Friendship in Songs

Zeshan Ahmed

It is said that if you have made one genuine friend in your lifetime, then you have lived a successful life.

Films have tried to capture the essence of friendship in various ways, time and again. There have been a number of movies on the subject and numerous remarkable melodies have been composed which instantly connect with the audiences and reflect the true spirit of friendship.

Here is a list of some evergreen friendship songs. Take some time out, listen to these lovely compositions and cherish the beautiful moments you have enjoyed with your friends in your journey called life. And hey, add more songs to the list if you think we have missed out on any.

1. Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin Todenge - Sholay

The first song that strikes the mind is this one. The iconic song has been a favorite of movie buffs since the time it hit the silverscreen. The chemistry between Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan and the emotional picturisation of the song is superb. The song talks about keeping a friendship even in the face of death. Composed by RD Burman and rendered by Kishore Kumar, it just steals your heart away.

2. Dil Chahta Hai - Dil Chahta Hai

Everybody wants to relive their college days again and this amazing song transports you to those days, when life was just ‘masti’ with friends. The striking lyrics of the innovatively picturised song are fun to listen to. The song talks about spending more and more time with friends. One of the best parts of the video is when the three friends (Aamir, Akshay and Saif), who have an excellent rapport, look at each other and laugh. It reminds you of the time when a reason to laugh was not required. ?

3. Yaaron Dosti Badi Hi Haseen Hai - Rockford, KK

This song has the power to move the listener to shed tears of happiness. All of us have come across someone in our school or college days who is unforgettable. Someone, who has been more than a friend, a mentor and taught us life beyond the text books. The video of the song is all about this. The song also qualifies as a fine farewell song to a friend moving away.

4. Yaari Hai Iman Mera Yaar Meri Zindagi - Zanjeer

Amitabh’s smile and Pran’s (dressed in a proper Pathani outfit) quest to make him happy, is the high point of the song. The song has some beautiful lyrics that can be used to cheer up the mood of an angry friend.

“Chhupaana hamse zara haale-dil suna de tu,
Tere hasee ki keemat kya hai ye bataade tu”
(Don’t hide your feelings from me, tell me what’s the price of your smile)

5. Purani jeans - Ali Haider

‘Purani Jeans’ acts like a time machine. It transports you to various stages of your college life and reminds you of moments of being late to classes, smoking your first cigarette, making plans to become a successful man after being scolded by your dad. The song has something that everyone can relate to.

6. Salamat Rahe Dostana Humara - Dostana

This is what every one of us prays for: that our friendship remains everlasting. The song is about two ex-alumni (Amitabh and Shatrughan sinha) coming back to their school and singing a song of their friendship.

7. Behti Hawa Sa Tha Vo - 3 Idiots

All of us have our own gang in school/college and in every group there is a person whose character is almost similar to what Aamir Khan portrayed in the movie (His name Rancchoddas "Rancho" Shyamaldas Chanchad being an exception). This song is dedicated to all those people who have lost a friend. We hope you get them back.

8. Jaane Kyun - Dostana

The song has been shot at beautiful locations in Miami. It has a very vibrant and colourful feel to it. Watching and listening to it is soothing to both the eyes and ears. The lyrics are about how good we feel when we are in company of friends and no matter how difficult the situation is, we feel happy.

9. Yaaron Yahi Dosti Hai - Junoon

This is the kind of magic that can be created by friendship; ‘Yaro Yahi Dosti’ became one of the greatest hits of the 90s. The chemistry of the Pakistani band members is truly reflected in the video. The song gives a feel good factor every time we listen to it. One for Indo-Pak friendship!

10. Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan - Yaarana

This song and movie is the perfect example of how far friends can go to help each other! This song should be dedicated to a great friend by a great friend. The music and lyrics are considered among the best works of Rajesh Roshan.


1. Lean On Me - Bill Withers – 1972

Soul legend Bill Withers came out with this magnificent song in the early 1970s, which went on to become the number one song on pop charts. If you are a person who always nags his/her friends and often involves them in your smallest of decisions, this is a wonderful song to let them know that you'll always be there for them.

2. With a Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles - 1967

A friend can get you out of any kind of trouble be it romantic, emotional or financial. Among the most enjoyable songs ever written about friends, it’s this one and tells us how the love of good friends can helps us move on in life. One of the most cheerful and uplifting songs on this list, listen to it in the company of your best friend.

3. I'll be There for you - The Rembrandts - 1995

This is one memorable tune that will always stay in our hearts. The song is about profound connection that friends share. Best known as the theme song for the TV series Friends, "I'll Be There for You" was written specifically for the show by Michael Skloff and Allee Willis.

4. Ben - Michael Jackson

One of the best song by the late King of Pop himself. None on Earth could have sung this delightful song as well as him. It tells us how important it is to have a friend: a person whom you can trust, a shoulder on which you can cry upon, a person who can help you during the worst times of your life.

5. Thank You for Being a Friend - Andrew Gold

This song by Andrew Gold 1978 is noteworthy as it explains the real essence of friendship. The song is meant for all those who want to thank their friends for standing with them in bad days and being a companion for lifetime.

6. You've Got A Friend - James Taylor

No matter what time of the year, dedicate this sweet song to your best friend to get a smile on his face. You have got a friend is a popular friendship song by James Taylor which was released in 1971. This song has got wonderful lyrics, which are like an assurance to a friend that whatever their needs be, simply remember me and I’ll be there to help you.

7. Friends - Elton John

A song that defines how despite several kinds of misunderstandings and confusions between friends, true friendship lasts forever. A very poetic tune about watching time pass by and making true friends along the way.

8. I'll stand by you - The Pretenders

Hearing this song make you wish for a friend who could sing like this in times when you were low. Whether you’re looking to cheer up friends, reunite with an old friend, or celebrate your friendship, this is the song to listen and it will surely make you warm and sentimental inside.

9. Stand By Me - Ben E. King

This song can actually make you hug your friend as soon as you hear it. This song has a different message: asking friends to stand by you because they make you feel safe, instead of telling them that you'll be there for them.

10. You're My Best Friend Lyrics - Queen

The soothing voice of Freddie Mercury is the high point of this song. There’s no better compliment than telling a friend that they make you live life fully and this song is all about it.

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