They say distance can make the heart grow fonder. And sometimes, it can make the heart break. These 20 songs explore the ups and downs of long-distance relationships. From love stories to tales of pain and regret, these songs cover all the bases.
What better way to find comfort in a long-distance relationship than with music? These songs will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even help you get through the toughest times. So put on your headphones, pull up your partner’s picture, and let the music wash over you.
- 1. “Distance” by Christina Perri Ft Jason Mraz
- 2. “When You’re Gone” by Avril Lavigne
- 3. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
- 4. “Many the Miles” by Sara Bareilles
- 5. “Distance” by Mariah Carey
- 6. “Someday” by Bryan Greenberg
- 7. “Breathe” by Faith Hill
- 8. “From Where You Are” by Lifehouse
- 9. “If You’re Gone” by Matchbox Twenty
- 10. “All of the Stars” by Ed Sheeran
- 11. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift
- 12. “Secret Love Song” by Little Mix
- 13. “FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna, Kayne West and Paul McCartney
- 14. “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
- 15. “Long Distance” by Bruno Mars
- 16. “Faded” by Alan Walker
- 17. “Jet Lag” by Simple Plan featuring Natasha Bedingfield
- 18. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
- 19. “Half a Heart” by One Direction
- 20. “For You” by Liam Payne & Rita Ora
- Final Thoughts
1. “Distance” by Christina Perri Ft Jason Mraz
This first song is all about the ups and downs of a long-distance relationship. It talks about how even though you may be apart, your love will still find a way to shine through.
This is a great song for anyone who’s feeling a little down about being apart from their loved one. It was released in 2012 as part of the Lovestrong album.
2. “When You’re Gone” by Avril Lavigne
This track never fails to make anyone experiencing LDR tear up. It’s a song about how a person can change your life completely, and how their absence can leave you feeling lost.
This is perfect for when you’re missing your partner badly and nothing seems to be going right. Avril Lavigne released it in 2007 as part of her album The Best Damn Thing.
3. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
Whatever Ed Sheeran touches turns to gold, and this song is no exception. It’s a beautiful track about how love can conquer all, even the miles between you and your partner.
This is a perfect song for when you’re feeling hopeful about your relationship despite the distance. It’s one of Sheeran’s most popular tracks with over 3.5 billion views on Youtube!
4. “Many the Miles” by Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles is popular for her heart-wrenching lyrics and this song is no different. It’s a track about how the physical distance between two people can be so hard to endure. If you’re feeling extra emotional, this is the song for you. It was released in 2007 as part of her album Little Voice.
5. “Distance” by Mariah Carey
What’s a sentimental night without Mariah Carey? “Distance” was released in 2018 and is the fifth single off Mariah’s 15th studio album, Caution.
The lyrics will resonate with every couple who is in a long-distance relationship and how they’ll never let the distance between them break them apart.
6. “Someday” by Bryan Greenberg
Being far away from the one you love can be tough, but “Someday” by Bryan Greenberg will give you hope. The song is about a guy who is in love with a girl who is in a different city. It’s a really sweet and romantic song that will definitely make you think of your long-distance loved one.
7. “Breathe” by Faith Hill
This next song is one that will help you get through tough times. It is called “Breathe” by Faith Hill. It is a song about a woman who is struggling to keep her long-distance relationship alive.
With over 31 million views on Youtube, it is evident that this song has helped many people in long-distance relationships.
8. “From Where You Are” by Lifehouse
When you’re away from your lover, you can’t help but wish you were with them. This song is called “From Where You Are” by Lifehouse, and it is about a man who is longing to be with the woman he loves. It was released in 2007 as part of the Smoke & Mirrors album.
9. “If You’re Gone” by Matchbox Twenty
Matchbox Twenty is a popular American rock band, and “If You’re Gone” is a ballad from their second album, Mad Season.
The song is about a man who is struggling to deal with his girlfriend’s absence. He pleads with her to come back and admits that he’s not sure if he can keep going without her.
10. “All of the Stars” by Ed Sheeran
The heartbreak that came with this song when it was released was palpable. “All of the Stars” is from the soundtrack to The Fault in Our Stars, a movie about two teens who fall in love despite terminal cancer. One may be in heaven and the other on earth, but their love is still as strong as ever.
11. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift
A Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik collaboration was something we never knew we needed, but “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” is a gorgeous ballad about the pain of an ended relationship.
The song was written for the movie Fifty Shades Darker and its lyrics perfectly capture the heartbreak and longing that comes with a love that’s no longer there.
12. “Secret Love Song” by Little Mix
“Secret Love Song” is a beautiful ballad about being in love with someone you can’t be with. The song was written by Little Mix for their album Get Weird, and it’s a powerful anthem for anyone who has ever felt like they’re stuck in the shadows of a relationship.
13. “FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna, Kayne West and Paul McCartney
Not being able to be with the one you love can be incredibly frustrating, as “FourFiveSeconds” so perfectly captures.
This song is a collaboration between Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney, and it’s a haunting ballad about being stuck in a relationship that’s going nowhere.
14. “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
From the film An American Tail, “Somewhere Out There” is a beautiful ballad about two lovers who are separated by distance but continue to search for each other.
The song was written by James Horner and Barry Mann, and it’s been covered by many artists over the years. You can still stream this classic on all music platforms.
15. “Long Distance” by Bruno Mars
The title of this Bruno Mars song says it all. “Long Distance” is a ballad about the pain of being apart from the one you love.
The song was sung by Brandy Norwood, and it’s a powerful reminder that no matter how far apart you are, your love will always find a way to stay strong.
16. “Faded” by Alan Walker
Alan Walker is a Norwegian record producer and DJ. He is also known for his 2015 hit single “Faded”, which received Platinum certifications in over multiple countries.
This song will make you feel the pain of a long-distance relationship while also giving you a sense of hope that things will eventually work out.
17. “Jet Lag” by Simple Plan featuring Natasha Bedingfield
Who could ever forget about this 2011 banger from Simple Plan? The track perfectly captures the feeling of being in a long-distance relationship, where you’re constantly fighting against the clock to make things work. It’s a catchy tune that will have you singing along in no time.
18. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
Sam Smith always knows how to tug at our heartstrings, and “Stay With Me” is no exception. This track is all about not giving up on love, even when it feels like the odds are against you.
It’s a powerful song that will give you the strength to fight for your relationship, no matter how far apart you may be.
19. “Half a Heart” by One Direction
Do you just miss One Direction as much as we do? This 2013 track from the boyband is all about the pain of being apart from the one you love.
It’s a catchy tune that will have you singing along, and it’s sure to bring back some nostalgic feels. This was released in 2013 as part of their Midnight Memories album.
20. “For You” by Liam Payne & Rita Ora
Wrapping up the list is this track from Liam Payne and Rita Ora. This song was specifically written for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, and it’s all about being willing to fight for love no matter what.
It’s a sultry tune that will get you in the mood, and will definitely want to make you reach out to your long-distance partner.
These are just a few of the many songs that have been written about long-distance relationships. If you’re in one yourself, or you know someone who is, these tracks are sure to make you miss your loved one just a little bit less. We hope you enjoyed this list, thanks for reading!