Best One-Sided Love Songs of All TimE

Unrequited Love Songs List

“You Belong With Me” — 2008

Artist: Taylor Swift

About “You Belong With Me”

“You Belong With Me” won the Favorite Song of the Year at the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards. The song received nominations for the Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift got the music’s inspiration from her close friend’s relationship with her boyfriend. “You Belong With Me” is one of the best-selling singles globally, garnering 7x Platinum and charting on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won in multiple award-giving bodies like MTV Video Music Awards, SESAC Nashville Music Awards, BMI Pop Awards, and Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

“Bad Religion” — 2012

Artist: Frank Ocean

About “Bad Religion”

Bad Religion

“Bad Religion” is a unique and emotional ballad about unrequited love. The song talks about Ocean’s experience in a one-sided relationship, loving someone who couldn’t love him back. Wayne Nugent, Kevin Risto, Charlie Gambetta, Monte Neuble, and Frank Ocean are the writers of this love song. Some of the notable covers of this song are those Bruno Major and Ramsons.

“Jar of Hearts “—2010

Artist: Christina Perri

About “Jar of Hearts”

“Jar of Hearts” charted on multiple charts, reaching #17 on U.S. Singles Chart and #21 on Canadian Music Chart. The song sold 47,500 copies worldwide in its first week. The single peaked at #4 on the U.K. Singles Chart in 2011, making it the 11th best-selling single in the United Kingdom. The song is about a personal experience of Christina Perri on wanting to rekindle a broken relationship.

“If “—1993

Artist: Janet Jackson

About “If”

“If” won the Most Played Song Award at the BMI Pop Awards. In 1990, the song ranked among Slant Magazine’s Best Singles, an American online publication that features different multimedia platforms and artists. “If” is a love song about a girl who goes to a club and daydreams about a particular guy. The song narrates how obsessed the girl is with the man but gets no chance to return the love.

“Everything You Want “—1999

Artist: Vertical Horizon

About “Everything You Want”

“Everything You Want” is an alternative indie song from Vertical Horizon. To date, “Everything You Want” is the group’s most successful single ever. The single peaked at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2000, Billboard Adult Top 40, and received the Most Played Single Award at the Billboard Music Awards 2000. “Everything You Want” is an unrequited love song about Scannell’s love experience with a girl. Scannell, the group’s lead vocalist, explained that the girl she’s in love with couldn’t accept the love he’s been wanting to give.

“Lover You Should’ve Come Over “—1994

Artist: Jeff Buckley

About “Lover You Should’ve Come Over.”

“Lover You Should’ve Come Over” is the seventh single from Buckley’s album Grace. Buckley explained that he had drawn this track’s inspiration from his own love story with Rebecca Moore, an American musician, actress, and animal rights activist. Some of the memorable covers of this song are Jamie Cullum, John Mayer, and Matt Corby.

“Waiting in Vain “—1977

Artist: Bob Marley

About “Waiting in Vain”

“Waiting in Vain” is a song written and recorded by Bob Marley for his album Exodus. The single hit the #20 spot on the U.K. Singles Chart. Some of the hit cover songs of this song are that of Annie Lennox, John. B., Lee Ritenour, and the Jamaican singer Leroy Smart.

“I Can’t Make You Love Me “—1991

Artist: Bonnie Raitt

About “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”

I Can't Make You Love Me

“I Can’t Make You Love Me” is a song recorded by Bonnie Raitt and written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin for Raitt’s 11th album Luck of the Draw. The single is one of Raitt’s most successful singles, peaking at the highest 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and top 10 on the Adult Contemporary Category. The song depicts a one-sided relationship that is about to end since there is no return of love. The song peaked at #4 on the Canada RPM Adult Contemporary in 1991.


Artist: Bruno Mars

About “Grenade”

“Grenade” is a heartbreaking pop R&B ballad written by The Smeezingtons and recorded by Bruno Mars for his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. “Grenade” peaked at #1 in 15 different countries. The single stayed at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100. Bruno Mars revealed that the song is about his unrequited love for a girl and was therapeutic.

“Just a Friend to You “—2016

Artist: Meghan Trainor

About “Just a Friend to You”

“Just a Friend to You” is a song of unrequited love recorded by Meghan Trainor. Meghan Trainor wrote this song with her friend Chris Gelbuda using a ukulele at 3 a.m. The song is a special one because Trainor can express her feelings towards a friend she can’t love because of many issues and circumstances.

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