50+ Songs About Friendship & Memories


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Music really is the soundtrack of our lives. From the sleepover bops we loved as kids to the party anthems of our teenage and adult years, these songs remind us that we’re better together.

Whether you’re looking to create the perfect playlist for your best friend bucket list or you just want to take a trip down memory lane, there’s a song out there for you. 

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No matter how you listen, grab your BFFs, and hit play on these 50+ songs about friendship. Even if you drift apart, these memories last a lifetime. Sing along with us to remind yourself what brings people together in the first place.

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Rap and Hip-Hop Songs About Friendship

Example of a hip-hop song about friendship over an image of a group of friends

While rap and hip-hop are best known for ballads about money and fame, that doesn’t mean these rappers didn’t lean on their friends to get there. These rap and hip-hop songs below prove that friendship is forever. 

1. "Best Friend" by 50 Cent

50 Cent doesn’t just want a casual acquaintance. He’s looking for someone to take with him on his extravagant lifestyle. 

2. "Clique" by Kanye West, Jay Z, and Big Sean

This clique is made up of some of the most well-known names in the world, but they all have each other’s backs. 

3. "What About Your Friends" by TLC

The group TLC holds their friends accountable in this famous bop. “What about your friends,” they ask. “Are they gonna be around?”

4. "Best Friend" by Young Thug

This song might just seem about the importance of keeping your friends close, but Young Thug also hints that he is his own best friend. 

5. "Real Friends" by Kanye West

Not all relationships are perfect, but Kanye West believes your “real friends” always show you who they are. 

6. "Just a Friend" by Biz Markie

Is there such a thing as being “just a friend” with someone of the opposite gender? Biz Markie has a unique take. 

7. "No New Friends" by DJ Khaled

This song is all about sticking with your day-one friends till the end. 

8. "Friends" by Whodini

Whodini challenges listeners to really consider the meaning of friends and whether you can really depend on the ones you have. 

9. "Hold It Down" by J. Cole

This song is a reflection of his life and his friendships. J. Cole tells his friends that even though he’s rising in popularity, he’ll always be there for them. 

10. "Best Friends" by Missy Elliott

Your best friend has your back through and through. They’ll “still be there for you” when you need them. 

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Country Songs About Friendship

Country music is all about singing from the heart, so it’s no surprise friendship is a common theme in these bops below. 

11. "Real Life" by Jake Owen

Jake Owen describes his “real life” growing up, saying that it wasn’t what it looked like on TV. It might be simple, but it was authentic and true. 

12. "Summer Nights" by Rascal Flatts

Who doesn’t love to celebrate the best summer nights? This country song knows how to party! 

13. "Beer in Mexico" by Kenny Chesney

Life is complicated, so why not just kick back and enjoy the simple things—like a beer in Mexico? Better yet, bring your friends along. 

14. "Suds in the Bucket" by Sara Evans

Love is stronger than family in Sara Evan’s classic hit. You can’t stop love, whether it’s between friends or lovers. 

15. "Chattahoochee" by Alan Jackson

This song is about the Chattahoochee River between Alabama and Georgia. The river taught Alan Jackson “A lot about living and a little about love” during those summer days spent with friends. 

16. "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" by Jake Owen

It’s an idyllic country world in this country hit. It’s all about the simple things, friends, blue jeans, and beer. 

17. "Bring on the Night" by Alan Jackson

After a long, hard day of work, who doesn’t want to spend the night having fun with friends?

18. "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock

Kid Rock recounts a story of two teenagers falling in love to “Sweet Home Alabama,” and this song has become a country-rock anthem. 

19. "Wide Open Spaces" by Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks express the complicated feelings of growing up, meeting new people, and encountering “wide open spaces” for the first time. 

20. "It’s A Great Day To Be Alive" by Travis Tritt

This song is a look back on one’s life, one’s relationships, and the hard times. Have you come as far as you expected?

Pop and Rock Songs About Friendship

Example of a pop song about friendship over an image of two friends

What’s the fun in rocking out if you don’t have your best friends with you? These upbeat classics prove that friends will always be there for you. 

21. "I’ll Be There For You" by The Rembrandts

This Friends theme song is the ultimate anthem for friendship and togetherness. 

22. "You’re My Best Friend" by Queen

Queen touched on all the things that make friendship great in this rock hit. 

23. "With a Little Help From My Friends" by the Beatles

Even the Beatles didn’t get there on their own. They get by “with a little help” from their friends. 

24. "Family" by Mother Mother

Indie rock group Mother Mother argues that family is what we make it. 

25. "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars

Friends are there when you need them, and you can count on this Bruno Mars song to have your back. 

26. "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter

Bad days happen, and friends help us get through. Even if you’re down right now, things always get better. 

27. "Tongue Tied" by Grouplove

This pop-rock hit depicts a crazy house party, bringing listeners back to those youthful friendships. 

28. "These Are My Friends" by lovelytheband

Friends come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them anyway. 

29. "Heroes" by David Bowie

David Bowie’s classic is the perfect theme song for all those triumphs and achievements together. 

30. "Keep Your Head Up" by Andy Grammar

This song feels like a close friend encouraging you to do your best, even when you’re feeling down. 

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Songs About a Broken or Bad Friendship

Unfortunately, not all friendships are meant to last forever. Sometimes you part ways, and that’s okay. These songs keep you company during any bumps in your friendships. 

31. "This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift throws shade at everyone who holds her down, explaining that everyone takes nice things for granted.

32. "FU" by Miley Cyrus

FU is an angry song about heartbreak that easily lends itself to bad friendships. 

33. "Trust Issues" by Olivia O’Brien

Everyone wants to be treated with respect, and when that trust is broken it leads to toxic relationships. 

34. "Fuck You" by CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green tells the story of a woman breaking up with him for someone else, and he’s decided to just forget about them. 

35. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift

This party anthem is about a relationship that keeps going sour. 

36. "I Don’t Fuck With You" by Big Sean, E-40

Big Sean had enough of the nonsense with fake people in his life, and he’s not tolerating them anymore. 

37. "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift really is the queen of relationship songs, and she closes the chapter on a toxic friendship with “Bad Blood.” 

38. "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera trusted someone who let her down, but that only made her stronger. 

39. "So What" by P!nk

So what if people try to put you down? You’re still awesome in your own way, and the haters don’t matter. 

40. "Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato

In the face of adversity, Demi Lovato encourages listeners to let their confidence shine. 

Songs About Missing a Friend or Friendship

Example of a song about missing a friend over an image of a group of friends

Even if your friends are far away, you can still feel their presence. These songs are perfect if you’re dealing with the death of a close friend and you need some death of a friend quotes to help you through. 

41. "You’ve Got a Friend in Me" by Randy Newman (Toy Story)

This Pixar song went down in history as one of the most memorable songs of all time. No matter what happens, “you’ve got a friend in me.” 

42. "Where You Lead I Will Follow" by Carole King

Fans of the popular show Gilmore Girls know just how magical this theme song is, bringing to mind warm feelings of togetherness. 

43. "Your Song" by Elton John

Elton John’s song isn’t written about anyone in particular. It’s just a classic, innocent love ballad. 

44. "(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley

Though it’ll always evoke Dirty Dancing, the best friendships lead to the best of times. 

45. "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King

This song is a reminder that friends will always be there when you’re not strong and you need someone to help you through. 

46. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day

This Green Day classic is a somber, reflective song about moving on from friendships as life passes you by. 

47. "Big Black Car" by Gregory Alan Isakov

This simple song is about the nostalgia of a past relationship. “Heartbreak,” he sings, “drives a big black car.” 

48. "Casimir Pulaski Day" by Sufjan Stevens

Possibly one of the saddest songs of all time, Sufjan Stevens discusses his experience losing someone close to him. 

49. "Funeral Singer" by Sylvan Esso

This cover of the Califone’s adds new life to the idea that everyone is aching for something. 

50. "You Remind Me of Home" by Benjamin Gibbard

This song is about wishing to go back to a home that no longer exists. In the meantime, you’re just wasting your life longing for the past. 

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Remembering a Friend with a Song

We’re defined by our memories and our friends. These are our chosen family, the people we keep close by our side throughout different periods of our lives. While friends aren’t always forever, their impact leaves a strong legacy. For those who experienced a recent death, these songs are also the perfect condolence message to a friend.

Life is short, so focus on these friendships while you can. They might not last forever. To prepare, start end-of-life planning. When you take action to prepare for your future, this burden doesn’t have to fall on your friends in their time of need. Taking these steps seriously is the mark of a good friend. 

Post-planning tip: If you are the executor for a deceased loved one, handling their unfinished business can be overwhelming without a way to organize your process. We have a post-loss checklist that will help you ensure that your loved one's family, estate, and other affairs are taken care of.


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