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Top 10 Friendship Day Songs

The world celebrates all sorts of different things – births, love, the ends of wars – but there is only one holiday which focuses on the relationships we have that far outnumber the others.


When the first Sunday in August rolls around, you might want to play one of these top ten Friendship Day songs to honor all your best buddies. Even if you can’t afford to buy everyone a gift, sometimes just a quick tune to show how much they mean to you can be enough.


Before we get to the list, let’s take a minute to reflect on something: you know your friendship better than anyone else does.


So, as Friendship Day comes around this year, you might be better off picking a song that makes you and your pal laugh together – an inside joke no one else knows is better than a generic choice. If you’re still stumped, then you’ve come to the right place.

“That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder

This might be the most famous friendship-related song of them all, though this version is not the original – the first recording was actually released by Rod Stewart in 1982. This cover by “Dionne and Friends” raised $3 million dollars for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, reaching the top of the charts in 1986 while doing so.


“Lean On Me” by Bill Withers

Slow and soulful, this song will be a Friendship Day favorite for the rest of time. How better to describe the value of a great pal than by acknowledging you can count on support from one another? This is the best tune for that – bar none.

“You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor and Carole King

Another classic from the 1970s, this duet is easygoing and straightforward – probably a lot like your friendship. Some might say it doesn’t quite have the emotion of other options, but that might be the best way to go, you know?

“I’ll Be There For You” The Rembrandts

Well, this tune ended up as the theme song for the TV show Friends, so why should you choose anything else? More than probably any of these ten songs, this one reflects the funny side of a friendship.

“Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae

A favorite for the ladies, the British songstress seems to hit all the right notes for the relationship between girls. Being able to talk about anything and everything is what make friendship so important, whether you have to pick up the phone or set up a time for coffee.

“Anytime You Need a Friend’t by Mariah Carey

There are only a handful of singers in history who have had the range of the megastar from the 1990s. Her sweeping vocals seem to capture the depth of a solid friendship, which is perfect for your celebrations on Friendship Day.

“With a Little Help from My Friends” by Joe Cocker

Though it was The Beatles who originally released this stirring song in 1967, it was a particular performance by Joe Cocker at Woodstock in 1969 that brought the tune to prominence. The earthy sound of Cocker’s voice seems to add layers of intensity to the feelings friends have for each other.

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett

The theme for the Disney movie Toy Story, this playful tune manages to capture the fun side of being friends despite some rather serious lyrics about mutual support and affection. Looking to add a bit of childhood flair to your Friendship Day party? This is the ideal song for that.

“Friends Never Say Goodbye” by Elton John

Another from the stable of children’s films from the House of Mouse, you’ll find the themes in this option are key to any friendship: devotion, loyalty and consistency. It’s amazing how tunes from a kid’s movie can manage to capture adult themes so well, right?

“Thank You for Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold

Sometimes, the best thing you can do on Friendship Day is just express some gratitude for the ability to share your life with someone. This song, from 1978, is one of the best to do that with. The cheerful rhythm and simple lyrics get right to the point. Sometimes “Thanks” is all it takes.