21 Of The Best Songs About Talking

Written by Dan Farrant

Communication plays a pivotal role in fostering understanding and harmony among friends, lovers, family, and strangers. And in the realm of music, there are many songs that encapsulate the essence of effective communication in various aspects of life.

Whether it’s a heart-to-heart talk or a missed connection, the topic of talking fuels a range of emotions in songs. These serve as both mirrors and guides, reflecting the nuances of conversations and highlighting the significance of open dialogue.

Here, we’ve curated a playlist featuring 21 of the best songs about talking. Keep reading to discover which songs made the list!

1. “Talking To Myself” By Linkin Park

First on our list is a song with talking in the title. Linkin Park’s “Talking to Myself” has a harrowing background story: the lyrics are seen through the lens of then-frontman Chester Bennington’s wife as she struggles while observing her husband’s descent into the depths of his inner turmoil.

The lyrics are relatable to anyone who has helplessly witnessed their loved ones struggling with their mental health: “Tell me what I’ve gotta do / There’s no getting through to you … You say I can’t understand / but you’re not giving me a chance.”

Adding another layer of tragedy to the composition is the fact that a day after the official music video was released, Bennington took his own life. This grim event further amplifies the emotional weight of the song, highlighting the challenges of effective communication in the face of mental health battles.

2. “Talking In Your Sleep” By The Romantics

Up next is a rock song with talking in the lyrics. “Taking in Your Sleep,” by The Romantics, has a lighter and more optimistic view regarding communication.

It talks about the truths we tend to express out loud when we’re dreaming — things we would otherwise not admit during our waking moments. The chorus playfully repeats the lines, “I hear the secrets that you keep / when you’re talkin’ in your sleep.”

The song goes on to have an endearing perspective from the singer: “When you close your eyes … / I can hear the things that you’re dreamin’ about / when you open up your heart and the truth comes out.”

The upbeat tempo and lively rhythm serve as a stark contrast to the introspective themes of the song, which explores the intriguing mysteries behind our subconscious minds.

3. “Talking Body” By Tove Lo

Moving on to the next track on our list, we have “Talking Body” by Tove Lo, a song that mentions talking metaphorically. In this electropop hit, Lo sings about the intricacies of using casual intimacy as a means of coping with life’s challenges.

Within the lyrics, Lo expresses how physical connection can serve as a temporary escape: “Day drunk into the night / wanna keep you here / ’cause you dry my tears … / Now if we’re talking body / you got a perfect one / so put it on me.” 

The term “talking body” can be interpreted as a metaphor for the unspoken language communicated through sexual intimacy. The song becomes a commentary on the multifaceted nature of human connections and the various ways individuals seek solace in the face of adversity.

4. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” By Carolina Gaitán & The Encanto Cast

In families, there’s often a person who’s considered the black sheep, and this is what “What We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is about. Sung by Carolina Gaitán, who voices the weather-manipulating Aunt Pepa along with the rest of the Encanto cast, the song is about the Madrigal family’s estranged uncle Bruno.

The lyrics are just as straightforward as the title: It recounts how Uncle Bruno is not worthy of any mention due to his allegedly abhorrent behavior and his unsettling predictions of the future: “Your fate is sealed when your prophecy is read.”

The Madrigal family’s unwillingness to talk about Bruno shows how difficult and painful problems within a family can be. It confronts the age-old question of whether it is easier to bury uncomfortable truths or face the discomfort of addressing them head-on.

5. “We Don’t Talk Anymore” By Charlie Puth Ft. Selena Gomez

The dissolution of a relationship often leads to the cutting off of communication. Charlie Puth explores these themes in “We Don’t Talk Anymore.” A duet with Selena Gomez, the song delves into the lingering sentiments of remorse that follow a romantic separation.

Despite the upbeat tempo, the melancholic undertones of the song are unmistakable, as the lyrics delve into the emotional aftermath of a breakup: “We don’t talk anymore / like we used to do / We don’t love anymore / What was all of it for?”

Overall, “We Don’t Talk Anymore” serves as a musical reflection on the complexities of human relationships and the inevitable void left in the wake of a love that once thrived.

6. “Now That We Don’t Talk” By Taylor Swift

Coming to terms with the end of a relationship can be hard, especially one that you value so much. Taylor Swift explores these sentiments in her song “Now that We Don’t Talk.”

Famous for infusing her songs with personal narratives, Swift appears to draw inspiration from her past relationship with English singer Harry Styles. In the song, Swift laments the bittersweet feeling of your ex moving on with life as you watch on the sidelines.

The ending verse is particularly poignant, with Swift accepting that the fact that they don’t talk is a consequence of the paths they’ve chosen: “And the only way back to my dignity / was to turn into a shrouded mystery … / Guess this is how it was to be.”

7. “Late Night Talking” By Harry Styles

A related song to the previous one on our list, we have Harry Styles and his 1970s-vibe pop song “Late Night Talking.” Unlike his ex, Taylor Swift’s song is about lamenting a past relationship, but Style’s song is about his unwavering commitment to his current partner.

The lyrics and the upbeat tune celebrate the simple pleasure of just being in each other’s company: “We’ve been doin’ all this late night talkin’ / ’bout anythin’ you want until the mornin’ / Now you’re in my life / I can’t get you off my mind.”

In “Late Night Talking,” Styles transforms the mundane into the extraordinary, finding beauty in the ordinary exchanges that define the depth of a loving bond.

8. “Talking To The Moon” By Bruno Mars

Physical distance between lovers can take a toll on both sides, and for some, talking to a non-sentient thing can be a source of comfort. In Bruno Mars’ power ballad “Talking to the Moon,” he beautifully expresses his yearning for a loved one who is miles away. 

In the song, the moon becomes a silent confidant, a witness to the narrator’s innermost thoughts and emotions: “At night, when the stars light up my room / I sit by myself / talking to the moon / trying to get to you.”

This metaphorical conversation serves as a poignant portrayal of the lengths one may go to bridge the emotional gap between two hearts that are physically separated.

9. “Talkin’ ’Bout A Revolution” By Tracy Chapman

Communication possesses the transformative ability to reshape not only the course of individual lives but also entire nations. Tracy Chapman’s “Talkin’ ’Bout a Revolution” may not have garnered widespread attention upon its release in the late 1980s, but it became instrumental during the Tunisian Revolution of 2011.

The lyrics echo themes of social justice and the yearning for change: “I’ve been standing in the welfare lines / crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation … And finally, the tables are starting to turn / talkin’ ’bout a revolution.”

The song resonated with the collective aspirations of the Tunisian people as they sought to overthrow oppressive regimes and demand political freedom. It serves as a testament to the enduring power of art and dialogue in driving social and political change.

10. “The Adults Are Talking” By The Strokes

Generational gaps can sometimes give rise to discord, fueled by the idealist and rebellious nature of the younger generation. The Strokes’ track “The Adults Are Talking” dives into this very theme.

In the song, The Strokes masterfully articulate the challenges that emerge when the wisdom of experience — or the lack of it — clashes with the vigor of youthful idealism: “They will blame us, crucify and shame us / We can’t help it if we are a problem . . . / I’m climbin’ up your wall.”

The lyrics serve as a commentary on the difficulties of communication across these generational lines, highlighting the age-old challenge of reconciling different worldviews.

11. “Small Talk” By Katy Perry

Going back to the topic of romantic relationships, few situations are as uncomfortable as talking to your ex after a breakup. Katy Perry skillfully explores this relatable experience through her song “Small Talk.”

In the lyrics, Perry reflects on the superficial conversations that often ensue when you happen to run into your ex-partner: “Isn’t it strange that you used to know me? / All the highs and lows and in-betweens / and now you see me and just say, ‘Hey.’”

Perry’s candid approach to storytelling in the song makes it a relatable anthem for anyone who has ever faced the challenge of maintaining composure while grappling with unresolved feelings.

12. “Talk Is Overrated” By Jeremy Zucker Ft. Blackbear

In contemporary society, commitment tends to be overlooked, particularly by the younger generation that leans toward casual relations. Jeremy Zucker is on point about this in his song “Talk Is Overrated.”

In this collaboration, Zucker and Blackbear delve into the nuances of modern relationships, highlighting the non-committal approach many adopt, often favoring ambiguity: “Talk is overrated, let’s just vibe / and love is overrated in my mind.”

Looking from a different perspective, the song conveys a sense of liberation from traditional constraints, urging listeners to embrace the fluidity of connections and to find meaning beyond the confines of formal labels.

13. “Talk Me Down” By Troye Sivan

In relationships, we often go to great lengths just to hold on to what little connection we have to a partner that’s slipping away. Troye Sivan takes a melancholic take on this with his song “Talk Me Down.”

In the song and the accompanying music video, the song is seen through the perspective of Sivan’s childhood friend. Their innocent friendship is implied to have developed into something more, but the other party seems reluctant: “And I know I like to draw that line when it starts to get too real … / so come over now and talk me down / and talk me down.”

The plea to “talk me down” encapsulates a cry for understanding and compassion to confront the complexities that threaten to unravel the bond.

14. “Talk You Down” By The Script

Another related song exploring the theme of fading love is The Script’s “Talk You Down.” This poignant track delves into the complex emotions of trying to salvage a relationship on the verge of collapse.

Each verse of the song encapsulates the struggle to communicate and to bridge the growing distance between the two lovers: “Gonna use my heart and not my head / and try to open up your eyes … / Maybe I can talk you down / Maybe I can turn around.”

The song also explores the sheer desperation one goes through amidst a breakup, with the verse “’Cause if you go, I go” implying that the singer is entwined with a profound fear of losing not only the relationship but a part of themselves. 

15. “Walls Could Talk” By Halsey

Often, we try our best to communicate with our partner, but every word uttered is for naught when the other isn’t comprehending what you’re trying to say. This is what Halsey’s “Walls Could Talk” is all about.

Despite the song’s length of only less than two minutes, it encapsulates the frustration and longing that arise when communication breaks down in a relationship. The metaphorical walls mentioned in the title suggest the barriers that hinder open and honest communication. 

It serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of not only speaking but also truly understanding and being understood in a relationship.

16. “Talk Dirty” By Jason Derulo Ft. 2 Chainz

A collaboration between R&B singer Jason Derulo and rapper 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty” is a song that underscores the ability to transcend language barriers within the shared, universal realm of flirting.

The lyrics of “Talk Dirty” weave a tapestry of sensuality, rhythm, and playful wordplay: “Been around the world, don’t speak the language / but your booty don’t need explaining / All I really need to understand is / when you, you talk dirty to me.”

The song celebrates the idea that, in the intimate dance of bodies and desires, communication goes beyond spoken words. It is a message that many listeners can relate to.

17. “Talk Too Much” By COIN

If miscommunication is a common problem, over-communication can be a challenge, too. COIN’s frontman Chase Lawrence expresses this in their song “Talk Too Much”: his inability to leave certain things unsaid.

“Talk Too Much” dives into the consequences of verbal overflow, exploring the impact it can have on relationships and self-perception: “You know I talk too much / Honey, come put your lips on mine and shut me up / We could blame it all on human nature.”

The song invites us to consider the value of thoughtful pauses, the power of restraint, and the importance of choosing our words wisely. 

18. “Everybody Talks” By Neon Trees

Rumors wield a potent influence over individuals’ lives. Beneath the cheerful melody of Neon Trees’ “Everybody Talks” lies a narrative rooted in the personal experience of lead vocalist Tyler Glenn.

The song is inspired by Glenn’s past, where an ex-girlfriend spread rumors suggesting he was gay: “Hey sugar, what you gotta say? / It started with a whisper … / Mama’s always gotta back-track / when everybody talks back.”

Remarkably, the rumors proved prophetic, as Glenn later embraced and publicly acknowledged his LGBTQ+ identity. Despite the initial tumultuous repercussions triggered by the rumors, Glenn has emerged from the shadows of speculation with gratitude.

19. “Talk Shows On Mute” By Incubus

Media and talk shows possess the capability to manipulate the perceptions of their viewers. “Talk Shows on Mute” by Incubus explores these themes, adding a literary reference to classic dystopian novels 1984 and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

These literary devices add depth to the exploration of societal control: “The electric sheep are dreaming up your fate / and judge you from the card castle / Comfort of America / come one, come all / into 1984.”

In a world where information is carefully curated and disseminated, the lyrics of the song serve as a poignant reflection on the potential consequences of unchecked media influence.

20. “Talk” By Hozier

Another song that cleverly uses literary devices is Hozier’s “Talk.” Drawing inspiration from the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, it is all about the deceptive power of seduction and the consequences of succumbing to the forces of temptation.

In the lyrics, the song examines how the allure of seduction can lead individuals astray: “I’d be the choiceless hope in grief / that drove him [Orpheus] underground … / I’d be the last shred of truth / in the lost myth of true love.”

The metaphorical descent into the underworld in the lyrics mirrors the emotional challenge people face in the pursuit of intimacy. It reminds us that genuine connection often demands courage, resilience, and a willingness to confront the shadows within ourselves.

21. “She Talks To Rainbows” By Ramones

In life, we often encounter people who have built up a strong wall around them, keeping people who genuinely want to make a connection at arm’s length. Ramones’ “She Talks to Rainbows” captures this experience quite well.

The lyrics delve into the singer’s frustration with the girl’s emotional stronghold: “Talks to the rainbows and to the seas / She talks to trees / She don’t talk to me.” The song’s portrayal of the struggle to connect resonates with the innate human yearning for authentic relationships.

Ultimately, “She Talks to Rainbows” prompts reflection on the shared human experience of loneliness and the possibility of breaking down barriers through empathy, compassion, and understanding.

Summing Up Our List Of Communication And Talking Songs

That wraps up our list of the best songs about communication and talking! From the melancholic undertones of Bruno Mars’ “Talking to the Moon” to the perky melody of COIN’s “Talk Too Much,” these songs in our list are sure to strike a chord with anyone who has ever struggled with expressing themselves or connecting with others.

So next time you’re feeling lost or alone, turn on one of these songs and let their messages sink in. And if there are some songs that we missed, feel free to share them with us, and we’ll be sure to add them!

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Dan Farrant, the founder of Hello Music Theory, has been teaching music for over 15 years, helping hundreds of thousands of students unlock the joy of music. He graduated from The Royal Academy of Music in 2012 and then launched Hello Music Theory in 2014. He plays the guitar, piano, bass guitar and double bass and loves teaching music theory.