One of the toughest decisions to make is choosing between the one you’re with and the one you’ve fallen in love with. Below, we’ve listed down some songs that capture this feeling perfectly.
Olivia Newton-John – I Honestly Love You
To start off this list, we have one of Olivia’s most famous and heartbreaking ballads. At first, you might think this is about a woman confessing her love to a man. However, when you take a look at the lyrics, it’s actually about falling in love with a married man while she herself is married. On the bright side, nothing happens of their mutual attraction.
Loving someone else lyrics: If we both were born
In another place and time
This moment might be ending in a kiss
But there you are with yours
And here I am with mine
So I guess we’ll just be leaving it at this
I love you
I honestly love you
Katy Perry – Thinking of You
In this song, Katy Perry pines for the love of an ex-lover, even if she’s already with someone else. She seems to be looking at her past relationship through rose-tinted lenses because she believes she’ll never find someone as good as her ex. While this isn’t necessarily about falling in love with someone while you’re already with another, it paints a pretty good picture of staying in love with someone long after you’ve broken up.
Loving someone else lyrics: You’re like an Indian summer in the middle of winter
Like a hard candy with a surprise center
How do I get better once I’ve had the best
You said there’s tons of fish in the water
So the waters I will test
He kissed my lips, I taste your mouth
He pulled me in, I was disgusted with myself
Hinder – Lips of an Angel
In what we could consider the only song by Hinder that hit the charts, the vocalist sings about a call he receives from his ex. He admits that he has never really moved on from her, despite the fact that he’s already seeing someone new. And since he’s hiding his conversation with his ex from his current girlfriend, it seems pretty clear that he has intentions of being unfaithful.
Loving someone else lyrics: Well, my girl’s in the next room
Sometimes I wish she was you
I guess we never really moved on
It’s really good to hear your voice saying my name
It sounds so sweet
Coming from the lips of an angel
Hearing those words – it makes me weak
And I never wanna say goodbye
But, girl, you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel
Little Mix feat. Jason Derulo – Secret Love Song
Is it just me or are songs about cheating duos becoming more common? In this song, Little Mix and Jason Derulo sing as ill-fated lovers who are in relationships with other people. They lament how they need to keep their love behind closed doors because their significant others might find out.
Loving someone else lyrics: And nobody knows I’m in love with someone’s baby
I don’t wanna hide us away
Tell the world about the love we’re making
I’m living for that day someday
Why can’t I hold you in the street?
Why can’t I kiss you on the dance floor?
I wish that we could be like that
Why can’t we be like that?
‘Cause I’m yours, I’m yours
John Legend – She Don’t Have to Know
In this song, John Legend sings as a man who’s willing to go to the other side of town just to see his mistress. He sings about how he’s able to sneak around just to keep his official girlfriend from catching him with his other girl. And as the song implies, he’s pretty adamant about not letting his girl know about his shenanigans.
Loving someone else lyrics: Oh stealing moments just to be with you
Though it’s wrong, it’s hard to tell the truth, oh no
She don’t have to know she don’t have to know
When I meet ‘cha, I got my shades on to cover up my eyes
I’m hoping that nobody sees me passing by
Through my disguise I still know you recognize
Carly Rae Jepsen – This Kiss
Carly Rae Jepsen’s songs have that upbeat pop sound, but darker lyrics are usually lurking behind that dance tempo. In this song, Carly sings about how she can’t resist wanting to kiss this guy she sees at the club. The downside is that both she and the guy she likes are in different relationships.
Loving someone else lyrics: You know you’re just my type
And your eyes are lock and key, to my heart
Tempting my confession, my confession
And you’re a real hot thing
But you know I’ve got a boy somewhere
So can you feel the tension?
Clay Walker – Holder Her Loving You
In this song, Clay Walker sings about the three hardest things he’s ever had to do. The third is leaving “here” without the girl he loves. The second is telling his real girlfriend about his side chick. And the hardest thing is holding his girlfriend while loving his side chick. Seems like a tough life for Mr. Walker, especially since he can’t seem to leave his real girlfriend because he doesn’t have a good enough reason to do so.
Loving someone else lyrics: If she’d give me one good reason I’d be gone
But she ain’t done one thing wrong
So don’t expect me just to walk out of the door
I still love her but I love you more
Del Amitri – Be My Downfall
We humans can be quite weak in the face of temptation, and no one knows this better than the protagonist of Del Amitri’s Be My Downfall. In this song, the protagonist is about head back home to a girlfriend who’s patiently waiting for him. But one look at this girl he considers his downfall, and his defenses are down. He admits defeat and decides to skip the bus and take off with this other woman.
Loving someone else lyrics: The bus is pulling out and I guess I’d better go
Before I make a grave mistake and let my feelings show
And twenty miles away she waits alone for me
But when I try to picture her you’re the one I see
And in another situation I could put up a fight
But you will be my downfall tonight
Barry Manilow – Even Now
It’s the ultimate test of love when you’re made to choose between a great life with someone new or a not-so-great one with someone you used to be with. If you’ve already seemingly moved on from your past life with your ex, but deep down you still want that old life so badly, then this song by Barry Manilow is perfect for you.
Loving someone else lyrics: Even now when I have come so far
I wonder where you are
I wonder why it’s still so hard without you
Even now when I come shining through
I swear I think of you
And how I wish you knew
England Dan and John Ford Coley – It’s Sad to Belong
Perhaps this song has one of the most hard-hitting lines in music history: It’s sad to belong to someone else when the right one comes along. In this song, the protagonist meets the woman of his dreams. But sadly, he’s already married to someone else. His only respite is to dream about the life that could have been as he tries to let his love for someone else go.
Loving someone else lyrics: So I lived my life in a dreamworld
For the rest of my days
Just you and me walkin’ hand in hand
In a wishful memory
Oh, I guess that’s all
That it would ever be
When you’re faced with the decision to choose between the one you’re with and the one you love, maybe these songs will knock some sense into you.