32 Songs About Meeting in the Middle and Compromise
Compromise in the Age of Incivility
In an age of incivility, compromise is all but a lost art. We often perceive it as a sign of weakness. We've forgotten its value. During disagreements, rather than meeting in the middle, it's much more common to go more extreme, affirm your position, raise the stakes, and set up camp. But that's how relationships are lost. Can our society ever go back?
If you care about compromise in your own life, why not celebrate the value of meeting in the middle with playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs on the topic? It could be a new beginning.
1. "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey
Whatever the couple in this 2018 pop song was arguing about, it went south in a hurry. There are broken dishes, empty cabinets, and thoughts of leaving. At this point, the narrator decides to call a timeout on the fighting by asking for reconciliation and compromise.
She doesn't understand how tempers escalated so quickly and just wants them both to take a step back, hold one another and rethink the damage done to their relationship:
Oh, baby, why don't you just meet me in the middle?
I'm losing my mind just a little
So why don't you just meet me in the middle?
In the middle ... .
2. "Meet Me in the Middle" by Jessie Ware
From the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, this 2015 sultry pop song describes an on-again-off-again romance from the perspective of a narrator who has taken a long break from her lover. She’s back, however, because she realizes that she's better off with him in her life. Attempting to reconcile their romance, she tells him to meet her in the middle and say something to make her stay this time.
If you're trying to get back with an ex-lover, then why not make a playlist of songs about reunited love and getting back together?
3. "Meet in the Middle" by Diamond Rio
The two lovebirds in this 1991 country tune grew up as neighbors. They weren't old enough to drive a car, so they walked the gravel road between their houses, meeting in the middle and counting fence posts. Now, as a married couple, their youthful experience has provided a positive, lifelong example for problem-solving:
We'd gain a lot of ground
'Cause we'd both give a little
And there ain't no road to long
When you meet in the middle.
Be honest. Is compromising and meeting in the middle typical for you?
4. "Meet Me Halfway" by Black Eyed Peas
In this upbeat 2009 pop song, the narrator calls out to the lover he misses. After traveling the world, he has decided his only wish is to reunite with her. He's ready to meet her halfway.
5. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones
I love this classic rock song from 1969 because it addresses a truism in love, politics, and happiness. As people, we fall short. We make compromises. We settle. But often it kinda works out in the end:
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need.
6. "Meet You In The Middle" by Chuck Ragan (featuring Brian Fallon)
This 2011 folk-tinged pop song is about two weary lovers who have ventured off in different directions only to find that they are lonesome without one another. The narrator is ready to reunite.
He's prepared to go all in if she is, making a 50/50 deal in which both parties win:
Well, tell me what you want, I'm all ears.
I'll give you all I got, blood, sweat, and tears.
Yeah, tell me what you need, and I'll do my job
And meet you in the middle like it's going out of style.
7. "Meet Me Halfway" by Kenny Loggins
The lyrics to this 1988 love song are pure poetry. Addressing his soulmate, the narrator invites her to meet him halfway across forever. Their love is timeless, destined to span the skies and all existence. If your love stands the test of time, make a playlist of songs about marriage and long-term love relationships.
8. "Meet In The Middle" by Ta-ku & Wafia
This electronic-charged number is a 2016 pop tune by two Australian musicians about compromise in relationships. The couple comes from different backgrounds and friends don't see them as each other's type, however, they are willing to break out of their comfort zones.
Taking a chance on love means ignoring what their friends say, being accepting of one another, and meeting in the middle. That's where true love resides.
9. "We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles
Compromise is messy, and often it leaves both parties a bit dissatisfied for the sake of the overall relationship. In this 1965 international chart-topper, the narrator and his lover have been arguing. Both have been so invested in advocating for their own perspectives that they haven't been listening, and if it keeps going like this, the relationship may be at risk:
While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.
10. "The Room Where It Happens" by Leslie Odom Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs & Okieriete Onaodowan
When it comes to politicians and compromise, they knew how to do it way back when but they sure don't do it often now. This 2015 jazzy show tune is by the original cast of the Broadway show Hamilton.
The clever song describes one of the most significant compromises in American history, the Compromise of 1790. That was an agreement among founding fathers Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Hamilton negotiated that the federal government would assume states' debts for the Revolutionary War while Jefferson and Madison negotiated the placement of the nation's capital in the District of Columbia.
11. "Summer Years" by Death Cab for a Cutie
Some people marry Mr./Ms. Right, while others compromise and end up with Mr./Ms. Good Enough. The hard part is determining which your partner is before you make a lifelong commitment.
In this 2018 rock song, a man still mourns lost opportunities with his ex-partner. He ruminates about her and recognizes she was "the one." Realizing their paths won't cross again, he wonders who she ended up with ... "If the one you're with was a compromise."
How about you? Did you compromise?
When it comes to your current partner, are they ...
12. "We Just Disagree" by Dave Mason
When each side has given as much as they're going to and you're both too tired to argue, sometimes it's best to just agree to disagree. That's the message behind this 1977 soft rock song:
So let's leave it alone 'cause we can't see eye to eye
There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy
There's only you and me and we just disagree.
13. "My Boy My Town" by Mabel
Relationships can come down to timing, geography, and the ability to compromise. In this 2016 pop tune by a European singer, the narrator has been away from the one she cares about.
There's distance between them, but she seeks to catch up. They argue, struggle to find the right balance, and he plays hard to get. Rather than give up on love, however, our narrator suggests that they meet in the middle to find a solution.
14. "Halfway There" by Sheryl Crow
Amidst the vitriol of what is now American politics, there's this 2017 rock song that describes people who epitomize two opposing worldviews. One is a man who dons an Armani suit, drives a gas-guzzling Hummer, and attends church each Sunday. The other is the narrator, who wears ripped jeans, drives an electric hybrid car, and meditates in nature.
While there's plenty for the two to disagree over, the narrator wants to sidestep bitterness and "meet in the middle where the grass is green." The liberal lady recommends to her conservative buddy:
... You know what's best
And I know what's best
Let's just agree to disagree
And give this thing a rest.
15. "50/50" by Dallas Smith
When they said that love was a 50/50 partnership, some important caveats were omitted. On some days it'll be 90/10 partnership and others days it'll be 30/70. Successful relationships, however, all even out in the end.
This 2016 country song points out that love involves a constant dance of compromise:
Sometimes you gotta go a little bit further than halfway
Sometimes you just gotta settle for less than a fair trade
Sometimes you gotta pretend that you're wrong and say "okay"
Baby, yeah it's all right to be wrong sometimes just to get along.
16. "It's Only Love" by Joe Cocker
In this 2002 rock ditty, a man pleads with his ex-lover for a second chance at love which is possible if they compromise. They've wasted too much time, he says, playing the roles of beggar and fool, but it's never too late to meet halfway and finally find the happiness that they seek.
17. "Give a Little, Take a Little" by Jimmy Cliff
Great advice can be found in this reggae-inspired 1969 ditty. In trying to cheer up a heartbroken young woman who has just been dumped by her boyfriend, the song's narrator informs her that she can't just get her own way all the time. Instead, true love involves give and take, which means sometimes you've got to sacrifice for your partner and they'll do the same for you.
This is not the only song to turn to for tips for living well. Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs that give life advice.
18. "Fallin' Out" by Keyshia Cole
The lady in this 2007 R&B hit is falling out of love with her man and needs him to meet her halfway. Only by working together can they save their failing relationship. He isn't as attentive as he once was and she can detect from his kiss that there's something wrong. Has he checked out for good or will he meet her in the middle?
19. "I Don't Want to be Your Mother" by Rachael Yamagata
The woman in this 2011 aching rock ballad implores her lover to meet her halfway because she is tired of their one-sided love affair in which she does all the emotional heavy lifting. She no longer wants to forgive his bad behavior and come to his rescue. Instead, she wants to stand beside him as his equal, his sweetheart, his lady. That sounds reasonable and is probably an overdue request.
20. "Strong Enough to Bend" by Tanya Tucker
The lady in this country tune from 1988 compares her strong marriage to a large tree in the couple's backyard. Just as the tree is sturdy enough to sway with the storms, she and her partner display a give-and-take by acknowledging when they might be wrong and asking each other for help. Compromise has become a source of their strength.
Even More Songs About Compromise and Meeting in the Middle
21. Meet In Tha Middle
Timbaland (featuring Bran' Nu)
22. Church on Sunday
24. Nothing to Lose
25. Meet You in the Middle
26. Meet Me in the Middle
27. Hellbent on Saving Me
28. Meet You in the Middle
29. There's a Space Between Us
30. Be Still
31. Whatever We Imagine
32. Keep It in the Middle of the Road
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