Long distance relationships are not ideal, but they’re also not all doomed to failure. With a little bit of communication, a lot of trust, and an agreed-upon plan, an LDR can turn out to be a successful and fruitful arrangement.
That said, we’re not denying how hard they are. Luckily, there are about a million love songs catering to the LDR crowd. Here are 12 of our favorites to get you through those needy days and nights until the time comes when you can finally move in together.

Work Song – Hozier

Don’t let the slightly bleak lyrics fool you – this is a song about everlasting love.

When my time comes around
Lay me gently in the cold dark earth
No grave can hold my body down
I’ll crawl home to her

T-Shirt – Destiny’s Child

This song is rather NSFW, so consider listening with your headphones on.

When you’re not here (I sleep in your t shirt)
I wish you were here (to take off your t shirt)

Distant Lover – Marvin Gaye

An utter classic. Marvin Gaye’s forlorn crooning alone makes this song required listening.

Distant lover, lover (lover, lover, lover)
So many miles away
Heaven knows that I long for you
Every night, every night
I plan, sometimes I dance
Through the day

Such Great Heights – The Postal Service

What list of love songs is complete without this gem from indie pop darlings The Postal Service? From the twinkling opener to the sweet, quirky lyrics about unique love, this is the perfect song about a love that only you and your partner can understand.

When you are out there on the road 
for several weeks it shows 
and when you scan the radio 
I hope this song will guide you home.

Carrying Your Love With Me – George Strait

Relationships are never a sure thing, but this song begs to differ. If ever there was a song about the resilience of love, it’s this one.

Cause I’m carrying your love with me
West Virginia down to Tennessee
I’ll be moving with the good lord’s speed
Carrying your love with me
It’s my strength for holding on
Every minute that I have to be gone
I’ll have everything I’ll ever need

Sleeping Alone – Lykke Li

Swedish singer and songwriter Lykke Li is the queen of melancholic pop, and it shows on “Sleeping Alone.” This song is required listening for lonely nights accompanied by a rainstorm.

Someday, somehow
Somewhere down the line
If you save your heart for mine
We’ll meet again, we’ll meet again

Missing You – Tina Turner

Okay, let’s be honest: Sometimes, you fight. That’s completely normal. Also completely normal? Listening to angry love songs while you brood. Tina Turner manages to transform a song about missing someone into a powerful, anthemic ballad of self-love. Listen to this song when you need to get everything out of your system so you can make up again.

And there’s a message that I’m sending out
Via telegraph to your soul
And if I can’t bridge this distance
Stop this heartbreak overload

Love – Lana Del Rey

Yes, we include LDR in a post about LDRs. This song is probably Lana Del Rey’s happiest and most optimistic song ever, and it happens to be about love.

You get ready you get all dressed up
To go nowhere in particular
Back to work or the coffee shop
It don’t matter because it’s enough
To be young and in love

Be Mine Tonight – Twin Shadow

Dark, brooding, and very, very sexy, this is a song that recalls the excitement and electricity of being with a partner. Exercise caution with this song; it will make you feel like a sultry minx.

Be mine tonight
Be mine tonight
Be mine tonight
If you can’t go home
If you can’t go home
You’re mine tonight
You’re mine tonight
You’re mine tonight
If you can’t go home
If you can’t go home

I Miss You – Beyonce

Written by Frank Ocean for Queen Bey, this ballad is NOT. PLAYING. AROUND. It takes the form of Beyonce speaking to her lover and expressing all of her longing, self-doubt, and passion around their relationship. Only Beyonce could make a song so sad also sound so sexy.

I miss you like everyday
Wanna be with you, but you’re away
Said I miss you, miss you insane
But if I got with you, could it feel the same? 

Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen

Hear me now: Underrated pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen’s legacy is not “Call Me Maybe,” but “Run Away With Me.” Adorned with 80s synth and perhaps one of the most iconic saxophone solos of the 21st century, this song is happy, hopeful, and exploding with joyful longing.

Cause you make me feel like I could be driving you all night
And I’ll find your lips in the streetlights, I wanna be there with you

River – Leon Bridges

This gorgeous song is a lullaby for an aching heart. Leon Bridges’ smooth voice feels very much like a river itself as it meanders through the melody. Not to mention that the video is also a modern masterpiece. Your soul needs this.

Been traveling these wide roads for so long
My heart’s been far from you
Ten-thousand miles gone
Oh, I wanna come near and give ya
Every part of me
But there’s blood on my hands
And my lips aren’t clean

And if you are looking for one more, be sure to listen to the most romantic song of all time when you really need it.