Having a crush on someone can be a beautiful thing, but telling that person exactly how you feel instead of admiring from afar? Not so much. Expressing your love for someone in words is a gift that, let’s face it, we’re not all blessed to have. Not an expert in the romance category? Having trouble finding the right words to say? Cat got your tongue? No problem. Let these songs do the talking for you. Flip through our list of songs that’ll be sure to help you open up to your crush. — Ashley Travers
“When I See You” by Fantasia
In this mid-tempo contemporary R&B song, Fantasia sings about being in love with a guy and not being able to tell him due to nerves. She’s so shy that she even walks on the other side of the street when she see’s him coming. This chart-topping track is perfect for getting the attention of your neighborhood crush.
“I Can Love You” by Mary J. Blige Feat. Lil Kim
Released on her third studio album Share My World, Mary J. Blige’s “I Can Love You” is a song about unrequited love. With a verse from Lil Kim, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul serenades the love of her life who is involved with another woman.
“Sittin’ Up In My Room” by Brandy
We’ve all been there: young and in love with someone you think doesn’t even know you exist. That’s exactly what a teenage Brandy sings adresses on this 90s jam. In the video, she is literally chillin’ in her sleeping quarters daydreaming about the love of her life. Remember those days?
“Hey Lover” by LL Cool J Feat. Boys II Men
“Hey Lover” is the Grammy Award-winning first single off of LL Cool J’s sixth album Mr. Smith. The song, which samples Michael Jackson’s “Lady In My Life,” is LL Cool J’s ode to a woman he’s longing to love. With the help of Boys II Men, LL Cool J shows his sensitive side and tells his crush exactly how he feels about her.
“You Don’t Know My Name” by Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys uses a sample of the 1974 song “Let Me Prove My Love To You” by The Main Ingredient to help her get the attention of a man who, like the song says, doesn’t even know her name. The video does an excellent job of showing us what can happen when we finally open up to that special someone.
“She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5
From their 2002 debut album Songs About Jane, “She Will Be Loved” is a beautiful ballad about longing to be with someone. Lead singer Adam Levine serenades a woman who is troubled and broken. He wants to save her but she doesn’t see what she deserves, leaving him only able to love her from afar.
“Outside Your Door” by Me’shell Ndeocello
In this beautiful, Washington, DC native Me’shell Ndeogello pours her heart out to a crush. Me’shell is singing (pleading) with her crush just to sit and talk to her. Nothing more, nothing less. She wants him to know she’s there, waiting for the chance just to speak.
“Hoe” by Jhené Aiko
Not the word that comes to mind when thinking about the one you love, but don’t let the title fool you. This song off of Jhené Aiko’s debut mixtape Sailing Souls is a perfect song for your crush. With the help of Gucci Mane and Miguel, Aiko sings about putting her pride (and reputation) aside, just to be with that special someone.