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In this article, we are going to share some of the best songs about secret love. Songs or music are an excellent tool for expressing our emotions. No matter what situation you can think of in your life, there is probably a song for that. One such situation can demand is songs about secret Love or forbidden Love.

Love can be the most unpredictable thing in the world. Sometimes people fall in love at the worst possible moment. You could be leading your everyday happy life, or you could be at your lowest puddle. Then someone walks into your life to help you stand up, but in the simplest of ways. Nevertheless, the situation or moral dictates that you cannot be with that person. And all of a sudden, love becomes complicated.

Fictionally, the most extravagant of all loves is the forbidden love between two people who are not supposed to be together. When people are in forbidden love, they have the most intense, intoxicating, and glorious experience imaginable. For some, they want to stay with a part of what they cannot have. Such is the romance of Romeo and Juliet.

Maybe you have had such experiences which can be termed as forbidden love. In this article, we are listing some great songs about secret love with whom you may be able to relate.

Best Songs About Secret Love

Uncover – Zara Larsson

The song is about a secret love that cannot become public. They are in love but, nobody sees and knows. And they wish to build a universe in this secrecy where they will only have each other.

In 2013, Uncover got release and peaked at number one on the official Swedish Singles Chart. This song beautifully explores the desires of people who are in a forbidden relationship.


Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston

A list of secret love songs may be incomplete if we don’t include this gem of a song. In this song, the singer is in love with another man’s woman. According to its lyrics, the man and the singer are in an affair. But family and friends are coming in between them, and they can’t keep seeing each other.

Despite all, she still has a deep feelings for him and believes that he will return to her one day. So, she is saving all the love for her. The story that Whitney tries to tell is so sad, but at the same time really beautiful.

This soulful classic got released in 1985, and it was a global success. It was Whitney’s first song to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.


You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift

This song about secret love by Taylor Swift is a great classic about an insecure girl who has an out-of-reach love interest. Here the singer has a male best friend that she wishes they were a bit more than that.

But, he has a girlfriend, and Taylor feels that she would be better for him as she understands him very well. However, she can’t just understand why he can’t see that they are perfect for each other. She feels that he belongs with her.

The song has a catchy melody and great lyrics that easily capture the dilemma of a secret relationship. This classic song was first released in 2008, peaking at number two on the Billboard Top 100 chart.


Rewrite The Stars – Zac Efron Ft. Zendaya

In this duet, Philip played the character of Zac Efron, a wealthy playwright. And Anne, a poor black acrobat, plays the character of Zendaya. The song explores the forbidden love between Philip and Anne. They can’t be together due to differences in their race, and Philip’s parents won’t let it happen even though they intensely feel for each other. Philip tries to convince her that they are meant to be together despite their differences, and Anne feels scared of what people might think if they are together. In such a complicated situation, the only way for them to be together is to rewrite the stars, that is, rewrite the destiny of them being apart.

The song first came up in 2017 and received the Teen Choice Awards in 2018. It has excellent lyrics and music that can touch anyone’s heart who has ever been a victim of discrimination.


Secret Love Song – Little Mix

The song is about a secret love that is not socially acceptable. Here, the lady wishes that she could shout her feelings from the rooftop and hold her partner in the streets. The song is really flexible. It goes well with any socially or morally unacceptable relationships between the same genders, cousins, step-siblings, different races, etc. But, the song got popular as a gay anthem. And the Little Mix group has dedicated this song to the LGBTQ+ community. 

Secret Love Song got release in 2016 by the British girl group Little Mix. It’s a pop-inspired ballad with pounding bass, great lyrics, and outstanding vocals. If you asked me to choose one song from this list, this song would probably be the one I picked.


Love Story – Taylor Swift

Reminiscent of the Romeo and Juliet story, the song tells a story of forbidden love. The singer’s family, represented by her “daddy” in the lyrics, forbids their relationship. But, despite the resistance, the couple continued their love in secret by sneaking around to meet each other. Despite the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the song actually has a happy ending where the guy proposes to her with the consent of her father.

This country pop song released first in 2008 as the lead single of the singer’s second studio album, Fearless. The song has catchy lyrics that explore the familial restrictions that may come with love. However, it was a great hit peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified eight times platinum.


Thinking Of You – Katy Perry

In this song, Katy had a boyfriend who asked her to move on. Now, she is with another man, but she thinks of her past lover every time she is with him. She thinks about how perfect he was and how she is never getting her back. She is still secretly in love with him, and she regrets letting him go.

This pop-rock song was released in 2008 and is often described as one of the favorites among Katy Perry’s fans. It peaked at number twenty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Don’t Matter – Akon

The song is about a forbidden relationship where nobody wants to see the couples together. But, Akon expresses that it doesn’t matter and they are going to stay together anyway. Also, they are going to fight for their right to love.

This reggae fusion song was released in 2007, and it was a great hit. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. For instance, the catchy lyrics and music will stick to your mind for a long time for sure.


4 AM – Melanie Fiona

Melanie knows that her boyfriend is secretly in a love affair. She sings about the thoughts and feelings that run across her mind. Her boyfriend doesn’t seem to realize that she knows everything. Melanie expresses the bruises in her heart and her loneliness due to this situation. She thinks that she doesn’t deserve this and she is a perfect wife. She is hurting, and her man doesn’t care as he is with another woman.

This song about secret love got release in 2011 and received moderate success. The song has soulful lyrics and a slow, popping bass. It peaked at number eighty-one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Lips Of An Angel – Hinder

A great classic and one of the best songs about secret love on this list. The song has such great lyrics and melodic music with an incredible vocal performance that it plays in the back of your mind once you hear it.

“It’s really good to hear your voice saying my name

It sounds so sweet

Coming from the lips of an angel

Hearing those words, it makes me weak

And I never wanna say goodbye

But, girl, you make it hard to be faithful

With the lips of an angel”

The song describes the singer’s feelings when his favored girlfriend calls late at night. He says that she is making it hard to remain faithful to his current relationship with her lips of an angel. Sometimes, he wishes that he was with her.

This hit single by the American rock band Hinder was released in 2006. It was their breakthrough hit peaking at number three on Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes

In this song about secret love, Shawn Mendes fancies a girl who has, according to the lyrics, an abusive boyfriend. He tries his best to convince the girl that he can treat her better and give her the love she deserves and requests her to come into his arms. But the girl is scared to leave her bad relationship.

The song was released in 2016 as the lead single of the lead singer’s second studio album, Illuminate. The pop was a hit as it peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100.


Dirty Little Secret – The All-American Rejects

The singer of this song has a secret lover, and she is the only one that needs to know about it. He says that he will be with her as long as no one knows about it. She is his dirty little secret.

The song can really be for any kind of secret, as demonstrated in its amazing music video. 

The pop-punk song was released in 2005 as the lead single for the American rock band’s second studio album, Move Along. The song has a great fun vibe with a catchy chorus. The song was a hit, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Run For Your Life – The Beatles

This song is one of the creepiest Beatles songs that upholds a dark consequence of a forbidden relationship. Apparently, the singer is warning his girlfriend with the line, “I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man.” He threatens her that she better run for her life if he catches her with another man.

The song is a classic released in 1965 with a mixed reception.


Magnets – Disclosure feat. Lorde

The lyrics and video of this song about secret love describe the forbidden love between two lovers in a very dark manner. The singer here is in a secret relationship with a man who has a girlfriend, and she loves the thrill of this secrecy and does not want it to end.

This song, released in 2015, was praised by many for its dark storyline and visuals. It has great music and vocals. The song was Disclosure’s biggest hit peaking number 14 and  2 in Australia and Newzealand respectively.


Can I be Him – James Arthur

This song is one of the best on this list of best songs about secret love. Here, James falls in love with a girl who, unfortunately, is already with another man. According to the music video, the couple is in a happy relationship and the girl loves the man dearly. James yearns to be him. He wishes he could replace him, and he had all her attention.

The song was released in 2017 and was a moderate hit on a number of charts. The song has an awesome music video that features a happy couple and James Arthur wishing he could be him.


Final Thoughts

Secret love comes with its fair share of risks, restrictions, and emotional trauma. Maybe you are already married and fell in love with another person, maybe you fell in love with your step-sibling, or maybe you fell in love with someone unreachable, etc. You can imagine all the hardships that you may come in these situations. You think about the risks, what society might think, and all the consequences you may face, which keep you from making your secret relationship a public one.

Remember that songs can mean anything according to your personal interpretations. That’s the most beautiful thing about music. These songs about secret love illustrate the intense feelings, restrictions, and emotional dilemmas that come with forbidden relationships. We hope that you were able to relate to some of the songs on our list.

Let us know in the comment section about your favorite songs about secret love.

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Arifur Rahman
Hello, my name is Arifur Rahman. I am a guitarist & music composer. I write about music & guitar at Calibbr.

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