Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

It’s National Best Friends Day! But we all know it doesn’t have to be a “holiday” to appreciate your besties. And like life long friends, these songs don’t need a special occasion. They are timeless. These are some of all-time favorites you may want to add to your playlist. Check out 11 of the best country songs for best friends.

A bestie is always there for you. You go through life’s adventures together. From teen heartthrobs to midlife crises, you can count on your best friends to listen, advise and provide a shoulder to cry on. So celebrate this unofficial holiday or any day with 11 jams for your phone and share with your bffs!

Tim McGraw sang about his best friend Faith Hill. Kane Brown and Chris Young have been friends for years. Luke Combs had a song about friends put in a movie. True friends are hard to come by, and sometimes underappreciated. Here’s your chance to tell you dearest friends how you feel, in a song. For as long as there has been music, there have been epic songs dedicated to friends.  Let’s dive into 11 of the best country songs for best friends, any day of the week.

 

  • 1. Famous Friends - Kane Brown and Chris Young

    These 2 longtime friends finally had the opportunity to collaborate musically in 2020.  “Famous Friends” was the 3rd single and title track from Young’s 8th studio album. Chris wrote and produced this one. He told CMT, ” ‘Man I really want to write something about the people I grew up with, with kind of a hometown vibe.’ And this was what spawned from that idea. All the names I reference are actual people, so that’s kind of cool.”

  • 2. We Should Be Friends- Miranda Lambert

    A rarity in music these days, Miranda Lambert wrote this one all by herself. It’s a playful quest to find friends who share some of the finer things in life that Miranda loves. She rolls out a list of the sassy, dirty and quirky things she would love to share with a bestie.

    If you borrow dresses like you borrow timeIf you dream all day and drink all nightIf you’re looking for love but willing to fightOver men and momma’s and Miller LiteWell then, we should be friends”

  • 3. Let's Just Be Friends- Luke Combs

    If you missed The Angry Birds Movie 2,  then you missed this gem from Luke Combs. The song is pure joy. Combs joyfully sings about working things out, despite differences. No matter what side of the tracks you are from, you can be friends. A bridge can be built, and you can always “find a way around it.” So, next time you and your bff have an argument, make up…send your friend this song. And hug it out.

  • 4. Find Out Who Your Friends Are- Tracy Lawrence (featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw)

    Sweet throwback alert! In 2007 Tracy Lawrence released this version of his solo hit, with his friends Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, the song eventually went to #1. But it set a new record for the slowest-climbing Number One single in the history Billboard’s country chart. Hey, just like some friendships, some songs take a while to be appreciated. The song is a powerful message about who you can trust. A real friend is always there for you, jumping to the rescue, or just with a hug. 

  • 5. Friends Don't Let Friends- Lady A and friends

    Lady A collaborated with their very good friends, Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett and Carly Pearce for this sweet ode to friends. “Friends Don’t Let Friends.” According to CMT, Charles Kelley from Lady A said it all happened kind of organically. He told the publication, ” “It was so funny, Thomas Rhett and I, and Dave and Hillary, we kind of all have these vacation homes in Florida. There’s so much songwriting going on down there. TR and I were sitting there, our kids were running around playing, and we each had a beer in our hand, and, I don’t know if TR said he wanted to write this, or threw up his beer, and said ‘Friends don’t let friends drink alone.’ And we were like: ‘Write that.'” You’ll find this track on their album, What A Song Can Do.

  • 6. All My Rowdy Friends- Hank Williams Jr.

    In 1981 when Hank Jr released “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down), the singer was lamenting that his buddies like Johnny Cash, George Jones and Kris Kristofferson had all tamed their partying ways, for a more settled life. He had no one to party with…until 1984. That’s when Bocephus released “All My Rowdy Friends (Are Coming Over Tonight). This scenario had the same friends coming over but this time for a bash complete with  beer, a hot tub, a roasted pig, and lots of girls.

  • 7, All My Favorite People- Maren Morris (Featuring Brothers Osborne)

    “Not everybody’s gonna find clarityIn a back porch sittin’ kind of therapyWith a little bit of wine, John Prine, and Camel Blues, oh, noNot everybody leaves well enough aloneStays out of business that ain’t their ownBut all my favorite people do”

    One of my favorites from Maren’s Girl album in 2019, her collab with her longtime friends TJ and John Osborne is brilliant. She wrote this one with her husband, Ryan Hurd.

  • 8. Talladega- Eric Church

    Most of us have gone road-trippin’ with some of our best friends at some point in our lives. Eric Church’s 2014 top 5 hit from his Outsiders album is all about taking that road trip with friends to Talladega Superspeedway his senior year. One trip can make a lifetime of memories, and one heck of a good song.

  • 9. My Best Friend- Tim McGraw

    For many of us, our best friends are our partners in life. We spend more time with the love of our lives than any one else. But do you truly appreciate the friendship with your husband, wife, live-in love? It’s truly the best when your partner is your bestie. That’s what this #1 hit from the year 2000 is all about. Sharing is caring…

  • 10. If You Go Down (I'm Going Down Too) - Kelsea Ballerini

    “Dirt on you is dirt on me,” Kelsea sings the bounding of female friends and how we are always there for each other, even when things get a little messy. Kelsea comes through for her friend despite the trouble they could be in. It’s a little Thelma and Louise and a little “Goodbye Earl.”

  • 11. These Are My People- Rodney Atkins

    It was 2006, and Rodney Atkins wanted everyone to know about his buddies and his small town. “These Are My People” shares the universal love of childhood friends. Your lifetime buddies who shared all the milestones from football to first loves, music to beer. The ties that bind us and being proud of who we are and where we came from…that’s the message of “These Are My People.”

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