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  • Vanessa Carlton's song "Rinse" is about all unrequited love, and it states that the girl in the song should give up her love for a guy who doesn't love her back but can't.
  • Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour":
    In the cafe or sometimes on a crowded street
    I've been near you, but you never notice me.
  • "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" by Meat Loaf: The singer can't love the girl he's singing to, because he's in love with another woman who, true to the trope, doesn't love him.
  • "Everybody Plays the Fool", a song with famous versions by R&B group The Main Ingredient and by Aaron Neville.
  • The Submarines' "Xavia" puts it quite succinctly;
    Why is it that no two people feel the same way at the same time?
  • The Korean Vocaloid See U's song "Mission" is a fine example of this trope;
    My heart weakens as I think of you in the middle of the night
    Yet you wouldn't even realize my feelings towards you even in my dreams.
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  • Patrick Stump's "Everybody Wants Somebody":
    Everybody wants somebody
    Who doesn't want them,
    Or wants somebody else, baby
  • The Burning Hell's song "Grave Situation, Part 3" describes a love quadrangle involving "a man who loved a man who loved a woman who loved another man"
  • In "Living Next Door to Alice", most successfully covered by Smokie, the narrator has been in love with his neighbor for 24 years, but couldn't tell her. And now she's moving away. Meanwhile, the narrator's friend, Sally has been in love with him for 24 years, but he ignored her because of Alice.
  • Kate Nash's song "The Nicest Thing"
  • Marv Johnson's 1961 single "Merry Go Round"
  • Elton John brings a gay perspective to the trope in "Elton's Song".
  • "The Story of Nothing!" by The Aquabats! is about a guy being hit by the realization that his crush doesn't seem to know he exists.
    True love, the birds would sing
    And trees would call her name as she walked by
    Love was grand, until the magic day
    She turned me into…

    Nothing! Let's talk about something else
    I'm starting not to see myself
    She went so far away
    But I still see her every day
  • With the exception of Natsuki and Yuu, none of the romance in Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~ seem to go anywhere:
    • Kotaro has a crush Hina, but she likes Koyuki, who is in love with Natsuki.
    • Souta fell in Love at First Sight with Akari, who's not really interested in romance yet (although the official website mention that she might have a liking for Haruki).
    • Weirdly, Haruki and Mio have unrequited love for each other. They're both interested, but neither found the courage to confess until they both graduated and moved on from each other.
  • Vertical Horizon's "Everything You Want" is about pining for someone who doesn't love you back.
  • "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos is about Eric Clapton being in love with his best friend's wife.
  • "Black" by Pearl Jam.
  • "Catch the Wind" by Donovan.
  • Tame Impala's "The Less I Know the Better": the narrator is dismayed that the object of his affection is sleeping around with an idiot called Trevor.
    She said, "It's not now or never
    Wait ten years, we'll be together"
    I said, "Better late than never
    Just don't make me wait forever"
  • "Shiver" by Coldplay.
  • "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
  • The Turtles' "Happy Together" is this despite the upbeat, cheery tune.
  • Unrequited love, and relationships with people who are taken occur frequently as themes in Hobo Johnson's songs. "Peach Scone" and "Mover Awayer" are pretty much all about loving someone who's not interested.

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