Our top 10 songs about friendship look at the catalog of uplifting, informative, and touching songs about the friends’ bond. Many artists from all music genres have hit the studio for the release of songs that highlight a thing or two about friendship. While some have been positive about the topic, others caution against friendship owing to bitter experiences by the song writers. Amazingly, we all can relate to all these songs in one way or another during different phases of life.
Before penning this article, I took time to do a background check of songs that could possibly fit the friendship topic. It took me by surprise that one can take a trip around the world while listening to a vast playlist filled with songs that address this topic. But why so many songs about friendship? We are social beings and can barely live on our own. Owing to our social nature, we interact with others creating relationships with some degree of intimacy and dependency, to say the least.
With time, we start calling each other friends, and even when we don’t, our actions tell more about the underlying bond. Owing to our diverse choice of words to express ourselves, everyone will have his or her own set of words to describe a friendship. Similarly, we have different experiences that shape our perception of friendships, and this is vividly exhibited by the varying contexts and themes channeled by artists. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at some of the best songs about friendship.
#10- “Good Friend and a Glass of Wine” by LeAnn Rimes
Ushering us to the top 10 songs about friendship is the country ballad “Good Friend and a Glass of Wine.” LeAnn Rimes released the song on her album Family (2007). She revealed in an interview that good friends and a glass of wine could be the perfect antidote to the negative things that we encounter each day. She continued to share a snippet of a personal story where she was going through hell away from home. All that she felt would calm her down was a “Good Friend and a Glass of Wine.” You probably, don’t need a glass of wine, but without a doubt, everyone needs someone to lean on! The song rose to number thirty-five on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart.
#9- “Friends” by Whodini
“Friends” by Whodini is one of the songs that don’t fear to take a look at the dark side of friendship. This hip-hop hit was released back in 1984 on the album Escape. Whodini sought to remind people that inasmuch true friendship is present amongst us; it is rare to find. This hip-hop group takes on a narrative based on romance to put across its point. One of the stories the song puts across is how a lady gets away with her friend’s man. “Friends” by Whodini is more of a cautionary ballad about the trust we bestow on the so-called friends. The song peaked at number eighty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
#8- Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C
It feels like torture to find yourself separated from your friends by distance. However, this feels like the necessary evil to progress to the next stage in our lives at times. “Graduation (Friends Forever)” is a song by Vitamin C that finds her expressing the mixed emotions that come when moving from one stage of life to another, knowing that you will detach from friends physically. Can your friendship withstand this “ultimate” test? The song inspired Benny Blanco and Juice WRLD’s version of “Graduation.”
#7- “Gift of A Friend” by Demi Lovato
“Gift of A Friend” by Demi Lovato is a celebratory ballad about friendship. The song finds the singer praising friendship while asserting the need for such a bond for a better (if not seamless) journey of pursuit for success. Demi Lovato also points to the fact that the world is better when you have a friend by your side. To see the beauty in friendship, she advises that one needs to open their heart and believe in this gift. “Gift of A Friend” was featured on Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.
#6- “Friend Like Me” by Robin Williams
Almost everyone who loves movies has watched the Disney film Aladdin. The genie proves its unmatched friendship to Aladdin through its omnipotent powers as seen in the film. Of course, you will probably never possess such powers, but that doesn’t make you any less than a good friend with the little abilities you have. In other words, you can be the best friend your friend can ever have by being true to your friend.
#5- “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman
Number five in our top 10 songs about friendship is the hit “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” by Randy Newman. This one here is a song you might wish to dedicate to your friend to let him or her know that he or she can depend on you. The song helps you acknowledge that you might not be the best, biggest, or even strongest, but the friendship vibe towards your mate lives on and will continue to be present. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” was adopted as the theme song for the animated film Toy Story.
#4- “Real Friends” by Camila Cabello
As earlier mentioned, songs that allude to friendship don’t always come in praise of the union. “Real Friends” finds Camila Cabello struggling to find some real friends. This follows after she trashed her unreal buddies who saw her indulge in unhealthy friendships. We all have had that one time that we felt the same and probably deleted our “friends” contacts, unfollowed them on social media handles, or went to new places to try to make new friends. The song is built on some melodic acoustic guitar riffs that make it quite catchy despite its sad nature.
#3- “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars
Who can you count on in your good and bad days? Well, Bruno Mars gave a perfect answer for that question to his friends with “Count On Me,” featured on the album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). The song tries to communicate what mates should do for each other, making it one of the best songs about friendship. So now ask yourself the question, “Can your friends depend on you?”
#2- “Friendship” by Pops Staples
“Friendship” by Pop Staples is one of the touching yet easygoing ballads that allude to friendship. The song praises the virtues of friendship, with Pop Staples giving his best tenor vocals on the release. Amazingly, the song was released in his posthumous album Don’t Lose This. Pop Staples had recorded the song in 1999, a year before his death.
#1- “I’ll Be There” by Jess Glynne
Number one of our top 10 songs about friendship is “I’ll Be There” by Jess Glynne. The song is uplifting, having it feature a soulful tune. “I’ll Be There” finds Jess Glynne expressing how she will be there for a friend when things get tough on her side. The song came when Jess Glynne and her friend Camille were going through heartbreaking moments and stood for each other, showing the true value of friendship. The song peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart.
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