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67 Songs About No Longer Being in 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.

Sometimes romantic love fades, fizzles out, and dies completely. If you can identify, then make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about falling out of love.

Sometimes romantic love fades, fizzles out, and dies completely. If you can identify, then make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about falling out of love.

When Love Goes Wrong

Some love stories were written in the book of never meant to be, where passion fades to apathy and romance gives way to disdain. Love can grow dusty and feeble when not regularly nourished by both partners. It can splinter and crack under the wear and tear of daily life. This is the other side of a fairytale romance. Love can surely end—and often in ways that aren't pretty

A relative recently dissolved her marriage of more than 25 years when her husband declared that he had long since fallen out of love. He revealed his online infidelities and sadly refused to work further on their lifetime partnership. Love had surely died, and the marriage was so done you could stick a fork in it.

Although John was never successful financially or professionally and he sure didn't knock it out of the park in either the looks or personality department, his wife had believed he was amazing. Outwardly, the father of three young adults portrayed himself as straight-laced and devoutly religious.

As their divorce nears finalization, the almost 60-year-old man searches for a polyamorous situation (seriously). Soon, John will be moving in with his elderly mother, a Buddhist nun. His wife has purchased the family home and is charging forward on her own. When love ends, some people flounder while others flourish. If you can identify with the pain of falling out of love, then make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about no longer being in love.

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1. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers

This mesmerizing blue-eyed soul tune is one of the most played songs of all time upon American television and radio. Timeless in its appeal, the chart-topping 1964 single captures the desperation of a man who recognizes that his sweetheart no longer swoons with the passion or love for him like she once did. He urgently begs her to change her mind and return to her previous feelings. (Sorry, buddy, but that ain't happenin'—it's like unringing a bell).

With desperation that is painfully palpable, the narrator notices that his darling now kisses him with her eyes open. She has lost that special spark in her touch, and he is hopeless to change her mind. As he laments how she criticizes him on the small things and no longer glances at him lovingly, the forlorn man pours his heart out in desperation. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

2. "Love No More" by Cody Lovaas & Cailin Russo

I've observed that in love, one romantic partner always seems to love another more. While you chew on that thought, listen to this heartrending 2019 pop ballad wherein a disillusioned narrator has grown tired of waiting for her lover to come around.

The couple discusses the same old problems and arrives at no real resolutions. Having grown hopelessly weary of playing the fool in their dead-end relationship, she has decided that forgiveness is no longer possible. She has nothing left to give and declares, "I don't want your love no more, no more."

3. "Angry All the Time" by Tim McGraw

Some people fall out of love quickly while others take years. For the married pair in this sad 2001 country song, the unraveling of their marriage was a process of resentment and anger built up over the last 20 years as they raised their four kids. Bitterness and distance drove a wedge between them until they are now just two people occupying the same home, sharing the same last name, and going through the motions in life. This is no way to live.

The husband leaves the marriage out of sadness and emotional self-preservation. He mourns who his wife used to be and who they once were as married partners. Do you recognize any couple you know in this heartbreaking tune?

4. "You'll Never Know" by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande underlines in this 2013 pop song that it's critical to promptly declare your feelings of love for someone rather than admire your beloved from afar, hoping they'll get the hint. Because the guy who was smitten with her waited too long to share his crush, another fella has stepped up to volunteer that he thinks she's
"all that." The first guy has lost his opportunity, as she views him as weak, dramatic, and so "yesterday." She's out of love.

5. "All Out of Love" by Air Supply

Whether the narrator in this 1980 soft rock ditty has cheated on his lover or committed some other relationship transgression, one thing is for sure: he has betrayed her trust. In return, she is rejecting him.

Now he finds himself alone and imploring her to take him back. Feeling so uncertain of his future, the narrator declares that he is utterly lost without her. Air Supply, an Australian duo, released this love song in their home country two years before unleashing it on American audiences. The Aussie version included the lyrics, "I’m all out of love, I want to arrest you," meaning (awkwardly) that the man wants to get his lover's attention. Thankfully, the lyrics were changed.

6. "Let It Go" by James Bay

What used to be a deliriously satisfying love affair has frayed, leaving behind only tattered threads. The narrator in this mournful 2014 pop ballad realizes that he and his beloved no longer fit together like they once did, and nothing will change that fact.

The problems between them are too large, he believes. The narrator thus advocates that they go their separate ways:

Everything that's broke
Leave it to the breeze
Let the ashes fall
Forget about me.

In truth, this guy doesn't love her enough to try harder to work this thing out.

7. "Fallin' Out of Love" by Reba McEntire

When the woman in this 1991 country tune is faced with the reality that her significant other is suddenly leaving her for another woman, she processes the traumatic news by swallowing hard, driving all night, and attempting to understand just where their love went off course. Now that they are out of love, the crestfallen narrator must pull herself together and let go of dreams she once harbored that involved him. Even if he changes his mind, she must find her center, remain forward-focused, and make a new start for herself.

8. "Three Empty Words" by Shawn Mendes

In this 2016 pop song, young passion has faded as love has become stale and died upon the vine. This couple suffers from problems they have not been able to repair. Additionally, boredom has set in as the routine of their long-term relationship has yielded to routine and merely going through the motions. There are the same discussions, the same old songs, nothing new to see here. Most especially, the words "I love you" have lost their meaning, and the young man doesn't want to keep saying the three empty words. Sorry, sis, but he's done.

9. "Out of Love" by Alessia Cara

Only ask questions for which you can truly handle the answers. In this heartbreaking 2019 ballad, a lonely, rejected woman asks her former flame, "When did you fall out of love?" The narrator considers it useless to try to determine why he fell out of love. Moreover, she doesn't try to lure him back into the relationship because that is hopeless. Instead, she is laser-focused on when this change of heart occurred.

10. "Someone Like You" by Adele

Woe is the lover whose partner no longer feels the same. It can take years to mend a broken heart. The woman in this 2011 pop ballad pays an unannounced, stalkeresque visit to an old flame whom she can't forget.

The narrator is languishing in yesterday's bittersweet memories whereas her ex has moved on and is now happily married. It was a mistake coming here. As she bids him farewell (again), she announces her intention to find someone like him and move on with her life. However, I bet she'll keep tabs on him throughout their lives.

11. "Broken Together" by Casting Crows

Marriage can be constructed of picture-perfect romantic fairytales as well as the grim reality of scars and secrets, overdue bills, and shattered dreams. In this encouraging 2014 song by Christian rock group Casting Crows, the narrator recognizes that the marriage they are in isn't what either party planned. However, he suggests pulling together and being broken together in love.

12. "Cold" by Maroon 5

This 2017 diss track is a pop song about a forlorn fella whose lover is treating him differently. Desperately trying to figure out what has gone wrong, he wonders whether they're "on a break" from the relationship and his emotionally distant girlfriend just hasn't clued him in yet. Although they still share a bed, she's so cold-hearted to him that he's getting shivers and goosebumps. The girl has fallen out of love; her news is coming.

13. "You'll Think of Me" by Keith Urban

Parceling out property at the end of a broken love affair is such a hollow feeling. In this sorrow-filled country song from 2002, a reflective man directs his ex to take certain items that were hers because he no longer has use for them. Additionally, he urges her to take the memories they made together and her sorry excuses.

His former sweetheart has cheated and left him for someone else, and the man feels both betrayed and grief-stricken. As he attempts to convince himself that this will be a clean start for him without his ex, the sad narrator rallies by promising his former partner that someday she will regret her actions. His memory will continue to haunt her as the one who got away.

14. "Just Give Me A Reason" by Pink featuring Nate Ruess

If you stay with a romantic partner long enough, your relationship may begin to lose its luster, revealing cracks, strains, and imperfections as that initial tear-your-clothes-off passion fades to couch potato comfort. Some couples allow their love to slide further into chronic discontent and boredom. As this chart-topping 2012 emotional ballad points out, however, such relationships are only as broken as you make them to out to be. Get working.

The pop duet is raw and authentic and became a worldwide hit. It portrays a couple whose relationship is on the blink when the song narrator asks her partner for a second chance to learn to love again.

15. "Broken Strings" by James Morrison (featuring Nelly Furtado)

As the couple in this 2008 pop tune face the dying days of their romance, there is emotional hurt, lying, and not enough forgiveness to go around. They hold each other for what will be the last time, feeling themselves emotionally withdrawing. This love affair will be over soon.

16. "After the Love Has Gone" by Earth, Wind & Fire

After love finally peters out, it's normal to ponder where the relationship went off the rails, just as the guy in this 1979 R&B-pop crossover hit does. He ruminates dreamily about when he and his sweetheart first fell in love, They couldn't keep their hands off of one another back then.

Sadly, something happened so that their affair cooled. The narrator is now left with a heartache, wondering if the love relationship might ever be rekindled:

Oh, oh, oh, after the love has gone
What used to be right is wrong
Can love that's lost be found?

17. "Call You Mine" by The Chainsmokers (featuring Bebe Rexha)

The couple in this 2019 electropop dance single is falling apart. Their relationship teeters on the brink of a breakup, and the woman confronts her partner about the deteriorating state of their love. She hopes for a course correction on their eroding relationship before love slips away forever.

They relive the bittersweet memories of how they first met and fell in love. Exposing her vulnerability, the lady reminds her beloved that although they have recently grown apart, they have history together. If they both try, then these two can return to that emotional place where they fell in love.

18. "I Hate This Part" by The Pussycat Dolls

Before people started taking the easy way out by breaking up over text (so tacky), they had painful and awkward heart-to-heart discussions that signaled the end of their relationship. The woman in this 2008 pop ballad is burdened by the routine of her romantic partnership.

Love has died, and this gal is done trying. All that remains is goodbye, so through the stark silence she embarks on one of those difficult relationship-ending conversations. Full of resolve, she presses forward although she knows her partner will object and want to try again. This is the death of a love relationship, and it's hard to take his tears. She hates this sad but necessary part.

19. "Either Way" by Chris Stapleton

In this brutally bitter and lonely 2017 country song, a man and his wife take up space in the same home, going through the mere motions of marriage while projecting to outsiders the veneer of a perfect life. The couple passes in the hallway without speaking, and they sleep in separate rooms. Tears and regret have been replaced with apathy, and he wants out:

We can't go just go on like this
Say the word we'll call it quits
Baby, you can go or you can stay
But I won't love you either way.

20. "Scared to Be Lonely" by Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa

People often tolerate all kinds of bad behavior from partners out of their fear of being alone. They fail to realize that there are worse situations in life than being single.

This 2017 electronic dance number recognizes that what started out for this couple as a sexy fling has disintegrated into slamming doors and arguments. Why do they do this to themselves? Perhaps it's the sex or the emotional desire to feel needed by another person. Maybe it is the fear of loneliness. The narrator wonders realistically whether there is someone else out there who is more appropriately suited? (You bet.)

"It is very hard to be in love with someone who no longer loves you, but it is far worse to be loved by someone with whom you are no longer in love." - Georges Courteline, French writer

"It is very hard to be in love with someone who no longer loves you, but it is far worse to be loved by someone with whom you are no longer in love." - Georges Courteline, French writer

Even More Songs About No Longer Being in Love

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

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Cry Me a River

Justin Timberlake

2002

22. I Hate This Part

The Pussycat Dolls

2008

23. You Don't Bring Me Flowers

Barbra Streisand & Neil Simon

1978

24. Somebody That I Used to Know

Gotye (featuring Kimbra)

2011

25. Watching Airplanes

Gary Allan

2007

26. We're Not Making Love No More

Dru Hill

1997

27. After the Thrill Is Gone

Eagles

1975

28. Colors

Halsey

2015

29. Say Something

A Great Big World (featuring Christina Aguilera

2014

30. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Luke Bryan

2012

31. Goodbyes

Post Malone (featuring Young Thug)

2019

32.Separate Lives

Phil Collins

1990

33. Energy

Keri Hilson

2008

34. Yesterday

Toni Braxton (featuring Trey Songz)

2009

35. Our Last Summer

ABBA

1980

36. My Favorite Mistake

Sheryl Crow

1998

37. Apologize

OneRepublic (featuring Timbaland)

2007

38. Hold Me While You Wait

Lewis Capaldi

2019

39. Remind Me

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood

2011

40. (I Don't Have) Any More Love Songs

Hank Williams Jr.

1979

41. Walking on Broken Glass

Annie Lennox

1992

42. Like We Never Loved at All

Faith Hill

2005

43. It Must've Been Love

Roxette

1987

44. She's Out of My Life

Michael Jackson

1980

45. The Heart of the Matter

Don Henley

1990

46. Set Fire to the Rain

Adele

2011

47. How Am I Supposed to Live Without You

Michael Bolton

1989

48. Impossible

Shontelle

2010

49 Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

Meat Loaf

1977

50. Stitches

Shawn Mendes

2015

51. The Winner Takes It All

ABBA

1980

52. When I Was Your Man

Bruno Mars

2012

53.Good As Gone

Little Big Town

2006

54. She Don't Love You

Eric Paslay

2014

55. I'm Outta Love

Anastacia

2000

56. Does My Ring Burn Your Finger

Lee Ann Womack

2000

57. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

Journey

1983

58. Staying's Worse Than Leaving

Sunny Sweeney

2011

59. Tolerate It

Taylor Swift

2020

60. Too Late Baby

Carole King

1971

61. We Just Disagree

Dave Mason

1977

62. Impossible

Stontelle

2010

63. You Look So Good in Love

George Strait

1983

64. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Again

Taylor Swift

2012

65. Too Hot

Kool & The Gang

1979

66. The Thrill Is Gone

B.B. King

1969

67. She's Gone

Hall & Oates

1973

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 30, 2021:

Greg - you too, friend!

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 30, 2021:

Flourish - Agreed completely. And, thank you! This is another outstanding compilation, and I always look forward to them. Glad I was able to catch the feed this time and pass along well-deserved recognition. Have a great week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 29, 2021:

Greg - It can really hurt when love ends, especially if it’s not your idea. Good music can help get you through. Thanks for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 29, 2021:

Misbah - Thanks for taking the time to find me on the feed even though HP doesn’t make it easy.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 27, 2021:

Flourish - another great list and, interestingly, last and first on your list are two of my all time hurtin’ faves.

“She’s lost that loving feeling, Goose.”

“Oh, Mav, I hate when she does that!”

Classic flick, classic song. I also love, love, really love the Hall and Oates long version of “She’s Gone.” I could listen to it over and over all day long.

On my list, I’d have Adele’s number 10 song, but I’d also include “When We Were Young.”. Every time I hear that song, I feel like I’m back in high school. It was just like a movie.

Sad story about the end of such a long marriage, but great list of songs. Thanks, Flourish, and have a good weekend.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 27, 2021:

Flourish, It's always difficult to say goodbye. It's never easy. I had a hard time finding your article in my feed the last few days. I'm delighted I'm finally able to comment on it. The song collection is fantastic. I haven't heard all of them, but I have heard a few of them. These lines are very wonderful and touching:

Everything that's broke

Leave it to the breeze

Let the ashes fall

Forget about me.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub.

Blessings and Love to you!!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 27, 2021:

Peg - I’m so glad to hear that the story ended well. Thank you for sharing this.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 27, 2021:

There was a good outcome to their story of love gone astray. My mother, a homemaker who raised 3 children, then earned her CNA, took a job in an adoption agency as a nurse to newborn babies and retired after 15 years. She went on to earn her Teacher's Aide Certification and worked at an elementary school until she was 80. She'd never have had these accomplishments in her former situation. She made me proud. And thanks for asking, we're both doing well!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 27, 2021:

Peg - That's so sad, doubly sad that the situation dragged on so long unaddressed. Thank you for stopping by to comment. I hope you are doing well.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 26, 2021:

This topic is certainly inspiration for so many songs about love gone wrong. I could relate to your opening story about your friend. So sorry she had to go through that. My mother came to live with me when her 29-year marriage to my dad ended on their anniversary. It was not only life-changing for her, but fueled inspiration for me to reevaluate my own situation.

Great collection of songs. Loved the one by Adele and it made me think about Bonnie Raitt's, "I Can't Make You Love Me."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 24, 2021:

Heidi - This type of thing should make us all extra thankful by comparison. Thank you for the suggestions. I hope you are doing well. I thought about you when I was in Chicago recently.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 24, 2021:

Bill - You sure can't make that stuff up. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are doing well.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on August 23, 2021:

Wow, what an opening story... or should we say closing story?

Of course, me being me, I immediately thought of the Air Supply tune.

My adds for today (all blues-y): 1) B.B. King, The Thrill is Gone. 2) Robert Cray, Our Last Time.

Another great playlist. Have a great week!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on August 22, 2021:

Now here’s a topic that I would think has plenty of material. The first song that came to mind was definitely The Righteous Brother’s. Sad to hear about your relative going through this. Great playlist, Flourish, as always.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2021:

Peggy - He surprised a lot of people with his behavior. I guess we know now how he spent his pandemic time. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2021:

James - I love 1970s and 80s music, including the ones you reference. I'm adding the song you reference. Have a great day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2021:

Linda - It's too bad when people fall out of love and probably best for everyone if they just say so instead of letting things linger for years and disintegrate. That's where a lot of resentment and ugliness take hold. Thanks for your kind comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 21, 2021:

That is very sad about your relative's dissolving marriage after so many years. It is sad for the entire family. Your song list addresses this topic of no longer being in love with many examples, as always when you find the songs to fit topics.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2021:

Chrish - I'm glad you enjoyed the playlist. You never know how love will end. Let's all hope all of our stories end happily. Have yourself a delightful week and stay safe.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2021:

Bill - The Righteous Brothers are an essential on this playlist. Glad you enjoyed recalling their song. I hope you are doing super.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on August 21, 2021:

I especially like your choices at numbers 5 and 16 sung by Air Supply and Earth Wind and Fire. I might add that "Too Hot" by Cool and the Gang is a good choice for a no longer in love song.(cool should start with a k but my tablet won't let that happen) I still love your song subjects.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 21, 2021:

So much sadness. Hasn't everyone lost that loving feeling (or been dumped) at some point in their life? This is a great compilation (and whoo hoo I recognized most of them).

How about Ella's cry me a river? Too old?

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on August 21, 2021:

I couldn't vote, haven't been there. I'm afraid haha....

But I've heard so much like this there and here so I guess I know what to do when ii get there. Will see.

I love many of those songs you listed Ms FLOURISH!!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 21, 2021:

Hooray, I got the #! song this week. I feel much better now, after failing miserably the last couple efforts.

Have a great weekend, my friend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2021:

Pamela - Some people fall out of love quickly and others fade slowly. I'm glad you enjoyed listening to the songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2021:

Umesh - Thank you for your kind support

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2021:

Chitrangada - Sadly, this couple was divorcing at the time their eldest daughter was getting married. We just returned from the wedding.

Thanks for your lovely comment. I agree. There's a song for just about everything.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 21, 2021:

I knew there had to be a lot of songs about falling out of love. You have compiled an excellent list, Flourish. I enjoyed listening to many of them.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 20, 2021:

Parting is sad but your compilation is excellent. Well presented.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 20, 2021:

It's sad to hear, about such a long relationship, falling apart, as you have mentioned in your introductory paragraph. But, this happens!

Relationships are fragile, and if not nurtured properly, they might end.

It's amazing, how we have songs, for happy, sad, funny and almost for all our emotions.

Great list of songs on this theme.

Thank you for sharing.

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