21 Songs about friendship and memories

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Songs are wonderful creations. They can lift you up, keep you company during a difficult time and help bring life to a dull occasion. Music is something that, in some way, helps us stay connected to the realities of life. And that’s definitely a need for songs about friendship and memories.

Here we present 21 songs about friendship and memories that you’ll want to keep in mind. If you ever plan a surprise birthday party for a close friend, some of these songs might just suit your slideshow project perfectly.

1. "You've Got A Friend In Me" by Randy Newman

Anyone who has seen Toy Story would immediately recognise this feel-good tune, and it’s probably one of the best songs that can teach little kids about the meaning of friendship — how it's all about sticking it out with good friends through thick and thin. Friendship means having someone else’s back and them having yours.

You've got a friend in me

When the road looks rough ahead

And you're miles and miles

From your nice warm bed

You just remember what your old pal said

Boy, you've got a friend in me

2. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" by Vitamin C

What makes this song special is the bittersweet message it carries. Yes, there’s a lot of excitement when you graduate from high school or college. You’re looking forward to bigger and brighter things that aren’t too far away. But then again, aren’t you going to miss all the friends you’ve made as you all go your separate ways? As the lyrics show, this is the time to remember that true friends’ bonds won’t be broken, even if you no longer spend every day together. 

As we go on

We remember

All the times we

Had together

And as our lives change

Come whatever

We will still be

Friends forever

3. "I'll Be There For You" by The Rembrandts

We all know this soundtrack from Friends, famously played in the opening credits for each of the 240-plus episodes in the series. But outside of the show, the meaning behind it shouldn’t be neglected. Because indeed, true friends are those who will always “be there for you” come what may.

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)

4. "Friends" by The Beach Boys

Most friendships you go through aren’t "butterflies and rainbows" all the time. There are challenges, hardships and moments when one needs some space and the other feels powerless in trying to help. But by going through those, your friendships are strengthened, and the good times with friends become even sweeter in your memories.

We've been friends now for so many years

We've been together through the good times and the tears

Turned each other on to the good things that life has to give

5. "Anytime You Need A Friend" by Mariah Carey

The legendary “Hero” songstress has her own masterpiece on the topic of friendship. So while you can’t help but admire her vocal skill throughout this song, it’s also important to listen to the message behind it. If you’re feeling lonely, don’t hesitate to seek the comfort and company of a true friend who you know will make time for you. 

Anytime you need a friend

I will be here

You'll never be alone again

So don't you fear

Even if you're miles away

I'm by your side

So don't you ever be lonely

6. "You’re My Best Friend" by Queen

Queen’s lyrics are always poetic genius, and this song is no exception. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve already heard this one on TV, as it really captures the gratitude one has for their loyal, long-time friend.

Oh, you're the best friend that I ever had

I've 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

Oh, you're my best friend

7. "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick

Fake friends may come and go, turning their back on you when you need them most because they have nothing to gain by helping you. But true friends are the opposite, as Dionne Warwick perfectly expresses in this song.

Keep smiling, keep shining

Knowing you can always count on me, for sure

That's what friends are for

For good times and bad times

I'll be on your side forever more

That's what friends are for

8. "My Old Friend" by Tim McGraw

As you grow old with your long-time friends, it becomes more of an event to sit down and recall memories of all the crazy, fun times you’ve had together. Some memories will make you laugh, while others might make you cry. But as the song suggests, they’re all priceless either way.

My old friend, I recall

The times we had

Ganging on my wall

I wouldn't trade them for gold

'Cause they laugh and they cry me

9. "You’ve Got A Friend" by Carole King

Old is gold, and this is certainly one of the timeless classics that will always be relevant for future generations. Much like “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”, this similarly titled song is about dropping everything to be there for that friend who means so much to you.

You just call out my name

And you know wherever I am

I'll come running, to see you again

Winter, spring, summer or fall

All you have to do is call

And I'll be there

You've got a friend

10. "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers

Another vintage song on the list, “Lean On Me” proves that everybody deserves to have someone they can lean onto for support when at their most vulnerable. Even if it’s just to get some reassurance and comforting words, there’s nothing wrong with needing a friend to speak with. No person is an island, after all.

Lean on me, when you're not strong

And I'll be your friend

I'll help you carry on

For it won't be long

'Til I'm gonna need

Somebody to lean on

11. "Good Friend and a Glass of Wine" by LeAnn Rimes

Seriously, what could be better than a combination of a truly special friend and a fine glass of wine? Often, it’s not about how special the occasion is, but how special you make each other feel — even when there’s nothing in particular to feel good about at that moment.

A good friend and a glass of wine

Someone to say it's gonna be alright

A good friend and a glass of wine

A little pick me up to get me through the night

12. "What About Your Friends" by TLC

In order to reveal true friends in life, there comes a point where you’ve got to weed out fake friends. Your real friends will end up meaning so much more, as they’ll be the ones to help you be your best you. That’s the message of this song.

Don't you know when times got rough

I was standing on my own

I'll never let another get that close to me

You see I've grown a lot smarter now

Sometimes you have to choose and then you'll see

If your friend is true then they'll be there with you

13. "All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem

There are times you might be falling behind on the things you mapped out for your life, and that can be a real letdown. But during those times, it's important to remember the close friends who’ll be by your side no matter what. Life is unpredictable. Friendship shouldn’t be.

You spent the first five years trying to get with the plan

And the next five years trying to be with your friends again

14. "Always Be Together" by Little Mix

It can be a burden to feel like you’re losing a friend via physical distance, as either you or they have to move away. But if you’re truly there for each other, those miles ultimately do not matter, as this song explains.

We'll always be together

Don't you worry

I'll always be by your side

Don't you worry

The circle will never end

Just know that we'll meet again

And we'll always be together

Forever, always

15. "I'll Be There" by Jackson 5

Comfort, understanding, words of encouragement. Those are the simplest yet most valuable, genuine things that true friends can provide when you’re in need of them. That message is beautifully conveyed in this hit song.

I'll reach out my hand to you

I'll have faith in all you do

Just call my name and I'll be there

And oh, I'll be there to comfort you

Build my world of dreams around you

I'm so glad that I found you

16.  "I Turn To You" by Christina Aguilera

When it seems like there’s no escape from the pain and suffering — and there’s no avoiding that in life, really — it’s amazing what a difference it makes to have a loyal friend to turn to. They’ll help you regain the will-power and inner strength to keep pushing ahead. That’s why this song is very heartwarming.

For a shield from the storm

For a friend 

For a love to keep me safe and warm

I turn to you

For the strength to be strong

For the will to carry on

For everything you do

For everything that's true 

I turn to you

17. "Count On Me" by Bruno Mars

Probably one of the catchiest tracks on this list, Bruno Mars’s “Count On Me” clearly sounds like the perfect tune to sing along with your besties, whether you’re driving out of town or sitting around a campfire.

You can count on me 

Like one two three

I'll be there

And I know when I need it 

I can count on you 

Like four three two

And you'll be there

'Cause that's what friends are supposed to do, oh yeah

18. "I’m Only Me When I’m With You" by Taylor Swift

Best friends who consider themselves to be partners in crime will relate to the meaning behind this song. Because really, who else might know you better than you know yourself?

And you know everything about me

You say that you can't live without me

I'm only up when you're not down

Don't wanna fly if you're still on the ground

19. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel

This song is massively uplifting, as it describes the value of having friends to pull you out of the darkest of places you may find yourself in. And while friends don’t always have the power to make a problem disappear, they’ll at least provide the comfort and reassurance that indeed, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

When you're down and out

When you're on the street

When evening falls so hard

I will comfort you

I'll take your part, oh, when darkness comes

And pain is all around

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

20. "Gift Of A Friend" by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato’s song expresses how the bright side of life comes from having the company of your dearest, truest friends: people who know you well, who acknowledge the best things about you and motivate you to better yourself every day.

You'll change inside

When you realize

The world comes to life

And everything's bright

From beginning to end

When you have a friend

21. "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders

Finally, here’s an ageless classic which can also double as a romantic song. It illustrates the heart and soul of friendship, which is truly being there for one another no matter what, even in the toughest of times. People who don’t abandon their friends in crisis are everyday heroes.

I'll stand by you

Won't let nobody hurt you

I'll stand by you

Baby, even to your darkest hour

And I'll never desert you

I'll stand by you

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