Top Ten Classic Songs About Friends

K-EARTH 101 is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and for the past 10 years on the station, Gary Bryan and Lisa Stanley have been hosting the morning show! This morning we’re taking a moment to thank all our listeners and friends for tuning in each and every morning by counting down the top ten songs about friends!

10. “Ebony & Ivory” – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm]

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder take this duet about the keys on a piano to another level about harmony among different races in this 1982 No.1 hit.

9. “Stand By Me” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ben E. King[/lastfm]

Shortly after leaving The Drifters, Ben E. King recorded this hit, which was also featured in the Rob Reiner movie of the same name about the friendship of four young boys.

8. “You’re My Best Friend” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Queen[/lastfm]

A lovely ode to best friends all around the world off of Queen’s 1979 live album Live Killers.

7. “With A Little Help From My Friends” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joe Cocker [/lastfm]

Originally recorded by The Beatles, Joe Cocker made this hit famous with his cover, which was famously used in the title opening of The Wonder Years.

6. “I’ll Be There” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jackson 5 [/lastfm]

The Jackson 5 made this original 1970 hit famous with their a Capella version about a former couple wanting to give their love a second chance.

5. “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]War[/lastfm]

Off their 7th studio album, War asks the simple question of why can’t we all just be friends?

4. “Lean On Me” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bill Withers[/lastfm]

His first and only number one hit, Bill Withers wrote this song after moving to Los Angeles and found himself missing the strong sense of community of his hometown.

3. “You’ve Got A Friend” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Carole King[/lastfm]

Carole King and James Taylor made this song famous and regularly sing the tune together.

2. “Thank You For Being A Friend” –[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Andrew Gold [/lastfm]

Andrew Gold’s 1978 single about friends was most famously used as the theme songs for the sitcom The Golden Girls.

1. “That’s What Friends Are For” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dionne Warwick[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elton John[/lastfm], Stevie Wonder and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gladys Knight[/lastfm]

Four superstar friends banded together to record the 1985 charity single “That’s What Friends Are For” in order to raise awareness and money for the American Foundation For AIDS Research. Dionne and friends also won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Song Of The Year, and we’re glad to have friends like them around!


One Comment

  1. Ron Austin says:

    Ben by Michael Jackson ( July 1972 )

    Ben the two of us need look no more
    We both found what we were looking for
    With a friend to call my own I’ll never be alone
    And you my friend will see you’ve got a friend in me
    (you’ve got a friend in me)

  2. Ron Austin says:

    I din’t know if it is a classic

    Friend like Me by Robin Williams ( as the Genie) from the Disney movie Alalddin

    Let me take your order. Jot it down. You ain’t never had a friend like me. No no no . Life is your restaurant. And I’m your maitre d’ C’mon whisper …

  3. My favorite song will always be ” you’ve got a friend ” by James Taylor love his music.

  4. there was one song done by bette midler called you’ve got to have friends

  5. RainbowRay says:

    A great list of songs about friendship (another passion of mine and of course RainbowRay’s, “Let’s Make A Friend”). I think my personal favorite out of all those songs would be “That’s What Friends Are For” (I remember buying the record when it was first released back in 85 I think; I know I still have it!).

    Thanks for that! I keep BELIEVING in MIRACLES (and I don’t Smokey Robinson and…”

    “Sharing is caring and caring is sharing; living is giving and giving is living”
    8436 hours to go (roughly, more or less). Still DREAMIN!

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