Songs The Saddest Songs About Wanting Someone  

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List Rules Upvote 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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Radiohead

3
28 7
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Nothing Compares 2 U Sinead O'Connor

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16 3
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The Righteous Brothers

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16 5
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Amy Winehouse

6
16 5
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Goo Goo Dolls

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17 9
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Chris Isaak

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12 5
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Patsy Cline

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12 8
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10 6
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I Will Always Love You LeAnn Rimes

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12 9
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All I Want Is You U2

12
8 5
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Otis Redding

13
8 6
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Coldplay

14
8 6
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Not In That Way

15
7 5
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Crown Of Love Arcade Fire

16
5 3
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1000 Times Sara Barielles

17
7 6
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I Want The One I Can't Have The Smiths

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6 5
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All Out Of Love Air Supply

19
5 4
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And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going Jennifer Hudson

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7 7
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Ray Charles

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6 6
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Edge Of Desire John Mayer

23
4 5
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I'd Rather Go Blind Etta James

24
2 3
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Home

25
2 3
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The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else) Paul Desmond

26
7 9
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Futile Devices Sufjan Stevens

27
3 6
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I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John

28
2 5
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Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) Irma Thomas

29
1 5
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The Longing

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3 8
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I’d Wait A Million Years The Grass Roots

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1 6
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Frank Ocean

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0 5
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Desire Ryan Adams