Songs for When You Miss Home

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No matter whether you’ve gone off to college, traveled on a trip, or moved away from home, feeling homesick is a common enough feeling. Reminders of home can plague the mind, and in missing home, songs, books, and films are the representation of these emotional experiences. Opening up their minds and souls, several celebrities have poured out their hearts about feelings of homesickness. Many folks have shared their tips of how to overcome it, and some say they can never overcome such feelings. Nonetheless, this begs the questions: What exactly do you feel when you feel “homesick”? In a new place that is unfamiliar, we often experience insecurity. So, we long for something familiar, stable, and predictable. What we’ve known so well is everything that is connected to our homes—so remembering home and any reminders of home set off feelings of sadness in us.

Many songs have dwelt on the subject of “missing home.” Some are more famous than others, while some are just songs or pieces of music that produce a memory of home in the person. Significantly singers who sing emotional songs about missing home sing about their own experiences in most cases. Many songs of homesickness have stories behind them.

Songs for Suffering from Homesickness

Listening to a song about missing home and remembering it fondly may make your heart just that little bit lighter. As a consequence, you may smile instead of feeling blue. Here are some great songs of homesickness:

  • Dua Lipa’s “Homesick” – Some may personally not relate to this, unless they are in a long-distance relationship, but many can. Here, this song is all about leaving the love of your life behind at home, and home is connected to the love for someone. It’s really hard when you leave someone behind, and you are compelled to go away, for whatever reason.
  • Jon Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” – Written by one of the most iconic rock stars of all time; the song comes from a man who has his own jet. He can use it to fly anywhere (including home)! Still, it has sentimental value. Sung with all the emotional juice that Bon Jovi can muster, it talks about the fact that you can always go home. The people you left behind will still be there to meet you. In this song, the connotation of “home” is the way that home never changes, no matter how far you may go.
  • John Denver’s “Take me Home, Country Roads” – This is the mother of all songs connected to the word “home” and reminders of home. The song is so popular, not just in country music, but in other genres too. It has been sung by many a pop singer after John Denver wrote it. The singer longs for home as everything around him in a new place seem to evoke recollections of his home.
  • One Direction’s “Don’t Forget Where You Belong” – Written and sung by one of the most popular bands of this decade, is not directly connected to “home”. Although, in an indirect manner, the song speaks of how people go their different ways, but they remain focused on who they are. People don’t forget their roots (home) and stay as they were always, in nature.
  • Lenny Kravitz’s “I Want to Go Home” – Singing from the point of view of a soldier, Kravitz tells the story about men in war. Men who go to war, beyond a certain point, don’t care about their opponents. They get so homesick that they just want to go home.
  • Westlife’s “My Love” – From the album Coast to Coast, this is Westlife’s second single from the record. To date, it has empathized with more fans than ever, as it talks about the band’s native Ireland. The group reminisces about how, as it achieved success, took them farther away from their beloved home.
  • Beauty and the Beast’s “…Belle” (Reprise) – As “missing home songs” go, this isn’t your typical song about homesickness. Rather, Belle is pondering on a better life for herself, away from the little village she grew up in. Many college kids resonate with this because, they know they had to leave home in search of a career, an education. So, when they miss home, this song gives meaning as to why they left in the first place. Then, they tend, not to feel so bad anymore.
  • Dire Straits’ “So Far Away” – The first track on the iconic album, Brothers in Arms by one of the most respected rock bands, this is not an autobiographical song. It talks about how long-distance relationships cannot last over the phone. It also talks about how people move out of homes and families are split apart because of this. This is especially true of the celebrity lifestyle.
  • Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill” – This is one song that sticks with you, and actually makes you remember your home so much more. It will make you cry and laugh at the same time, but mostly you will bawl your eyes out! The song is all about Sheeran being born and raised in Framlingham’s countryside town in Suffolk in the United Kingdom.
  • Niall Horan’s “This Town” – Horan claims that this song is completely inspired by his hometown and reminders of home. Of course, he talks about the love he found there too, and one he had to leave behind. The singer says it’s popular because his fans can relate to it, as many people have been through the same experience.
  • Zac Brown’s “Homegrown” – This country music genre song reminds many people of where they grew up, especially if they’ve spent long summer days relaxing and having barbecues in the evenings.
  • Emblem 3’s “3,000 Miles” – Relating with many experiences of people who cannot be at home when “home” requires them most, this song is about obligations. People miss home and want to be there, but they just cannot make that happen as they have other lives to lead.
  • John Legend’s “Coming Home” – Not written from personal experience, Legend imagines what a soldier would feel like being away from his family. The life of a soldier, especially at war, is one of uncertainty, and the soldier longs for the time when he or she can go home.
  • Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young” – When Rod Stewart was touring incessantly, he suddenly thought that he wasn’t a part of raising his children, because he was away so much. The song was inspired by this sentiment. After writing it, he vowed to take his children on tour with him, so he could watch them grow.
  • Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away” – The song has the flavor of gospel music, and is all about Puth’s friend. His friend misses home and his girlfriend who lives there.

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