10 Songs About Losing a Friend

By on June 13, 2018

A friend can be more important in your life than your significant other. While your boyfriend or girlfriend may break up with you, a best friend is a consistent part of your life. When you have a problem, they are there to support you through it all. You could lose a friend because of a fight, because they moved or through an unexpected death. No matter what caused your friendship to end, these songs about losing a friend can help you through that loss.

1. I’m Lost Without You by Blink-182

This song is all about how lonely you feel after losing a close friend who was also your lover. You want the lover to come back because you no longer have your closest friend as well. When you date a friend, things can go really well or really terribly. The best relationships are based on friendship, but a break up means that you lose one of your closest friends as well.

Best Lyrics:

“Please let me know that my one bad day will end
I will go down as your lover, your friend
Give me your lips and with one kiss we begin
Are you afraid of being alone
Cause I am, I’m lost without you
Are you afraid of leaving tonight
Cause I am, I’m lost without you.”

2. Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani

This song is so catchy. Once you listen to it, it can get stuck in your mind for days. This is one of the songs about losing a friend that works if you have gotten into an argument with a friend and are no longer talking to them. It is perfect if you have a friend who is talking behind your back and gossiping about you. A Hollaback Girl is one of those cheerleaders who is not one of the top cheerleaders and who just hollers during the dance. Gwen sings about a friend who just pretended to be a friend.

Best Lyrics:

“I heard that you were talking shit
And you didn’t think that I would hear it
People hear you talking like that, getting everybody fired up
So I’m ready to attack, gonna lead the pack
Gonna get a touchdown, gonna take you out
That’s right, put your pom-poms down, getting everybody fired up.”

3. The Crossroads by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Unfortunately, losing a friend doesn’t always happen because they moved or got into a fight with you. Sometimes, you lose a friend to death instead. This particular song is about how they lost Eric “Eazy E” Wright. He was a wrapper who died from AIDS in 1995.
Best Lyrics:

“Now Eazy’s long gone
Really wish he would come home
But when it’s time to die
Gotta go bye bye
All a thug could do is cry, cry.”

4. All Good Things (Come to an End) by Nelly Furtado

This is a sad song, but it works if you want songs about losing a friend. In the song, Nelly sings about the end of a friendship. The flame of friendship has turned to dust, and she laments the way that good things always have to come to an end. Rather than living in her pain, she feels resigned to it and starts to move on.

Best Lyrics:

“Traveling, I only stop at exits
Wondering if I’ll stay
Young and restless
Living this way, I stress less
I want to pull away when the dream dies
The pain sets in, and I don’t cry
I only feel gravity, and I wonder why.”

5. Fancy by Destiny’s Child

When you have a good friend, you expect them to stay by your side through thick and thin. You are their shoulder to cry on and are there for them whenever you need them. Unfortunately, some friends are more like enemies than friends. In this song, Destiny’s Child sings about how a terrible liar latches onto them and causes problems. After getting annoyed with her and realizing that she isn’t a true friend, they decide to cut all ties with her and move on.

Best Lyrics:

“I’ve always been so nice to you, girl
Helping you girl, there for you girl
You always tried to compete with me, girl
Using me girl, abusing me girl
Flirtin’ with every man you see
Especially if the man likes me
Baby where’s your self esteem
Find your own identity.”

6. Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World

This is a good song if you are into alternative music. Unlike some of the songs on this list, it is about losing a friend because they have passed away. This song thanks the friend for their kindness and remembers how good the friend was. The song was originally written about Carli Allen and Murkel who originally ran the Weezer fan club.

Best Lyrics:

“And if you were with me tonight
I’d sing to you just one more time
A song for a heart so big,
God wouldn’t let it live.”

7. All Signs Point to Lauderdale by A Day to Remember

This punk rock song is about losing a friend because your friends don’t care. In the song, the protagonist really hates his hometown. It keeps him from his dreams, and his friends don’t care either. Instead of having to live in this town, he decides to head out into the world and find a place where he can fit in.

Best Lyrics:

“So now I never know the things to say to you
That help me prove that I’m still on your side
I never show just what you do to me
Guess I’m what’s always wrong.”

8. No It Isn’t by +44

Sometimes, you have a friend around forever, but you are never really sure why you are friends with them. You want to break free of them and start enjoying your life again. This is the song for you if you are trying to lose a friend by choice.

Best Lyrics:

“Please understand
This isn’t just goodbye
This is I can’t stand you.”

9. Don’t Speak by No Doubt

After getting in a fight, your friend might try to make up with you. This song is about getting sick of excuses about the fight and not wanting to listen to any of the explanations any more. The song was originally about the breakup between No Doubt bassist Tony Kana, and Gwen Stefani.

Best Lyrics:

“You and me, we used to be together
Everyday together, always
I really feel that I’m losing my best friend
I can’t believe this could be the end
It looks as though you’re letting go
And if it’s real, well I don’t want to know.”

10. We Used to Be Friends by Dandy Warhols

This song was inspired by frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s friend Mark. They had a mix-up that made it so that they stopped talking for years. In the song, Courtney tries to reach out to the friend to end the misunderstanding that happened so many years ago.

Best Lyrics:

“A long time ago
We used to be friends
But I haven’t thought of you lately at all
If ever again
A greeting I send to you
Short and sweet to the soul I intend.”

8 Comments

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    Kerry Mcneese

    August 17, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Vanessa Carlton has a few good ones about this subject..

    Fairweather Friend by Vanessa Carlton

    Fairweather friend
    Live for the folly but you did it for the fame
    Now you’re fragile as porcelain drinking cheap wine on airplanes
    Did I ever leave Chicago?
    Got your message that you’re doing well
    And you didn’t mean to do it
    So I don’t have to believe it
    If we didn’t really mean it
    Then magical thinking gets us by

    White houses is another one of hers and it’s difficult to select a lyric from the song because the whole song is about the transition as you grow. But the parting lines really speak to me.

    Maybe you were all faster than me
    We gave each other up so easily
    These silly little wounds will never mend
    I feel so far from where I’ve been
    So I go, and I will not be back here again
    I’m gone as the day is fading on white houses
    I lie, put my injuries all in the dust
    In my heart is the five of us
    In white houses
    And you, maybe you’ll remember me
    What I gave is yours to keep
    In white houses

    This is what makes us Girls- Lana Del Ray

    There she was, my new best friend
    High heels in her hand, swayin’ in the wind
    While she starts to cry
    Mascara running down her little Bambi eyes
    “Lana, how I hate those guys”
    This is what makes us girls
    We all look for heaven and we put love first
    Something that we’d die for, it’s our curse
    Don’t cry about it, don’t cry about it
    This is what makes us girls
    We don’t stick together ’cause we put love first

    Another great song..

    Personally Loved your list and found Hollaback Girl a good add, Because I don’t know about you guys but I know some of the best friends I have we have exchanged blows in the course of our friendship the people who push your buttons the best are the people who know you best. So yeah I get its inclusion!

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      August 18, 2019 at 10:05 pm

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    um lol

    August 1, 2019 at 12:51 am

    so like we aren’t gonna mention that hollerback girl is a song on here? i’m sorry but this has me rollin😂

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      August 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm

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    Lukas Wattenberg

    May 30, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    To be honest, I consider One by U2 as such a song as well. Although it was originally written bout a lover, many of the subliminals and metaphors bono gives are, to me personally, very much relatable to loosing your best friend.

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      May 30, 2019 at 10:20 pm

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    Bella Smith

    April 14, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    What hurts the most

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      April 14, 2019 at 7:03 pm

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