Can you remember the first time you had a crush? Was it back in grade school when you saw that cute boy with the floppy hair and bright blue eyes? Or that pretty girl in your class who loved to read as much as you do?
We all remember our first crush. Most of the time nothing comes out of it, but it’s still good to reminisce about those innocent days when we wish we’d finally have the guts to talk to them.
Even as adults, we still have crushes. We may be more mature and less socially awkward, but when the love big hits we still don’t know how to escape it.
There are literally thousands of songs out there about crushing on someone. Most of them have the word “crush” right in the title. But let’s change things up a bit with a playlist of love songs that talk about developing a crush and the many things that can happen.
Fergie – Clumsy
This super catchy song from 2007 is one of the songs that shot Fergie to fame. Clumsy is a great song for all of you who find yourself tripping over and getting tongue-tied whenever you see your crush. And isn’t that something we can all relate to?
Ridiculously Cute Lines: You got me trippin’, stumblin’, flippin’, fumblin’
Clumsy ’cause I’m fallin’ in love
You got me slippin’, tumblin’, sinkin’, fumblin’
Clumsy ’cause I’m fallin’ in love
So in love with you
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Having a crush as an adult can sometimes bring back those memories of your teenage years. You recall the rush of adrenaline when your crush talks to you. You remember the excitement when your crush subtly flirts with you. And who can forget the intense mix of relief and exhilaration when you learn that your crush likes you back? Katy Perry’s song about feeling like a teenager again because of someone perfectly captures those feelings in this catchy pop tune.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: You think I’m pretty without any makeup on
You think I’m funny when I tell the punchline wrong
I know you get me, so I let my walls come down, down
John West – Loved You Tonight
The great thing about this song is that it has two versions: one for those who love acoustic songs, and another for those who prefer a bit of an urban edge. Either way, the lyrics are the same and they talk about falling in love at first sight. After all, when you develop a crush for someone, it often feels a lot like love, right?
Ridiculously Cute Lines: Would you mind if I told you I loved you tonight?
‘Cause it seems when you’re close to me it’s gonna be all right
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
Jason Mraz truly is a master when it comes to creating relaxed, acoustic songs that give you butterflies in your stomach when you hear it. I’m Yours is about wanting to give in to the moment when you feel like you and your crush are meant to be. You want to tell your crush that he/she’s got your heart, and since time is so short, it’s time for you to both give in to the mutual feeling.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: So I won’t hesitate no m ore
It cannot wait I’m sure
There’s no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I’m yours
Joe – I Wanna Know
Let’s slide on over to the smooth tunes from RnB singer Joe. I Wanna Know is the perfect song to sing when you’re just getting to know your crush. You want to know more about the person you’re crushing on, so you can be the ideal man for her. It’s such a sweet song that will tell your crush that you’re willing to do what it takes to make them happy.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: I wanna know what turns you on
So I can be all that and more
I’d like to know what makes you cry
So I can be the one who always makes you smile
The Smiths – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
Whether you’ve always been a fan of The Smiths or you first heard this song on (500) Days of Summer, you can’t deny the pure emotion that this song exudes. This The Smiths song is about living for a long time with awful luck. And then there’s this one thing or one person (in this case, the crush of the singer) who gives them some hope. So he begs and pleads with fate to give him this one person to make up for all the bad things that have happened in the past.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had can make a good man turn bad
So please, please, please, let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want this time
Paolo Nutini – Better Man
This is the perfect song for the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. In this song, Paulo Nutini sings about the woman of his dreams. She’s carefree, fun, and can match him pint for pint. She’s so perfect in his eyes that it makes him want to become a better man. And isn’t that what we all want to do to make our crush want us?
Ridiculously Cute Lines: She’s fearless, she’s free, she is a real live wire
And that girl, she’s got me feeling so much better
Oh, you trade all the money in the world just to see this girl’s smile
All the while, she’ll make you feel so much better
Oh, that girl makes me want to be a better man
And should she fit, gonna treat her like a real man can
The Carpenters – Close to You
Do you ever feel like the world suddenly bursts into life whenever your crush is around? This is what this classic The Carpenters song is all about. You feel like wherever your crush is becomes such a wonderful place that you can’t help but want to be close to them all the time.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: Why do birds suddenly appear
Every time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be close to you
The Darkness – I Believe in a Thing Called Love
We all have that one crush that makes us believe that love is real. This 80s glam rock throwback song from The Darkness is a catchy song that can get you pumped up for those days when you know you’ll be seeing your crush. After all, we all have that guilty pleasure song that we listen to whenever we think of the one we like.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: Can’t explain all these things that you’re making me feel
My heart’s on overdrive and you’re behind the steering wheel
Sam Smith – Latch
When you find someone who lifts you up and makes you happy (alongside finding them attractive), that’s inevitably you developing a crush. And what do you do when you have a crush? You do whatever it takes to keep them around you. Hence, this song by Sam Smith can be the perfect crush song for you.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: You lift my heart up when the rest of me is down
You, you enchant me even when you’re not around
If there are boundaries, I will try to knock them down
I’m latching on, babe, now I know what I have found
Dave Matthews Band – Crush
Okay, so we’re making an exception to the “crush in the title rule” here. Crush by Dave Matthews Band is one of those jazzy rock songs that you can’t help but fall in love with. It’s got the right mix of poetic imagery and smooth, soothing instrumentals. Play this one for your crush and you can be sure they’ll get into the romantic groove and like you back!
Ridiculously Cute Lines: Here I am dancing on the ground
Am I right side up or upside down
Is this real or am I dreaming
Lovely lady, let me drink you please
I won’t spill a drip I promise you
Lying under this spell you cast on me
Balance and the Travelling Sounds – Something About Us
Daft Punk may have created the original, but there’s no doubt that this Balance and the Travelling Sounds version is so much more romantic. It’s a mix of jazz and RnB that’s so soothing that you can’t help but listen to this a bunch of times. As for the lyrics, well it’s about feeling a spark between you and your crush that neither of you can deny.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: I might not be the right one
It might not be the right time
But there’s something about us I have to say
‘Cause there’s something between us anyway
The Beach Boys – Surfer Girl
When you hear this song, you’re sure to think about the sand, the waves, and of course, that surfer girl you instantly fell for when she started riding waves. Surfer Girl is one of The Beach Boys’ earlier hits, but it’s a timeless classic that speaks about crushing on a girl who’s just out of your league.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: We could ride the surf together while our love would grow
In my woody, I would take you everywhere I go
So I say from me to you I will make your dreams come true
Colbie Caillat – Fallin’ For You
Now here’s an upbeat pop song that you’ll want to play over and over again when you think about your crush. It’s the perfect song to play when you’re just starting to admit to yourself (and to your crush) that you’re falling in love. Out of so many songs out there about longing and unrequited love, it’s always refreshing to hear a wholesome, adorable track about falling in love.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: I’ve been spending all my time just thinking about you
I don’t know what to do, I think I’m fallin’ for you
I’ve been waiting all my life, and now I found you
I don’t know what to do, I think I’m fallin’ for you
Weezer – El Scorcho
Have you ever had that crush on someone who’s so unique and different that you practically have nothing in common? But the heart wants what it wants and despite being nothing alike, you find yourself wanting to be with that person? If there’s one song that’s spot on when it comes to putting those feelings into a song, it’s El Scorcho.
Ridiculously Cute Lines: I’m a lot like you so please
Hello, I’m here, I’m waiting
I think I’d be good for you
And you’d be good for me
Having a crush is one of those feelings that we will never outgrow. The butterflies will always be there alongside the excitement and hope you feel when your crush so much as looks your way. So for all you folks out there who have a crush on someone, give this playlist a go and start feeling like a giddy teenager all over again!