Friends help shape your life in one way or another; they are your closest support system. That is why it’s not surprising that so many artists have put their feelings about friendships in songs. The best friend songs below include classic rock anthems and some pop chart-toppers.
1. Best Friend – Sweetie ft. Doja Cat
Why not start the list with one of the biggest friendship songs of the modern pop culture. The song features two real-life friends, and for the first thirty seconds of the song, they read each other’s minds. The lyrics, music video, and beat couldn’t have been better. The two pals complement each other all through the song. They celebrate camaraderie and call out misogyny. This song belongs in your best friend’s playlist because it ticks all the right boxes.
2. You Are My Best Friend – Queen
This timeless ode to friendship has never lost its place in people’s hearts after so many years. John Deacon’s wife might have inspired the song, but it has lived as a friendship song ever since its release. The lyrics are an accurate picture of any friendship where your best friend is usually next to you when things are good or bad. Some people view their partners as their best friends; if that’s the case, this song is for you.
3. Best Friends – Missy Elliot ft. Aaliyah
If you have hoped and prayed for your best friend to leave a no-good relationship, these lyrics will speak to you. It’s about a friend who is not happy seeing her pal suffer through a bad relationship. But she still offers a shoulder to cry on if things go south. She says her friend can stay with her at her house any time. It’s an old song but still a classic.
4. Lean On Me – Bill Withers
Bill Withers based this heartfelt song on the reciprocal nature of a solid friendship. The people who console you when you are sad are usually your friends. The lyrics encourage a friend to lean on the singer when they are not feeling strong. Sometimes pride can hinder you from asking for help, even from friends. That’s why the narrator is pleading with his friend to swallow his pride and ask for help when he needs it.
5. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
This bittersweet friendship song was to honor the late Paul Walker from the fast and furious franchise. It’s a recollection of what the two friends like to do and how the friendship that turned into brotherhood developed. The lyrics are a beautiful story, but it can be saddening because they are singing about their dead friend. Losing a friend is probably one of the hardest things anyone can go through.
6. Thank You for Being a Friend – Andrew Gold
You probably know this song as the Golden Girls’ theme song. It’s one of the songs in Andrew Gold’s album from 1978. There are so many proclamations of adoration and hopes for the future in the song. The singer hopes they will grow old together and even die together. He feels like the friend in quest has been nothing short of amazing and offers to buy him a Cadillac if he doesn’t have a car.
7. You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Randy Newman
If you are a fan of the Toy Story movies, you know this song by heart. Randy Newman made the song for the movie, but the lyrics are perfect for your childhood best friend. You can dedicate it to one of your friends who have been with you through thick and thin. The singer says there is nothing he wouldn’t do for his friend. It talks about those rare friendships that have stood the test of time.
8. No New Friends – DJ Khalid ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross
This song praises the loyal friends that have been with you since day one. If you still have your day one crew, there is no need for new friends. Since its release in 2013, it has become a go-to for friendship celebrations for most people. Loyalty is not easy to find, whether from a lover or a friend. The gentlemen here are willing to go all out for loyal friends who’ve been there since the beginning.
9. Wannabe – Spice Girls
The iconic line ‘if you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends’ shows the song places friendship above a romantic relationship. It’s one of the biggest songs from the iconic British pop group. The intro to the song is very catchy, and the upbeat tune will have you dancing in no time. If you are the one who always places your girls before any romantic connect you understand what the Spice Girls are saying.
10. We’re Going To Be Friends – The White Stripes
This is a tender-hearted tune with an acoustic guitar. It shows the beginning of something very special that would probably turn into a romantic relationship. But the narrator feels like they are going to be great friends first. It’s about two young students who are developing a friendship connection. It’s probably not the best dedication for your platonic best friend because the lyrics sound a little bit romantic.
11. Best Friend – Brandy
Brandy dedicated this song to her brother Ray J, another star in the music industry. It’s the sweetest dedication to blood-related best friends. It’s not uncommon to have a friendship bond with your brother or sister. According to the lyrics, other friends will come and go, but their bond is pretty much unbreakable. You can see the two dancing in the music video.
12. Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C
If you are from the late 90s, you probably guessed this one was coming. School is where most people make friends, but then graduation day comes, and you say goodbye, and you are never sure if you will reconnect again. That’s what the song is about. The narrator asks her friend to say everything they want to say because they don’t have another day. They take different paths after school but still keep their memories in their hearts. This is a must-play song for a graduation ceremony.
13. That’s What Friends Are for – Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Gladys Knight
You can’t complete a list of best friend songs without mentioning this classic tune. These big stars collaborated on the song to raise money for AIDS research. Friends are there to help you through the good and the bad. The narrator says their friend can always count on them because that is what friends are for.
14. Girl – Destiny’s Child
As soon as the song starts, you can quickly tell it’s about someone going through a rough patch. It was written for Kelly Rowland when she was in an abusive relationship. It shows your friend’s ability to make you feel better when you are not okay. It shows a group of friends pleading with one of them to confide in them. You can always tell when something is up with your friend, especially when you have known each other for years.
15. Friends – The Carters
Beyoncé and Jay Z are undoubtedly a big power couple in the entertainment industry. They released this song in 2018 as a tribute to their friends who have stood by them throughout the journey. They shout out their life-long friends in the song. The singer isn’t looking to make new friends anymore. They are happy with their friends, and you can tell from the lyrics that they have been friends for a long time.
16. Count On Me – Bruno Mars
This song is simple and cheery but goes to the heart of what true friendship means. Bruno gets straight to the point with the lyrics by letting his friends know they can count on him. Friendship isn’t always about the good times; it’s showing up when they need you the most. The song highlights different scenarios in which a friend can help you. He even offers to sing for his friend when they can’t fall asleep.
17. 22 – Taylor Swift
This catchy melody manages to capture the essence of a night out with your friends. The friends in the story forget about heartbreaks and deadlines and party like they are 22. You can always let your inner dork thrive when around your friends. She wrote the song about her close friends. But it’s no secret once you listen to the lyrics that strong friendship bonds inspire it.
18. Friends – Whodini
Whodini reminds you that friendship is more about what you do than what you say. Some friends are nice and treat you well, while others mistake your kindness for foolishness. Hip hop has plenty of shoutouts, but it’s not easy finding an entire song that celebrates friendship. This hip-hop classic has a lot of things to say about friendships. You have to listen to understand everything they are saying.
19. Count On Me – Whitney Houston and Cece Winans
This is a soulful song to dedicate to your best friend who has lifted you in your time of need. The lyrics are very touching, and they couldn’t be any more accurate. The situations in the song happen in real life all the time. Your friends go through stuff that might make them feel alone. Use this song to tell them that they can always count on you. The narrator believes that is a friendship that will never end.
20. What About Your Friends – TLC
Not all friendships are great; some of them can be horrible and end badly. If you have been backstabbed or hurt by people you thought were your real friends, you will relate to these lyrics. The singers ask good questions that spark curiosity. They ask if your friends will be around always or will they turn their backs on you. These are serious concerns in a friendship or any relationship for that matter.
21. My Old Friend – Tim McGraw
This country song is about estranged friends who grew apart, and now it looks like one of them is dead. It’s an apology letter from one friend to another about the many years that passed without reconnecting. Some friendships grow apart, and it might be because of unavoidable circumstances. The goal is to appreciate all your relationships while your friends are still here. This ended up being one of the best songs in Tim’s career.
22. I’m Only Me When I Am With You – Taylor Swift
This is a perfect love letter to your best friend. It speaks volumes about how well you know your friend and how free you feel when around them. You can’t hide your secrets and fears from them because you are very close. The song is about Taylor Swift’s best friend Abigail Anderson, and she appears in the music video.
23. You Can’t Make Old Friends – Kenny Rodgers Ft. Dolly Parton
The truth is you can’t make old friends, only new ones, so you better cherish all your past connections. Dolly Parton and Rodgers have a more than 30-year friendship, and they have even described themselves as soul partners. They are wondering what they will do when one of them is gone. But they believe they will be together again even after leaving this earth.
24. Started From the Bottom – Drake
This anthem from Drake talks about taking your whole crew with you when you make it. He mostly talks about his road to success since he was living with his mother up to where he is. But he also gives a shoutout to his friends who have been with him from the beginning.
25. In My Life – The Beatles
This is an autobiographical track about John Lennon. He talks about friends who are living and dead, as well as lovers. He says he can’t compare them with anything, but their memories are losing meaning. It’s such a tender song from the renowned boy band. You can’t stop thinking and remembering your friends even long after they are gone.
26. Gift of a Friend – Demi Lovato
This song is from the Here We Go Again album of 2009. It’s a soundtrack for a Disney movie. The friendship lyrics are awesome; it says a friend makes you see all the beauty in life. It’s someone who you can always count on. Until you get a friend, you will never realize what you have been missing. Demi Lovato wants you to open your heart and believe in the gift of a friend.
27. My Best Friend – Weezer
There are many friendship songs, and this is one more addition to the playlist. Sometimes your friends are the only things that bring light to your life. Why not dedicate this beautiful ballad to your friends if you feel the same way. It will make your best friend’s day. The lyrics are all about love and appreciation for the friends you call when everything is wrong.
28. Good Friends and a Glass of Wine – Leann Rimes
The narrator here feels like she does everything for anyone and barely has anything left for herself. She feels like a good friend, and a glass of wine is enough to get her through the night. Everyone with a close friend understands the impact their company can have on you.
29. All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem
This one is for the true companionships. It’s for those friends you can go out with and stay with until the sun comes up. At the song’s end, the singer wishes they could see all their friends tonight.
30. Fellowship – Serpentwithfeet
‘I’m thankful for the love I share with my friends” is all you need to hear. It shows the little things that friends do that most people take for granted. It will make you want to call your best friend immediately. It’s a beautiful reminder of the things you love about your friends. It has many personal memories.
31. The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy
You will most appreciate this song when you and your friends all move to different cities and come back home for festivities and other things once in a while. If you can go back to your old adventures once you meet, that’s true friendship. The connections are never really lost; it’s mostly life that separates you. That’s what Thin Lizzy is really getting at in the song.
32. Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
One thing you will appreciate in this karaoke hit is Garth’s sense of humor. He crushes his exe’s black-tie affair and gives a speech in front of their guests. He says he will be okay because he has friends in low places. It’s a big hit; you have probably sung it once in a karaoke, especially at bachelorette parties.
33. Real Friends – Kanye West
This is for those who pretend to be in your circle, but they are fake friends and always jealous. Kanye explores the darker side of certain friendships through the lyrics. Some people will always be out for themselves and no one else. It’s sad, but it’s a true reflection of some friendships. If you don’t relate, you can just enjoy the song.
Pick a few songs and make a playlist for your best friend!
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