20 Best Songs About Belonging

By Nico Gonzalez

There’s something about a great song that can make you feel like you belong. It might be the lyrics, the melody, or the way the artist sings it, but when you hear it, you feel like you’ve found a friend.

These 20 songs all explore the idea of belonging in one way or another. Whether it’s Bruce Springsteen singing about finding a home in America, or Taylor Swift talking about feeling like an outsider at school, these songs will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.


You Belong with Me – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me

You Belong with Me is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The song was released on April 18, 2009, by Big Machine Records as the third single from Swift’s second studio album, Fearless (2008). “You Belong with Me” is a country pop song with lyrics that describe a young woman who secretly likes a boy who is in a relationship with another girl. The song received favorable reviews from music critics, who praised its strong teenage appeal and Burstyn’s production; some also called it one of the best tracks on Fearless. In the United States, “You Belong with Me” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

We Belong Together – Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey - We Belong Together (Official Music Video)

We Belong Together is a song by American singer Mariah Carey. It was released on May 23, 2005, as the lead single from her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). The song was written by Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, and Johnta Austin, and produced by the former three. As the song samples Lionel Richie’s 1983 hit single “All Night Long (All Night)”, it is credited as co-written by Richie. We Belong Together is built on a simple piano arrangement with a light backing track. The lyrics chronicle a woman’s desperation for her former lover to return.

Up Where Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Up Where We Belong + Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes + Lyrics/HQ

The song “Up Where We Belong” was released in 1982 and was produced by Giorgio Moroder. The song was written by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Will Jennings, and Jack Nitzsche. It was originally performed by Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker. The song was featured in the film “An Officer and a Gentleman” and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song is about two people who are in love but come from different worlds. The woman is from a wealthy family and the man is from a working-class background. The woman’s father does not approve of the relationship and wants her to marry someone else. 

Somewhere I belong – Linkin Park

Somewhere I Belong [Official Music Video] - Linkin Park

“Somewhere I Belong” is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released as the first single from their second studio album, Meteora, on March 11, 2003. The song was a commercial success, peaking at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming the sixth-most played song of 2003 on radio. “Somewhere I Belong” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2004. The song’s music video, directed by Nathan “Karma” Cox, depicts the band members searching for each other in a desert.

You Belong to the City – Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey - You Belong To The City

Glenn Frey’s song “You Belong to the City” perfectly captures the feeling of longing for a place that you love but can’t return to. The song is full of images of the city at night, from the sparkling lights of the skyline to the “neon jungle” of Times Square. The singer compares the city to a lover who is always just out of reach, and the result is a mournful but ultimately hopeful song. It’s a sentiment that will resonate with anyone who has ever been away from home, and it’s one of the many reasons why “You Belong to the City” remains an enduring classic.

My Hearts Belong to Me – Barbra Streisand

My Heart Belongs to Me

“My Heart Belongs to Me” is a song recorded by American singer Barbra Streisand for her eponymous debut album. The song was released as the album’s lead single on October 16, 1967, and peaked at number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was written by Paul Williams and arranged by Quincy Jones. It is a folk ballad with lyrics that tell of a young woman’s love for a man who does not reciprocate her feelings. The song has been praised for its simple, yet effective, melody andStreisand’s emotive vocal performance. In 1968, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Steal My Girl – One Direction

One Direction - Steal My Girl

The song Steal My Girl – One Direction is a song about a guy who is in love with a girl who is taken. He sings about how he is willing to do anything to win her over and how he will always be there for her. The song has a catchy beat and is very upbeat. The lyrics are simple but effective. The song is relatable to anyone who has ever been in love with someone who is taken. It is a feel-good song that will make you want to dance and sing along.

We All Go Back to Where We Belong – REM

R.E.M. - We All Go Back To Where We Belong, Kirsten, 2011

We All Go Back to Where We Belong is a song by the American rock band R.E.M. It was released on September 1, 2011, as the lead single from the band’s fifteenth studio album, Collapse into Now. The song was written by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills. It was produced byJacknife Lee and recorded at the famed Ocean Way Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. The song features guest vocals from Patti Smith. We All Go Back to Where We Belong is a mid-tempo ballad with a chorus that is both catchy and melodic. The lyrics are introspective and deal with the idea of returning to one’s roots.

Heaven Belongs to You – Brockhampton

Heaven Belongs To You - BROCKHAMPTON

The song Heaven Belongs to You by Brockhampton is a haunting ballad that reflects on the struggles of growing up. The lyrics are filled with images of broken families and friends who have lost their way. Despite the darkness of the subject matter, there is a sense of hope that pervades the song. This is best exemplified in the line “Sometimes I swear I see my mom and dad in the stars.” The idea that our loved ones live on after death is a comforting thought, and it gives us strength to carry on when things are tough. The song ends on a note of redemption, with the singer proclaiming that “heaven belongs to you.

Someone Belonging to Someone – Bee Gees

Bee Gees - Someone Belonging to Someone

The song Someone Belonging to Someone by Bee Gees was released in 1967. It was written by Barry Gibb and was produced by Robert Stigwood. The song is about a man who is in love with a woman who is already in a relationship. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number four on the UK Singles Chart. TheBee Gees were a musical group formed in 1958 by brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The group’s first release was “The Battle of the Blue and the Grey” in Australia in 1963. They achieved international success with their 1967 album, Bee Gees 1st, which reached number one in the UK, US, Canada, and New Zealand.

The Worst – Jhene Aiko

Jhené Aiko - The Worst (Official Music Video)

Jhene Aiko’s “The Worst” is a heart-wrenching ballad about the pain of a failed relationship. The lyrics are delivered with emotion and conviction, painting a picture of a woman who is struggling to come to terms with her loss. The song begins with Aiko recounting the happy moments she shared with her partner, but it quickly becomes clear that the relationship has ended. She reflects on the pain she feels, and how she wishes she could turn back time to when things were good. The chorus is particularly powerful, with Aiko belting out the words “I love you still, I hate you more” with raw emotion.

Stitches – Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes - Stitches (Official Music Video)

Shawn Mendes’ song “Stitches” is a pop ballad with an R&B flavor. The song is about a young man who is struggling to get over a break-up. The subject matter of the song is relatable to many people, which may be one reason why it has been so successful. The lyrics are well written, and Mendes’ vocals are both emotive and powerful. The production values of the song are high, which contributes to its overall Polished sound. “Stitches” is a well-crafted pop song that is sure to please fans of Mendes’ music.

Belong – Washed out

Washed Out - Belong

“Belong” is a song by American electronic music band Washed Out. It was released on May 13, 2011 as the lead single from their debut studio album, Within and Without (2011). The song was written and produced by Washed Out frontman Ernest Greene. The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its melancholic atmosphere and Greene’s vocals. “Belong” was used in a commercial for Google Chromebooks, which helped the song to achieve commercial success. The song peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and number 22 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.

To Belong – Daughter

Daughter’s song “To Belong” is a hauntingly beautiful ballad that explores the feeling of loneliness and isolation. The lyrics are written in the first person, giving the impression that the speaker is looking back on their life from a distance. This sense of detachment is further reinforced by the ethereal backing vocals, which create a feeling of being lost in space. The song’s emotional core is its message of belonging. The lyrics express the desire to find a place where one feels at home, even if that place does not actually exist. The song speaks to the human need for connection, and its message is both universal and timeless. “To Belong” is a truly beautiful song that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt alone in the world.

Belong to the World – The Weeknd

The Weeknd - Belong To The World (Official Video)

The Weeknd’s Belong to the World is a hauntingly beautiful song that speaks to the fragility of love and relationships. The lyrics are both simple and complex, hinting at a deep understanding of the human heart. The production is dark and atmospheric, creating a feeling of unease and foreboding. The song seems to be about a relationship that is doomed from the start, but it is also about the hope that comes with love. In spite of the song’s dark atmosphere, there is an underlying sense of optimism that gives it an emotional power. Belong to the World is a complex and deeply affecting song that speaks to the challenges and rewards of love.

I Belong to You – Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz - I Belong To You

The song “I Belong to You” by Lenny Kravitz is a great example of how music can be used to express feelings of love and commitment. The lyrics describe the singer’s deep connection to his partner, and how he wants nothing more than to spend his life with her. The song is also very sensual, with a slow, seductive melody that reflects the physical intimacy between the two lovers. Kravitz’s powerful vocals convey the emotional intensity of the lyrics, making “I Belong to You” a truly moving love song.

We Belong – Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar - We Belong (Official Video)

“We Belong” is a song by American rock singer Pat Benatar. It was released in September 1984 as the second single from her fifth studio album, Tropico. The song was written by Diane Warren and produced by Mike Chapman. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of Benatar’s most successful singles. The music video for the song, directed by Anthony B. Richmond, received heavy rotation on MTV. “We Belong” has been covered by a number of artists, including Kelly Clarkson, who took the song to number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 2005. The song has also been featured in several films and television shows.

I Belong in Your Arms – Chairlift

Chairlift "I Belong In Your Arms"

The song I Belong in Your Arms by Chairlift is a hauntingly beautiful ballad that tells the story of a love that is both forbidden and unrequited. The lyrics are pessimistic and resigned, yet there is a sense of hope and longing that runs through the song. The music is slow and steady, with a simple piano melody that is underpinned by a dark, throbbing bassline. The vocals are ethereal and emotive, conveying both the sadness and the hope of the lyrics. I Belong in Your Arms is a stunning example of pop music at its best – catchy, yet deeply moving. It is a song that will stay with you long after it has ended.

She Belongs to Me – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan - She Belongs to Me (Official Audio)

Bob Dylan’s song “She Belongs to Me” was released as part of his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home. The song is thought to be about one of Dylan’s early girlfriends, Suze Rotolo. Rotolo was an artist and activist, and she appears on the cover of Dylan’s album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which was released in 1963. Rotolo has said that the song is not about her specifically, but about the type of woman that Dylan was attracted to at the time. “She Belongs to Me” is a simple love song, but it is also a tribute to the independent spirit of the 1960s generation.

Right Where It Belongs – Nine Inch Nails

Right Where It Belongs

Nine Inch Nails is one of the most iconic rock bands of the last few decades. Their unique blend of industrial, metal, and electronica has gained them a loyal following, and their music has been featured in numerous films and TV shows. “Right Where It Belongs” is one of their most popular songs, and it’s easy to see why. The song is about overcoming adversity and finding strength in yourself, and it’s something that everyone can relate to. The lyrics are empowering, and the chorus is catchy and memorable. The song also has a great deal of personal meaning for Trent Reznor, the frontman of Nine Inch Nails.