Ah, the friend zone. It's a place many of us know all too well. For some, it's a short stay motel you crash at one drunken evening, for others, it's as familiar as your favorite bar where everybody knows your name.
As the men of "Game of Thrones" have taught us, the friend zone is a place we must all visit. So here are a few songs from a few people who have been where you've been.
Next time you're sitting alone in the dark screaming, “Why won't they love me!!!” know that you're not alone.
"Everything You Want," Vertical Horizon
Yes, it's time for a visit from the ghost of friend zone past. Vertical Horizon is a band that just screams 90s. This pop rock ballad punches you right in the emotional solar plexus! As of 10:30 Tuesday morning, the latest comment on the official music video of this song was, "The Official Friendzone song."
That says it all.
Most Friend Zoniest Lyric: "But I mean nothing to you and you don't know why."
You always wonder why that special someone can't see all the awesomeness that is you. It's like a spell has been cast upon them and rendered them blind. In reality, they just don't like you. It's a sobering thought and it may not be what you want to hear, but it's what you need to hear.
"She's So High," Tal Bachman
The year 1999 was a banner year as far as friend zone hits go. Our second song on the list is also from the last year of the 90s. Though similar in overall mood, “She's So High” had a much more whimsical feel to it compared to its Vertical Horizon counterpart.
If “Everything You Want” is the official song of the friend zone, “She's So High” has to be a close second. Plus any song that evokes the names of legendary women such as Cleopatra, Joan of Arc and Aphrodite is a winner my book.
Most Friend Zoniest Lyric: "What could a guy like me ever really offer? She's perfect as she can be, why should I even bother?"
That just cuts right to the heart of it. When we fall for someone, we make the person greater than what they are. When it comes to the game of love, sometimes you feel like you don't have enough pieces to win the game.
You second guess yourself, you convince yourself that you're always playing from behind. Being you is just not good enough and “She's So High” captures that perfectly.
"If You're Not The One," Daniel Bedingfield
Daniel Bedingfield had a lot going for him: He was a singer, his sister was a singer and he was from New Zealand. That combination should be a recipe for commercial success, but it didn't last long.
Despite the fact that Mr. Bedingfield managed to crank out a friend zone anthem in 2002 with, “If You're Not The One,” the song starts out with a light sensitive touch, but eventually turns into a power ballad of sorts. You feel the pain in his voice; that's the pain that everyone who has ever been in the friend zone feels.
Most Friend Zoniest Lyric: "I don't want to run away but I can't take it, I don't understand. If I'm not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am?"
Whoa, there are some major feels for ya right there. We all know when you fall for someone it's like they were made specifically for you and your arms and your arms alone.
"You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" is a much-needed reminder that the friend zone is not gender exclusive. Men may sing about it more, but the ladies spend their time in the friend zone too. "You Belong With Me" represents the feminine friend zone at its best.
Most Friend Zoniest Lyric: "Can't you see that I'm the one who understands you, been here all along so why can't you see, you belong with me."
Sing it girl!!! You tell him! This song captured something the other songs didn't. It's one thing to have unrequited love, it's a whole other ball game to see the one you love with a total fuckboy or fuckgirl. That is the ABSOLUTE worst. It's enough to make you wanna cry.
"Layla," Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton)
It's hard to believe that someone as cool as Eric Clapton was ever in the friend zone, but the horrors of life spare no one. The best part of this song isn't the legendary climactic solo or the surprising piano number the song concludes with. The best part is that Eric Clapton got out of the friend zone! HALLELUJAH!
In the words of Dr. King, "He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!" OK, I'll stop now…
Most Friend Zoniest Lyric: "I tried to give you consolation; when your old man had let you down. Like a fool, I fell in love with you, turned my whole world upside down."
Clapton had it bad but in the end, he was able to get the girl he loved after she left the one she was with, a friend of Clapton and Beatles lead guitarist, George Harrison. Yeah, sometimes life is awkward.