There are a lot of musicians I’ve met on Twitter where it was like, ‘Hey, I like your music’ – and then I ended up meeting them and it turned into a friendship. – Grimes
Music has chemistry, both in maintaining friendships and helping us forge new ones.
Who hasn’t been in the car with their best friend singing at the top of their lungs with the windows rolled down? It doesn’t even matter how it sounds, but the friends that are singing are having the time of their life.
The Bohemian Rhapsody scene from Wayne’s World totally sums this point up!
Songs about friendship:
1.You Can’t Make Old Friends – “There is just something about our chemistry with each other, our friendship, that people really sense what we really feel,” Parton added. “To do a song that fits so many people, and certainly us, was an honor. It’s been a wonderful journey, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to walk this road with Kenny.”
2.Stand by Me – “Stand By Me” was the name of a gospel hymn written by the Philadelphia minister Charles Albert Tindley in 1905. His hymn became popular in churches throughout the American South and was recorded by various gospel acts in the 1950s. The most popular adaptation was by The Staple Singers, who recorded it in 1955. It was this version that Ben E. King heard; he pushed The Drifters to record it, but the group’s manager rejected it.
3.Lean on Me – In his Songfacts interview, Bill Withers talked about this song: “This was my second album, so I could afford to buy myself a little Wurlitzer electric piano. So I bought a little piano and I was sitting there just running my fingers up and down the piano. In the course of doing the music, that phrase crossed my mind, so then you go back and say, ‘OK, I like the way that phrase, Lean On Me, sounds with this song.’ So you go back and say, ‘How do I arrive at this as a conclusion to a statement? What would I say that would cause me to say Lean On Me?’ At that point, it’s between you and your actual feelings, you and your morals and what you’re really like. You probably do more thinking about it after it’s done.”
4.Fifteen – This song is about Taylor Swift’s best friend Abigail. Swift told The Los Angeles Times October 26, 2008 that for most of their time in high school, the two friends thought of themselves as ugly ducklings. She explained: “We kind of came to the conclusion in ninth grade that we were never going to be popular, so we should just stick together and have fun and not take ourselves too seriously. That’s why I had so much fun in high school, because I didn’t focus too much on the fact that I wasn’t really in the clique.”
5.Friends – Michael W. Smith wrote the music for this, while his wife, Debbie, wrote the lyrics. Debbie has always had a knack for writing poetry and after they married, he helped transform her gifting into an ability for penning lyrics. She co-wrote most of his debut album, including the popular praise song “Great Is the Lord” as well as this tune. Debbie also has a credit on “There’s Still Time” on Kathy Troccoli’s 1982 Stubborn Love album. After the birth of their first son Ryan, Debbie’s energy was directed away from songwriting to being a mother.
6.Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Paul Simon wrote this about providing comfort to a person in need. It started as a modest gospel hymn but became more dramatic as he put it together. Speaking in the documentary The Making of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon said, “I have no idea where it came from. It came all of the sudden. It was one of the most shocking moments in my songwriting career. I remember thinking, ‘This is considerably better than I usually write.”
Question: Do you have a favorite song about friendship? What is it? Please leave your comment below.