19 Best Songs About Loneliness

By Nico Gonzalez

Loneliness comes in many forms and affects different people in various ways. Some choose to deal with this feeling by spending time alone, while others feel uncomfortable being by themselves and will seek out company. If you’re having a difficult time dealing with loneliness, you should check out the list below of 20 best songs about loneliness.


Lonely Boy – The Black Keys

The Black Keys - Lonely Boy [Official Music Video]

This song is a great sing-along track that is upbeat and fun, while still being about loneliness. It was the first single released off of their album El Camino in 2011. Loneliness does not always have to be a sad thing, and this song is perfect for those days when you just want to sing about it.

Alone Heart

This song is about being lonely in a relationship. It was released as a single in 1982 from the album Private Audition. Being alone in a relationship is one of the loneliest feelings ever. The song has a great beat, and really captures that feeling very well. Also, you can’t help but like it after you’ve listened to it a few times.

Lonely Boy Andrew Gold

Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy (Official Music Video)

This song is very different from the Black Keys’ version; It has more of an RnB vibe and is slower, and does not have such a sing-along chorus. It was on Gold’s 1979 album Solo. The song is about a man who is longing for a woman that he cannot be with. It is a very sad song, but it is beautifully written and performed.

I’m So Lonely I Could Cry Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Aloha From Hawaii, Live in Honolulu, 1973)

This song was released as a single in 1974 and was on the album From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis Tennessee. It is a cover of the song that was originally recorded by Hank Williams in 1949. The lyrics are about how lonely the singer is, and how much he misses his loved one. This song is very heartbreaking and soulful.

Walking In Memphis Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn - Walking in Memphis (Official Music Video)

This song was on Cohn’s 1991 album of the same name. Cohn wrote the song after chasing a mysterious voice of a woman he heard on cassette tapes of songs that were recorded in Memphis. He did not find her, but instead had this song as a result. It is about how lonely it is to be searching for someone and not really knowing what you’re looking for.

Lonely Akon

Akon - Lonely (Official Music Video)

This song was released in 2006 and was on Akon’s album Konvicted. The song is about a man who is in love with a woman that does not love him back. It is very sad, but the beat is catchy and it is easy to see why this song became popular. Since Akon is a solo male artist, it makes sense that he would try to write a song about being lonely.

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing Jack Johnson

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson

This song was on Johnson’s 2005 album of the same name. It is about a man who is waiting for someone that he loves to come back to him. He is sitting and waiting, and wishing that she will come back. The lyrics are beautiful, and it is a very mellow song. Because of this, it is a great song to listen to when you just want to relax.

Superman (It’s Not Easy) Five for Fighting

Five for Fighting - Superman (It's Not Easy)

This song was on Five for Fighting’s album The Battle for Everything in 2004. It is about the singer telling someone he loves how hard it is being without them and not having them by his side. It is a song about being lonely, and wanting things to be as simple as they were before.

All By Myself Eric Carmen

Eric Carmen - All by Myself (Audio)

This song was on the album All By Myself in 1975. It has been covered by many other artists since then, but the original version is still the best. This version of the song is about a man who is lonely and wondering how he will make it through life on his own. The song is very depressing, but it is a great classic.

Hello Adele

This song was on Adele’s album 21 in 2011. It is about a woman who is heartbroken and missing the love of her life. It is a very sad and mellow song, and it is great to listen to when you’re feeling down. Adele’s vocals are beautiful and real, and make the listener feel like they know what she’s going through.

Love Hurts Roy Orbison

Love Hurts - Roy Orbison

This song was released in 1975 as a single from his album entitled The Collection. Orbison wrote the song with his friends, who were also songwriters. The lyrics are about a man who is in love with a woman that does not love him back. It is a very sad and soulful song.

I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (Official 4K Video)

This song was on Houston’s album The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992, and was written by Dolly Parton. It has been covered by many artists since then, but the original is still the best. This song is about loving someone so much that no matter what happens, you will always love them. Even if they leave you or die, you will always be thinking of them until your last breath.

Don’t Keep Driving The Paper Kites

The Paper Kites - Don’t Keep Driving

This song was on the album Twelvefour in 2015. It is a very mellow and sad song about a man who is driving around at night, thinking about all of the things he has done wrong in his life. He is driving because he does not want to be alone, but he knows that it is not the right thing to do.

Far Away Nickelback

Nickelback - Far Away [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

This song was on Nickelback’s album All the Right Reasons in 2005. It is about a man who is missing the love of his life, and wishing that he was closer to her so that he could be with her. The lyrics are sad and beautiful, and the instrumental is very melancholy.

Can’t Stop This Thing We Started Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams - Can't Stop This Thing We Started

This song was on the album Waking Up The Neighbours in 1991. It is about a man trying to win back his love, because he cannot stop thinking about her or this thing they had together that he did not want to start.

Give Me Love Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran - Give Me Love (Official Music Video)

This song was released on the album Plus in 2011. It is about a man who loves a woman, but she does not love him back. He knows he has feelings for her, but maybe if he pretends that he doesn’t have feelings for her then things will change. It is a very sad song, and shows the vulnerability of love.

Sunday Morning Maroon 5

Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning (Closed Captioned)

This song was on the album Songs About Jane in 2002. It is about a man who is trying to get over a break-up with a girl that he still loves. He is trying to move on, but it is hard because every Sunday morning he wakes up and thinks about her. The lyrics are sad, but the song is upbeat and easy to listen to.

I’m Losing You John Lennon

I'm Losing You (Remastered 2010)

This song was on Lennon’s album Double Fantasy in 1980. It is about a man who is losing his mind, and can feel himself slipping away. He is losing his mind and he knows it, and the only thing that could possibly help him get better is if his love came back to him.

You Found Me The Fray

The Fray - You Found Me (Official VIdeo)

This song was released in 2009 on the album Scars and Stories. It is about a man who has lost hope in love because every woman he loves leaves him, and he has no idea why. He knows that every time he meets a girl, they will break his heart. Finding someone who loves him for who he is changing everything for him, and he is finally able to find hope again.

Each of these songs tells a story about loneliness, heartbreak, and love. They are all beautiful in their own way, and they will tug at your heartstrings. Whether you are feeling lonely right now or not, these songs are sure to touch you in some way.