Songs About the Friend Zone

Tunes for the lovers stuck in a platonic relationship.

"Just a Friend" - It's tough being stuck in the friend zone and having your feelings stuffed away in that "play" brother/sister corner. Several artists have made records about being placed in purgatory while others have kicked game about breaking that emergency glass and going for theirs. The Diabolical Biz Markie took us down his road of misery in 1989 (and again recently at Comic-Con in a duet with Channing Tatum). "Don't ever talk to a girl who says she has just a friend," Biz warns. We've all been there.Click away and check out more of your favorite artists who've laid a soundtrack for these unfortunate feelings. — Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)(Photo: Warner Bros.)

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"Just a Friend" - It's tough being stuck in the friend zone and having your feelings stuffed away in that "play" brother/sister corner. Several artists have made records about being placed in purgatory while others have kicked game about breaking that emergency glass and going for theirs. The Diabolical Biz Markie took us down his road of misery in 1989 (and again recently at Comic-Con in a duet with Channing Tatum). "Don't ever talk to a girl who says she has just a friend," Biz warns. We've all been there.Click away and check out more of your favorite artists who've laid a soundtrack for these unfortunate feelings. — Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)(Photo: Warner Bros.)

"More Than Friends" - Estelle put her heart on the line in 2008 for this cut about the desire to take a homey-lover-friend relationship to the next chapter. "People wanna know, wonder where I been/What's the deal with him, Is y'all really cool, Is he just a friend?/Now I'm asking you/Tell me what it is."(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IWC)

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"More Than Friends" - Estelle put her heart on the line in 2008 for this cut about the desire to take a homey-lover-friend relationship to the next chapter. "People wanna know, wonder where I been/What's the deal with him, Is y'all really cool, Is he just a friend?/Now I'm asking you/Tell me what it is."(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IWC)

"Not in That Way" - Sam Smith cried the blues on this pop ballad, perhaps because he was too scared to face his fears. "I'd never ask you 'cause deep down I'm certain I know what you'd say/You'd say I'm sorry, believe me, I love you, but not in that way," he lyrically lamented.(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Capitol Records)

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"Not in That Way" - Sam Smith cried the blues on this pop ballad, perhaps because he was too scared to face his fears. "I'd never ask you 'cause deep down I'm certain I know what you'd say/You'd say I'm sorry, believe me, I love you, but not in that way," he lyrically lamented.(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Capitol Records)

"Don't Let Go (Love)" - En Vogue scored another hit in 1996 when they dropped "Don't Let Go (Love)" from the soundtrack to the film Set It Off. Showing their true feelings, they pleaded, "What's it gonna be 'cuz I can't pretend/Don't you want to be more than friends?/Hold me tight and don't let go."(Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images) 

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"Don't Let Go (Love)" - En Vogue scored another hit in 1996 when they dropped "Don't Let Go (Love)" from the soundtrack to the film Set It Off. Showing their true feelings, they pleaded, "What's it gonna be 'cuz I can't pretend/Don't you want to be more than friends?/Hold me tight and don't let go."(Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images) 

"Waiting in Vain" - Bob Marley waited patiently for love on this song. "From the very first time I rest my eyes on you, girl /My heart says follow through/But I know, now, that I'm way down on your line/But the waiting feel is fine," he sang. (Photo: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

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"Waiting in Vain" - Bob Marley waited patiently for love on this song. "From the very first time I rest my eyes on you, girl /My heart says follow through/But I know, now, that I'm way down on your line/But the waiting feel is fine," he sang. (Photo: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

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"Me & My Boo" - Killa Cam showed his softer side when he connected with Charli Baltimore on the track "Me & My Boo" from his 1998 debut Confessions of Fire. They played around with their platonic friendship as Charlie spit, "Never took a chance at romance/Although all my friends think ya fly/But me doing that, I think I'd die/We like Thelma and J.J., Brandy and Ray J." Cam followed up those sentiments with "I wouldn't hit that if we slept in the same bed." Yeah ... a'ight.(Photos from left: John Ricard / BET, Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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"Me & My Boo" - Killa Cam showed his softer side when he connected with Charli Baltimore on the track "Me & My Boo" from his 1998 debut Confessions of Fire. They played around with their platonic friendship as Charlie spit, "Never took a chance at romance/Although all my friends think ya fly/But me doing that, I think I'd die/We like Thelma and J.J., Brandy and Ray J." Cam followed up those sentiments with "I wouldn't hit that if we slept in the same bed." Yeah ... a'ight.(Photos from left: John Ricard / BET, Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

"Just Good Friends" - Motown's golden boys Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson teamed up for the gloved one's 1987 album Bad on this track. Being shunned by his baby (in his mind), Mike belts, "Baby loves me though she never shows she cares/(No, you won't see her kiss and hug me)/My baby loves me though, she acts like I'm not there."(Photo: PA Photos /Landov)

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"Just Good Friends" - Motown's golden boys Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson teamed up for the gloved one's 1987 album Bad on this track. Being shunned by his baby (in his mind), Mike belts, "Baby loves me though she never shows she cares/(No, you won't see her kiss and hug me)/My baby loves me though, she acts like I'm not there."(Photo: PA Photos /Landov)

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"Damn Good Friends" - Elle Varner let her feelings out on "Damn Good Friends" from her 2012 debut Perfectly Imperfect. It doesn't get any realer as she sings, "Two puzzles, identical with the same piece/Missing from both never complete/Never achieving our true perfection/So why go scour the Earth for missed piece/Maybe the piece is in our kiss/Maybe the answer's in my direction."(Photo: Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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"I Wanna Be (Your Baby)" - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has written some of the best love songs ever, but wanting that platonic friend to become more must have sat somewhere in his heart as he recorded three different versions of the song. One version he sang himself, another version Toni Braxton sang and they also made the song as a duet. "I'm gone, put it out there/Lay it on the line/And even if it breaks my heart/I'm giving it a try," they sang.(Photo: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for The New York Palace Hotel)

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"I Wanna Be (Your Baby)" - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has written some of the best love songs ever, but wanting that platonic friend to become more must have sat somewhere in his heart as he recorded three different versions of the song. One version he sang himself, another version Toni Braxton sang and they also made the song as a duet. "I'm gone, put it out there/Lay it on the line/And even if it breaks my heart/I'm giving it a try," they sang.(Photo: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for The New York Palace Hotel)

"Just a Friend" - Baltimore crooner Mario reworked Biz Markie's hit in 2002. Wanting to take his puppy love to the next level, he asked, "Give me one reason why you wouldn't want this kind of guy/'Cause I stay dipped, I stay laced and I know you know I'm fly."(Photo: J Records LLC)

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"Just a Friend" - Baltimore crooner Mario reworked Biz Markie's hit in 2002. Wanting to take his puppy love to the next level, he asked, "Give me one reason why you wouldn't want this kind of guy/'Cause I stay dipped, I stay laced and I know you know I'm fly."(Photo: J Records LLC)

"I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" - Pac originally dropped this gem as a B-side single to "Keep Ya Head Up" in 1993 and it was re-released in 1997 on the posthumous album R U Still Down? (Remember Me). A posthumous video was also released as Pac called for the streets to stand up and wondered what the pearly gates would be like for the boyz n da 'hood. Addressing social ills, Pac holds a mirror to America's face as he proclaims, "It ain't a secret, don't conceal the fact, the penitentiary's packed and it's filled with Blacks."(Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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"Can U Get Away"  - Tupac was pressing up hard on the track "Can U Get Away" from his 1995 classic Me Against the World. Wanting his friend out of an abusive relationship and to come over to greener pastures, he tries to win her over with bars like, "I can see your state of misery from the introduction/Ain't bout no sucking and touching, just harmless discussion/Maybe we can see a better way, find a brighter day."(Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)