43 Songs About Missing Someone You Love & Want Back

Best Songs About Missing Someone

We’ve all been there, missing someone isn’t easy. It could be a friend, a family member or even a significant other.

Whatever the case, here are the best songs about missing someone, many of which you'll likely be able to relate to.


“Wish You Were Here” by Avril Lavigne

Song year: 2011

Sometimes, you find someone you truly feel like you can be yourself around.

And, the things they say can leave you ruminating on them endlessly.

Whether you’ve just broken up with someone, or things are a little uncertain right now, “Wish You Were Here” by Avril Lavigne is a good song to play.

These lyrics are particularly heartfelt:

“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.”

“Tonight I Wanna Cry” by Keith Urban

Song year: 2004

When your significant other chooses to walk away from the relationship.

How do you feel?

What would you do?

Many would likely do as the narrator did in this song:

“Alone in this house again tonight/I got the TV on, the sound turned down and a bottle of wine/There’s pictures of you and I on the walls around me/The way that it was and could have been surrounds me/I’ll never get over you walkin’ away.”

A great song about lost love.

“Hurt” by Christina Aguilera

Song year: 2006

Aguilera’s last words to her father were reportedly harsh.

That gives us context for this slow piano ballad.

Knowing that you’ve hurt someone close to you can already be shocking.

To learn that they’ve passed away before you could express your true feelings and let them know that you love them – that’s devastating.

“I would hold you in my arms/I would take the pain away/Thank you for all you’ve done/Forgive all your mistakes/There’s nothing I wouldn’t do/To hear your voice again/Sometimes I wanna call you/But I know you won’t be there.”

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson

Song year: 2005

A lot of things can change when you break up with your significant other.

It can leave you feeling like things were better when you still had them by your side.

Life is meant to be shared, and when you don’t have someone to share it with, it reminds you of a time when you were together.

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson couldn’t have said it better:

“But there is not enough time/And there is no, no song I could sing/And there is no combination of words I could say/But I will still tell you one thing/We’re better together.”

“Miss You Like Crazy” by Natalie Cole

Song year: 1989

Sometimes you’re not sure whether you truly love someone.

But there can come a time when you can no longer deny it.

“Miss You Like Crazy” by Natalie Cole says it well:

“I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy/Ever since you went away, every hour of every day/I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy/No matter what I say or do, there’s just no getting over you.”

When you realize you’ve found a “keeper”, sometimes it’s too late.

You’re still allowed to miss them though.

“Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down

Song year: 2002

When you’re in a relationship, it can feel like a dream.

When that dream suddenly comes to an end, you can’t help but look back on what happened and wonder what could’ve been.

“Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down is about missing someone so badly that you long to see them again, even if it’s just in your dreams:

“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/I’m here without you baby/But you’re still with me in my dreams/And tonight girl, it’s only you and me.”

“Far Away” by Nickelback

Song year: 2005

Sometimes, we make people wait.

It could be for a variety of reasons.

Maybe we’re scared.

Maybe we don’t feel like we’re ready.

Maybe our work involves travel.

Unfortunately, if you keep someone waiting, there’s no guarantee they’ll keep waiting for you.

They might move on and find someone else.

“Far Away” is a song about loving someone so much that you can’t believe you kept them waiting.

“That I love you I have 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.”

“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd

Song year: 1975

“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd can be taken in a variety of ways.

That is the beauty of a song.

One thing we can say for sure is that it’s a song about the contrast of life.

There are highs and lows.

There is good and bad.

There is right and wrong.

And, there is being with someone you love and missing someone you love.

In a romantic relationship, there typically are ebbs and flows.

Couples must overcome challenges to stay together, enduring through the thick and the thin.

Still, at the end of the day, if you find yourself saying “wish you were here”, then you’ve gotten the essence of this song.

Some things are just better together.

“The Bed’s Too Big Without You” by The Police

Song year: 1979

“The Bed’s Too Big Without You” by The Police is a heartbreaking song about letting someone go and trying to stay strong while doing it.

You realize, perhaps a little too late, that you wish they didn’t have to go.

The opening lines say it well:

“Bed’s too big without you/Cold wind blows right through that open door/I can’t sleep with your memory/Dreaming dreams of what used to be.”

When you want someone back and can’t shake that feeling, this is the song to put on.

“I Miss You” by Incubus

Song year: 1999

This is a simple song about missing someone.

“I Miss You” by Incubus is about finding someone so special, you can hardly even believe they were with you.

It’s about breaking up and having that feeling that you’re going to run into them somewhere down the line.

If you’re missing someone and can’t wait for them to come back, you’ve always got this tune.

“So Far Away” by Carole King

Song year: 1971

Distance in a relationship doesn’t just pertain to physical location.

It can also represent the emotional distance that exists between two people.

Things may not be how they used to be.

People move on and change, and you can’t connect the way you used to.

“So Far Away” by Carole King embodies this idea.

These words say it well:

“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.”

A must study for anyone learning how to write a song.

“Missing You” by Steve Perry

Songs about lost loves

Song year: 1994

“Missing You” by Steve Perry is a simple, heartfelt breakup song.

When you break up with someone you love, you can’t help but wonder if you could have done some things differently.

You feel like you could have given more but you’re not sure why you didn’t.

So, you end up missing the person you love.

If you feel like you could have been better to your ex, this is your song.

“Always” by Bon Jovi

Song year: 1994

Your significant other can leave an imprint on you.

You can’t forget them, and you feel as though you’re going to remember them forever.

Moving on can be tough.

As Bon Jovi says in “Always”:

“It’s been raining since you left me/Now I’m drowning in the flood/You see I’ve always been a fighter/But without you I give up.”

“When You’re Gone” by Avril Lavigne

Song year: 2007

“When You’re Gone” by Avril Lavigne is about missing someone so dearly you can’t stop thinking about them.

It’s not necessarily about breakup, but it certainly is about waiting for someone to come back just so you can be around them.

Whether it’s work or travel or something else, sometimes our significant others are away for extended periods of time and we end up missing them.

At least you’ve got this song.

“Echoes Of You” by Marianas Trench

Song year: 2019

This is yet another song about feeling badly about things you’ve done to your significant other.

And, you can’t stop thinking about them.

If you’re still feeling the “echoes” of everything that went down on your relationship, you’ll relate to this Marianas Trench song.

“Well stirs of whispers trail and linger/You still haunt the corner of my eye/Those remnant faces fleeting traces/Of you haunt the corner of my eye.”

“Gone Too Soon” by Michael Jackson

Song year: 1991

None of us know when our time will be up.

Losing someone – whether it’s a family member, friend or significant other, is rarely easy.

Some people are gone entirely too soon.

When you’re missing someone that won’t come back, “Gone Too Soon” by Michael Jackson is the right song to listen to.

“I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” by The White Stripes

Song year: 2002

Losing a significant other is like losing a piece of yourself.

You feel like half the person you used to be.

You don’t enjoy the things you used to enjoy.

And, you don’t know what to do with yourself.

“I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” by The White Stripes says it well:

“Planning everything for two/Doing everything with you/And now that we’re through/I just don’t know what to do/I just don’t know what to do with myself.”

“Missing My Baby” by Selena

Song year: 1992

Love can feel like a hit and run.

Someone comes into your life and lights it up.

Suddenly, before you can say anything, they’re gone, and you end up missing them.

The narrator in “Missing My Baby” is confident they will still come back.

But if you can’t wait until you see your significant other again, this Selena song might bring some comfort.

“I’m missing my baby, (missing my baby) missing my baby/I gotta hold you tight, and never let you out of my sight/Missing my baby, (missing my baby) missing my baby/I gotta feel your heart beat (your heart beat) next to mine/Gotta feel it.”

“My Arms Keep Missing You” by Rick Astley

Song year: 2002

You might think things are going great with your significant other.

Suddenly, you stop hearing from them.

Then, you ruminate endlessly on where they are, who they might be with.

It’s not much fun wondering about someone and whether you can trust them.

“My Arms Keep Missing You” by Rick Astley expresses all these feelings:

“My arms keep missing you/Who’s been kissing you/Since you went away/My arms keep missing you/I keep wishing you’ll/Come back today.”

“Miss You In A Heartbeat” by Def Leppard

Song year: 1992

You might be losing your significant other, but you can’t be sure.

You know you’re in love and there’s nothing you can do about it.

And, every time that special someone is away, you miss them.

These are the sentiments expressed in “Miss You In A Heartbeat” by Def Leppard:

“When we touch, I just lose my self-control/A sad sensation I can’t hide/To love is easy, it ain’t easy to walk away/I keep the faith and there’s a reason why, yeah.”

“I Just Really Miss You” by Miranda Lambert

Song year: 2007

“I Just Really Miss You” by Miranda Lambert seems to be a missing you song about being in love with someone who’s already in a relationship, or possibly even married, as indicated by this line:

“There’s a life I can’t ask you to leave.”

But missing someone isn’t an emotion you can necessarily control.

Regardless of the circumstance, if that’s where you’re at, this song is always there for you.

“I just really miss you, I just really miss you/There’s a life I can’t ask you to leave/I just really miss you, right now I kinda want to/The closest that you’ll ever be to me is free.”

“From Where You Are” by Lifehouse

Song year: 2007

You wish you could be next to your significant other.

Unfortunately, the distance has left you both unable to continue in the relationship.

You miss all the little things that brought joy to your life, even if you didn’t recognize them at the time.

“From Where You Are” by Lifehouse brings all these emotions to life:

“I miss the years that were erased/I miss the way the sunshine would light up your face/I miss all the little things I never thought that they’d mean everything to me/Yeah, I miss you/And I wish you were here.”

“Wish You Were Here” by Incubus

Song year: 2001

When we’re missing someone dearly, we often find ourselves alone.

You might find yourself going for walks to clear your head and think about what’s going on.

Of course, the ruminating doesn’t stop when you’re thinking about what you could’ve done differently, what you would have said and so on.

That’s one interpretation for “Wish You Were Here”, at least.

There are many other ways to interpret the song.

Either way, if you’re missing someone, have a listen to this number.

“Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson

Song year: 1989

You don’t know whether you’re in love.

But you still miss that special someone every time you’re not around them.

You can’t stop thinking about them and can’t wait to be around them.

And, you would do anything to get them back.

“Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson wants to tell the world:

“So I’ll tell ya baby I’ll tell your mama/I’ll tell your friends/I’ll tell anyone who’s heart can comprehend/Sent it in a letter baby tell you on the phone/I’m not the kinda girl who likes to be alone/I miss ya much I really miss you much.”

“When I Need You” by Rod Stewart

Song year: 1996

When there are miles separating you from the one you love.

When you can’t be there for them right now but want to be.

That’s when to listen to “When I Need You” by Rod Stewart.

Close your eyes and be with your significant other.

“When I need you/I just close my eyes and I’m with you/And all that I so want to give you baby/It’s only a heart beat away.”

“Come Back… Be Here” by Taylor Swift

Music about someone you want back

Song year: 2012

That moment you realize when you’ve let go of someone you shouldn’t have.

You end up missing them almost immediately but then you realize it’s too late.

You realize you should have done things differently – maybe even gone with them.

“Come Back… Be Here” by Taylor Swift couldn’t have said it better:

“You said it in a simple way/4AM, the second day/How strange that I don’t know you at all/Stumbled through the long goodbye/One last kiss, then catch your flight/Right when I was just about to fall.”

“Thinking Bout You” by Ariana Grande

Song year: 2016

That special someone that leaves you thinking endlessly about them.

You can’t turn off your thoughts and you just keep ruminating.

You miss them badly and you can’t turn it off.

“Oh, I don’t have you here with me/But at least I have the memory/I tried to make it through the night/But I can’t control my mind.”

“Stand Up And Run” by Billy Talent

Song year: 2012

“Stand Up And Run” by Billy Talent is a song about breaking up with someone you love and wanting them to come back.

This is another one of those “hit and run” situations where you don’t know what just hit you and it leaves you feeling disoriented.

These words ring out loudly:

“After all these years of being apart/Don’t let reason try to tear us apart/If the compass strikes then follow your heart/And I hope it leads you right back into my arms.”

“I’ve Been Thinking About You” by Londonbeat

Song year: 1990

This early 90s dance hit is more than just a catchy song.

The theme of the song revolves around the cascade of emotions you feel when you’re in love with someone.

As the relationship evolved from a friendship to something more, the narrator finds himself confused:

“We must have been stone crazy/When we thought we were just friends/’Cause I miss you baby/And I’ve got those feelings again.”

Sometimes you just can’t stop those feelings from welling up.

“Miss You More” by Katy Perry

Song year: 2017

The people you fall in love with aren’t always the best fit for you.

But there is no logic to love, and you can still end up missing them.

And, as this song points to, you can miss someone more than you love them.

You keep asking yourself what could’ve been, and you wonder if your ex feels the same.

“I saw a balloon floating away/I thought, did someone let go or did they lose it?/So strange you know all my secrets/Please keep them safe/And darling, you know that I’ll do the same (you know that I’ll do the same).”

“I Miss You” by Blink 182

Song year: 2003

The band members of Blink 182 didn’t discuss the meaning of the song as they were writing it.

But they’re basic explanation of the song is that it’s about a guy who wants a girl who he thinks would never be interested in him.

Interesting how you could also interpret this song as missing someone who’s already passed.

Either way, the sentiment of “I Miss You” isn’t lost, even if it’s just missing someone that you don’t have a chance with.

“In Loving Memory” by Alter Bridge

Song year: 2004

“In Loving Memory” by Alter Bridge is about losing someone you love.

Saying “goodbye” isn't easy but if you're ready to say it, this is a good song to listen to.

“Thanks for all you’ve done/I’ve missed you for so long/I can’t believe you’re gone and/You still live in me/I feel you in the wind/You guide me constantly.”

“Reminds Me Of You” by Van Morrison

Song year: 1999

Breaking up can be gut-wrenching.

The pain can be so intense that you’re not even sure what to do.

And, you begin to see all the mistakes you made.

These lyrics say it simply:

“I miss you so much, I can’t stand it/Seems like my heart, is breaking in two/My head says no but my soul demands it/Everything I do, reminds me of you.”

“Miss You” by The Rolling Stones

Ruminating alone

Song year: 1978

Sometimes you fall for someone and the people around you don’t understand.

They just want things to be the way they used to be – hang out on the weekends, or whatever.

But you’ve discovered something they haven’t yet – what it feels like to be in love.

“Miss You” by The Rolling Stones says it best:

“Well, I’ve been haunted in my sleep/You’ve been starrin’ in my dreams/Lord, I miss you, child/I’ve been waitin’ in the hall/Been waitin’ on your call.”

“See You Sometime” by Joni Mitchell

Song year: 1972

Regardless of whatever you may have gone through in your relationship, sometimes you just want to see your ex again.

Though things between you may be over, you feel like a small piece of the relationship continues to live on.

It’s possible you’ve even given up, but that doesn’t necessarily put an end to your desire to see your ex again.

That’s what “See You Sometime” by Joni Mitchell is all about:

“We’re in for more rain/I could sure use some sunshine on my apple trees/It seems such a shame/We start out so kind and end so heartlessly.”

“Dreamin’ of You” by Bob Dylan

Song year: 2008

“I’m dreamin’ of you/That’s all I do/And it’s/Driving me insane.”

You can miss someone so badly that they occupy 100% of your thoughts.

Even as you go about living your life, the rumination doesn’t stop.

And, every time you’re forced to come to the same conclusion, that you miss someone deeply.

If you’ve ever been driven insane by your emotions, you know where Dylan is coming from on this one.

“I Miss You” by Randy Newman, A Song About Lost Love

Song year: 1999

Long-term relationships don’t always end well.

That doesn’t mean they didn’t serve their purpose.

It just means that changes occurred.

Change is a natural part of life.

Regardless of how much time and distance there is between you and your ex, you can still miss them.

“Still in my heart after all these years/Separated by time now by distance/I couldn’t allow myself to feel/The loss that I feel right now/As I put this song down.”

“Missing You” by Green Day

Song year: 2012

What do you do when you break up with someone you love?

There are many ways of answering that question, but it’s fair to say many of us just go crazy.

After the initial shock of breakup, you may find that you can’t get your significant other out of your head.

So, you try everything, whether it’s going for walks, partying with friends, trying to disappear into work and so forth.

“Missing You” by Green Day is a good reflection of the kind of restlessness people often encounter after heartbreak:

“I searched the room/I lost my head/I even looked under the bed/I punched the walls/I hit the street/I’m down in the pavement lookin’.”

If you include the name of the musician, this can be included in the list of songs with colors in the title.

“Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum

Song year: 2010

“Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum is another song about the disorientation you can experience after you’ve broken up and you’re all alone reflecting.

Sometimes, it’s hard to resist dialing up your old flame.

Maybe you don’t even know what you would say to them, but on the off chance they’re still thinking about you, you’d like to think maybe you’d get back together.

“Another shot of whiskey, can’t stop looking at the door/Wishing you’d come sweepin’ in the way you did before/And I wonder if I ever cross your mind/For me it happens all the time.”

“Somebody’s Missing You” by Dolly Parton

Song year: 2011

When your special someone is away, you can’t wait for them to get back.

You can’t stop thinking about them, even when they’re not around.

This song is for you if that’s how you’re feeling now.

“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/I hope you miss me too/Somebody’s missing you.”

“How I Miss You” by Foo Fighters

Song year: 1995

Sometimes you’re not sure whether someone misses you like you miss them, but you hope that they do.

“How I Miss You” by the Foo Fighters articulates these feelings well:

“Do you miss me/Like I miss you/If you miss me/Never go away/Hopefully, you’ll come stay someday/If you’re leaving/Come back soon/That’s not easy to say/I’ll wait here/Dream of you/All alone as I ache.”

“Tears In Heaven” by Eric Clapton

Song year: 1992

Losing a child can’t possibly be easy.

When Clapton did, he wrote many songs in honor of his son, Conor Clapton’s untimely death.

The one that stayed with him, and likewise with all of us, is “Tears In Heaven.”

“Would you know my name/If I saw you in heaven?/Would it be the same/If I saw you in heaven?/I must be strong and carry on/’Cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven.”

“I Miss You” by Miley Cyrus

Song year: 2007

A simple song about losing someone you love.

Miley Cyrus wrote “I Miss You” as a homage to her late grandfather.

Losing a family member is rarely easy but there’s always this song.

“I miss you, I miss your smile/And I still shed a tear every once in a while/And even though it’s different now/You’re still here somehow.”

Songs About Missing Someone, Final Thoughts

It has often been said that time has the power to heal, but so does music.

Music can help you look at your situation more objectively.

It can help you get clarity on your feelings and emotions.

It can give you the inspiration to carry on when things are tough.

We know that missing someone isn’t easy but we hope the music helps.

Find a song you can relate to and latch onto it.

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