There are 64 songs about touching and hugging in this collection.

FlourishAnyway is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song, and believes there is a playlist for just about any situation.

Pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about touching and hugging celebrate the magic of being able to hug, touch, and hold hands with loved ones, friends, and others.

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Touch Is Soul-Healing Medicine

We learned how much we need each other’s touch during the pandemic. We hugged friends, loved ones, and even strangers hello and goodbye without thinking, and used a gentle squeeze to convey congratulations and condolences. Fist bumps, pats on the backs, and encouraging high fives were exchanged among teammates. People used to greet each other with an outstretched hand, judging a stranger’s handshake by the firmness of their grip.

Loneliness, stress, difficulty sleeping, low relationship satisfaction, depression, and anxiety are all linked to it. The pandemic, on the other hand, threw a cold wet blanket over all of that warm touchy-feely bonding. As a result, many of us became touch-deficient. Touch starvation (also known as “affection deprivation,” “hug deprivation,” or “skin hunger”) is a longing for other people’s touch or physical contact. COVID-19 left an indelible mark on the way we socially interact, as fear of deathly contagion forced us to back away from one another.

Touch is beneficial to both the soul and the body. We may never be as affectionate as we were before the pandemic, but I’m relieved that I can hug my parents and extended family again. A soothing touch relaxes the nervous system, increases dopamine (the pleasure neurotransmitter) and serotonin (the happiness neurotransmitter), lowers stress hormones, improves healing, reduces pain, and lowers heart rate and blood pressure.

It’s beneficial to both of you. Make a playlist of songs about touching, hugging, and holding hands from pop, rock, country, and R&B, and hug someone you care about today.

1. Journey’s “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'”

Who knows if it’s the tight pants, but no one can sing classic emotional rock songs quite like Steve Perry. With his long, flowing 1970s hair and that front-tied blouse, I was surprised at how much the Journey frontman channels his inner girly side in the video. Hey, no one is judging you.

The band’s first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin.” “You make me weep and wanna die,” the lovelorn guy in this 1979 rock song exclaims to the woman who has left him for another man, and later confides, “You’re tearin’ me apart.”

It’s mental torture for him to see his sweetheart physically involved with her new partner, lovin’, touching, and squeezin’. The only solace available is the knowledge that she will soon be in the same heartbroken boat as he is. The poor guy can’t seem to get the images of them working out of his head.

2. Justin Bieber’s “Holy” (featuring Chance the Rapper)

Justin Bieber surprised fans when he married model/actress Hailey Baldwin in a courthouse wedding in 2018 after a 10-year on-again/off-again relationship with singer Selena Gomez. Some might argue that 24 is an unusually young age to start a family, especially for a pop star. They’d only been together for two months.

This is how it feels to live forever. The Grammy Award-winning artist describes “running to the altar like a track star” after finding the love of his life, whose touch is pure and cleansing, in this religiously laced song from 2021. She holds him in a way that is forgiving, real, and holy in the middle of the night.

Bieber, an evangelical Christian, freely admits to being a sinner in the song. As a teenager, the star was involved in a number of legal issues and scandals, including vandalism for throwing eggs at a neighbor’s house, an illegal street race in a rented Lamborghini, and roughing up a paparazzi.

3. Bruce Springfield’s “Human Touch”

In this 1992 rock song, a lonely man makes a low-key proposal for tactile connection. If you can’t find a partner to love in the musical chairs game of romantic pairing, you might be able to find one to canoodle with. Come on, let’s help each other out. He craves conversation and physical comfort, so he tries to persuade his intended partner that she is not alone in her heartbreak.

4. Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do”

Her mind is racing, she can’t think straight, and he’s making her stutter. Girl, ask for what you want.) The song’s narrator is yearning for more from her lover after the first few touches. In this 2015 electropop power ballad from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, sultry is the name of the game. (What are you waiting for? As she waits for him to touch her again, she’s getting the sexy shivers.

5. Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself”

The female narrator in this 1990 pop-rock song, smitten by a man who doesn’t seem to reciprocate her feelings, decides to take matters into her own hands. The DIY damsel fantasizes about her unrequited lover while paddling the pink canoe, tickling the lily, diddling Miss Daisy (or whatever you want to call it). She squeals with delight as she “oohs” and “ahhs.” Men aren’t the only ones who like to do things themselves.

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6. Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody”

He makes an emotional appeal to his intended partner, making it clear that this is more about lust than mere dancing, and more about satisfying his own needs than hers, as he wishes to spend the rest of the night with one specific woman. He narrows his focus. In the way he cries out, “I really wanna touch somebody” and “I really wanna love somebody,” the narrator’s intense longing borders on desperation. In this dance-pop single from 2013, the sure-footed guy is looking for love on the dance floor and believes he has found it.

Rod Stewart’s “Love Touch” is number seven.

(I have a feeling he cheated.) The clod insults her with this remarkable un-apology, claiming that it doesn’t matter who is right or wrong (yeah, right, only if you’re the one who’s wrong). In this 1986 pop song, the guy does a poor job of apologizing for his romantic transgressions, which have damaged his lady’s trust.

I didn’t mean to be bad, but darlin’ I’m still the best you’ve ever had. Allow me the opportunity to show you how much I want to give you my love touchLove touch.

Despite reaching the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States, Rod Stewart described the song as “one of the silliest songs I’ve ever recorded.”

8. Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand”

As a result, Nellie, who is nervous, asks him to hold her hand, assist her in gaining a grip, and prevent her from falling. As she battles her anxiety, the woman in this danceable pop hit from 2015 earnestly seeks support from her significant other. She is in a difficult situation and requires the support of someone stronger.

Mel Carter’s “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” is number nine.

The thrill of first love, oh, the thrill of first love! The young lad throws caution to the wind, pleading with his sweetheart to hold him, thrill him, kiss him, and never let him go while professing eternal love and devotion to her. Mel Carter’s 1965 signature song’s narrator is in the midst of his first romantic relationship, and he’s ignoring wise advice to take it slow.

Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Touch” is number ten.

The song is about holding her and connecting with her soul on a human level, despite the fact that he will never truly have her heart. If you’ve ever been in a lopsided romance, you’ll recognize this 1977 soft rock song as an emotionally raw love ballad. Timing is crucial in love, and you can’t always get it right. Dan Hill, a singer-songwriter, wrote this hit about a woman he adored who was in love with someone else.

11. Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Hold My Hand”

Their debut single was this upbeat ballad from 1994. They may not be able to change the world, but they can change their own little corner of it. In it, the narrator of the song extends his hand to his friend in a powerful display of unity and personal strength. Darrius Rucker was Hootie, the frontman of the rock band Hootie & The Blowfish, long before he became a country music star. The man expresses forgiveness and acceptance through touch.

12. Alicia Keys’ “Like You’ll Never See Me Again”

(For example, a woman at my workplace was hit and killed by the proverbial beer truck!) Anything could happen at any time. We never know when our number will be called and we will be called away for good.

That means touching her as if it’s the last time, kissing her as if it’s the last time, and holding her as if it’s the last time they’ll ever see each other. While that seems a little over-the-top and emotionally draining to me, I believe her overall point was to make sure you show the people in your life how much you care. Alicia Keys implores her partner to appreciate every moment they have together in this breathy 2007 R&B crossover hit.

13. Alabama’s “Touch Me When We’re Dancing”

He begs her to: He wants to slow dance with his lady friend, whisper in her ear, kiss her, and most importantly, feel her touch as he prepares to take this relationship to the next level. This 1986 country chart-topper’s touchy-feely narrator is feeling frisky and planning some major moves on his honey.

Come on, put your hand on my shoulder while we’re dancing. When I’m in love, I want to be able to feel you. You’ve got that lovin’ touch, don’t you? Touch me when we’re dancing, please.

The song was a cover of The Carpenters’ pop hit from 1981, which was also their final Billboard Top 40 Hot 100 song.

14. Ariana Grande’s “Into You”

Because I’m so into you, a little less conversation and a little more touching my body would be nice.

Even though she wants to keep it a secret, their obvious attraction is drawing everyone’s attention. Sister, take a deep breath and relax. As she is mesmerized by a love interest, the girl in this 2016 pop song is about to overheat. If they can put some water on this thing long enough to take their business elsewhere, there’s a surefire hookup on the horizon.

15. The Staple Singers’ “Take a Hand, Touch a Friend”

This powerful and timeless message is conveyed in this 1973 soul/pop crossover song. After all, touching a hand in friendship also means touching a heart. It encourages the listener to extend a hand in friendship and touch another’s hand in order to work together to improve the world. How will you reach out to others and make a difference in their lives?

the sixteenth R.E.M.’s “Shiny Happy People”

“Shiny Happy People,” which was intended as a protest song, was misinterpreted by listeners as a lighthearted, happy tune. You’d be correct if you thought this R.E.M. rock single from 1991 was unusually bubbly. The irony of the phrase “shiny happy people holding hands” went completely unnoticed. The hook of the song was inspired by Chinese government propaganda posters created in the aftermath of the Tienanmen Square uprising, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of student protesters. It’s a song that’s widely misunderstood.

Forbes’ list of the “Worst Lyrics of All Time” in 2021 and AOL’s list of the “111 Wussiest Songs of All Time” in 2006 both included “Shiny Happy People.” Moreover, despite its worldwide success, lead singer and co-writer Michael Stipe has referred to it as one of the dumbest songs ever written.

17. A Great Big World’s “Hold Each Other” (featuring Futuristic)

It wasn’t long ago that even out LGBTQ artists avoided singing about same-sex love. Instead, they would prefer to avoid pronouns that indicated their lover’s gender. (Or, alternatively, they’d give in and sing about loving the other sex.)

Both gay and straight singers make up the Grammy Award-winning duo. Each singer says that holding their lover brings them warmth and peace in the song. In this song, the duo’s overall message is that love is love. A Great Big World subtly delivers emotional authenticity in this 2015 pop song with a simple yet powerful change of pronoun.

“Reach Out and Touch (Someone’s Hand)” is number 18 on the list. Diana Ross is the author of this piece.

Will you not reach out to me? Everything starts with the power of touch. This 1970 soul single urges each of us to make the world a better place by reaching out and touching another person’s hand, as if lifted directly from a greeting card. By sharing our problems and offering words of kindness and encouragement, we can make each other’s lives easier.

19. Ava Max’s “Not Your Barbie Doll”

This girl with strong boundaries is confident in herself, has genuine thoughts and feelings, and is determined to forge her own path: In this 2018 female empowerment anthem, Albanian-American singer-songwriter Ava Max makes it clear that touching her requires consent. (And you don’t have it, either.)

Unless I say otherwise, this isn’t your Barbie. You are not allowed to touch me or my body there. Call me classic because I’m not made of plastic. I’m not your Barbie girl; I live in my own little world.

Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” is number 20.

He begs his temporary partner to stay a little longer out of desperation. The 2014 pop song is about a guy who has had bad luck with women and relies too heavily on one-night stands. He wakes up dejected in bed the morning after a one-night stand, knowing that this sexual tryst will not lead to a relationship. Oh, my goodness, this guy is an emotional shambles. What a sad and awkward situation!

– Ann Hood, a novelist from the United States “A good strong hug has more power than a thousand meaningful words.”

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More Songs About Hugging and Touching

Submit a suggestion in the section below. Do you have a song recommendation for this heartfelt and reassuring playlist?

21. I’d like to take your hand in mine The Beatles In the year 1963,
Hold Her (number 22) For the King and the Country the year 2018
22. I Want Your Body (Touch Me) Samantha Fox is a character in the film Samantha Fox the year 1986
24. Belief George Michael is a well-known musician. the year 1987
Human Touch (No. 25) Springfield, Rick The year was 1983.
Hold Me Now (No. 26) Thompson Twins are a pair of brothers. The year was 1983.
27. Keep Me in Your Arms While You Wait Capaldi, Lewis The year 2019 is upon us.
Do You Want To Touch Me? Joan Jett is an American singer-songwriter who is best known The year was 1982.
30. I’m Back in My Arms The Supremes are a group of women who are known for In the year 1965,
31. Make a contact Little Mix is a band from the United Kingdom. the year 2016
Touch My Body (number 32) Mariah Carey is a singer who is well-known for her the year 2008
You’ve Got the Touch (number 33) Alabama is a state in the United States the year 1986
34. Make contact Little Mix is a band from the United Kingdom. the year 2016
Take My Hand, No. 35 XCX Charli the year 2013
Touch Me (number 36) The Doors are a band from the United Kingdom. The year was 1968.
37. Make contact Paul Williams is a member of Daft Punk. the year 2013
38. Hold Me, Love Me, Touch Me Claudette Ginette the year 2014
Invisible Touch (number 39) Genesis is the first book of the Bible. the year 1986
Touch Me (All Night Long) (#40) Dennis, Cathy In 1991,
41. I’ll Take You In My Arms (featuring Ava Max) Witt Lowry the year 2018
42. In the Morning, Touch Me Diana Ross is a well-known actress. The year was 1973.
43. Every Time We Make Contact Cascada is a type of waterfall. In the year 2005,
Physical 44. Olivia Newton-John is a well-known singer and actress. In the year 1981,
45. Put Your Hand On It Monifah is a Muslim woman who lives in Saudi Arabia. Year: 1998
How to Touch a Girl, No. 46 JoJo is a character in the film JoJo In the year 2006,
Please take hold of me. 48. Fleetwood Mac is a rock band from the United Kingdom. The year was 1982.
48. A Hand to Cling To Cougar John The year was 1982.
Too Much Touching 48. AC/DC (alternating current/direct current) In 1979,
50. Make contact with the hand Twitty, Conway In the year 1975,
B.O.B. 51. Gray, Macy the year 2013
Do you think I’m attractive? 51. Rod Stewart is a well-known entertainer. The year was 1978.
53 From Dusk to Dawn Sia (featuring Zayn) the year 2018
54. Take Me In Your Arms Garden of the Savages the year 2000
When You Touch Me, No. 55 Brandy is a brand of bourbon the year 2002
Touch of My Hand (number 56) Britney Spears is a pop star from the United States. the year 2003
57. Would You Hold It Against Me If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body? The Bellamy Brothers are a pair of brothers from the United States. In 1979,
58. There are Eight Days in a Week The Beatles are a group of musicians who formed in In the year 1964,
Never Gonna Let You Go (No. 59) Sérgio Mendes is a Brazilian actor. The year was 1983.
60. You Can’t Hold It Against Me Britney Spears is a pop star from the United States. The year 2011
61. Loving You and Holding Her Conley, Earl Thomas The year was 1983.
62. Please Touch Me Avicci is a fictional character created by Avicci the year 2015
Number 63. Melody Unchained The Brothers of the Righteous In the year 1965,
The Magic Touch (number 64) The Platters are a band from the United Kingdom. In the year 1964,

FlourishAnyway 2021


On May 24, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

Thank you for your contribution! I’m glad you’ve returned! – Heidi I had to play that one again to refresh my memory, but I remember it now.

Heidi Thorne, Chicago, Illinois, on May 23, 2021:

I’m trying to catch up. So, I guess you could say I’m re-connecting? 😉

Of course, I immediately thought of the Journey song.

The Magic Touch by The Platters is the theme song for my ad. From the early rock era, this is one of my favorite songs.

Have a wonderful week!

On May 17, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

Devika is a woman who lives in India. Have a wonderful week. I’m glad you liked the music on this playlist.

On May 17, 2021, Devika Primi from Dubrovnik, Croatia:

You have educated me, and I am grateful to have learned about more of these songs as a result of your efforts. I enjoy listening to music and had never considered such songs.

On May 15, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

I’m glad you found this new and interesting. Thank you for taking the time to visit. – Ravi

On May 15, 2021, Ravi Rajan, from Mumbai, will deliver the following speech:

Here’s where I learned something new. Except for “Holy” and “Human Touch,” the rest of the songs are new to me, and I plan to listen to them over the weekend. Flourish, thank you for sharing this wonderful collection.

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

– Jo – I hope everything is going well for you and your family. Thank you for taking the time to visit. Have a fantastic weekend! Isn’t this a beautiful song?

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

Take good care of yourself and the people you care about. Chitrangada is a town in the Indian state of Maharashtra. I’ll be relieved when this is over and we can express affection without fear of transmitting COVID-19.

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

– Brenda I, too, get frustrated when articles disappear from the feed. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment. Have a fantastic weekend!

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

I’m not interested in going back to restaurants or other public places until vaccination rates improve, but I do enjoy hugging my family, even the sassy ones. – Bill They’re the ones who, I believe, require it the most.

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

– Linda Some of the songs were particularly enjoyable to me, and I’ve been singing them to Mr. Flourish. In light of my target audience’s demographics, I was concerned that it contained too many senior citizens. I’m glad you found it enjoyable.

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

It was strange, but no one had been vaccinated yet, and she, like us, was desperate for a hug. Bill – During the worst of the pandemic, my mother was so desperate for a hug that we had her drape a sheet over her head and entire body, then take turns hugging her through the sheet while wearing masks so we wouldn’t breathe on her.

On May 14, 2021, Jo Miller of Tennessee will:

Just as we’re told we can stop wearing masks and loosen up with social distancing, we’re told we can’t. “Sometimes When We Touch” is still one of my favorite songs. What an opportune article.

On May 14, 2021, Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India:

It’s crucial to express love and affection, and this can’t be done without hugs and personal touch. A wonderful collection of songs about hugging and touching. I had a lot of fun going through your well-organized list. And, after this pandemic, I just hope those personal touches return soon.

Thank you for yet another excellent article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE, May 14, 2021, from Washington Court House:

This was read, then it vanished from the feed.

Finally, I was able to locate it.

When we greet people, all we need is a simple touch or a handshake. Those days of touching…I’m not sure we realized how much we do until now.

We’ve all done it: started reaching out, remembered the virus, and then stopped.

You’ve put together a fantastic playlist.

I can’t recall all of tgem’s names, and I’m not going to risk losing it in the feed again.

The Beatles, Rod Stewart, and others, on the other hand,

I really liked the first one, and I like how you added personal notes to each one.

You did an excellent job.

On May 14, 2021, Massachusetts’ Bill De Giulio will say:

And it’s very timely as we begin to reclaim some semblance of normalcy. Flourish, this is a fantastic list. I believe that the ability to hug a family member or friend is the one thing that people miss the most as a result of the pandemic. We can do without going to restaurants, shopping, traveling, and so on, but human contact is essential.

On May 14, 2021, Linda Lum from Washington State, USA:

What a fantastic playlist, with plenty of oldies to keep me humming for the rest of the day. Fill in the gaps, I’m a hugger, and this pandemic has been particularly difficult for me.

On May 14, 2021, Bill Holland from Olympia, WA writes:

I finally got the number one song on the chart!!! Hurrah! chuckle

You “touched” on an important aspect of the pandemic. It’s such a small thing, but it’s vital to our survival as humans. Hugging and shaking hands have been the things I’ve missed the most over the last year.

I certainly hope so! Will things be back to normal soon?

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

I’m glad you came by. Consistency – Thank you for taking the time to read this.

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

Dora – I’m Dora. Thank you for taking the time to visit and for your kind and encouraging words. Have a fantastic weekend.


I enjoy music, and this article is written specifically for me and other music fans. Fantastic

On May 14, 2021, Dora Weithers from the Caribbean will:

Great songs, great singers, and a great theme. There are many fascinating stories surrounding these songs, according to Flourish. Thank you very much! They assist us in comprehending why we miss the touches and hugs.

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

– Pamela Have a wonderful weekend and hug those you feel safe touching, especially your family. I’m glad you found them enjoyable. Thank you very much.

On May 14, 2021, Pamela Oglesby from sunny Florida writes:

There were a few new songs for me, as usual, but I enjoyed this collection of good songs. This is a fantastic collection of songs. I really wish we could go back to hugging and shaking hands like we used to.

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

You are very generous. Devika is a woman who lives in India. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. Have a fantastic weekend.

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

Have a great weekend and remember to stay safe. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Umesh – I’m Umesh, and I’m

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

I’m a hugger by nature, but the pandemic has shown me how germy people can be with their droplets and dirty hands, among other things. I’m not sure when, if ever, this will return to pre-pandemic levels. In my head, I’ve got both Journey and Hootie and the Blowfish songs on repeat! I may be able to permanently change my habit of shaking hands with people I don’t know. – Peggy

On May 14, 2021, FlourishAnyway (author) from the United States:

Hopefully, as we recover from the pandemic, we will be able to touch our friends and loved ones without fear of spreading the disease. – Linda Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, and have a wonderful weekend!

On May 14, 2021, Devika Primi from Dubrovnik, Croatia:

Songs that are both touching and hugging are simply amazing! Your playlist is ideal for any occasion.

On May 13, 2021, Umesh Chandra Bhatt of Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India:

Compilation that is both exhaustive and beautiful. Excellent work. They’re useful for humming alone or singing in a low voice while you’re working.

In any case, keep writing and prosper!

On May 13, 2021, Peggy Woods of Houston, Texas:

I hope that once the pandemic is over, we can go back to touching and hugging like we used to. Many of the songs you mentioned are fantastic. I’m currently hearing the Beatles’ song in my head. It is crucial.

On May 13, 2021, Linda Crampton of British Columbia, Canada:

This article has a fantastic theme that you’ve chosen. Flourish, thank you for the reminder and for sharing the music. As you say, touch can be wonderful medicine for the soul.

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