19 Best Songs About Forbidden Love

There is something both tragic and romantic about forbidden love. Two people who are madly in love with each other but are forced to stay apart due to outside forces beyond their control.

It's a situation that has been the subject of many songs over the years. For many, these songs serve as a reminder that even in the darkest of times, love will find a way to triumph in the end.

19 Best Songs About Forbidden Love

Here are 19 Best Songs About Forbidden Love

1. Rewrite the Stars by Zac Efron, Zendaya

Official Live Video: Anne-Marie & James Arthur – Rewrite The Stars [from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined]
Lyric Video: Zac Efron, Zendaya – Rewrite The Stars
Link to Lyrics: Zac Efron & Zendaya – Rewrite The Stars Lyrics
What if we rewrite the stars?
Say you were made to be mine
Nothing could keep us apart
You'd be the one I was meant to find

Rewrite the Stars is about two individuals deeply in love with one another but couldn't be together due to ethnic differences; thus, they wanted to rewrite the stars or change their fate of being separated. 

“Rewrite the stars” relates to the expression “what's written in the stars” – a metaphor for your fate being determined someplace, such as in heaven/the night sky, because it is “(not) in the cards.”

2. Secret Love Song by Little Mix ft. Jason Derulo

Official Music Video: Little Mix – Secret Love Song (Official Video) ft. Jason Derulo
Lyric Video: Secret Love Song – Little Mix ft. Jason Derulo
Link to Lyrics: Little Mix – Secret Love Song Lyrics
When you're with him, do you call his name
Like you do when you're with me?
Does it feel the same?
Would you leave if I was ready to settle down?
Or would you play it safe and stay?

Secret Love Song is about a guy who falls in love with a lady who is already taken but refuses to leave the person she's with because she doesn't want to create any trouble.

It's the type of love that prohibits you from doing the things you want to do with the person you really love because society opposes it and criticizes them.

3. Saving All My Love for you

Official Music Video: Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You (Official HD Video)
Lyric Video: Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You (Lyrics)
Link to Lyrics: Taylor Swift – Love Story Lyrics
It's not very easy living all alone
My friends try and tell me find a man of my own
But each time I try, I just break down and cry'
Cause I'd rather be home feeling blue
So I'm saving all my love for you

This is definitely one of Whitney's best songs!

The concept of the official video for this Whitney hit is adultery, which drew condemnation to Whitney.

Whitney Houston professes her devotion to a man who does not appear to share her passion and is already married to another woman in “Saving All My Love For You.”

This is a mistress expressing a love she can't have.

4. Forbidden Love by Madonna

Music Video: Madonna – Forbidden Love (Music Video)
Lyric Video: Madonna – Forbidden Love (Lyrics)
Link to Lyrics: Madonna – Forbidden Love Lyrics
From Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor, “Forbidden Love” is a mid tempo electro-pop song.

The theme of this song is being enticed by someone who is undesirable or perhaps an individual that others would disapprove of.

Once upon a time
There was a boy
There was a girl
Hearts that intertwine
They lived in a different kind of world

5. Rude by Magic

Official Audio: MAGIC! – Rude (Official Video)
Lyric Video: MAGIC! – Rude (Lyrics)
Link to Lyrics: MAGIC! – Rude Lyrics
Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life? say yes, say yes
Cause I need to know
You say I'll never get your blessing till the day I die
Tough luck, my friend, but the answer is no!

The chart-topping song “Rude” by the Canadian reggae-pop band MAGIC!

It depicts the romantic tale of a young man who loves his fiancée so much that he's ready to disobey her father and “marry her regardless.”

The father considered the man a loser and refused to allow his daughter to marry him.

This upset the man, who believed the father was being rude.

In the end, he married her anyway.

6. Don’t Matter What by Akon

Official Music Video: Akon – Don't Matter (Official Music Video)
Official Lyric Video: Akon – Don't Matter (Lyrics)
Link to Lyrics: Akon – Don't Matter Lyrics
Nobody wanna' see us together
But it don't matter, no ('cause I got you babe)
Nobody wanna' see us together
But it don't matter, no ('cause I got you babe)

Akon sings about how committed he is to his girl despite criticism from others.

Nobody wants to see them together, yet they will continue to fight and pray for each other.

Nothing else matters to him except her.

7. Love Story by Taylor Swift

Official Music Video: Taylor Swift – Love Story
Lyric Video: Taylor Swift – Love Story
Link to Lyrics: Taylor Swift – Love Story Lyrics
Undoubtedly, the entire plot was influenced by “Romeo and Juliet” (1597), William Shakespeare's great masterpiece centered on a similar concept of a forbidden relationship.

It is also inspired by Taylor's own experiences.

‘Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter
And my daddy said, “Stay away from Juliet”
But you were everything to me
I was beggin' you, “Please don't go,” and I said

It's about two people who instantly fell in love when they met.

They are unaware that they are radically different individuals who were never destined to be together.

Even though their parents dislike each other's families, Juliet and Romeo still want to be together.

8. She Don’t Have To Know by John Legend

Official Music Video: Taylor Swift – Love Story Lyrics
Lyric Video: She Don't Have to Know – John Legend
Link to Lyrics: John Legend – She Don't Have To Know Lyrics
This is a forbidden love song since both have a relationship yet continue to do what they are doing.

But you, I know you got a little secret of your own
Sneaking out with me while your man's at home
You know you're wrong but it's so strong still carrying on

This is about a man who has a partner, but he's cheating on her with another lady, and despite knowing it's improper, he justifies it by stating there's no reason to inform his girlfriend.

The woman with whom he is cheating is also doing a similar thing.

9. Uncover by Zara Larsson

Official Music Video: Zara Larsson – Uncover (Official Music Video)
Lyric Video: Uncover – Zara Larsson (Lyrics)
Link to Lyrics: Zara Larsson – Uncover Lyrics
We are a secret, can't be exposed
That's how it is, that's how it goes
Far from the others, close to each other
That's when we uncover-cover-cover
That's when we uncover-cover-cover

This is about people who cherish you but can't express it.

This is about some kind of prohibited romance. Perhaps someone does not agree with it.

Even though the connection is forbidden, the individuals see each other privately, suppressing their feelings until they are alone.

They are their secret, hidden from the rest of the world, so no one sees or knows about them.

10. You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

Official Music Video: Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me
Lyric Video: You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
Link to Lyrics: Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me Lyrics
The song is an outpouring of emotions: irritation, yearning, unfairness, despair, and optimism.

The narrator here has a forbidden love for his friend, even though his friend already has a partner.

It depicts the story of a teenage girl who falls in love with her friend but cannot get past his superficial girlfriend and appreciates all he has to give.

You've known this guy your entire life and know him better than she does, yet the popular lady always gets the guy.

If you could see
That I'm the one
Who understands you
Been here all along
So, why can't you see
You belong with me
You belong with me

11. Secret Lovers by Atlantic Starr

Official Audio: Secret Lovers by Atlantic Starr
Lyric Video: Atlantic Starr – Secret Lovers (lyrics) 80's Throwback
Link to Lyrics: Atlantic Starr – Secret Lovers Lyrics
Here we are the two of us together
Taking this crazy chance to be all alone
We both know that we should not be together'
Cause if they found out
It could mess up, both our happy homes

This song tells the story of a man and a woman who had an affair even though they are both married to other individuals.

12. Secret by Ann Marie

Official Music Video: Secret by Ann Marie
Lyric Video: Ann Marie – Secret ft. YK Osiris (Lyrics)
Link to Lyrics: Ann Marie – Secret Lyrics
We can keep it on the low (We can keep it on the low)
Swear nobody has to know (Swear nobody gotta know)

Ann Marie sings about keeping a love hidden from prying eyes.

It is a catchy tune in which the two singers speak about keeping their relationship a secret.

13. Part – Time Lover by Stevie Wonder

Lyric Video: Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover (Lyrics)
Link to Lyrics: Stevie Wonder – Part-Time Lover Lyrics
This song has the necessary twist.

It depicts the story of undercover lovers who hide their adultery from their relationships only to discover that their mates have cheated on them.

We are undercover passion on the run
Chasing love up against the sun
We are strangers by day, lovers by night
Knowing it's so wrong, but feeling so right

14. Teardrops On My Guitar by Taylor Swift

Official Music Video: Taylor Swift – Teardrops On My Guitar
Lyric Video: Teardrops On My Guitar – Taylor Swift (Lyrics)
Link to Lyrics: Taylor Swift – Teardrops On My Guitar Lyrics
Drew looks at me
I fake a smile so he won't see
That I want and I'm needing
Everything that we should be

Taylor's song expresses her unrequited love for his classmate Drew Hardwick.

Drew, she claimed, would frequently ask her for date suggestions for his girlfriend, and she would advise him on how to be a good friend.

15. Holding Her and Loving You by Clay Walker

Official Music: Clay Walker – Holding Her and Loving You (Official Audio)
Lyric Video: Clay Walker – Holding Her and Loving You
Link to Lyrics: Clay Walker – Holding Her & Loving You Lyrics
It's the third hardest thing I'll ever do
Leaving here without you
And the second hardest thing I'll ever do
Is telling her about you

It's a song about someone being bound between two relationships and the guilt and anguish that goes with it.

I still love her but I love you more

16. Don’t Mess With My Man by Irma Thomas

Link to Lyrics: Irma Thomas – Don't Mess With My Man
You can have my husband 
But please don't mess with my man

The lyrics to this song are hilarious!

It's okay for the narrator's husband to have an affair, but not for her man on the side.

Nobody can intervene with her infidelity.

17. Strange Love by Halsey

Official Music Video: Halsey – Strange Love (Official Video)
Lyric Video: Halsey – Strange Love [Lyrics]
Link to Lyrics: Halsey – Strange Love Lyrics
They think I'm insane, they think my lover is strange
But I don't have to fucking tell them anything, anything

“Strange Love” is about the nature of a secret, yet manipulated, connection from Halsey's past that still haunts her.

She maintains her right to use the subject matter as just an honest object for her songs.

18. Can I Be Him by James Arthur

Official Music Video: James Arthur – Can I Be Him
Lyric Video: James Arthur – Can I Be Him (Lyric Video)
Link to Lyrics: James Arthur – Can I Be Him Lyrics
The song's narrator asks the one she loves whether it's okay to be him.

He's contemplating if he may be the one.

Can I be the one?
Can I be the one?
Can I be the one?
Oh, can I, can I be him?

19. Don’t Stand Close To Me by The Police

Official Music Video: The Police – Don't Stand So Close To Me
Lyric Video: Don’t Stand Close To Me by The Police
Link to Lyrics: The Police – Don't Stand So Close To Me Lyrics
Young teacher, the subject
Of schoolgirl fantasy
She wants him so badly
Knows what she wants to be
Inside her there's longing
This girl's an open page
Book marking – she's so close now
This girl is half his age

This song is about a teacher who harbors romantic feelings for one of his students.

It addresses the taboo subject of being attracted to a minor (in this case, the teacher is twice older than him.)

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