These 10 best songs about a lost friendship remind us that even the best pairings can go all wrong. We all love Queen's "You're My Best Friend," but even best friends go their separate ways sometimes. Although we don't like to think about it, we must face the fact that your best friend, after growing up, may not fulfill that role for the rest of your life.
- "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor. In this song, Taylor points to losing a friendship as being an even greater disaster than, say, a forest fire or a flood. Now that's bad! But doesn't losing a friend feel that way sometimes? Yes, of course it does.
- "So Far Away" by Carole King. When we lose a friend, it can seem like we're worlds away from that person. That's sad, but true. Yet when you've lost a friendship, this feeling is all too familiar.
"We Used to Be Friends" by the Dandy Warhols. There's a coolness to the vocals on this alternative rock track. But even though the singer may not be acting like he's in pain, you just know he's feeling bad to have lost a friend.
"Even the Best of Friends" by Randy Stonehill. This song is based on a true story. Larry Norman led Randy Stonehill to Christianity, but then Norman did some bad things to Stonehill. Yet Stonehill still wanted to be Norman's friend, and reaches out to him via this song.
"Always on My Mind" by Willie Nelson. Even though somebody may be out of your life, you still think of him. Sometimes we think about what that person did to us. Other times, as in this song, we think about what we did to him.
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt. The hurt in relationships can sometimes be beyond words. This ballad expresses such a situation perfectly. There's no need to talk about it anymore.
"How Do I Live" by Trisha Yearwood. Granted, this song is a little on the melodramatic side, but who hasn't felt like they can't go on living after having lost a friend? When friendships have been so close, the parting can be particularly severe.
- "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams. No country singer has ever sounded sadder than Hank Williams. Being lonely can bring a guy to tears. This song about a lonely guy can bring almost anyone to tears.
"Goodbye to You" by Scandal. This peppy little number is actually saturated in anger. This is goodbye, fella, in case you haven't noticed. It's great when an artist can give a kiss-off in song. Mere mortals don't have the same opportunity.
- "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor. This song is sort of the answer to "How Do I Live." At a certain point, we must simply move on. It takes a whole lot of confidence and guts to do this. Both traits run all through this fine, disco song.