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Songs About Unrequited Love

Updated: Apr 2, 2021

On episode 16 of the Songs About Podcast we talked songs about the exquisite pain of unrequited love.

From songs about fantasy relationships and love at first sight to what happens to the feelings when love fades for one person in the relationship, with the help of Tegan & Sara, Chic, Joan Jett, Coldplay and more we discuss what is and isn’t appropriate when it comes to one-sided love.

We also discuss David Mitchell & Victoria Coren’s love for the ages and lots more songs, song lyrics and great tracks.

Since there have been humans, there has been unrequited love.

Roman poet Ovid advised avoiding love poems, and one song in the list below was hugely unfurled by Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

On Songs About Unrequited Love, we veered into the collective lack of imagination suffered by the world’s billionaires, how a tablespoon of red wine led to an uncontrollable case of The Ick and we also played you two songs by really sad boys.

On Songs About unrequited love we talked about the intense feelings of having a big old pash for someone while they:

a) remain blissfully unaware

b) sit you firmly back in the friend zone or

c) eventually fall in love with you too.

Allana finally broke the Tegan and Sara seal she’s been keeping a tight lid on to share an unrequited love/break up song:

‘How do you live so happily when I am so sad and broken down?’

providing us with a perfect lyrical illustration of the unfairness of being in love with someone who isn’t in love with you - the brutal hurt, the grief of rejection... OUCH.

We also talked about a life-changingly good Tegan and Sarah gig in Manchester (we miss gigs FYI) and played an absolute banger by Sophie B Hawkins for lesbians everywhere about the wrenching pain of falling in love with a straight pal.

🥶Shiver - Coldplay

🙃Lovefool - The Cardigans

👋🏻Where Does The Good Go - Tegan and Sara

👯‍♀️Damn, I Was Your Lover - Sophie B Hawkins

🕺🏼I Want Your Love - Chic

🧙‍♀️Strange and Beautiful (I’ll Put A Spell on You) - Aqualung

🖤I Hate Myself for Loving You - Joan Jett

Finally after four solid months of the the best music podcast everrrrr we’re taking a break. We’ll be back on 18 March. In the meantime we’ll be on Instagram @songsaboutpodcast & you can also email us your song suggestions at

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