Long-distance relationships can work out. At a bare minimum, they require a great deal of open and honest communication, which can be difficult even when two people live in the same area. Never mind when they have to make do with phones and the like. Even so, long-distance relationships are inherently painful because of separation and other issues. Under these circumstances, it is no wonder they have fueled so many amazing songs.
Here is our opinion of ten of the best long-distance relationship songs:
10. “From Where You Are” – Lifehouse
The narrator of “From Where You Are” is hurting because he has been separated from his significant other. Geographical distances receive specific mention in the lyrics. Thanks to that, “From Where You Are” is a perfect choice for this list.
9. “Faithfully” – Journey
Best-selling musicians spend a lot of time on the road. As a result, they have penned numerous songs about how constantly traveling from place to place affects their personal life. “Faithfully” paints a picture of someone feeling the strain but keen on remaining true to his significant other. Indeed, he has even learned to see the good in the bad because he thinks they will be able to fall in love all over again once he is home.
8. “Distance” – Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey has a rightful reputation for being one of the greatest singers of love songs and relationship songs in the 20th and 21st centuries. Given that, it is perhaps unsurprising to learn that she has a song about keeping a long-distance relationship strong despite the doubters. “Distance” is one of the most spirited tunes on this matter, meaning it is well-suited for people in that kind of mood.
7. “Writing’s On the Wall” – Sam Smith
Sam Smith recorded “Writing’s On the Wall” for the Spectre soundtrack. It is famous for being an unusually vulnerable James Bond theme, thus making it rather unusual for the long-running spy franchise. “Writing’s On the Wall” isn’t as blatant as some of the other songs on this list. However, there are references to the distances that can separate people. Moreover, some interested individuals think Smith took inspiration from his personal experiences, seeing as he was based in London but dating someone based in New York City at the time. Suffice it to say that an eight-hour flight is no joke.
6. “So Far Away” – Carole King
Once upon a time, most people lived out their lives close to where they were born. Times have changed. Still, it isn’t hard to see why the narrator in “So Far Away” would lament this state of things when she is miserable because of her separation from her significant other. Fortunately, the separation is one of distance rather than emotion. Otherwise, this would be a very different song.
5. “Talking to the Moon” – Bruno Mars
“Talking to the Moon” is another remarkable song inspired by long-distance relationships. In it, the narrator is so lonely that he has started talking to the moon, which is so blatant that his neighbors have noticed him doing so. Moreover, he hopes that his significant other is doing the same while they are far away because that would serve as a sort of connection between them.
4. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie
One can make a good argument that “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” is about the longest-distance relationships of them all. For those unfamiliar, it is an acknowledgment that everyone will pass in time. That said, the narrator doesn’t express terror so much as a determination to remain true to his significant other despite the distance between them. Unsurprisingly, many people have drawn strength from the song when passing through a tumultuous part of their relationships.
3. “I Will Wait” – Mumford and Sons
Some people read religious or spiritual meaning in “I Will Wait.” However, the more conventional reading is that the narrator is willing to wait for their significant other. In a sense, “I Will Wait” might be one of the most straightforward long-distance relationship songs on this list. That makes it no less excellent.
2. “A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton
“A Thousand Miles” made a strong impression when it came out in the early 2000s. For proof, it received nominations for not one but two Grammys. Unfortunately, it didn’t win either because it went up against Norah Jones’s “Don’t Know Why,” which swept more than one award show that year. Still, “A Thousand Miles” is a wonderful song with a lot of heart packed into it. As the story goes, Vanessa Carlton wrote the song because she had a crush on a student at the Juilliard School while studying ballet.
Alas, nothing came of it because she was too shy to speak with him. Later, Carlton also revealed that she wouldn’t reveal the identity of her crush because he had since become well-known in the film industry. Many publications searched for candidates. Even so, they couldn’t narrow the list enough to produce a guess with a good chance of being true. It turned out that the Juilliard School produced a lot of top artists. The film industry is no exception to this rule.
1. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is a true classic that came out in 1967. In it, the narrator expresses the determination to always be there for that special someone. As far as the song is concerned, love is strong enough to overcome any weather and geographical feature. A sentiment that remains as beautiful as ever despite the passing decades.
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