When it comes to songs about friendship, pop culture offers a long list of possible playlist additions. Movie and TV show theme songs from the Golden Girls (the Andrew Gold-penned "Thank You For Being a Friend"), Friends (The Rembrandt's "I'll Be There For You") and Disney's Toy Story (Randy Newman's You've Got a Friend in Me") remind many of us of a BFF. There's also Queen's "You're My Best Friend," The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," Bill Withers' "Lean on Me," Bruno Mars' "Count on Me," Vitamin C's "Graduation (Friends Forever)," The White Stripes' "We're Going to Be Friends," DJ Khaled's "No New Friends" (ft. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne) and other pop-culture touchstones. And we could go on about songs by the likes of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, The Spice Girls, Kanye West, Elton John, James Taylor, Dionne Warwick, Weezer and The Carters (Jay-Z and Beyonce) that reflect the deep, sibling-like love we share with friends.
Beyond those obvious picks by rappers, rockers and pop stars, there are quite a few best friend songs by country artists. Shoot, you could devote a whole website to country love songs (in a platonic sense) and similar content capturing feelings real friends understand.
Continue reading below for a list of 10 country songs that could just as well be about your best friend.
10. "Good Friend and a Glass of Wine," LeAnn Rimes
9. "These Are My People," Rodney Atkins
Back in 2006, Rodney Atkins celebrated bonding with fellow small-town folks with a catchy song and a music video that'll make you miss live music.
8. "My Old Friend," Tim McGraw
Few performers cut better sentimental songs over the past 30 years than Tim McGraw. Examples include this sweet statement about losing touch over the years with true friends.
7. "We Should Be Friends," Miranda Lambert
If you're as imperfect as the rest of us, there's a chance that Miranda Lambert might love you like a sibling. The lone relatively new song on our list is from her near-flawless 2016 album The Weight of These Wings.
6. "Small Town Saturday Night," Hal Ketchum
Songs about partying in your hometown with longtime besties could be a list unto itself. That Top 10 would definitely include Hal Ketchum's classic song about connecting with your cowtown clique. It's the first track on Ketchum's debut album for Curb, 1991's Past the Point of Rescue.
5. "Friends in Low Places," Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks' seminal sing-along says more about revenge on an ex than day one buddies, but at the very least, you've probably sung this one with a karaoke bar full of your closest friends. Plus, it's basically "Started From the Bottom," except your crew stays near the bottom.
4. "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw, and Kenny Chesney
Three gifted storytellers remind us that we're lucky if we have one or two people who'll set everything aside when we desperately need a helping hand.
3. "Cowboys Like Us," George Strait
This one's less obvious, but it's no stretch to consider it the George Strait equivalent of "That's What Friends are For." Or, it's "If you wannabe my lover or my friend, you've got to learn to rope and ride."
2. "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight," Hank Williams Jr.
Bocephus' party-hearty anthem and the inspiration for the longtime Monday Night Football theme needs no introduction, and its music video might just be the most '80s thing ever.
1. "You Can't Make Old Friends," Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
Two all-time greats and real-life friends deserve the top spot because of one of their most heartfelt duets.
This article was originally published in November of 2020.