Sometimes when your heart is heavy, perhaps because a loved one is far away from you, you need to listen to some songs about missing someone to truly feel understood. So in this article, I’m going to provide you with my favorite songs on this subject matter, in hopes that they help you whenever you’re feeling a little sad.
Songs About Missing Someone That You’ll Love
Let’s begin with a song by Lodestar.
I’m Already There by Lonestar
Even when I was younger, I could feel the loneliness dripping from this song. It’s made even more poignant when we imagine the child talking to his dad, “A little voice came on the phone and said, “Daddy, when you coming home?” The father cries, and the song goes through the words he says to reassure his wife and children.
The band was inspired for this song by the lead singer’s son and a conversation they had when he was touring. Since then, it’s become an anthem for people serving overseas away from their families. Any parent and child who have been separated could find comfort in the lyrics. It helps to remind people that though apart, you’re still connected.
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I Miss You by Blink-182
Blink-182’s I Miss You is a sort of anthem for anyone who has ever had a punk or emo phase. The song’s references to The Nightmare Before Christmas movie were well received by fans. The pain of needing someone who isn’t there cuts deep in the lyrics.
Where are you?
And I’m so sorry
I cannot sleep; I cannot dream tonight
At the start of the Covid-19 lockdowns, celebrities posted a video singing John Lennon’s Imagine on social media. It was called tone-deaf and was not well received. People on the internet made a parody of that video using I Miss You. It was a more appropriate song choice for the times, and people loved it.
Talking to the Moon by Bruno Mars
If you’ve ever been in a long-distance relationship, you know it’s not easy. There are hurdles that others don’t have to deal with. But worst of all, you have to know they’re out there, they exist, but you just can’t be close to them.
This song takes a look at something shared. No matter where the couple is, they share the same sky. They both have the same sun and moon. And in this song, they use the moon as a confidant for their desires to be near one another.
I found this song reassuring when I was going through it. After listening to this song, I also may have been the only person who started talking to the moon.
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Vanilla Twilight by Owl City
Some loves don’t last forever. People change, drift apart, and go down different paths in life. When he wrote this, Adam Young (Owl City) was thinking about his high school girlfriend. That girlfriend went to college, and the two lost touch.
Significant life changes (moving, graduations, career changes) often alter whom you spend time with. But feeling sad and reminiscing the life you used to have with people is natural. Especially when you’re looking through a positive lens and not contempt.
Come Home by OneRepublic
Everyone fights sometimes. Discontent happens, especially when you’ve been with someone for a long time. That doesn’t mean the relationship is over. I’ve noticed that missing someone can happen in the in-between stages, where a relationship is close to destruction. We tend to distance ourselves and push others away when we’re arguing, which can make us miss them (even if they’re right next to us).
“And right now, there’s a war between the vanities, but all I see is you and me.” This is about fights that distance you through your thoughts and ideas, those fights that make you pack up and visit your parents. It’s about when you realize fighting isn’t worth losing the relationship and want them to return so you can make it right.
I feel the person’s desperate, lonely pleas in this song. They’re not ready for the relationship to be over. They miss the other person and are prepared to work it out. That loneliness when you’re fighting for something crucial to your life is agonizing. That’s why I love Come Home; the soothing vocals really bring out the emotions.
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Miss You by Louis Tomlinson
Breakups suck. However, many people have experienced that phase where they try to pretend nothing happened and everything is okay. They’re having a good time when suddenly something reminds them of the relationship. It’s like something suddenly takes hold of their mind.
There have been plenty of times I’ve stood around, having a great time, and then a song comes on, transporting me into a memory and back into my feelings. The lyrics capture the feeling perfectly,
Should be laughing, but there’s something wrong
And it hits me when the lights go on
S***, maybe I miss you
Later, the song tries to figure out how the narrator can fix things with the other person in the relationship. Sometimes we’re the reason we’re missing someone. Apologize when you’re wrong, mean it, change, and you might be lucky enough not to have to miss them anymore.
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Everglow by Coldplay
As I mentioned, there are different types of relationships and ways to miss people. People can use Everglow for any relationship. However, I see it as a song about friendship, with the lyric “and we swore on that night, we’d be friends ’til we die,” packing a massive punch to my gut.
This song reminds us that though we miss someone and wish they were still in our lives, we still carry bits of that relationship. It reminds us that though the relationship is over, it still happened, and we can still hold it dear and allow it to comfort us when we’re feeling low.
An interesting fact about this song is that Gwyneth Paltrow, lead singer Chris Martin’s ex-wife, did vocals in the background of this song. I think that’s a touching tribute showing how moving on can be healthy and doesn’t always have to hold such animosity.
Supermarket Flowers by Ed Sheeran
This song is about the tragic way of missing someone we don’t like to think about. Unfortunately, we all go through a loss eventually. It’s a painful time, filled with moving on and remembering moments. Ed Sheeran wrote this song about his grandmother, who had recently passed away.
The words, I miss you, are never explicitly said. But with lyrics like,
Oh, I’m in pieces, it’s tearing me up, but I know
A heart that’s broken is a heart that’s been loved
It’s easy to understand his emotions. This is a type of missing and pain that doesn’t end. But I hope through music; you can find some comfort. Especially when it comes to this sort of longing, we all experience it eventually, and you are not alone.
Break the Distance 2.0 by Ashton Edminster
Songs about long-distance relationships are so common, even if society acts like they aren’t. After all, of eight billion people on the planet, what are the chances the person you love lives in the commutable vicinity. When I was in a long-distance relationship, I remember how much I wished I could teleport into my partner’s arms. I dreamed I could “break the distance” exactly like the song says.
The part that gets me the most is when Ashton sings,
And I wish I could get to you
See you face to face
Without a screen cutting through
Technology has been a game changer for long-distance relationships. In so many ways, it has helped. But sometimes, it’s a bit of a tease, you get to see your partner as if they’re right next to you, but the realization that they’re not (and it might be a while until they are) hits hard. Don’t even get me started about when the connection goes fuzzy, or the Wi-Fi goes out.
I Never Told You by Colbie Caillat
At the end of a relationship, regrets can hit like bullets. There’s nothing as painful as recounting everything you could have done differently in a relationship and imagining how things could have been different. I’d say it’s among the most painful ways to miss someone because you blame yourself for your pain.
You can feel that longing to fix everything when you listen to this Colbie Callait song. Sometimes a redo of the relationship still wouldn’t be good, but it doesn’t stop us from dreaming and longing for a different ending.
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Whether you’re missing a partner or a family member, there’s a song for it. These songs about missing someone are only a small selection. That ache in your heart when they’re gone is one of the worst feelings, and we all experience it. That doesn’t make it any less painful, but I hope wherever you are, I hope you know you’re not alone.
This article was written by Baylee and edited by Michael.
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