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59 Songs About Long Distance Love

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

If you're maintaining a romance over the miles, then celebrate your long-distance relationship with this LDR playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs.

If you're maintaining a romance over the miles, then celebrate your long-distance relationship with this LDR playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs.

Love Across the Miles

When true love is at stake, living hours apart from one's partner (or frequently traveling for work) is just a small pothole on the road to happily ever after. A long-distance relationship tests the strength of the couple's mutual devotion and signals fitness for deeper levels of commitment. But being separated from the one you love can be a terribly lonely existence.

Years ago, I was instantly drawn to a young engineer I met at work. We both ignored the old adage "Don't get your honey where you get your money" by dating for about a year before my corporate HR job swept me 1,500 miles away.

For three additional years, both he and I continued to travel significantly around the country with our respective careers taking us in different directions. In courting long-distance, we racked up large long-distance phone bills, exchanged frequent romantic letters, and occasionally arranged visits.

Eventually, however, one of us grew weary of our relationship status quo, as long-distance love is typically intended as a temporary solution. Eventually, it requires a permanent decision about the future of the relationship.

In the words of English historian Thomas Fuller, “Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it"—meaning that while separation makes one think more about an out-of-sight lover, having them with you day-to-day building memories in large and small ways strengthens your joint history and love story together.

Four years into our relationship, my partner and I subsequently reconfigured our lives around love. We made the required changes so that we could get married, be geographically together, and live deliriously happily ever after, drunk on love. That was more than 25 years ago.

Whether you just started a long-distance relationship or your romance has been going strong for a while, cherish your significant other with this LDR playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs. Hang in there!

1. "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth

A long-distance relationship anthem, this 2016 pop song with a kick of gospel was inspired by a buddy of Charlie Puth who shared the challenges of his own far-flung romance. Not being able to be there in person to offer a comforting hug or word of encouragement feels hollow. However, the tune's narrator reassures his sweetheart that even though they are miles apart, she is not without his earnest support. If his girlfriend needs a friend or feels weak, "I'll be there to save the day" like Superman. He is just one call away.

2. "Get Here" by Oleta Adams

In this yearning pop ballad from 1991 lie the anguished pleas of a woman separated from her better half. Her heart has grown miserable, and she beckons him to bridge the many miles between them by A-N-Y means necessary:

There are hills and mountains between us
Always something to get over
If I had my way, surely you would be closer
I need you closer.

An insistent lady who won't take "no" for an answer, the narrator name-checks assorted modes of transportation: railway, airplane, a desert caravan, sailboat, swinging by rope, sled, horse, and more. This girl wants a reunion pronto.

"Get Here" was an emotional love song that coincidentally referenced "cross the desert like an Arab man" at a time when 670,000 troops were deployed by 28 countries to fight The Gulf War. Many people could identify with the song's narrator, thus the tune became an international hit.

3. "For Now" by Lauv

Maintaining emotional closeness is a key difficulty when living geographically distant from a significant other. For the time being, the guy in this soothing 2020 pop ballad has resigned himself to technology.

When he and his lover wake up in different cities, he will send her photos and videos of their drunk friends telling stories to keep her connected to everyone. Her boyfriend will love her through the phone, kiss her through the screen, and maintain their bond through FaceTime until she returns home to him—hopefully, to stay. He sees their separation as a temporary parting that can be overcome with a bit of effort and creativity.

4. "Home" by Michael Bublé

One of the downsides of fame and a career requiring extensive travel is that a performing artist must be on the road for long periods of time. Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Bublé wrote this plaintive 2005 ballad early in his career about his lengthy travels pulling him away from home and his then-financée.

The hit adult contemporary song describes feeling lonely, even when surrounded by a crowd of a million people. Additionally, Bublé pined for home in spite of being in Paris, Rome, and some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Although he feels blessed to have the life he does, living out of a suitcase has lost its luster. This is a man who yearns for the stability of what is familiar after being gone too long.

5. "If I Can't Have You" by Shawn Mendes

The guy in this energetic 2019 pop song is in Toronto but his love interest is geographically elsewhere. Somewhere along the way, he missed the opportunity to pour out his feelings and share how he felt about her, so now his entire world revolves around thinking about her and kicking himself for not telling her. The narrator wonders whether it's too late to confess what's in his heart.

The song was inspired by Camila Cabello, his duet partner in the steamy song, "Señorita." Mendes told a fan that he had been in love with Cabello for years. The couple started dating in 2019 after she broke up with another guy.

6. "Meet Me Halfway" by The Black Eyed Peas

An occasional reconnection is critical to keeping love alive when you're in a split continent situation. After hopscotching around the world for his job, the guy in this danceable 2009 pop song is ready to compromise. He calls his lady love and asks her to meet him halfway between where he is and her location. Seeing her is his only wish.

7. "Carrying Your Love with Me" by George Strait

Maybe this guy rides the rodeo or perhaps he works in traveling sales. Whatever the case, he spends most of his time on the road away from the woman he loves.

As he travels from "West Virginia down to Tennessee," he carries everything he needs (including his love for his sweetheart) in a well-worn leather bag. The cowboy also looks forward to heading home to his partner at the first opportunity available. One of George Strait's signature songs, this upbeat ditty topped the country chart in 1997.

8. "Patience" by Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose shows his vulnerable side in this classic hair metal love ballad from 1989. If there is anything the young rocker was known as needing it was patience, as the impetuous Rose was once arrested for biting a hotel security guard.

The song is widely thought to be about the rocker's tumultuous romance with model Erin Everly (daughter of Don Everly of The Everly Brothers). The couple dated for four years then married for 9 months before their abusive union was annulled.

"Patience" is about an entertainer who is on the road, geographically separated from his lover. He provides her reassurance that their long-distance love affair will work out, providing she is patient and they take the relationship slowly. In addition, the narrator acknowledges that he could use more patience too.

9. "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons

This 2012 bluegrass-tinged song is pure party, celebrating the value of a stable love relationship across the miles in spite of the challenges that life on the road represents. The narrator recounts returning home exhausted as he collapses into the comfort of his partner's embrace.

But wait. Someone seems to unburden a guilty conscience. You know something is up when a man kneels down and begs forgiveness. As the narrator reveals temptations he has faced while traveling, there is reconciliation and renewal and a fresh pledge to wait for his beloved. Accordingly, as the narrator alludes to Bible passages throughout the lyrics the song acquires semi-religious overtones that emphasize the commitment of this union.

10. "So Far Away" by Carole King

Following your dreams can be a lonely endeavor, as others become detached and seek their own futures. The woman in this 1971 soft rock classic tune closes her eyes and pictures the object of her affection walking through her door. Oh, how the thought buoys her spirits when she really needs it!

As she roves the country for work, the narrator misses her lover and desperately wishes they could be physically and emotionally closer. Reuniting with him is her fervent wish, particularly since people generally seem increasingly disconnected ("Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?").

11. "Oceans Away" by Arizona

Being physically separated from the one you love can make you feel emotionally fragile, especially when life isn't going your way. In this 2017 alternative rock song, the narrator expresses emotions of helplessness as he is a "few thousand miles, and an ocean away" from his sweetheart. Hopelessly in love, he conjures up an image of his beloved waking and falling asleep, and he just wants to touch her face. For now, he'll have to rely on FaceTime, social media, and texts.

12. "I Drove All Night" by Celine Dion

Celine Dion can take any song and crank up the creepy factor. This 2003 pop song describes a woman stuck in a city far away from her lover. She misses him so badly that it nearly drives her mad.

On a whim, the lady decides to bridge the distance between them by driving to his house in the middle of the night without calling. (That's a huge red flag.) Upon arriving, she sneaks into his bed to awake him (another red flag), and they make love. Throughout the song, Dion annoying asks, "Is that alright?" Can you imagine if he pulled the same surprise reunion trick on her? Not a good idea.

13. "Faithfully" by Journey

This 1983 power ballad is a love song delivered from the perspective of a traveling music man who seeks to reassure his partner of his fidelity while he is away from home. The music man could be a singer, a bandmate, or part of the support staff accompanying the band.

The narrator makes his living traveling city to city far from home and acknowledges to his partner that this lifestyle has put a strain on their love relationship and raising a young family. In expressing his appreciation to his wife, the narrator provides a heartfelt pledge that he has been faithful.

14. "I Want Crazy" by Hunter Hayes

When love finds you, it can be so unexpected and brash that it smacks you right upside the head, impossible to ignore. Don't hesitate when you find what you're looking for. Act boldly, like the fella in this 2013 country tune who finds himself suddenly smitten with a woman who doesn't live in his zip code or even in his state.

When the narrator finds love, it feels like a page has turned in his book. He is certain they need to be together. Others may call the relationship risk he's about to take "crazy," but that's alright. Rather than drag out a long-distance dating relationship with phone calls and a few trips back and forth, the narrator books a one-way ticket to be near his soul mate:

No, I don't want "good" and I don't want "good enough"
I want "can't sleep, can't breathe without your love"
Front porch and one more kiss, it doesn't make sense to anybody else
Who cares if you're all I think about,
I've searched the world and I know now,
It ain't right if you ain't lost your mind
Yeah, I don't want easy, I want crazy.

15. "I'm Already There" by Lonestar

A dedicated family man calls home from a lonely hotel room in this heart-tugging country-pop crossover hit from 2001. On the road for work, he misses them and wants to talk to his young kids when he hears them playing in the background. His son immediately asks, "Daddy, when you coming home?"

The narrator provides the child with gentle reassurance by responding how even if he is 1,000 miles away, he's already there together with his son in spirit. And then when he talks to his wife, the misty-eyed fellow shares the same message with her. Given the coincidental timing of this song's release, this tear-jerking tune became associated with September 11, the deployment of troops, and the inevitable separation of families across the miles.

16. "So Far Away" by Mary Lambert

For the woman in this 2014 pop song, missing her lover across the miles is a "slow burn." She feels like she's a better person when they're together. As the sorrowful woman lays in bed, she feels isolated— like half of her is missing—and the thought of being reunited is what she lives for. Perhaps if she'd get out of bed and occupy herself with something useful like a hobby, friends, or some volunteer work she wouldn't be so lonely. Stop mopin' around, girl.

17. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers

These lovers are 500 miles apart right now but not for long. The Scottish narrator of this fun, relentlessly cheerful 1987 pop song is committed to walking the distance just to get to the woman he loves.

The man describes everything he wants to do in spending the rest of his life with his beloved: wake up next to her, get drunk with her, get a job and work hard for her, and be the man who comes back home to her. What a guy! Some American radio stations initially refused to play the tune because the lyrics contained the word "haver" which they misunderstood as something suggestive. In actuality, it means "foolish chatter." The Proclaimers were one-hit wonders in the United States.

18. "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" by Soulja Boy (featuring Sammie)

Soulja Boy is getting his sexy on in this 2008 R&B tune as he dials the phone number of the girl he calls his "future wifey." He's physically distant from her and feeling sexually aroused so he initiates an over-the-phone tryst that starts out with sweet talk, together with an abundance of compliments.

As Soulja Boy and his gal pal level up to talking dirty and exchanging racy photos, there's no one to tell her to think twice about those explicit pictures. Hopefully, he doesn't share them, sell them, post them on social media when they break up, or have his phone hacked. Or maybe it's her we have to worry about instead of him. Naked pictures take on a life of their own!

19. "Jet Lag" by Simple Plan (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)

Living several time zones away from the one you love makes maintaining a romance all but impossible, but the couple in this 2011 pop song is trying to make it work regardless. As the morning alarm rings for one partner to rise, it's time for the other to go to bed. What a time-fractured relationship. How did they get here? How long can this go on? The female narrator doesn't even like the city she's living in!

Although they are on opposing schedules and loneliness rocks them to their cores, the female protagonist describes her attempts to maintain a connection via photos, phone calls, and a planned trip back home. But is her lover stepping up and doing his part too?

20. "Be Alright" by Justin Bieber

As he pines for his lover across the ocean, the fresh-faced guy in this 2012 pop tune offers up soothing reassurance that through the long nights and conflicts over the phone this relationship will endure. He proclaims that he would walk a thousand miles to bridge the geographical gap between them.

However, he also acknowledges that he is, unfortunately, starting to forget the finer nuances of the relationship like his lover's look and touch. One of them better get on a plane and reconnect in person soon to reinvigorate this relationship. This doesn't sound like it'll be alright.

“If love cannot stand the test of time, then it has failed the test of love.” - Bernard Beyer

“If love cannot stand the test of time, then it has failed the test of love.” - Bernard Beyer

Even More Songs About Long Distance Love

Know a song that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Unchained Melody

The Righteous Brothers

1965

22. Already Home

A Great Big World

2014

23. Here with Me

Marshmello (featuring Chvrches)

2019

24. Right Here Waiting

Richard Marx

1989

25. Somewhere Out There

Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram

1986

26. Here Without You

3 Doors Down

2003

27. Many the Miles

Sara Bareilles

2007

28. Transatlanticism

Death Cab for a Cutie

2003

29. Long Distance

Megan & Liz

2012

30. Long Distance

Brandi

2008

31. Wish You Were Here

Avril Lavigne

2011

32. Come Back...Be Here

Taylor Swift

2012

33. Sad Song

We the Kings (featuring Elena Coats)

2016

34. All of the Stars

Ed Sheeran

2014

35. Lost in Japan

Shawn Mendes

2018

36. Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

1967

37. Long Distance Relationship

Kyle Park

2013

38. Sunflower

Post Malone and Swae Lee

2018

39. Please Come to Boston

Dave Loggins

1974

40. Radar Love

White Lion

1983

41. Photograph

Ed Sheeran

2014

42. Leaving on a Jet Plane

Peter, Paul and Mary

1969

43. When You're Gone

Avril Lavigne

2007

44. Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)

Sheena Easton

1983

45. I'll Wait for You

Joe Nichols

2005

46. The Longer the Waiting (The Sweeter the Kiss

Josh Turner

2007

47. Come Home Soon

SHeDAISY

2004

48. Hey There Delilah

Plain White T's

2008

49. I'll Be Waiting

Lenny Kravitz

2008

50. If You Get There Before I Do

Collin Raye

1991

51. This Town

Niall Horan

2015

52. Far Away

Nickelback

2006

53. Wish You Were Here

Mark Willis

1998

54. I Can Dream About You

Dan Hartman

1984

55. Homesick

Dua Lipa

2017

56. She Keeps the Home Fires Burning

Ronnie Milsap

1985

57. When Can I See You Again

Owl City

2012

58. So Far Away

Dire Straits

1985

59. I Just Love You

Five for Fighting

2007

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 14, 2021:

Mary - Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are doing well. It is a difficult way to maintain a romance.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2021:

All these songs give us a comprehensive view of how difficult long-distance love is and how fragile it can be. I wish all those in these relationships the best.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2021:

Peggy - I agree about the value of touch. It's so hard to be away from those you love, especially when you have had a difficult day or are feeling lonely or under the weather. Technology just doesn't transmit a hug quite like the real thing. Hope you're doing well. Stay safe and have a wonderful week ahead.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2021:

Gypsy - Good to hear from you. I hope you are doing well. Stay safe and have a good week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2021:

Linda - I don't know how military families do it for so long either, especially the kids. I hope you are doing well. Have a terrific early autumn weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2021:

Linda - Thanks. That's very nice of you. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2021:

Bill - You're on fire with this one! I'm adding that suggested song. I love Carole King as well. Have a wonderful week ahead and remember that you're only as old as you think you are.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 11, 2021:

Long distance relationships can definitely be hard to endure, especially if they are long-term ones. Modern day technology helps, but there is still nothing like a good hug and kiss which cannot happen long distance. You have assembled another great list of songs. Enjoy the balance of your weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2021:

Pamela - Thank you for the sweet comment. I hope you were able to find some nice songs that you weren't familiar with to add to your repertoire. Have a lovely week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2021:

Umesh - I appreciate the nice compliment.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2021:

John Hansen - It's probably blocked for some reason in Australia. I had added the official rather than the live version of her song because the official one is how I remember that song from playing it over and over and over when someone I was dating as in college was shipped overseas for the war. I was with him when the all came. We were both stunned. Anyway, that relationship did not last.

Oleta Adams' voice has changed since 1990 and she adds different nuances to the song now that I don't like. Maybe it's a matter of singing it live. I've added the live version nonetheless so that more people will have access to her music. She still has a lovely voice.

You're right about the Buble and Shelton duet -- love it!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2021:

Bill - Technology probably does help with texting and saving money on long-distance phone calls. I sure wouldn't recommend starting a LDR to anyone especially for several years, but where there's a will there's a way to make a relationship work. Have a terrific week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2021:

Misbah, What a lovely comment. I appreciate you. Have a beautiful weekend, friend.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 11, 2021:

A fantastic job on these songs as always, I never realized there were so many, I am checking out some that I have heard about before,

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 11, 2021:

Flourish, thank you for sharing your personal story. I'm so glad it had a happy ending. As for the play list, I'll have to admit that I prefer the oldies (actually, they're the only ones I know). My favorite of these is unquestionably Unchained Melody. (Do you remember it in the movie "Ghost"?)

The longest I've been separated from my love is one month when he was working for the WHO in India. I don't know how military spouses cope with the distance and the worry of having your loved one half way around the world and (often) in harms way.

Thank you for a wonderful article. I hope you have a great weekend.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 11, 2021:

Your personal story provides a great introduction to the article. As always, the information about the songs is interesting and enjoyable..

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 11, 2021:

I thought of Lonestar immediately, so my old age hasn't crippled me yet. lol There was also a song by Five For Fighting. I think it was titled "And I Love You" about this topic...or did I miss that in your list? Anyway, I'm feeling quite good about this topic. I also got Carole King! Hooray!

Have a great weekend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 11, 2021:

You definitely understand long distance love, and I am glad you experience worked out so well. This another group of good songs, although I admit I was not familiar with some of the newer ones.

I tend to listen to old rock and roll, plus some country music. You did show us a very diverse collection of music, and it is very well done, as always.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 10, 2021:

Very nice compilation. Well done.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 10, 2021:

What a great collection of songs, Flourish. Some I hadn't heard. "Jet Lag" by Simple Plan was very catchy. Have you heard the duet of "Home" with Michael Buble and Blake Shelton? It is great.

"Get Here" by Oleta Adams: this video doesn't work for me. Maybe it is only in my country. Thanks for sharing.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 10, 2021:

Another great playlist, Flourish. That’s wonderful that it worked for you. It definitely takes commitment and trust. I think long distance relationships were certainly more difficult before the internet, cell phones, FaceTime, etc. Not that they are easy today, but technology certainly helps.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 10, 2021:

Flourish, this is an amazing article as always. Beautiful collection of songs. I have listened a few of them. “Oceans Away" by Arizona is one of my favorite ones. I also loved the quote by Bernard Beyer. So true! Thanks a lot for creating this beautiful hub.

Blessings and Love to you, dear friend

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