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112 Songs About Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Feeling lonely, loveless, and socially isolated?  Make an "I'm So Lonely" playlist using our long list of pop, rock, and country songs.

Feeling lonely, loveless, and socially isolated? Make an "I'm So Lonely" playlist using our long list of pop, rock, and country songs.

The Best Songs About Being Alone

With almost 7.5 billion people in the world, how could anyone be lonely? Many of us may feel temporary (i.e., "transient") loneliness when:

  • a loved one dies
  • a marriage or important relationship ends or
  • we're new to a school, job, or community.

Yet, with weakened social ties, one out of five Americans feels chronically lonely. And for adults over the age of 45, it's one in three. If you're one of them, then you have a lot of company.

There are many pop, rock, and country songs about social isolation, loneliness, and being alone. Make yourself a playlist using the long list of songs we've put together.

Top 20 Songs About Being Lonely


1. Astronaut

Simple Plan

2. Only the Lonely

The Motels

3. Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Green Day

4. Cool Kids


5. She Don't Love You

Eric Paslay

6. Lonely


7. Foolish Heart

Steve Perry

8. Everybody's Got Somebody but Me

Hunter Hayes

9. You Don't Even Know Who I Am

Patty Loveless

10. Here I Go Again


11. Drive

The Cars

12. Nobody Knows

Kevin Sharp

13. I Miss My Friend

Darryl Worley

14. All By Myself

Eric Carmen

15. Best I Ever Had

Gary Allan

16. Away From the Sun

3 Doors Down

17. The Lonely

Christina Perri

18. Another Lonely Night

Adam Lambert

19. Need You Now

Lady Antebellum

20. Dancing with Myself

Billy Idol

1. "Astronaut" by Simple Plan

On occasion, we've all probably felt like the narrator in this 2011 song. He feels isolated, unheard, and as disconnected from others as a satellite in outer space.

Trying desperately to reach out, he wants to rejoin humanity. Does anyone hear his signal? Anyone?

2. "Only the Lonely" by The Motels

The woman in this 1982 song meets back up with a former lover, and instead of feeling sparks, she finds herself going through the motions. She's trying to fill an empty heart with temporary physical pleasure as only the lonely can do.

3. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day

With just a shadow as his company, the narrator in this 2004 song walks the empty streets, the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Envision him wandering past closed-down storefronts, foreclosed homes, and abandoned buildings. In the silence, he hears the beating of his shallow heart and sometimes wishes that someone else would find him.

4. "Cool Kids" by Echosmith

Were you one of the cool kids in high school who basked in the spotlight of popularity? Or were you on the other extreme, an invisible "other" who was relegated to the sidelines?

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The invincible cool kids in this 2013 song drive fast cars, relish the good life, and enjoy each other as friends. They are the envy of their less fortunate peers, who blend quietly into the background. The unpopular kids experience a burden of hardship and rejection that the cool kids cannot fathom. Everyone wants to be like the cool kids.

5. "She Don't Love You" by Eric Paslay

There's nothing like broken trust to mess with someone's heart and head for good. In this sad country song from 2014, a woman has become accustomed to goodbyes. She clings to men she shouldn't, one cowboy right after another. However, she seems to get no satisfaction from these flings.

The song is told from the perspective of the regretful man who was once her partner until he betrayed her:

She don't love you, she's just lonely
She wasn't once upon a time
I remember her in the sunlight
I remember her when she was mine, mine.

"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty." - Mother Teresa, Catholic nun, saint and missionary to the poor

"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty." - Mother Teresa, Catholic nun, saint and missionary to the poor

Health Risks Associated With Loneliness

Cardiovascular disease and stroke

Decreased memory and learning

Greater inflammatory responses to stress

Elevated blood pressure and levels of cortisol (the stress hormone)

Antisocial behavior

Progression of Alzheimer's disease

Alcoholism and drug abuse

Poor decision-making

Depression and suicide

Altered brain function

Diminished sleep quality

Higher susceptibility to infection

6. "Lonely" by Akon

There's a simple moral in this 2004 song: Watch out when you fool around on your one and only because you'll go from being happy to Mr. Lonely. That's exactly what happened to the narrator.

He tells a sad tale, but I don't feel sorry for him. The cheater got what was coming to him.

7. "Foolish Heart" by Steve Perry

The lonely man in this 1984 classic rock song desperately wants to be loved, but he's also afraid of playing the part of the fool in the relationship. He has a new love interest in his life. However, having been burned in the past, he feels torn between hope and his fear of being a fool once more.

Someone tell Mr. Anxious not to let his past define his future! He needs to look forward!

8. "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me" by Hunter Hayes

Do you ever notice how everyone is blissfully in love when you're lonely and single? The guy in this 2011 song misses his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly the whole world seems in love, and he's on the outside looking in:

I wish the couple on the corner would just get a room
Seems like everyone around me is on their honeymoon.
I'd love to take a pin to a heart shaped balloon
Everybody's got somebody but me.

9. "You Don’t Even Know Who I Am" by Patty Loveless

You don't have to be single to be lonely. People who are trapped in dead-end marriages can feel lonesome, isolated, as well as trapped.

This 1994 country ballad is about a couple that has grown so far apart that they don't even know one another any longer:

You don't even know who I am
You left me a long time ago
You don't even know who I am
So what do you care if I go?

10. "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake

The lone wolf narrator of this 1982 rock song seems to have totally internalized his loneliness. He calls himself a drifter and claims he was born to walk alone. He also says, "I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams." Someone get the guy a friend!

"We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness." = Albert Schweitzer, French-German theologian and philosopher

"We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness." = Albert Schweitzer, French-German theologian and philosopher

11. "Drive" by The Cars

Desperate events are happening to the person in this 1984 song, and the narrator is attempting to reach out to show support before it's too late. He's trying to bridge the empty divide, but is it too late?

12. "Nobody Knows" by Kevin Sharp

In this beautiful country ballad from 1996, pride keeps the narrator lonely because he cannot admit to anyone that he misses his former partner. While he pretends that he's better off without her, privately, he spends sad days and sleepless nights wishing for her to return.

13. "I Miss My Friend" by Darryl Worley

When a romance ends, so, too, does a friendship. This 2002 country song emphasizes that friendship between lovers involves shared laughter, secrets, and a whole lot of time spent together outside of the bedroom.

14. "All By Myself" by Eric Carmen

In this 1975 power ballad, a lonely narrator who longs for love and companionship recalls his youth. Love was once just a game to him, but now he yearns to share his life with someone.

15. "Best I Ever Had" by Gary Allan

Feeling rejected by the most wonderful girl he's ever known, the narrator in this 2005 song feels dejected and lonely. She stole his world and left him an emotional wreck, and he knows she won't be back. He needs to find a way to pick up the pieces and start over.

16. "Away From the Sun" by 3 Doors Down

The narrator in this 2002 rock song is in a dark place emotionally. He's struggling and disconnected from other people. Worse yet, he doesn't know how to make his way back:

And now again I've found myself
So far down, away from the sun
That shines to light the way for me.

17. "The Lonely" by Christina Perri

Loneliness has made the narrator of this 2011 song a mere shell of who she used to be. A broken relationship has left her the ghost of her former self. Now, at 2 a.m., she is sleepless and alone in her room, crying and dancing slowly to self-comfort.

Shake it off, sister. Ain't no one worth making a mess of yourself like that.

18. "Another Lonely Night" by Adam Lambert

Each passing day is lonely for the narrator in this 2015 song, but the nights are sheer hell. He misses someone he loves and is haunted by memories he cannot quiet. Unable to sleep, he drives away through the night as an escape.

Ideas for Combatting Loneliness

Do you have a useful strategy for fighting loneliness? Share it with us in the comments section below!

Nurture & Connect With OthersPractice Self-CareSelf-Enhancement

Volunteer your time and talents. There are so many charities that need you.

Get good quality sleep

Just show up, even if you don't feel up to it. Go to meetings, movies, restaurants, the library -- by yourself.

Adopt a forever friend from a local animal shelter

Look for ways to fill your life with positive vibes. The negativity of loneliness can make you feel cynical, negative, and judgmental.

Read, write, or engage in a hobby that fulfills you. Or take up a new hobby. Share your creativity with others (e.g., teach, join a club, publish or sell your work).

Do an unexpected favor for a neighbor or acquaintance going through a tough time (e.g., someone with a sick family member, a single parent)

Get some exercise at the local gym or outside. The endorphins will make you feel better.

Take time to smile and say something (however brief) to people throughout your day.

19. "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum

In this 2010 country hit, it's 1:15 a.m. The lonesome narrator has photos of a former partner spread out all over her floor as she reminisces.

Our girl is half-soused after a night of whiskey drinking, and now she's about to make a big mistake: the drunk dial. (Noooooo!) Someone knocks the phone out of her hand. Quick!

20. "Dancing with Myself" by Billy Idol

Whether he's surrounded by a large crowd or there's no one in sight, the guy in this 1982 song finds himself dancing alone. Some critics contend that the song alludes to engaging in other solitary activities by oneself (if ya know what I mean).

However, Billy Idol has insisted that the lyrics were inspired by the 1980s Japanese club scene. Instead of dancing with a partner, Japanese youth of the time watched themselves pogo dancing in the mirror. So what's the truth? You be the judge.

One in five Americans feels chronically lonely.  Are you one of them?

One in five Americans feels chronically lonely. Are you one of them?

Even More Songs About Loneliness and Isolation

Know a song about loneliness and isolation that should be on our playlist? Leave us a suggestion in the comments section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. Lonely Boy

Andrew Gold


22. Blue Moon



23. Angel



24. Owner Of A Lonely Heart



25. Lonely Day

System of a Down


26. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

James Taylor


27. Nothing Compares 2 U

Sinead O'Connor


28. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely

Backstreet Boys


29. Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Elvis Presley


30. Black Orchid

Blue October


31. Lonely People



32. Carosel

Blink 182


33. Given Up

Linkin Park


34. Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis Presley


35. Her Town Too

James Taylor & J.D. Souther


36. Drowning Shadows

Sam Smith


37. Cruel Summer



38. Your New Twin Sized Bed

Death Cab for Cutie


39. Who Can It Be Now?

Men at Work


40. Happy Little Pill

Troye Sivan


41. Any Love

Luther Vandross


42. Before It's Over

Sixx: A.M.


43. Lonely Girl

Charles Kelley


44. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Hank Williams


45. Heartbreaker

Noah Gundersen


46. Rainy Night In Georgia

Brook Benton


47. One

Harry Nilsson


48. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Whitney Houston


49. She's Out of My Life

Michael Jackson


50. Ask the Lonely



51. Act Naturally

Buck Owens


52. All Alone On Christmas

Darlene Love


53. Out of Touch

Hall & Oates


54. I Get Lonely Too



55. Hide In Your Shell



56. Are 'Friends' Electric?

Gary Numan


57. Biggest Mistake

The Rolling Stones


58. Bill Murray



59. Another Rainy Night (Without You)



60. Alone Again



61. How Do You Get That Lonely

Blaine Larsen


62. Too Cold at Home

Mark Chesnutt


63. If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)

George Jones


64. Lonelier Than This

Steve Earle


65. Only the Lonely

Roy Orbison


66. Eleanor Rigby

The Beatles


67. When I Call Your Name

Vince Gill


68. Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)



69. Hey There Lonely Girl

Eddie Holman


70. Left Outside Alone



71. Lonely Boy

The Black Keys


72. So Far Away

Carole King


73. So Tired of Being Alone

Al Green


74. All the Good Ones Are Gone

Pam Tillis


75. Between An Old Memory and Me

Travis Tritt


76. Alone Again (Naturally)

Gilbert O'Sullivan


77. Kiss The Rain

Billie Myers


78. Some Guys Have All the Luck

Rod Stewart


79. Lonely Street

Emmylou Harris


80. Sometimes I Cry

Chris Stapleton


81. Never Knew Lonely

Vince Gill


82. Hope You Get Lonely Tonight

Cole Swindell


83. Nobody Wants to Be Lonely

Ricky Martin


84. Alone



85. Another Saturday Night

Sam Cooke


86. Mad World

Tears for Fears


87. The Fear of Being Alone

Reba McEntire


88. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Reba McEntire


89. Goodbye to Love

The Carpenters


90. Black Roses Red

Alana Grace


91. Lonely Tonight

Blake Shelton (featuring Ashley Monroe)


92. Is There Life Out There

Reba McEntire


93. Broken



94. You Don't Know



95. Hello in There

John Prine


96. Invisible

Hunter Hayes


97. Mr. Lonely

Bobby Vinton


98. The Messenger

Linkin Park


99. All Dressed Up (With Nowhere to Go)

Reba McEntire


100. Lonely Dance

Set It Off


101. Lost Boy

Ruth B.


102. Unsteady

X Ambassadors


103. All Alone

Billie Eilish and Khalid


104. The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy

Chris Stapleton


105. Lonely Dance

Set It Off


106. I Get Lonely



107. My Heart Is a Bar

Old Dominion


108. Lonely

Joel Corry


109. Modern Loneliness



110. You Don't Know

Katelyn Tarver


111. Lonely at the Top

Jamey Johnson


112. Girls Like Us

Zoe Wees


"Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed." - Thomas Harris, American writer

"Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed." - Thomas Harris, American writer

Questions & Answers

Question: Is loneliness a good thing or a bad thing?

Answer: In the table of the playlist, "Songs About Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation," I highlight 12 key risks associated with loneliness, including but not limited to depression and suicide, Alzheimer's progression, and alcoholism and drug use. No one could argue that these are good things. Humans are built for social connection.

I guess you could conversely argue that there is a silver lining to feeling lonely if it spurs you to be creative, find deeper meaning in life, develop one's spiritual side, improve concentration, or make important positive changes. You have to weigh these against the risks, however, which are substantial.

Question: How do you mend a broken heart, or better yet, a broken mind?

Answer: A broken heart can indeed hurt just as physical pain hurts. Many of us have been hurt deeply in this way.

You may be deeply disappointed because you aren’t where you want to be in life now with the one you loved, but that doesn’t mean there is no hope for tomorrow. You will love again if you allow yourself to do so. You may think that there’s something wrong with you because someone has broken your heart and possibly your trust. There’s not.

Rather than ruminating on what you DON’T have, what you are NOT, and what DIDN’T happen for you, instead focus on what you CAN DO to make today more fulfilling. First, wipe all of the vivid reminders of your old lover out of your life. They are gone now. If you can’t let go of these items by having a “burn ceremony,” then pack up their old photos, old gifts, letters, etc. up in a box. Seal the box with duct tape, and mark it with the date and “Do not open.” Then store the box in the attic or somewhere less accessible. Take their photos off your phone and resist any urge to check out your former lover’s social media accounts. Make the break so you can mentally move on in a positive direction.

You also must treat yourself well by taking care of your body and mind. Sign up for classes at the YMCA or your local gym. Exercise will provide a source of potential friendship and endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” drugs. Eat well. Stop telling yourself negative messages. Make it a practice every day to give someone—anyone—a compliment. This will help you mentally compliment yourself, too, on things gone right. Change those messages you tell yourself. You need to be your biggest fan.

Don’t rush back into dating. Instead, concentrate on grieving and accepting your lost relationship and making yourself a happy person. Create a bucket list and start checking off items. Involve friends or do it alone. Just start, but talk with people along the way as you check your list off. Our lives are enhanced by the connections we make with others.

Consider volunteering some time to a charity or charities in your area. It can be a one-time activity or an ongoing commitment of your time, but I find that getting out and meeting new and different kinds of people who need and appreciate my help keeps me positive. Get off social media and rub elbows with real people. I find that has a diverse range of constantly updated listings. Sometimes you never know what will interest you until you see it listed!

If you believe you are experiencing depression, please seek counseling. Depression is a common, treatable mental health condition, and you don’t have to suffer. Talk to your family doctor to get a referral for a psychologist, psychiatrist, or mental health counselor. There’s no shame in caring for yourself in this way.

I wish the best for you as you seek to regain your footing. You will love again.

© 2016 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

No One - Yes, they recorded the original, and Gary Allan did the cover I feature here. Thanks.

No One on August 29, 2020:

Best I ever had is by Vertical Horizon, from 1999.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 29, 2020:

Peggy - Thanks for stopping by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2020:

It is easy to see what an excellent therapist you are with your tips on how to combat loneliness and your comments to some of the people on this site. It is not too surprising that so many songs have addressed this topic.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2020:

Mary - Thanks for the song recommendation which I have added. But more importantly, please realize that many of us have gone through times (especially in our teens) when a lot of areas in life just seemed to be going wrong all at once -- social life, family life, academics, financial, self-concept, health, etc. Focus on what you can control right now, one thing at a time.

Even though it seems like something you might not ordinarily do, try reaching out to a trusted teacher via email or school messaging so that you can talk to them about the difficulty you're having in their class. Make a point of developing a better relationship with this one teacher. Ask for their help or advice, express appreciation and kindness to them, and let them know you are trying. Especially if this works, consider expanding your efforts to other teachers. Remember that teachers are above all people and they do want you to succeed so try to connect with them as such. As far as getting in fights and not having friends, that will take more sustained, longer term focus on the types of people you surround yourself with, watching what you say, when you say it, and how, and knowing when to pick your battles. Since many of us are on a Coronavirus lockdown, look up strategies for calming yourself in conflict so you can learn how to not let certain people push your buttons so much. And above all, treat yourself kindly.

Mary on March 23, 2020:

I have no real friends and I am struggling with my school work and I keep getting in fights and my teachers are not a big fan of me. Oh and a really good song is "You don't know" by Katelyn Tarver.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2020:

Keesha - I've added the suggested songs. More importantly, I want to encourage you to keep trying to reach out to others. There are many people who feel alone and isolated, even those who are supposedly popular. Join clubs and groups that interest you, pursue hobbies old and new, don't stop enriching yourself. Give to others in a volunteer capacity. You will find that this above all else will create bonds of friendship and positive emotion. You'll expand your social circle beyond your school and your grade.

Keesha on February 26, 2020:

I'm kinda the invisible kid in my school and I cant help but feel lonely all the time because I don't have very many friends. i want to feel accepted but i cant ever reach out and talk to anybody and nobody ever reaches out to talk to me, and it gets to me sometimes... anyways you should add Lost Boy by Ruth B to your list. Also Unsteady by X Ambassadors. Another good song is Lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 07, 2019:

Caitlyn - Thank you for the song suggestions.

Caitlyn on November 05, 2019:

1) Lonely Dance by Set It Off

2) Waving Through a Window from Dear Evan Hansen

Both of these songs are about being/feeling alone, even if around others. I've found they help me in times when I'm feeling extremely isolated from everyone...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2019:

Shannon - Oh, is that ever a sad one! Definitely adding it. Thanks for recommending it.

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 27, 2019:

You've stumped me this time. I can't think of a song right now that you haven't already included. Listening to sad sings when I am that sad it lonely is not a good idea for me. Especially since even when I am not sad a sad sing can make me cry....... Oh, speaking of one that always makes me cry, I just thought of one for your list....Reba McEntire's "All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go." Did I miss it? Gets me every single time. Talk about intense loneliness

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2019:

Brayden - I'm concerned that your loneliness is interfering with your ability to live a productive life. You don't have to feel like this. Please consider getting counseling and working through your losses of friendships, depression, compulsive video game playing, etc. You may very well be experiencing depression, a biochemically-based illness that is easily treatable. You owe it to yourself to seek professional help, just as you would seek help if you suspected a broken leg.

If you are in crisis and feel like you may harm yourself, call 911 for immediate life-saving assistance. You may also contact one of the following resources for talk or text support:

1) National Hopeline Network 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433)

If you or someone you know are depressed and considering suicide, call the National Hopeline Network at 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433). Your call is free and confidential. Or chat live with a crisis volunteer at

2) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk with a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Note that the National Suicide Prevention website lists additional, special hotline numbers for Spanish speakers, people with hearing impairments and veterans in crisis, and people facing distress related to natural disasters:

3) Crisis Text Line Number 741741

If you're in crisis and prefer to text rather than call, then here's a confidential crisis text line staffed nationally by trained counselors in suicide prevention. Text "HOME" to 741741 from anywhere in the United States.

Brayden. on October 27, 2019:

i wish i never found this.

since all ive done is listen to some of the songs and it just makes me cry. ive lost all my friends latley i dont know how to recover my friendships or myself.

6months ago all i did was play games with my friends on the ps4 3 all day everyday, 3 months later i lost him as a friend and all i do is netflix if im not hanging out with my other friend. now ive lost her all i do is sleep, netflix and go to work.

i just dont know what to do anymore im 20 and all my life ive never been this sad and alone

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 18, 2019:

Ryan - Great suggestion. Thank you.

Ryan on June 18, 2019:

Linkin Park - The Messenger

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 18, 2018:

Author Cosmic Darren - Thank you for the song recommendation and for stopping by!

Author Cosmic Darren on December 17, 2018:

Captain Beyond - Sufficiently Breathless.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 10, 2018:

Rob - Thank you for your comments. I added "Hello in There." That's a song that will really make you think about the old people in your life. Gosh. Thanks again.

rob on November 09, 2018:

John Prine's 'hello in there' could be on your list ...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2018:

Akshay - Thank you for your encouraging comment. I have many playlists. Click on my profile to take a look at all of the others there are available.

Akshay Kumar on October 30, 2018:


Thanks for ur Post..Those songs are really meaningful and ur description for each songs was really helpful to search in youtube.but can u do that for some more songs..please..

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2018:

Juuso Rantala - Thank you for the song suggestion. I added it as #94. Have a great day!

Juuso Rantala on October 11, 2018:

Milow - You don’t know

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 13, 2018:

Sheena India - I'm sorry to hear about the conditions that you find yourself in. I hope you can reach out to someone you trust (a relative, a neighbor) and start to build an alliance that way. You are in my thoughts.

Sheena India on June 13, 2018:

I'm Trapped in home I dont Have friends I'm alone in life no job No partner Just alone . I'm in depression . I'm not alouded to talk anyone . Thanks nice songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 17, 2017:

Paul - I am sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your sister's story and yours. Some people are lone wolves in life for whatever reason and others are ostracized, marginalized by family members, neighbors, and others for their habits or life choices, ideas, or behaviors. It's sad that family cannot overcome some differences to reaffirm their common bond. Lonely People" by America is on the list as #31. I wish you peace and happiness as you look for your sense of community around you. There are so many other lonely people waiting to make connections with others. Reach out to those around you. Best wishes.

Paul on December 17, 2017:


My oldest sister died a few days ago from emphysema. 50 of years of smoking. She was a difficult person, and many of my 9 other siblings more or less ignored her. I kept contact with her through the years, and early on I stood on the sidelines of our family with her, and instead of caring for the other members of my family, I criticized them, especially our our mom. I broke away from that several decades ago, and it became more difficult to relate to her. I wonder about people who push other people away, or find it difficult to reach out and ask for help.

Okay, my song suggestion is “This is for all the lonely people,” by America. Listened to it a lot when I was young, and I love the hopeful message.

“Bowling Alone” is a great book about our social fabric unraveling. I think my first view of loneliness came from the many retirement I sang at in High School. Sister Susan, our director, implored us to hug and hold hands as much as we could with the residents during these performances. She said many of these people feel lonely, and unattractive.

Thanks for setting up the site!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 18, 2017:

Stephen - Thanks for the suggestion. I've added it to the following playlist about trying to get over an ex:

Stephen on November 18, 2017:

Sober Saturday Night by Chris Young.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 20, 2017:

Cmatelin - I hope you and Chet get the togetherness you're seeking.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 28, 2017:

Mona - Thanks for the song suggestion and kind compliment. I will add the song as #86!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on July 27, 2017:

This was a lovely article, not just for the list of songs, but for the charts with healthy advice about loneliness, and the map. I was waiting for the song, "Mad World", but that's okay, this list is fantastic;).

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 10, 2017:

Sultan R. Noor - If you have a black cat, then you're not truly alone, are you?

Sultan R. Noor on July 09, 2017:

Being alone isn't good because you nobody to luv you, nobody to hig, nobody to talk to your just in a big dark room looking for a black cat

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2017:

Shyron - Thank you for your suggestion! You're a wealth of songs about so many topics.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 27, 2017:

I was just watching the Highwaymen on public television and they sang Johnny Cash's 1972 "Sunday Morning Coming Down"

(verse) There is nothing short of dying

that is half as lonesome as the sound

of a sleeping city sidewalk and

Sunday Morning Coming Down

This a great song for this one.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 26, 2017:

Shyron - Thank you for all of your suggestions! You're a treasure!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 25, 2017:

I just remembered a couple more songs should on this play list.

One is Loretta Lynn's

"When Lonely Hits Your Heart"

Here I am a doing things I said I'd never do

But that's before my baby said we're through

It was on that tragic day the hurtin' got its start

That's how it is when lonely hits your heart

And Connie Smith's -- "Blue Little Girl"

The more love he gave me the more love I asked him to give and not for one moment did my foolish heart think of him then one day he turned and slowly walked out of my world. Now my world is blue and I'm just a blue little girl.


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 15, 2017:

Shyron - I hadn't heard this song, and you're right about Patsy Cline's version being haunting. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 15, 2017:

I love all these songs, and will listen to them over and over again, but I do not see my favorite that use to make me cry, it was on Patsy Cline's last album (Sentimentally Yours) released in 1962.

"Lonely Street" was a top ten pop hit for Andy Williams in 1959.

Few others came closer than this haunting version by Patsy Cline...

Thank you for this, Blessings and hugs dear friend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 24, 2016:

teaches12345 - Yes, there are a lot of lonely people. Just smiling or saying hello can probably help someone.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 24, 2016:

Patricia - I'm glad you enjoy country as well as other genres. So many people aren't open to it. I love all kinds of music, from opera and classical to rock and country and bluegrass and even zydeco. I agree with you that the country tunes are authentic. They are also often clever, funny and tell stories. Have a wonderful week.

pstraubie48 on October 24, 2016:

She dont love you is a fav of mine rings true....

Well done, great collection...for a long time I was not a country music fan but I find so many of the songs have so much I am hooked.

Angels are on the way to you ps

teaches12345 on October 22, 2016:

I listened to a few of the videos, Carmen's voice is unique and made the music impressionable. So many lonely people out there and I hope the music helps them sooth their soul.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 19, 2016:

Devika - Thank you for reviewing the playlist and taking the time to leave a comment. I hope you are doing well.

DDE on October 19, 2016:

Lonely times are sad times and one can feel most unhappy in such times. I like your list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 17, 2016:

Martie - Thanks for stopping by and sharing. I listen to lonely songs but try not to internalize them. Have a joyful week.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 17, 2016:

Beautiful music touching one's heart and pulling one's tears from where one hides them.

There was a time in my life I used to listen to these songs, allowing them to confirm my loneliness and unhappiness and push me even deeper into it. Since I've made a decision to be happy I no longer listen to sad music.

But I know there may come a time when I will feel lonely again. Then I will indulge in it for about half an hour, listening to this beautiful songs.

Thanks, Flourish :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 16, 2016:

Suhail and my dog - I love the big hair bands of the 80s -- probably even more now than I did then! Glad you enjoyed the list. Have a great week. I know with K2 you could never be lonely.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 16, 2016:

MsDora - Thank you for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed this. Have a lovely week.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 16, 2016:

Appreciate all the ingredients you put in these great lists--research findings, dates, maps. These are treasures.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 16, 2016:

Bill - Thanks for taking a look. Social support is an incredibly important psychological variable that has protective effects for health and well-being. It's also something we can each impact in ourselves and one another. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a terrific week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 16, 2016:

Linda - So many people are lonely and we can each do something about it with simple gestures. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful week.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on October 15, 2016:


You amaze me by your knowledge.

The only one that comes from the musicians of my genre is "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake. The band's blues based hard rock and David Coverdale's wailing made this song very special. When I am hiking with my dog, I think of this song a lot. I am sure Coverdale must have sung many other songs in the same vein for Deep Purple.

Bon Jovi's 'Steel horse I ride' may just qualify, so may Scorpions 'When the smoke is going down'.

The other song that I listened to a lot was "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day.

Thanks for compiling this list.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 15, 2016:

This is another interesting playlist article, Flourish. It's educational for me, too, since I don't listen to rock or country songs very often. I'm glad that you chose the theme of loneliness. It's an important topic in today's world.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 15, 2016:

Another great list Flourish. Very interesting statistic about increased mortality due to loneliness and isolation. We are social creatures and need interaction with others. I can certainty see how being alone could lead to depression and other issues. Great job.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 15, 2016:

Kyriaki - Glad you're not lonely and that you enjoyed the songs regardless. Have a wonderful weekend filled with joy!

Kyriaki Chatzi on October 15, 2016:

Despite not feeling lonely at the moment, I enjoyed listening to most of this list's songs. Flourish, that was a great Hub!! Looking forward to your next set of songs!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 14, 2016:

Gypsy Rose Lee - (I love your name!) Don't go listening to so many that you make yourself sad! Thank you for stopping by! Have a good weekend.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 14, 2016:

A job well done. All that lonesomeness got me wanting to sing another great shall we say lonely song - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. This is one of my all time favorites. I will give a listen to the ones I don't know from your list. When I was much younger All by Myself could make me cry in a minute. Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2016:

Thanks, Larry. Have a great weekend!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on October 13, 2016:

Another wonderful list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2016:

Heidi - Thanks for the suggestion; I've added ol' Gilbert as #76. I hope he made a phone call or something, the chipper old fella. Hope you are doing great.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2016:

Linda - The power of touch can transform and heal. Thank you for sharing that nugget of wisdom with us!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2016:

Bill - Thanks for the great addition. Travis Tritt is one of my favorites. I once went to a concert of his alone when I was living in a new community and did not know many people. Those I did know weren't country music fans. I nevertheless did enjoy the concert. Hope you are doing well.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 13, 2016:

Flourish - What a great list. Did you know that babies in the NICU do better if they are touched? That human connection is vital to all of us. Thank you.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 13, 2016:

Even though I have to say that I don't really ever feel lonely, I love a bunch of the songs on this list! I'd add Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again Naturally" which has been covered by a slew of artists. Always a treat going through your playlists! Have a great day!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 13, 2016:

"Need You NOw" was the first I thought of, and then there was one by Travis Twitt...."Old Memory".....great list for me to listen to this morning. Thanks, Flourish!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2016:

Vellur - Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are doing well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2016:

Faith Reaper - I hope that knowing the risks will encourage everyone to reach out and connect a little more with people they know and those they don't. It doesn't take great effort -- just a smile and a kind word can do wonders sometimes. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 13, 2016:

A great selection of songs to help tide through lonely, sad times.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 12, 2016:

Wow, Flourish, I published a hub on this very subject several years ago but without the great playlist! Social isolation is indeed a killer, just as you've outlined here. Lonliness is so hard and one can be lonely even in a crowded room ...if that makes sense.

I had forgotten about a lot of these songs. There are so many good ones. The one that hit me this night is "I miss My Friend", not because of any romance of course, but just missing the friendship. Friendship is a special kind of love. I will dedicate it to my friend : )

Will share to get the important message out about the serious health risks associated with loneliness or isolation.

Blessings always

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