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You're in the friend zone if you have a one-way romantic attraction to a friend. Here are pop, rock, R&B, and country songs about the friend zone: struggling to tell a friend you love them, flirting, and rejecting a friend as a dating partner.

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The Friend Zone: A Close, yet Unattainable Potential Love Match

A guy asks his female friend to go to the movies. He doesn't specify that he's asking for a date, so his prospective love interest invites two mutual friends to go as well. The aspiring Romeo spends the movie sitting two seats over from her. The poor guy got friend zoned and didn't even see it coming.

The friend zone refers to one person in a friendship being interested in becoming more than "just friends." The person is either afraid to reveal their attraction or they do reveal their romantic feelings and are rebuffed. As a result, they ache longingly for their pal, a close, yet unattainable potential love match.

You've probably been to the friend zone or banished someone else there. Inhabitants of the friend zone report that it is a vast, cold wasteland filled with what-ifs and if-onlys. Word is that it's hard to escape from there.

If the friend zone is all too familiar to you, then make a playlist. Alternatively, select a favorite song from our long list of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs to either

help convince your crush to see you as more than "just friends" orreject a friend who is looking for more from you.

Good luck in finding love outside of the friend zone.

1. "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon

As a child of the 80s, I can vouch that we friend zoned each other back then, too, although we didn't have any clever names for the phenomenon. This 1984 rock song describes the internal struggle of whether to spill your guts about your attraction or just keep pining away and not risk the friendship.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I can't fight this feeling any longerAnd yet I'm still afraid to let it flowWhat started out as friendship has grown strongerI only wish I had the strength to let it show.

2. "FRIENDS" by Marshmello & Anne-Marie

Do you need to put that persistent someone squarely in the friend zone where they belong? If so, then use this friend zone anthem because it leaves absolutely zero room for confusion.

The narrator in this 2018 electronic pop number has a friend she's known since they were kids, and she looks upon him as a brother. However, he must have gotten hit in the head with a rock or something because now he's casting goo-goo eyes her way, wanting to get his happy on. Even worse, he's utterly unrelenting.

She doesn't want her old friend to mess up their relationship by talking about sexual attraction. That will only push her away further. She's made her feelings so clear that she literally spells it out for him. Why can't he understand that "no" means "no"?

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Haven't I made it obvious?Haven't I made it clear?Want me to spell it out for you?F-R-I-E-N-D-S.

3. "You Belong with Me" by Taylor Swift

The girl-next-door in this 2009 country crossover song has fallen hard for a male friend. However, he's dating a popular cheerleader who doesn't value him. The snobby girlfriend doesn't like his type of music, doesn't get his humor, and doesn't know his story like his friend does.

The narrator watches their relationship and yearns for him. She waits for the guy to recognize that his girlfriend isn't right for him at all, whereas true love has been waiting for him all along.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Can't you see that I'm the one who understands youBeen here all along, so why can't you see?You belong with me.

4. "Whenever I Call You Friend" by Stevie Nicks and Kenny Loggins

On occasion, a person is able to move their relationship out of the friend zone and rev up a romance with their friend. Don't kid yourself though. You and your friend-turned-lover won't ever forget the platonic place where you started. The lovers in this 1978 soft rock duet look at each other and see the friend they've always had in each other. Isn't that a good thing though?

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I see myself within your eyesAnd that's all I need to show me whyEverything I do, always takes me home to you ever and ever.

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5. "Baby" by Justin Bieber (featuring Ludacris)

Back in 2010, a fresh-faced Justin Bieber laments that his first love has broken his heart by kicking him to the friend zone. He'd do anything for her and can't believe they've broken up. The Biebster offers to buy her anything to make her happy. The video of this song is both one of the most viewed and most disliked videos on YouTube.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Are we an item? Girl, quit playin'We're just friends, what are you sayin'?

6. "Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon

Psychologically, some people are walking wounded, hurt and haunted by the past, confused about what they want, and unwilling (or not ready yet) to seek help. This alternative rock song from 2000 features a friend of one such person.

He adores her, but like other potential romantic partners of hers, he has been relegated to the friend zone. Of course, this leaves him confused. (Hey, sometimes, it's not about YOU, okay?)

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I am everything you wantI am everything you needI am everything inside of youThat you wish you could beI say all the right thingsAt exactly the right timeBut I mean nothing to you, and I don't know why.

7. "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos

This 1971 classic rock song was named to Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." The man in this tune has it really bad for a woman he's given comfort and a sympathetic ear to when another man has broken her heart. For him, it's misery sitting in the friend zone. She has him feeling foolish and begging on his knees that a future for them is possible.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I tried to give you consolationWhen your old man had let you down.Like a fool, I fell in love with you,Turned my whole world upside down.

8. "Not in That Way" by Sam Smith

Sam Smith's pained voice captures the anguish one feels when they fall deeply in love with a friend and feel certain it's a one-way love affair. In the somber 2014 ballad, the narrator describes his reluctance to keep his feelings to himself for fear of rejection. But here's the thing: you never know if you don't ask. What's more painful than rejection is never knowing for sure.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I'd never ask you cause deep downI'm certain I know what you'd sayYou'd say I'm sorry, believe meI love you, but not in that way.

9. "Friend Zone" by Danielle Bradbery

After winning the 2013 season of NBC show The Voice, this young country singer went on to release this 2015 song. Critics seemed to think the tune was not quite ready for music prime time, however. The song claims that the secret to success with a girl is spending money on her. Failure to do that will land a guy in the friend zone. Most girls aren't that shallow, however. As a general rule, most human beings want respect and to feel valued. That doesn't have to be expensive.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

You think you're doing just fineOoh, she got you on the sidelineYou think you're flying towards the end zoneYou're just headed towards the friend zone.

10. "Don't Let Go" by En Vogue

Friend Zone Lyrics:

What's it gonna be 'cause I can't pretend?Don't you wanna be more than friends?

The woman in this 1996 R&B ditty is stuck in the friend zone, and she's begging to get outta there. She's consumed with thoughts of holding her BFF tight, lovemaking, and even wearing his clothes. Aching for an end to her misery, she tries to convince her friend to set her free and make her a lover.

11. "To Be with You" by Mr. Big

The guy in this 1991 hard rock song lays it all out on the line when the girl he secretly loves is left heartbroken by her boyfriend. He's tired of watching and waiting on the sidelines, listening patiently to her as she complains about what the boyfriend has done lately to disappoint her. He knows he can show her love and make her smile in a way that the boyfriend can't. She just needs to give him a chance.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I'm the one who wants to be with you (I'm the one)Deep inside I hope you feel it too (feel it too)Waited on a line of greens and blues (waited on a line)Yeah, just to be the next to be with you.

12. "Teardrops on My Guitar" by Taylor Swift

Have you ever had that awkward, secret crush on a friend but they keep going on and on about someone else they like? Your friend gushes about them, asks you dating advice, and even confides that they are in love with this other person.

That's the scenario the narrator in this 2007 country crossover song finds herself in. Being hopelessly friend zoned makes her cry when her crush isn't around, but it does give her plenty to write and sing about. As with most of Taylor Swift's songs, it's based on a real person, a guy that she used to go to school with but never dated.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won't seeThat I want and I'm needing everything that we should beI'll bet she's beautiful, that girl he talks aboutAnd she's got everything that I have to live without.

13. "More Than Friends" by Jason Mraz (featuring Meghan Trainor)

If you're looking for the perfect song to tell your longtime friend that you want something more, then this mellow 2018 pop ditty is it. It describes how fulfilling the friendship is and how the narrator wants to take the crush that she has on her friend and turn it into a genuine romantic relationship, provided that he feels the same way.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I wanna be more than friendsI wanna be more than friendsI wanna tell everyone you're takenAnd take your hand until the endI wanna be more than friends.

14. "Just Friends" by Hayden James (featuring Boy Matthews)

Friends with benefits (FWB) relationships are intended to involve sexual intimacy without the messiness of emotional commitment or romance. But here's the thing: repeatedly bumping uglies with your good buddy can come with unexpected complications.

This catchy, danceable pop tune from 2018 is an FWB anthem. Released by an Australian artist, it didn't chart in the US but has done well on YouTube. The tune's narrator has realized a little too late that he's fallen in love with his friend and doesn't know where to go with these new feelings. So complicated!

Friend Zone Lyrics:

When you say my name So casual touch, my hand I stop and play it cool Like I'm not into you But I'm just lying.

15. "Something to Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt

Sometimes you're in love with your friend and everyone around you realizes it except for you. Perhaps it takes a little gossip to make you wake up to the truth.

In this bluesy rock number from 1991, a woman discloses to her friend that she's been hearing rumors that they are an item. People think that they stand too close, laugh too loud, and stare too long to be platonic. Recognizing that the rumors are right, the woman suggests spicing up their relationship:

Friend Zone Lyrics:

People are talkin', talkin' 'bout people,I hear them whisper, you won't believe it.They think we're lovers kept under cover,I just ignore it but they keep sayin' we... .

16. "Just Friends" by Ally Barron

Are you hopelessly in love with a friend who is dating someone else? If so, then this is the perfect song. You sit on the sidelines, offering them emotional support for their relationship troubles while also secretly wishing that it fizzles.

This 2017 pop ballad describes the anguish of waiting for someone you love to recognize that you can be so much more than their good buddy. Don't they feel the spark and dream about you, too?

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I watch you watchin’ meWhile your sittin’ next to herBut I’m still gonna be the friend you need, even if it hurts.

17. "It Hurts" by Angels & Airwaves

The guy in this 2006 rock song has crossed a line with his female best friend, and there's no going back. He knows she's deceptive and full of both excuses and alcohol. He also senses their relationship won't end well. Still, they are irresistibly drawn to one another.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Her lips were the last thing touched tonightYour best friend is not your girlfriend.

18. "Like a Friend" by Blue

You meet somebody who's just perfect for you, and you instantly connect. But there's just one problem: they're happily committed to somebody else. What do you do? In this 2002 pop song by British boy band, Blue, the narrator faces this frustrating dilemma. He decides to wait it out in the friend zone until he begins to fully grasp just how lonely it is there.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

But I know I can't have you and I can't live without you,But I guess I can't have it my way.For the lovin' I'm feeling, my heart is still breathing,Girl, how can you treat me this way?

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19. "Teenage Dirtbag" by Weatus

Occasionally the underdog actually wins the girl. That's the atomic plot twist in this international pop hit from 2000.

An Iron Maiden-loving social outcast has a crush on a classmate in his high school gym class, a popular girl with a big shot boyfriend. The outcast believes that neither one of them know who he is, and he's content to tell himself that his crush doesn't know what she's missing. At the prom, however, the girl approaches the teenage dirtbag and invites him to an Iron Maiden concert. Love blooms because of a common interest in music, baby.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

Oh, how she rocksIn Keds and tube socksBut she doesn't know who I amAnd she doesn't give a damn about me'Cause I'm just a teenage dirt bag, baby ... .

20. "Just Friends" by Jonas Brothers

The high school guy in this 2007 pop tune is getting way out over his skis. He's been friend zoned, but he has yet to get the message. As he walks through the halls with his female friend and waits for her one-word text responses, the friend zoned dude daydreams about their eventual marriage. Something tells me he has disappointing news in his future.

Friend Zone Lyrics:

I've been making lots of plansLike a picket fence and a rose gardenI just keep on dreamingBut it's cool 'cause we're just friends.


If you find yourself in the friend zone, it's best not to live there too long. It's a lonely place that is hard to climb out of.

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Even More Songs About the Friend Zone

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Song & Year ReleasedArtistFriend Zone Lyrics

21. Just Friends (1980)

Kool & The Gang

Never really lovers, just friends / Tell me girl, is this the end / Never really lovers, just friends / I cannot hide this feeling inside now / I know for sure, we were just friends

22. We're Just Friends (2016)

Loving Caliber and Anders Lydell

Dreaming of your kisses, in the night time / Knowing what I'm missing but I still lie / Hey, I say I'm doing alright, I'm fine / But I'm scattered, we're just friends

23. Just a Friend (2014)

Jamie Grace

Why can't you just see what I see / When you say I'm just a friend, you tell me I'm just a friend / I think I could make you happy / But you say I'm just a friend, you tell me I’m just a friend

24. Just Friends (2006)

Amy Winehouse

I want to touch you / But that just hurts / When will we get / The time to be / Just, just friends?

25. Creme Brulee (1992)

Sonic Youth

I said it before and I'll say it again / "I'm so happy we're just friends"

26. Shiver (2000)


I'll always be waiting for you / So you know how much I need you / But you never even see me, do you / And is this is my final chance of getting you

27. We're Not Just Friends (2015)

Parks, Squres, and Alleys

I’ve got a friend / She calls me brother / There ain’t nobody we cannot live without / We don’t need nothing / Except each other

28. Just a Friend to You (2016)

Meghan Trainor

I loved you from the start / So it breaks my heart / When you say I'm just a friend to you / 'Cause friends don't do the things we do / Everybody knows you love me too

29. Just a Friend (2002)


Oh, baby you / Got what I need / But you say I'm just a friend

30. We're Just Friends (1999)


Over and over and over again / I say that were just friends / Forget the implications / Infatuations end

31. You See Friends (I See Lovers) (2003)


You keep running / I'll keep calling / 'Till you notice / You see friends, but I see lovers

32. Just Friends (2018)


You know I’m always here to keep you company, company / But I can’t help but feel it’s not enough for me / Maybe I don’t want to be just friends

33. Just Friends (1959)

Frank Sinatra

We loved, we laughed and we cried / Then suddenly love died / The story ends and we're just friends

34. Why Are We Still Friends (2002)

98 Degrees

We do almost everything that lovers do / And that’s why it’s hard, just to be friends with you / Every time your heart is broken by the fool / I want you to know that it hurts me, too

35. Crush (2005)

Davd Archuleta

Has it ever crossed your mind / When we're hanging, spending time girl, are we just friends? / Is there more, is there more?

36. Friendzone (2018)


You're in the friend zone now / Sorry but there's no way out / You thought she was flirting / She's texting you back / But now she says that you're reminding her of her dad

37. Say You're Just a Friend (2012)

Austin Mahone (featuring Flo Rida)

Hey, baby you, you got what I need / But you say you're just a friend

38. Friends (1996)

John Michael Montgomery

Friends slowly drift apart / They give away their hearts / Maybe call you now and then / But you want to be just friends.

39. Friends Don't (2018)

Maddie & Tae

They don't almost say "I love you" / When they're downtown somewhere, just a little drunk / They don't talk about the future and put each other in it / And get chills with every accidental touch

40. When Will I See You Again (1974)

The Three Degrees

When will I see you again? / Are we in love or just friends? / Is this my beginning or is this the end?

41. Cool Out (2018)

Imagine Dragons

Cool out, 'cause baby I don't think I'm the one for you

42. ABCD (Friend Zone) (2019)

PNB Rock

I wanna make you mine / I want more than conversations / I don't know how you could take it

43. I Hate This (2019)

Tenille Arts

‘Cause I know we said we'd just be friends / I can't lie and I can't pretend / Boy I've tried and bottom line / Is I still love you and I hate this

44. More Than Friends (2018)


Don't wanna love anybody but myself / I'm all I need, don't need no help from you / And I can't pretend that we're more than friends / 'Cause it just ain't true

45. Never Be the Same (2000)

Melanie C (featuring Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes)

It's not a secret anymore / Now we've opened up the door / Starting tonight and from now on / We'll never, never be the same again.

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46. Don't Wanna Be More Than Just Friends (2011)

Ellie Lawson

Don't wanna be more than just friends / I don't know if it's real or if it's just pretend

47. Friends Don't Kiss Friends (2018)

Studio Black & Emily Burns

Cause we all know that friends they don't kiss friends / Tell me how you see this whole thing ends / Know these days are numbered, though we have each other I don't wanna pressure, but friends don't kiss friends

48. Friends Unknown (1974)

Donna Summer

I'd like to tell him that I need him bad / But I'm afraid if I do I might lose / The only friend that I have

49. Sleeping with a Friend (2014)

Neon Trees

It could be lethal / Sleeping with a friend

50. The End (2010)

Best Coast

You say that we're just friends / But I want this til the end

51. Closer Than Friends (1988)


Right now we're just friends / But baby I pray some day / You'll surrender to love so tender

52. More Than Friends (2014)

Victoria Duffield

You got me holding my breath / Got me tongue tied / I can't lie / I wanna be more than friends

53. More Than Just Friends (2001)

CeCe Winans

I want to be more than just your sister / I want to be more than next of kin / Gotta be more than just your brother / I want to be more than just a friend / All I want to be is everything / I want to be more

54. Kiss Me Now (1976)

Diana Ross

Each and every day, baby / I've been hoping that you will give in / Give in, give in, give in / You mean more to me than just a friend

55. Wish U Was My Girl (2001)


Don`t give a damn about your man / I don`t want to be just friends / I don`t want nobody else / I just want to have all to myself

56. Boyfriend (2010)

Best Coast

I wish he was my boyfriend / I'd love him to the very end / But instead he's just a friend

57. Picture Perfect (2000)

Angela Via

All of this time / Guess I must have been blind / Not to see you and me / We're picture perfect

58. Best Friend (2013)


So tell me why, tell me why, Why can't you see? / Everytime you're kissing her in front of me / It hurts, I'm human, Baby

59. Something That We're Not (2013)

Demi Lovato

You wanna be more than just friends / I can't go through this again / Stop trying get inside my head / Don't wanna do more than hookup

60. Save the Best for Last (1992)

Vanessa Williams

Sometimes the very thing / You're looking for / Is the one thing you can't see

61. Prettiest Friend (2005)

Jason Mraz

Trying not to make all my moves in one motion and scare her away / Well she can't see she's making me crazy now / I don't believe she knows she's amazing how / She has me holding my breath

62. Lies (2017)


I heard you told your friends that I'm just not your type / If that's how you really feel, then why'd you call last night?

63. How Am I Supposed to Live Without You (1989)

Michael Bolton

And how can I blame you / When I build my world around / The hope that one day / We'd be so much more than friends?

64. The Other Side (2013)

Tonight Alive

And do you think of me at night / I still wish we could've made it right / You can't say that I never tried / I guess everything seems more clear / Here on the other side

65. I Wish You Loved Me (2007)

Tynisha Kelly

Baby, I know I'm your friend, but I want to be much more

66. Lead Me On (1978)

Maxine Nightingale

I have often heard you say / You love me as a friend / But I love you more than anyone / You know I can't pretend no longer.

67. New Light (2018)

John Mayer

Oh, you don't think twice 'bout me / And maybe you're right to doubt me, but / But if you give me just one night / You're gonna see me in a new light

68. Damn Good Friends (2012)

Elle Varner

I long for you / It kills me to pretend / I’m not in love when I so am / But you don’t understand / That we’re such / Damn good friends / We could be a whole lot more