Country music knows how to celebrate friendships and honor friends with flare and heartfelt lyrics. From classics to more recent tunes, these are 10 of the best country songs about friendship.

1. “Young” (2001) by Kenny Chesney is a sweet song about the fleeting nature of youthful friendships

“Listen to our music just a little too loud. We were hangin’ in there with the outcast crowd headin’ to the rapids with some discount beer. It was a long train tussle but we had no fear.”

2. “Me and My Gang” (2006) by Rascal Flatts is a fun song about how country friendships are like family.

“Even New York City got one or two hillbillies ready to hit the road. It’s a brother and a sister kind of thang. Raise up your hands if you all wanna hang with me and my gang.”

3. “My Old Friend” (2004) by Tim McGraw is a touching song about honoring a friendship and saying goodbye to a friend who has passed away.

“My old friend, this song’s for you ‘cause a few simple verses was the least that I could do to tell the world that you were here ‘cause the love and the laughter will live on long after all of the sadness and the tears. We’ll meet again, my old friend.”

4. “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” (2007) by Tracy Lawrence with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney is a truthful song about real friends showing up when you need them.

“Need a floor, need a couch, need a bus fare. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where the cream is gonna rise. This is what you really didn’t know. This is where the truth don’t lie. You find out who your friends are. Somebody’s gonna drop everything run out and crank up their car, hit the gas, get their fast, 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. You find out who your friends are.”

5. “You Can’t Make Old Friends” (2013) by Kenny Rodgers with Dolly Parton is an emotional tribute to irreplaceable, long-lasting friendships.

“You and me will be together again. ‘Cause we both know, we will still be old friends. You can’t make old friends. Not the way we have always been.”

6. “Cowboys Like Us” (2003) by George Strait celebrates the brief escapes from reality that friendships offer.

“And cowboys like us sure do have fun racing the wind, chasing the sun. Take the long way around back to square one. Today we’re just outlaws out on the run. There’ll be no regrets, no worries and such for cowboys like us.”

7. “Good Friends and a Glass of Wine” (2007) by LeAnn Rimes praises female friendships as essential and therapeutic.

“When I’m tired and I’m fried it gets me right back on my feet. Any kind of red or white, a little sister time, it’s every smart girl’s secret.”

8. “I’ll Be” (1999) by Reba McEntire is a warm song offering unconditional friendship.

“I’ll be your shoulder when you need someone to lean on, be your shelter when you need someone to see you through. I’ll be there to carry you, I’ll be there. I’ll be the rock that will be strong for you.”

9. “We Should Be Friends” (2016) by Miranda Lambert is a quirky, fun song about friends who accept you the way you are.

“If your mind’s as cluttered as your kitchen sink. If your heart’s as empty as your diesel tank. If all your white t-shirts have stains. If you’ve got some guts and got some ink. Well then, we should be friends.”

10. “These Are My People” (2010) by Rodney Atkins is an upbeat celebration of country roots and friendships.

“And these are my people, this is where I come from. We’re givin’ this life everything we’ve got and then some. It ain’t always pretty but it’s real. It’s the way we were made, wouldn’t have it any other way. These are my people.”

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