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Everything in life doesn’t always work out. Sometimes you end up losing someone dear to you. Missing someone is a powerful emotion, and what better way to deal with your feelings than by listening to some songs about missing someone?
We’ve created a list of all the best songs about missing someone. Some are songs about lost loves, others about missing an individual who is far away. Either way, we hope you will find solace in your emotions as you enjoy these tunes.
1. “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
Perhaps one of the most famous songs about missing someone ever, Bill Withers’s famous song is about a relationship falling apart and him realizing that his life doesn’t mean anything when she’s not there. While we assume this song is about a romantic relationship, it can also be a song about missing a family member like a daughter or granddaughter.
2. “I Miss You” by Blink 182
This next song is self-explanatory and is only one of the many songs about missing someone from the early 2000s—a time when the world seemed much larger because the world was much less connected than it is now. The emo punk rock era nailed this one, thanks Blink-182.
3. “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John
“Candle in the Wind” isn’t as obvious as some of Elton John’s other tunes, but it is a song about missing those who have died, specifically Marilyn Monroe (and later in a remake, Princess Diana). Unlike some other songs on this list, it does try to make light of the positive, focusing on the individual’s life rather than how much you miss them.
4. “If I Would’ve Known” by Kyle Hume
Missing someone often leads to feelings of loneliness. Kyle Hume touches on this exact feeling as he discusses seeing the face of the individual he misses everywhere. Whether you are missing someone due to distance or death, this song is easy to resonate with.
5. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
Although this is technically a song about missing someone who is still there, it really embodies the feeling of loving someone so much that you miss them when you are apart even if you aren’t that far from them.
6. “Someone Like You” by Adele
Even though Adele has a song called “I Miss You,” “Someone Like You” is much more of a song about lost loves as it talks about an ex-lover moving on. While Adele is singing about how much she misses the individual in the song, she also is positive, singing about how she will find someone else, just like them to take their place.
7. “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s
As far as songs about missing someone goes, there is nothing quite like “Hey There Delilah.” Singing about a long-distance relationship, anyone who has been in one knows how tough they are and can relate to the lyrics on a different level.
8. “Coping” by Rosie Darling
Sometimes, when you are missing someone, you can feel lost without them. This song by Rosie Darling is about coping with the loss of someone who is no longer with you, though it is unclear whether the individual was a lost love or someone who passed away.
9. “Memories” by Within Temptation
The next song on our list of songs about missing someone with “Memories” by Within Temptation. Sharon den Adel sings about how even though someone has died, memories can make it feel as if they are still there. Be careful, as this song is a heartbreaker and can be tough to enjoy so soon after a traumatic loss.
10. “Hurts Like Hell” by Fleurie and Tomme Profitt
“Hurts Like Hell” is the top song about lost loves on this list—and it’s obvious in the lyrics “I loved, and I loved, and I lost you.” Whether you are missing someone who died or an ex-lover, this song will hit home.
11. “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
Originally written for the movie An American Tail, this song is sung by two mice siblings missing each other as they are on opposite sides of the world. A beautiful duet, this song is perfect when you are missing a family member or someone you are in a long-distance relationship with.
12. “Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson
One of the more upbeat songs about missing someone, this tune by Janet Jackson is about missing someone while in a relationship with them. The lyrics hint at missing someone for short periods of time, while at work with your loved one at home, but we think it can suit long-distance relationships as well.
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13. “Faithfully” by Journey
It’s weird because this song is often played at weddings, but if you listen to the lyrics it isn’t all that romantic. Rather, it is about a long-distance relationship and missing someone while you are away. One of Journey’s slower numbers, we can understand why people think it’s nice for weddings, but if you are thinking of using it for yours, please don’t.
14. “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd
Though this song was about an individual – Pink Floyd were thinking of their original founder, Syd Barrett, when they wrote it – the lyrics are universally applicable to anyone who’s missing somebody.
15. “Missing You” by Diana Ross
Even when you love someone, it isn’t always enough, and they may move on without you. This tune by Diana Ross is about missing someone because they left, something which can be very difficult to deal with. It’s the perfect slow tune to reminisce to when thinking of a lost love.
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