Thank You Songs for Friends

By Billie •  Updated: 02/05/20 •  2 min read

The world needs more songs of appreciation for friends. Sometimes you think you’ve found the perfect song and sentiment, until a weird lyric makes clear the non-platonic intention behind the innocent-sounding words.

Thank You Songs With Lyrics Appropriate / Safe For Anybody

“Kind & Generous”—Natalie Merchant

Probably the best all-around friendship song or song for anybody you feel gratitude towards. Yes, this is the universal song of thanks for a boss, coworker, friend, parent, sister… Natalie says: “You’ve been so kind and generous. I don’t know how you keep on giving. For your kindness I’m in debt to you. For your selflessness, my admiration.”
“For your kindness I’m in debt to you. And for your selflessness, my admiration. And for everything you’ve done, you know I’m bound, bound to thank you for it”

Friendship Song for Your Best Friend

Thank You, Friendship Song

Slightly More Innuendo

“Your Song” by Elton John

This song is reserved for somebody you love in that special way, or somebody in your family with whom you live — even a grandmother, perhaps. Even if you send this song to a friend, they’ll probably overlook some of the lyrics and hone in on the important part: “How wonderful life is, while you’re in the world.” Send some tissues, too.

“I don’t have much money, but, boy, if I did, I’d buy a big house where we both could live.” Save this one for somebody you’d want to live with.

For Your Best Friend Who is Also Your Partner

“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen

“You’re my best friend that I’ve ever had. Oooh, you’re making me live.” – Queen


I like to climb mountains, read Nietzsche, and explore the West Coast. I have a BA from York University (2003) in Toronto, Canada, and yet on this site I sometimes spell like an American (know your audience). Thank you. Thank you very much.