Anyone who has gone through a breakup knows how difficult it can be. Getting back together with a lover brings such a feeling of bliss that it has inspired many great songs about reunited love over the years.
The following tracks are the best all-time getting back together songs.
1. “Picture” by Kid Rock (feat. Sheryl Crow)
Kid Rock scored one of his biggest hits when he teamed up with singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow in 2002 to write and record the song “Picture”. The hit was the fourth track on Rock’s Cocky album. When it comes to songs about getting back together, this one is always near the top of anyone’s list. The song comes from the perspective of a pair of exes who find pictures of one another and suddenly realize how good things were back when they were still together.
2. “Whatever It Takes” by Lifehouse
2007 marked the release of the album Who We Are by alternative rockers Lifehouse. The album was the band’s fourth and it features the song “Whatever It Takes” as its second single. The track would become a big hit for the band and it would also go down as one of the greatest songs about reunited love of all time. This is a tune that expresses regret for doing one’s lover wrong. In “Whatever It Takes”, singer Jason Wade is asking for another chance to make things right once again.
3. “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes
This next entry on the list of the top 35 greatest songs about getting back together is a true classic. “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” was released in 1979 by the British-American singer Rupert Holmes. Beyond the fact that it is one of the greatest songs about reunited love, it also holds the distinction of being the final U.S. number one hit for the decade of the 1970s. The lyrics tell the story of a man who ends up finding out that his date from a newspaper personal ad is his ex-wife. The two former lovers realize that they need to reignite the spark that they once had.
4. “Reunited” by Peaches & Herb
Another true classic in the list of songs about reunited lovers was released by the R&B duo Peaches & Herb in 1978. Their hit song “Reunited” says it all in the title. This song is all about lamenting the decision to leave a lover. It is also about the bliss that is associated with finally being reunited and feeling the sparks fly once again. Given this fact, it is no surprise that this classic song has appeared prevalently in pop culture.
5. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
Legendary singer Al Green made his contribution to the list of the best reuinted love songs with his hit “Let’s Stay Together”. This tune about unconventional love landed at the top of Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 List. It was one of Green’s biggest hits and was also successfully covered by Tina Turner.
6. “Never Really Over” by Katy Perry
In her hit song “Never Really Over”, singing superstar Katy Perry laments the end of a relationship that ended up going south. At the same time, she sings about being optimistic about the possibility of getting back together with her ex and rekindling the spirit of love and romance once again. This makes it the perfect entry for this list of the 35 best songs about getting back together with an ex.
7. “Baby Come Back” by Player
“Baby Come Back” fits perfectly into this theme of reunited love. It includes everything needed for a reunion song. There is remorse about how things went, an apology, and a final beckoning for the lost lover to come back. Since its release in 1977, countless lovers have used this song as a part of their plan to hopefully bring their ex back to their loving embrace once again.
8. “Austin” by Blake Shelton
2001 marked the release of Blake Shelton’s country classic “Austin”. It details the story of a woman who left her lover behind without as much as a goodbye. She didn’t even call him for a year afterward. Though her lover did not know where she went for sure, he assumed she must have returned home to Austin, Texas. When she finally decides to give him a call, his answering machine included a message that lets her know that he still loves her and misses her.
9. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz recorded the perfect song about lovers who get back together with his track “I Won’t Give Up”. This is one of those tunes that is sure to inspire you to try and make amends if you have an ex that you still care about. Mraz addresses the fact that relationships can become difficult at times, but refusing to give up, refusing to walk away, can often make all the difference when it comes to finding a way to reconcile with the one that you love.
10. “Open Arms” by Journey
Journey’s 1982 track “Open Arms” is the perfect vehicle for the legendary voice of singer Steve Perry and it is one of the best songs about reconciling with an ex ever written. Perry co-wrote the hit with Jonathan Cain and it featured on the soundtrack of the cult classic anime film Heavy Metal. This incredible power ballad is considered by many to be one of the all-time greatest love songs. This couple might have drifted apart, but everything feels oh so right now that they are back together.
11. “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” by Chicago
Chicago’s hit song “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” is one of the best examples of the talent of bassist and lead singer Peter Cetera. This classic love song topped the charts in 1982. In the process, it became one of the all-time greatest tunes about reunited love. The lovers in this song might have been far away from each other for a time, but now all they want to do is hold one another and enjoy being together.
12. “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran had a truly unique take on the theme of reunited lovers with his song “Lego House”. In the song, he uses the beloved building blocks as the perfect metaphor to explain that building a good relationship often includes making plenty of mistakes before you figure out how to fit the pieces together the right way. In the end, it is all about learning from past mistakes so that a better future can be built together.
13. “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” is an obvious choice for this list of the best songs about reuniting with an ex. There can often be a lot of regret and sadness after a breakup and this is what Carey touches on in this song. It is often the case that this regret is because the former lovers know that they should have found a way to work it out. As the title suggests, sometimes you just know that you belong together even if you have gone your separate ways.
14. “Change My Mind” by One Direction
One Direction’s 2012 track “Change My Mind” follows a couple that has just broken up. Though they might have tried to split up, they run into each other at a party and start spending some time together. It is only a matter of time before they realize that the spark of love is still there between them. As the couple reminisces about their past, they realize that they should give things another go.
15. “Looks Like We Made It” by Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow went deep when he wrote his hit song “Looks Like We Made It”. The tune is written about one of his exes. Though it focuses on a pair of exes at a party, both with their own dates, the singer soon realizes that he still wishes they were together. This is one of those classic tunes about wanting a second chance at love after a relationship has ended. It is another one of those iconic songs that have to be added to any playlist about lovers who get back together.
16. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel
Rock legend Peter Gabriel scored one of his most beloved hits with his 1986 classic “In Your Eyes”. The beloved track appears on Gabriel’s fifth studio album So. The singer laments the emptiness that he feels being separated from an ex-lover. This feeling only gets worse as the days go by. It all leads to to a desire to return to his lost love and make things right again. Only when reunited with this lost lover does he once again feel like he is a complete person.
17. “Un-Break My Heart” by Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton landed on the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 for eleven consecutive weeks when she released “Un-Break My Heart” in 1996. The song is written by Diane Warren who had to initially convince Braxton that it was a good choice for her. It is a great thing for everyone that she chose to record it. This track about mending past wrongs between lovers became one of the biggest hits of the singer’s storied career.
18. “Hold Back the River” by James Bay
James Bay’s “Hold Back the River” is one of the most unique entries on this list of songs about reuniting with loved ones. The song was written at a time when Bay was becoming increasingly successful. This success led him to be away from his friends and family an increasingly large amount of time. “Hold Back the River” is his song about how he wants to be back together with the people in his lie that matter to him the most.
19. “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
The Jackson 5’s song “I Want You Back” is all about how it can be easy to take those we love for granted. It can also be easy for one’s eyes to wander. Many times, it is only after your ex finally leaves you that you realize how much they meant to you. It is at these times that you finally realize that you want that special someone back in your life again and you work to make it happen.
20. “Love Don’t Run” by Steve Holy
Steve Holy recorded a truly touching country ballad in 2011 with “Love Won’t Run”. The song is all about a woman who is scared to admit to her lover what it is that she has done. Though she’s scared, he reassures her that there is nothing that their love cannot withstand. Her lover promises to stand by her regardless of what it is that she has done.
21. “Closer” by The Chainsmokers
2016 saw the release of “Closer” by The Chainsmokers. It speaks of a couple who have been apart from one another now for four years. During that time, they had no communication at all. Though plenty of time has passed, once they reunite, they have soon mended their relationship as if the break up never even happened.
22. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
We head back to 1973 for this next entry on the list f the best songs about lovers reuniting. This entry comes from the legendary Stevie Wonder. His track “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” was the icon’s first-ever Easy Listening chart number one hit. It appeared on his Talking Book album. In the song, Wonder is overjoyed that an ex has come to make him feel better when he was down. He knows that this kind of love and connection is the reason that they two should work hard to be together.
23. “Before You Walk Out of My Life” by Monica
“Before You Walk Out of My Life” by Monica finds a pair of ex-lovers face to face with one another and realizing that the memories that they have together are strong. They also realize that they still need one another even though time has been tough between them in the past. This song is all about wanting to find a way to make things right with your ex so that things can go back to how they used to be.
24. “Old Flame” by Arcade Fire
Arcade fire’s “Old Flame” is about a pair of lovers who have a passion that burns deep. At the same time, they are constantly at odds with one another. They seem to be committed to finding ways to push one another away but they continue to do it all again because of their passionate love.
25. “Trainwreck” by Demi Lovato
“Trainwreck” by Demi Lovato hammers home the way that things can often be between passionate lovers. Though this pair of separated lovers might be hesitant to give it another chance, they know that they must. Soon, they find themselves standing strong together and falling further in love than ever before. This makes “Trainwreck” the person song to include in any list about songs where lovers reunite.
26. “Cool” by Gwen Stefani
“Cool” by Gwen Stefani is another truly unique entry on this list. It is all about her past relationship with bandmate Tony Kanal and the fact that they broke up when he needed to have some space. This is not a song about lovers reuniting but is instead about old lovers learning how to become very good and devoted friends. It is a unique entry for this list but also one that is fitting at the same time.
27. “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones
“Miss You” by The Rolling Stones is another one of those songs that fit the theme of this list uniquely. It was recorded at a time when frontman Mick Jagger was going through a divorce. Though one might be tempted to believe that the one he is missing is his soon-to-be ex-wife, it turns out that he was missing the woman that he was having an affair with during his marriage.
28. “Always on my Mind” by Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson was already one of the most iconic singers in the history of country music when he released the track “Always on my Mind” in 1982. The song quickly became one of the country legends most beloved and stands the test of time as one of the best songs about lovers reuniting. In the song, Nelson spends time lamenting the fact that he has often failed to let his beloved know the full depth of how important she is to him. It is only now that he has found the words to let her know that she has always remained in his thoughts.
29. “Bringing Back the Sunshine” by Blake Shelton
“Bringing Back the Sunshine is a love song of true optimism by Blake Shelton. In the song, he notes that he misses his ex terribly. He also admits that they got off track due to the circumstances of life. Though things got bad and it led to a split between lovers, he is confident that there is still a way back. When the pair of lovers reunite, they commit to a brighter future full of sunshine.
30. “The Scientist” by Coldplay
Coldplay has been one of the most iconic bands of the past few decades and they are also the group behind one of the best songs about what can happen when lovers reunite. This is one of those songs where the singer pleads with their ex to remember how good things used to be. It is also a song about trying to find a way to start over again and do things the right way.
31. “The Reason” by Hoobastank
Hoobastank nailed this song about reconciliation when the band decided to start it off with a heartfelt apology. This is of course the right move if you were the partner that caused a breakup that you want to repair. The song pulls at the heartstrings as lead singer Doug Robb implores his ex that she has inspired him to find a way to be a better man.
32. “Walking After You” by Foo Fighters
“Walking After You” is one of the most endearing tracks ever recorded by rock legends Foo Fighters. It is all about how things just haven’t been the same since splitting with an ex. Singer Dave Grohl makes it clear that he is willing to do whatever is necessary to get his lover back once again and acknowledges his failings.
33. “Love of My Life” by Queen
Freddie Mercury takes the emotions to another level with Queen’s iconic classic “Love of My Life”. It focuses on Mary Austin. She was Mercury’s long-term girlfriend for many years. The relationship had a lot of ups and downs, but she always remained his true love. Whenever she was away, he simply wanted her to return.
34. “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over” by Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz details a rocky relationship in his song “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over”. At the same time, there is plenty of optimism in his tune as the couple feels that there is hope that they can get things back to a good place once again.
35. “The Flame” by Cheap Trick
The final entry on this list of the top 35 songs about lovers reuniting comes to us from rock legends Cheap Trick. “The Flame” is a track about how the narrator has lost the one that they love. Though they are gone, they remain hopeful in the possibility of reconciliation and express the fact that they will go to any length to show their love.
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