20 Heartfelt Songs About Second Chances

If you are looking for songs about second chances then you have come to the right place. We all make mistakes in life and later regret our actions. You want to fix those mistakes or at least not repeat them in future. If you are someone who is in the exact same situation (wanting a second chance), there might be a lot of similarities in these songs that can be seen in your personal life.

Songs that talk about second chances in love are special because they tap into the most powerful emotions we have as humans and give us hope!

Keep on reading if you are interested in learning about these songs.

1. “Starting Over” by John Lennon

(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER. (Ultimate Mix, 2020) - John Lennon (official music video HD)(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER. (Ultimate Mix, 2020) – John Lennon (official music video HD)

This is probably the first one that comes to mind when thinking of songs about second chances. “Starting Over” by John Lennon talks about a couple who break up only for one to regret the decision. 

The song focusses on a moment when one of the lovers sees the other one after a long time and wants a second chance. The singer reminisces about the good times they had together and how they could start all over again, perhaps on a better note. The singer is promising a beautiful and loving life together if they ever hit it off again.

2. “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins

Phil Collins - Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) (Official Music Video)Phil Collins – Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) (Official Music Video)

“Against All Odds” by Phil Collins talks about a person feeling completely worthless after their lover has walked away from their relationship. The heartbroken and jilted lover is so devastated by the experience that all they can do is cry about the situation.

The lyrics are a request to have a second chance with the person who truly understands their inner self. It expresses hopelessness in life without the desired lover. It is titled “against all odds” since the singer believes that their lover’s return would be next to impossible but they will still take the “odds”.

3. “Every Road Leads Back To You” by Bette Midler

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“Every Road Leads Back To You” by Bette Midler is not only about a desperate lover looking for a second chance, but also about a lonely friend looking for their missing companion.

The singer keeps referring to their missing one as both their friend and lover, signifying that there is a deeper connection between them. The song is a way to express the hope to meet them again since this special one is the only person that could fulfill their need.

4. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

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“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele is a cover for a Bob Dylan song from the late 1990s and talks about the regret and feelings of desperation that creep in when your sweetheart dumps you. You know in your heart that you are the best mate for them but they refuse to see you in the same light.

The majority of the song is spent by the singer expressing how much they love their partner and how they would do anything to get a second chance. It is also a plea to the partner to know them better before making any decisions. 

5. “Hate That I Love You” by Rihanna and Neyo

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“Hate That I Love You” by Rihanna and Neyo has a slightly different theme from the songs previously mentioned in this list because it talks about falling for a person you know you shouldn’t fall for. The song verbalizes the anger and frustration that one lover has because the other one yields so much power over them no matter how hard they try. 

Despite the hatred, there is a very clear desire for a second chance and the heartbroken partner is consumed with feelings of getting their special one back. This song might sound sweet the first time around but you will notice that it highlights the toxic undertones that some people experience in a similar situation. 

6. “Back To You” by Selena Gomez

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“Back To You” by Selena Gomez has a similar theme as the previous one. You know your lover is not right for you but the heart wants what the heart wants. Throughout the song, the singer expresses many toxic behaviors coming from their lover but unable to let go due to their feelings.

They are currently not talking but the singer wants a second chance. The song is an anthem for all those people who are intoxicated with the feelings of love and not able to see their partner’s true self.

7. “Come To Me” by Mary J. Blige

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“Come to me” by Mary J Blige is about a person who has been in a long-term relationship only to meet its abrupt end. There is a lot of regret on the singer’s part and a strong desire to get back together. 

This song is for all those who feel that their life is incomplete without their special one and allows you to lyricise how the heart yearns for a second chance.

8. “If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago

Chicago - If You Leave Me Now (Official Audio)Chicago – If You Leave Me Now (Official Audio)

“If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago is about a person who is going to be left behind by their lover and how this is going to affect their personal lifestyle. The singer spent the majority of the song talking about how their lover is the “only one” and they want a second chance to make things better.

9. “The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles

The Long And Winding Road (Remastered 2009)The Long And Winding Road (Remastered 2009)

“The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles is about a person who was left behind by their lover and getting them back is all they can think about. The singer talks about wanting to deny their feelings of love but just cannot do so and are secretly waiting for a second chance.

10. “Never Really Over” by Katy Perry

Katy Perry - Never Really Over (Official Video)Katy Perry – Never Really Over (Official Video)

“Never Really Over” by Katy Perry has a similar theme as the one above but is more pronounced. Katy Perry and her ex-lover are not over each other even though they have broken up. The song is for people who try to fight back the urge to get back together with their ex and sometimes fail. 

11. “Still Loving You” by Scorpions

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“Still Loving You” by Scorpions is a beautiful song about the feelings you have when you let real love slip through your hands and the regret that you feel when realization hits.

The singer cannot wait to get a second chance so they can start all over again and avoid the mistakes they made the first time round. The song will definitely give you the chills as you understand how strong the feelings are and how difficult it is to let it all out.

12. “Still In Love With You” by Sade

Sade - Still In Love With You (lyrics)Sade – Still In Love With You (lyrics)

“Still In Love With You” by Sade is about a lover who has been left behind and spends the majority of their time overthinking how things could have been different. The song is a very sad rendition of heartache and sadness that follows after a breakup. 

13. “If I Should Love Again ” by Barry Manilow

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“If I Should Love Again ” by Barry Manilow is about a person who clearly has no chance of getting together with their lover but their heart continues to hope. The song talks about how everything will be better if they get a chance to love again.

14. “Back To December” by Taylor Swift

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“Back To December” by Taylor Swift is an apology song to a boy she has hurt in the past. The lyrics talks about the memories and the fun they had together and also touches on the darker side of her relationships.

She makes it very obvious that she was scared of getting hurt which is why she dumped him and now regrets her decision. She just wants a second chance to go back in time and fix it all up. 

15. “Lips Of An Angel ” by Hinder

Hinder - Lips Of An Angel (Official Music Video)Hinder – Lips Of An Angel (Official Music Video)

“Lips Of An Angel ” by Hinder is about a dude missing his ex even though he is married. He secretly wishes to be reunited with his former lover because even though he has moved to a different phase of life, he still has feelings for her. He knows she loved him too but they couldn’t be together but that doesn’t change his feelings. 

16. “Never Gonna Let You Go ” by Sergio Mendez

Sergio Mendes (Never Gonna Let You Go)Sergio Mendes (Never Gonna Let You Go)

“Never Gonna Let You Go ” by Sergio Mendez is all about a lover who has left behind their special one only to regret it in the end. The song is about glorifying what everything could have been while also realizing that the second chance might not come.

17. “Take A Chance On Me” by ABBA

ABBA - Take A Chance On Me (Official Music Video)ABBA – Take A Chance On Me (Official Music Video)

“Take A Chance On Me” by ABBA is about a person who has been rejected by their desired one while waiting for a second chance to prove themselves. Unlike all the previous entries the singer has not been in a relationship with this person but wants to be in one.

18. “Over and Over ” by Nelly & Tim McGraw

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“Over and Over ” by Nelly & Tim McGraw is about a person who has lost their loved one because of another guy. They are lamenting the fact that they should have been the one to make her happy. A second chance is on the table for him and he can’t wait for her to say yes!

19. “Stay” by Lisa Loeb

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“Stay” by Lisa Loeb is about a person who has been left behind by their lover due to their undesirable characteristics. Apparently, the singer has been very toxic in the past and is willing to change their ways only to have a second chance.

20. “Just Once” by Quincy Jones

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Just Once” by Quincy Jones is about a person who has had enough of the “hot and cold phase” and just wants to make everything right one more time. The singer wants a second chance so they can put in extra effort by showing love and kindness.

Conclusion

Listening to songs about second chances will allow you to acknowledge some of your inner thoughts and feelings, especially if you have been in a similar situation before. This list will flood you with emotions and turn sad encounters into more fulfilling and soulful musical experiences.

All you have to do is put the headphones on and play any of these 20 songs and you will surely hear a story that might make you cry (sadness can be beautiful too). That is all, thank you for reading!