21 Best Songs About Wanting Someone Back

Seeking to rekindle past love can be difficult as you might not have the best world to express the emotions you are going through. I found listening to songs about wanting someone back helpful as it connects me with multiple people going through the same situations as I am.

If you seek to reunite with your ex and all your means fail, perhaps sharing a reunited love playlist can charm them back to you. True love can stand the test of time and complex situations, which is evident in this playlist, as the composers were inspired by their past lovers to write some great tunes.

Most of these songs call for amends and work past different issues that led to the end of the composer’s relationship. If you are thinking of going back to your former lover, listen to this playlist I created.

Nr Song Artist About
1 Here Without You 3 Doors Down Learn More
2 Right Now Akon Learn More
3 I Want You Back The Jackson 5 Learn More
4 Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton Learn More
5 The Scientist Coldplay Learn More
6 Love of My Life Queen Learn More
7 Always On My Mind Willie Nelson Learn More
8 Always Bon Jovi Learn More
9 Miss You The Rolling Stones Learn More
10 So Far Away Carole King Learn More
11 Closer The Chainsmokers Learn More
12 Hard To Say I’m Sorry Chicago Learn More
13 Someone You Loved Lewis Capaldi Learn More
14 Open Arms Journey Learn More
15 I Won’t Give Up Jason Mraz Learn More
16 Baby Come Back Player Learn More
17 We Belong Together Mariah Carey Learn More
18 Let’s Just Fall In Love Again Jason Castro Learn More
19 I’ll come Running back To You Sam Cooke Learn More
20 Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours Stevie Wonder Learn More
21 On Bended Knee Boyz II Men Learn More


21 Best Songs About Wanting Someone Back

The list comprises songs from different genres, but all pass the same message of seeking reunited love.


1. Here Without You – 3 Doors Down

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Many of us are nostalgic about the era of songs back then when 3 Doors Down was super mainstream. Here Without You is a song that probably most people know, that is about missing an ex-lover.

I love the simplicity of the lyrics and how he’s able to convey his pain and suffering. Brad Arnold said that he was inspired to write the song by his ex-wife.

Recommended: 21 Songs About Sacrifice.


2. Right Now – Akon

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Akon’s song “Right Now” is about a man’s regrets over letting his lover get away and wanting her back. The singer expresses a desire to make up with her while reflecting on the mistakes that were made that caused the breakup.

The lyrics are simple but powerful, and it makes anyone sing along because the song is so catchy. Right Now is a classic Akon song that will always be remembered.


3. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5

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This is easily one of the best Jackson songs. The musical family composed this melodious piece to show how it is easy to take those we love for granted.

Some of us have been in that situation and only realize the impact of our actions when we are alone. “I want You Back” perfectly capture the emotions we go through and the words we want to say at that moment.


4. Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton

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“Un-break My Heart” is undoubtedly one of the best songs about wanting someone back ever written. Diane Warren wrote this song and convinced Tony Braxton that it would be a good choice to put her angelic vocals on it.

The song became one of the best songs of all time, contributing to the singer’s success.


5. The Scientist – Coldplay

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Coldplay is one of the most iconic bands that have been with us for decades, blessing us with some of the best music we will ever listen to.

The Scientist is a plea from the singer to his ex to remember their past and hold on to it. The song’s video shows the man’s effort to start things over and never repeat the same mistakes.


6. Love of My Life – Queen

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Freddy Mercury has one of the most interesting love lives compared to other pop stars. This song was dedicated to Mary Austin, as she had left him after he came out as bisexual.

The singer dedicated this emotional piece to telling Mary that he only wants her to return and be by his side.


7. Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson

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The sound of Willie Nelson always made country music sound better, making him an iconic singer and one of the best composers in the genre. The song has stood the test of time, as it is still popular four decades after its release.

In this emotional song, Willie laments how he failed to show his lover how important she is. Now that they separated, he found the perfect words to let her know that she has always been in his mind.


8. Always – Bon Jovi

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Bon Jovi is a widely known rock band. Even though this song was composed for the movie Romeo Is Bleeding, Jon Bon Jovi declined and released it at a later date.

The song tells the story of a man who was left by his girl, but he still fights on. As the lyrics say “And I will love you, baby, always / And I’ll be there forever and a day, always”.

Recommended: 21 Songs About Crazy People.


9. Miss You – The Rolling Stones

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If you need to listen to songs about wanting someone back, “Miss You” perfectly captures the theme in a classic style from the band. The song was composed from the personal perspective of the band’s frontman Mick Jagger.

During the release, fans thought the song was dedicated to his soon-to-be ex-wife, but in a twist of events, he confessed that it was more of an emotion than a girl.


10. So Far Away – Carole King

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Next on our list is a song from the 70s that is still very famous today. Carole King is shown bemoaning the fact that she can’t be together with the man she loves. She mentions the fact that when she reached for him before, he was there, but she wasted her chance.


11. Closer – The Chainsmokers

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Closer by Chainsmokers has an electric instrumental that is entertaining and catchy. The song’s lyrics talk about a relationship that ended, and the couple had been distant for four years.

They run into each other again and reignite the flame of their past relationship, willing to make things work out once more.


12. Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago

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“Hard To Stay I’m Sorry” is one of the classic songs that makes you appreciate the quality of music composed in the 80s.

This song, voiced by Peter Cetera, managed to top several charts in 1982 and is still popular 40 years after its release. It’s one of the greatest tunes about a person’s need to reunite with his love.


13. Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi

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“Someone You Loved” has to be one of the most powerful songs about wanting someone back in recent years. The song catapulted Lewis Capaldi into international success as it became an instant hit, gaining millions of streams across multiple streaming platforms.

The song lyrics are very emotional, and I found them relatable as some of us have faced similar situations. Lewis revealed that this song was about his grandmother.

Recommended: 21 Sad Songs About People Dying.


14. Open Arms – Journey

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“Open Arms” by Journey is one of the greatest love songs as it was written by Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain as a message to an ex to reunite.

The singer’s voice makes you appreciate the song’s message, as it will make you feel multiple emotions. It’s about a couple who drifted apart but found each other again and realized how much they love each other.


15. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

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Very few songs can speak to the listener’s soul. If you are going through a rough patch in your relationship, this is a ballad that you must listen to, as it can give you some hope that may be fading.

The artist’s harmony and progression in his vocals are amazing and always touch my soul whenever I listen to his song. Mraz recorded this piece to show that one can hold on to the ones they love and fight for a relationship by refusing to give up.


16. Baby Come Back – Player

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The Song’s title perfectly summarizes the need for someone to want their lover back. The song’s theme surrounds remorse and apology as the singer knows he is in the wrong and is hopeful that his plea for a reunion will be accepted.

Payer released the song in 1977, and the fascinating part is not the emotional lyrics but the guitar solo performed at the song’s end.


17. We Belong Together – Mariah Carey

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You can have a complete of songs about wanting someone back and lacking “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey. There is always a lot of regret surrounding a breakup with the person you love, and this piece talks about how hard it is to cope afterward.

The lyrics show the sad emotions the composer goes through during the breakup and tries to seek her past lover but fails.


18. Let’s Just Fall In Love Again – Jason Castro

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Jason Castro began his singing career on American Idol. This song is a little nostalgic for me, as it was released back in 2009.

So far, this one of the few songs that can make me smile as the lyrics and melody makes me feel warm inside. If it’s your first time listening to the song, you won’t stop falling in love with it.


19. I’ll come Running back To You – Sam Cooke

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Sam’s voice is one of the smoothest, with a silky and soulful tone, and it is a treasure. Though the song was recorded many decades ago, the lyrics and sound will connect you with the artist and the emotions he was experiencing at the time.

In the song, Sam talks about his willingness to run back to his ex-lover despite learning that she has moved on with another guy.


20. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder is responsible for some of our best songs and has greatly influenced some of the most popular musicians. This is because of his versatile music style and talented voice.

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” takes through the artist putting himself at his ex-lover’s mercy and is willing to do anything to get back with her.


21. On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men

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The last song on this list is a popular song from one of the greatest boy bands. Boy II Men were responsible for most of the greatest R&B songs I have ever heard while growing up.

“On Bended Knee” is a plea for forgiveness to reunite with a past love. He promises to fix all the mistakes he made in the past and wants to start anew with her.


Last Words

Anyone who has gone through a breakup understands the pain of losing the loved one and the difficulty of coping with that situation.

Listening to songs about wanting someone back can be the first step to gaining confidence and building the words you can say to fight for your relationship.

Sharing these songs with the one you still want to have a romantic relationship with may be effective as maybe they are experiencing the same feelings as you.


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