10 Best Friend Songs in Country Music
Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser — the country music world has a lot of BFFs. No wonder the genre has so many great best friend songs. After all, it’s our buddies who are there for us to help us get over the lyin’, cheatin’, cold-dead beatin’ exes we also love to sing about. The Boot counts down country music’s greatest songs about friendship.
10. ‘Come On Over,’ Shania Twain
Fuzzy Phrase: “Pull up a seat, take a load off your feet / Come on over”
Shania‘s motto for all of her friends: The door is always open. The clever lyrics and simple melody of this number are as comforting as fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
9. ‘What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life,’ Ronnie Milsap
Fuzzy Phrase: “You’re my sunshine day and night / Oh, what a difference you’ve made in my life”
Ronnie‘s lyrics give us a way of thanking our friends for their companionship without overcomplicating things. After all, who doesn’t want to hear that they’re someone’s “sunshine”?
8. ‘Good Friend and a Glass of Wine,’ LeAnn Rimes
Fuzzy Phrase: “That kind of therapy money can’t buy / Every now and then, every now and then / Every girl needs a good friend and a glass of wine”
Sometimes all we need after a bad day is to have good conversation with a friend (and a tall pour of vino doesn’t hurt, either). LeAnn‘s best-friend song reminds us to take a moment to relax with those closest to you every once in awhile.
7. ‘Help Somebody,’ Van Zant
Fuzzy Phrase: “Fight your fights / Find your grace / And all the things you can’t change / And help somebody if you can”
Van Zant remind us we can get by with a little help from our friends! The Southern rockers tell us to stop worrying about the things we can’t change and instead focus on the things we can, like helping others overcome their obstacles.
6. ‘Me and My Gang,’ Rascal Flatts
Fuzzy Phrase: “It’s a brother and a sister kinda thang / Raise up your hands if you all wanna hang with / Me and my gang”
Who wouldn’t want to party with Rascal Flatts? This anthem is the perfect pump-up song for a group of best buds heading out for a night on the town.
5. ‘These Are My People,’ Rodney Atkins
Fuzzy Phrase: “We fall down and we get up / We walk proud and we talk tough”
This no-apologies ode to true friendship by Atkins shows that it’s not your job, your bank account or status in society that’s important — what counts is sticking together, no matter what.
4. ‘My Old Friend,’ Tim McGraw
Fuzzy Phrase: “The love and the laughter / Will live long after / All of the sadness and the tears”
Lovers may come and go, but friendship is forever … even after death. Tim makes a tearful tribute to a pal who’s passed on to another life, reminding us at the same time to not take for granted our buddies who are still with us in this life.
3. ‘I’ll Be,’ Reba McEntire
Fuzzy Phrase: “I’ll be your shoulder when you need someone to lean on / Be your shelter / When you need someone to see you through”
Ask anyone who knows the Queen of Country, and they’ll probably tell you she’s also the Queen of Nice. With Reba, you’re never alone — she’s always waiting with a kind word and an open door.
2. ‘Friends in Low Places,’ Garth Brooks
Fuzzy Phrase: “‘Cause I got friends in low places / Where the whiskey drowns/And the beer chases my blues away”
Garth‘s raucous ode to cheap suds and good times shows us that the best memories come from the simple times we spend with good friends … and good booze.
1. ‘Find Out Who Your Friends Are,’ Tracy Lawrence, featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Fuzzy Phrase: “Never stop to think ‘What’s in it for me?’ or ‘It’s way too far’ / They just show on up with their big old heart”
This CMA-winning collaboration between Lawrence, Chesney and McGraw shows us that the meaning of true friendship is being there through thick and thin. No fair-weathered friends allowed!