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The Best Songs About Forbidden Love

Updated October 14, 2020 147 votes 56 voters 7.6k views52 items

From the star-crossed romance of Romeo and Juliet to the hit songs of today, few topics are as intriguing as forbidden love. Sometimes, we all want what we can't have, but luckily, we can live vicariously through classics from the biggest pop, rock, country, rap, and R&B stars. 

From secret lovers and torrid affairs, to relationships that cannot be, these hits from artists like Madonna and Eric Clapton are perfect for if you're feeling wistful, naughty, or just in need of a good story about loving someone who is already taken. 

There are many gems in this playlist of songs about impossible love, but it's up to you to determine which are the best of the best. Vote up the best songs about forbidden love below, and if we're missing any of your personal top 10, be sure to add them to the list.

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    Jessie's Girl

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    More Just a Friend 

    #44 of 193 The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked#13 of 49 The Greatest Rap Songs by One-Hit Wonders

  • 4

    More Mr Brightside 

    #79 of 88 The Best Songs For Your New Year's Eve Party Playlist#6 of 98 ALT 98.7's Best Alt Songs Of "All Time"...My Way

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    More Dilemma 

    #101 of 242 The Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time#18 of 23 The Best Rap Songs About Missing Someone

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    More The Long Black Veil 

    #6 of 34 The Greatest Depressing Country Songs#51 of 654 The Best Johnny Cash Songs of All Time

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    More Part-Time Lover 

    #76 of 100 The Best R&B Songs Of The '80s, Ranked#26 of 111 The Best Stevie Wonder Songs of All Time

  • 9

    More Bleeding Love 

    #269 of 273 The Best Ballads of All Time#8 of 123 The Best Songs About Blood

  • 10

    More Back Door Man 

    #14 of 54 The Best Rock Songs About Cheating#20 of 84 The Best Songs About Cheating

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    More In the Closet 

    #34 of 131 The Best Michael Jackson Songs of All Time#1 of 21 The Best Songs With Closet in the Title

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    Age Ain't Nothing But a Number


    #26 of 100 The Best Songs with Number in the Title#27 of 100 The Best Songs With Age in the Title

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    More Alabama Song 

    #60 of 161 The Best Songs to Sing at Karaoke#7 of 55 The Best Rock Songs About Alcohol

  • 14

    Down Low


    #39 of 99 The Best Songs with Low in the Title#11 of 46 The Best Rap Songs About Cheating

  • 15

    More Confessions Part 2 

    #51 of 65 The Best Pop Songs About Cheating#8 of 52 The Best R&B Songs About Cheating & Adultery

  • 16

    More Teardrops on My Guitar 

    #13 of 43 The Best Country Songs for Breakups#33 of 129 The Best Country Songs About Missing Someone

  • 17

    More You Belong With Me 

    #11 of 37 A Definitive Ranking of Basic B*tch Songs#8 of 20 LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem Video Syncs Up With A Shocking Number Of Different Songs

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    More Daytime Friends 

    #108 of 191 The Best Country Songs From the 70s#47 of 105 The Best Songs with Friend in the Title

  • 20

    More Stacy's Mom 

    #23 of 142 The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders#8 of 62 The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders

  • 21

    More Walk This Way 

    #12 of 18 Creepy Rock Songs About Young Girls You've Been Singing Along To Without Realizing#24 of 133 The Best Workout Songs

  • 22

    More My Sharona 

    #1712 of 3,867 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked#5 of 246 The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

  • 23

    Same Girl


    #17 of 47 The Best R&B Duets To Sing At Karaoke#29 of 291 The Best R. Kelly Songs

  • 24

    Secret Love

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    More If Your Girl Only Knew 

    #94 of 157 The Best Songs with Girl in the Title#112 of 125 The Best Songs About Lying