10 Songs That Perfectly Capture the Pain of Dealing With Unrequited Love

Unrequited love is really high up on our list of things we hate the most.

Point blank, it sucks. Whether you're completely infatuated with someone and they're too oblivious to know, or they know and prefer to keep your relationship totally platonic, no one deserves to deal with unrequited love.

If that's happening to you now, there's something that can help you with the pain: music.

Music is the solution for everything. So plug in your headphones, or don't, and listen to 10 songs that understand the struggles of experiencing unrequited love below!

1. 'You Belong With Me' by Taylor Swift

Is there really a more quintessential unrequited love song than "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift? From the video to the lyrics, it perfectly sums up the struggles of knowing how perfect you are for someone. They may not realize it, but one day you'll be together.

 

2. 'Notice Me' by Alli Simpson

All you really need is for your unrequited love interest to notice you in a way that isn't friendly. They need to see you as relationship potential. We don't know how to make that happen, but maybe listening to "Notice Me" by Alli Simpson will help?

 

3. 'Chasing Pavements' by Adele

Should you give up? Or should you just keep chasing pavements even if it leads nowhere? Adele attempts to answer the age-old question in her song "Chasing Pavements," but we don't quite get the answer we're looking for. Nevertheless, it still encapsulates the struggle of questioning your unrequited feelings.

 

4. 'Dancing on My Own' by Robyn

With the lyric, "Why can't you see me," Robyn proves she's no stranger to feelings of unrequited love and feels your pain. Though this song is fairly melancholy lyrically, the upbeat instrumentals will have you dancing through the agony.

 

5. 'Think I'm Still in Love With You' by Joyce Manor

The feelings that come with unrequited love are rather confusing. Most of the time you're ready to hide your feelings in plain sight, then other days you want to shout your sentiments from the rooftop. If you're feeling the latter, this emo rock song from Joyce Manor is calling your name.

 

6. 'I'm a Mess' by Bebe Rexha

So your feelings never get reciprocated? So what? At the end of the day, as long as you love yourself, that's all that matters. Bebe Rexha is here to help you on your self-love journey with this track.

 

7. 'Store' by Carly Rae Jepsen

Experiencing issues with communicating your feelings isn't just a you problem, even Carly Rae Jepsen deals with it. On her lively pop track "Store," the songstress dishes about her desires for someone else and her inability to tell her current partner this—whoops!

 

8. 'Thinking of You' by Katy Perry

To ruin the upbeat mood for a bit, we've add Katy Perry's heartbreaking "Thinking of You" to the mix. When you need a good cry because you're so over what you're going through, this is the song you need to blast through the speakers. Let it all out.

 

9. 'Anything Could Happen' by Ellie Goulding

To pick things back up, Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" is here to remind you that, indeed, anything could happen. Sharing your unrequited feelings for your love interest couldn't be such a bad thing, because maybe they'll share them, too. If not, then forget about them and move on. Easier said than done, but you catch our drift.

 

10. 'Leave Your Lover' by Sam Smith

This is definitely a song you'll relate to when you have unrequited feelings for someone, but it's also a tune you can send them to take the hint. When you feel up to it, use that courage to tell them how you really feel.

 

Follow the playlist below to listen to these songs whenever you need to feel understood:

 

If you're looking to do something about your unrequited love story, sending your crush THIS playlist will let them know how you really feel.