Songs About Long Distance Relationships

Songs about long distance relationships can help you get through the tough times when you are separated from a loved one. It helps to know that someone else has had similar experiences to yours. A sympathetic song can also help you to purge your emotions and express yourself, which can make a hard time a little easier.

  1. "Leaving on a Jet Plan", by John Denver. This perhaps the quintessential song about parting ways. It was originally titled "Oh Babe I Hate to Go". It was most famously recorded by Peter, Paul, and Mary.
  2. "Hey There, Delilah" was recorded by the Plain White T's in 2005. Its hopeful tone details the future life that the couple will have when they're able to reunite. It was the Plan White T's first hit in the United States. 
  3. "So Far Away" was first released on Carole King's "Tapestry" LP. Since then, it has been covered by many other artists. The song features heartfelt lyrics about a long distance relationship, with angry and confused undertones. Her husky, powerhouse vocals complete the picture of one of the pop standards about missing a partner.
  4. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is a more upbeat selection, written and recorded by the Proclaimers. Its hopeful tone an upbeat rhythm make this song a refreshing rarity for the subject matter. The track acquired mass popularity worldwide, and features prominently in several motion picture soundtracks.
  5. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", recorded by Aerosmith, insists on lovers enjoying every moment they have together. It offers a reverse approach to the problem of a long distance relationship by discussing the times when a couple is together, even though they're frequently apart. This pop ballad was released for a motion picture in 1998.
  6. The big band standard "Somewhere Beyond the Sea" was originally a song entitled "La Mer" by French artist Charles Trenet. New lyrics were put to the Charles Trenet melody by Jack Lawrence. He transformed a song of love and awe for the sea into a song of lost or distant love.
  7. The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" is a song about reunion. The thankful lyrics, coupled with the Righteous Brothers' phenomenal musicality reflect the kind of awed joy that occurs when lovers come back together after being separated by long distance.
  8. "Save Tonight" was released by Eagle Eye Cherry in 1997 and expresses his desire to savor his last moments together with his partner. The song was extremely popular overseas, and reached number five on the pop charts in the United States.
  9. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" was first recorded in 1967 by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. It reached widespread popularity with a 1968 recording with Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The song consists of two lovers swearing to each other that each will come if the other calls, regardless of the distance.
  10. "Johnsburg, Illinois" was released on Tom Waits' 1983 album, "Swordfishtrombones". The album marked a key moment in his musical development, when he began his most musically experimental period. With haunting lyrics, and Waits' endearingly haggard tones, "Johnsburg, Illinois" forces a knee-jerk reaction to long distance relationships, an instant understanding of the loneliness associated with the situation.
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