Let’s face it – a perfect relationship doesn’t exist. Every love, no matter how strong it seems, has its ups and downs. The music world is full of cheesy love songs, but if you want to fight for your relationship and try to fix things, here are some of our favorite tunes that express those emotions perfectly:
Focus by H.E.R.
H.E.R. is slowly making a name for herself. The audience adores her sound and straightforward lyrics that unpack complicated feelings we rarely hear about in pop music. Focus is no different as it describes a relationship where one side lacks attention from the other. However, they want to make things work and stay together. The song is an absolute hit among R&B fans and has more than 100 million streams on YouTube.
Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
Released in 1972, Let’s Stay Together is a true classic by incredibly talented Al Green. The theme of this song is compromising. Green believes that it is okay to do everything to make the other person happy. And we completely agree with him. Let’s Stay Together is a lovely tune that will motivate you to fight for a relationship. Several well-known artists covered it, most notably Tina Turner. It has 188 million views on YouTube.
Stupid Love by Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga experimented with various sounds in the last decade, so her return to the electro-pop roots in 2020 was widely praised by critics. Stupid Love was the lead single from her sixth album Chromatica and was seen as Gaga’s comeback in a way. The song mainly speaks about courage after heartbreak. However, the lyrics can also be interpreted as a fight for love. The video was viewed more than 146 million times on YouTube.
Fight for This Love by Cheryl
Fight for This Love was the first solo single by a member of Girls Aloud, Cheryl (known back then as Cheryl Cole). This forgotten jam was inspired by her marriage problems. Cheryl’s turbulent relationship with Ashley Cole, an English footballer, found its way to tabloids week after week in the 2000s. Cheryl wanted to fight for their marriage, as heard in this track. The video has 92 million streams on YouTube at the moment.
Wolves by Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez completely reinvented herself thanks to various collaborations with EDM producers. She is no longer considered to be just another Disney star. The song Wolves was released in 2017 and became an instant chart-topper. It features the signature Selena Gomez vocal performance, with motivating lyrics that tell a story of someone who will do anything to get to their lover. Millions of listeners (457 million to be precise) have streamed this song on YouTube.
Rebellious Love by Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello is incredibly underrated and deserves all the attention they could get. Their seemingly cheerful tunes often deal with serious social issues. But now and then, we also get phenomenal love songs. Rebellious Love is a fan favorite. The lyrics are about a passionate relationship with many obstacles on its way. Unfortunately, this song has around 200 000 streams on YouTube across several videos, but it is worth a listen.
Sweet Baby by Macy Gray
Some might say that Macy Gray is a one-hit-wonder, and that is so far from the truth. Yes, it was impossible to escape her smash hit I Try back in 1999, but Gray has been steadily releasing quality music for more than twenty years now. Sweet Baby was a lead single from Gray’s second album, and it featured two amazing musicians – Erykah Badu and John Frusciante. It tells a story of a connection and all the ups and downs in a relationship. Sweet Baby has 2.7 million plays on YouTube.
505 by Arctic Monkeys
505 by Arctic Monkeys is not the perfect love song. It tells a story of a potentially broken relationship, but one side is not ready to give up, no matter how bad things are. Since Alex Turner often sings about his personal experiences, 505 may be autobiographical. All we know is that Turner wrote it on his way to New York to meet his then-girlfriend. This song is featured on Arctic Monkey’s second album, Favorite Worst Nightmare, and has 133 million views on YouTube.
Afterglow by Taylor Swift
While most think that Taylor Swift’s discography is all about breakup songs, there are so many bops about saving a relationship and fighting for love in there too. Afterglow is the perfect example of that. Featured on Lover, this song is about saying sorry. The lyrics also reveal a determination to do better. Afterglow is a catchy tune that should have been a single. It has more than 13 million streams on YouTube.
Don’t Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes
Brittany Howard is currently pursuing her solo career, but her work with Alabama Shakes is exquisite. Howard’s powerful voice and songwriting skills set her apart from her peers and helped the band win many prestigious awards, including two Grammys. Don’t Wanna Fight is a bluesy song about a rocky relationship in which both sides are at war. Howard’s powerful voice makes this song stand out immediately. The breathtaking live version of Don’t Wanna Fight has more than 20 million views on YouTube.
He Won’t Go by Adele
He Won’t Go is Adele at her best. The heartfelt ballad from her album 21 tells the story of two lovers who don’t want to throw in the towel, even though people around them keep saying they are not for each other. The album had bigger releases, but He Won’t Go is among the fan favorites. The song has more than 21 million views on YouTube.
Let’s Stick Together by Brian Ferry
Let’s Stick Together is a pure masterpiece with a lively vibe. First recorded by Wilbert Harrison, Ferry created his version of this timeless tune and conquered the music charts. He was already famous for his work with Roxy Music, so the audience was eager to hear his solo work. From unforgettable sax solo to the appearance of Jerry Hall in the video and lyrics about making a long-term relationship stronger, Let’s Stick Together is a perfect choice for this list. Unsurprisingly, the video has 6 million views on YouTube.
We Belong Together by Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey and her exquisite vocals ruled the 90s. But when the new millennium started, most critics thought that her career was over. Mariah proved everyone wrong after the release of We Belong Together in 2005. This smash-hit launched her straight to the top of the music charts. As you might have guessed from the title, We Belong Together is about willingness to work on relationship problems. Mariah’s harmonies are magical and hypnotizing on this track. The video has 498 million views on YouTube.
Dusk Till Dawn by Zayn and Sia
After leaving One Direction, Zayn took a short break from music. Then he started working on his solo career. He didn’t want to be just another pop sensation, so he focused on adding more R&B to his sound. But joining forces with Sia resulted in this breathtaking pop ballad that tells a story of endless love. Dusk Till Dawn surpassed 1 billion plays on YouTube. It is well on its way to reaching 2 billion soon.
Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Maps is not only one of the best love songs, but the lyrics are about not giving up on a relationship. The famous line Wait, they don’t love you like I love you was penned by Karen O for her then-boyfriend Angus Andrews from Liars. Up to that point, Yeah Yeah Yeahs were ruling the New York music scene. Maps helped the band achieve international success, and the video for this song was on heavy rotation on MTV. It currently has more than 74 million plays on YouTube.
Lover, You Should’ve Come Over by Jeff Buckley
Inspired by Jeff Buckley’s breakup with Rebecca Moore, Lover, You Should’ve Come Over is not a typical song about fighting for love. Instead, it is about realizing that you can’t live without someone and the willingness to give a relationship another try because it’s not too late. It is such a heartbreaking tune, and Buckley’s performance is stunning. Lover, You Should’ve Come Over has over 2 million plays on YouTube.
We Need a Resolution by Aaliyah
Even though we lost Aaliyah more than twenty years ago, her songs still sound like they were released yesterday. She was an artist way ahead of her time. We Need a Resolution is well-produced and masterfully written. The song is about a woman willing to resolve all the misunderstandings with her love interest. Aaliyah’s music was absent from the streaming services until September 2021, so hopefully, younger generations will discover and explore her discography. The official video was uploaded to YouTube just a couple of months ago, so it currently has less than 1 million views.
Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar
Initially imagined as a ballad, Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield became an upbeat pop tune after experimentation with drum machines. A fun music video pretty much guaranteed a lot of airplay for this track on MTV back in 1983. Love is a Battlefield was reintroduced to a younger generation of millennials in an iconic movie, 13 Going on 30, in which Jennifer Garner’s character travels through time. The video has more than 40 million views on YouTube at the moment.
Love Me Again by John Newman
Love Me Again was a massive hit in 2013. The soulful tune made John Newman a household name first in Europe and then worldwide. The song is about making mistakes and hoping that the lover is willing to give them another chance. It was featured in several movies and shows. However, the most notable appearance was on the soundtrack of FIFA 14. Love Me Again has the potential to become a classic. It has more than 830 million plays on YouTube and is still popular today.
Try by Pink
Pink is an artist who has always been open about her struggles, including her rocky relationship with Carey Hart, a motocross racer. They have been through a lot, including separation. So if anyone can sing about fighting for love, it is Pink. Try is an emotional song that encourages a listener to never give up, regardless of everything. The video, which has 495 million views on YouTube, complements this tune with a contemporary dance performance by the singer herself.
We have reached the end of our list of songs about fighting for love. Hopefully, you have discovered some new music along the way. If you are going through a rough patch at the moment, hang in there. Let’s close this text with a quote from the magnificent Keanu Reeves: “If you don’t fight for your love, then what kind of love do you have?”
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