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What are your favorite songs of unrequited love? Any language, any genre. You Don't Know Me and The Girl From Ipanema are the ones to beat so far.
posted by pH Indicating Socks to Media & Arts (59 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
FFS - Johnny Delusional
posted by rustcrumb at 12:53 PM on February 14, 2016




Four Walls
posted by bunderful at 12:56 PM on February 14, 2016


Does Brandy count?
posted by SMPA at 12:56 PM on February 14, 2016


Return to Sender - Elvis
posted by unreasonable at 12:57 PM on February 14, 2016


Just a Friend - Biz Markie
posted by unreasonable at 12:59 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word - Elton John
posted by cecic at 1:03 PM on February 14, 2016


Valerie
posted by bunderful at 1:04 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Going Out of My Head, Little Anthony & the Imperials

Years, Barbara Mandrell
posted by JanetLand at 1:06 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh, and Jessie's Girl!
posted by JanetLand at 1:07 PM on February 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


This Guy's in Love with You
posted by jgirl at 1:12 PM on February 14, 2016


Turn Around Look at Me
posted by jgirl at 1:14 PM on February 14, 2016


I Like Dreamin' -- Kenny Nolan.
posted by JanetLand at 1:15 PM on February 14, 2016


The Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out
The Blow - Fists Up!
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Beulah - If We Can Land a Man on the Moon Surely I Can Win Your Heart
Mirah - Cold Cold Water
Sally Shapiro - He Keeps Me Alive

unsurprisingly my college playlists were fertile ground for this request
posted by telegraph at 1:18 PM on February 14, 2016 [7 favorites]


Never Said I Love You by Kaki King!
posted by tmcw at 1:21 PM on February 14, 2016


Oh, and opera is just loaded with this stuff. Quanto è bella, quanto è cara, from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore. (Translation here.)
posted by JanetLand at 1:23 PM on February 14, 2016


I Will Posess Your Heart- Death Cab For Cutie
posted by Oyéah at 1:35 PM on February 14, 2016


This list is incomplete without the Buzzcocks: Ever Fallen in Love.

Bonus Nouvelle Vague cover.
posted by ursus_comiter at 1:37 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Magnetic Fields: All My Little Words
posted by ursus_comiter at 1:43 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


El Paso by Marty Robbins and LA County by Lyle Lovett both have unrequited love AND murder!
posted by mudpuppie at 1:45 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Jonathan Coulton - Skullcrusher Mountain and The Future Soon

Suzanne Vega - Knight Moves

(Stalker edition) Elvis Costello - I Want You
posted by Mchelly at 1:52 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Cake - The Distance
posted by nickggully at 2:01 PM on February 14, 2016


Undeclared by the Dodos
posted by papayaninja at 2:03 PM on February 14, 2016




That look you give that guy - Eels
posted by jonnyploy at 2:10 PM on February 14, 2016


The Saturday Boy, by Billy Bragg

...I had to look in the dictionary
To find out the meaning of unrequited
While she was giving herself for free
At a party to which I was never invited
posted by baseballpajamas at 2:23 PM on February 14, 2016




David Watts - The Kinks
Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson
posted by JoeZydeco at 2:59 PM on February 14, 2016


Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise -- Trembling Blue Stars
(Mountain Goats cover)
posted by neroli at 3:06 PM on February 14, 2016


Man In A Shed - Nick Drake

so when he called her
his shed to mend
she said "I'm sorry you'll just
have to find a friend"
posted by forallmankind at 3:07 PM on February 14, 2016


Just My ImaginationCan't Get Next to You

Temptations. Accept no substitutes.
posted by effluvia at 3:29 PM on February 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


Barbara Allen. Child ballad #84, ""far and away the most widely collected song in the English language." Mentioned in Pepys diary in 1666.
posted by mr vino at 3:31 PM on February 14, 2016 [2 favorites]




Nina Simone - To Love Somebody
posted by adamvasco at 3:56 PM on February 14, 2016


Hackensack by Fountains of Wayne
posted by Sweetie Darling at 4:04 PM on February 14, 2016




The entire Great Expectations Soundtrack.

I tried to find you a good youtube playlist but they were all cluttered up with unrelated songs. Try the clips on Amazon, you won't be disappointed.
posted by homodachi at 4:10 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


I don't know if newly unrequited (i.e., rejected former) love counts, but if it does:

Yvonne Fair - It Should Have Been Me
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 4:14 PM on February 14, 2016


"Love unrequited robs me of my rest," from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe." Popularly known as "the nightmare song."
posted by Melismata at 4:27 PM on February 14, 2016


Glyn Styler: You Killed My Love
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 4:35 PM on February 14, 2016


Beatles: You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

Monkees: She

Janis Joplin: Ball and Chain
posted by FencingGal at 4:37 PM on February 14, 2016


Oops. Forgot the Association: Cherish
posted by FencingGal at 4:42 PM on February 14, 2016


Sorry and Nosering Girl, both by Nerf Herder
posted by 256 at 5:20 PM on February 14, 2016


Dusty Springfield is the queen of this:

you don't have to say you love me

i just don't know what to do with myself

I will also throw in any version of "and I am telling you I'm not going" from dreamgirls because really there is no greater car karaoke than that.
posted by nakedmolerats at 5:24 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]




Glad to Be Unhappy - preach it, Billie...
posted by JulesER at 6:57 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


My personal favorite is "Song for the Dumped" by Ben Folds Five.

On a more serious note, "Melt My Heart to Stone" by Adele.
posted by onecircleaday at 7:46 PM on February 14, 2016


Kim the Waitress
posted by bongo_x at 10:36 PM on February 14, 2016


My Cherie Amour.
posted by Puddle Jumper at 11:59 PM on February 14, 2016


I Can't Talk To You - Sunnyboys
posted by h00py at 12:09 AM on February 15, 2016


Descendents - I'm the One
posted by jbickers at 1:19 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


You Don't Know Me, Ray Charles
posted by Dwardles at 2:24 AM on February 15, 2016


"Hey Lover" by LL CoolJ.
posted by heavenknows at 5:11 AM on February 15, 2016


Love Has No Pride, Bonnie Raitt
posted by Dolley at 6:29 AM on February 15, 2016


The gold standard "On My Own" from Les Miserables (Lea Salonga version, from "the song that changed my life")
The slightly more obscure "Heaven Help My Heart" from Chess (Elaine Paige)
"Ghost" by Indigo Girls
posted by ApathyGirl at 8:49 AM on February 15, 2016


What a question! what answers! I think the two you suggested in the question are the gold standard pH, but boy, those are some great suggestions, nickrussel!
posted by kate4914 at 10:30 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Corb Lund has my two favorite unrequited love songs:

September
"Stay with me through September
The summer didn't last
And there ain't nobody in New York City
that could need you half as bad"

Alberta Says Hello
"Tell her that I really miss her laugh
And tell her that I'm sick about the past
Tell her what I'd do with one more chance
Tell her that the snow is comin' fast"
posted by workerant at 5:27 PM on February 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am very late, but:

Untouchable Face by Ani DiFranco
posted by kristi at 9:31 AM on February 17, 2016


Another Bowling for Soup song: Almost

Great list of songs here! Should be a playlist somewhere.
posted by drinkmaildave at 9:36 AM on February 17, 2016


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