 The Best Smiths Songs of All Time#47 of 103 The Best Songs With Want in the Title

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    All Out Of Love

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    Crown Of Love

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    1000 Times

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    All I Want Is You

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    I Will Always Love You

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    Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)

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    And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

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    Edge Of Desire

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    I’d Wait A Million Years

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