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64 Songs About Promises

Updated on September 21, 2017
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Do you honor your promises? Trust is fragile. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about promises both kept and broken.
Do you honor your promises? Trust is fragile. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about promises both kept and broken. | Source

Promises Broken and Promises Kept

Actress Shirley MacLaine probably had it right when she quipped, "It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he is in love, drunk, or running for office."

Even so, we humans are such a hopeful bunch. Broken or empty promises don't stop us from

  • getting married (sometimes repeatedly)
  • electing politicians
  • hoping a loved one with a problem will change and
  • making and believing more promises.

Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about the vows we make to one another, the pledges we sometimes break, and the consequences on trust. We have a long list to start you out. We swear.

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1. "The Cure" by Lady Gaga

An ode to the healing effects of love, this 2017 pop song features a narrator who promises to provide everything her partner needs with the power of her touch. If she cannot find the cure for what ails him, them she vows to fix it with her love.

2. "Promise to Love Her" by Blane Howard

Yes-sireee, this man's a keeper. Asking a woman's father for her hand in marriage is an anxiety-provoking moment in a young man's life, and the groom-to-be in this 2017 country song thinks he has his speech all worked out.

Then, when the moment comes, he simply speaks from the heart:

I promise to love her
With all that I have
I'll put nothing above her
And I won't turn my back
She's my everything
She's all I'll ever need
And she loves me at my worst
Sir, I give you my word
I promise to love her.

The song fast forwards to the couple's wedding day and later to the birth of their first child when the young man makes similar assurances of abiding commitment.

3. "Promises, Promises" by Naked Eyes

Broken trust and hollow promises are central to this 1983 rock song. In the beginning of their relationship when love felt all new and tingly, the narrator believed his lover's empty assurances that she'd always be there. Now, however, he feels lonely and betrayed: "If this is love it breaks my heart."

"Promise is a big word.  It either makes something or breaks something."
"Promise is a big word. It either makes something or breaks something." | Source

4. "10,000 Promises" by Backstreet Boys

Ten thousand is a mountain of promises, but It's not like this guy was counting those lies or anything. Is he bitter over his relationship gone wrong? You bet!

The narrator in this pop song from 1997 sees all the time and money he spent on the one he used to love as a wasted investment. His ex broke promises and lied to him, and he's still not over her. This heartbreak looks like it'll hurt for awhile.

5. "No Promises" by Shayne Ward

Hold on, Romeo. There are mixed messages here, boyfriend, and I'm calling you out on it even if your gal pal won't.

In this 2006 pop song, the commitment confused narrator tells his girl that he feels like he's in heaven when they are together and he needs to hold her tight both now and forever. Supposedly, he wants to die in her arms tonight.

At the same time that he's expressing this long-term devotion, however, he also seeks to make it perfectly clear that there are no promises and that she's the one he needs tonight. So will there be someone else he needs tomorrow night?

6. "I Cross My Heart" by George Strait

Feeling that this is the beginning of a lifelong relationship, the man in this 1992 country song tenderly pledges his unconditional love and laughter. He seeks to make his partner's dreams come true and wants to be there to comfort her when needed.

7. "You Promised" by Brantley Gilbert

There's a lot of break-up and divorce drama in this country song from 2017, and it all extends from promises made and broken. A husband walks out as his wife stands in the driveway. Soaking wet from both the rain and her tears, she shouts reminders at him regarding their marriage vows.

Later, he lies alone in bed and decides to return sentimental items to her. However, this time it's the wife who has decided that the promise isn't worth fighting for. This song is soap opera heart wrenching.

I promise I will bring an umbrella next time.
I promise I will bring an umbrella next time. | Source

8. "No Promises" by Cheat Codes (featuring Demi Lovato)

Are they just fooling around, or are they meant to be in love? The couple in this 2017 danceable popsong isn't sure what they want from one another. However, they agree on one thing—that promises would be too complicated:

Promise me no promises
Don't you promise me nothing

9. "Promises, Promises" by Incubus

According to the group's lead vocalist, this 2011 rock song is about a woman who fears opening herself up to potential lovers, so she takes on the role of a magician who performs tricks. She's become so accustomed to the role she plays that she can't recognize the potential "real thing" when she sees it. Instead, she keeps up the charade and requests that her lover make no promises.

10. "I Promise You" by Michael Bolton

In this 1995 pop song, Michael Bolton is making all the standard love promises to his lady friend: to be there all her life, love her day and night, and share her hopes and dreams.

The singer's personal life, however, tells a different story about promise keeping. Michael Bolton divorced his wife of 15 years who whom he had three children. The sexageriarian—that's someone who is in his or her sixties— also had a broken engagement to actress Nicolette Sheridan. Then, in 2017 rumors swirled that he is ready to get engaged again. Now that's a serial promiser.

11. "This I Promise You" by N' Sync

This stand-up guy vows to always be his partner's rock. Even when lies and secrets surround her, the young man in this 2000 pop song assures her that he will provide the strength she needs:

I've loved you forever
In lifetimes before
And I promise you never
Will you hurt anymore.

The Pinky Promise

The pinky promise (or pinky swear) is a custom often performed by American school children. Kids interlink their pinkies as they exchange a promise. The pinky promise originated, however, with Japanese mobsters as the highest form of all promises in which the wronged party may sever the pinky of the promise breaker.

12. "The Promise" by Sturgill Simpson

The guy in this 2014 country song seems like he's been friend-zoned and is trying so hard to climb out. Although his words falter, he professes his love and makes genuine promises to be a reliable friend and partner. He earnestly seeks to show the woman he cares for that he's worthy of falling in love with.

13. "The Promise" by Chris Cornell

This 2017 song was written for the movie by the same name. The movie is about the Armenian genocide.

The song was the last solo release before the Soundgarden singer died in May 2017 by suicide. Ironically, the song is about the promise to survive, persevere, and thrive.

14. "Promises" by The Cranberries

This 1999 hard rock song deals with divorce and captures the vitriol of an aggrieved lover. The narrator is angry over vows that have proven to be meaningless and empty words:

You better believe I'm coming
You better believe what I say
You better hold on to your promises
Because you bet, you'll get what you deserve.

15. "The Promise" by Tracy Chapman

The narrator in this touching 1995 pop song is leaving on a journey that will take her miles away from her lover. Promising to return to the one she loves, she urges her partner to wait for her and hold her memory close:

If you think of me
If you miss me once in a while
Then I'll return to you
I'll return and fill that space in your heart.

16. "I Promise" by Radiohead

If you've ever been in a toxic relationship, then you've heard a few unreliable promises yourself. And perhaps you've issued them.

In this 1997 rock song, a man in a toxic relationship offers assurances that he will abandon his bad habits. He promises not to run away from the couple's relationship when there is trouble or when he gets bored.

I wonder if his girlfriend is thinking, "Here we go again."

17. "One Promise Too Late" by Reba McEntire

You really have to hand it to the woman in this country song from 1986 for sticking to her commitment. She met the man she's been dreaming about for her entire lifetime, the one she would give her right arm to share eternity with, except there's one little catch—she's married.

Being a woman of her word, she tells Mr. Perfect that sorry, that she's sticking with Mr. Good Enough. Her word is her bond.

18. "Broken Promises for Broken Hearts" by She Wants Revenge

We've all probably been here before—at the end of a complicated love relationship that is dying a slow death. In this 2006 pop song, a bitter man finally calls it quits, claiming that he wants to wish his lover away.

Then he recounts the broken promises and sadness of the end of their affair:

That there'd be torn up photos and lonely nights
Cursing, crying, and drawn out fights
Make up sex and a brand new start
Broken promises for broken hearts.

19. "I Promise You That" by Westlife

When you're in a relationship and your lover has messed up, should you believe his or her promise that it won't happen again? In this 2001 pop song, a guy wants to reel back in the mistake he made. He wants to do right on his promise if only his lover will give him another chance.

For two reasons, I'm on the fence on how his gal should respond. First, past behavior is a strong predictor of future behavior. Second, he doesn't seem to be sorry enough:

I never said that I could change the world
But if you gave me the chance that I deserve
I know that in your heart
You can forgive me.

20. "I Do" by Paul Brandt

The narrator in this 1996 country ditty knows how to calm his partner's relationship anxieties. He expresses his commitment by promising his bride emotional safety, friendship, and love until the end. What a perfect wedding song!

Wedding promise:  "I will love you with all my heart, To have forever, never to part. This is a promise engrained in me. Take my hand and let it be." - Diana Lynn, American actress
Wedding promise: "I will love you with all my heart, To have forever, never to part. This is a promise engrained in me. Take my hand and let it be." - Diana Lynn, American actress | Source

Even More Songs About Promises

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Promise
Eve 6
2000
22. Promises
Eric Capton
1978
23. Promise
Slash (featuring Chris Cornell)
2010
24. Ten Thousand Promises
Linkin Park
2012
25. This I Promise You
Ronan Keating
2006
26. Promise Ain't Enough
Hall & Oates
1997
27. Promise
Jagged Edge
2000
28. (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden
Lynn Anderson
1970
29. Promise Her the Moon
Mr. Big
1983
30. Break Your Promise
The Delfonics
1968
31. A Promise
Echo & the Bunnymen
1981
32. You Won't Ever Be Lonely
Andy Griggs
1999
33. Promise
Ciara
2006
34. Never Is a Promise
Fiona Apple
1996
35. Promises
Def Leppard
1999
36. No Promises
Icehouse
1985
37. Promise
Simple Plan
2004
38. I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
My Chemical Romance
2004
39. The Promise
New Found Glory
2007
40. I Promise You
Selena Gomez & The Scene
2009
41. I Promise to Wait
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
1968
42. Promises
Nero
2011
43. Treat You Better
Shawn Mendes
2016
44. One
Ed Sheeran
2014
45. Promise Broken
Gary Allan
2005
46. Remedy
Adele
2015
47. Promise Me You'll Try
Jennifer Lopez
1999
48. One and Only
Adele
2011
49. As Hope and Promise Fade
Chris Cornell
2011
50. Would You Wait for Me
Brett Young
2013
51. House of Memories
Panic! At the Disco
2016
52. Waterloo
ABBA
1974
53. You Matter to Me
Sara Bareilles (featuring Jason Mraz)
2015
54. Yes I Will
Backstreet Boys
2000
55. Never Be Alone
Shawn Mendes
2015
56. Summer Love
One Direction
2012
57. Rest of My Life
Bruno Mars
2010
58. Dark Side
Kelly Clarkson
2011
59. Promises
Randy Travis
1988
60. The Fighter
Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood)
2017
61. I Swear
John Michael Montgomery
1993
62. Not a Bad Thing
Justin Timberlake
2013
63. I Can Love You Like That
John Michael Montgomery
1995
64. Wild Horses
Garth Brooks
2000
Know a song about promises that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

What's in a Name? Locations with Names Associated with Promises

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A markerBond County, Illinois, USA -
Bond County, IL, USA
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B markerHonor, Michigan, USA -
Honor, MI 49640, USA
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C markerPromise, Oregon, USA -
Promise, OR 97885, USA
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D markerPromise, South Dakota, USA -
Promise, SD 57601, USA
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E markerPromise Gulch, Wyoming, USA -
Promise Gulch, Atlantic City, WY 82520, USA
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F markerPromise Island, Canada -
Promise Island, Nunavut, Canada
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G markerPromised Land, South Carolina, USA -
Promised Land, SC, USA
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H markerPromised Land State Park, Pennsylvania, USA -
Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Rd, Greentown, PA 18426, USA
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I markerStrong, Maine, USA -
Strong, ME 04983, USA
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J markerWorth, Illinois, USA -
Worth, IL, USA
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Lovers and others make lots of promises.  Do you keep your word?
Lovers and others make lots of promises. Do you keep your word? | Source

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Kyriaki - Thanks for stopping by. Reba has some of the best songs in country music; they don't make them like her anymore!

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 5 weeks ago

      I'll be honest: I didn't know most of these songs... :( However, music is life, so I'm happy to welcome some of them into my MP3 playlist. I loved Reba's song. Such an awesome singer, such an angelic voice! Thanks for sharing, Flourish! Your list of songs was amazing as always!!!!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Devika - Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. I hope you are doing well.

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      DDE 2 months ago

      Some of these songs I haven't heard of in awhile and all songs on this list are most promising.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Genna - People always remember what you promised, and double goes for whether you delivered. It's surely not something to undertake likely. Thank you for your faithful readership. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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      Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      The word, promise, is one we should use with character...it is not one to take lightly. Bolton wins my vote in this great selection of music. Such a great way to being my Sunday. Thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Louise - They don't make them like George anymore! He's the real deal.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Jo - I appreciate your stopping by and giving it a look. It's interesting to see how many one knows and doesn't, isn't it? Have a great weekend.

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      Louise Powles 2 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I'm glad you put I Cross my Heart by George Strait in your list. I just love that song!

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      Jo Miller 2 months ago from Tennessee

      I recognized few of these songs, unlike some of your lists. But enjoyed the new information.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Larry - Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are doing well.

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      Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great list. I had no idea there were so many promise songs.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Linda - I won't be making that promise any longer out of principle and will inform anyone I see making it about the origin, should it prove convenient and appropriate. They'll be surprised. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Linda Crampton 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've shared some very interesting information about the pinkie promise! I think it will enter my mind every time I see the promise being made.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      MsDora - Once you utter the word "promise" it really ramps up the emotional meter. It's like the foundation of trust for the relationship is at stake. Gosh, so risky.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Then some say that promises are made to be broken, but you have many reminders here that we ought not to be casual about them. I like the quote about making or breaking something.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Logical Blond Mary - If you don't like me calling you that, I promise to stop. I was surprised myself at how many promise songs there are out there. Sometimes empty promises, a lot of broken ones. Have an amazing week!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Rasma - I try to make "commitments" rather than promises but you know how it is.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Heidi - I miss the 80s, too, but I like a lot of indie rock. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a marvelous week!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Linda - It's so sad that he made the choice that he did. In addition to family, friends like Chester Bennington, fans, and so many others, his sad death by suicide will impact his three children deeply as well as their children in ways they may not foresee (not that they're destined to repeat it). I come from a family who has a strong history of this, including my grandmother, uncle, cousins, and others. It's a broken promise to stick it out in this world.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 months ago from Chicago Area

      I love Naked Eyes' "Promises, Promises!" I miss the 80s. ;) Thanks for another great playlist to start the week. Make it a great one!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another well organized and interesting hub. Those sure are a lot of promises.

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      I had no idea there were so many. To be honest, some of the groups I haven't heard of, I am afraid I am a bit out of touch.

      Interesting collection.

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      Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      The song by Chris Cornell brought tears to my eyes. He was a Seattle native (I live 50 miles away from there), an amazing artist, a treasure--what a tragedy that he is gone. Other than his song, I was totally at a loss for songs that would fit this topic. Obviously, you didn't have that problem. Thank you for another wonderful article my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Patricia - Thank you so much. I hope you are doing well. Thinking of you and your family.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks for giving it a whirl. Have a good day.

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      Patricia K Scott/pstraubie48 2 months ago

      You nailed it...as usual....I get carried away to another place by music.....and the selections here will take me on many journeys....Once again, Angels are on the way. ps

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A total and complete blank on this one. You, obviously, didn't have that problem. There were lots of them, to my surprise. Sigh!