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65 Best Songs About Crushes, Crushing, & Catching Feelings

December 15, 2023
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I’ve curated a playlist of the best songs about crushes, crushing, and catching feelings, capturing the excitement, nervousness, and joy of newfound affection.

This article is a musical exploration of those heart-fluttering moments, perfect for anyone who’s ever felt the thrill of a crush.

Table of Contents

Top songs about crushes, crushing, & catching feelings

  • “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
  • “I’ve Got A Crush On You” by Ella Fitzgerald
  • “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes
  • “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez
  • “Things I’ll Never Say” by Avril Lavigne
  • “Shower” by Becky G
  • “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince
  • “Crush” by Jennifer Paige
  • “Crush” by David Archuleta
  • “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift

1. “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

“Just The Way You Are” is Bruno Mars’ debut solo song that launched him into the limelight and peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In this song, Bruno Mars romanticizes some of the key features of his crush and pronounces that he doesn’t care about appearance because she is amazing.

2. “I’ve Got A Crush On You” by Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald hit song “I’ve Got A Crush On You” is a jazz song about catching feelings that beautifully relays the message of this article.

In this song, Ella describes how her crush makes her feel in her beautiful voice and how she’s grateful for that person in life.

Apart from being a song about crushes, this is also a song you can share to your loved ones to tell them they are amazing.

3. “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes

“I know I can treat you better than he can.”

In 2016, Shawn Mendes released one of the best songs about crushes that earned him a place in the hearts of many.

In “Treat You Better,” Shawn talks about giving his crush the kind of love she deserves because her current lover is not treating her right.

4. “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez

Crushing feelings manifest themselves in different forms, and Selena Gomez sings about one of those forms in “Bad Liar.”

In this song, Selena sings about the difficulty involved in confessing your feelings to your crush but doing it anyway because the feeling is overwhelming.

5. “Things I’ll Never Say” by Avril Lavigne

One of the hit songs from Avril Lavigne’s debut album, Let Go, is “Things I’ll Never Say.”

As the title infers, Avril details how she’s crushing on someone she might never talk to because the soul-crushing feelings make her tongue-tied.

6. “Shower” by Becky G

“Shower” by Becky G is an uptempo pop song that describes the feelings of a girl that is crushing on someone.

Becky sings about how her crush makes her feel very happy and gets her singing happy songs in the shower.

If you are already feeling butterflies in your stomach about your crush, this is the perfect song for you.

7. “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince

“I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince is one of the best songs about crushes in the 70s; it is the lead single from Prince’s second album, Prince.

The song tells the story of a man crushing on someone in a relationship, and he promises to treat her better than her current lover.

The man promises to shower her with love even though he’s not financially buoyant, but is that enough?

8. “Crush” by Jennifer Paige

If you just discovered that you have a crush on someone you have been in close contact with, “Crush” by Jennifer Paige captures your feelings.

In this song, Jennifer calls her feelings “a little crush” but continues to sing about how the said crush influences everything she does.

9. “Crush” by David Archuleta

“Crush” by David Archuleta is one of the best songs to send to a crush, especially when you discover it is turning into love.

This song is about realizing that you are utterly smitten by someone and the question of “is this a mere crush or real love?” starts filling your head.

10. “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is the queen of romantic pop songs, and she proved that in this country song about crushes, “You Belong With Me.”

In this song, Taylor tells a story about crushing on someone she feels is way above her league in high school.

She compares her social status to “sitting on the bleachers” when her crush’s current girlfriend is a cheerleader.

11. “One Thing” by One Direction

Before the boy band group, One Direction split up, they recorded some amazing songs about love and crushes, and “One Thing” is one of them.

In this song, the band sings about having an intense crush on someone even though they are unaware of what attracts them to this person.

12. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

“Call Me Maybe” is one of the most popular songs about crushes, and Carly Ray Jepsen does justice in describing her feelings.

This song is about crushing on someone and making the first move (collecting contact info) even though you just met the person.

It is the perfect flirt song for him.

13. “I’ve Just Seen A Face” by The Beatles

The Beatles are one of the most famous music groups in the world, and “I’ve Just Seen A Face” is their perfect contribution to our list of crush songs.

This song tells the story of a man crushing on a woman because of how her beauty mesmerized him.

14. “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry

“Teenage Dream” is one of Katy Perry’s biggest songs seeing as it was on everybody’s lips when it was released in 2010.

The song is about how Katy crushed on someone as an adult, and he made her feel like she was a teenager falling in love.  

15. “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield

The story “Jessie’s Girl” holds one that has been debated about a lot—what do you do when you fall in love with your friend’s girlfriend?

In this rock song, Rick sings about falling head over heels for his friend’s girlfriend and how he would love to find a girl just like her.

16. “Crush” by Dave Matthews Band

“Crush” by Dave Matthews Band is an excellent song about crushes that describes what it feels like to have a huge crush on someone.

In this song, the singer sings about how he wants to spend every waking hour with his crush, and he wouldn’t even mind if she crushed him.

17. “Crush On You” by Lil’ Kim ft. Lil’ Cease

Rappers are not one to faun over a crush in their rap bars, but Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Cease did so in “Crush On You,” and it popped!

In this song, Lil Kim announces to her crush that she might be crushing on him, but she’s in total control of her feelings.

18. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley

One of the most popular songs about crushes ever recorded is Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

The song tells the story of someone who can’t help falling helplessly in love with someone they absolutely adore.

This song was used for a wedding scene in Crazy Rich Asians, making it gain traction again in the past decade. 

19. “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson

“The Way You Make Me Feel” might have been recorded in the late 80s by the king of pop, Michael Jackson, but it is still receiving massive airplay.

This song is like the title says; it describes how a girl made Michael feel like he was on top of the world and “how his lonely days are gone.”

20. “Surfer Girl” by The Beach Boys

“Surfer Girl” by The Beach Boys is the perfect classic song about crushes you should add to your love playlist.

In this song, the singer sings about falling in love with their crush as he watches her do everything she loves, like surfing.

21. “Ooh La La” by Britney Spears

Britney Spears delivers the perfect song for your crush in “Ooh La La” by singing about how she loves spending time with her crush.

This song is about how you feel when you are around a person you really like, even though they are your friend.

22. “Leave Your Lover” by Sam Smith

“Leave Your Lover” is a song by English singer and songwriter Sam Smith.

This song tells the story of Sam in love with someone in a relationship and how he knows he is a better person for them.

This is the perfect song for crushing on someone that might never feel the same way.

23. “Sucker” by Jonas Brothers

Apart from One Direction, another boy band that quickly became the heartthrob of several teenagers across the world is the Jonas Brothers.

In “Sucker,” the Jonas Brothers sing about being a sucker for the girl they have a crush on and how they will do anything to have her in their hands.

24. “Into You” by Ariana Grande

If you have been undecided on whether or not to approach your crush, this is the perfect song about crushes to inspire you to make a move.

In “Into You,” Ariana Grande sings about wanting to ask out her crush because she’s tired of waiting for him to make the first move.

25. “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” by Kylie Minogue

Have you ever crushed on someone so much that they become so entrenched in your memories, and you start seeing them in your dreams?

“Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” by Kylie Minogue captures the phenomenon described above so well.

This song is about crushing on a guy who doesn’t know you exist and might never be reciprocated.

26. “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland

If you are looking for the perfect groovy song about crushes, “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland is the song for you.

This song is about catching feelings for a person you have known for a long time; it might be your best friend or classmate.

27. “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” by Sophie B Hawkins

The title of this song is a perfect pickup line if you are looking to ask out your crush playfully.

“Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” by Sophie B Hawkins is a flirty song that describes how the singer feels about her crush even though she might never say it to his face.

28. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles

The Beatles delivers another song about crushes to our list with “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

In this song, the singer is not asking for much from his crush; all he wants to do is hold her hands and be in her presence.

This song is about wanting to find love in your crush’s arms despite the situation’s impossibility.

29. “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne

The story in this song is one that we know all too well and centers on a girl hating the girl that her crush is dating.

In “Girlfriend,” Avril Lavigne sings about wanting her crush to break up with his girlfriend because he deserves better, and she can give him better.

30. “Crush” by Yuna Ft. Usher

“I think I’ve got a little crush on you.”

Nothing is as exciting as finding out that your crush is feeling you the same way you are feeling them.

In this r&b duet, Yuna and Usher sing about having mutual crushes, and Usher emphasizes how the other boys she’s been with are wasting her time.

“Crush” will make a perfect addition to your crush playlist, especially if you are aware of the mutual crush.

31. “Clumsy” by Fergie

If you feel helpless or sad about crushing on someone, “Clumsy” by Fergie is the song you need today to uplift your mood.

“Clumsy” is a song about crushes, but it takes a witty approach to detail how you act differently around crushes.

32. “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney

The most painful type of crush is crushing on someone that is way out of your league, and “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney captures the feelings.

In this song, Jesse sings about catching feelings for a girl that he thinks might never reciprocate the feelings because of her status.

33. “Smile” by Uncle Kracker

Does thinking about anyone make you smile or feel sweet things on the inside? 

If your answer is yes, then you are crushing on that person.

In “Smile,” Uncle Kracker goes into detail about how compliments from his crush make him feel so good, and she leaves him breathless.

34. “Can I Be Him” by James Arthur

“Can I Be Him” by James Arthur is another song about crushing on someone that is already with someone else.

In this song, James uses his silky compelling voice to sing about his undying feelings for a girl and how he wishes he could be the one for her.

It is the perfect song to listen to when you are catching feelings.

35. “Yeah Boy” by Kelsea Ballerini

Radio Destiny named “Yeah Boy” by Kelsea Ballerini the best crush song.

In listening to this song, you start feeling a type of way about your crush.

This song is about having a crush on someone and pinning for their attention so they can eventually ask you out on a date.

36. “Crush” by Mandy Moore

The saddest form of “crushing” is having a crush on someone that is crushing on someone else, and Mandy Moore captures those feelings in her hit song, “Crush.”

In this song, the singer chronicles crushing on a boy with feelings for someone else and how she might never summon the courage to make a move.

37. “I’ve Got A Crush On You” by Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra delivers this crush-themed song using his Italian light baritone in “I’ve Got A Crush On You.”

This song is different from other crush songs because Frank Sinatra sings about how a woman crushing on him has made him start crushing on her.

So, this is the perfect song to listen to if you are ever in such a situation.

38. “Check Yes Or No” by George Strait

“Check Yes Or No” By George Strait is a song about having a crush on someone, but you aren’t sure of the person’s feelings.

If you ever want to make a move in such a situation, send this song to your crush and let them tell you how they feel, it’s either they check yes or no.

39. “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town

When “Girl Crush” was released by Little Big Town in 2014, it caused quite a stir because of the song’s lyrics.

The song tells the story of a girl crushing on another girl, not for a romantic reason but because the girl is everything she isn’t.

40. “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn

“Call your girlfriend; it’s time you had the talk.” 

“Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn is one of the most popular songs about crushing on someone in a relationship.

This song takes a more demanding approach as Robyn orders her crush to call his girlfriend and break up with her by having the talk.

41. “One Day” by Tate McRae

Tate McRae might not be one of the popular pop singers, but she expresses her feelings about unrequited love in “One Day.

In this song, Tate sings about loving someone she knows will never love her back, but she’s hopeful that he will reciprocate her love one day.

42. “Rumor” by Lee Brice

Country artists have mastered the art of telling beautiful love stories in their songs, and Lee Brice’s “Rumor” represents such musical artistry.

In this country ballad, Brice tells the story of a couple rumored to be in love and how the guy involved is now wondering if the girl feels the same way he does.

43. “Complicated” by Carolyn Dawn Jonson

Relationships and crushes are some of the most complicated things ever to exist.

In “Complicated,” Carolyn Dawn Jonson sings about the complications surrounding crushes, all the uncertainties involved, and constantly wondering if your feelings are real or not.

44. “Dibs” by Kelsea Ballerini

“Dibs” by Kelsea Ballerini is a song about wanting someone and going for them even though you are unsure about their feelings.

Kelsea sings about calling dibs on a guy she knows everybody wants because she wants to make every other girl jealous.

45. “One Time” by Justin Bieber

In 2012, a young Justin Bieber recorded a hit song titled “One Time,” where he gushes about his crush unabashedly.

In the song, he promises his crush that if she loves him back, he will give her the whole world and fight for her.

46. “Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying” by Sabrina Carpenter

“Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying” is a crush song by Actress and songwriter Sabrina Carpenter.

As the title suggests, Sabrina sings about making a move on her crush and him turning it down, but she isn’t sad because you can’t blame a girl for trying.

47. “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber

“If I was your boyfriend, I would never let you go.”

“Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber is the perfect upbeat crush song if you need the morale to make a move on your crush.

In this song, Justin sings about wanting to be his crush’s boyfriend and assures her that he will never let her go.

Send them this song if you are shy and don’t know the right words to use on your crush.

48. “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift Ft Ed Sheeran

This is a song about a crush at first sight.

In this pop duet, “Everything Has Changed,” Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran sing about meeting each other and falling in love as kids and how their love grew over the years.

It is the perfect song to add to your crush playlist if you want to know them better.

49. “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel

Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel is a pop song released in the early 80s that centers on crushing on an uptown girl.

In the song, Billy sings about catching feelings for an uptown girl, even though he knows he can’t sustain her lifestyle.

50. “Hands To Myself” by Selena Gomez

This song is more sensually inclined than the other songs about crushes on the list.

In this song, Selena Gomez not only gushes about how she feels about her crush but also proclaims that she can’t keep her hands to herself whenever she is around him.

51. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes

“Wanted” is a 2012 hit country song by Hunter Hayes that won several awards and topped several charts after its release.

It is a song that talks about serious crushes and finding a long-term relationship partner in a crush rather than just crushing forever.

52. “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift

Based on the lyrics of this song, “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift is a song about crushes, even though it was a part of the Speak Now Album.

The song tells the story of a girl meeting a guy and falling in love with him instantly, and all she does is hope that he doesn’t have a girlfriend.

53. “Roses” by Shawn Mendes

“Roses” by Shawn Mendes was an immediate hit after its release in 2016.

This is a song about a guy crushing on a girl who appears to be in a happy relationship even though he thinks she would be happier with him.

54. “Imagination” by Shawn Mendes

As you will find in this article, Shawn Mendes is in the business of putting out love or crush songs.

This time, Shawn Mendes is in love with his female friend and is wondering if he could take it any further.

This type of crush is quite risky because it can destroy friendships.

55. “Sober Up” by AJR Ft Rivers Cuomo

“Sober Up” is a song by AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo where he sings that he needs a girl to sober him up.

Sober, in this context, is not used in reference to alcohol.

AJR wants his crush to come into his life and make it better with her presence.

56. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

Adele is known for using her soft voice to record melodious tunes that revolve around love and relationships.

In “Make You Feel My Love,” she sings about how much she adores her crush and how she would do anything to make him feel her love.

57. “Habits (Stay High)” by Tove Lo

Many have argued that Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” is a song about an obsession with one’s crush, primarily because of the strong lyrics.

While it might be true to an extent, this song might be about a healthy obsession with your crush by occasionally checking their social media pages.

58. “Lost In Japan” by Shawn Mendes

How you feel when you are crushing on someone makes you do crazy things that you usually wouldn’t do.

In “Lost In Japan,” Shawn Mendes flies across the world to Japan in desperate pursuit of his crush because he wants to see her.

59. “Adore You” Harry Styles

“Adore You” is a pop track by One Direction member Harry Styles.

In this song, Harry Style sings boisterously about having a crush on a girl and how he would do anything to help her to make her life easier.

Harry also promises to walk through fire for her even if she doesn’t reciprocate the love.  

60. “Close” by Nick Jonas ft Tove Lo

Nick Jonas and Tove Lo teamed up to deliver a pop duet about crushes, and it received massive airplay.

In the song, Nick glorifies the beauty of his crush and tells her that she takes his breath away. 

He promised he would do anything to have her as a lover if she let him.

61. “Born To Be Yours” by Kygo & Imagine Dragons

Kygo and Imagine Dragons team up in this upbeat disco song to deliver a crush song, “Born To Be Yours.”

This song is for those that just got out of a bad relationship and are looking to get back on the dating scene by having a crush.

62. “Fast Cars And Freedom” by Rascal Flatts

This is the perfect song to send to your crush if you want to plant the seeds of love in their hearts without a full-blown decoration of love.

“Fast Cards And Freedom” is a song by Rascal Flatts that centers around how you wish your crush would see herself in the same light that you see her –perfect!

63. “With You” by Chris Brown

There is definitely light at the end of the tunnel for you if you have been pinning for your crush.

“With You” by Chris Brown is a song that focuses on the triumph after finally asking out your crush, and they accept by saying they feel the same way.

64. “Fall For You” by Secondhand Serenade

“Fall For You” by Secondhand Serenade is a song about crushing on someone with whom you are already in a relationship.

It is like reinventing the love or finding new ways to find your lover to solidify the relationship.

65. “Every Time We Touch” by Cascada

This song, “Every Time We Touch,” was the ultimate anthem for having a crush when it dropped in 2007.

It topped the charts and was loved by many.

The song details how Cascada feels whenever she sees her crush and what the feelings do to her.

Songs About Crushes – Final Thoughts

This article contains enough songs to create a whole playlist, which is what maybe you will do and send to your crush.

Or, you can simply make a move on your crush by sending them one of these songs that conveys your emotions.

Similar Playlists:

Best Love Songs

Songs About Falling in Love

Songs About Unrequited Love

Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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