Top Ten Unrequited Love Songs
Ah! Unrequited love. It's so very... frustrating. You love him, you don't dare tell him. Or, maybe you do and he runs like hell. Got a work crush and know it's a no-no? Then this list is for you.
If you are new to my top ten lists, this is how they work. I type in my top ten favorite songs in no particular order, and you marvel at my awesomeness.
I choose ten songs, and you get to acknowledge how right I am.
No. Not that either.
I tell you my top ten favorite songs and, if I've left your favorite off the list, you can comment and tell me about myself. If we can't come to a mutual understanding, then we settle it like the (semi) mature adults that we are. With or without light sabers. (I get the purple one!)
10. Elvis Presley - A Little Less Conversation
The original version of A Little Less Conversation is one of Elvis Presley's less well-known hits. It was included on his 1968 album Live a Little, Love a Little. Basically, Elvis just wants this chick to shut up and give him some!
'A little less conversation, a little more action please / All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me / A little more bite and a little less bark / A little less fight and a little more spark / Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me / Satisfy me baby.'
The remix is the version that actually put the song on the modern music map. It was made by a DJ called Junkie XL, and it blew up the radio when it was released in 2001. The remix was used as the opening song for the television series Las Vegas. Though some people consider this version to be a sacrilege, I honestly love it more than the original.
Elvis Presley A Little Less Conversation Music Video (Unofficial)
9. Def Leppard - Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad is one of those songs that are just unforgettable. It's from Def Leppard's Adrenalize album in 1992.
In this song, the singer is in love with a woman who will only give him physical love, not the emotional stuff that he wants more than anything else. He'll take what she gives him, but knows he will never have what he really needs from her.
'Here I am, I'm in the wrong bed again / It's a game I just can't win / There you are breathin' soft on my skin, yeah / Still you won't let me in.'
This song also made my list of Top Ten Hair Metal Ballads.
Def Leppard Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad Music Video
8. Dido - White Flag
White Flag is a little different, it's about someone who has been in a relationship and, now that it's over, she just can't seem to get over it. She will not give up, she won't raise the white flag and surrender.
'Well I will go down with this ship / And I won't put my hands up and surrender / There will be no white flag above my door / I'm in love and always will be.'
Dido actually wrote this song about a former lover, and it apparently caused her even more problems than she had to start with!
Dido White Flag Music Video
7. Garbage - #1 Crush
#1 Crush by Garbage is actually about a stalker, the most extreme kind of unrequited love. The subject of the song is completely obsessed with their intended and will not be ignored.
'See your face every place that I walk in / Hear your voice every time that I'm talking / You will believe in me / And I will never be ignored.'
Obsession can be scary.
This song was on the soundtrack for the movie William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.
Garbage #1 Crush Music Video
6. Radiohead - Creep
Creep is from Radiohead's album Pablo Honey, released in 1992. It's about a guy who is really digging this girl, but he is almost non-existent and probably doesn't deserve her anyway.
'Couldn't look you in the eye / You're just like an angel / Your skin makes me cry / You float like a feather / In a beautiful world / I wish I was special / You're so fucking special / But I'm a creep.'
Apparently, during the recording of the song, some of band members decided they didn't like it. There is a guitar part in the song that is described as 'the sound of Jonny trying to f**k the song up.' Regardless of how he felt, the guitar part made the song!
Radiohead Creep Music Video
5. James Blunt - You're Beautiful
There were so many women coming out of the woodwork to say that this song was about them that I lost count, but James Blunt's not giving any names. He has said it's about seeing his ex-girlfriend on the London train with her new man.
Either way, You're Beautiful had women swooning all over the planet with it's sensitive lyrics.
'You're beautiful, it's true / I saw your face in a crowded place / And I don't know what to do / 'Cause I'll never be with you.'
You're Beautiful was from Blunt's 2005 album Back to Bedlam and is his only number one hit so far.
The video shows Blunt taking off his clothes before committing suicide by jumping off a cliff according to an old Japanese tradition.
James Blunt You're Beautiful Music Video
4. Bonnie Raitt - I Can't Make You Love Me
This is one of the few songs that have the power to make me feel sad. Bonnie Raitt's song about unrequited love is heartbreaking and unforgettable. She loves him, but he doesn't feel the same yet she wants that one last night.
'Here in the dark, in these final hours / I will lay down my heart / And I'll feel the power but you won't / No you won't / Cause I can't make you love me / If you don't.'
The song is from Raitt's 1991 album Luck of the Draw, which put her on the mainstream map after a twenty year struggle to get there.
Bonnie Raitt I Can't Make You Love Me Music Video
3. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - I Hate Myself For Loving You
I Hate Myself for Loving You is from Joan Jett and the Blackheart's 1988 album Up Your Alley. It was released as a single in that year and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song is about a person being tired of being made to feel like an idiot for giving their all to a relationship where their hard work is not reciprocated. In my opinion, this is the kind of unrequited love that hurts the most.
'Hey Jack, it's a fact they're talkin' in town / I turn my back and you're messin' around / I'm not really jealous, don't like lookin' like a clown / I think of you ev'ry night and day / You took my heart then you took my pride away.'
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts I Hate Myself For Loving You Music Video
2. Garth Brooks - To Make You Feel My Love
Though this song was written by Bob Dylan and has also been covered by Adele and Billy Joel, Garth Brooks has my favorite version that was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Hope Floats in 1997. It was included in the deluxe version of Brooks's Fresh Horses album reissue.
'I'd go hungry, I'd go black and blue / I'd go crawling down the avenue / There ain't nothing that I wouldn't do / To make you feel my love.'
The song itself is sad and hopeful all at the same time and one of the reasons why Garth Brooks is one of my favorite artists.
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1. Cee Lo Green - F**k You
Never has there been a song that made such great use of the f-bomb, and never did a singer look so happy to be dropping it.
Cee Lo Green released this song (the nicer title is Forget You) in 2010 from his album The Lady Killer. He talks about a paramour who would be with him if he had a few more bucks.
'Yeah I’m sorry, I can’t afford a Ferrari / But that don’t mean I can’t get you there / I guess he’s an Xbox and I’m more Atari / But the way you play your game ain’t fair.'
Note: You may have to log into YouTube to watch this video because of their obscenity rules.
Cee Lo Green F**k You Music Video
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