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45 Songs About Saying Hello

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

Greetings such as "hello," "hi," and "hey, there" can be powerful connectors. Resolve to change someone's day for the positive by acknowledging them.  Then make a playlist about pop, rock, country, hip-hop, and R&B "hello" songs.

Greetings such as "hello," "hi," and "hey, there" can be powerful connectors. Resolve to change someone's day for the positive by acknowledging them. Then make a playlist about pop, rock, country, hip-hop, and R&B "hello" songs.

"Hello" Is a Powerful Connector

Smartphones are stealing the focus and attention that we used to give to people. We stare lovingly into screens as we go about our busy lives. We avoid eye contact, failing to acknowledge acquaintances and strangers alike. A sad consequence is that not being noticed adds to feelings of isolation, stress, and loneliness.

Resolve to make a positive change by saying "hello" to people you meet. A simple, well-placed greeting can change someone's day. Hello can be a powerful connector.

Celebrate the power of greetings with a playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B, and hip-hop songs that say "hello." We have a long list of "hello" songs to start you off!

1. "Hello" by Adele

How do you apologize for breaking someone's heart? Where do you begin? This distressed woman starts with "hello" as she leaves an old lover a rambling voicemail.

Oozing regret, the woman in this 2015 pop ballad attempts to reconnect with her old lover. Although their relationship ended years ago, she is still haunted by how it ended. She has called him repeatedly in an attempt to make peace with her past, but he never seems to answer. Sadly, she concludes that he has moved on.

2. "Hello Hello" by Mari Ferrari

Both the simple lyrics of this 2016 pop song and the sweet voice of Mari Ferrari make this danceable tune ideal to send to someone you're crushing on. The narrator in the song has searched the world over for someone special, and she is excited to welcome a new love.

3. "Hello" by Lionel Richie

In this classic pop song from 1984, the narrator pines away for someone who occasionally passes by his door. He's afflicted with a mild obsession as he dreams about her and wonders where she is, who she's with, and what she is feeling. Believing that she is everything he has ever wanted, the narrator ponders reaching out and telling her "hello" then spilling his guts.

The song's video, however, amps up the creepy factor considerably. It features a teacher secretly in love with his blind student. He hides and watches her the blind student from not too far away. Awkward! There is a long history of songs about stalkers, creepers, and obsessive love, if you're interested.

4. "You Had Me from Hello" by Kenny Chesney

"You had me at hello" is one of the most romantic movie quotes ever. It appeared in the 1996 film, Jerry Maguire, and appears to be the inspiration for this 1999 country love song.

In the song, the narrator becomes instantly love-stricken upon meeting a woman. Their attraction is instant, and their connection grows more intense with time:

Well, you had me from "Hello"
I felt love start to grow the moment I looked into your eyes,
You won me, it was over from the start.
You completely stole my heart, and now you won't let go.
I never even had a chance you know?
You had me from "Hello."

If you're head over heels in love like this couple and enjoy listening to songs about falling in love, make a playlist of "I love you" songs for you and your partner to share.

5. "Hello, I Love You" by The Doors

You have to be extremely self-confident to use a pick-up line like this: "Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name?" In this classic 1968 rock song, a long-legged beauty passes by the narrator, and he attempts to capture her attention with a declaration of love. The pick-up line is based on Jim Morrison's own experience with a woman on Venice Beach.

If you're curious about other pop, rock, and country songs with pickup lines, there are lots more where this came from—some of them hilarious!

6. "Trees" by Twenty One Pilots

God isn't specifically mentioned in this stirring 2011 rock song, but the strong Christian faith of songwriter Tyler Jacobs makes it evident that the narrator is conversing with Him in nature. The narrator stands silent among the trees. Feeling cowardly, he calls out, "hello," wanting to hear a sign of God and know Him.

7. "Hello Friday" by Flo Rida (featuring Jason Derulo)

Monday through Thursday are simply countdown days, according to this 2016 hip-hop song. A rough workweek culminates in Friday, which is a time to let loose and party: booze, hook-ups, and dropping cash. On Saturday you hit the beach to chill, and on Sunday you pray for forgiveness and look forward to next Friday.

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8. "Hello Hello" by Fickle Friends

A conflict threatens to splinter the couple in this 2018 pop song. The narrator's partner has been suffering a crisis of confidence and has been losing sleep about their relationship. She attempts to reassure him by letting him know that she still believes in him and is not ready to give up on their relationship. She uses the words, "hello, hello" to try to break through to him.

9. "Hello, You Beautiful Thing" by Jason Mraz

In this incurably positive 2014 pop song, the confident narrator wakes up and is naturally high on life. He's having a magical day, almost like he's at Disney World, and is looking forward to saying "hello" to his someone special.

For those days when you don't bounce out of bed automatically feeling your best, make a playlist of upbeat positive songs to put you in a good mood. Music can turn your day around!

10. "I Said Hi" by Amy Shark

In this 2018 pop song, the narrator is fighting for the world to notice her. She's waiting for her moment of fame to arrive. Although she's tired of having to prove herself, she isn't about to give up on her dream. To the doubters and those who stand between her and success, she says, "Tell 'em all I said 'hi.'"

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876 and advocated "Ahoy" as a greeting.  However, the first telephone manual two years later gave two choices for greetings:  “What is wanted?” and “Hello?” (suggested by Thomas Edison).

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876 and advocated "Ahoy" as a greeting. However, the first telephone manual two years later gave two choices for greetings: “What is wanted?” and “Hello?” (suggested by Thomas Edison).

11. "Hello Again" by Hoobastank

What do you do when you sense your love relationship fading into the friendzone? In this 2001 rock song, the narrator feels his romantic partnership is changing. He hopes that eventually, with a little distance they will say "hello" again and reunite with the experience making them stronger than ever before. That might be wishful thinking.

12. "Hey There Lonely Girl" by Eddie Holman

The sensitive bystander in this 1969 R&B tune calls out, "Hey there, lonely girl" to a heartbroken young woman, hoping to get her attention. With a soothing voice, he promises to alleviate her sadness by kissing her tears away, repairing her heart, and restoring her trust. Sounds like a recipe for rebound romance!

If this sad song appeals to you, why not make a playlist of songs about loneliness and isolation?

13. "Everything Has Changed" by Taylor Swift (featuring Ed Sheeran)

If you haven't already met the love of your life, you will someday. A lifetime together will all start with a simple "hello."

This 2012 pop song is about wanting to get to know a new partner better. The narrator realizes that everything changed with a greeting, and she replays their introduction and their time shared together so far in her mind. She recognizes that this is the beginning of something beautiful.

14. "Hello" by Martin Solveig (featuring Dragonette)

Looks like someone just got friend-zoned. The girl in this 2010 international pop hit shows up at a party, and she tells a guy who likes her "hello." However, then she decides to play it cool. Although the girl acknowledges that he's cute, she cautions him not to get too excited because she's just here to enjoy the party. Ouch.

15. "Hello" by Evanescence

This somber rock ballad from 2003 is very personal and has never been played in concert. It is based on the death of the younger sister of Evanescence lead vocalist Amy Lee.

Amy Lee was only six years old when she was told at school that her three year-old sister had died. The song takes the perspective of a child who doesn't fully grasp the concept of death. The young narrator's inner voice calls out "hello" as a way to self-comfort.

16. "Hello" by Hedley

The narrator in this 2015 pop song misses his partner and tries to cut through the conflict between them. Trying to change her heart, he picks up the phone and asks her to say "hello" rather than "goodbye." He hates how they fight and encourages her to please not give on their relationship.

17. "Sober Up" by AJR (featuring Rivers Cuomo)

Remember your first crush back in grade school? I sure do. We played chase at recess and took turns being the chaser. I can still recall my second-grade crush's name. Life was straightforward then. You didn't have all the emotional baggage and complicated expectations of adulting.

This 2017 alt-rock song is about a guy who contacts his childhood crush to ask if she can help him "sober up," or return to an earlier time of emotional authenticity:

Hello, hello
I'm not where I'm supposed to be
I hope that you're missing me
'Cause it makes me feel young
Hello, hello
Last time that I saw your face
Was recess in second grade
And it made me feel young
Won't you help me sober up?

If you have a crush on somebody special, don't hide your feelings. Make a playlist of songs about crushes and confess your attraction.

18. "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's

The guy in this 2006 global hit calls his love interest who is 1,000 miles away at college in New York City. He greets her, "Hey there, Delilah," then launches into compliments and dreams about supporting them both with his music one day. You'd imagine the two are lovers, right?

In actuality, this tune was based on a real person, Delilah DiCrescenzo. The real Delilah was a world-class long-distance runner attending Columbia University who was introduced to Plain White T's singer Tom Higgenson at a party. He tried to win her affection by saying he'd write a song about her. She was dating someone else, and the two were never in a relationship. Creepy, huh?

19. "Hello World" by Lady Antebellum

According to this 2010 country ballad, the day-to-day grind can leave you feeling empty, cold and broken. It can cause you to forget what's important in life, and you may not pause long enough to notice life's precious details. That's what sometimes happens to the narrator in this song. However, looking at his family reminds him of what is important. They are flickers of light that remind him why he's here. He calls out, "Hello, world," as a reminder that he is part of something greater.

20. "Hello" by will.i.am (featuring Afrojack)

In this 2013 pop song has a pulsating electronic beat, and the narrator shouts out "hello" repeatedly to anyone who will listen. Not wanting to be alone tonight, he surrounds himself with friends, wannabe-friends, and strangers. Together they party and try to forget all their worries, just wanting to have fun. Ever felt like that? Hello?

Be the first to smile and say "hello."

Be the first to smile and say "hello."

Even More Songs About Saying Hello

SongArtistYear Released

21. Hello

Beyoncé

2008

22. Hello, Goodbye

The Beatles

1967

23. Hello, Hello

Paramore

2011

24. Hello

Karmin

2012

25. Hello Again

The Cars

1984

26. Hello Darlin'

Conway Twitty

1971

27. Hello Again

Neil Diamond

1980

28. Hello It's Me

Todd Rundgren

1973

29. Hello

Mindless Behavior

2011

30. Hello Walls

Willie Nelson

1962

31. Hello Beautiful

Jonas Brothers

2007

32. Hello Love

Joey + Rory

2012

33. Hello Mary Lou

Statler Brothers

1985

34. Hello

Oasis

1995

35. Hello Mr. Heartache

The Dixie Chicks

1999

36. Hello

J Cole

2014

37. Take Your Time

Sam Hunt

2014

38. Sympathy for the Devil

The Rolling Stones

1968

39. Say Hello

Deep Dish

2005

40. Hola

Flo Rida (featuring Maluma)

2017

41. I'm Alright

JoDee Messina

1998

42. How Do You Do!

Roxette

1992

43. Hello in There

John Prine

1971

44. Hello

Destrophy

2011

45. Hello World

Gin Blackmore

2015

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: How can I submit an original song for this playlist?

Answer: Because of the volume of such requests, I cannot put each original song on the playlist. However, if you think your song can compete with the professional-level songs on the playlist, please submit it, and I will be happy to consider it. Submit a comment in the Comment Section of the article (no account is required). In your comment, describe the title of the song, the name of the performer, and the year released. Although you can insert a link so that I can listen to the song, usually links are removed from comments on this website. You can also include additional information such as what the song is about or what inspired the song, if you'd like. Even if I don't end up adding it to the playlist, people do read the comments so they will see it.

© 2018 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 02, 2020:

MG - Thank you for stopping by to say "hello." Have a wonderful day.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 02, 2020:

Dear Flourish , what a lovely collection of Hello songs, sorely needed in this time of the virus. I am downloading them for my car. You are a wonder who brightens life.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 02, 2020:

Peggy - I had done a goodbye playlist and this was the natural complement. Thanks for stopping by!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:

Hello by Lionel Richie is my favorite on this list. You continually amaze me as to the number of songs sung about one subject.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 08, 2020:

frogyfish - I sure recall the push button and rotary phones as well as the princess-style phone of my grandmother's day. Glad you enjoyed this playlist.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on March 06, 2020:

Aw I really liked the Kenny Chesney :You had me from hello...! Didn't get to listen to all the songs, but your listing is great...because I remember so few! Also enjoyed that 'antique' telephone, which is the one I grew up with! Thanks for sharing your info and the songs!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 10, 2019:

Joe - Thanks for the suggestion.

Joe on November 08, 2019:

Comfortably Numb is a beautiful Pink Floyd song that starts out with hello. It is also very famous.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 08, 2018:

Chris - You never know what kind of baggage someone is carrying. Being pleasant doesn't cost anything but it can really help change someone's day. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a strong, detailed comment. Have a fabulous week.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on October 08, 2018:

The playlist is very strong, I love the range of genres and types of music you included. Your mix of modern and classic songs is superb.

A somber yet positive opening paragraph makes me think twice about where we're heading as a society, and I agree that it wouldn't hurt to say hello. It could automatically change someone's mood even if they're having the worst day.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 01, 2018:

Hello, Jake - It's funny how exes can influence musical taste or at least remembrances. I'm adding your song suggestion to the playlist. Thanks for the suggestion. Have a great week, and wishing you well.

Jake Clawson from Kazakhstan on September 30, 2018:

Yet another good list, some nostalgia before I discovered headphones and thanks to my ex who LOVED the Jonas Brothers. When it comes to "Hello" the aforementioned-titled song by Destrophy comes to mind. It ALWAYS brings out tears; no matter how hard you are.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 29, 2018:

Devika - Thank you for taking a look at this playlist. I appreciate it.

DDE on September 29, 2018:

I like your playlists. Songs have a positive and a negative effect on ones life.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 28, 2018:

Cynthia - Hello! You're funny! Thank you for the kind comment. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on September 28, 2018:

Wow, your song lists throw me temporarily back into another lifetime... but in a good way, with escape hatches back into today! Hello! Hope you have a great day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 28, 2018:

Natalie - Thanks for stopping by and for leaving the suggestion. "Hello Again" is on the list at #27. Hope you are doing well.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on September 26, 2018:

Hi Flourish - The first song that comes to mind when thinking about a song about saying hello is "Hello," from the Jazz Singer by Neil Diamond. I've always loved that song. It's here if you want to add it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0MIKngHn_c Thanks for another great list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 25, 2018:

Dora - You warm my heart thinking that maybe I've expanded someone's interest with a song or two. Thank you!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 25, 2018:

I'm familiar with Lionel Richie's hello and long to hear it again. Number 15 is appealing. I should listen to that and some others.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 24, 2018:

Peg, Thank you for suggesting that song. I hadn't heard it before but added it as #43. Hope you are doing well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 24, 2018:

Pamela, Thank you for your kind compliment. I'm glad you found several songs you enjoy. Hope your week in sunny Florida in a good one indeed. We are covered in nonstop rain.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on September 24, 2018:

I had no idea there were so many songs about this simple greeting. I recently learned that "hello" is a relatively new term brought into use by the invention of the telephone. There's one more song that comes to mind for your list: "Hello in There" by John Prine.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 23, 2018:

Hello, Heidi! This playlist was actually your suggestion awhile ago when I published my goodbye playlist. Thanks for that suggestion and for the song suggestion here which I've added. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 23, 2018:

Linda, Adele is one of the most magical voices. She'll touch you right to your soul. I hope you look up some of her tunes on YouTube.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 23, 2018:

Linda, That's so sad that people cannot be bothered to respond in kind to a simple greeting. In part, it may be geographical. There's much more reciprocation in the South. You may be a Southerner at heart and just not know it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 23, 2018:

Hello, Liz - Thanks for weighing in. Have a wonderful week!

Liz Westwood from UK on September 23, 2018:

The Lionel Richie song is iconic. But you have turned up a whole lot of others that I would never have thought of.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 23, 2018:

Tim - It's amazing to think of all the lost opportunities in life if we hadn't responded to a simple greeting. Glad you provided your real life example. Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 23, 2018:

Bill - Adele is an amazing talent. Cusses like a sailor but I guess that makes her real. Thanks for stopping by this weekend!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 23, 2018:

Hello, Flourish!

If Lionel Richie's "Hello" wasn't in the list, I would've been shocked. First one that came to mind for me.

Going all 80s, I'd probably add Roxette "How Do You Do."

Happy Weekend!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 22, 2018:

Thank you for continuing to teach me about pop and rock music, Flourish. I don't know any of the songs that you've described, but I'm happy to learn about them.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 22, 2018:

When I go out on my walk, I greet anyone who passes by. I receive a response maybe 10 percent of the time. How sad is that? The smile you offer might be the only sunshine someone receives in their day. Thanks for the thoughtful article. I'm glad you included the song by the Beatles. That's the first one that popped into my head (even ahead of Adele).

Liz Westwood from UK on September 22, 2018:

Lionel Ritchie is my all-time favourite hello song.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on September 22, 2018:

Wonderful play list, Flourish. To think of it: the word "hello" supposedly grew out of the fact that hunters needed a way to yell at each other to keep from accidentally shooting one another. It's a powerful word which can lead to so many great things.

Honestly, if I had simply walked by my wife when we first met and never responded to her greeting, well, we probably wouldn't be together.

I love the song by L. R., but you are right. The video is kind of creepy.

Great work, as always,

Much respect and admiration,

Sincerely,

Tim

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 22, 2018:

That one was too easy. Hello will always be associated with Adele for this man. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 22, 2018:

You have arranged a great array of songs again. I like several of the song choices, especially Lionel Ritchis like some of the other people commenting on your article. I would never have thought of "Hello" as a topic for song choices. i always enjoy your aticles Fourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2018:

Mary - If we were friendlier to one another in this world, we might all feel happier, more connected and able to reach more agreement. Someone has to take the first step. Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2018:

Shannon - I don't know if ole JoDee is saying hello or responding but she sure is reconnecting so sure, I'll add it. I love JoDee Messina. Thanks for the song suggestion. Have a great weekend. Love that photo with your little ferret friend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2018:

Louise - We haven't heard much from him in awhile but he's still kickin' in spite of hoaxes on the Internet to the contrary. Thank you for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2018:

Frances - At the time, it didn't strike me as an odd song, but now it does! Funny how time changes our perspective. I bet you and I are about the same age.

Frances Metcalfe from The Limousin, France on September 21, 2018:

Hello by Lionel Ritchie takes me back a bit, smooching on the dance floor.

Saying hello to strangers - and receiving one back - is always a joy and a lovely surprise.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 21, 2018:

Oh I'm glad you put Lionel Ritchie in there. I love him.

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 21, 2018:

This is such a cheery playlist.... Well, mostly. Some songs are sad. Speaking of which, how'd I guess Adele would be number 1 on the list? LOL. Does "I'm Alright " by To See Messina count? It popped into my head right after Adele did.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 21, 2018:

Hello is such a powerful world. It opens up to worlds of other people. A word that connects us.

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