32 Songs About Meeting in the Middle and Compromise

Updated on October 16, 2018
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Since we can't always get what we want in relationships, business, politics, or other aspects of life, celebrate the benefits of compromise with pop, rock, and country songs about meeting in the middle.
Since we can't always get what we want in relationships, business, politics, or other aspects of life, celebrate the benefits of compromise with pop, rock, and country songs about meeting in the middle. | Source

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.

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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."

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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.

"A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit." - George Herbert, Welsh priest and poet
"A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit." - George Herbert, Welsh priest and poet | Source

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.

"A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece." - Ludwig Erhard, former German Chancellor
"A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece." - Ludwig Erhard, former German Chancellor | Source

Even More Songs About Compromise and Meeting in the Middle

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Meet In Tha Middle
Timbaland (featuring Bran' Nu)
2009
22. Church on Sunday
Green Day
2000
23. Cloud
Elias
2015
24. Nothing to Lose
Des'ree
2003
25. Meet You in the Middle
Parker McCollum
2017
26. Meet Me in the Middle
Gladys Knight
1991
27. Hellbent on Saving Me
Montgomery Gentry
2001
28. Meet You in the Middle
Joan Osbourne
2008
29. There's a Space Between Us
Carole King
1975
30. Be Still
Kelly Clarkson
2007
31. Whatever We Imagine
James Ingraham
1983
32. Keep It in the Middle of the Road
Exhile
1990
Know a song that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        11 days ago from USA

        Genna - Isn't it though!?! Glad things turned out the way they did and hope there will be more meeting in the middle moving forward. Have a great week!

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        Genna East 

        11 days ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Now this is so timely, Flourish! I just loved these songs. A must listen for everyone these days. So many good selections to choose from, but the Stones is my fav. Thank you.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Devika - Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are doing well.

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        Devika Primic 

        2 weeks ago

        I like the songs but didn't know that many with the title as mentioned.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        Dianna - It's good to see you. You're right about picking your battles. One can choose to be right all the time or happy.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        3 weeks ago

        I found some pretty good songs on compromise listed here. I agree with others on being able to see the other point of view, sometimes you have to give a little to build a good relationship. The old saying "pick your battles" wisely. True love will always consider the other person in making decisions (even though they may have to bend as well!).

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Linda - Thank you, dear lady, for reading! I know it's easy to just glance at the list, but you actually read it. I really appreciate that.

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Compromise is important in many relationships and interactions. Thank you for the reminder, Flourish. I love the first paragraph in the 50/50 section of this article.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Dora - Sometimes it's hard to know good advice when we hear it, whether it's compromising or staying in the middle of the road. Straying towards the outer edges always seems a little more daring and exciting but ultimately there's a reason why the middle path is often best. I wish you well this week and may that fella who is hounding the heck out of you leave you alone.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        At my wedding a gospel quartet rendered a song: "Keep in the Middle of the Road." It was good advice, but we obviously didn't. There are bits of good advice in some of hese lyrics too.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Doris - I think it's terrific that you were a DJ with tastes as diverse as The Stones and Tanya Tucker! You're right about world leaders. We need more cooperation and compromise instead of my way or the highway. Some of them these days, however, seem to curiously compromise everything, as if their choices might not be their own. If you think of that song artist, let me know. Have a great week!

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 

        4 weeks ago from Beautiful South

        These songs really do have similar names. I'm familiar with the older ones. In fact, I spun some of them when I was a DJ. I especially like the Stones and Tanya Tucker. Compromise doesn't seem to come easy nowadays. Maybe our world leaders need to listen to some of them, too. Very good list. There was an old song by a female artist called "Meet Me Half the Way." Not the one you have listed Meet Me Halfway", but I can't find it. I wonder whatever happened to it.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Ellison - That could help do the trick. At this point, anything is worth a try. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week with those horses!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Bill - Thanks for the song suggestion. Although the title fits, the meaning of the lyrics probably don't. However, I really like that song. Thanks for stopping by.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Mary - Convincing everyone that they have the bigger slice of cake takes great sales skills. Many of our leaders lack fundamental communication skills these days as well as values. I'm hoping there's a nice turnover soon.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Linda - We seem to do it often enough in our personal relationships, so why not in other spheres as well? Some of the best friendships can be with those who are most different from oneself. It takes more effort, but it's worthwhile.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Liz - You all are in a similar fix that we're in. Everyone wants what they want and can't see it any other way. Thanks for the comment and best of luck.

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 weeks ago from UK

        We could do with this playlist being used while Brexit negotiations take place in Bruxelles. There doesn't seem to be a lot of compromise in there at the moment! Another great compilation.

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        Linda Lum 

        4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        Flourish we need more compromise in the world. I wonder how much more could be accomplished if our representatives were willing to "reach across the aisle" and work together as allies rather than as enemies. Few things are ever black and white.

        Wonderful hub.

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        Mary Norton 

        4 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        Ah, the bigger piece of the cake. I am sad that we are pushed to extremes right now but we can work it out. I am willing to compromise when I see the bigger value and sometimes I don't even if there is one. Time to listen to some wisdom from these songs.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        How about "Stuck in the Middle With You" by Spinner's Wheel/Gerry Rafferty? That's the only one I could think of.

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        Ellison Hartley 

        4 weeks ago from Maryland, USA

        I think everyone should listen to at least one of these songs a day and the world would be a lot happier!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Tim, I recall when that first came out. It seems like we're such a long way from that now. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by to read and comment. Have a wonderful week.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        John - They're definitely thinking along the same lines! You'd think they'd get a bit more creative with titled to distinguish their work. Thanks for reading. Hope you are doing well.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        What a great list, Flourish, though many I didn't know until now. I am amazed by how many have similar names..."Meet Me in the Middle", "Meet You in the Middle," "Meet in the Middle," "Meet Me Halfway."

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        Tim Truzy 

        5 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        Hi, Flourish,

        Great article about a topic that is important today. We do need to do more compromising as a nation and as a species. I thought about this classic from Stevy Wonder and Paul Macarney "Ebony and Ivory."

        But these songs you provided is a wonderful play list. I know a few of these tunes, but you have given me more to explore.

        As always, your work is interesting and fun. In this case, it's much needed.

        Thanks.

        Much respect dear friend,

        Tim

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 weeks ago from USA

        Pamela - Funny how I found tons of songs about NOT compromising but decided to make this about compromising and trying to come to an agreement only. I believe that while many things are up for negotiation, there are some things should be totally off the table. Thanks for reading and for commenting.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        I like several of those songs, but I didn't know all the bands. I know more about the older groups.

        I am usually willing to compromise if the other person is reasonable. It is not always possible, but we surely need more compromise in this world.

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