36 Best Rock Songs About Friendship

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We all know the feeling of a true friendship: the long talks, the inside jokes, and the unending support. And what do we turn to when we want to capture those feels? Music, of course.

Below are 36 of the best rock songs about friendship that are sure to make you appreciate your BFF even more.

Top Best Rock Songs About Friendship

1. Friends by Led Zeppelin

Met a man on the roadside crying
Without a friend, there's no denying
You're incomplete, they'll be no finding
Looking for what you knew
So anytime somebody needs you
Don't let them down, although it grieves you
Someday you'll need someone like they do
Looking for what you knew

Here is a beautiful song about friends by Led Zeppelin. The narrator talks about the importance of having friends and being there for them when they need you.

Because someday you will also need a shoulder to cry on. And that is what friendship is all about!

While the lyrics are simple, they are very powerful and will resonate with anyone who knows the value of true friendship.

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

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, get high with a little help from my friends
Oh, I'm gonna try with a little help from my friends

One of the best things about having friends is that they are always there to cheer you up when you need it. This song by The Beatles is all about that, and will definitely put a smile on your face.

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

I'll be there for you
(When the rain starts to pour)
I'll be there for you
(Like I've been there before)
I'll be there for you
('Cause you're there for me too)

This song is the theme song from the popular TV show Friends, and it perfectly captures the spirit of friendship. After all, what are friends for if not to be there for each other?

4. You’re My Best Friend by Queen

Oh, you're the best friend that I ever had
Been with you such a long time
You're my sunshine
And I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
(Ooh) Oh, you're my best friend

A bit of ’70s cheese here, but a bit of 70s cheese is sometimes exactly what we need.

Used in several TV shows such as Hot in Cleveland and Will & Grace, this is one of the most emotional rock songs about friendship.

John Deacon wrote this one for his wife and refers to her as his “best friend”.

5. You’ve got a Friend by James Taylor

When you're down and troubled and you need a helping hand
And nothing, whoa, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest nights

A friendship anthem? We think so.

James Taylor perfectly sums up what it feels like to have someone who is always there for you, no matter what. If this doesn’t make you want to call up your best friend, we don’t know what will.

Alternative Rock Songs about Friendship

6. My Best Friend – Weezer

There is no other one who can take your place
I feel happy inside when I see your face
I hope you believe me
Because, I speak sincerely
And I mean it when I tell you that I need you

A very cheesy but very sweet song about…well, a best friend. If you’re looking for an ode to your BFF, no further than this one.

7. My Friends by Red Hot Chili Peppers

I love all of you
Hurt by the cold
So hard and lonely too
When you don't know yourself

Though highly underrated, this RHCP song is one of the most interesting takes on friendship.

It’s not your typical “I love my friends” kind of tune, but more of an ode to the friends who have stuck by you through thick and thin.

8. Photograph – Nickelback 

Every memory of looking out the back door
I had the photo album spread out on my bedroom floor
It's hard to say it, time to say it
Goodbye, goodbye
Every memory of walking out the front door
I found the photo of the friend that I was looking for
It's hard to say it, time to say it
Goodbye, goodbye
(Goodbye)

Nickelback’s “Photograph” is a song about how photos capture memories, and how those memories remind us of our great times.

It’s a sweet sentiment that will definitely resonate with anyone who has ever looked at a photo and been transported back to a moment with their friends.

The song was released on August 8, 2005, and became the band’s third top ten hit in the United States.

9. My Friend – Blessid Union of Souls

Put your head on my shoulder
No need to worry 'bout a thing
I'll be the cure for your lonliness
I'll make you feel like you're whole again
And you can always count on me wherever I may be
When this world's got you feelin' blue
Call on me and I'll run to you
My friend

One more song about the value of friends, “My Friend” by Blessid Union of Souls is a touching ballad that will make you appreciate your BFF even more. Because they are the ones we can always count on, no matter what.

10. Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends – Fall Out Boy

You are a getaway car, a rush of blood to the head
But me, I'm just the covers on top of your bed
You steer away in a rear view mirror, make my head swim
I keep you warm and won't ask you where you've been

Just like the title says, this song is about how fake friends are nothing but trouble.

But at the end of the day, it’s our real friends who we know we can always count on. And that’s worth celebrating with a glass of champagne.

11. All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem 

Where are your friends tonight?
Where are your friends tonight?
Where are your friends tonight?
If I could see all my friends tonight
If I could see all my friends tonight
If I could see all my friends tonight
If I could see all my friends tonight

If you are looking for a mix of rock, disco, and indie, look no further than LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends”. It’s a song about recalling all the good times we’ve had with our friends and becoming aware that with time

it all changes. The song was released in 2007 and is a great way to reflect on all the friends we’ve made (and lost) throughout our lives.

Classic Rock Songs about Friendship

12. Waiting For a Friend by The Rolling Stones

A smile relieves a heart that grieves
Remember what I said
I'm not waiting on a lady
I'm just waiting on a friend
Just waiting on a friend
I'm just waiting on a friend
I'm just waiting on a friend

The Stones are everywhere, whether it is love, heartbreak, or friendship. “Waiting For a Friend” is a ballad off their 1981 album “Tattoo You, and it is a sweet ode to friends because sometimes they are the first priority above the rest.

13. Can We Still Be Friends? by Todd Rundgren

We can't play this game anymore
But can we still be friends?
Things just can't go on like before
But can we still be friends?

This is one of those songs that even after listening to it a thousand times, you’ll still be able to find new instruments in it that you’ve never noticed before.

It is a beautiful take on a couple who are no more in love but the man still wants to be friends with her.

14. We’re Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes

Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are going to be friends
I can tell that we are going to be friends

The theme of this song surrounds the pure and undisrupted friendships made during our school years. And the experiences we have with those friends help shape us into the people we become.

The song has a soothing melody and, to further illustrate this, the video contains Jack White singing it to sleeping, Meg White.

15. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green day

It's somethin' unpredictable, but in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life

One is more classic by one of the most influential bands of our generation.

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” is one of those songs that can be interpreted in a million different ways, but the most popular interpretation is that it’s about moving on from a friendship (or relationship) that has run its course.

It’s a song about change, and how sometimes it’s for the best.

16. Friends by The Beach Boys

We drift apart for a little bit of a spell
One night I get a call and I know that you're well
And days I was down you would help me get out of my hole
Let's be friends
Let's be friends

If you want a more classic take on friendship, look no further than The Beach Boys’ “Friends”. The song is off their 1968 album “Friends” and it’s a feel-good tune about, you guessed it, friendship.

Hard Rock Songs About Friendship

17. He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother by The Hollies

The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where?
Who knows where?
But I'm strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

Filled with great harmonies, this song is about the weight we carry for our friends.

It is a reminder that the welfare of our friends should always be placed above our own because they would do the same for us. The song was released in 1969 and has been covered by many artists over the years.

18. The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy

Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed boys that'd been away
Haven't changed, hadn't much to say
But man, I still think them cats are crazy
They were askin' if you were around
How you was, where you could be found
Told them you were livin' downtown
Drivin' all the old men crazy

A perfect song when you are with your friends on a drive or a night out. It is an anthem about friends reuniting and having a great time.

This one will definitely fill with nostalgia and make you want to call up all your old friends.

19. Take a Friend – Rush

Take yourself a friend.
Keep ’em till the end.
Whether woman or man,
it makes you feel so good,
so good.

Yes, you think you’re all right,
and now you’re lonely ev’ry night.
Well, you need a friend,
someone on whom you can always depend.

This song is a reminder to make friends and keep them till the end because they will always have your back, no matter what.

20. Letter To A Friend by Gotthard

Hello, My Friend, How was you today?
Here's my letter down
With a message from your home.
That's all my friend
It's all I have to say!
All I have to say!

How often do you check up on your friends? In this day and age of social media, it is easy to forget that sometimes a personal email or call goes a long way.

This song is a reminder that we should all take the time to pick up the phone and check in with our friends from time to time because life is too short to not let them know how much we appreciate them.

21. Best Of Friends by Dangerous Toys

We were best of friends
Best of friends
Always hang together, forever
Thought we'd always be that way
But in time you grow up
And you slip away

It is amazing how a song can trigger all our memories associated with our friends. If lately, you lost touch with a friend, this song will make you want to reach out and rekindle that friendship. Just try it.

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Punk Rock Songs About Friendship

Punk rock is all about standing up for what you believe in and being true to yourself, so it’s no surprise that many punk songs are about friendship.

One of those songs is “We’re Bros” by NOFX.

Though not a typical punk song in terms of sound, it’s a punk song in spirit. It’s all about brothers from different mothers (or in this case, different bands) sticking together.

Here are some more beautiful punk songs about friendship:

22. My Friends Over You – New Found Glory
23. Fall Back Down – Rancid
24. All My Friends Are Dead – Turbonegro
25. Bro Hymn – Pennywise
26. Never Let Me Down Again – Depeche Mode
27. I Had a Heart – Real Friends
28. Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World
29. Good Friends Are Hard to Find – MxPx

Pop Rock Songs About Friendship

Historically, pop songs about friendship have been some of the most popular. They often deal with the ups and downs of friendships, and how those relationships can change over time.

Not in a bad way, but in a good way. And while there are so many great ones to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to our top five:

30. Why Can’t We Be Friends – Smash Mouth
31. these are my friends – lovelytheband
32. Song for a Friend – Jason Mraz
33. I Will Come to You – Hanson
34. You Need to Calm Down – Taylor Swift
35. I’ll Remember – Madonna
36. Stand by You – Rachel Platten

What song should I dedicate to my best friend?

There are countless songs about friendship, but finding the perfect one to dedicate to your best friend can be tough. If you’re struggling to find the right words, here are five of the best songs about friendship:

  • “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5
  • “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Toy Story
  • “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King
  • “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
  • “With a Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles

Simply send one of these songs to your best friend with a heartfelt message, and they’re sure to appreciate it.

What are some songs about losing friends?

Losing friends is never easy, but there are many songs that deal with the subject. If you’re looking for some tunes to help you cope with the loss of a friend, here are five of the best:

  1. “I’ll Remember” by Madonna
  2. “Yesterday” by The Beatles
  3. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
  4. “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand
  5. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra

These songs will help you remember the good times you had with your friend, and they might even make you tear up a little. But that’s all part of the grieving process.

Wrapping Up

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 50 best rock songs about friendship. There are many more great tunes out there about this subject, but these are some of our favorites. So crank up the volume, grab a friend, and enjoy!