The Top 10 Romantic Songs to Make Single People Desperate

By Payton Aper, Blog Staff

Do you fantasize about the increasingly unlikely possibility that you find true love? Got butterflies when the barista at Sweetwaters asked for your order? Here’s a sample of my favorite Tinder-relapse songs with their best lines to match. Or, use them to serenade your S/O if you have one. Stream away!

  1. “You Get Me So High” – The Neighbourhood 

Friends to lovers, slowburn 500k words if it were a song. I seriously can only hope that I one day feel the way the Neighbourhood did when they put out this absolute banger. It feels like a confession following a fight, like running out into the night after someone at 2 am Taylor Swift style. Or just reminiscing about a love that never happened. 

Lyric: “Used to stick together, you’re my best friend / I’ll love you forever”

2. “Helium” – Glass Animals 

Words cannot explain the utter death grip this song has had on me since I first heard it a year ago. It’s absolutely gorgeous, the bass drop is amazing, and it was definitely not my #1 song of 2021. This song sounds like running into your soulmate after years apart, and a montage of little polaroid photos on the beach, and love that you can’t get rid of even if you wanted to. 

Lyric: “You talk like a man and taste like the sun”. 

3. “Garden (Say it Like Dat)” – SZA

If you could take the feeling of floating on a cloud and put it into mp3, I think this is what it would sound like. This song hurts so, so bad but sounds so good. It’s like the beginning of a relationship and reconciling with the person in front of you vs the one in your head. As Tim Kredier said, “if we want the rewards of being loved we have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known.”

“Need you for my sanity, need you to remind me where I come from”.

4. “The Knack” – Mother Mother

Like most people, I first heard Mother Mother with “Burning Pile” and “Hayloft”, but I would argue that this is one of their best songs. The instrumentals and background voices are so wonderful, and this song just makes me want to run in the rain or scream a declaration of love to the world. Upbeat, sure, but definitely emotionally effective. 

Lyric: “But I don’t wanna practice, I just wanna have the knack”

5. “watch you sleep.” – girl in red

Would not recommend listening to this if you’re at all remotely sad, or if you’ve lost someone. Otherwise, though, this song is so emotionally vulnerable and one of her best. The things you’d whisper to someone before they wake up. 

Lyric: “I never get bored of looking at you” 

6. “Turning Page” – Sleeping at Last

I never watched the full Twilight series, but this song has lyrics that could hold their own against Taylor Swift’s (which for me is saying something). All the better if you can ignore the Edward Cullen immortality parallels in that first stanza. Oh, to have a love that is all peace and feels like home, and to take on the world in the best way possible. 

Lyric: “Nothing prepared me for what the privilege of being yours would do”

7. “Pretty Little Fears” – 6LACK ft. J. Cole 

J. Cole’s verse on this song genuinely reads like award-winning poetry. This song explores love from so many angles, even if it is a bit explicit to start off with. It sort of feels like a response to “Garden” by SZA, trying to reassure someone that you love them, but more importantly you’ve got their back and aren’t going anywhere. 

Lyric: “I’m loving your light, vulnerable, letting your guard down is honorable”

8. “Bet” – Mereba

Ouch ouch ouch ouch. There was a good 3 month window where I couldn’t listen to this one without crying, but now it’s just very calming and beautiful sounding. It does sound like it’s written about love that’s starting to come undone- the subject is “nothing but trouble”, but the singer still lets them into their life.

Lyric: “I’m still picking up the rubble from my last quake” 

9. “Fade Into You” – Mazzy Star

I always wanted this song to be played at one of my high-school dances, or maybe a wedding or something. This song just sounds like it’s meant to be slow danced to. And not to get all country, but it’s definitely meant to be danced to in a barn or outside, with fireflies nearby or at the very minimum, fairy lights.

Lyric: “I think it’s strange you never knew” 

10. “Dark Side of the Gym” – The National

Another song that sounds like it should be slow-danced to, but this one feels even more vulnerable than “Fade Into You.” The singer keeps seeing this person falling apart, but wants them anyway. 

Lyric: “I’m gonna keep you in love with me for a while”

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