6. Loss, loneliness, and longing
Torch songs are sentimental songs about loneliness, heartache, and unrequited love. This includes topics like:
- Being in love with somebody who doesn't see/love you
- Missing a loved one who is gone (death, accident, breakup)
- Being single and wanting love
One of the most famous songs in that last sub-category is probably Celine Dion's "All By Myself"—whether used in Bridget Jones's Diary or on its own, it's a great story that so many of us connected with at one point or another.
The most aching ones, of course, are the songs which speak of a loss of life. Danny Gokey's "I Will Not Say Goodbye" talks about losing his wife. In "Why," Rascal Flatts use a beautiful metaphor to tell the story of a tragic loss through suicide.