22 Best Pop Songs about Friendship

If you are tired of the same old love songs, give these 22 pop songs about friendship a listen. From classic 80s hits to modern-day anthems, these tunes are sure to get your feet tapping while also reminding you of all the wonderful things that come with being friends.

1. That’s What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwick

To start the list we have a timeless classic that has been warming hearts for over three decades now. This iconic track was originally written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager for the soundtrack of the 1982 film “Night Shift,” but it was Warwick’s version that really made it a hit.

With its upbeat tempo and catchy melody, “That’s What Friends Are For” is a song that celebrates the joy and comfort of true friendship. The lyrics are simple yet profound, reminding us of the importance of having people in our lives who will always be there for us, no matter what:

2. Friends Will Be Friends by Queen

What do you do when you need someone to lean on or a shoulder to cry on? You turn to your friends. That is exactly what Freddie Mercury and the rest of Queen sing about in this gem from their 1984 album “The Works.”

3. With a Little Help from My Friends by The Beatles

We can’t help but include this timeless classic, written by the Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney in 1967. The song’s lyrics speak to the idea that we all need a little help from our friends sometimes, especially when we find ourselves in trying times. Whether it’s a shoulder to cry on or someone to offer advice, a little help from our friends can make all the difference.

4. You’re My Best Friend by Queen

Another Queen classic, this one is a love letter to friendship that was released in 1976 as part of the band’s album “A Night at the Opera.” And with lyrics like “Oh, you’re the best friend that I ever had, Been with you such a long time, You’re my sunshine”, it’s easy to see why this song is a favorite among friends everywhere.

5. You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman

One of my personal favorites, this upbeat tune comes from the soundtrack of 1995’s “Toy Story.” Its message is simple yet powerful: Life can be tough, but with a true and loyal friend by our side, we know we’re never truly alone. It’s a message that resonates just as strongly today as it did when the song first came out, and that’s what makes it such a classic.

6. Lean on Me by Bill Withers

There are very few songs as encouraging as this one. Written and recorded by Bill Withers in 1972, “Lean on Me” offers a comforting reminder to swallow our pride and never hesitate to reach out for help when we need it. It also acknowledges that we all have needs that we may not want to show, but that it’s important to be vulnerable with our friends and let them support us.

7. I’ll Be There for You by The Rembrandts

A bit of a departure from some of the other songs on our list, but If you are a fan of the hit TV show “Friends,” then you probably already know and love this song.

“I’ll Be There for You” was the theme song for the show, and it’s become an anthem for friendship in its own right. With its catchy hand-clapping beat and fun lyrics, this song is a celebration of the kind of friendships that last through thick and thin. And let’s face it, hearing those iconic opening chords is guaranteed to lighten even the gloomiest of days.

8. True Friends by Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana might not be your first pick for life lessons but this one actually has some substance. Released in 2007, this pop-rock ballad talks about how best friends aren’t necessarily the ones who always agree, but the ones who still love and support each other no matter what. Well, if that isn’t a lesson in true friendship, then we don’t know what is.

9. See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

A song that has been played at every single graduation ceremony and farewell party, “See You Again” is the perfect song to play when you’re feeling nostalgic and want to remember all the good times you’ve shared with your friends.

Written as a tribute to actor Paul Walker who passed away tragically in 2013, this song is an emotional reminder that although we may not always be together in the same place, our friends will never truly leave us. They will stay with us deep inside our hearts and memories forever.

10. Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge by Kishore Kumar

If you are a little bit into Bollywood, then you might recognize this classic song from the 1975 film “Sholay.” Sung by the legendary Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey, “Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge” is an ode to the unbreakable bond of friendship. The song’s title translates to “This Friendship We Will Not Break,” and the lyrics speak to the idea that no matter what life throws our way, true friends will always stand by each other’s side.

11. Gift Of A Friend by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato knows a thing or two about the power of friendship and this song stands as proof. Released in 2009, “Gift Of A Friend” is an uplifting reminder that even when life gets tough, we never have to face it alone. Because when you have someone who’s always there for you, who believes in you, and who loves you for who you are, everything feels brighter.

Besides its beautiful message, this song is also a great example of how pop music can be both upbeat and thought-provoking at the same time. It’s definitely worth giving it a listen!

12. Count on Me by Bruno Mars

There’s something special about Bruno Mars’ music, and this song is no exception. Released in 2011, “Count on Me” is a playful call for friends to be there for each other through the good and the bad times. It also has some really catchy hooks that make it easy to sing along with and put a smile on your face.

13. Real Friends by Camila Cabello

It’s always great to have friends, especially the kind that won’t ditch you at the first sign of trouble or use you for their own gain. But let’s face it, we’ve all been let down by a friend at some point in our lives, and that’s where this song comes in. So if you’re feeling down and need a little pick-me-up, give this song a listen. And if you’re lucky enough to have some real friends in your life, hold onto them tight because they’re worth more than all the fake ones combined.

14. Thank You for Being a Friend by Andrew Gold

Notable for being the theme song of the hit 80s sitcom “The Golden Girls,” this song is a heartfelt tribute to friendship that expresses gratitude for all the good times and support that friends provide. The lyrics are warm and sincere, saying things like “If it’s a car you lack, I’d surely buy you a Cadillac” and “And when we both get older, With walking canes and hair of gray, Have no fear even though it’s hard to hear, I will stand real close and say, Thank you for being a friend”

15. FRIENDS by Anne-Marie and Marshmello

FRIENDS by Anne-Marie and Marshmello explores the theme of friend-zoning and unrequited love with humor and sass. Though the song is quite lighthearted, it still emphasizes how important it is to know your boundaries when it comes to friendship and not take advantage of someone’s feelings. The song is based on a real-life experience of Anne-Marie, who had to spell out the word “friends” (F-R-I-E-N-D-S) to a guy who wouldn’t take no for an answer.

16. Best Friend by Jason Mraz

In “Best Friend”, Jason Mraz expresses gratitude for the deep connection and unwavering support that his friend has provided, highlighting the many ways in which their presence has made his life richer and more fulfilling. The song was released in 2014 as part of his fifth studio album “Yes!” which features collaborations with the all-female folk-rock group Raining Jane.

17. We’re All In This Together by Cast – High School Musical song

“We’re All In This Together” is a song from the Disney Channel movie High School Musical. It is sung by the entire cast in the final scene of the movie, where they celebrate their friendship and look forward to the future. The song is probably one of the most inspirational and heartwarming tunes ever released by Disney and a great reminder that friendship can be a powerful force for overcoming obstacles and achieving dreams.

18. Big Time Rush (Theme) by Big Time Rush

Big Time Rush is the theme song of the TV show Big Time Rush, which follows four friends who form a boy band and move to Hollywood. While the song starts out as a typical anthem about chasing dreams and achieving success, it then shifts its focus to emphasize friendship and loyalty. The song is very catchy and very relatable too.

19. Stand by Me by Ben E. King

A timeless classic that celebrates the power of love and friendship, “Stand by Me” was inspired by King’s devotion to his wife Betty Nelson, and also by a gospel song written by Charles Albert Tindley. The lyrics express the idea that no matter what troubles or dangers one may face in life, having someone who stands by you can make all the difference. This is also one of my personal favorites.

20. Count Me In by Dove Cameron

Friendship is a powerful force that can brighten up any day. That’s what Dove Cameron sings about in Count Me In, a song that compares her and her friend to perfect pairs like the sun and the moon, or the words and the tune. She thanks her friend for being there for her when she needs them most, and ask them to count her in any time they need a hand.

21. Oath by Cher Lloyd ft. Becky G

If you’re looking for a song that will make you feel good about your best friend, look no further than “Oath” by Cher Lloyd and Becky G. This pop-rap banger is all about celebrating their friendship and loyalty, even when things get tough. They use the metaphor of a tuxedo and a bow tie to describe their friendship, a classy and timeless combination that never goes out of style.

22. Heathens by twenty one pilots

Heathens by twenty one pilots is a song that explores the theme of friendship and belonging in a world full of outsiders and misfits. The song was written for the movie Suicide Squad, which features a group of anti-heroes who are recruited to save the world. The song’s narrator is one of these heathens, who warns a newcomer to be careful around his friends, who have been through a lot and may not trust easily. The song also reflects on the band’s relationship with their fans, who are sometimes seen as heathens by mainstream society.

Wrapping Up on 22 Best Pop Songs about Friendship

Whether you are grateful for their presence, proud of their achievements, or nostalgic for the past, there is a song on this list that will resonate with you. These songs celebrate the joys and challenges of friendship, from sharing secrets and dreams to overcoming obstacles and conflicts. They also show how friendship can transcend time, distance, and differences. So next time you want to show your appreciation to your friends, why not send them one of these songs? They will surely appreciate the gesture and the message.