Friends to lovers songs are some of the most relatable pieces if you have romantic feelings toward a friend that is very dear to you. Growing up, I had my share of friends over the years, and the idea of being in a relationship never crossed my mind until recently.
Words can’t express that overwhelming feeling I have whenever I am around my best friend. While I was warned before that opposite genders can’t be best friends without feelings developing, I never thought that this would happen to me until now.
The idea of confessing my feelings still crosses my mind whenever we hang out. I can only express the burning sensation of my desires through the universal love language that is music.
|1||Home||Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros||Learn More|
|2||Mine||Tink & G Herbo||Learn More|
|3||I’ve Been Thinking About You||Mariah Carey||Learn More|
|4||Do You Want to Know a Secret||The Beatles||Learn More|
|5||You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This||Toby Keith||Learn More|
|6||Lucky||Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat||Learn More|
|7||You’re My Best Friend||Queen||Learn More|
|8||Head Over Feet||Alanis Morissette||Learn More|
|10||Accidentally in Love||Counting Crows||Learn More|
|11||Best Friend||50 Cent & Olivia||Learn More|
|12||Mary’s Song (Oh My My My)||Taylor Swift||Learn More|
|13||Falling In Love (With My Best Friend)||Matt White||Learn More|
|14||Save The Best For Last||Vanessa Williams||Learn More|
|15||Falling In Love With My Best Friend||Tyler Ward||Learn More|
|16||I Want You to Want Me||Letters to Cleo||Learn More|
|17||The way I feel Inside||The Zombies||Learn More|
|18||Heartbeat||Childish Gambino||Learn More|
|19||More than Friends||Jason Mraz & Meghan Trainor||Learn More|
|20||Don’t Speak||No Doubt||Learn More|
|21||Anyone Else but You||The Moldy Peaches||Learn More|
21 Friends To Lovers Songs
If you are living in a fairytale as I do and wish it comes alive, here are a couple of songs I listen to regularly when thinking of my friend.
1. Home – Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero is the perfect song to start our list as listening to this piece will give you romantic chills.
The duet will make you daydream about confessing your feelings to your friend. This song is everything you and your best friend may want to say to each other if there has been tension for some time.
2. Mine – Tink & G Herbo
Even rap songs are not left behind in this type of music. “Mine” is a rap duet between artists who are on the fence about the state of their friendship and their need to want more.
They confess about the love they have developed for each other but question if it will all work out in the end based on their lifestyle.
3. I’ve Been Thinking About You – Mariah Carey
The piece from Mariah Carey captures most aspects of friends to lovers songs. The heavy thought process that comes with romantic feelings is the common denominator of figuring out your feelings towards your friend. While most songs in this category are sappy, Mariah instead takes a different approach and composed a danceable track that has stood the test of time since its release in 1993.
4. Do You Want to Know a Secret – The Beatles
This is a great listen if you are in the mood to lament your emotions. The theme of the song draws its inspiration from several places capturing the tumultuous emotions that arise from falling in love with your friend.
We know the Beatles’ genius as they do not disappoint in each music release they have. I’m sure many people relate to this song and dedicate it to their crush as a way to express their feelings.
5. You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This – Toby Keith
Toby Keith is a known country song artist with a couple of patriotic songs on his belt. Your Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like That is a song that describes the artist’s romantic feelings awakened by his friend’s innocent little kiss while dancing.
We all wish we get into a situation where the friend we love and are scared of confessing our emotions to makes the first move. A kiss from the right person can set you on fire, and Toby knows this.
6. Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
The duet from these two artists is one of the best friends to lovers songs I have listened to. The lyrics from this mellow song summarize how lucky it is when friends know they need more than friendship and then they feel lucky to be lovers and bestfriends at the same time.
Those who have jumped their barriers of friendship to being in a committed relationship will enjoy this duet more.
7. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
The vocals and instrumentals from one of the greatest bands that walked on earth are a pure shot of joy straight to the listener’s eardrums. Freddie Mercury’s vocals make this song gleeful.
With multiple songs under the category of love, this classic rock genre piece can make you focus on the happiness you feel when your best friend is around you.
8. Head Over Feet – Alanis Morissette
The song was released in 1995 and took a different perspective on the category of romantic songs. In this piece, the artist blames her friend for making her fall in love.
Though no one wants to complicate their relationship with their friend, sometimes love happens. This confirms how most of us feel when we discover our romantic interest in a friend.
9. Shiver – Coldplay
Shiver from Coldplay is one song that put the band on the map when they were starting their musical journey. I can’t believe it has been over two decades since the release of this song about devotion to friendship that is steadfastly changing to love.
The song’s theme is about the artist’s willingness to wait for their best friend to reciprocate feelings, even if it’s forever. Over the years, the band’s sound has evolved, but it’s still easy to connect to the band’s music.
10. Accidentally in Love – Counting Crows
This is one of the sweetest songs about falling in love in the least expected places. The song has one of the best rhythms and always gets me nostalgic when I listen to the piece.
It documents the joyous feeling of accidentally discovering you are in love with a friend. Other than the lyrics being emotional, the song can get you on your feet moving to the groove.
11. Best Friend – 50 Cent & Olivia
While we know him for gangster type of hip-hop songs, 50 Cent revealed his softer side by penning one of the most popular friends to lovers songs in the hip-hop genre.
The duet shows the artist’s softer side by showing his love interest to his crush and is ready to take their friendship to the next level.
Oliva compliments the track by putting her female perspective and bearing it all out as she realizes they are looking for the same thing.
12. Mary’s Song (Oh My My My) – Taylor Swift
While we mostly know Taylor Swift for break-up songs, I believe she knows how to play with her audience’s emotions, making her one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our generation.
It is probably because of her prowess that made me fall in love with the song. This piece features her wispy vocals, and her lyrics hit home for many in this situation, making it a perfect addition to your playlist.
13. Falling In Love (With My Best Friend) – Matt White
If R&B/Soul is your favorite genre, then you will appreciate “Falling In Love (With My Best Friend)” by Matt White.
The love song’s theme discusses the denial of what close friends who develop romantic feelings toward each other go through. It relays the message clearly, making the song one of the greatest in the category.
14. Save The Best For Last – Vanessa Williams
The song is a classic by Vanessa, and it sounds quite different. This great piece has resurfaced back into the limelight thanks to popular social media platforms. The sound from the song is like something you heard in a Disney movie.
The friends-to-lovers piece has a beautiful orchestral underscore that serves as the best instrumental for the artist’s voice. If you are a fan of slow emotional ballads, this one is definitely for you.
15. Falling In Love With My Best Friend – Tyler Ward
If there is one person in your life that you can always count on, it’s your best friend. Over time, the bonds of friendship can grow even stronger, developing into something more intimate and special.
This is exactly what happens in this recent song, released in 2020, part of Tyler’s album “Songs From Nashville”. It tells the sweet story of 2 best friends slowly falling in love with each other.
16. I Want You to Want Me – Letters to Cleo
The list wouldn’t be complete without one of the most popular tracks, “Letters to Cleo”. The song features a 60s-style rock theme that incorporates heavy guitar, drum beats, and simple but joyous vocals.
If rock is your forte, you will love the song and become addicted. The song’s chorus is catchy and enjoyable, and you will sing along.
17. The way I feel Inside – The Zombies
This is an emotional piece that reminds me of the moments I realized I was falling for my friend and didn’t know whether to tell him or not.
The song is a solo song, where the singer is hardly accompanied by an instrumental, and he sings in an interesting tone. He wants to express his feelings to his friend, but since he’s afraid of being rejected, the protagonist will wait until she shows signs.
18. Heartbeat – Childish Gambino
Danny Glover has proven to be a revolutionary artist, and his musical art pieces tell it all. This song will take you through an emotional rollercoaster of the artist’s emotions with his on and off again friend.
He questions the state of their relationship as they are always together, but he is not sure whether they are pursuing a romantic relationship or just best friends.
19. More than Friends – Jason Mraz & Meghan Trainor
It’s no secret that Jason Mraz loves composing friends-to-lovers songs. This time he’s joined by Meghan Trainor. Similar to other songs on the topic, the melodies are catchy and creative.
This piece is truly for those who decide it’s time to have more. The vocal change between the two artists is amazing and worth a listen.
20. Don’t Speak – No Doubt
Gwen Stefani sings this heart-wrenching piece based on her real-life relationship with Tony Kanal. The raw emotion of honesty combined with powerful lyrics makes her performance memorable.
The song will ease your heartache when seeking love from a friend who is not ready to commit. If you are a music nerd, you probably notice that the piece is highly underrated.
21. Anyone Else but You – The Moldy Peaches
If you are developing romantic feelings for your friend, this duet from Moldy Peaches is worth listening to.
Accompanied by only a guitar instrumental, the artists have a back-and-forth narration of a love story. The voices of the artists complement each other.
May this compilation of friends-to-lovers songs give you the comfort you require, especially during the difficult moment when you contemplate on expressing your feelings.
One thing about love is that you cannot hide it for a long time; even if you are scared at the moment, it’s only a matter of time before one of you confesses.
I believe that soon you find the right words to express yourself. Perhaps these songs can give you the words and courage they gave to me when I was in your situation.