20 Songs About Missing a Friendship

Cherished friendships sometimes fade. Ever wished you could turn back time and heal a misunderstood, lost or faded bond? These 20 tracks hit right in the feels – songs about friendships that drifted apart or just fell off the track.

We all know the gut-punching feeling of missing a dear friend, it’s a universal experience. These songs encapsulate those pangs of nostalgia, echoes of laughter, and moments of heartbreak. Whether it’s due to misunderstandings, growing apart, or the brutal winds of change, these tunes echo our longing to rekindle lost friendships.

1. “I’m Lost Without You” by Blink 182

“I’m Lost Without You” is a melodious song with beautifully crafted lyrics and thoughtful phrases. The song is about one person pleading with the other to stay by professing his love for her. It’s a ballad of pleading, a confession of unyielding love. And the music? It’s straight-up bliss, opening with a serene piano sequence that sets the stage for what’s to follow.

2. “All We Are” by OneRepublic

OneRepublic’s “All We Are”, from their “Dream Out Loud” album, is a universal cry for the love-lorn. The song became an instant hit because so many people could relate to the feelings discussed portrayed via the lyrics. It is about having the right intentions and doing all the right things but still being unsuccessful in love.

3. “I Wish You Would” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift pulls no punches in “I Wish You Would”, reflecting on her past relationships. The song is an outpour of her longing for an ex and a yearning to rewrite the endings. With Swift’s ex living on her same street, each drive-by stirs up a whirl of past memories and lost love.

4. “This is What Makes Us Girls” by Lana Del Rey

People mature and as they do so, they want to have a sense of calm and peace. Many people associate inner peace with their childhood and the things that truly make them happy. Lana Del Rey’s “This is What Makes Us Girls” will transport you back to her audacious teenage years. From chasing love to prioritizing boys over pals, to a near-police-car-heist, this track is a roller coaster ride of memories.

5. “Miss You” by Gabrielle Aplin

With “Miss You”, Gabrielle Aplin takes a sonic departure from her earlier guitar-driven sound. Here, she sings about an old flame that still burns bright, despite their parting. The song is for all those people who miss relationships even after they have gone cold. 

6. “Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World

You might’ve heard “Hear You Me” featured in “One Tree Hill” or “Cinderella”. Part of the 2001 album “Bleeding American”, this song is a homage to sisters Carli Allan and Mykel who offered their home to the band and other emerging artists during their lean times. With its unique rhythm and heartfelt message about friendship, this tune is a true standout.  

7. “Anytime You Need a Friend” by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey, famed for her stunning vocals, delivers the goods in “Anytime You Need a Friend”. Released in 1993 in her “Music Box” album, this gospel-infused gem stands out among the pop and R&B tunes. It’s Mariah’s musical promise to her pals – she’s got their backs, anytime. 

8. “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s knack for capturing relationship dynamics shines in “Bad Blood”. Released in 2014, this song gives us a glimpse into Swift’s world as she navigates through the betrayal of a trusted friend. Talk about a real-life drama tune about a friendship gone sour.

9. “Don’t Let Me Down” by Joy Williams

Originally a Chainsmokers’ hit, “Don’t Let Me Down” got a heartfelt piano cover by Joy Williams. It was featured in a commercial for “Following”. While the exact relationship isn’t clear, the singer’s pleading lyrics could be addressed to an ex-partner or a lost friend. It’s a passionate plea not to be let down.

10. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa

While not a breakup song, “See You Again” might just bring you to tears. Released in 2015, this chart-topping song was a tribute to “Fast & Furious 7” star Paul Walker. Charlie Puth’s touching verses evoke the deep bond between friends and the pain of saying goodbye. The song beautifully expresses the longing one feels when a cherished friend leaves this world.

11. “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum

Ever missed someone so deeply you considered drunk-dialing them at 2 am? “Need You Now” encapsulates that raw longing perfectly. Penned by the band members, this tune is an intimate confession of a tipsy, lonely soul yearning for a long-lost companion.

12. “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

“No Doubt” gave us an unforgettable breakup anthem with “Don’t Speak”. Initially, a love song, Gwen and Eric recrafted it post Gwen’s split with bandmate Tony Kanal. It’s a poignant reflection on the beauty of a relationship and the sadness when it couldn’t stand the test of time.

13. “People You Know” by Selena Gomez

In “People You Know”, Selena Gomez grapples with the pain of falling out with a close friend. It’s a stark reminder of how today’s intimate confidants can turn into tomorrow’s strangers. Gomez’s emotive performance will make you ponder on your own lost friendships.

14. “California” by Grimes

“California” is Grimes’ rebellious response to the public’s skewed perception of her. She dives into the heartache of being judged, misunderstood, and scrutinized. It’s an outcry against the warped versions others might craft about you.

15. “All Good Things (Come to an End)” by Nelly Furtado

As the title suggests, not all things or relationships last forever. The song “All Good Things (Come to an End)” clearly depicts how a beautiful relationship between friends or lovers can come to an end. The song also talks about how much it hurts when it happens to you.

16. “I Lost A Friend” by FINNEAS

Losing a companion or a friend is one of the most hurtful things you can go through. Sometimes it’s for the better no matter how much it hurts. Other times you have no choice but to accept reality.

Finneas couldn’t agree more in the song “I Lost A Friend”. He says that losing his friend had such an impact on him that it made him lose his mind.

17. “Real Friends” by Camila Cabello

The only way to know if you have a true friend is to give them time. Some people tend to come into your life for their selfish benefits. The song “Real Friends” talks about people who become your friends for different reasons and then let you down when you start trusting them. It’s a nod to those who proved their worth, and a stark critique of those who fell short.

18. “The Greatest” by Lana Del Rey

For those aching for a dear one gone, “The Greatest” by Lana Del Rey could be your soundtrack. Del Rey muses over a profound loss, a friend who shared moments of laughter, dancing, and drinks with her. It’s a melody steeped in nostalgia and longing.

19. “I Miss You, I’m Sorry” by Gracie Abrams

Known for her soul-stirring song “Stay”, Gracie Abrams brings us another emotional rollercoaster in “I Miss You, I’m Sorry”. Collaborating with Blake Slatkin and Sarah Aarons, Abrams crafts a beautiful tribute to friendship. Her impassioned voice and poignant writing make this a must-listen. 

20. “Who Knew” by Pink

The heart-wrenching reality of losing a friend forever is encapsulated in Pink’s “Who Knew”. Inspired by the passing of her friend Sekou Harris, it’s a haunting reflection on death and the inevitable drifting apart of friendships over time.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes, when life hands you a broken bond, the melodies and lyrics of songs like these can offer a comforting shoulder to lean on. They’re more than just tunes – they’re empathetic whispers that understand your pain, helping you navigate your way through the maze of mixed emotions.

So if you’re dealing with the absence of a cherished friend, these songs might just strike a chord within you, offering solace and a pick-me-up for your mood.