Friends are essential in most people’s lives. They are there for you during the worst times of your life. They help you through difficult situations and stand by your side when others turn you away.
There are times when friends let you down and can either harbor great sentiment for you or wish you harm. That’s the tricky thing about friends, how well you know them and can trust them. Many musically talented artists have written songs on the subject. Artists who sing about friends range from rappers to rockers and beyond.
Table of Contents
- These are the top 10 best friendship songs to listen in 2018.
- 10. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
- 9. “You Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman
- 8. “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie
- 7. “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5
- 6. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
- 5. “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
- 4. “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan
- 3. “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor
- 2. “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick and Friends
- 1. “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” by The Killers
These are the top 10 best friendship songs to listen in 2018.
10. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
Queen is a British rock band that began in London during the 70’s. Lead vocal, Freddie Mercury was a fan of Smile and talked them into experimenting with more elaborate techniques. Queen’s early work was influenced by progressive rock, heavy metal, and hard rock. They eventually turned to more conventional and radio-friendly work by using styles such as pop rock and arena rock.
“You’re My Best Friend” is a straight forward song about friendship. It is a catchy pop ballad defining Deacon’s relationship with his wife. It tells the tale about best friends that endure into marriage.
9. “You Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman
Randy Newman is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, and arranger. He is best known for his distinctive voice and famous film scores. He has received twenty Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories. He has three Emmys and six Grammy Awards. Newman has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“You Got a Friend in Me” is a great friendship song. It pays tribute to friends helping each other out when times get tough. It was written by Newman and performed by Lyle Lovett and Newman as a duet.
8. “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie
Biz Markie was born, Marcel Theo Hall and is an American rapper, actor, comedian, DJ, singer, reality television personality, and beatboxer. His best single is, “Just a Friend” and it made it onto the top 10 American Hits in 1989. Before he reached a famous status he was interviewed in a cult documentary, Big Fun in the Big Town, and attracted, even more, attention when he performed his lead single, “Make the Music with Your Mouth Biz”. In 2016, Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend” was featured in the Netflix series Love. It was the ending theme for episode four.
“Just a Friend” is about a forlorn groupie love where the Clown Prince of Hip-Hop meets a girl. When he tries to start dating her, he discovers she is already with someone. She tries to convince him that he is just a friend. This single became Markie’s one-hit-wonder.
7. “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5
The Jackson 5 was an American popular music group. The formed in 1964 as the Jackson Brothers with the founding members being; Jermaine, Tito, Jackie, Marlon, and Michael. They entered the professional music scene in 1967 and began recording with Steeltown Records. They left them in 1969 and signed with Motown. The Jackson 5 is the first group of black American performers to achieve a crossover. They were followed by The Supremes, Temptations, and The Four Tops. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
“I’ll Be There” is not just a song about friendship, but about soul mates. It took this group from just a bubblegum pop group to world-renowned musical artists.
6. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
Ben E. King was an American soul and R&B record producer and singer. His top hit, “Stand By Me”, made it to the Top 10 Hit List in 1961 and again in 1986 when it was used as a theme song in the movie with the same title. It also became a top hit in the UK in 1987. King’s career started by singing in church choirs and while in high school he formed the Four B’s as doo-wop group. He began his formal career with the Five Crowns and moved on to join the Drifters. King later went solo in 1960 when he left the Drifters.
“Stand By Me” serves as a melody for childhood friendships. It moved on the Billboard charts twice during its lifetime demonstrating this song’s appeal.
5. “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker was an English musician and singer. His gritty voice and spasmodic body movements are his trademarks during his performance of popular songs. Cocker’s cover of the Beatles “With A Little Help From My Friends” reached number one in the UK in 1968. This song also became the theme song for the TV series, The Wonder Years. Cocker received a nomination for the Best British Male in 2007 and received a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown in 2008. He ranked number 97 on Rolling Stones 100 greatest singers list.
“With A Little Help From My Friends” was based more on friendship with Joe Cocker’s version than the original version by the Beatles. Cocker’s version is slower and bluer than the Beatle’s and found new life 20 years after its release.
4. “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan
Sarah McLachlan is a Canadian guitarist, pianist, singer-songwriter, and musician. She is known for emotional ballads and has sold 40 million albums across the globe. One of McLachlan’s best-selling albums was Surfacing which won her two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. She is also the founder of the Lilith Fair which showcases female musicians. McLachlan took voice lessons as a child and also studied classical piano and guitar. At the age of 17, she began a short-lived rock band called, The October Game. The one song they recorded, “Grind” can only be found on the independent Flamingo Records. It was never released elsewhere.
“I Will Remember You” is a song about friendship and being honest with someone. It is used in many tributes at award shows and often has those who listen wiping at tears.
3. “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor
James Taylor is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is a five-time Grammy Award winner and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has also been labeled as one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Taylor has sold over 100 million records across the globe. His breakthrough single was, “Fire and Rain” in 1970 and followed by “You’ve Got A Friend” which was a Carole King classic. Every album Taylor released from 1977 to 2007 sold more than 12 million copies. He is famous for retaining a large audience over the years and being a favorite musician of many.
“You’ve Got A Friend” was written by Carole King and is considered a classic exercise in friendship. Even the music itself was an effort in friendship as it was shared between James Taylor and Carole King.
2. “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick and Friends
Dionne Warwick is an American TV-show host, actress, and singer. She became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization. She partnered with Burt Bacharach and Hal David and ranks among the 40 biggest hit-makers of the era of rock. Warwick is one of the most-charted female vocalists of all time, following only Aretha Franklin. Most of Warwick’s family were members of the The Drinkard Singers. They were a renowned family gospel group and frequently performed throughout the New York area.
“That’s What Friends Are For” refers to Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight which are some of her best friends. Warwick recorded this song to raise money for the American Foundation to research AIDS. With this, she and her friends raised more than $3 million for AIDS research.
1. “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” by The Killers
The Killers are an American rock band. They started out in Las Vegas in 2001 by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning. They created their name from a logo found on a bass drum representing a fictitious band. This band is being called one of the most successful rock bands to ever originate from Nevada. They have sold over 22 million records. The Killers have performed live worldwide covering fifty different countries on six continents. They have performed in famous places such as Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium.
“Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” is on the dark side of friendship songs. It is about a murder sung from the point of view of a young boy suspected of the murder. The lyrics of the song are about the boy telling he has no motive for the murder because she was a friend of his.
Party songs and especially karaoke songs are best sung about friendship. A song about love and friendship are the best ditties to perform for these events. These are the top 10 best friendship/best friend songs of all time you may want to consider for your next song to your friend.