10 Songs About Loving Someone That’s Taken

Whitney Houston

Loving someone who is taken shows a lack of boundaries or maybe self-control. However, they say the heart wants what it wants; in some cases, it wants what it cannot have. Many people have fallen into the trap of having romantic feelings for a person who is already in another relationship. No one can claim immunity to such situations, and these songs about loving someone that’s taken prove it.

10. I Know You’re Married But I Love You Still by Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner

Sometimes loving someone, at first sight, can be the start of a heartbreak that will be hard to heal. That is the case in the story told by the lyrics of this song. Wagoner begins by saying he set his eyes on a woman and vowed he would always love her, unaware that she was already married to someone else. The song ends with the regret of making that sacred vow. Still, he continues to love her although she is married.

9. Borrowed by Leann Rimes

According to Glamour, this song was inspired by her affair with Eddie Cibrian who later became her husband. As she disclosed, Rimes was in an airplane and saw a woman reading the tabloids whose cover page was Rimes’ face. The tabloid contained the story of Rimes’ affair with Cibrian, and she immediately thought about “Borrowed” being the title of her next song. Cibrian was a borrowed love because, at the time, he was married to Brandi Glanville.

8. Can’t Help But Wait by Trey Songz

This song, released in 2007, tells of a guy who sees his love interest being treated poorly by another man. The singer says since she is already taken, he cannot help but wait until the day she realizes that she deserves better. It kills him to see how the man she is in a relationship with keeps lying to her, yet she forgives him. However, he has learned to keep loving her from a distance since he does not want to be the reason they break up.

7. Saving All My Love For You By Whitney Houston

The late Houston filmed the song’s video in London where she played a woman involved with her married producer. Houston sings about saving her love for a married man, and her mother was against her recording the song because of the public perception. However, according to Telegraph, the singer said she would never find herself in such a situation. Since it could happen to someone else, the video helped to tell such a story. Although she was not the first artist to record it, seeing that the original had been released in 1978, Houston’s version became her first single to peak at #1 on Billboard Hot 100.

6. Leave Your Lover by Sam Smith

Smith opened up that his debut album is about unrequited love. The British singer disclosed he was in love with a guy who did not love him back. Therefore, one of the songs in “In The Lonely Hour” album is “Leave Your Lover.” From the video, fans thought he was referring to the girl, only for the ending to shed light on who he is referring to – a guy who is already in a relationship. Smith implores his love interest to leave his lover for him.

5. I Want You Back by The Jackson 5

Sometimes it is just a little too late to show the one you love how much they mean to you. The Jackson 5 sang this song, telling the story of a man who takes his woman for granted until another man shows her some appreciation. Once she is gone, the former lover cannot stand to see his ex in the arms of another man, so he wants her back. He realizes his mistake and hopes to have one more chance to make amends.

4. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You by Michael Bolton

Bolton’s character in the song is in love with a woman. For a long time, he has been hoping the relationship would change into a romantic one. Too bad for him because she gets involved with another man before Bolton has a chance to tell her how he feels. The singer wonders how to continue living without the one he has been loving for so long. Worst of all, how would he endure watching her love another man?

3. Want You Back by Cher Lloyd

Lloyd broke up with a guy she loved thinking she deserved better – she talks about needing an upgrade. The singer said she thought the guy would crawl back to her but instead, he moves on to another girl. It kills Lloyd to see the guy doing everything they did with his new lover. She is still in love with him and wants him back claiming she had him first.

2. You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

Many love stories never begin because the two people involved remain best friends only. In the video, Swift is a great friend to the guy who is in a relationship with another girl. Unfortunately, he does not realize how much Swift’s character in the narrative loves him. They spend a lot of time together, and Swift wonders if he will ever know that what he needs has been in front of him the entire time.

1. Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes

Mendes revealed to Popbuzz that he had always been in love with Camilla Cabello. Although the two were just friends, the singer hoped that one day, Cabello would reciprocate the feelings. In this song, Mendes knows the girl is in a relationship that always has her crying, yet he can treat her better. Fortunately, his wish came true when Cabello finally agreed that Mendes made a better partner for him, and they began dating.

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