Have you ever missed someone so much that they’re all you can think about? While one option might be to give them a call to tell them how you feel, this might not always be the best in your situation. Let music soothe your mood instead while you’re pining for that person.
So whether you’re missing someone you love, someone you used to love, or just someone you shared wonderful memories with, give some of these songs a listen. Just make sure you keep those tissues handy in case you start bawling your eyes out!
1. Johnny Cash – You Are My Sunshine
While many versions of this song exist, we chose the one by Johnny Cash because of the candid pain you can hear in his voice in each line of the song. This song is not only about missing someone you love; it’s also about how bleak and grey everything feels when they’re not around. You Are My Sunshine can easily be misinterpreted as a happy love song, but in reality, it’s filled with anguish.
Missing you lyrics: The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
But when I awoke dear
I was mistaken
So I hung my head and I cried.
2. Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
While we’re on the subject of bleakness when your loved one is away, here’s the perfect song by Bill Withers. Ain’t No Sunshine is a soulful song about missing someone so much that life feels so colorless, cold, and dark. It’s a beautiful song you need to listen to when you’re missing someone special in your life.
Missing you lyrics: Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
and she’s always gone too long any time she goes away
3. Natalie Cole – Miss You Like Crazy
Here’s a classic we know you’ve heard before. This song by Natalie Cole is about waiting for the one you love and starting over again. It’s a great getting back together song that deals with pining for your loved one, waiting for a chance to be together again, and then finally finding the courage to give your love another chance.
Missing you lyrics: I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
Ever since you went away, every hour of every day
I miss you like crazy, I miss you, baby
Love like ours will never end
Just touch me and we’re there again.
4. John Waite – Missing You
With its signature synth and drum beat, you instantly know this one’s a classic form the 80s. John Waite’s hit song deals with all the things around you that only serve to remind you of the one you love. You’re trying to deny how much you miss that person, but you know deep in your heart that you can’t help what you feel.
Missing you lyrics: I hear your name in certain circles, and it always makes me smile
I spend my time thinkin’ about you, and it’s almost driving me wild
And there’s a heart that’s breaking down this long distance line tonight
5. Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Those in long distance relationships have their fair share of “I miss you” songs, and perhaps the best anthem of them all is this one by Richard Marx. Right Here Waiting deals with the pain of being miles away from the one you love. But you have to be strong and remember all the good times to keep your romance alive.
Missing you lyrics: Oceans apart, day after day
And I slowly go insane
I hear your voice on the line
But it doesn’t stop the pain
If I see you next to never
How can we say forever?
6. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd is known for their poetic lyrics that seem to border on vague. But in Wish You Were Here, you get a lyrically eloquent song about what it feels like to miss the one you consider to be your other half. If you’re the type who loves progressive rock songs and poetry in your lyrics, you’ll definitely love this track.
Missing you lyrics: How I wish, how I wish you were here
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year
Running over the same old ground, what have we found?
The same old fears, wish you were here
7. Jodeci – Feenin’
Here’s a sweet, seductive track by this popular RnB quartet perfectly captures what it’s like to have everything you could ever want, except for that one person you’re pining for. Feenin’ talks about wanting to give it all up just to be with that person you miss so much.
Missing you lyrics: Lady, I’m hooked on you, there’s nothing else I’d rather do
Spend my last dime for a drop of your time
Surely, girl, without a doubt, you know you got me strung out
And I need you more and more, ‘cause you are my joy
8. Counting Crows – A Long December
Let’s change things up a little bit with this track by alternative band Counting Crows. This heartbreaking song was created by frontman Adam Duritz, and it’s about a friend who got into a car accident. As you listen to the lyrics, it’s like he’s talking to his friend about his life, and what’s been going on since she passed away.
Missing you lyrics: A long December, and there’s reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can’t remember the last thing that you said as you were leavin’
Now the days go by so fast
9. Third Eye Blind – The Background
Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins is the master of beautifully tragic lyrics. He once said in an interview that this song is about feeling so gloriously, deliriously happy with someone and then having all of that get taken away in a blink. And in the lyrics, you can see that all the memories they shared are still with him. It’s still in the background somehow.
Missing you lyrics: The plans I make still have you in them
‘Cause you come swimming into view
And I’m hanging on your worlds like I always used to do
The words they use so lightly, I only feel for you
I only know because I carry you around in the background
10. Janet Jackson – Miss You Much
Who says you can’t miss someone and dance at the same time? This Janet Jackson track still has that 80s vibe, even though it was released in 1990. It’s about missing someone so much that you just want to announce it to the world. It’s the perfect song to urge you to finally tell that special man in your life that you miss him.
Missing you lyrics: I’ll tell your mama, I’ll tell your friends
I’ll tell anyone whose heart can comprehend
Send it in a letter, baby, tell you on the phone
I’m not the kind of girl who likes to be alone
I miss ya much, I really miss you much
11. NSYNC – Thinking of You
Who doesn’t love getting all nostalgic over some of your favorite 90s boy band tunes? NSYNC really had it down with the way they’re able to capture what it’s like to almost go crazy while you miss someone. Aptly enough, the music video for this track features the members of NSYNC reminiscing about the times they had with the lady they loved as they go nuts in a mental ward.
Missing you lyrics: I lie awake, I drive myself crazy,
Drive myself crazy, thinking of you
Made a mistake when I let you go, baby
I drive myself crazy
Wanting you the way that I do
12. The Moffatts – Miss You Like Crazy
You can’t have an “I miss you” playlist without this signature track from the Moffatt brothers. Miss You Like Crazy may just be one of their most recognizable tracks, and even now 90s kids can still sing along to it. And as it goes with most boy band songs of the era, this song is a sweet and simple song about missing all the good times you had with that special girl.
Missing you lyrics: I miss you like crazy, even more than words can say
I miss you like crazy, every minute of every day
Girl I’m so down when your love’s not around
I miss you, miss you, miss you
I miss you like crazy
13. Tracy Chapman – The Promise
To mellow things back down again, here’s a beautiful acoustic track by Tracy Chapman. The Promise is about leaving a place for someone in your life. And you hope that they miss you just as much as you miss them. Tracy Chapman’s sweet voice will no doubt get that person reciprocating the way you feel!
Missing you lyrics: If you dream of me like I dream of you
In a place that’s warm and dark, in a place where I can feel the beating of your heart
Remembering your touch, your kiss, your warm embrace
I’ll find my way back to you if you’ll be waiting
14. The Corrs – Summer Sunshine
As far as the 90s goes, bands from all over the world would create some of the catchiest songs. Of course, the multi-talented Irish band The Corrs were no exception. This upbeat track is about a summer fling that you wish could have been more.
Missing you lyrics: In the heat of summer sunshine, I miss you like nobody else
In the heat of summer sunshine, I kiss you, and nobody needs to know
15. Incubus – I Miss You
A short, sweet track that embodies the perfect “I miss you” message. Unlike many of the songs on this list that deal with lost love, I Miss You is more of a romantic song about looking forward to seeing the one you love again. Very few songs eloquently capture the feeling like this song does, which makes it the perfect track to play when you’re missing your better half.
Missing you lyrics: I see your picture, I smell your skin on the empty pillow next to mine
You have only been gone ten days, but already I’m wasting away
I know I’ll see you again, whether far or soon
But I need you to know that I care and I miss you
16. Blink 182 – I Miss You
Here’s another rock track that’s just as poetic as the one from Incubus, albeit in a different vein. Embodying the goth-punk-rock lyrics is the equally dark music video about missing someone so much that it’s turning into a constant voice in your head. I suppose that’s what missing someone can be like – the constant reminders of their presence that borders on insanity.
Missing you lyrics: Like indecision to call you and hear your voice of treason
Will you come home and stop this pain tonight?
Don’t waste your time on me you’re already the voice inside my head
I miss you, I miss you
17. Seether featuring Amy Lee – Broken
Do you ever feel like you simply can’t function when the person you love isn’t around? Broken captures this feeling with its lyrics paired with the broken-up way Seether frontman Shaun Morgan sings the song. Like the swelling of emotions when it comes to missing someone, the track starts off with an acoustic guitar and swells to a crescendo with a full band.
Missing you lyrics: I wanted to you to know I love the way you laugh
I want to hold you high and steal your pain away
I keep your photograph, and I know it serves me well
I want to hold you high and steal your pain
18. Bloc Party – I Still Remember
Sometimes, just because you miss someone doesn’t necessarily mean you want them back. In this catchy track by Bloc Party, the lyrics retell all the memories shared in the past. It’s always cathartic when you remember all those things you shared with someone you were just almost a couple with. And you indulge in wishful thinking about what could have been, even though you know that it’s all in the past now.
Missing you lyrics: And I can see our days are becoming nights
I could feel your heartbeat across the grass
We should have run, I would go with you anywhere
I should have kissed you by the water
19. Tamia – Officially Missing You
When the one you love goes away, the feeling doesn’t always hit you instantly. Sometimes it feels like things are okay, and you can deal with it. But when the rain falls and things start to remind you of him, that’s when the pain starts. You might say that this is the moment when you know for sure that you’re missing him.
Missing you lyrics: Well I thought I could just get over you baby
But I see that’s something I just can’t do
From the way you would hold me to the sweet things you told me
I just can’t find a way to let go of you
Oh, can’t nobody do it like you, say every little thing you do
Hey baby, say, it stays on my mind
And I’m officially missing you
20. Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
Feelings of missing someone can sometimes go hand in hand with feelings of regret. You wonder how things could have been if you reached out more to that person who meant so much to you. In this Norah Jones song, she sings about not knowing why she didn’t do more to meet the one she wants in the middle; and now all she can do is think about him because he’s long gone.
Missing you lyrics: My heart is drenched in wine, but you’ll be on my mind forever
Something has to make you run
I don’t know why I didn’t come
I feel as empty as a drum
I don’t know why I didn’t come
21. Ne-Yo – So Sick
At first it’s irritation, sadness, and loneliness that converge when you break up with someone. It’s only later on that you realize, you’re actually missing your ex. This is a normal part of getting over someone, but sometimes you can’t help but feel overwhelmed with all the things that remind you of the one you used to love. These inescapable things feel like they’re consuming you, and it takes all the willpower you have not to try and get in touch again.
Missing you lyrics: Don’t make me think about her smile
Or having my first child
I’m letting go, turning off the radio
‘Cause I’m so sick of love songs, so tired of tears
So done with wishing she was still here
22. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
Missing someone is the worst when it’s late at night and you’ve already had too much to drink. Not only does alcohol intensify your feelings, but it can also push you to consider making that drunk call to your ex. Of course, it’s only a matter of giving in to temptation to find out if you still have a shot at being together.
Missing you lyrics: It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now
Said I wouldn’t call but I’ve lost all control and I need you now
23. Rhett Miller – Come Around
There are some memories that feel like they were from yesterday, even if the events happened years ago. Come Around is a song about vividly remembering the different moments in your relationship with someone – it starts off with the breakup and moves backwards towards the (now-regretful) moment you fell in love. And knowing that the person you used to love is in the past forever, you feel like you’ll be lonely for the rest of your life.
Missing you lyrics: I’m dressed all in white, and I remember the night
You came on to me and opened up my heart
I was hollow then, ‘til you filled me in, now I’m empty again
I should have never let it star
24. Ok Go – Needing/Getting
When the one you love doesn’t want to be with you, missing them seems like a futile effort. And yet, you can’t help but hope and wish and pray they’d change their mind. Ok Go’s track is about pining for someone whom you feel is absolutely essential in your life, and yet there’s nothing you can do to get them back. It’s lyrical genius in its simplicity.
Missing you lyrics: I’ve been hoping for months, hoping for years, hoping I might forget
But it don’t get much dumber, it don’t get much dumber
Than trying to forget a girl when you love her
And I, yeah, I still need you, but what good’s that gonna do?
When needing is one thing, and getting, getting’s another.
25. Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High)
Have you ever felt like you can’t quit someone like a bad habit? And in exchange for being with them, you indulge in hedonistic endeavors willed with sex, drugs, partying – like you’re trying to drown yourself in a sea of indulgence just to forget the person you miss? Tove Lo’s catchy dance track may sound like such a happy tune, but hidden within its lyrics are the toxic habits of a person who misses someone they can’t seem to forget.
Missing you lyrics: You’re gone and I gotta stay high all the time to keep you off my mind
High all the time to keep you off my mind
Spend my days locked in a haze, trying to forget you babe
I fall back down, I gotta stay high all the time
To forget I’m missing you
There are many different ways of missing someone – from reminiscing, to regretting not doing anything, to simply wanting to reach out to them. This extensive playlist should have everything you need then next time you’re missing a special person in your life.