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65 Songs About the Friend Zone

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You're in the friend zone if you have a one-way romantic attraction to a friend.  Here are pop, rock, R&B, and country songs about the friend zone:  struggling to tell a friend you love them, flirting, and rejecting a friend as a dating partner.

You're in the friend zone if you have a one-way romantic attraction to a friend. Here are pop, rock, R&B, and country songs about the friend zone: struggling to tell a friend you love them, flirting, and rejecting a friend as a dating partner.

The Friend Zone: A Close, yet Unattainable Potential Love Match

A guy asks his female friend to go to the movies. He doesn't specify that he's asking for a date, so his prospective love interest invites two mutual friends to go as well. The aspiring Romeo spends the movie sitting two seats over from her. The poor guy got friend zoned and didn't even see it coming.

The friend zone refers to one person in a friendship being interested in becoming more than "just friends." The person is either afraid to reveal their attraction or they do reveal their romantic feelings and are rebuffed. As a result, they ache longingly for their pal, a close, yet unattainable potential love match.

You've probably been to the friend zone or banished someone else there. Inhabitants of the friend zone report that it is a vast, cold wasteland filled with what-ifs and if-onlys. Word is that it's hard to escape from there.

If the friend zone is all too familiar to you, then make a playlist. Alternatively, select a favorite song from our long list of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs to either

  • help convince your crush to see you as more than "just friends" or
  • reject a friend who is looking for more from you.

Good luck in finding love outside of the friend zone.

1. "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon

As a child of the 80s, I can vouch that we friend zoned each other back then, too, although we didn't have any clever names for the phenomenon. This 1984 rock song describes the internal struggle of whether to spill your guts about your attraction or just keep pining away and not risk the friendship.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I can't fight this feeling any longer
And yet I'm still afraid to let it flow
What started out as friendship has grown stronger
I only wish I had the strength to let it show.

2. "FRIENDS" by Marshmello & Anne-Marie

Do you need to put that persistent someone squarely in the friend zone where they belong? If so, then use this friend zone anthem because it leaves absolutely zero room for confusion.

The narrator in this 2018 electronic pop number has a friend she's known since they were kids, and she looks upon him as a brother. However, he must have gotten hit in the head with a rock or something because now he's casting goo-goo eyes her way, wanting to get his happy on. Even worse, he's utterly unrelenting.

She doesn't want her old friend to mess up their relationship by talking about sexual attraction. That will only push her away further. She's made her feelings so clear that she literally spells it out for him. Why can't he understand that "no" means "no"?

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Haven't I made it obvious?
Haven't I made it clear?
Want me to spell it out for you?
F-R-I-E-N-D-S.

3. "You Belong with Me" by Taylor Swift

The girl-next-door in this 2009 country crossover song has fallen hard for a male friend. However, he's dating a popular cheerleader who doesn't value him. The snobby girlfriend doesn't like his type of music, doesn't get his humor, and doesn't know his story like his friend does.

The narrator watches their relationship and yearns for him. She waits for the guy to recognize that his girlfriend isn't right for him at all, whereas true love has been waiting for him all along.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Can't you see that I'm the one who understands you
Been here all along, so why can't you see?
You belong with me.

4. "Whenever I Call You Friend" by Stevie Nicks and Kenny Loggins

On occasion, a person is able to move their relationship out of the friend zone and rev up a romance with their friend. Don't kid yourself though. You and your friend-turned-lover won't ever forget the platonic place where you started. The lovers in this 1978 soft rock duet look at each other and see the friend they've always had in each other. Isn't that a good thing though?

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I see myself within your eyes
And that's all I need to show me why
Everything I do, always takes me home to you ever and ever.

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5. "Baby" by Justin Bieber (featuring Ludacris)

Back in 2010, a fresh-faced Justin Bieber laments that his first love has broken his heart by kicking him to the friend zone. He'd do anything for her and can't believe they've broken up. The Biebster offers to buy her anything to make her happy. The video of this song is both one of the most viewed and most disliked videos on YouTube.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Are we an item? Girl, quit playin'
We're just friends, what are you sayin'?

6. "Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon

Psychologically, some people are walking wounded, hurt and haunted by the past, confused about what they want, and unwilling (or not ready yet) to seek help. This alternative rock song from 2000 features a friend of one such person.

He adores her, but like other potential romantic partners of hers, he has been relegated to the friend zone. Of course, this leaves him confused. (Hey, sometimes, it's not about YOU, okay?)

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I am everything you want
I am everything you need
I am everything inside of you
That you wish you could be
I say all the right things
At exactly the right time
But I mean nothing to you, and I don't know why.

7. "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos

This 1971 classic rock song was named to Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." The man in this tune has it really bad for a woman he's given comfort and a sympathetic ear to when another man has broken her heart. For him, it's misery sitting in the friend zone. She has him feeling foolish and begging on his knees that a future for them is possible.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down.
Like a fool, I fell in love with you,
Turned my whole world upside down.

8. "Not in That Way" by Sam Smith

Sam Smith's pained voice captures the anguish one feels when they fall deeply in love with a friend and feel certain it's a one-way love affair. In the somber 2014 ballad, the narrator describes his reluctance to keep his feelings to himself for fear of rejection. But here's the thing: you never know if you don't ask. What's more painful than rejection is never knowing for sure.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I'd never ask you cause deep down
I'm certain I know what you'd say
You'd say I'm sorry, believe me
I love you, but not in that way.

9. "Friend Zone" by Danielle Bradbery

After winning the 2013 season of NBC show The Voice, this young country singer went on to release this 2015 song. Critics seemed to think the tune was not quite ready for music prime time, however. The song claims that the secret to success with a girl is spending money on her. Failure to do that will land a guy in the friend zone. Most girls aren't that shallow, however. As a general rule, most human beings want respect and to feel valued. That doesn't have to be expensive.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

You think you're doing just fine
Ooh, she got you on the sideline
You think you're flying towards the end zone
You're just headed towards the friend zone.

10. "Don't Let Go" by En Vogue

Friend Zone Lyrics:

What's it gonna be 'cause I can't pretend?
Don't you wanna be more than friends?

The woman in this 1996 R&B ditty is stuck in the friend zone, and she's begging to get outta there. She's consumed with thoughts of holding her BFF tight, lovemaking, and even wearing his clothes. Aching for an end to her misery, she tries to convince her friend to set her free and make her a lover.

11. "To Be with You" by Mr. Big

The guy in this 1991 hard rock song lays it all out on the line when the girl he secretly loves is left heartbroken by her boyfriend. He's tired of watching and waiting on the sidelines, listening patiently to her as she complains about what the boyfriend has done lately to disappoint her. He knows he can show her love and make her smile in a way that the boyfriend can't. She just needs to give him a chance.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I'm the one who wants to be with you (I'm the one)
Deep inside I hope you feel it too (feel it too)
Waited on a line of greens and blues (waited on a line)
Yeah, just to be the next to be with you.

12. "Teardrops on My Guitar" by Taylor Swift

Have you ever had that awkward, secret crush on a friend but they keep going on and on about someone else they like? Your friend gushes about them, asks you dating advice, and even confides that they are in love with this other person.

That's the scenario the narrator in this 2007 country crossover song finds herself in. Being hopelessly friend zoned makes her cry when her crush isn't around, but it does give her plenty to write and sing about. As with most of Taylor Swift's songs, it's based on a real person, a guy that she used to go to school with but never dated.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won't see
That I want and I'm needing everything that we should be
I'll bet she's beautiful, that girl he talks about
And she's got everything that I have to live without.

13. "More Than Friends" by Jason Mraz (featuring Meghan Trainor)

If you're looking for the perfect song to tell your longtime friend that you want something more, then this mellow 2018 pop ditty is it. It describes how fulfilling the friendship is and how the narrator wants to take the crush that she has on her friend and turn it into a genuine romantic relationship, provided that he feels the same way.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I wanna be more than friends
I wanna be more than friends
I wanna tell everyone you're taken
And take your hand until the end
I wanna be more than friends.

14. "Just Friends" by Hayden James (featuring Boy Matthews)

Friends with benefits (FWB) relationships are intended to involve sexual intimacy without the messiness of emotional commitment or romance. But here's the thing: repeatedly bumping uglies with your good buddy can come with unexpected complications.

This catchy, danceable pop tune from 2018 is an FWB anthem. Released by an Australian artist, it didn't chart in the US but has done well on YouTube. The tune's narrator has realized a little too late that he's fallen in love with his friend and doesn't know where to go with these new feelings. So complicated!

Friend Zone Lyrics:

When you say my name
So casual touch, my hand
I stop and play it cool
Like I'm not into you
But I'm just lying.

15. "Something to Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt

Sometimes you're in love with your friend and everyone around you realizes it except for you. Perhaps it takes a little gossip to make you wake up to the truth.

In this bluesy rock number from 1991, a woman discloses to her friend that she's been hearing rumors that they are an item. People think that they stand too close, laugh too loud, and stare too long to be platonic. Recognizing that the rumors are right, the woman suggests spicing up their relationship:

Friend Zone Lyrics:

People are talkin', talkin' 'bout people,
I hear them whisper, you won't believe it.
They think we're lovers kept under cover,
I just ignore it but they keep sayin' we... .

16. "Just Friends" by Ally Barron

Are you hopelessly in love with a friend who is dating someone else? If so, then this is the perfect song. You sit on the sidelines, offering them emotional support for their relationship troubles while also secretly wishing that it fizzles.

This 2017 pop ballad describes the anguish of waiting for someone you love to recognize that you can be so much more than their good buddy. Don't they feel the spark and dream about you, too?

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I watch you watchin’ me
While your sittin’ next to her
But I’m still gonna be the friend you need even if it hurts.

17. "It Hurts" by Angels & Airwaves

The guy in this 2006 rock song has crossed a line with his female best friend, and there's no going back. He knows she's deceptive and full of both excuses and alcohol. He also senses their relationship won't end well. Still, they are irresistibly drawn to one another.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Her lips were the last thing touched tonight
Your best friend is not your girlfriend.

18. "Like a Friend" by Blue

You meet somebody who's just perfect for you, and you instantly connect. But there's just one problem: they're happily committed to somebody else. What do you do? In this 2002 pop song by British boy band, Blue, the narrator faces this frustrating dilemma. He decides to wait it out in the friend zone until he begins to fully grasp just how lonely it is there.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

But I know I can't have you and I can't live without you,
But I guess I can't have it my way.
For the lovin' I'm feeling, my heart is still breathing,
Girl, how can you treat me this way?

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19. "Teenage Dirtbag" by Weatus

Occasionally the underdog actually wins the girl. That's the atomic plot twist in this international pop hit from 2000.

An Iron Maiden-loving social outcast has a crush on a classmate in his high school gym class, a popular girl with a big shot boyfriend. The outcast believes that neither one of them know who he is, and he's content to tell himself that his crush doesn't know what she's missing. At the prom, however, the girl approaches the teenage dirtbag and invites him to an Iron Maiden concert. Love blooms because of a common interest in music, baby.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Oh, how she rocks
In Keds and tube socks
But she doesn't know who I am
And she doesn't give a damn about me
'Cause I'm just a teenage dirt bag, baby ... .

20. "Just Friends" by Jonas Brothers

The high school guy in this 2007 pop tune is getting way out over his skis. He's been friend zoned, but he has yet to get the message. As he walks through the halls with his female friend and waits for her one-word text responses, the friend zoned dude daydreams about their eventual marriage. Something tells me he has disappointing news in his future.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I've been making lots of plans
Like a picket fence and a rose garden
I just keep on dreaming
But it's cool 'cause we're just friends.

If you find yourself in the friend zone, it's best not to live there too long.  It's a lonely place that is hard to climb out of.

If you find yourself in the friend zone, it's best not to live there too long. It's a lonely place that is hard to climb out of.

Even More Songs About the Friend Zone

Song & Year ReleasedArtistFriend Zone Lyrics

21. Just Friends (1980)

Kool & The Gang

Never really lovers, just friends / Tell me girl, is this the end / Never really lovers, just friends / I cannot hide this feeling inside now / I know for sure, we were just friends

22. We're Just Friends (2016)

Loving Caliber and Anders Lydell

Dreaming of your kisses, in the night time / Knowing what I'm missing but I still lie / Hey, I say I'm doing alright, I'm fine / But I'm scattered, we're just friends

23. Just a Friend (2014)

Jamie Grace

Why can't you just see what I see, When you say I'm just a friend, you tell me I'm just friend, I think I could make you happy, But you say I'm just a friend, you tell me I’m just a friend

24. Just Friends (2006)

Amy Winehouse

I want to touch you / But that just hurts / When will we get / The time to be / Just, just friends?

25. Creme Brulee (1992)

Sonic Youth

I said it before and I'll say it again / "I'm so happy we're just friends"

26. Shiver (2000)

Coldplay

I'll always be waiting for you / So you know how much I need you / But you never even see me, do you / And is this is my final chance of getting you

27. We're Not Just Friends (2015)

Parks, Squres, and Alleys

I’ve got a friend / She calls me brother / There ain’t nobody we cannot live without / We don’t need nothing / Except each other

28. Just a Friend to You (2016)

Meghan Trainor

I loved you from the start / So it breaks my heart / When you say I'm just a friend to you / 'Cause friends don't do the things we do / Everybody knows you love me too

29. Just a Friend (2002)

Mario

Oh, baby you / Got what I need / But you say I'm just a friend

30. We're Just Friends (1999)

Wilco

Over and over and over again / I say that were just friends / Forget the implications / Infatuations end

31. You See Friends (I See Lovers) (2004)

Westlife

You keep running / I'll keep calling / 'Till you notice / You see friends, but I see lovers

32. Just Friends (2018)

Jordy

You know I’m always here to keep you company, company / But I can’t help but feel it’s not enough for me / Maybe I don’t want to be just friends

33. Just Friends (1959)

Frank Sinatra

We loved, we laughed and we cried / Then suddenly love died / The story ends and we're just friends

34. Why Are We Still Friends (2002)

98 Degrees

We do almost everything that lovers do / And that’s why it’s hard, just to be friends with you / Every time your heart is broken by the fool / I want you to know that it hurts me, too

35. Crush (2005)

Davd Archuleta

Has it ever crossed your mind / When we're hanging, spending time girl, are we just friends? / Is there more, is there more?

36. Friendzone (2018)

G.O.A.T.

You're in the friend zone now / Sorry but there's no way out / You thought she was flirting / She's texting you back / But now she says that you're reminding her of her dad

37. Say You're Just a Friend (2012)

Austin Mahone (featuring Flo Rida)

Hey, baby you, you got what I need / But you say you're just a friend

38. Friends (1996)

John Michael Montgomery

Friends slowly drift apart / They give away their hearts / Maybe call you now and then / But you want to be just friends.

39. Friends Don't (2018)

Maddie & Tae

They don't almost say "I love you" / When they're downtown somewhere, just a little drunk / They don't talk about the future and put each other in it / And get chills with every accidental touch

40. When Will I See You Again (1974)

The Three Degrees

When will I see you again? / Are we in love or just friends? / Is this my beginning or is this the end?

41. Cool Out (2018)

Imagine Dragons

Cool out, 'cause baby I don't think I'm the one for you

42. ABCD (Friend Zone) (2019)

PNB Rock

I wanna make you mine / I want more than conversations / I don't know how you could take it

43. I Hate This (2019)

Tenille Arts

‘Cause I know we said we'd just be friends / I can't lie and I can't pretend / Boy I've tried and bottom line / Is I still love you and I hate this

44. More Than Friends (2018)

ASHS

Don't wanna love anybody but myself / I'm all I need, don't need no help from you / And I can't pretend that we're more than friends / 'Cause it just ain't true

45. Never Be the Same (2000)

Melanie C (featuring Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes)

It's not a secret anymore / Now we've opened up the door / Starting tonight and from now on / We'll never, never be the same again.

46. Don't Wanna Be More Than Just Friends (2011)

Ellie Lawson

Don't wanna be more than just friends / I don't know if it's real or if it's just pretend

47. Friends Don't Kiss Friends (2018)

Studio Black & Emily Burns

Cause we all know that friends they don't kiss friends Tell me how you see this whole thing ends Know these days are numbered, though we have each other I don't wanna pressure, but friends don't kiss friends

48. Friends Unknown (1974)

Donna Summer

I'd like to tell him that I need him bad / But I'm afraid if I do I might lose / The only friend that I have

49. Sleeping with a Friend (2014)

Neon Trees

It could be lethal / Sleeping with a friend

50. The End (2010)

Best Coast

You say that we're just friends But I want this til the end

51. Closer Than Friends (1988)

Surrender

Right now we're just friends / But baby I pray some day / You'll surrender to love so tender

52. More Than Friends (2014)

Victoria Duffield

You got me holding my breath / Got me tongue tied / I can't lie / I wanna be more than friends

53. More Than Just Friends (2001)

CeCe Winans

I want to be more than just your sister / I want to be more than next of kin / Gotta be more than just your brother / I want to be more than just a friend / All I want to be is everything / I want to be more

54. Kiss Me Now (1976)

Diana Ross

Each and every day, baby / I've been hoping that you will give in / Give in, give in, give in / You mean more to me than just a friend

55. Wish U Was My Girl (2001)

Babyface

Don`t give a damn about your man / I don`t want to be just friends / I don`t want nobody else / I just want to have all to myself

56. Boyfriend (2010)

Best Coast

I wish he was my boyfriend / I'd love him to the very end / But instead he's just a friend

57. Picture Perfect (2000)

Angela Via

All of this time Guess I must have been blind Not to see you and me We're picture perfect

58. Best Friend (2013)

RaVaughn

So tell me why, tell me why, Why can't you see? / Everytime you're kissing her in front of me / It hurts, I'm human, Baby

59. Something That We're Not (2013)

Demi Lovato

You wanna be more than just friends / I can't go through this again / Stop trying get inside my head / Don't wanna do more than hookup

60. Save the Best for Last (1992)

Vanessa Williams

Sometimes the very thing / You're looking for / Is the one thing you can't see

61. Prettiest Friend (2005)

Jason Mraz

Trying not to make all my moves in one motion and scare her away/ Well she can't see she's making me crazy now/ I don't believe she knows she's amazing how/ She has me holding my breath

62. Lies (2017)

NF

I heard you told your friends that I'm just not your type / If that's how you really feel, then why'd you call last night?

63. How Am I Supposed to Live Without You (1989)

Michael Bolton

And how can I blame you / When I build my world around / The hope that one day / We'd be so much more than friends?

64. The Other Side (2013)

Tonight Alive

And do you think of me at night / I still wish we could've made it right / You can't say that I never tried / I guess everything seems more clear / Here on the other side

65. I Wish You Loved Me (2007)

Tynisha Kelly

Baby, I know I'm your friend, but I want to be much more

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.

© 2018 FlourishAnyway

Comments

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

Peggy - Friend zone is a fairly recent term but it sure was always a thing. I hope you found a couple of new tunes that you enjoyed.

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

I did not know a single song from this list, at least the ones with the videos. Sometimes I will remember a tune, but not the title. It seems like the friend zone has sparked many songs!

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

Ysa - Thank you for sharing this.

Ysa on March 27, 2020:

For any musical theatre people -

If I Could Tell Her from Dear Evan Hansen

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

MG - Thank you for the kind compliment.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 24, 2020:

Lovely selection. You have taste

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 24, 2020:

Lauren - Concentrate on loving and appreciating yourself and I'm sure you'll figure the rest out later. Good luck.

Lauren on February 23, 2020:

I've been in the friend zone many times luckily I chose to take care of myself and walk away for good I never saw any of the guys again it's for the best I'm probably going to get a boyfriend sone day because I ended the friendship with these guys I tried to be just friends with a guy that had a girlfriend even but I had to eventually end that friendship too I don't really have many guy friends there's really not many guys I trust

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

Sarah - Thanks for this addition!

Sarah on February 10, 2020:

I Wish You Loved Me- Tynisha Kelly

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 13, 2020:

Jacob - Thanks for the song suggestion.

Jacob on January 13, 2020:

I've given up on you- Real Freinds

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 19, 2019:

Lydia - Thanks for this song suggestion which I have added.

Lydia on December 19, 2019:

Tonight Alive’s “The Other Side” is a good one too.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 24, 2019:

Bryan - Thanks for this suggestion which I added. Happy Thanksgiving!

BRYAN on November 21, 2019:

NF-Lies

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2019:

Cedrik - Thanks for this addition. I rely on great readers like you for song ideas.

Cedrik on October 28, 2019:

weird that no one knows Prettiest friend.

t'was a hidden song on Jason mraz second album Mr.AZ.

Was only a bonus song for I tunes.Impossible to find a legal copy nowadays and it's a shame.

this one is a real tear jerker let me tell you

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 19, 2019:

Eliza - Thank you for this song suggestion! You are consistently awesome!

Eliza Day on May 18, 2019:

One more:

Demi Lovato - Something That We're Not

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2019:

Jacob Thomas - Thank you for this suggestion. Adding it! Have a good weekend.

Jacob Thomas on May 16, 2019:

RaVaughn - Best Friend

Super underated song and artist

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

Liz - We've all probably been on at least one side of this phenomenon at some point in our lives. I hope your friend learned something from the experience. Thanks for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 10, 2019:

This is an interesting collection of songs. I could have made use of it a few years when a friend was sharing experiences of being in this situation.

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

anonymous - I'm sorry to hear about your heartbreak. I hope that someone else captures your attention and assuages your pain. I've included this song on the Spinditty playlist about breakups, heartbreaks, and divorce.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 09, 2019:

Eliza Day - Once again, you hit it out of the park! I added many songs here, and some songs to the following Spinditty playlists:

- Songs About Unrequited Love (upcoming)

- Songs About Reunited Love and Getting Back Together Again

- I Love You Playlist: Songs About Falling in Love

- Songs About Crushes and Crushing on Someone

- Leave Your Lover for Me Playlist: Songs About Interlopers and Love Triangles

Thanks again for the TERRIFIC suggestions! Have a wonderful weekend!

anonymous on May 09, 2019:

long story but i was friend zoned by the first girl i have ever really loved. anyways after the friendzoning i sang "stuck" by imagine dragons to her (it didnt change her mind), and it really means a lot to me

Eliza Day on May 08, 2019:

I so adore Your playlists! So here are some more of my ideas:

1) Imany - You Will Never Know (quite popular some time agone, and so sad)

2) Tenille Arts - I Hate This

3) ASHS - More Than Friends (catchy one song from the other one's perspective)

4) Rita Ora - Let You Love Me (my favourite)

5) Melanie C, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes - Never Be the Same Again (getting from friendzone to relationship)

6) Sara Bareilles - 1000 Times (ballad)

7) Olly Murs - Take Your Love

8) Calum Scott - Dancing On My Own

9) Ellie Lawson - Don't Wanna Be More Than Just Friends

10) Studio Black, Emily Burns - Friends Don't Kiss Friends

11) Donna Summer - Friends

12) Neon Trees - Sleeping With A Friends

13) Moe Bandy - Are We Makin' Love Our Just Making Friends

14) Best Coast - The End

15) Surface - Closer Than Friends

16) Wayne Wonder - Friend Like Me

17) The Killers - Change Your Mind (more about simple rejection, but still - 'if I had a chance, would you let me know? If the answer is no, can I change your mind?')

18) Josef Salvat - Closer (I adore this one)

19) Jessie Ware - Say You Love Me (another ballad)

20) Kodaline - Brand New Day (also in beautiful acoustic version with Nina Nesbitt)

21) Noah And The Whale - 5 Years Time (imagining bright and happy future with idealized someone who doesn't even knowing that you're into him/her)

22) Hikaru Utada - Flavor Of Life (ballad version, unfortunately in Japanese, but English translation is available; for me - one of the most beautiful, bittersweet, sad... and yet so hopeful ballads ever)

23) Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette - Hello

24) Victoria Duffield - More Than Friends

25) CeCe Winans - More Than Just Friends

26) Diana Ross - Kiss Me Now

27) Babyface - Wish U Was My Girl

28) Toby Keith - You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This (lovely country ballad)

29) Best Coast - Boyfriend

30) Angela Via - Picture Perfect

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 08, 2019:

Carly Thomas - Thanks for the song suggestion which I added. Sorry to hear the comments bummed you out a little.

Carly Thomas on May 07, 2019:

Wow reading all of your comments made me really sad.

Carly Thomas on May 07, 2019:

ABCD (Friend Zone) by PNB Rock

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 18, 2019:

Eliza Day - Thanks for the recommended song which I have added.

Eliza Day on April 18, 2019:

I would add Imagine Dragons - Cool Out.

Great fresh tune :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 08, 2019:

Lauren - Thanks for describing your experience.

Lauren on April 07, 2019:

I've been in the friend zone before or so these guys thought but the second they got a girlfriend I was out of there I never really became friends with them they just thought I did but I was never really interested in being just their friend it's an act that way I can tell if they are serious about wanting me to stick around and none of them really were so I ended the friendship with them

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 07, 2018:

Jason M Quinapondan - Thank you for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed this playlist. It made me feel young again writing it.

Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on December 07, 2018:

This brings me to my youthful days! The feeling that you thought there was something special but then it turned out to be still in the friend zone. It brought a smile listening to some of the songs. :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 26, 2018:

Suhail - It's funny how many people won't acknowledge it!

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on November 26, 2018:

You are 100% correct Flourish! I distinctly recall being friend zoned by a girl who went out to see the movie Alien II with me back in the day LOL!

Regards,

Suhail

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 20, 2018:

Suhail - I like both of those songs. Most of us have been friend zoned or banished someone to the friend zone at one time or another. I hear about it now from my young readers, teenage and twentysomething relatives and their peers. Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate it.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on November 19, 2018:

OMyDawg! Layla by Eric Clapton I used to be crazy about.

Great list in which I also related with Mr. Big ha-ha.

Btw, thanks for explaining Friend Zone in the very beginning :-)

Regards,

Suhail

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 14, 2018:

Nell - "Teenage Dirtbag" is pretty catchy, isn't it? I love the image of you singing it. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

Nell Rose from England on November 14, 2018:

Great list and I did know some of the which was pretty surprising for me! lol! Now I have teenage dirt bag in my mind! lol!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 11, 2018:

Mary - It's great that you have such a strong friendship with your husband. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 11, 2018:

Genna - That's such a classic, and the story behind it is quite something as well. I appreciate your stopping by! Have a terrific week ahead!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 11, 2018:

Serendipity; spindipity..delightful words to describe this article. What a wonderful topic for this series. The list of songs is wonderful; as for my fav, I headed for "Layla" like a homing pigeon. :-) Thank you for bringing a smile to my day.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 11, 2018:

Another great list. Reminded me of my strong friendship with my husband. I have many special friends and I value these so much.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 10, 2018:

Tim, Thanks for your kind comment. I have so many more ideas. I may never finish. Hope you're having a good weekend!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on November 09, 2018:

Hi, Flourish,

Your play list are always interesting. I never know what might show up.

You keep the turn-tables (Oops! Mp3 players) moving along.

Great work and always positive.

"And the beat goes on."

Thanks for keeping us motivated through music and great articles.

Much respect and admiration,

Tim

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 09, 2018:

Tim - Twilight Zone indeed! I've heard of poor souls who wait it out in the friend zone for several years, hoping their friend will somehow magically see them as something more. Doesn't usually happen when someone's getting everything they need in the current situation though. Thanks for your support. Have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 09, 2018:

Pamela - Thank you for your kind encouragement. I appreciate your loyalty. Have a wonderful weekend! It's very rainy here. Hope it's sunnier in Florida.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on November 09, 2018:

Excellent, Flourish. Wonderful list. The friend zone sounds a lot like the Twilight Zone, and I don't want to visit there either. But I've probably been there, and probably sent a few to the "friend zone" in my life.

Interesting play list. New songs to explore.

As always, entertaining and informative,

Have a great weekend,

Sincerely,

Tim

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 09, 2018:

There really is a song about any sceneio you can think of! This is an interesting topic, although dating for me has been quite some time. I only knew a few of the songs, but I like listening to many of them and reading what you write about them.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 09, 2018:

Shannon - That's great to hear. I wish her well!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 09, 2018:

Linda - Not a place I'd want to be. Too complicated, supposed to be simple. Thanks for reading along even though I was certain you didn't know any of these songs! Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 08, 2018:

Your song descriptions are always interesting to read, Flourish. I don't know any of the songs in your collection, but I enjoyed learning about the friend zone. The zone sounds like a complex place to be.

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

Heidi - It's the FWB relationships that get me. People have always done that sort of thing but they've often been less blatant about it. It's a new age. Hope you're doing well! Have a great Friday and weekend ahead!

Shannon Henry from Texas on November 08, 2018:

Oh, I meant to tell you that someone told Amy Rose you listed her song "Sunshine" on one of your lists and she was beyond excited about it. She had a FB post about it.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on November 08, 2018:

I didn't know it was called the friend zone either. But I guess that term describes it. I have, however, heard of friends with benefits. ;) I also didn't know there were so many tunes about this complicated relationship. If I think of some from the dusty archives, I'll add to the list. But this one has me stumped.

Happy Thursday!

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

Dora, I get lots of questions from young people about dating and their love interests. They are often very concerned about how to go from just friends to more than that, so I thought I thought this was an especially appropriate playlist for them and others facing the dilemma.

I'm sure missing your lovely writing. Hope you are doing well.

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

Linda - Some of my readership leans young and I'm trying to appeal to some of the topics they enjoy while also keeping their elders current on the trends! You might surprise someone very youthful in your life that you know the term by slipping it into conversation. Their eyes will probably bug out but it'll show you know what's going on in the world! I often joke with my husband that if he's not good, he's going right into the friend zone. He just shakes his head.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 08, 2018:

Flourish, I'm so old and have been in a committed relationship for so long (decades!!!) that I didn't even know the expression "friend zone." I do, however, recognize some of these songs. A fun list for sure.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 08, 2018:

Although I've guessed it, I think the illustration in your introduction is the first explanation of Friend Zone I have read. As usual, you have selected very interesting, appropriate songs. Great lists!

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

James - In the end, we all end up old, wrinkled and hunched over, a mere caricature of what we were in our glory days, so the friendship we share with our partners better be awful good -- lots of shared memories, tolerance, inside jokes, and appreciation for the mundane details of life. As exciting as the spicy stuff may be, that can't last forever, but the friendship sure can.

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

Liz - Thanks for stopping by.

James C Moore from The Great Midwest on November 08, 2018:

I thought of two people when I first saw what your musical compilation list was about. Milhouse and Lisa from the Simpsons came to mind. The friend zone concept seems to go against relationship advice. Often, I've heard that the key to successful marriages are that the partners are first and foremost best friends. So, it would seem the best partner would be one who is proven as a friend.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 08, 2018:

Another comprehensive list of songs on a theme.

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

Shannon - Thanks for that song addition. I love John Michael Montgomery! I appreciate you.

Shannon Henry from Texas on November 08, 2018:

Good list idea. LOL. Does "Friends" by John Michael Montgomery count?

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

Poppy - Sometimes the friend zone is a person's inability to take "no" for an answer. When that happens, the friend zoned person has no one to blame but themselves. Usually they don't see it that way, however. Glad you're enjoying married life.

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

Bill - Some of these were a little difficult to generate, but I had fun with this one. It was for my younger readers who write me a LOT of Q&As about dating relationships. Thanks for sticking with me. Have a great day, buddy!

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

Oh, dear Clive, As lovely as you are, my husband has asked me to honor my previous commitment to him. He's super chill but kinda takes those vow things to heart. So sorry, but can we still be friends?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 08, 2018:

I drew a blank on this topic...total blank. Then I saw your entries and I was like "DUH!"

Clive Williams from Jamaica on November 08, 2018:

Flourish...I would like to exit the Friend Zone,,,lets date.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 07, 2018:

Great list! I often hear or see on the internet (mostly men, but the odd woman too) complaining that they have been put in the "friend zone." As a married woman, I'm glad I don't have to deal with that sort of drama anymore, as it can sometimes lead to bitter feelings from one or both parties.

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