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45 Songs About Missing Someone That Illustrate the Feeling

by Shannan Reyes

One of the most therapeutic ways of dealing with sadness is listening to good music. A sad melody with lyrics describing the way you feel could be just what you need in order to get over a breakup or loss. So, if you’re looking for some good recommendations, check out this list of songs about missing someone.

You’ll find all sorts of genres as well as songs from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and more recent releases.

Songs About Missing Someone: Sorted By Genre

· Classic Rock Songs About Missing Someone

#1. Still Loving You — Scorpions

“If we’d go again, all the way from the start
I would try to change the things that killed our love
Yes, I’ve hurt your pride, and I know what you’ve been through
You should give me a chance, this can’t be the end
I’m still loving you.”

#2. Faithfully — Journey

“And being apart
Ain’t easy on this love affair
Two strangers learn to fall in love again
I get the joy of rediscovering you
Oh, girl, you stand by me
I’m forever yours

#3. Miss You — The Rolling Stones

“Well, I’ve been haunted in my sleep
You’ve been starring in my dreams
Lord I miss you, child
I’ve been waiting in the hall
Been waiting on your call
When the phone rings
It’s just some friends of mine that say.”

#4. Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing — Aerosmith

“Don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing.”

#5. Beth — Kiss

“You say you feel so empty
That our house just ain’t a home
And I’m always somewhere else
And you’re always there alone.”

#6. Always — Bon Jovi

“Now your pictures that you left behind
Are just memories of a different life
Some that made us laugh, some that made us cry
One that made you have to say goodbye
What I’d give to run my fingers through your hair
To touch your lips, to hold you near
When you say your prayers, try to understand
I’ve made mistakes, I’m just a man.”

#7. Forever Autumn — Justin Hayward

“The summer sun is fading as the year grows old
And darker days are drawing near
The winter winds will be much colder
Now you’re not here.”

· Pop Songs About Missing Someone

#8. Never Ever — All Saints

“Never ever have I ever felt so low
When you gonna take me out of this black hole?
Never ever have I ever felt so sad
The way I’m feeling yeah, you got me feeling really bad.”

#9. I Miss You — Beyonce

“I thought that things like this get better with time
But I still need you, why is that?
You’re the only image in my mind
So I still see you… around
I miss you like everyday
Wanna be with you, but you’re away
Said I miss you, missing you insane
But if I got with you, could it feel the same?”

#10. Hello — Adele

“Hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart

· R’n’B Songs About Missing Someone

#11. How Come You Don’t Call Me — Alicia Keys

“I keep your picture beside my bed
And I still remember everything you said
I always thought our love was so right
I guess I was wrong
Always thought you’d be by my side, papa
Now you’re gone.”

#12. Have You Ever — Brandy

“Have you ever loved somebody so much
It makes you cry
Have you ever needed something so bad
You can’t sleep at night
Have you ever tried to find the words
But they don’t come out right
Have you ever, have you ever.”

#13. Un-break My Heart — Toni Braxton

“Un-break my heart
Say you’ll love me again
Undo this hurt you caused
When you walked out the door
And walked out of my life
Un-cry these tears
I cried so many nights
Un-break my heart
My heart.”

· Country Songs About Missing Someone

#14. Missing You — Dolly Parton

“Somebody’s missing you
Longs to be kissing you
You’d better listen
You mean all the world to me
You’re on somebody’s mind
Just almost all the time
Bet you already knew
Somebody’s missing you
The days go slowly by
When I’m away from you
I long to see your smile
And feel the warmth of you.”

#15. Smoke Rings in the Dark — Gary Allan

“The loneliness within me
Takes a heavy toll
‘Cause it burns as slow as whiskey through an empty aching soul and
The night is like a dagger
Long and cold and sharp
As I sit here on the front steps
Blowing smoke rings in the dark.”

Songs About Missing Someone from Miscellaneous Genres

#16. I Miss You — Fleetwood Mac

“I miss you now
I have so many questions
About love and about pain
About strained relationships
About fame
Only he could explain it to me.”

#17. Here Without You — 3 Doors Down

“I’m here without you, baby
But you’re still on my lonely mind
I think about you, baby
And I dream about you all the time.”

#18. The Bed’s Too Big Without You — The Police

“Bed’s too big without you
Cold wind blows right thru’ my open door
I can’t sleep with your memory
Dreaming dreams of what used to be
When she left I was cold inside
That look on my face was just pride
No regrets no love no tears
Living on my own was the least of my fears.”

#19. Thinking About You — Radiohead

“I’ve been thinking about you, so how can you sleep
These people aren’t your friends, they’re paid to kiss your feet
They don’t know what I know, and why should you care
When I’m not there.”

Songs About Missing Someone: Sorted By Year

· Songs About Missing Someone: ‘70s Edition

#20. Have You Seen Her? — The Chi-Lites

“Well, I know I can’t hide from a memory
‘Though day after day I’ve tried
I keep sayin’ she’ll be back
But today again I lied.”

#21. I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself — Isaac Hayes

“I don’t know just what to do with myself
I don’t know just what to do with myself
Baby if your new love ever turns you down
Come back I will be around
Just waiting for you
I don’t know what else to do
Like a summer rose needs the sun and rain
I need your sweet love to ease all the pain.”

#22. Killing Me Softly — Roberta Flack

“He sang as if he knew me
In all my dark despair
And then he looked right through me
As if I wasn’t there
And he just kept on singing
Singing clear and strong.”

#23. So Far Away — Carole King

“So far away
Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
Doesn’t help to know you’re just time away
Long ago I reached for you and there you stood
Holding you again could only do me good
Oh, how I wish I could
But you’re so far away.”

· Songs About Missing Someone: ‘80s Edition

#24. Patience — Guns’n’Roses

“Shed a tear cause I’m missing you
I’m still alright to smile
Girl I think bout you every day now
Was a time when I wasn’t sure but you
Set my mind at ease
There is no doubt you’re in my heart now.”

#25. Miss You Like Crazy — Natalie Cole

“Even though it’s been so long
My love for you keeps going strong
I remember the things that we used to do
A kiss in the rain till the sun shine through
I tried to deny it but I’m still in love with you.”

#26. It Must Have Been Love — Roxette

“Lay a whisper on my pillow
Leave the winter on the ground
I wake up lonely, there’s air of silence
In the bedroom and all around
Touch me now, I close my eyes and dream away
It must have been love but it’s over now
It must have been good but I lost it somehow
It must have been love but it’s over now
From the moment we touched, ’til the time had run out.”

· Songs About Missing Someone: ‘90s Edition

#27. Head Over Feet — Alanis Morissette

“You’ve already won me over in spite of me
And don’t be alarmed if I fall head over feet
And don’t be surprised if I love you for all that you are
I couldn’t help it
It’s all your fault.”

#28. Lonely Nights — Scorpions

“Since you’re gone
There is an empty space
Since you’re gone
The world is not the same
I go back to the places we’ve been
It feels like you’re still there
I live all those moments again
Wishing you were here.”

#29. Nothing Compares 2 U — Sinead O’Connor

“I could put my arms around every boy I see
But they’d only remind me of you
I went to the doctor and guess what he told me?
Guess what he told me?
He said, “Girl, you better try to have fun no matter what you do,”
But he’s a fool
‘Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you.”

#30. Cryin’ — Aerosmith

“I was cryin’ when I met you
Now I’m tryin’ to forget you
Love is sweet misery
I was cryin’ just to get you
Now I’m dyin’ ’cause I let you
Do what you do down on me.”

#31. A Long December — Counting Crows

“A long December and there’s reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can’t remember the last thing that you said as you were leaving
Now the days go by so fast.”

· Songs About Missing Someone: 2000s Edition

#32. Wish You Were Here — Avril Lavigne

“And I remember all those crazy things you said
You left them running through my head
You’re always there, you’re everywhere
But right now I wish you were here
All those crazy things we did
Didn’t think about it, just went with it
You’re always there, you’re everywhere
But right now I wish you were here.”

#33. Far Away — Nickelback

“I love you
I’ve loved you all along
And I miss you
Been far away for far too long
I keep dreaming
You’ll be with me
And you’ll never go
Stop breathing
If I don’t see you anymore.”

#34. Hey There Delilah — Plain White T’s

“A thousand miles seems pretty far
But they’ve got planes and trains and cars
I’d walk to you if I had no other way
Our friends would all make fun of us
And we’ll just laugh along because we know
That none of them have felt this way
Delilah, I can promise you
That by the time we get through
The world will never ever be the same
And you’re to blame.”

· Songs About Missing Someone: 2010s Edition

#35. When I Was Older — Billie Eilish

“I’m on my back again
Dreaming of a time and place
Where you and I remain the best of friends
Even after all this ends
Can we pretend?
I’m on my, I’m on my back again
It’s seeming more and more
Like all we ever do is see
How far it bends
Before it breaks in half and then
We bend it back again.”

#36. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever — Zayn ft. Taylor Swift

“Baby, baby, I feel crazy
Up all night, all night and every day
Give me something, oh, but you say nothing
What is happening to me?
I don’t wanna live forever, ’cause I know I’ll be living in vain
And I don’t wanna fit wherever
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home.”

Songs About Missing Someone: Female vs. Male Vocals

· Powerful Songs About Missing Someone Sung by Female Singers

#37. Texas Reznikoff — Mitski

“Texas is a land-locked state
It’s a little bit far away from the water
From the home that I’ve wanted to make it somehow
In the city, you make it there
And you make it anywhere, anywhere
But I’ve been anywhere and it’s not what I want
I want to be still with you.”

#38. Are You Alright? — Lucinda Williams

“Are you all right?
All of a sudden you went away
Are you all right?
I hope you come back around someday
Are you all right?
I haven’t seen you in a real long time
Are you all right?
Could you give me some kind of sign?”

#39. Linger — Cranberries

“Oh, I thought the world of you.
I thought nothing could go wrong,
But I was wrong. I was wrong.
If you, if you could get by, trying not to lie,
Things wouldn’t be so confused and I wouldn’t feel so used,
But you always really knew, I just wanna be with you.”

#40. Without You — Mariah Carey

“I can’t live
If living is without you
I can’t live
I can’t give anymore
Can’t live
If living is without you
I can’t give
I can’t give anymore.”

#41. Don’t Speak — No Doubt

“You and me
We used to be together
Everyday together
I really feel
That I’m losing my best friend
I can’t believe
This could be the end
It looks as though you’re letting go
And if it’s real
Well, I don’t want to know.”

· Powerful Songs About Missing Someone Sung by Male Singers

#42. Still Got the Blues for You — Gary Moore

“So many years since I’ve seen your face
Here in my heart, there’s an empty space
Where you used to be
So long, it was so long ago
But I’ve still got the blues for you.”

#43. Miles Away — Winger

“Miles away
No you’re never turning back
And I just can’t wait anymore
Miles away
Nothing left of what we had
Just when I needed you most
You were miles away.”

#44. When You’re Gone — Bryan Adams

“I’ve been wandering around the house all night
Wondering what the hell to do
I’m trying to concentrate but all I can think of is you
Well the phone don’t ring cuz my friends ain’t home
I’m tired of being all alone
Got the tv on cuz the radio’s playing songs that remind me of you.”

#45. See You Again — Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

“It’s been a long day without you, my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
We’ve come a long way from where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again.”

The Conclusion

Whether you’re going through a breakup, or you’ve lost someone in your life, listening to these songs about missing someone is a great way to let go of any pent-up emotions. Feel free to cry as much as you want, and let go of all the frustrations you’ve been holding onto. Remember, there’s not a single person in this world that hasn’t experienced the heartbreak of losing a loved one, so you’re not alone.

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