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43 Songs About Waiting for Someone You Love

Updated on September 5, 2017
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While you wait for someone you love, entertain yourself with a playlist of pop, rock and country waiting songs.  True love comes back around with patience.
While you wait for someone you love, entertain yourself with a playlist of pop, rock and country waiting songs. True love comes back around with patience. | Source

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.

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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.

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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.

"Wait for the one who would do anything to be your everything." - Unknown
"Wait for the one who would do anything to be your everything." - Unknown | Source

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.

"You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for." - Craig Bruce, American comedian
"You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for." - Craig Bruce, American comedian

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.

"Wait for the one who would do anything to be your everything." - Unknown
"Wait for the one who would do anything to be your everything." - Unknown | Source

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.

"Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now." - Unknown
"Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now." - Unknown | Source

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.

True love waits.
True love waits. | Source

Even More Songs About Waiting For Someone You Love

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Patient Love
Passenger
2012
22. The Waiting
Tom Petty
1985
23. If You Get There Before I Do
Collin Raye
1991
24. The One You're Waiting On
Alan Jackson
2015
25. Wait For Love
Luther Vandross
1985
26. Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree
Tony Orlando and Dawn
1973
27. Waiting for Tonight
Jennifer Lopez
1999
28. Been Waiting
Jessica Mauboy
2008
29. Under Cover of Darkness
The Strokes
2011
30. Wait For Me
Theory Of A Deadman
2008
31. True Love Waits
Radiohead
2001
32. Waiting for a Girl Like You
Foreigner
1981
33. Wait
White Lion
1987
34. Wouldn’t It Be Nice?
The Beach Boys
1966
35. It Don't Matter To Me
Bread
1969
36. Wait For You
Elliott Yamin
2007
37. I'll Wait For You
Moriah Peters
2014
38. I Will Wait For You
Us the Duo
2014
39. Wait
August Alsina
2017
40. Wait On Me
Rixton
2015
41. This Town
Niall Horan
2015
42. I Promise to Wait
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
1968
43. Would You Wait for Me
Brett Young
2013
44. Save the Best for Last
Vanessa Williams
1991
Do you know a "waiting for someone you love" song that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

"WAIT" (Easy For You To Say)

"The worst part of life is waiting. The best part of life is having someone worth waiting for." - Unknown
"The worst part of life is waiting. The best part of life is having someone worth waiting for." - Unknown | Source

What's in a Name? Locations with Names Associated with Waiting on a Loved One

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A markerWaite, Maine, USA -
Waite, ME 04492, USA
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B markerPatience Lake, Canada -
Patience Lake, Blucher No. 343, SK S0K, Canada
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C markerLingering Creek, Georgia, USA -
Lingering Creek, Greensboro, GA 30642, USA
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D markerHurry Lake, Canada -
Hurry Lake, Division No. 18, Unorganized, SK S0J, Canada
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E markerPromise, Oregon, USA -
Promise, OR 97885, USA
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F markerPatience Island, Rhode Island, USA -
Patience Island, Portsmouth, RI 02889, USA
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G markerRely, France -
62120 Rely, France
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H markerHonor, Michigan, USA -
Honor, MI 49640, USA
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I markerNorth Memory Point, Florida, USA -
N Memory Point, Hernando, FL 34442, USA
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J markerLove County, Oklahoma, USA -
Love County, OK, USA
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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Elijah - Five years is a long time to wait. I encourage both of you to live your lives separately to the fullest, even if that means loving others. If it's meant to be you'll find your way back to one another later on. Been there.

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      elijah 2 months ago

      Met her parents decided we wernt allowed to talk anymore. Because we were in love, that didn't stop us, we continues talking everyday for 4 months behind her parents back.after that, they found out again, this time taking her tablet away. We are now forced to wait 5 years to talk again, and even longer to hold her in my arms to really be with her. I just have to wait (and trust she still loves me in 5 years)

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Faith Reaper - Oh, absolutely not, dear lady. I've just been under the weather with a stomache bug and am slow to respond sometimes. So sorry.

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      Faith Reaper 8 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish, I know I left a comment last night ... is anything wrong with my comment?

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Faith Reaper - So glad to see you again! Thank you for stopping by. I sure hope that you are doing well!

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Heidi - Thanks for stopping by! I hope life is treating you well these days! Have a great week.

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      Faith Reaper 8 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish, Aw, Thank you for sharing your story of waiting ...and so glad it worked out! Sweet. You've covered the waiting for love songs so well here that I can't think of another one ...well, maybe John Waites' song Missing You? Well, he's trying to tell himself he's not missing her miles away.

      There are so many different scenarios that could come into play as far as waiting for one's true love/soulmate. In some instances I would imagine it to be tormenting.

      Oh, I see Frank is back on the scene and with a great song from long ago ...Happy Together ..."The only one for me is you ..." Makes me smile too.

      Thanks for another awesome list that brings back a lot memories, Flourish.

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      Heidi Thorne 8 months ago from Chicago Area

      As soon as I saw the title of your post on my email alerts, the Foreigner song came immediately to mind. Another great list. Happy Tuesday!

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      MsDora - He's got a lovely voice as well. Thank you for reading and for your kind words of support.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Nithya - Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I'm glad I could capture some of your favorites. Have a great week!

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      Nithya Venkat 8 months ago from Dubai

      A great selection of songs, it is worth waiting for true love. These songs convey the feeling so aptly. Many of these songs are my favorites.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful them and I like the Josh Turner lyrics. You make it easy to find a song to fit the mood. Thanks.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Martie - Thank you for your kind words of support. I appreciate you.

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      Perfect playlist covering 'waiting for the right one'. I wish I had time to get all these songs on a DVD. Thanks, FlourishAnyway!

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Genna - It's a wonderful thing when you have it and when you don't, one can at least make themselves a better, more complete individual. Thank you for reading and commenting. I'm happy you enjoyed this!

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      Genna East 8 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      True love is definitely worth waiting for! We each have a soul mate. You've done it again, with this great article. So many of my favs on your list. Loggins; Adele; The Righteous Brothers; and more. Thank you for these moments of beautiful music.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Gypsy Rose Lee - That's one of my favorites as well. Some songs are timeless. Thanks for reading!

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Frank - Perhaps it's a bit of both. Have a great weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Linda - Many of them do have an undertone of sadness to them, as it is lonely being apart from the one you love or worse yet not being loved back in equal measure. Thank you for stopping by and for always being so supportive.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Larry, for your kind words of encouragement.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 8 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A wonderful hub as always. So many wonderful songs. I remember always really enjoying So Far Away by Carole King. Had almost forgotten the song so thanks for the reminder. These musical hubs always inspire and remind me of favorites that I haven't heard in a while.

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      Frank Atanacio 8 months ago from Shelton

      Flourish I always enjoy your playlists and thinking about songs of the past. As I was reading this the Turtles tune Happy Together started playing in the back ground.. yeah.. now I don't know which made me smile, your hub or that song ...:) LOL

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      Linda Crampton 8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The songs and their descriptions sound sad and appealing at the same time. There are some artists and music in this article that I definitely want to explore. Thanks once again for expanding my musical horizons, Flourish.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Kyriaki - Thank you for always taking the time to stop by! Glad you enjoyed it. It was tough to choose between Phil Collins' and The Supremes' versions of that song.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Bill - I haven't heard that song in years. It was surprising to learn of its original contexts. Hope you are well. Have a great weekend.

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      Larry Rankin 8 months ago from Oklahoma

      I always enjoy your list so much:-)

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 8 months ago

      Once again an amazing piece, Flourish. What a lovely set of songs! You had me at "Phil Collins". :)

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nothing came to mind for me, but this is a great list. Love "Unchained Melody"....one of the greats.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Coffeequeeen - It's a good song. Glad you enjoyed the list. Have a terrific weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Jo - Good for you on both counts! Sometimes it's the surprises that are the best things in life. Glad you took care of you first. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

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      Louise Powles 8 months ago from Norfolk, England

      There's so many songs here I enjoy listening too. Richard Marx is on the top of my list though from this selection.

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      Jo Miller 8 months ago from Tennessee

      I waited about 20 years to find my soul mate, but didn't know that's what I was waiting for. I don't think I'd sit around and pine about anyone for too long without some promise of a love to come.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Linda - It's got to be extra difficult not knowing for certain that your loved one is safe, being in harm's way serving our country. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Linda Lum 8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish - As I read through this article, my thoughts went to all of those who have a spouse or loved one who is away because of a call to duty -- it could be serving in the military, or working as a civilian overseas. My heart aches for everyone who is in that circumstance--the separation, the worry, all of the missed-moments with children, etc. That a beautiful hub!