Whether it’s a former love, a lost loved one, or anyone else that’s left a hole in your heart, the pain of missing someone can be real and all-consuming.
But as they say, time heals all wounds, and eventually, you’ll find your way back to the light.
In the meantime, let these 30 best R&B missing you songs help ease your pain and make the journey a little bit easier.
Top Best R&B Missing You Songs
1. I Miss You by Beyoncé
I miss you, like everyday Wanna be with you, but you're away I said I miss you, missing you insane But if I got with you, could it feel the same?
Beyoncé is mandatory in discussions about love and heartbreak, and this heartfelt ballad is a fantastic example of just why that is.
Her performance on this song is nothing short of stunning. The lyrics are incredibly relatable with Beyoncé baring her soul and admitting just how much she misses her partner.
The simple instrumentals really allow her to take center stage and shine, making for a strong start to the list.
2. Missing You by Case
Like a cold summer afternoon Like the snow coming down in June Like a wedding without a groom I'm missing you I'm the desert without the sand You're the woman without a man I'm a ring without a hand I'm missing you
Smooth, sleek love jams are a signature of R&B legend Case, who puts out the performance of his life on “Missing You.”
Like all the best songs about missing someone, it’s deeply personal and painfully sentimental in all the best ways.
His laid-back but pained delivery really sells the listener on the ideas that the song peddles. Lyrically, “Missing You,” is also phenomenal, with clever songwriting bits everywhere. You can’t go wrong with this one, a fantastic entry for the list
3. I Miss You by Klymaxx
I miss you (I miss you) There's no other way to say it And I, and I can deny it I miss you (I miss you) It's so easy to see I miss you and me
“I Miss You,” by Klymaxx is incredibly straightforward as far as songs about missing someone goes. That’s not to say it’s bad, however as the way the song puts its best foot forward is pleasantly endearing.
Like the title implies, Klymaxx misses the one she loves, and most of the song builds up towards the high notes that she hits.
The instrumentals on this one are serene and peaceful, allowing for a calm atmosphere that we feel really elevates it.
4. Officially Missing You by Tamia
I thought that from this heartache
I could escape
But I fronted long enough to know
There ain’t no way
I'm officially missing you
Next up we have “Officially Missing You” by Tamia, who makes great use of her deep, sultry voice to serenade us with lovely harmonies.
Once more, the song’s quite straightforward with what it’s trying to say, but Tamia is a bit more playful with the idea.
With some cheekier lines here and there as well as a light and peaceful tone, we’re big fans of this one.
5. Wish I Didn’t Miss You by Angie Stone
I can't eat, I can't sleep anymore
Waiting for love to walk through the door
I wish I didn't miss you anymore (anymore)
Kicking things into gear is Angie Stone with “Wish I Didn’t Miss You,” a grittier tune compared to the rest that’s also an incredible showcase of the artist’s charisma and personality.
An absolutely killer bassline carries the song’s upbeat rhythm, as Angie absolutely kills the vocals here.
While she’s vengeful and upset, the sheer melancholy of the song seeps through in her delivery, and we can’t get enough of it.
6. Please Don’t Go by Tank
Oh she found all of the numbers I had in my car
Oh she called all the ones I had marked wit a star
Oh I’m racing over to plead my case
Oh she saw it was me and slammed the door in my face
Tank brings a whole new level of suaveness to painful angst with “Please Don’t Go,” a wistful plea of a song that shows Tank at his lowest.
Where many artists struggle to sound sincere, Tank pulls it off effortlessly, sounding extremely pained and remorseful of the mistakes he’s made.
While it’s certainly a tearful song, there’s also no denying just how smooth it sounds, and once again, we’re all over this type of sound.
7. End of the Road by Boyz II Men
Although we've come to the end of the road
Still I can't let go
It's unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you
Come to the end of the road
Still I can't let go
It's unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you
Boyz II Men are always welcome on a list of best R&B artists, and one of their best songs “End of the Road,” also happens to be a killer ‘I miss you’ song!
Simply put, the delivery on this one sells it completely. Instrumentals are kept relatively simple, as the vocals take center stage, and the group absolutely destroys them.
The performance here is tearful, sad, regretful, and painful in all the best ways.
8. I’m Still In Love With You by New Edition
I'm still the man for you
And I'm still the man that's true
And I'm still the man who's lucky
And I'm still in love with you
It don't matter what your friends do
They're just jealous of me and you
And I'll always keep you happy
'Cause I'm still in love with you (Oh yeah)
I'm still in love (Yeah)
“I’m Still In Love With You,” by New Edition is a little more eclectic than most songs on this list, with unique and fascinating musical choices.
With some more off-kilter synths and beats, it manages to stand out from the crowd. On top of that, the performances here sound genuine and sorrowful, which is always a plus.
As the lead singer tries to convince his lover that they can make things work, there’s a sense of desperation that kicks in, adding spice to the tune.
9. And Our Feelings by Babyface
And our feelings just aren't feelings anymore
They're just words that come from whispers
From people we don't know
And our feelings, yeah, just aren't feelings anymore
They're just words without emotion
From people who don't know
Who don't know
“And Our Feelings,” by babyface is low, slow, and beautiful in many ways. Of all the songs on this list, it’s by and far one of the most sorrowful.
The way the lead singer describes his pain is well done, really selling the effect perfectly.
As it builds up, the tension rises up to a crescendo as the powerful chorus hits. The emotions on display land perfectly, and it’s hard not to feel for the lead singer.
10. Don’t Leave Me by Blackstreet
Don't leave, don't leave me, girl
Please stay with me tonight
Don't leave me, girl
Please stay with me to-
Blackstreet are well known for their unique ideas and music, but with “Don’t Leave Me,” they show that they can play things straight while still injecting their signature brand of sound into the mix.
It’s a relatively straightforward song about missing someone and wanting them to not leave, but the sound mix really sells us on it.
It’s a lot of fun with catchy synths, paired with fantastic vocals, it’s a real treat.
11. One Last Cry by Brian McKnight
Nothing for me to do
But have one last cry
One last cry
Before I leave it all behind
I've gotta put you out of my mind this time
Stop living a lie
I guess I'm down to my last cry, cry
Brian McKnight’s greatest strength has always been his sentimentality, and this comes through loud and clear in “One Last Cry.”
As he bemoans his lost time, memories, and sadness, it results in a cathartic wail, having himself one last cry before he picks himself up to continue living.
It’s a tough song to listen to if you resonate with the idea and message, and for that, it wins a spot on this list.
12. I’m Missing You by Joe
Like a cold summer afternoon
Like the snow coming down in June
Like a wedding without a groom
I'm missing you…
I'm the desert without the sand
You're the woman without a man
I'm the ring without a hand
I'm missing you…
With a more hip-hop inspired take on the R&B genre, “I’m Missing You” is a great song from Joe, playing with the theme of missing someone.
His songwriting adds a lot of character to the mix, with some truly creative metaphors contributing to the song’s low-key but smooth tone.
Lush instrumentals round out the song, making for a memorable entry.
Missing You R&B Songs for Him
It’s hard to be apart from the one you love, whether it’s for a short time or a long time. The miles between can feel endless, and the longing to be close to them again can be all-consuming.
Whether you are far away from your man, or you are in the same city but just having a tough time getting together, allow these missing-you R&B songs for him to bridge the gap between you two.
- Before You Walk out of My Life – Monica
- Ex-Factor – Lauryn Hill
- Love Takes Time – Mariah Carey
- I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston
- Without You – Mariah Carey
- If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
- Understanding – Xscape
- Forever – Mariah Carey
90s R&B Missing You Songs
The 1990s was a time when missing someone far away was really put to the test. There were no social media to help you stay in touch, no texting to send them a quick message, and no FaceTime to see their face. If you were in a long-distance relationship, you really had to get creative about staying connected.
Today it is all too easy to take technology for granted, but back in the day, a simple phone call was cherished. That being said, here are some 90s R&B missing-you songs that will help you reminisce about the good old days while still being relevant today.
- Don’t Leave Me – Blackstreet
- So Sick – Ne-Yo, Shaffer Smith
- The One I Gave My Heart To – Aaliyah
- Not Gon’ Cry – Mary J. Blige
- Foolish – Ashanti
- We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
- Tears Dry On Their Own
- How Come You Don’t Call Me – Alicia Keys
- Almost Doesn’t Count – Brandy
So, there you have it – 30 of the best R&B miss you songs out there. Whether you are in a long-distance relationship, missing your partner or just went through a breakup, these songs will help you express your feelings and hopefully make the missing a little bit easier. We hope you enjoyed our list, and please feel free to share it with anyone who might need a little musical comfort.