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77 Pop, Rock & Country Songs About Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation

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. | Source

Chronic Loneliness: An Epidemic

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, you have a lot of company.

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

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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?

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 | Source

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!

Can You Die of Loneliness?

Research indicates that loneliness, social isolation, and living alone can increase mortality risk by 26-32%. That's even worse than the risks of obesity or smoking.

"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 | Source

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

Nurture & Connect With Others
Practice Self-Care
Self-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.
Do you have a useful strategy for fighting loneliness? Share it with us in the Comments Section below!

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 knock 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? | Source

Even More Songs About Loneliness and Isolation

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Lonely Boy
Andrew Gold
1976
22. Blue Moon
Beck
2014
23. Angel
Aerosmith
1987
24. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Yes
1983
25. Lonely Day
System of a Down
2005
26. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
James Taylor
1972
27. Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinead O'Connor
1990
28. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
Backstreet Boys
1999
29. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Elvis Presley
1962
30. Black Orchid
Blue October
1998
31. Lonely People
America
1974
32. Carosel
Blink 182
1994
33. Given Up
Linkin Park
2007
34. Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Presley
1956
35. Her Town Too
James Taylor & J.D. Souther
1981
36. Drowning Shadows
Sam Smith
2014
37. Cruel Summer
Bananarama
1984
38. Your New Twin Sized Bed
Death Cab for Cutie
2008
39. Who Can It Be Now?
Men at Work
1981
40. Happy Little Pill
Troye Sivan
2014
41. Any Love
Luther Vandross
1988
42. Before It's Over
Sixx: A.M.
2014
43. Lonely Girl
Charles Kelley
2016
44. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Hank Williams
1949
45. Heartbreaker
Noah Gundersen
2014
46. Rainy Night In Georgia
Brook Benton
1970
47. One
Harry Nilsson
1968
48. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Whitney Houston
1987
49. She's Out of My Life
Michael Jackson
1979
50. Ask the Lonely
Journey
1983
51. Act Naturally
Buck Owens
1963
52. All Alone On Christmas
Darlene Love
1992
53. Out of Touch
Hall & Oates
1984
54. I Get Lonely Too
Drake
2010
55. Hide In Your Shell
Supertramp
1974
56. Are 'Friends' Electric?
Gary Numan
1979
57. Biggest Mistake
The Rolling Stones
2006
58. Bill Murray
Phantogram
2014
59. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
Queensrÿche
1990
60. Alone Again
Dokken
1984
61. How Do You Get That Lonely
Blaine Larsen
2005
62. Too Cold at Home
Mark Chesnutt
1990
63. If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)
George Jones
1981
64. Lonelier Than This
Steve Earle
2000
65. Only the Lonely
Roy Orbison
1961
66. Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles
1966
67. When I Call Your Name
Vince Gill
1989
68. Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)
P!nk
2006
69. Hey There Lonely Girl
Eddie Holman
1969
70. Left Outside Alone
Anastacia
2004
71. Lonely Boy
The Black Keys
2011
72. So Far Away
Carole King
1971
73. So Tired of Being Alone
Al Green
1971
74. All the Good Ones Are Gone
Pam Tillis
1997
75. Between An Old Memory and Me
Travis Tritt
1994
76. Alone Again (Naturally)
Gilbert O'Sullivan
1971
77. Kiss The Rain
Billie Myers
1997
Know a song about loneliness and isolation that should be on our playlist? Leave us a suggestion in the Comments Section below.
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What's In a Name? Locations With Names Associated With Loneliness and Isolation

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A markerLonesome Lake, New Hampshire, USA -
Lonesome Lake, Lincoln, NH 03580, USA
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B markerLonesome Point, Georgia, USA -
Lonesome Point, Kingsland, GA 31548, USA
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C markerSolitary Lake, Colorado, USA -
Solitary Lake, Colorado 81641, USA
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D markerSolitude, Utah, USA -
Solitude, UT 84121, USA
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E markerForlorn Lake, Canada -
Forlorn Lake, Nipissing, Unorganized, South Part, ON P0A, Canada
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F markerIsolated, South Africa -
Isolated, South Africa
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G markerRecluse, Wyoming, USA -
Recluse, WY, USA
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H markerRemote Peak, Canada -
Remote Peak, Fraser Valley F, BC V0M, Canada
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I markerSeclusion Point, Colorado, USA -
Seclusion Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA
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J markerSilent Peak, Canada -
Silent Peak, Columbia-Shuswap B, BC V0A, Canada
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FlourishAnyway 6 weeks ago from USA Author

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


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FlourishAnyway 6 weeks ago from USA Author

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 6 weeks ago

She dont love you is a fav of mine despite....it 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 autheniticity....so I am hooked.

Angels are on the way to you ps


teaches12345 6 weeks ago

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.


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FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA Author

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


DDE 7 weeks ago

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


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FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA Author

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


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MartieCoetser 7 weeks ago from South Africa

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 :)


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FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA Author

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.


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FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA Author

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


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MsDora 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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


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FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA Author

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!


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FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA Author

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.


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Suhail and my dog 7 weeks ago from Mississauga, ON

FlourishAnyway,

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.


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AliciaC 7 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

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.


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bdegiulio 7 weeks ago from Massachusetts

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.


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FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA Author

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


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Kyriaki Chatzi 7 weeks ago from Greece

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!


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FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA Author

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.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 7 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

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.


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FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA Author

Thanks, Larry. Have a great weekend!


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Larry Rankin 8 weeks ago from Oklahoma

Another wonderful list.


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FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA Author

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.


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FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA Author

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


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FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA Author

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.


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Carb Diva 8 weeks ago

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.


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heidithorne 8 weeks ago from Chicago Area

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!


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billybuc 8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

"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!


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FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA Author

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


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FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA Author

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!


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Vellur 8 weeks ago from Dubai

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


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Faith Reaper 8 weeks ago from southern USA

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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