Being far apart sucks—a lot. But the perfect long distance relationship songs can help you feel emotionally close, while being geographically far apart.
Ever been in a relationship where you have this one song that you both feel was made exactly for the two of you? If you don’t have “your” song just yet, here are all the perfect long distance relationship songs you’ll need to find the one that’s just right for the two of you.
For starters, do you really need a song? Well, truth be told, every couple has their song. It’s part of the romance, after all.
Even for long-distance relationships, music is something that can bring you closer together, keeping the fire of love alive even through distance. The perfect long distance relationship song can give you hope, lift you up, make you think about your beloved, and even make the love you have grow stronger… despite the confines of time and distance.
Long distance relationship songs are often bittersweet, yet they are great to listen to—especially together—even when geography and time zones keep you separated. [Read: Long distance relationships – How to make it work]
Long-distance relationship songs – Perfect ways to express yourself
If you’re pining for your love who’s far away, your heart is aching as you live and grow apart, or you’re brimming with excitement as you ride the plane on your way to meet your love, here are the best long distance relationship songs that can make you feel better and make your bond stronger.
#1 200,000 – The Rocket Summer. For a catchy, upbeat road trip that suits that exhilarating excitement of driving for miles just to see your love.
“There are not one but two hundred thousand miles on my car
To be with you I’ve driven far, but I loved you that much.”
#2 3000 – The Icarus Account. This song captures the uncertainty of long-distance relationships, including a mix of joy, hope, longing, pain, and restlessness that many long-distance couples feel.
“I’ve spent all 21 of these painful hours
Reliving our goodbye
I’ll spend all of my nights hoping that you will call
‘Cause You’re worth waking up for.”
#3 A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton. A classic, this catchy song inspires hope in the midst of nostalgia, especially as you wonder if your love is thinking about you, too.
“If I could fall
Into the sky
Do you think time
Would pass me by
‘Cause you know I’d walk
A thousand miles
If I could
Just see you
#4 Cars and Telephones – The Arcade Fire. The perfect long-distance love anthem, this song is something you’d listen to in order to make you badly want to get on the next plane, just to be with the one you love.
“Tonight I’m gonna drive, the silver moon is shining bright
Over the interstate, God saying hurry don’t be late.”
#5 From Where You Are – Lifehouse. Simple and evocative, this song perfectly describes how it feels to be in love with someone so far away.
“So far away from where you are
These miles have torn us worlds apart
And I miss you,
yeah, I miss you
And I wish you were here.”
#6 Get Here – Oleta Adams. When you feel like staying in bed and wallowing in your long-distance love, this is the song you can sing along to.
“There are hills and mountains between us
Always something to get over
If I had my way,
surely you would be closer
I need you closer.”
#7 Goodnight Starlight – The Juliana Theory. When you’ve been far apart for so long, but you know you can handle everything that comes your way, this is just a feel-good, inspiring song.
“And what we’ve got is something special,
And what we are is a perfect match.
And 3000 miles could never come between us,
No matter what we do, it’s always you and me and you and
It’s always me and you.”
#8 Here Without You – 3 Doors Down. If you want to express to your loved one just how much you love and miss them, this is the song.
“I’m here without you, baby
But you’re still on my lonely mind
I think about you, baby
And I dream about you all the time.”
#9 Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s. Studies and ambition keeping you apart? Don’t lose hope, you’ll get that future that you two have been working hard for.
“Hey there, Delilah
I know times are gettin’ hard
But just believe me, girl
Someday I’ll pay the bills with this guitar
We’ll have it good.”
#10 I Miss You – Incubus. The pain and loneliness of being away from your love for just a few days can be overwhelming. Sing your heart out to this song.
“I see your picture
I smell your skin on the empty pillow next to mine
You have only been gone ten days
But already I’m wasting away.”
#11 Long Distance – Bruno Mars. Being so far away from your partner can really take a toll on you. It just sucks.
“With you is where I’d rather be
But we’re stuck where we are
And it’s so hard, you’re so far
This long distance is killing me.”
#12 Many the Miles – Sara Bareilles. This is a hopeful song about making the best of what you have, even if it’s hard.
“But surely something has got to got to got to give
‘Cause I can’t keep waiting to live.”
#13 Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx. This remains an LDR anthem for many, and for good reason. It’s just gut-wrenching.
“Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you.”
#14 See You Soon – Coldplay. LDRs can be a drag, and your partner might lose faith in you or in what you have. Inspire and reignite the love with this song.
“I’ll be doing my best. I’ll see you soon, in a telescope lens.”
#15 Set Fire to the Third Bar – Snow Patrol and Martha Wainwright. More than the melody and the gorgeous piano, this song really gets the loneliness of longing to be with the one you love.
“The distance from A to where you’d be, it’s only finger-lengths that I see.”
#16 Someday – Bryan Greenberg. When you’re far away for so long, that time together is so precious, and you’d do anything to spend even just a day together.
“I drive all night just to see your face
The way you touch, the way you taste
Even if only for a day.”
#17 The Promise – Tracy Chapman. This song perfectly embodies the commitment you make for each other even when you’re apart.
“If you can make a promise, if it’s one that you can keep
I vow to come for you, if you wait for me.”
#18 Train Song – Ben Gibbard and Feist. LDRs have their ups and *a lot of* downs, and this song is haunting and lovely, as it embodies hope through it all.
“Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you,
But suddenly now, I know where I belong,
It’s many hundred miles and it won’t be long.”
#19 Transatlanticism – Death Cab for Cutie. A simple song that captures the complex mix of emotions of long distance love.
“The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row
It seems farther than ever before
I need you so much closer.”
#20 Two Towns from Me – Blind Pilot. An LDR can be frustrating and painful. It’s full of uncertainty, and this song perfectly conveys how couples go through all emotional lengths to stick things out with only hope to hold them together.
“Tie it down, Wait it out, Hope our memories hold.”
Absence really does make the heart grow fonder, but as you may know, long distance relationships aren’t really as simple as that. Absence sucks. Being away from your loved one can be very hard and can leave you with a constant weight in your heart. So you have to cope any way you can, the best way you know how.[Struggling with distance? Next, read: Insecurity in a relationship – How to get over it]
Sometimes, the only cure for that uniquely bittersweet feeling long-distance love brings is music. Just as with anything, music can be soothing, and nothing else needs soothing more than a heart feeling all kinds of twisted because it is so far from its other half.