One of the principal subgenres of MusicalTheater song, and very common in the Jazz Standards and traditional pop repertoire. A torch song is a sentimental ballad about lost or unrequited love, typically performed by a woman: the singer is still "holding a torch" for someone who (they think) doesn't or can't love them back.

The genre is most closely associated with the Great American Songbook era of the 1920s to 1950s or so, but newer musicals often still have songs that fit this category.

TheChanteuse is often seen performing one of these. A performer who specializes in these songs is called a "torch singer".
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!!Examples:

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* "Someone Like You" by Music/{{Adele}}
* "Grenade" by Music/BrunoMars
* "The Flame" by Music/CheapTrick
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* "The Man That Got Away" from ''Film/AStarIsBorn''
* "Maybe This Time" from ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}''
* "Tell Me Lies" from ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance''
* "Perpetually Almost" from ''Theatre/{{Finale}}'' is a rare male example of this, when Alex sings about his love for Tyler, who is in a relationship with Dylan.
* "Losing My Mind" from ''Theatre/{{Follies}}''
* "Hopelessly Devoted to You" from ''Theatre/{{Grease}}''
* "Satisfied" from ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' has Angelica singing about how she's in love with Alexander, who is in love with her sister Eliza.
* "On My Own" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables''is Eponine singing about how she's in love with Marius, while he's in love with Cosette and only views her as a friend.
* "The Boy Next Door" from ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis''
* "I'm Not That Girl" is sung twice in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', once when Elphaba has a LoveRealization with Fiyero, and then Glinda sings it when Fiyero leaves to be with Elphaba.
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* "It's Over, Isn't It?" from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' contains Pearl singing about how she loved Rose Quartz, who was in love with Greg.
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