Taylor Swift has included relationships in her music since the beginning and uses imagery to tell stories about the good and bad of those relationships.
One theme Taylor talks about is friendship, and there are several amazing Taylor Swift songs about friendship we wanted to share and talk about.
1. You Belong With Me
You Belong With Me tops our list of Taylor Swift songs about friendship because this song captures the essence of having “feels” for a friend and wanting more out of that friendship. She describes her desire for her friend and the quick glances she’d make at her friend.
The song is relatable to many people and will leave you feeling frustrated, just like she was when she wrote this song for a friend she secretly had been in love with. If you’ve been in that situation, you know how it can feel to have this close friendship but want more, feeling it eat you alive as you keep it to yourself.
The catchy melody and powerful lyrics of this 2008 hit leave us feeling just as pained about the situation as Taylor was. You can feel the heartbreak in the song, and it makes us just want to give her a big hug. You Belong With Me is one of the more brutally honest Taylor Swift songs about friendship she’s ever sung.
2. I’m Only Me When I’m With You
I’m Only Me When I’m With You was released on Taylor’s debut album, and it’s still considered one of the best Taylor Swift songs about friendship. Much like many of Taylor Swift’s songs about friendship, this one is very upbeat and has an appealing chord pattern.
We found the message in the song to be on point since she talks about how important friendships are in life and also how important our families are. Not only does this song detail the joy of friendship, but it also gives us chills at remembering our friends and those life experiences we shared with them.
It’s also a song that we relate to since we all have that one friend we can be ourselves around and not worry about being judged. It makes us feel grateful that we have those friends in our lives and makes us want to call that friend right after the song ends just to say hi.
22 is one of the most catchy and fun T-Swift friendship songs, released in 2012. It’ll give you a happy feeling that makes you want to dance around the room like you don’t have a care in the world.
We love 22 because it’s all about being the carefree nature of people in their 20s, without all the worries that come with adulthood. Enjoying life, not taking it seriously, and just being in the moment is what this song conveys.
We couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear listening to this song, reminiscing on how joyous and free-spirited being in your 20s was, and it made us yearn for those simpler times. The music video for 22 features her friends, and it’s a perfect representation of just living life with your friends and having an absolute blast when you’ve got them with you.
When we talk about the top friendship songs from Taylor Swift’s discography, we have to include Fifteen because this song is all about the emotions and feelings that come with your real first friendship. Taylor wrote this song when she was 15, which is amazing, and she describes those friendships she had when she was 15.
We had feelings of nostalgia listening to this song because there are many painful yet fun and exciting experiences with high school friendships. Whether it’s a fight about a boy or girl with your friend or the joy of going to the high school dance with them, we close our eyes and are brought back to our youth.
The song also delves into the topic of having people appear in your life out of nowhere and how they can disappear out of your life just as fast at that age. The complexity of high school friendships and your first love or spending a Friday night at the football games is all captured in this song.
5. It’s Nice To Have A Friend
It’s Nice To Have A Friend was released in 2019, and this upbeat song makes us feel like we’re kids again because it’s lighthearted, charming, and not as edgy as some of her other music. There is a ukulele in the song, which always makes us smile when we hear it, contrasting with the beat. Steel drums give us a mellow vibe, like we’re sitting on the beach just hanging out with our friends and talking about our lives or daydreaming.
The song has shorter phrases and lyrics which recount two friends who had met during elementary school or similar age. The friendship continues well into high school and moves into a romantic relationship. We can’t help but smile as she talks about how the two get married and live the rest of their lives together, which is nothing short of the fairytale ending we all dream about.
6. The Last Time
The Last Time is a song we all can relate to and has to be on the list when we talk about these top T-Swift friendship tracks. She talks about the good and bad of having a close friendship, including seeing it end.
Taylor talks about writing The Last Time and that the song was about friendships she felt she’d have forever, only to see them fall apart. If you’ve ever had a friendship end, you’ll feel the loss and grief that she feels in this song as she describes memories left after that friendship. Whether it has naturally run its course or ended on bad terms, there’s no worse feeling than losing a friend by your side through it all.
This song will make you mourn for that friendship that ended, and it’s relatable to us since we’ve all had them run their course leaving behind only painful memories. The melody of this song is very emotional, and it’ll make you feel sad while you remember all the promises broken.
7. Long Live
Long Live was released in 2010, and it’s one of the best Taylor Swift songs that will pull at your heartstrings and make you feel a range of emotions from start to finish. The song is about cherishing memories you’ve had with your friends throughout the years.
What’s impressive about Long Live is that it paints a picture of that one friend we’ve all had that was there with us through it all. It talks about growing up and graduating with a friend by your side the whole time and how you fought through battles together.
We had goosebumps coursing through our bodies as Taylor talked about how death could separate that friendship and that she wanted her friend to reminisce and remember all those good times together. This is the perfect example of a song that captures the joy and gratefulness of having that one special friend.
8. You Need To Calm Down
You Need To Calm Down was released in 2009. While the song primarily deals with bullying and the LGBTQIA+ group, you can clearly see the lyrics deal with friendship, and the message of how important friendships are very much resonated throughout the song.
In fact, friendship is the glue that bonds this song since it conveys the need for us to be there for one another and how important it is for us to stick together through the tough times our friends are going through. You want to have a friend that will be there when you need them the most, through thick and thin.
When your friend is being bullied that’s a time when you need to support them and show them you’re going to help them get through it and find the light at the end of the tunnel. This song is emotional and timely since online bullying, specifically with the LQBTQ community, is growing and has led to people committing suicide. We can’t help but want to fist-bump Taylor for writing this song telling those Internet trolls to calm down and stop being hateful.
From the time she was little, Florence loved listening to music and quickly learned how music can make you happy and feel fulfilled. One of her favorite memories is being in the garage with her dad working on classic cars with the local rock station blaring in the background. Ever since Florence was 3, she loved grunge music and spent hours listening to bands such as Alice in Chains, Mad Season, Soul Asylum, and Soundgarden.
She also enjoys classic rock, modern rock, nu metal, alternative rock, and old 90’s R&B. Her love of music grew as she got older, and used music to help her get through tough times in her life. More often than not, you’ll see Florence with earbuds in while she’s writing, cooking, cleaning, and doing other tasks. She also loves to debate music with her friends such as which lead singer is the best vocalist, the most iconic guitar solos in music, and what songs are really the best of the decade.