15 Best Friend Songs
Some of the best friend songs have been written about love, but not all love has to be romantic — we've found songs that really nail that special bond between singers and their BFFs. These friend songs, including tracks from Bruno Mars and Demi Lovato, are a great way to tell your awesome best friend just how much you care.
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'Hold You Down'
If you've got a pal that goes way back and has known you longer than anyone else, Jennifer Lopez's 'Hold You Down' (featuring fellow Bronx native Fat Joe) is a friend song that's totally for you. In it, Lopez sings about a friend that's been with her since before she was somebody. No matter what changes we go through, there's always that one friend that's been there from day one.
'Oath (feat. Becky G)'
"My best friend, best friend 'til the very end," Cher kicks off with her usual spitfire energy on "Oath," her Avril Lavigne-esque ode to BFFdom. Her pal Becky G comes in later to back up her up, just as a good friend does. Whether they're laughing hard or crashing cars, these two are in it for the long haul.
'Gift of a Friend'
In Demi Lovato's song from Disney's 'Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure' movie, she sings a delightful song about how life is so much better with friends. Regardless of the good times and the bad -- no matter what your ambitions are or the roads you take -- having a friend by your side makes everything easier. Lovato likely knows this first hand, since she's maintained solid friendships with buddies like Selena Gomez through some really dark times.
'Graduation (Friends Forever)'
The official graduation song for countless high schools in the early millennium, Vitamin C's 'Graduation (Friends Forever)' is a sweet pop song about a major milestone in life (graduating), and remembering all the times we've shared with our friends over the years. We may grow up and move on, but we'll never leave those friends (or those memories) behind.
'One And The Same'
We all know it's tough out there for a Disney princess, which is why it's great to know that IRL BFFs — Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato —are there for each other. Their 'Princess Protection Program' pop-rock duet compliments both of their voices nicely, and most importantly, contains the phrase "let loose and LOL."
'I'll Be There for You'
No one can forget this classic friend song staple from the '90s -- 'I'll Be There For You' by the Rembrandts was used (appropriately!) as the theme song for the hit sitcom 'Friends.' The lyrics talk about our worst moments, being tired of work, having a bad day or a crummy love life. But no matter what, your friends are always there for you because you've been there for them in their most trying of moments, too.
Rihanna's breakout hit isn't exactly about protective weather gear. 'Umbrella,' like a few other songs on this countdown, is about sticking with your friend through great times as well as the rougher moments. Rihanna sings, "Now that it's raining more than ever / Know that we'll still have each other / You can stand under my umbrella." It's a sweet sentiment about one friend sharing her strength when the other one is in a time of weakness.
'Count on Me'
"Find out what we're made of / When we're called to help our friends in need," sings Bruno Mars in 'Count on Me,' a friend song about being there for your buddies no matter what, even if your pal is "stuck in the middle of the sea." When your friends are in trouble -- big or small -- you'll do what you can to help and see them through. Bruno definitely knows a thing or two about this, since he has a loyal pair of friends in his Smeezington songwriting partners.
'Me And My Girls'
When it comes to girl power, the leading ladies of Fifth Harmony know a thing or two about having fun together. "Me & My Girls" is purely the stuff of sleepover dreams, with dorky references to selfies and pop stars aplenty. It's all in cheesy good fun, which is exactly what a hang out sesh with your BFFs SHOULD be.
'Always Be Together'
Across the pond, Little Mix are keeping the spirit of girl power alive with their empowering anthems, including "Always Be Together," a heartfelt ode to friend-on-friend love. "We'll always be together / Don't you worry," they pledge to each other. Aww, girls!
The soulful Brit sings about a different kind of friendship in 'My Same,' and at first listen it sounds like it could be about a boyfriend. Instead, this friend song is a touching tribute to Adele's best friend, Laura. 'My Same' is about being friends with someone who is different from you, and that magical way we can find meaningful friendship once we look past the surface to something deeper.
'Anytime You Need a Friend'
A friend song about the true love that exists between two chums, Mariah Carey's 'Anytime You Need a Friend' asserts that it doesn't matter if your best friend is far away or right next door, that love is powerful enough to keep you connected. You may feel alone, but as Carey sings, "Love will be there / To guide you home." Your mom was right -- home is totally where the heart is.
DC3 have always had each other's back, including their real talk 'Destiny Fulfilled' jam, "Girl." Bey, Kelly and Michelle can tell you've been crying, but they're all ears for you. (The 'Sex & The City'-themed video is also the best.)
'I'll Be There'
'I'll Be There' by The Jackson 5 is the best friend song ever made -- was there any doubt? Young Michael and his brothers always had a knack for sweetly and innocently singing songs that were wiser than their young years, but 'I'll Be There' is a song you can understand at any age. The boys sing "Just call my name and I'll be there" because that's what friendship is -- being there for each other, always.
Has there ever been a more defiant cry for girl power and friendship than the Almighty Spice Girls' massive debut single, "Wannabe"? (No, there hasn't, which is why it's at #1.)
Scary, Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Posh came bursting onto the scene with their infectious personalities, equally catchy tunes and, most of all, inspiringly positive attitude about uplifting each other and empowering the world. "If you wannabe my lover, you gotta get with my friends / Make it last forever, friendship never ends." Over twenty years later, that friendship still holds true.