Thomas Aquinas said that there is nothing more to be prized on this earth as friendship and he was right. Our best friends are family, only less judgmental. They laugh with us, cry with us and eat all our food, support us, give us a chance to be heard and above all walk with us even on the most difficult times in a human life. They make us angry more times than we can count but we still stick with them, knowing that no one has got our back more than them. These top 10 best friendship/best friend songs for 2018 songs are best suited for best friends.
Table of Contents
- 10. Andrew Gold – Thank You For Being A Friend
- 9. Bill Wither – Lean On Me
- 8. Tupac – Let’s Be Friends
- 7. James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend
- 6. The Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There
- 5. The Spice Girls – Wannabe
- 4. Randy Newman – You’ve Got a Friend in Me
- 3. Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans – Count on Me
- 2. Mariah Carey – Anytime You Need a Friend
- 1. The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You
10. Andrew Gold – Thank You For Being A Friend
Released in 1978, this pop-rock, soft rock song is a classic. It was composed and recorded by Andrew Gold and made the song as one of the leading tracks in his 3rd album, All This and Heaven Too. The track was a great success, peaking at position 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and position 5 and 7 in the Canada RPM adult contemporary and Canada RPM Top Singles respectively. The song has been covered by many artists including Cynthia Fee, Elaine Paige and Dionne Warwick, Ringo Starr, Stephen Bishop, Alyssa Bangura among many others. The most popular version of this song was Cynthia Fee’s cover which was the theme song for the long-running television show, Golden Girls. The lyrics are the one of the most famous on television, owing to their reference to the characters’ friendships. The song is about admiration for one’s friend – “My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow”, generosity – “If it’s a car you lack/I’d surely buy you a Cadillac” and gratitude – “Thank you for being a friend”.
9. Bill Wither – Lean On Me
It is important to be able to lean on your friends no matter what. This soulful number by Bill Withers is a promise to be supportive and generous to your friend. This beautiful song is often played at charity events to signify support and important ceremonies. For example, Kid Rock,KeithUrban and Sheryl Crow performed it at the 2010 Hope for Haiti earthquake relief telethon. Mary J. Blige also performed the song at Obama’s inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Many other artists have performed the song in ceremonies or covered it. Famous covers by famous artists include Bonnie Tyler’s version, The Winans’ version, Anne Murray’s version and Glen Campbell’s cover. So successful was the song that it was included in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Bill Withers knew a little about helping his friends; he bonded with co-workers while manufacturing airplane toilets. These bonds provided the inspiration for the song Lean On Me.
8. Tupac – Let’s Be Friends
Tupac’s forte was rapping about all things hip hop that is, politics, struggle, and of course, money and women. He spoke relentlessly about the struggles that minorities faced in the country, about capitalism, housing, and the gap between the poor and the rich. In Let’s Be Friends however, Tupac shows hos rarely-seen softer side speaking on friendship. The song features rival, B.I.G, in a show of peace. Although the track is a bit rough around the edges, Tupac relays the message of friendship in a way that only he could. The video for the song has over 259,000 views.
7. James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend
Written by Carole King, this song was recorded by her but was later covered by artist James Taylor and was released off his album, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. His version achieved plenty of success, peaking at number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also made James Taylor to scope a Grammy Award. The song expresses universal, agape love, the kind that human beings have for each other. This song is perfect for a lonely friend who needs a boost of confidence. In fact, James Taylor felt that the song related to him as he had been suffering from depression. The song’s video has over 7.1 million views.
6. The Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There
Prior to this record, the Jackson 5 had had four number one records in a row. This song was to be their fifth chart topper and was actually the group’s most successful single ever. It sold 4.2 million copies and was at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for over 14 weeks. This gentle ballad promises comfort and support to a friend or a lover. The song is one of the most beloved songs released by the group and was their final number one record. Michael Jackson’s voice is especially recognized in this record for its maturity and authority. The song was brought back to the limelight by Mariah Carey who covered it in 1992 as a duet, earning her a Grammy Award nomination. The song’s video has over 320,000 views on YouTube.
5. The Spice Girls – Wannabe
The Spice Girls rose to prominence with their first single, Wannabe. This song was written by all the group members. The pop song was well received by critics, and became the emblematic song for girl power. The song’s lyrics address female friendship, love and female empowerment. Some critics called the song “witty and fun”, while others termed it “insidiously snappy”. The song won several awards including Best Single at the Brit Awards and International Hit of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards. The song has been credited for catapulting the and to stardom. The music video and the song are now considered pop classics. The video has over 274 million views.
4. Randy Newman – You’ve Got a Friend in Me
Toy Story’s theme song is central to the film’s storyline but it can also be related to real life friendships. With its lyrics “As the year goes by/Our friendship will never die”, the song is all about the unending power of true friendships. The song was nominated an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe Award in the same category. However, it lost out to Pocahantas.
3. Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans – Count on Me
Count on Me was written by Whitney Houston and other writers and released in 1996. This uplifting song about true friendship was performed by Whitney Houston and her real life close friend, CeCe Winans. It was the fourth single from the film, Waiting to Exhale. The song peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and was CeCe Winans highest single. Inspirational and hopeful, this song was an acute reflection of Winans’ and Houston’s beautiful friendship. It is infused with pledges of friendship, love and loyalty. The music video featured the two singers giving a performance blended with clips from the film. On YouTube, the video has 6,460,957 views.
2. Mariah Carey – Anytime You Need a Friend
Off her third album, Music Box, Anytime You Need a Friend is the only single that departs from pop and is infused with gospel and song elements. The lyrics of the song tell the protagonist’s friend (or lover) to “never feel lonely” and that the protagonist would always “be there”. Critics praised Carey’s wide vocal range in the song and the gospel elements present in the song which were absent in the rest of the album. The song’s video has 7,679,949 views.
1. The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You
The theme song from televise show Friends is needless to say, all about friendship. The song is widely popular especially among Friends’ fans and was a chart topper in US. It peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying there for eight weeks. The Beatles-inspired track was covered by the band The Goo Goo Dolls, Pink Lincolns and Alvin and the Chipmunks. The song is great for dancing with friends, although there may arise an argument as to how many claps are there in the beginning of the song. Disclaimer – there are four.
Whether you are at odds with your friend or are trying to cheer them up, give these top 10 best friendship songs a listen. Those that are older have inspired and motivated people for decades but are still as powerful today. Classics like Lean on Me will never be redundant as will Count on Me. So sit down, grab your buddy and play this beautiful song.