Songs About Friendship That You Can Relate To

Updated December 17, 2018

Reviewer Laura Angers

People turn to music for all sorts of reasons. Many times, it's because others can put into words what you can't, or even the sound of certain instruments can convey an emotion that you aren't quite able to express. The scream of a guitar can express intense anger, while the quiet sweep across the keys of a piano can convey the deepest of sorrows.

The same can be said for songs about friendship. Sometimes you want to tell a friend just how much you care. Sometimes a friend lets you down, and you want nothing more than to scream and cry about their betrayal. Whatever you're feeling about your friend (or newly ex-friend), there's a song out there to help you feel less alone.

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Songs About Friendship And Memories

Sometimes one of your best friends gets a better job offer and needs to move out of state. You'll always be friends, but things are going to come significantly more complicated from this point on. Getting together will require more planning and expenses, and communications may be reduced to social media more often than you might like.

You may want to take a moment every once in a while and reflect on the good memories you have of your time with your friend. Did you do a bunch of crazy stuff together when you were teenagers? Were they there for you when you lost a relative, broke up with an ex, got a bad grade on a test…all that stuff? And were you there for them for the same things and more? These are the things that separate a true friend from a fairweather friend.

Here are some songs about missing a friendship that perfectly encompasses how it feels to reminisce about a friend:

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  • Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth: "See You Again" (Oof, this one's a tearjerker for sure.)

Sample lyric: "It's been a long day without you, my friend

And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again

We've come a long way from where we began

Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again."

  • Avenged Sevenfold: "So Far Away"

Sample lyric: "How do I live without the ones I love?

Time still turns the pages of the book it's burned

Place and time always on my mind

I have so much to say,but you're so far away."

  • The Beatles: "In My Life"

Sample lyric: "There are places I'll remember

All my life, though some have changed

Some forever, not for better

Some have gone,and some remain

All these places have their moments

With lovers and friends, I still can recall

Some are dead,and some are living

In my life, I've loved them all."

  • Vitamin C: "Graduation (Friends Forever)" (The quintessential song for friends and memories.)

Sample lyric: "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"

Songs About Bad Friendship

Some of the best songs about friendship are those that aren't really about friendship at all but are instead about the way a "friend" did you wrong, someone you thought would be there for you until the end, and they would have been…if only they didn't sleep with your ex. Or tell everyone you know that they think you're a bad mother.

If you have recently declared your former friendship to be D.O.A., then the following songs are for you. Sure, many of these may have been written with an ex-lover in mind, but truly, what is a lover but a friend that you're intimate with? These lyrics can be applied to a platonic relationship just as easily:

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  • Rihanna: "Take a Bow"

Sample lyric: "You look so dumb right now

Standin' outside my house

Tryin' to apologize

You're so ugly when you cry

(Please)

Just cut it out

Don't tell me you're sorry cause you're not

Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught"

  • Taylor Swift: "You're Not Sorry"

Sample lyric: "All this time I was wasting

Hoping you would come around

I've been giving out chances every time

And all you do is let me down

And it's taking me this long

Baby but I figured you out

And you're thinking we'll be fine again

But not this time around."

  • Billy Joel: "The Great Wall of China"

Sample lyric: "We could've gone all the way to the Great Wall of China

If you only had a little more faith in me

In lieu of diamonds, gold, and platinum

reminders will still shine bright

All the king's men and all the king's horse

Can't put you together the way you used to be

We could have been standing on the Great Wall Of China."

  • Secondhand Serenade: "Goodbye" (This is one of those songs where the repetitive lyrics adds a weight to the meaning behind the lyrics.)

Sample lyric: "It's a shame that it had to be this way

It's not enough to say I'm sorry

It's not enough to say I'm sorry

Maybe I'm to blame

Or maybe we're the same

But either way I can't breathe

Either way I can't breathe

All I had to say is goodbye

We're better off this way

We're better off this way

I'm alive but I'm losing all my drive

Cause everything we've been through

And everything about you

Seemed to be a lie

A guiltless twisted lie

It made me learn to hate you

Or hate myself for letting it pass by."

  • Kate Voegele: "99 Times"

Sample lyric: "For every 99 times

You looked me in the eye,

You looked me in the eye

And swore you weren't lying

Well, I was so blind

I never saw the signs

I'm getting out tonight

And you're not invited

Songs Celebrating A Great Friendship

Some of us are lucky enough to find that one person (or, even luckier, that group of people) that we know will be in our lives forever. We graduated high school with them, and they held our first child, and we theirs. They always seem to know when something's wrong, and they show up at the door with movie rentals and ice cream to make everything better.

These are the friends that need to be celebrated because to find a friend like that in real life is truly rare. And we need to appreciate these rare gems when we realize we were lucky enough to happen upon one. Good friends out there, these songs are for you:

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  • Randy Newman: "You Got a Friend In Me"

Sample lyric: "You got troubles, and I got them too

There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you

We stick together, we can see it through

'Cause you've got a friend in me

Yeah, you've got a friend in me."

  • Queen: "You're My Best Friend"

Sample lyric: "Ooh you're the best friend that I ever had

I've been with you such a long time

You're my sunshine and I want you to know

That my feelings are true

I really love you

Oh you're my best friend."

  • The Rembrandts: "I'll Be There for You" (You can't go wrong with a song that's from a TV show literally named Friends)

Sample lyric: "I'll be there for you

(When the rain starts to pour)

I'll be there for you

(Like I've been there before)

I'll be there for you

('Cause you're there for me too)"

  • Bill Withers: "Lean on Me"

Sample lyric: "Please swallow your pride

If I have things you need to borrow

For no one can fill those of your needs

That you won't let show

So just call on me brother, when you need a hand

We all need somebody to lean on

I just might have a problem that you'd understand

We all need somebody to lean on

  • Ben E. King: "Stand By Me" (This one kind of goes hand-in-hand with Bill Withers, doesn't it?)

Sample lyric: "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 I won't shed a tear

Just as long as you stand, stand by me."

Are there any songs that you like to listen to when you're feeling nostalgic about an old friendship? Are there songs you like to blast when someone you care about does you wrong? Our counselors at BetterHelp would love to hear which songs you would recommend to someone in a similar situation.

Sources:

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/music/best-friend-songs-of-all-time

https://whatsyourgrief.com/64-songs-about-the-death-of-a-friend/


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