52 Songs About Waiting for Someone You Love
True Love Is Worth the Wait
Love is hard enough to find, but then there's the challenge of getting your timing right. Sometimes you have to wait for the one you love to make up his or her mind, to find themselves before settling down, or to bridge the geographical distance that separates you.
Over two decades ago (has it really been that long?), my husband and I dated long-distance for almost four years while each of us built our careers. It wasn't always easy, but love was worth the wait.
If you are waiting for someone you love, here's a list of rock, pop and country songs about others who share your experience. Make yourself a playlist to listen to while you wait. And may love be worth your wait in the end.
Is love worth waiting for?
1. "I Will Wait" by Mumford and Sons
The strength of this rock song is its purity and simplicity. With religious overtones, this 2012 hit is about a man who has made mistakes and is going though a difficult time in his relationship. He has sought forgiveness and is determined not to push boundaries while renewal and healing take place over time.
2. "Kissing a Fool" by George Michael
It's painful when you love someone more than they love you. Someone used to sing this 1987 song to me. It's about a man who loves a woman, but she listens to other people's opinions.
The protagonist thinks about the future they could've had, and he blames his sweetheart for not being strong enough to stand up to the naysayers. He feels that his utter devotion has left him playing the role of the fool:
But remember this: every other kiss
That you ever give, long as we both live.
When you need the hand of another man
One you really can surrender with —
I will wait for you
Like I always do
There's something there
That can't compare with any other.
3. "You Can’t Hurry Love" by Phil Collins
The lonely narrator in this 1982 song is eager for a soft voice and tender arms to hold him tight. Wanting someone to love him back, he recalls the sage words of his mother just when he's about to give up his search.
His mother advised that you can't hurry love, that you must wait for it. And that wait is ever so worth the struggle.
4. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
This achingly romantic song has been recorded by over 670 artists in many languages, but this 1965 version stands as the definitive version. The narrator has been separated from his lover for far too long and pines to rejoin her.
The song was used as the theme in the 1990 movie Ghost. However, it was originally written for another movie decades earlier. The earlier movie was about a man who was being released from prison and looking to reunite with his love interest.
5. "Waitin' on a Woman" by Brad Paisley
In this endearing 2005 country song, a younger man meets and older one and realizes they have one thing in common: they are both waiting on their wives. The older man looks back on his life and recounts all of the times that he has waited on the woman he loves, from their first date when she was half an hour late, to their wedding that took a year to plan, and nearly every day thereafter.
He imagines that he'll end up waiting for her in death as well. However, he doesn't mind because that's what lovers do: wait for one another.
6. "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx
The lovesick man in this 1989 ballad is oceans apart from his girlfriend. He is left waiting it out, nearly going crazy for her to return.
In your experience, which is more true?
7. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" by The Script
Still in love with the woman who has broken his heart and left him, the guy at the center of this 2008 pop song returns to the street corner where he first met his ex-girlfriend. With his sleeping bag, a cardboard sign and a photo of her in hand, he waits, hoping she will return to the spot where their love affair began. He's the man who can't be moved.
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8. "Time After Time" by Quietdrive
This 2006 remake of Cyndi Lauper's classic rock song is about the mutual support that exists between two people who care deeply about one another:
If you fall, I will catch you; I'll be waiting
(I'll always be waiting)
Time after time ... .
9. "I'll Wait For You" by Joe Nichols
This heartwarming country song from 2005 features a couple separated by miles but not love. The husband is trying desperately to return to his ailing wife, but he is detained by a Montana snowstorm.
As she promises to wait for him, the wife fondly recalls other moments that she waited for his return: when he was on the road over Christmas and the birth of their first child. (This guy has some sense of timing!)
Sadly, our hero doesn't arrive in time, and his waiting wife dies. (Let's hope she wasn't alone.) She leaves behind a note promising to wait for him on the other side.
10. "Please Come To Boston" by Dave Loggins
Anyone who has ever had to wait for a lover to find himself (or herself) can appreciate this 1974 folk/pop hit. The narrator leaves his sweetheart back in his native Tennessee as he bounces from Boston to Denver to Los Angeles in search of career success.
While he finds success, his one true love waits for him back home. He pleads for her to join him, but she insists that she won't leave; instead, if he loved her, he'd return to her.
11. "I'll Be Waiting" by Adele
The narrator in this 2011 pop song feels remorse for how she treated her lover, but she has learned from the experience. Now she is waiting for when he is ready to love her again. She promises to treat him differently and better this time.
12. "Waiting For Love" by Avicii
Having been through a cycle of heartache, hoping and deep aching for the return of his beloved, the narrator in this 2015 pop song awaits the return of his lover. Realizing that their love is one-of-a-kind, he waits for her to come back around.
13. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
If you feel like you've waited your whole life—eternity even—for your one special sweetheart, consider yourself most fortunate to have found the one who is your perfect match.
This is the 2011 theme song from the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn - Part 1. It describes a love so intense that the narrator feels he has loved and waited for his better half for 1,000 years. Better yet, he claims he will love her for 1,000 more.
14. "I’ll Be Waiting” by Lenny Kravitz
Have you ever stood by supportively while you pined away for a friend whose heart was breaking over someone else? That's what the narrator in this 2008 rock song is doing.
The girl he loves is trying to recover from heartbreak. Our patient narrator is so certain that his friend is the one for him that he will wait indefinitely for her to realize that the love she deserves has been there all along. Now that is confidence.
15. "Come Home Soon" by SHeDAISY
In this 2004 country song, the narrator is a sad and lonely wife who waits at home for her husband. Even though they are far apart, she cries herself to sleep missing him and waits faithfully for his return.
16. "The Longer The Waiting (The Sweeter The Kiss)" by Josh Turner
The sailor who narrates this 2007 country song sets sail tomorrow. He'll be leaving his lover until Springtime and needs to know if she will wait for his return:
Oh, the longer the waiting, the sweeter the kiss
It's better my darling, I promise you this:
The next time I hold you, I'm not letting go
Will you wait for me darling? I need to know.
17. "Patience” by Guns ‘N Roses
Take it slow. It'll all work out. Just have patience. While the narrator in this 1988 hard rock song sits and waits for his girlfriend, he tries to convince himself and her that the end will all be worth the wait.
18. "So Far Away" by Carole King
This 1971 folk rock song may be almost 50 years old, but it reflects what's going on today with increasing regularity. People travel great distances from their homes on business, for school, and to serve their country in the military.
Although there is social media and communication methods, it's lonely waiting for someone you love to return. Nothing truly replaces having them right there with you:
So far away
Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
Doesn't help to know you're just time away.
19. "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift
Who cares that the guy she wants is someone else's boyfriend? That's a small detail. When you're certain you belong together, you gotta wait it out while you convince him that you're the one. That's the narrator's strategy in this 2008 Taylor Swift hit.
20. "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” by Jack Johnson
The guy in this 2005 rock song has been waiting on the woman he loves for such a long time now that he feels foolish and cruelly treated. He claims that she builds him up just to knock him down, yet still he waits. No one said waiting on love was easy.
Even More Songs About Waiting For Someone You Love
21. Patient Love
22. The Waiting
23. If You Get There Before I Do
24. The One You're Waiting On
25. Wait For Love
26. Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree
Tony Orlando and Dawn
27. Waiting for Tonight
28. Been Waiting
29. Under Cover of Darkness
30. Wait For Me
Theory Of A Deadman
31. True Love Waits
32. Waiting for a Girl Like You
34. Wouldn’t It Be Nice?
The Beach Boys
35. It Don't Matter To Me
36. Wait For You
37. I'll Wait For You
38. I Will Wait For You
Us the Duo
40. Wait On Me
41. This Town
42. I Promise to Wait
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
43. Would You Wait for Me
44. Save the Best for Last
46. I Can Wait Forever
47. Girl I Wait
Bruno Mars (featuring Claude)
48. The Search Is Over
Two Door Cinema Club
51. Greatest Love Story
52. Yours If You Want It
"WAIT" (Easy For You To Say)
Questions & Answers
Should I wait for a person who used to love me even though I'm not sure they still do?
Let's first be clear about what you're asking. You want to know whether you should put your love life on hold for someone indefinitely without knowing how they feel about you. Phrasing it that way, doesn't it seem more unreasonable for you to do that?
People wait for lovers for a variety of reasons. Some reasons are better than others. Examples include one partner moving away due to a job, military deployment, schooling, incarceration, etc. Alternatively, one partner may be married or involved with someone else.
The couple stands a better chance if both partners are firmly committed to a plan for getting together. However, you haven't expressed your desire to reunite. Before waiting, you might want to do that at least and determine how long you will delay your happiness on someone else. You also need to decide whether waiting constitutes continuing to date around or being completely out of the dating game.
There are many people out there who could potentially fulfill your happiness. I don't understand why you'd want to go "all in" by putting your life on hold for someone who doesn't know you're waiting. You deserve better.Helpful 2
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How long should I wait for the person I love to return to me?
That depends on a lot of factors, but the most important one is YOU. I hope you feel good enough about yourself to believe that you're worth loving. Here are a few things to consider in determining how long to wait on someone when there are 7.5 billion other people in the world and only about 100 years to live, if you're lucky.
1) Mutual commitment: Evaluate your relationship understanding and level of commitment. Is this a marriage or long-term, exclusive relationship? On the other extreme of the continuum, have you never even shared your feelings with them (and thus you don't know whether the feelings are one-sided or mutual)? It's very hard to maintain a relationship over a long period of time without a deep spoken commitment. The more mutual it is, the longer I'd personally be willing be invest. If there's any component of secrecy to the relationship such as in a clandestine extramarital affair, beware. You'll probably be waiting forever for them to leave their spouse.
2) Expectations: What do you expect from each other from a behavioral standpoint? What constitutes a betrayal? For example, you might consider "waiting" to include loving someone from afar while continuing to casually date or fall in love with other partners over the years. Your beloved might consider "waiting" to be exclusive emotional and sexual fidelity, even if you haven't communicated for a long period. Know what you each expect. If there's an imbalance in expectations (e.g., one partner can be sexually active with others while another is expected to be exclusive), then that's a red flag.
3) Reason for separation: Is this a voluntary separation in which they had the option to stay with you or take you with them, but instead chose not to? Or was the situation forced, compulsory, not their choice? A variety of examples include: military deployment, job relocation, going to jail, being married currently to someone else, attending different colleges.
4) The details: Is there any timeline or plan for getting the two of you together? How concrete is it? Has either of you articulated "deal breakers" for the relationship? Has either of you violated these? The more concrete a plan and timeline, the more confident I'd feel about waiting. Failure to meet intermediate milestones would signal red flags.
5) Opportunity costs: Opportunity costs refer to what you give up when you choose another option. By waiting for this person, what are you potentially giving up? Are you okay with that? Seriously give this one some thought.
As much as you have a connection with this one person, sometimes the timing doesn't work. Don't pine away for someone during the best years of your life. If it was meant to be, they'd prioritize you as much as you have prioritized them.Helpful 3
A friend and I like each other and flirt a lot, but she turns me down whenever I ask her out. Should I stop flirting so neither of us gets hurt or wait it out?
If you’re sure that the flirting is mutual rather than just your wishful thinking, there’s a reason for her hesitancy, a reason she’s keeping you in the friend zone. Your challenge is to find a way to have a comfortable, open conversation about why she continues to flirt back but won’t take your relationship forward.
Do you discuss important life issues with her (or is conversation all just fluff)? Does she share her secrets and important personal information about herself? Have you done the same? If not, work on deepening your relationship trust and forget about what you “call” your relationship for now. Trust is critical.
Women need to feel valued as human beings—smart, funny, capable, generous, creative, hard-working, kind, talented, etc. So often young women, in particular, are valued primarily for their attractiveness. Make sure she knows what you appreciate about her. (Maybe if your mutual flirting progresses it can include touching her hand or shoulder when you talk to her, but only if it’s welcome.) As your relationship becomes more relaxed and open, you’ll be able to have a more open discussion about what is holding her back. I can think of some possibilities, but they may or may not apply to your friend:
a) she’s doesn’t want to lose your friendship if your love connection doesn’t work out
b) you’re rushing things, or she’s not ready for a dating relationship
c) something in your past dating history makes her uncomfortable (perhaps you’ve dated a friend of hers, dated a lot of girls, cheated on someone or treated them poorly, etc.)
d) she likes someone else and doesn’t know how to tell you
e) the flirting is just a fun game with you and she doesn’t mean to imply there ever will be a next step relationship-wise or sexually (OUCH – this is what you fear, isn’t it?).
Although you may fear rejection, it’s much better to know than always wonder, “What if?” We have ALL liked, been attracted to, and even loved people who haven’t felt the same way. Pursue the matter with your friend until you get an answer that either delights or disappoints, and honor her decision either way.Helpful 1
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