We asked ourselves which are the most beautiful songs about friendships. The result is a playlist with over 100 songs that deal with friends and friendships. This list contains songs that you can sing with your friends z. B. with a Can sing karaoke night.
The songs describe the special relationship between people who trust each other and show affection.
There is nothing better than a good friendship. Having a friend who makes you a better person and who you can trust is one of the most important things in life. Friends stand by you in difficult situations z. B with a Breakup Or support you through difficult decisions.
Apart from that, a friendship can often be a rather complicated thing. Some friends will hurt you, lie, let you down and talk shit about you behind your back. But this way you will quickly realize who your real friends are.
Over time, many musicians from different musical genres have written songs about the true meaning of friendships. Whether pop singers, rockers, and gangsta rappers, almost every notable performer has released a friendship song. Songs can touch us emotionally.
If you want your friend to just want to say thank you, then these songs are exactly the right ones for you.
(At the end of the article, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)
In addition to the most popular 100 friendship songs, we have also compiled a playlist of 34 German songs about friendships. Have fun listening!
The most beautiful friendship songs
01. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
The hit from the duo “The Rembrandts” is probably the first that comes to your mind when it comes to the topic of friendship. “I’ll be there for you” was the theme song for the sitcom “Friends,” through which it also gained notoriety. The song was written by the Friends producers and the Rembrandts together, collaborating with a composer and a songwriter. With an original length of less than a minute, the song was subsequently re-recorded as a three-minute pop song.
After a radio station broadcasted the short version, it gained so much popularity that the more extended version was released in 1995.
In the U.S., “I’ll be there for you” topped the Billboard Hot 100 airplay chart for eight weeks. The single reached #3 on the U.K. Singles Chart and #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. In Canada, it ran as a number one hit for five consecutive weeks and was the best-selling single there in 1995.
02. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman
Randy Newmann wrote this song for the Walt Disney movie Toy Story. The instrumental version established itself as a staple of the franchise. This song emphasizes the special relationship between Andy and Sheriff Woody Pride.
It also appears in the film’s opening credits. 1996 “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” was nominated as the best song at the Oscars. Covered in 1999 by Robert Goulet for Toy Story 2 (for the character Wheezy) and in 2012 by the Gipsy Kings – in Spanish – for the third film in the series.
In 2013, Michael Bublé also recorded the song.
03. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
In 1975 John Deacon, bassist of the British rock band Queen, wrote this pop ballad for Veronica Tetzlaff. Released the same year on the album “A Night at the Opera” and finally as a single in 1976. Furthermore, the song appeared on “Live Killers,” a live album, in 1979 and on the Greatest Hits in 1981.
While recording in the studio, Deacon played electric bass and a Wurlitzer electric piano that gave the song its signature sound. But live Freddie Mercury played on a grand piano because he didn’t like the electric piano. In a 1977 interview, he called it “tiny and horrible” and raised the question of “why play those things when you have a magnificent, beautiful grand piano?”
04. Lean on Me – Bill Withers
Bill Withers wrote and produced “Lean on Me,” a catchy song about friendship and being there for each other. In 1972, the song was written when Withers tried out a few finger exercises on his newly acquired Wurlitzer electric piano. He did not have much experience as a musician at that time.
Withers’ childhood inspired the lyrics in West Virginia. He wrote it after his move to L.A. because here, he missed humanity and the sense of community he had experienced as a child in his homeland. When the U.S. music magazine Rolling Stone published a list of the 500 best songs of all time, “Lean on me” reached 205th place. Place.
In the meantime, the song has a long list of Cover versions, including Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Bonnie Tyler, DJ BoBo, Westlife, and 4 the Cause. In more recent times, Stefan Gwildis feat. Laith Al-Deen (I am there, 2007) and Sheryl Crow & Keith Urban feat.
Kid Rock (2010) the thoughts about best friends and cohesion.
05. My Best Friend – Weezer
The songwriter, and guitarist of the rock band Weezer, Rivers Cuomo, wrote the song “My Best Friend,” released in 2005. In response to a request, the band offered the song as a track on the soundtrack of Shrek 2, with the ulterior motive that the song would be an excellent fit for the main character. After all, it is written about a funny, significant, and ogre-like friend.
But in the end, the movie producers didn’t use the song because it was too obvious to them. However, this decision was not inconvenient for the band. Here’s how they were able to re-sing and rework “My Best Friend.” According to Weezer, this created a wild song that “sounds like it’s on fire.”
06. Friends – Meghan Trainor
True friends are always there for each other even in difficult times and help each other, sings the American songwriter and singer Meghan Trainor in her “Friends.” The song expresses the trust that you only experience with your best friends, that they understand you best and always have a couch available if need be.
And even in the face of heartbreak and despite silly mistakes, they hold firm to one. Meghan Trainer released the song in 2016 on her album “Thank you.
07. I’m Only Me When I’m With You – Taylor Swift
On her eponymous debut album, Taylor Swift released the song “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” in 2006 (released in Germany in 2008). The country-pop singer’s album reached #5 on the U.S. album charts and spent a total of 275 weeks in the Top 200.
The song is about the intimacy of an intimate, friendly (or romantic) relationship, the feeling of completeness that only comes when the other person is with you. According to IFPI, Taylor Swift has sold over 170 million records worldwide (as of Feb. 2015), making her one of the most successful female artists of our time.
08. I’ll Stand by You – The Pretenders
“I’ll Stand by You” was recorded by The Pretenders as the second single from their sixth studio album, Last of the Independents, in 1994. Chrissie Hynde and a songwriting team wrote the song. In the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, it reached 16. Reached number 10 in the U.K. charts.
The accompanying music video shows Chrissie Hynde taking care of a sick man. The song is about helping and love in times of personal darkness. So, appropriately, it was also performed by the Country singer Carrie Underwood recorded as a charity single (2007).
Likewise, Shakira performed the song in 2010 for the charity station Hope for Haiti Now. Her cover version was also released on the charity album of the same name.
09. Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
The soft rock ballad was written by Paul Simon and sung mostly solo by Art Garfunkel. On 26.
January 1970 Simon & Garfunkel released the song as a single. The U.S. Billboard Hot 100 hit parade stayed at the top for six weeks. In Great Britain, it first reached the single charts, in Germany number 3. “Bridge over Troubled Water” originally consisted of two verses.
On the producer’s recommendation, Simon added a third verse to the song in the recording studio.
Awarded the song with four Grammys. It was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
10. All my Friends – Jacob Sartorius
Born in Oklahoma in 2002, the pop singer became known for playback videos on musical.ly known. The pop song was released on 02.10.2016, the birthday of Satorius.
“All my Friends” is about enjoying life to the fullest with friends and not wasting any time. The song-like his other songs – is not available on CD but can be listened to and downloaded via streaming providers like Spotify or Deezer.
Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.
|11.||Best Friend||SOFI TUKKER|
|12.||Wish You Were Here||Pink Floyd|
|13.||You’ll Be In My Heart||Phil Collins|
|14.||No New Friends||DJ Khaled|
|16.||You’re My Best Friend||Queen|
|17.||My Best Friend||Tim McGraw|
|18.||Wind Beneath My Wings||Bette Midler|
|20.||Stand By Me||Ben E. King|
|22.||Kryptonite||3 Doors Down|
|24.||I Will Remember You||Sarah McLachlan|
|25.||Friends In Low Places||Garth Brooks|
|26.||All My Friends||LCD Soundsystem|
|27.||You’ve Got a Friend||James Taylor|
|28.||The Gift of a Friend||Demi Lovato|
|29.||Song for a Friend||Jason Mraz|
|30.||Waiting on a Friend||The Rolling Stones|
|31.||We’re Going To Be Friends||White Stripes|
|32.||Fremde oder Freunde||Howard Carpendale|
|33.||You’ve Got A Friend||Carole King|
|34.||One Call Away||Charlie Puth|
|35.||Me and My Gang||Rascal Flatts|
|38.||My Friend||Blessid Union of Souls|
|39.||Thick As Thieves||The Jam|
|40.||I’ll Be There||Jackson 5|
|41.||Count On Me||Bruno Mars|
|42.||My Wish||Rascal Flatts|
|43.||Lucky||Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillet|
|45.||We Go Together||Grease Cast|
|46.||That’s What Friends Are For||Dionne Warwick and Friends|
|47.||Im Namen der Freundschaft||Sportfreunde Stiller|
|50.||Sei mein Freund||Illegal 2001|
|51.||He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother||The Hollies|
|53.||Raise Your Glass||Pink|
|54.||With a Little Help From My Friends||Joe Cocker|
|55.||I’ll Be Around||Spinners|
|56.||Friends Never Say Goodbye||Elton John|
|57.||I’ll Be||Reba McEntire|
|58.||One And The Same||Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato|
|59.||I’ll Be Missing You||Fiddy, Faith Evans, 112|
|61.||True Colors||Cyndi Lauper|
|62.||In My Life||The Beatles|
|64.||Kind & Generous||Natalie Merchant|
|66.||Ein Freund, ein guter Freund||Heinz Rühmann|
|67.||Best Friend||Harry Nilsson|
|68.||Thank You for Being a Friend||Andrew Gold|
|69.||Du bist mein Freund||Jürgen Renfordt|
|70.||Walking on Sunshine||Katrina and the Waves|
|71.||Best Friend||50 Cent|
|72.||Anytime You Need A Friend||Mariah Carey|
|74.||Wahre Freundschaft||Die Schäfer|
|75.||I Turn To You||Christina Aguilera|
|77.||Just A Friend||Biz Markie|
|78.||I Will Come To You||Hanson|
|79.||True Friend||Hannah Montana|
|80.||Me and My Arrow||Harry Nilsson|
|81.||Real Friends||Kanye West|
|82.||I’ll Be There||Mariah Carey|
|83.||Echte Fründe (Echte Freunde)||De Höhner|
|85.||With a Little Help From My Friends||Beatles|
|86.||FRIENDS||Marshmello & Anne-Marie|
|87.||Old Friends||Everything But the Girl|
|88.||My Old Friend||Tim Mcgraw|
|89.||Graduation (Friends Forever)||Vitamin C|
|90.||What About Your Friends||TLC|
|92.||This One’s For the Girls||Martina McBride|
|93.||Stay Free||The Clash|
|95.||Auf gute Freunde||Böhse Onkelz|
01. The most beautiful German friendship songs
A compliment – Sportfreunde Stiller
For the first time “Ein Kompliment” was released on the second album of the Sportfreunde “Die gute Seite” (2002). When an unplugged version of this single was released in 2009, this song became a radio hit.
To that, the three friends sang it also in Italian and Spanish. This hit was written quite fast based on the always same chord sequence. Sportfreunde Stiller got the musical support of strings and a pianist for other dynamics. A personal level is created by the part to sing along reaches.
With ca. 500.000 units sold, the single is the most successful release of the indie rock band.
02. Friendship – Glasperlenspiel
On 24. August 2012 “Freundschaft” was released as a download single by the electropop duo Glasperlenspiel. It was written by Katharina Löwel, David Jürgens and Daniel Grunenberg as well as Carolin Niemczyk.
From Glasperlenspiel’s debut album “Beweg dich mit mir” is the third and the last single release. Thematized friendship does not have enough time left, although the participants would like it to be different. Without each other, they feel lonely, which inhibits them from having fun and enjoying themselves.
In Germany “Freundschaft” reached number 17 in the singles chart. It stayed in the German charts for a total of twelve weeks. In Austria, the single reached number 47, in five chart weeks, in Switzerland number 66 in one chart week.
03. My best friend – The Princes
Die Prinzen are a German a capella and pop band hailing from Leipzig, Germany. In 1991 they released their debut album “Das Leben ist grausam”, on which the song “Mein bester Freund” can be found. The song expresses that a good friend is also always a role model and stands up for himself.
Left to his own devices, however, avoid emerges. The “cruel life” was immediately a complete success for the princes. In a “march through,” they were awarded the gold record (for 250.000 albums sold), the platinum record (for 500.000), the Triple Gold (750.000), and the double-platinum (1,2 Mio.
04. Silbermond – The Best
As the third single from Silbermond’s second studio album “Laut gedacht”, the pop band released “Das Beste” on 6. October 2006. The singer Stefanie Kloß has a personal connection to the song. In the press text about it, she explains that she thinks of her father during this song.
His death made her aware of how suddenly someone important to her could disappear from her life. It is essential to appreciate every minute when you have people around you who are there for you and happy about it. “Das Beste” reached the top positions in the charts of the German-speaking countries. The song came first place in Germany and Austria and stayed there for several weeks in the very first week.
Initially #36 in Switzerland, it worked its way up to #3 after seven weeks. Place in the hit parade.
05. Friends – Die Toten Hosen
In 1982, out of the German punk movement, the Düsseldorf rock band Die Toten Hosen was formed. In 2005 they released their album “Back to Happiness. The lyrics on this album deal with values, beliefs, feelings, and transience.
The song “Freunde” (“Friends”) on the album fitted perfectly to this theme and was also released as a single. In this rocking anthem, the Toten Hosen sing of their strong sense of connection and the sense of community that comes from decades of friendship. Even if time leaves its mark and other people come and go, a severe company is not shaken by anything. “Zurück Zum Glück” reached first place in the German charts, the second in Austria, and in Switzerland, it landed third.
In 2004 the album was awarded the platinum record in Germany.
06. Hold on to me – Revolverheld feat. Marta Jandová
In a duet with Marta Jandová (lead singer of Die Happy), the rock-pop band released “Halt dich an mir fest” in November 2010. At that time, Jandová was a jury member in the casting show Popstars, in which the song was also presented.
The lyrics tell about distance and giving support. In the German charts, “Halt dich an mir fest” reached number 8. It was the first single of the band, which was awarded gold. The album “In Color” also received the golden award in 2001.
In addition, the singers were awarded the Radio Regenbogen Award for the duet.
07. Inseparable – Revolverheld
A few years earlier, on 14. September 2007, was released by Revolverheld the single “Unzertrennlich”.
The band sings about shared experiences, focusing on the moment. Because these give a friendship everlasting. The song reached number 45 in the German charts and stayed for 9 weeks.
The accompanying album “Chaostheorie” was released in May 2007 and spent 15 weeks in the German charts and four weeks in the Austrian charts.
08. You and me – July
In October 2006, Juli’s second album, “Ein neuer Tag” was released. In the course of it appeared on 15. December 2006 “Wir beide” as the second single release of the pop-rock band.
The song is like an ode to the best friend, and it expresses the trust, loyalty, and intimacy that best friends have in common. The lyrics describe the feeling of imperishability in young years as if everything would always stay the way it is.
The single reached #23 in the charts in Germany, #52 in Austria and #43 in Luxembourg.
09. Where did your smile go – Rapsoul
Rapsoul was a German hip-hop band that disbanded in 2009. In “Where’s Your Smile Gone,” Rapsoul sings about how hard it is to see someone you care about unhappy. Despite the intense desire to help, this is not always possible. “Wo ist dein Lächeln hin” is on the band’s debut album (“Unbeschreiblich”), which was released on 31.
March 2006, but it was not released as a single. The album reached number 18 in the German charts and lasted 21 weeks.
10. Du hast ‘nen Freund in mir – Klaus Lage
This is the German version of Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”. Klaus Lage wrote and sang this version.
In 1995, Walt Disney Studios asked him to participate in the animated film Toy Story, and he should translate the original soundtrack. This is how he Performered four songs for the German soundtrack of the Toy Story movies.
In his version, Lage sings about cohesion, no matter what may come. With it, he underlines the friendly relationship of the film characters aptly. Klaus Lage became famous in 1984 with his hit “1000 und 1 Nacht” and “Faust auf Faust (Schimanski),” the theme song for a Tatort movie.
Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.
|11.||In Liebe und Freundschaft||Doro|
|14.||Mein bester Freund||The Princes|
|15.||A friend, a good friend||Heinz Rühmann|
|17.||The best||Silver moon|
|18.||A compliment||Sportfreunde Stiller|
|19.||Where did your smile go||Rapsoul|
|20.||Friends||The Dead Pants|
|22.||Hold on to me||Revolverheld|
|23.||Echte Fründe (Real friends)||De Höhner|
|24.||You have a friend in me||Klaus Lage|
|26.||Strangers or friends||Howard Carpendale|
|27.||Nobody can separate good friends||Franz Beckenbauer|
|28.||True friendship||The shepherds|
|29.||Be my friend||Illegal 2001|
|30.||In the name of friendship||Sportfreunde Stiller|
|31.||The two of us||July|
|33.||You are my friend||Jürgen Renfordt|
|34.||To good friends||Böhse Onkelz|