Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions

sally1112
Broadway Legend
joined:4/13/04
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:22am
Hey Friends,

I am making a mix tape, and need your help. What are some of the best unrequited love songs from shows? Yes, I'm in a mood today!! Thanks.
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:34am
"On My Own" from "Les Miserables" is the first one that pops into my head
"Someone Like You" from "Jekyll and Hyde"
"Once Upon a Dream" from "Jekyll and Hyde" could be argued to be that
"There's a Fine, Fine Line" from "Avenue Q"
"Goodnight My Someone" from "The Music Man" kind of is-she doesn't know who her 'someone' is just yet
There are some exchanges in "Phantom" that talk about unrequited love (Stranger Than You Dreamt it, Down Once More)
Wynbish
Broadway Legend
joined:4/27/12
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:34am
Will he like me? (Kinda)

If I told you



Updated On: 10/19/12 at 10:34 AM
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:35am
"One Kind Word" from Juno is beautiful.
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:38am
"Not A Day Goes By" reprise from the OCR of Merrily We Roll Along. "Frank Mills" - Hair. "The Money Tree" - The Act. "Unworthy of Your Love" - Assassins. "In This Wide, Wide World" - Gigi. "Look of Love" - Leader of the Pack. "Whoever You Are, I Love You" - Promises, Promises.
PapaGe
Understudy
joined:6/11/12
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:40am
"Easy to Love" from Born to Dance by Cole Porter
humbugfoto
Broadway Legend
joined:6/16/07
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:48am
"Fifty Percent" from BALLROOM. Would that qualify?
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f13overture
Stand-by
joined:3/9/10
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:50am
Note sure if some of these count...

"Lida Rose/Will I Ever Tell You?" from The Music Man
"Who Will Love Me As I Am?" from Side Show
"She Was There" from The Scarlet Pimpernel
"What Do You Do" from Death Takes a Holiday
"As Long As He Needs Me" from Oliver
"If I Can't Love Her" from Beauty and the Beast
"Too Many Mornings" from Follies
"Losing My Mind" from Follies
"Someone to Watch Over Me" from ??
"On the Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady

and i second "On My Own" from Les Miz - that was the 1st song that popped in my head, too.
Updated On: 10/19/12 at 10:50 AM
michellek45
Leading Actor
joined:5/20/11
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:55am
"Easy To Be Hard"- Hair
"I Know Him So Well"- Chess
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:55am
By definition, an unrequited love song would be about one who loves and one who doesn't (or at least is believed not to love).

So songs like "Fifty Percent" (in which she sings, "but he says he loves me, and I believe it's true") and "Easy To Love" (a flirtation song between two people who are in love, but not stating it yet) don't really fit...
madbrian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/1/06
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 10:55am
The Street Where You Live, from My Fair Lady
"It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are 20 gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg." -- Thomas Jefferson
StageManager2
Broadway Legend
joined:10/21/05
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 11:01am
"Not that Girl," Wicked
"Dulcinea," Man of La Mancha
"It's a Perfect Relationship," Bells are Ringing
"I Don't Know How to Love Him," Jesus Christ Superstar
"If I Can't Love Her," Beauty and the Beast
"Music of the Night," The Phantom of the Opera




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Updated On: 10/19/12 at 11:01 AM
lotiloti
Leading Actor
joined:1/23/06
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 11:04am
By the Sea. Sweeney Todd ?
PapaGe
Understudy
joined:6/11/12
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 11:05am
So songs like "Fifty Percent" (in which she sings, "but he says he loves me, and I believe it's true") and "Easy To Love" (a flirtation song between two people who are in love, but not stating it yet) don't really fit...

I was thinking of the verse ("I know too well that I'm/Just wasting precious time/In thinking such a thing could be/That you could ever care for me"). I'll admit I don't know the context in the show, but I think as a standalone it *sort of* works as an unrequited love song.

f130verture, I love the song "She Was There" but I don't think it counts. Percy and Marguerite never stop loving each other, which is why most of the show is so tragic. "She Was There" is the song in which his love for her is vindicated, essentially.

Updated On: 10/19/12 at 11:05 AM
f13overture
Stand-by
joined:3/9/10
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 11:10am
f130verture, I love the song "She Was There" but I don't think it counts. Percy and Marguerite never stop loving each other, which is why most of the show is so tragic. "She Was There" is the song in which his love for her is vindicated, essentially.

Ah, Thanks. I never saw the show - just listened to the cast album.
PapaGe
Understudy
joined:6/11/12
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 11:14am
Ah, Thanks. I never saw the show - just listened to the cast album.

I love that album :)
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 12:04pm
"Only Love" is more about unrequited love than "She Was There" and even that's pushing it.
PapaGe
Understudy
joined:6/11/12
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 12:07pm
"Where's the Girl" is, I think, the only real unrequited love song in the show.
GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 12:21pm
Losing My Mind is the ultimate.
I leave the room smiling.
Someone in a Tree2
Broadway Star
joined:10/9/12
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 12:40pm
Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music.

By the way, "Someone to Watch Over Me" is from O Kay. But not really a song about unrequited love (love for someone who doesn't return the affection).
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 12:59pm
"Someone to Watch Over Me" falls into the same category as "Goodnight, My Someone". The singer doesn't know WHO the 'someone' is and the 'someone' is unable to return the affection.

I still say "Only Love" could be construed as an unrequited love song.
artscallion
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/07
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 01:32pm
Most of "Passion" is about unrequited love. And I find it interesting because, while most songs about the subject are sung from the point of view doing the loving, many in Passion are from the point of view of the person who is not returning the love. There are also several from Fosca's POV as well as Clara's when Georgio begins to drift away from her towards Fosca.

"Is This What You Call Love?"
"Transition"
"Flashback"
"I Wish I Could Forget You"
"Farewell Letter"
all have some element of unrequited love about them.
Art has a double face, of expression and illusion.
WOSQ
Broadway Legend
joined:7/18/03
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 01:42pm
"The Gentleman Is A Dope" from Allegro

and
the nastiest you-hurt-me-so-now-I'm-going-to-try-to-hurt-you song that might fit under the heading of unrequited love:

"I Don't Ever Want To See You Again" from Dance a Little Closer, a one performance flop by Alan Jay Lerner and Charles Strouse.
"If my life weren't funny, it would just be true. And that would be unacceptable." --Carrie Fisher
adam.peterson44
Broadway Star
joined:9/7/11
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 03:04pm
"You Should Be Loved" from Side Show is a beautiful and powerful example of unrequited love, gorgeously sung by Norm Lewis on the cast recording.

And like several others, "On My Own" from Les Miserables was the first that came to my mind as well.

Also seconding "I'm Not That Girl" from Wicked, and i would add in a similar vein: "I Could Be That Guy" from Sister Act
wonkit
Broadway Legend
joined:9/30/08
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 03:30pm
"Lie to Me" form WOMEN ON THE VERGE?
justoldbill
Broadway Star
joined:10/17/07
Best Unrequited Love Songs Suggestions
Posted: 10/19/12 at 06:10pm
Love Look Away - FLOWER DRUM SONG
Well-well-well-what-do-you-think-of-that-I-have-nothing-here-to-pay-my-train-fare-with-only-large-bills-fives-and-sevens....

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