There’s an Irish proverb that says, “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.”
Without close friends, many of us would not be the person we are today. From our best buddy in grade school to our closest confidant as an adult, friendships have shaped us in a multitude of ways. And did you know they have many benefits to our health and well-being?! No wonder we feel better after having a heart-to-heart with our best friend.
Given how important these people are to us, it’s no surprise that there are thousands of songs about friendship, from “With a Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles to The White Stripes’ “We Are Gonna Be Friends,” and so many more. And the best ones have a lot in common with one another.
What makes a great friendship song?
The same components of any “good” song must be present in a song about friendship that strikes a chord, according to Eric Teel, program director at WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina. The melody must be pleasing to the ear, the lyrics need to be authentic, with a build-up of tension and release in the chorus, and the performance has to engage the audience.
Although friendship songs and love songs are very similar, there is one key difference: The former leaves out the carnal passion and lust most associated with the latter.
“The core message for a platonic friendship that differs from a ‘love’ song is the feeling of reliability,” Teel says. “That feeling that, no matter what, through thick and thin, this [friend] will have your back, will support you, will inspire you to be the best version of yourself.”
Our favorite friendship songs
With Galentine’s Day and Palentine’s Day just around the corner (both are Feb. 13), we’ve compiled a list of friendship songs for you to play at your next gathering. Cheers to long-lasting friendship!