So far away: 25 songs about missing someone you love

When your partner has left you for either the short or long-term, listening to someone sing about sharing the same pain as you can be comforting. Misery loves company after all. So if you’ve been through a break-up or if your loved one is no longer with you, here’s our definitive playlist of songs to help you through the heartache.

If you need to wallow and weep while listening to songs about missing someone you love, then this is the Spotify® playlist for you! We’ve chosen songs across genres and decades, so there will be something here that will make you feel less lonely. Remember everyone goes through heartbreak, even famous musicians!

25 songs about missing someone you love

1. Miss You Like Crazy – Natalie Cole
One for when you miss that special someone so much that it is driving you crazy.
Lonesome lyric: No matter what I say or do/ There’s just no getting over you.

2. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
One for when you feel like all your new dates are nothing in comparison to your lost love.
Lonesome lyric: I could put my arms around every boy I see/ But they’d only remind me of you.

3. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Listen to this when you feel like the light in your life has gone when you are separated from your loved one.
Lonesome lyric: Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone/ Only darkness every day.

4. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – The White Stripes
One to listen to after a break-up when you are frustrated that you can’t act like yourself anymore.
Lonesome lyric: Now that we’re through/ I just don’t know what to do.

5. Someone Like You – Adele
One to listen to if you have found out that an ex has moved on and is happy with someone else.
Lonesome lyric: I’ll remember you said/ “Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”.

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6. I Can Dream About You – Hall & Oates
For when your lost love is appearing in your dreams and you can’t wait to go to sleep to see them again.
Lonesome lyric: If I can’t hoId you tonight I can dream about you/ Maybe that will make it all right.

7. Yesterday – The Beatles
One for when you have just broken up and you want your relationship to go back to normal, the way it was yesterday.
Lonesome lyric: Why she had to go, I don’t know, she wouldn’t say/ I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

8. Hello Darlin’ – Conway Twitty
If you are finding it hard to get over your ex, and think you’ll always have a place for them in your heart.
Lonesome lyric: Come back, darlin’/ I’ll be waitin’ for you…

9. A Picture Of Me (Without You) – George Jones
For when you are sad to think of that special someone who was once essential to your life is now missing from it.
Lonesome lyric: If you’ve ever looked up at a sky with no blue/ Then you’ve seen a picture of me without you.

10. Baby I’ve Been Missing You – The Independents
One for when you really miss someone you love very dearly.
Lonesome lyric: I love you so much/ How would I ever do/ Without your loving touch.

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11. Better Together – Jack Johnson
If you think that times were better when you were still with your ex, then this song is for you.
Lonesome lyric: I’ll tell you one thing/ It’s always better when we’re together.

12. It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
A song for when you are questioning what went wrong in the relationship and how it all ended.
Lonesome lyric: It must have been love but it’s over now/ It must have been good but I lost it somehow.

13. Missing You – Diana Ross
If someone has left you and you still wonder why and where they could be now, listen to Diana Ross sing her heart out asking the same questions.
Lonesome lyric: All those dreams we shared together/ Where did you run to, boy?

14. I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan
One for when you still think of one of your past lovers and wonder if they still think of you.
Lonesome lyric: I will remember you/ Will you remember me?

15. How Can I Help You Say Goodbye – Patty Loveless
If you need help moving on from your ex, listen to this song as it reminds us that life is always changing and nothing stays the same forever.
Lonesome lyric: I called up Mama, she said, Time will ease your pain/ Life’s about changing, nothing ever stays the same.

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16. How Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes
One for when you can’t imagine life without your loved one.
Lonesome lyric: If you ever leave/ Baby you would take away everything real in my life.

17. Faithfully – Journey
This song is a power ballad for when you feel like you will love your ex forever and you will always be there for them.
Lonesome lyric: Wondering where I am/ Lost without you.

18. Always – Bon Jovi
One for when you are looking at photos of when you were both together and you miss the smile of your lost love.
Lonesome lyric: Now your pictures that you left behind/ Are just memories of a different life.

19. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script
One for when you think you’d do anything to get your ex back, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Lonesome lyric: Thinking maybe you’ll come back here to the place that we’d meet/ And you’ll see me waiting for you on the corner of the street.

20. Home – Michael Bublé
If you are in a long distance relationship or if you often have to work away from home, you’ll relate to how Michael Bublé feels in this song.
Lonesome lyric: And I’m surrounded by million people/ I still feel alone, and let me go home.

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21. I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
Even if you are still with your partner, you may feel so in love that you want to stay awake so as not to miss time spent with them.
Lonesome lyric: I don’t wanna fall asleep/ ‘Cause I’d miss you, baby.

22. Baby Come Back – Player
One to sing-a-long to when you feel like begging your ex to come back to you.
Lonesome lyric: Baby come back, you can blame it all on me/ I was wrong, and I just can’t live without you.

23. So Far Away – Carole King
When all you want to do is have your arms around your lost love again, listen to Carole King’s soothing lyrics.
Lonesome lyric: Long ago I reached for you and there you stood/ Holding you again could only do me good.

24. The Bed’s Too Big Without You – The Police
A double bed can be a lonely place if there’s only one of you in it! Don’t let that get you down, even Sting has gone through empty bed syndrome.
Lonesome lyric: Bed’s too big without you/ Cold wind blows right thru’ my open door.

25. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Here’s a song for when you miss that person you love so much and wish that they were still with you.
Lonesome lyric: How I wish, how I wish you were here/ We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year.

Remember: sometimes having a break can teach you which relationships to hold on to – and which to let go

EliteSingles editorial August 2017

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