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46 Songs About Wishes

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You have to wish for what you want before you can make it come true. Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about wishes and wishing.

You have to wish for what you want before you can make it come true. Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about wishes and wishing.

Wishing Takes You One Step Closer

Some may say that wishing is a waste of time. While wishing in itself doesn't make it so, at least it does take you a step closer to where you want to be. With all the chaos in our world right now, it's easy to find oneself yearning to turn back time, connect with others, undo mistakes, or live more authentically. Whatever you wish for, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about wishes and wishing, then go make your dreams a reality.

1. "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

The narrator in this 2006 country tune fervently wishes a loved one the very best that life has to offer. The song crossed over to both the mainstream pop chart and adult contemporary chart. The man hopes that they will live their best life by making all the right choices, never feeling bogged down by regret:

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish (my wish, for you).

2. "I Wish You Were Here" by Incubus

The guy in this 2001 rock song is soaking up the present moment, wishing he had someone there with him who could take it all in with him. He first enjoys a scenic ocean view and later is mesmerized by the dark canopy of a star-strewn sky. Who wouldn't want to share that with someone else?

3. "I Hope" by Gabby Barrett

What goes around, comes around. At least that's what the dark-hearted lady in this country hit from 2019 wishes. The sassy gal is still nursing a broken heart after her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, shredding her trust.

Now she's in full vengeance mode, malevolently wishing that he finds someone really special to share his life with—a girl who fulfills every dream and makes him spend his last dime on a diamond ring. And then this sinister sista hopes he gets what's coming to him—a broken heart.

4. "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" by Sophie B. Hawkins

Back in the 1990s, several years before Melissa Etheridge's plucky declarations of lesbian love in "Come to My Window," almost all songs were about heterosexual couples. Many people totally missed it at the time, but the female narrator in this internationally rock hit addresses another woman who is trapped in an abusive relationship. (I know it flew over my head.) The narrator in this 1992 number wishes she could rescue her love interest then she vividly describes what she wishes they could do together romantically.

5. "I Wish Grandpas Never Died" by Riley Green

The guy in this heartfelt 2020 country song paints an idealized version of the world as he makes a wide variety of wishes, both large and small. He imagines how sweet life would be if his wishes about relationships and everyday life came true. Some of the changes he'd like to see will leave a lump in your throat while others are merely fun:

I wish honkytonks didn't have no closing time
And I wish grandpas never died.

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6. "Airplanes" by B.o.B. (featuring Hayley Williams)

Can we pretend that airplanes
In the night sky are like shooting stars?
I could really use a wish right now
Wish right now, wish right now

Many of us wish that we could dial back the clock and return to an era before life became so complicated. This 2010 R&B crossover hit was so popular that it made the decade-end Billboard 100 chart. The narrator describes a yearning to return to a simpler time when he rapped for the fun of it, before the soul-sucking pressure of the industry, the high-profile parties, and the glitz.

7. "Brave" by Sara Bareilles

Noting that words can either wound or heal, the woman in this 2013 power pop song encourages a friend to see their own strength. She wishes the following for them:

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.

The narrator explains that when personal truth fails to see the sunlight, there is festering from the inside. We are overly worried about disapproval and speaking truth to power, and the narrator wants her friend to speak up and be brave.

8. "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack

Considered Lee Ann Womack's signature song, this 2000 country crossover ditty conveys a tender message to a loved one in wishing them the very best that life has to offer. The narrator encourages them to fully participate in life and wishes for them to be blessed with a bounty of goodness:

  • a child's wonder
  • gratitude and abundance
  • faith and hope
  • personal authenticity and
  • the courage and confidence to tackle difficult challenges.

9. "Don't Cha" by The Pussycat Dolls (featuring Busta Rymes)

The seductress in this 2005 worldwide smash hit wishes she could have another woman's man, and she knows he feels the attraction too. In spite of his pleas to leave his happy home alone, the vamp teases him about how hot, freaky, raw, and fun she is. With rhetorical questions like this, she makes him wish he could upgrade his choice of mates: "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?"

10. "I Wish It Would Rain" by The Temptations

This 1967 Motown song is one of desolation. The narrator's sweetheart has betrayed him with infidelity, leaving the heartbroken man to mourn their broken relationship by hiding in his room. He wishes for rain to conceal his tears because he doesn't want to explain why he's in such emotional anguish.

Sadly, the lyrics were written by a man who in real life had just discovered that his wife was being unfaithful. He wrote a trilogy of 1967 songs for The Temptations about his sorrowful experience: 1) "You're My Everything, 2) "I Wish It Would Rain" and 3) "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)." Only a week after "I Wish It Would Rain" was released, the songwriter died by suicide. Or perhaps, you might say, of a broken heart.

11. "Wish I Knew You" by The Revitalists

This thumpin' alternative rock song from 2016 features an older man who is enchanted with a beautiful, confident woman whom he places upon a pedestal. Although they weren't together when they were younger, he wishes they could have been.

"Where there is love, there are always wishes." - Willa Cather, American writer

"Where there is love, there are always wishes." - Willa Cather, American writer

Quotes About Wishes and Wishing

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"We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing." - Louisa May Alcott, American writer

"My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake." - Aristotle, Greek philosopher

"All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils." - Sophocles, ancient Greek tragedian

"Love wishes to perpetuate itself. Love wishes for immortality." - Mortimer Adler, American philosopher

"If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles." - Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father

"An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes." - Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President

"Exercise is done against one's wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse." - George Sheehan, American physician

"It's so hard to know what to do when one wishes earnestly to do right." - George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

"No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not." - H.L. Mencken, American writer

"We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified." - Aesop, Greek fabulist

12. "Be Careful What You Wish For" by Luke Combs

Like anyone who grew up in a small town, all the guy in this 2017 country song ever wished to do was to escape the stifling confines of where he grew up. At age 18, he left behind all that was familiar, including his hometown honey. Out in the real world, however, he developed a bad case of the grass-is-greener phenomenon and recalled what he gave up. Maybe that hometown wasn't so bad after all:

Sometimes what you think you'll find
It ain't quite what real life has in store
So be careful what you wish for.

13. "Cool Kids" by Echosmith

In high school, were you part of the "in" crowd or instead relegated to the status of "wannabe"? If you've ever envied someone else, wishing you could swap places with them, then you can no doubt identify with the narrators in this alternative rock song, a worldwide hit in 2013.

A guy and girl each hover invisibly in the social background, wishing they could be more popular. They are involuntarily segregated from the cool kids who seem to be living the good life, driving fast cars, and enjoying fast lane life. No one quite knows how to cross the social divide or cares enough to try so they'll remain strangers, probably like your high school crowd chose to operate. Am I right?

14. "I Wish You Would" by Taylor Swift

In classic Taylor Swift fashion, this 2014 expresses regret over a relationship-ending argument, and like many of her songs, it refers to a former beau. The song's narrator laments that her lover always knew how to push her buttons. However, this time when words flew, she hung up the phone, and somehow she found herself stuck in this sad place, staring out of her window at 2 a.m. She realizes he's never coming back.

As the lovelorn young woman watches her ex's car drive past her house, all she does is wish that he would turn around. Pride keeps them apart, and she is resigned to the reality that she'll miss him for the rest of her life. "I Wish You Would" was allegedly inspired by One Directioner Harry Styles who lived just two blocks away. Was he the one that got away?

15. "Hold Me While You Wait" by Lewis Capaldi

The guy in this doleful love song from 2019 is waiting for his sweetheart to make up her mind. Unsure about what she wants, the woman has pressed the pause button on their relationship and left the narrator dangling midair, feeling demoralized and wishing she cared more about him. Her indecision also prompts a crisis of confidence in him as he questions his self-worth: "I wish that I was good enough." The poor guy. This is not emotionally healthy for him.

16. "Wish I Didn't Know Now" by Toby Keith

The overly trusting man in this 1994 country song was okay with playing the fool as long as he could maintain his relationship. Scared of losing the woman he loved, he refrained from asking her questions or verifying her story because. Instead, he preferred to remain blissfully unaware of her ongoing infidelity. Now that the truth has become painfully obvious, he regrets finding out:

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then
I wish I could start this whole thing over again
I'm not sayin' it's you,
You could never be true
I just don't want to know how it ends.

17. "Wishin' and Hopin'" by Dusty Springfield

Thinkin' and a-prayin', wishin' and a-hopin' that the guy she's in love with will feel the same way, the girl in this campy, upbeat pop ditty hatches a plan for winning his heart. She's a-gonna spiffy her hair up because that always helps, then she will express sweet affection towards him. Mwah! The 1964 hit saw a resurgence in popularity when it was featured in the Austin Powers films and the 1997 motion picture My Best Friend's Wedding.

18. "Wishing on a Star" by The Cover Girls

Many artists have covered Rose Royce's 1978 R&B tune, including Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Seal. However, it was Latin freestyle and pop group The Cover Girls who made it a Top 10 Billboard hit, in 1992. The song describes a woman's yearning to reunite with her former flame. Expressing regret over hurting him, the narrator wishes on stars and rainbows that her ex would let bygones be bygones and resume their affair.

19. "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" by Nina Simone

During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, this stirring gospel-jazz tune became a freedom anthem. You can hear the struggle in songstress Nina Simone's earnest voice as she yearns to break the collective chains that bind. She wishes to be truly free, rise to her full potential and share her love with the world.

An activist and one-time neighbor of Malcolm X, Simone released a number of civil rights songs. Rolling Stone magazine applauded the artist by naming her to their 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list.

20. "I Wish You Were Gay" by Billie Eilish

Knowing that your love interest is just not that into you is such a desperate, helpless feeling. Ever been there? The disheartened girl in this clever 2019 pop song is struggling with rejection after a partner cheated on her and stung her with the rationale that she just wasn't his type. (Ouch, Did he also say he still wanted to be friends?) Heartbroken and emotionally insecure, the poor gal wishes he were gay so she could attribute the rejection to his sexual orientation or something that doesn't reflect back on her.

"Great minds have purposes; others have wishes." - Washington Irving, American writer

"Great minds have purposes; others have wishes." - Washington Irving, American writer

Even More Songs About Wishes and Wishing

Know a song about wishes and wishing that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. I Wish You Well

Sigala (featuring Becky Hill)

2019

22. Wish You Were Here

Avril Lavigne

2011

23. Don't You Wish It Was True

John Fogerty

2007

24. Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd

1975

25. I Wish You Well

Bill Withers

1976

26. I Wish You Heaven

Prince

1988

27. I Wish I Were a Princess

Little Peggy March

1963

28. I Wish

Stevie Wonder

1972

29. Blown a Wish

My Bloody Valentine

1991

30. I Wish

Skee-Lo

1995

31. Wish

Cher Lloyd (featuring T.I.)

2013

32. My Only Wish (This Year)

Britney Spears

2000

33. I Wish It Would Rain Down

Phil Collins

1990

34. Wish I Didn't Miss You

Angie Stone

2001

35. I Wish

Jo Dee Messina

2003

36. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Enya

2005

37. Careful What You Wish For

Eminem

2009

38. Bet U Wish U Had Me Back

Halestorm

2009

39. I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head (And Left My Heart Alone)

The Oak Ridge Boys

1982

40. I Wish I Could Break Your Heart

Cassadee Pope

2013

41. Figures

Jessie Reyez

2017

42. Amnesia

5 Seconds of Summer

2014

43. If I Could Turn Back Time

Cher

1989

44. If I Knew Then

Lady Antebellum

2010

45. Lost Boy

Ruth B.

2015

46. When You Wish Upon a Star

Cliff Edwards

1940

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 11, 2020:

Janisa - Thanks for stopping by.

Janisa from Earth on July 11, 2020:

Thanks for the nice compilation :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 15, 2020:

bhattuc - Thank you for your visit today. You be safe and have a lovely day, my friend.

bhattuc on April 15, 2020:

These songs are so melodious. You have a treasure house of songs Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 01, 2020:

Rochelle - I appreciate your sweet comment. May you be well in this time of world difficulty.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on April 01, 2020:

Informative interesting article :) Enjoyed listening to some songs :) A wish brings your dreams closer :) Hope you are safe and healthy :) Take care and God bless you!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 28, 2020:

Dianna - I figured ah, why not? Wishing you health and wellness!

Dianna Mendez on March 28, 2020:

My favorite song posted is Brave. I got a chuckle out of your listing of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas -- always a great song to sing!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2020:

Liz - You're absolutely right. As you socially isolate, stay well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2020:

Heidi - Oh, the Scary Mad Wishes song! I think we could use Mr. Rogers now. You stay safe and healthy, too. This cannot end soon enough for me!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2020:

Rajan - Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I wish you health and happiness. Stay well.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 27, 2020:

Interesting list, as ever, and well compiled. I think, at the moment, we are all wishing the world could go back to normal.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 27, 2020:

Okay, even though it's well, racy, I love the Pussycat Dolls track. And the Billie Eilish one, too.

But I'm gonna go all Mister Rogers on ya, with my add of "Wishes Don't Make Things Come True."

Stay safe and well, dear lady!

Rajan Singh Jolly on March 27, 2020:

In the current situation, all of us are wishing safety for everyone. Stay safe.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2020:

MG - I'm glad you enjoyed this. May whatever you're wishing for come true. Be well.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 26, 2020:

Hi Flourish, thank you for cheering us up with songs about wishes. Everybody has a wish . Great collection

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 26, 2020:

Devika - Thank you for your sweet comment. We certainly do need a big wish to all come true for us. I wish you the very best in coping with this pandemic and staying healthy.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 26, 2020:

Bill - That's what I'm wishing too! You must really be concerned about Italy given all of your travels there. Stay healthy!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 26, 2020:

Laurinzoscott - Wishing you well. Stay safe and healthy!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 26, 2020:

Another great list, Flourish. I think we all have a few things we are wishing for right now. One of my favorite song's on your list is the Temptations ”I Wish it Would Rain”. Also, ”I Hope You Dance” and ”Brave” are right up there as well as Phil Collins. Great job, I’m wishing for this virus to go away. Stay safe.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 26, 2020:

I like the songs of wishes you have so many lists of songs and makes us think about the wishes we really need right now in this time. Take car and keep safe.

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 25, 2020:

Well, I wish id written this article...nice idea...and there wfere more articles like this one ;)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2020:

Dora - Glad you enjoyed the songs and quotes. Have a beautiful day.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 25, 2020:

So much to wish for at this present time. Your list gives lots of great ideas. The quotes are a pleasing feature. Thanks.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2020:

Clive - Agreed!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2020:

Pamela - Thanks for your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this and hope that you are taking good care of yourself and your family in the middle of this pandemic. Stay well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2020:

Linda - That's such a magical song. I usually try to stick to the Billboard songs but that is certainly reason for an exception, being one of the 100 Greatest Songs in Film History. So fabulous. As are you, sweet lady.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2020:

Peggy - I really like that song for the mix of emotional and everyday wishes. Glad you had time to listen and to read the quotes. Have a great day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2020:

Bill - Aww, Bill, you're not a loser! I added Ruth B.'s "Lost Boy" for you. I wish you the best as you socially distance. Stay healthy and love your family.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on March 25, 2020:

I Wish the world was Virus Free...interesting list.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 25, 2020:

Flourish, I was surprised by the vast number of songs about wishes. Most of those songs are very good. I enjoyed this article.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 25, 2020:

Good morning Flourish. This is a sweet list. We all need a few wishes and a bit of hope right now, don't we? Did I miss (on your list) the one by Jiminy Cricket "When You Wish Upon a Star"? That's the first song that popped into my head when I saw the title.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

You always introduce me to songs that I have never previously heard. Right now, I am listening to "I wish grandpas never died," and it is a good one! Those quotes are good. Your compilation of songs is always so much fun to read and listen to, as well.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 25, 2020:

I was stuck on the Peter Pan song. lol I did finally think of Rascal Flatts, so I don't feel like a total loser. :) Happy Wednesday to you. Be safe and happy!