These top ten songs about friendship and friends can help you say a lot to your best buddy without having to break into song yourself. This eclectic mix of classic and modern pop songs can be the perfect gift for a friend who has been with you throughout life’s ups and down.
You can make your own personal CD to give as a gift using these top ten songs about friendship and friends. Using photos of you together through the years, create a one-of-a kind CD cover. You can also write your own personal liner notes for each top ten friendship song. With each song, share a memory that will bring a smile to your friend‘s face or a tear to the eye.
You’ve Got a Friend by James Taylor
Written by Carole King and originally performed by her, James Taylor recorded this top song about friendship on his Mud Slide Slim and the Horizon Blue album. It hit number one on the Billboard charts in July 31,1971, and would be his only number one hit.
With a Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles
This top ten friendship song was sung by Ringo Starr on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, released in 1967. Adults at the time feared that the lyric “I get high with a little help from my friends” was a drug reference. Although John Lennon claimed that it was not, it is still up for debate.
Joe Cocker released his own number one version of this song in 1968, which later became the theme song to the 1990’s hit ABC television series “The Wonder Years”.
Thank You for Being a Friend Andrew Gold
Who would have thought a television show about four female senior citizens living in Miami in the 1980’s would be a smash hit and also reintroduce a top ten song about friendship?
Andrew Gold originally released “Thank You for Being a Friend” in 1978 on his “All This and Heaven Too” album. When NBC’s show premiered in 1985 with this song as it’s theme, it rose to the top of the charts again.
I’ll Be There for You (Theme song from “Friends”) The Rembrandts
Released on vinyl in 1995, it is one of the few TV theme songs to become a hit single. “Friends” debuted on NBC in 1994 and this catchy tune had everyone wanting more of the song. The song’s video showcased the stars of the show pretending to play instruments as The Rembrandt’s looked on in mock horror.
You’re a Friend of Mine Clarence Clemons and Jackson Browne
Credit: Amazon.comBruce Springsteen’s E Street Band saxophonist released this duet with Jackson Brownie in 1985. This top ten song about friendship and friends, which features a great saxophone solo by Clemons, describes how no matter where in life you are, you are a friend of mine.
You’re My Best Friend Queen
Written by Queen bass player John Deacon, this song about friendship was released in 1976 on Queen’s “A Night at the Opera” album. It peaked at number sixteen on the American Billboard chart.
We’re All in This Together-Cast of High School Musical
The entire cast of the Disney hit movie trilogy High School Musical sings this top ten song about friendship. It was sung in the High School Musical 3 finale, when all of the East High graduates remember their years together in high school. It peaked at number thirty-four on the Billboard charts, but was number one in many homes with children under the age of twelve.
That’s What Friends are For Dionne (Warwick) and Friends
This number one Billboard hit for Dionne Warwick, and her friends Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, was released in 1985. The money raised from this single went to AmFar, the American Foundation for AIDS research. It won two Grammy Awards, for best Vocal Duo and for Song of the Year.
I’ll Stand By You The Pretenders
Written by Pretenders front woman Chrissie Hynde with Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, it rose to number sixteen on the Billboard charts in 1994. These lyrics about friendship and standing by someone you love resonates right to your soul. Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” was an influence to the songwriters.
You’ve Got a Friend in Me (theme song to Toy Story movies) Randy Newman
Disney-Pixar’s animated Toy Story trilogy is tied together with this top ten friendship theme song. The characters in the story are all friends, and do anything to save each other and protect each other from danger. The song was released in 1995.
If you have a special person in your life, download these songs and create your own CD of these top ten songs about friendship and friends.