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50 Best Songs About Friendship & Best Friends

December 6, 2023
Songs About Friendship

In this carefully curated list, I’ve chosen the best songs about friendship and best friends, each track celebrating the unique bond and enduring spirit of friendship.

These songs capture the essence of companionship, loyalty, and the joy of having a best friend in life.

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Top songs about friendship & best friends

  • The Rembrandts – “I’ll Be There for You” (Theme From “Friends”)
  • Spice Girls – “Wannabe”
  • The Beatles – “With a Little Help From My Friends”
  • Bill Withers – “Lean on Me”
  • Madonna – “I’ll Remember”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Waiting For a Friend”
  • LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
  • Randy Newman – “You Got a Friend In Me”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “My Friends”
  • The White Stripes – “We’re Going To Be Friends”

1. The Rembrandts – “I’ll Be There for You” (Theme From “Friends”)

Is there a better way to start this playlist of the best songs about friendship than with the “Friends” theme song?

This familiar TV tune is definitely one of the most iconic songs about friends and how important they are.

So, if you’re searching for a song for your best friend, you can’t go wrong with “I’ll Be There for You.”

“Someone to face the day with
Make it through all the rest with
Someone I’ll always laugh with
Even at my worst, I’m best with you.”

2. Spice Girls – “Wannabe”

Spice up your life with this absolute hit.

“Wannabe” is arguably the most popular song about friendship.

And it was the Spice Girls’ first single.

Well, the lyrics are pretty clear:

“If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends
Make it last forever, friendship never ends.”

3. The Beatles – “With a Little Help From My Friends”

Here comes another iconic song about friendship.

“With a Little Help From My Friends” was allegedly one of the last songs John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote together.

And along with the heartfelt lyrics and familiar melody, it’s undeniably one of the most beautiful friendship songs.

After all, we all get by with a little help from our friends.

4. Bill Withers – “Lean on Me”

One of the ways to be a good friend is by letting someone know they can lean on you.

Sometimes, that’s all someone needs to hear. That you’ll be there, no matter what.

And Bill Withers knew how to express these thoughts in a form of this timeless hit.

“Lean on me
When you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on.”

5. Madonna – “I’ll Remember”

You’ll agree that “I’ll Remember” isn’t one of Madonna’s most popular songs.

But this underrated ballad can be seen as a song with lyrics about friendship.

It’s tender, genuine, and easy to listen to.

“And I’ll remember
The strength that you gave me
Now that I’m standing on my own.”

6. The Rolling Stones – “Waiting For a Friend”

It seems like there is a Rolling Stones song for every occasion.

“Waiting For a Friend” was released on the band’s 1981 album “Tattoo You.”

It’s a very sweet, easy-going song.

7. LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”

If you’re searching for upbeat songs about friends, look no further than “All My Friends.”

However, this 2007 hit is a little nostalgic too.

It’s about recalling younger years and becoming aware that friendships fade.

Also, Kodaline did a nice cover of the song.

8. Randy Newman – “You Got a Friend In Me”

This is probably one of the sweetest bestie songs.

“You Got a Friend In Me” is a part of the Toy Story Soundtrack.

And it’s a song about friendship, loyalty, and sticking together.

If you’re searching for a festive version of this song, you should listen to Michael Bublé’s cover.

9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “My Friends”

“I love all of you
Hurt by the cold
So hard and lonely, too
When you don’t know yourself.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers released “My Friends” on their sixth studio album “One Hot Minute.”

Friends should be there for each other, no matter how complicated life and relationships can get.

10. The White Stripes – “We’re Going To Be Friends”

Next time you meet someone interesting, why not say to them: “I can tell that we are going to be friends”?

And this White Stripes song is a sweet reminder of how simple and honest things can be.

Like they were when we were children.

11. Weezer – “My Best Friend”

Weezer approached the topic of friendship in a very simple way.

This is one of those best friends songs about loyalty, love, and honest friendships.

“When everything is wrong I’ll come talk to you
You make things alright when I’m feeling blue.”

12. Martina McBride – “This One’s For The Girls”

And this one is for the girls.

The bond between two girlfriends is important and special.

And although Martina McBride’s hit might not be specifically about friendships, it’s dedicated to all the girls.

In fact, it’s about different phases of a woman’s life.

“This one’s for the girls,
Who’ve ever had a broken heart,
Who’ve wished upon a shooting star.”

13. Little Mix – “Always Be Together”

And “Always Be Together” by Little Mix is an emotional depiction of unbreakable friendships.

True friends will always be by your side, no matter how far away they are.

If you can count on someone, even though you haven’t heard from them in a while, you can be sure you have a true friend.

“The circle will never end, just know that we’ll meet again
And we’ll always be together, forever, always.”

14. SOFI TUKKER – “Best Friend”

“Best Friend” by Sofi Tukker is a celebration of friendship in all its forms.

It’s a catchy, upbeat tune perfect for dancing it out with your best friend.

“I think that I’ll keep loving you, way past sixty-five
We made a language for us two, we don’t need to describe.”

15. Groove Armada – “My Friend”

“My Friend” by Groove Armada has a laid-back vibe and lyrics about friendship.

And the message is pretty clear:

“Whenever I’m down
I call on you my friend
A helping hand you lend
In my time of need.”

16. Foster The People – “I Love My Friends”

This is definitely one of the most unique songs about friends.

It has quirky, honest lyrics.

But it also conveys a simple message: sometimes, you love your friends no matter how silly they are.

And that’s the beauty of friendship.

“All of my friends, they don’t do any favors
Unless they’re partyin’, then they got all of ’em.”

17. Billie Eilish – “bury a friend”

When it comes to unique songs about friends, Billie Eilish is definitely a winner.

However, “bury a friend” is actually about being your own worst enemy.

And we all sometimes know how that feels.

Either way, with “bury a friend”, Billie once again showed her authenticity and creativity.

18. Brandy – “Best Friend”

This is perhaps a more direct song for best friend.

Released in 1994, “Best Friend” features a familiar 90s vibe and Brandy’s raw energy.

Its lyrics are quite clear too:

“Don’t know what I’d ever do without you
From the beginning to the end
You’ve always been here right beside me
So, I’ll call you my best friend.”

19. Demi Lovato – “Gift of a Friend”

Although this song was released in 2009, this music era feels like it was ages ago.

Maybe because Demi is a more serious singer now.

Either way, “Gift of a Friend” is one of the sweet songs about good friendships.

20. LeAnn Rimes – “Good Friend and a Glass of Wine”

A good friend and a glass of wine; sometimes, that’s all you need.

And someone to say it’s gonna be alright.

Well, LeAnn Rimes knows how to appreciate her friends.

21. The Pretenders – “I’ll Stand By You”

If you’re searching for sentimental songs about good friends, this one is for you.

“I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders is a powerful ballad about being there for someone.

For better or worse.

“Take me in, into your darkest hour
And I’ll never desert you
I’ll stand by you.”

22. Dionne Warwick Feat. Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder – “That’s What Friends Are For”

To build on the previous thought: that’s what friends are for.

Dionne Warwick’s 1985 cover of this song is one of the popular songs about friendships.

And it’s a nice tune if you enjoy this genre.

23. Taylor Swift – “I’m Only Me When I’m With You”

Taylor Swift offers a more youthful depiction of friendship.

After all, the song was released on Taylor’s debut album.

She would probably have a more mature approach to the topic now.

Either way, “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” is a sweet country song about best friends.

24. Queen – “You’re My Best Friend”

Now we’re moving on to a couple of classics.

“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen has a very clear meaning.  

However, the band’s bass player John Deacon wrote this song for his wife.

Well, your partner should also be your best friend, right?

25. Ben E. King – “Stand by Me”

This timeless classic is a great song to send to your best friend.

It’s famous but not cheesy, and it has genuine heartfelt lyrics.

“If the sky, that we look upon, should tumble and fall
Or the mountains, should crumble, to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no-no-no I won’t shed a tear
Just as long, as you stand, by me.”

26. Harry Nilsson – “Best Friend”

Harry Nilsson was known for writing simple yet distinctive songs.

And his “Best Friend” is no different.

“People let me tell you ’bout my best friend,
He’s a warm hearted person who’ll love me till the end.”

27. Jason Mraz – “Song For a Friend”

“He’s the reason that I’m laughing
Even if there’s no one else
He said, you’ve got to love yourself.”

“Song For a Friend” is a powerful song about friendship.

It was the singer’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to someone he really admires.

So, if you have someone like that in your life, why not let them know?

28. Destiny’s Child – “Girl”

In a nutshell, this song is about girls supporting girls.

And Destiny’s Child was all about girl power.

“Girl” was released on their final studio album “Destiny Fulfilled.”

“I’m your girl, you’re my girl, we your girls
Don’t you know that we love you.”

29. Pharrell Williams – “Best Friend”

If you’re looking for hip-hop best friend songs, this one is for you.

Pharrell Williams released “Best Friend” on his 2006 album “In My Mind.”

It’s not one of his most popular songs, but it sure is a catchy one.

30. Bruno Mars – “Count on Me”

“Count on Me” is one of the best songs about friendship of the past decade.

It’s sweet, simple, and honest.  

It’s a perfect song to dedicate to your friend and let them know they can count on you.

“We’ll find out what we’re made of
When we are called to help our friends in need.”

31. Nas and Damien Marley – “Friends”

“Of the real friends that serve you long
Your memories might fade
Your real friends will serve you long
Sunshine or rain.”

“Friends” by Nas and Damien Marley talks about the endurance of real friendships.

True friends will always be there for you, for better or worse, sunshine or rain.

32. Carole King – “You’ve Got a Friend”

“Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend.”

With this gentle tune, Carole King conveyed a similar message as the previous song.

“You’ve Got a Friend” is about loyal, loving, and reliable friends.

33. Elton John – “Friends”

“Friends” by Elton John is an emotional, feel-good song about true friends.

It’s written by Elton’s longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin

“I hope the day will be a lighter highway
For friends are found on every road
Can you ever think of any better way
For the lost and weary travelers to go.”

34. Missy Elliott feat. Aaliyah – “Best Friends”

This easy-going 1997 tune is one of the bestie songs.  

So, you can send it to your best friend and let her know how important she is to you.

“My best friend say
I can stay with her
At her house no doubt any time I like.”

35. Vitamin C – “Graduation (Friends Forever)”

This is another hit best known to 90s kids.

It’s was one of the famous songs about friendship and memories at the time.

“As we go on, we remember
All the times we had together
And as our lives change, come whatever
We will still be friends forever.”

36. Aura Dione – “Friends”

This also became an international hit after it was released (in 2011.)

And perhaps it still is.

Well, it definitely has a catchy melody and relatable lyrics:

“Even though I got a broken heart
At least I got my friends.”

37. David Bowie – “Heroes”

Without a doubt, Bowie’s “Heroes” is one of the most uplifting songs ever written.

And true friends are your heroes.

Therefore, we had to include it on our list of the best songs about friendship.

See also: Songs About Heroes

38. HAIM – “Forever”

HAIM is a bend consisting of three sisters, so they know what it means to be there for each other.

And their song “Forever” is a nice, cheerful tune you can listen to with your best friend.

39. Mariah Carey – “Anytime You Need A Friend”

In her recognizable style, Mariah Carey made a song about friendship and being there for someone.

The meaning is simple:

“Anytime you need a friend
I will be here

You’ll never be alone again
So don’t you fear
Even if you’re miles away.”

40. Rihanna – “Umbrella”

“Umbrella” remains one of Rihanna’s most memorable hits.

And these lines make it an ideal song for best friends:

“When the sun shines, we’ll shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
Said I’ll always be your friend
Took an oath, I’ma stick it out ’til the end.”

41. Adele – “My Same”

“My Same” is one of Adele’s underrated songs.

She reportedly wrote it about her best friend Laura Dockrill.

“I don’t know who I’d be if I didn’t know you
You’re so provocative, I’m so conservative
And you’re so adventurous, I’m so very cautious, combining.”

42. Andy Grammer – “A Friend Like You”

This cheerful tune was featured in the “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.”

It’s a song about two pals who are always having a good time.   

“You’re my homie, no one knows me like you know me
Like the sun and the moon, all the best things comes in two’s.”

43. Rex Orange County – “Best Friend”

If you’ve been in a situation where you’re actually in love with your friend, then you can relate to “Best Friend” by Rex Orange County.

It’s a song about friendship and unrequited love.

Perhaps more about the latter.

44. The Dandy Warhols – “We Used To Be Friends”

Sometimes friendships fade away.

In most cases, people simply drift away.

And “We Used To Be Friends” is an ode to these friendships in the style of The Dandy Warhols.

45. Elderbrook – “Old Friend”

Elderbrook is an English musician and producer of electronic music, and “Old Friend” shows his style perfectly.

It’s an upbeat, captivating song with friendship references.

46. Camila Cabello – “Real Friends”

“I’m just lookin’ for some real friends
All they ever do is let me down
Every time I let somebody in
Then I find out what they’re all about.”

Camila Cabello knows that friendships can be hurtful, especially if you care about someone deeply.

But the fear of being let down shouldn’t stop us from forming meaningful bonds with people.

Everything that is meaningful in life has its risks.

47. Chris Stapleton – “Friendship”

In his song “Friendship”, Chris Stapleton sings about long-lasting friendships.

He’s aware that he won’t always agree with his friends, but he’ll be there for them in all the hardships.

It’s a pretty straightforward song.

48. Jess Glynne – “I’ll Be There”

Another popular song that talks about being there for someone is “I’ll Be There” by Jess Glynne.

She convinced us that she has enough love for two.

49. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – “Home”

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful songs about home.

But it’s also a song about friendship since long-lasting friends indeed feel like home.

“Man, oh man, you’re my best friend
I scream it to the nothingness
There ain’t nothing that I need.”

50. Andrew Gold – “Thank You For Being A Friend”

We’re rounding up with this oldie Goldie.

This feel-good song will remind you to be grateful for your friends.

As we all should be.

Final Thoughts

After searching for the best songs about friendship, we can say there are a lot of pop songs about friends.

But we also came across some rock hits as well as less-known gems.

We tried to include different genres and music eras, so there’s something for everyone.

But more importantly, this list should have reminded you to appreciate your friends.

Friendships aren’t always easy.

On the other hand, the longest-lasting ones are usually very simple.

And you don’t need to have a bunch of friends to be fulfilled.

Even one good friend is a treasure.

Either way, we hope you enjoyed our playlist, and that you found what you’ve been looking for!

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Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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