Distance, they say, makes the heart grow fonder. As true as this is, such distance can be heart-wrenching. It could be the literal distance of being in two places miles apart or of a lover who left, or worse still, the loss of a loved one in death. Whatever it might be, the feelings that come with missing someone dear can bring great pain.

These 13 songs can help heal your aching heart, shortening the distance, and bring hearts closer.

The promise – Tracy Chapman

“If you think of me, if you missed me once in a while, then I’ll return to you, I will return and fill that space in your heart, remembering your touch, kiss, your warm embrace”

This song prompts you to wait on his promise. You are reminded of the good times, knowing that you’re on his mind, as he is in yours. So, keep holding a place for him in your heart.

Wish you were here – Pink Floyd

“How I wish, how I wish you were here. We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl, year after year”

Not only is this a great choice of music, but it’s also especially soothing if you have lost a loved one through death and feel like the sun has been taken out of your sky. In such sadness, it helps you connect to the singer as he seems to understand just how you feel.

Somebody’s missing you – Dolly Parton

“Somebody’s missing you, longs to be kissing you, you’d better listen, you mean all the world to me. You’re on somebody’s mind, just don’t waste all the time, bet you already know, somebody’s missing you”

This is the perfect song to send to your loved one, letting them know how much you miss him. Trust me, it expresses missing someone in the simplest, beautiful words.

Have you ever – Westlife

“Have you ever loved somebody so much it makes you cry, have you ever needed something so much you can’t sleep at night”

You can listen to this when you are really missing that special person who means worlds to you even though you know you don’t mean as much to him or her.

I’d rather go blind – Beyonce

“I would rather, I would rather go blind than see you walk away from me”

When you planned forever but it’s already over and you just can’t deal with how much you miss him already, listen to this. It will put your feelings in words. You could cry to release pent up feelings, which is just fine.

I miss you – Beyonce

“I miss you like every day, wanna be with you, but you’re away”

Bridge the distance between your hearts with this not-so-fast-paced song that gets you in your feelings.

Long distance – Brandy

“With you is where I’d rather be, but we’re stuck where we are and it’s so hard you’re so far, this long distance is killing me”

If you’re in a long distance relationship or you both are just going to be apart for a while, add this to your playlist.

Stay – Rihanna

“Not really sure how to feel about it, something in the way you move, makes me feel I can’t live without you, it takes me all the way, I want you to stay”

When the feeling of missing them is unbearable and you just want to wallow some, listen to Stay. It might not be so uplifting but if you can connect with the song, you may feel better.

Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran

“And I’m thinking out loud, people fall in love in mysterious ways… well me I fall in love with you every single day”

Renew your vows to love each other though apart.

Say something – Christina Aguilera

“Say something I’m giving up on you, I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you. Anywhere, I would have followed you, say something I’m giving up on you”

When you don’t want to let go and you need a reason to stay but none is forthcoming or when he is away and he doesn’t look back, you can find a way to express yourself via this song.

Too good at goodbyes – Sam Smith

“I’m never gonna let you close to me, even though you mean the most to me, cause every time I open up, it hurts. So I’m never gonna get too close to you even when I mean the most to you, in case you go and leave me in the dirt”

Listen to this when you miss him but don’t want to get hurt again while learning to mean your goodbye.

The heart wants what it wants – Selena Gomez

“The bed’s getting cold and you’re not here, the future that we hold is so unclear but I’m not alive until you call”

This comes in handy when you miss a “disappearing act” when you know you deserve better but still miss him.

Try sleeping with a broken heart – Alicia Keys

“Even if you are a million miles away, I could still feel you in my bed”

This song can help you put your thoughts into perspective after a loved one leaves, either a fiancé or a spouse. It helps you hold on to the beautiful moments while trying to sort yourself out.

Wish you were here – Avril Lavigne

“You’re always there, you’re everywhere but right now, I wish you were”

For those of you who are lovesick and miss your partner so much, you can sulk on this one.

It is true that we only truly feel a song and understand its lyrics when we are in a situation that the song describes. So, what’s your story? Pick a song that fits your story and see how much relief it can bring just knowing that the music understands you.