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Remember Me: Ten "Miss You" Songs

Updated on October 18, 2016

Ten Ways to Miss a Soul

I'm a big fan of music in the past. I like to sort through all of it, piece by piece, when I find a new artist I love. None of these artists are new, but they're the first ten songs I listen to when I miss a friend, lover, or family member. Sometimes it's just a song that reminds me of that person, and sometimes we both have a connection to the song. Genres will vary, as always. What are some of your favorite "I Miss You" songs?

1. Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone

It's all in the title, really. Matchbox Twenty is an old favorite of mine, and the song holds true even after all these years. When I listen to "If You're Gone", it brings me back to a feeling of uncertainty. He's not even sure if she's gone yet, but he knows he wants her to come back to him. Sorrow for what may be lost fills his lyrics.

2. Lifehouse - From Where You Are

When Lifehouse sings about regrets from a past relationship, it's almost as if I can feel his pain with him... or maybe that mine was written. Many of the tracks I enjoy from Lifehouse are geared towards the "I Miss You" genre. Whether this one is about broken friendship or torn love never really occurred to me, but I feel it appropriate for either.

3. Incubus - I'll Miss You

Incubus also holds a lot of my first song choices when I'm lonely. "I'll Miss You" was an obvious choice, but if I could pick a second tune for the same artist, it would have to be "Wish You Were Here". All around, Incubus has a mellow way of dealing with heartache and loneliness. They've been in my hall of fame for a large part of my life, and this song along with them.

4. Ace of Base - Don't Turn Around

I can't even remember when I first heard this song, but it's lyrics have been what I compare other songs to more than once. As her heart breaks, all she really asks is that he not look at her while he leaves. It's final, she will want nothing to do with him once he's broken her heart. It's clear that her well-being is no longer any of his business. Even though she'll miss him more than she can describe in four minute, she'll never tell him how hard it is to let go.

5. Vertical Horizon/Gary Allen - Best I Ever Had

There's a moment in healing when you still miss someone, but know that it's for the best that they're gone. I don't like to think on terms of "forever gone", and this song is no exception. He's still saying that the person he's singing to is the best he ever had. He has all intentions of being seeing her again. I like to think so, anyways.

I love both versions of this one. Depending on what mood I'm in, I'll listen to either artist sing the lyrics. Gary Allen's voice speaks of romantic love to me, where I can also place a platonic relationship to Vertical Horizon's original.

Both artists have mistakes streaked through their voices, and if I didn't miss that person before - I do now. A lost longing is woven into the poetry that lies at the root of this track.

6. Edwin McCain - I'll Be

As a teen, I had a friend that listen to this song with me on the phone when he missed me - which was the entire time I was gone. (We had other songs, too...) If we would be out of contact for the duration of our absence, we would listen to this among our list of music that reminded us of each other. Even now, when I hear this song I think of him. Now, I have another friend to share the love of this song with. If we were ever to be separated for an abnormal amount of time, it would be a double dose of "miss you" with this song.

7. Gavin DeGraw - Not Over You

Gavin DeGraw says everything that no one does in real life. He's hiding his love for her and sharing his painful truth with us. By the end of this song, if I've had a couple drinks, I'd be texting someone to apologize to them for something that I've done. This song describes the agony of loving someone that is standing right in front of you, which is a feeling that most people are all too familiar with. As for my love story, I think of my husband when I hear this song. We've been together since we were teenagers and had a few break-ups before we settled down. This song may very well be one of the reasons we got back together once all that time ago.

8. Three Days Grace - Chalk Outline

When I'm mad at my best friend, but I miss him because I'm mad at him, I find myself listening to this song. It's a different kind of "I miss you", one without tears unless they come from anger. Behind the anger lies the pain of betrayal and loss of this artist's voice as he sings what I can't say. A few tunes like this, and I'm ready to work it out, with whoever made me angry enough to push them away.

9. Hoku - How Do I Feel

Hoku holds a few old, secretive favorites on my playlists. She says it, plain and simple. In my real life, this song holds a dedication from a friend I dated... but shouldn't have. When we hang out now, sometimes we listen to this and laugh about all the tears it brought about way back then. The Hoku craze didn't last long, if there was one at all, but she'll always hold a special place in my heart.

10. Shinedown - If You Only Knew

Strictly speacking, this song is about love. I listen to Shinedown, though, when I'm missing one of my best girl friends. This happens to be one of her favorite songs, so it comes though my speakers a lot now that she's moved outside of our home state. For others, this song probably speaks about drowning in love but for me it's just another Thursday night car ride.

What genre do you listen to when you're feeling lonely?

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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Great read, Alexis! Beautifully-presented, researched, and written. Loved every syllable.

      I listen to Dan Fogelberg's "Auld Aung Syne," a lot when I get to missing "her." And her being the girl I feel insanely in love with in 1966. Yes, I lived back that far.

      But dealt with this pain of the heart until the year 2000 and told this dear friend of mine just HOW I felt about her.

      She did not react like most women would in a gasp of surprise, but was very delicate in her talking to me.

      We talk now often. She endured a nasty divorce, raised two wonderful girls who have made lives of their own and she has retired now.

      I still wonder. Many times during a certain moon cycle just what might have happened "if?"

      And reality kicks in and I smother my feelings.

      Keep in touch and keep up your great writing.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for compiling this list. Listened to Ed McCain all the way through. Must mean something to be the greatest fan of one's life.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful list. But Ol' Hank and the country genre are also an ample source of miss you songs.


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