#OnTheList with Xtine: 11 Love Songs For People Who Are Bad at Relationships

#OnTheList with Xtine is a weekly feature from Fresh 102.7’s Christine Richie that will be highlighting all things music and more, from her favorite emerging artists, top female vocalists, and much, much more!


I just went to see Jamie Lawson live and he was completely captivating. I’ve listened to his album many times but he performs with such emotion that it breathes a whole new life into his music. As I was listening, I felt that most of his love songs seemed to be a bit of a fantasy. I even asked him if that kind of love actually exists. He just gave me a nervous laugh. I’m not sure if he didn’t hear me or felt like it was a silly question, but it’s how I feel. I’ve never loved or been loved the way he writes about in his songs, it seems unattainable.

There is one standout song though that describes exactly how I feel about relationships called “Don’t Let Me Let You Go.” It’s about a partner who is most definitely going to F things up, but he’s asking his love to be understanding and not give up on him. Now, I can relate. I think that until you become older, wiser, and more self aware, you think you are great at relationships. Blissfully unaware of ways you may be making it tough to love you, I know I was.

As I did more soul searching I realized I’m probably a terrible girlfriend. I’m very independent and have a big fear of commitment. I tend to put up walls and that’s just scratching the surface. We all have our baggage and it makes for some great, darker love songs that feel more realistic to me. I decided they deserved the spotlight for others who maybe feel the same way. I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch so I’d love to hear your favorites. Here are a few of mine.


Jamie Lawson – “Don’t Let Me Let You Go”


Damien Rice – “Favorite Faded Fantasy”


Kelly Clarkson – “Beautiful Disaster”


Counting Crows – “Colorblind”


The Script – “I’m Yours”


Laura Marling – “Ghosts”


Joshua Radin – “In Your Hands”


Alicia Keys – “In Common”


David Gray – “Please Forgive Me”


Christina Perri – “Arms”


Florence & the Machine – “Heavy In Your Arms”

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