If you've ever been in a long distance relationship, or had to be apart from your partner for an extended period of time, you know how hard it can be. The longing and the anticipation of when you will see each other again is intense. Reuniting is exciting, but during the time in between, it's hard not to get caught up in your feelings. When that happens, having a few
songs to listen to when you miss your partner that reflect those emotions and experiences might be just what you need to feel a little bit better.
A great song for this situation can come in many different forms. Maybe it's one that helps you just embrace the pain and help you push through it. Maybe it's one that reminds of why sticking it out is worth it because what you have with your partner is so special. Or maybe you just need a banger to sing at the top of your lungs and release all your sadness! That's OK too! It's what makes music so amazing; it really can be so uplifting or cathartic, depending on what you need in that moment — and may even make you feel a little less lonely in the process. So, the next time you're in your feelings and really missing bae, give these songs a listen.
“Back in My Arms” by Carlie Hanson
One of the only good things about being apart from the person you love is the feeling of reuniting, when you can feel them in your arms again. That's why this song, which is all about that feeling of anticipation of being reunited, is a reminder of why it’s all worth the wait.
“Him & I” by G-Eazy & Halsey
There may be moments, especially in a long-distance relationship, when you ask yourself, “Why am I even doing this?” The answer is because your love is special — a sentiment that is central to this song. Lyrics like “He's out his head, I'm out / my mind / We got that love, the crazy kind / I am his and he is mine / In the end, it's him and I, him and I” sung in Halsey’s vocal style capture a very specific kind of ache that anyone missing the person they love can understand.
“Shallow” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Is there a song that speaks to the feeling of longing more than this Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper duet? Sometimes it's the lyrics of a song that resonate, but in this case it's basically the mood and the restrained urgency of Gaga’s performance in particular that hits you right in the feels, especially when the person you love is far away.
“Thinkin Bout You” By Ciara
Not all songs about missing someone have to be slow and moody. If anything, a bright poppy song like “Thinkin Bout You” is the best way to take the edge off the pain.
“All Of The Stars” by Ed Sheeran
If you’ve ever been missing someone and felt like they were a world away, this song is a great way to remember that no matter how far, you still share a powerful connection. Also, Ed Sheeran is kind of required listening when you’re feeling lovesick, am I right?
Khalid’s song “Better” is another track for when you’re feeling emotional and can’t quite remember why you're going through this distance. Remember: It's because nothing feels better than when you and bae are together, so hang in there.
"Cuz I Love You" by Lizzo
For the love cynics who can't believe they caught feelings for someone and now find themselves missing bae, Lizzo has got you covered. Lyrics like “I thought that I didn't care / I thought I was love-impaired / But baby, baby/ I don't know what I'm gonna do / I'm crying 'cause I love you” are going to feel practically autobiographical.
"Hurry On Home" by Sleater Kinney
Despite its upbeat, poppy vibe, this song actually does a great job of expressing how heartbreaking it can be to be away from the person you love. This is a great one to dance — and cry — to when you need an excuse to be a little dramatic.
"End Of The Earth" by Marina
Marina’s dreamy vocals are perfect for a song about an epic love song of
cosmic proportions. Lyrics like “We're all living in the same universe / Where the stars collide as the planets turn / But I'll give my love, I don't care if it hurts / 'Cause I'll love you 'till the end / I’ll love you till the end of the earth” capture the magnitude of your love, but also reinforce that, no matter how far apart, you've still connected by something greater.
“Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s
Maybe it's corny, maybe it's cliche, but you know that no song quite captures the bittersweet feeling of missing the one you love like “Hey There Delilah.” For example, “A thousand miles seems pretty far / But they've got planes and trains and cars / I'd walk to you if I had no other way” are the kinds of lyrics that reflect both the deep loneliness and the burning hope of a reunion, and resonate with anyone who has ever been in a long-distance relationship.
While music may not be able to erase how you feel when you miss your partner, it can help soothe and validate those emotions. At the very least, now you have a good soundtrack to feel to.
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