July 20 is International Friendship Day, one of the most beautiful dates of the year – after all, true friends are our partners for the good and bad things that happen (and will always be there to support us. , whatever happens ).
And while friendship is regularly portrayed in film and television, let’s not forget that a number of songs tackle this theme in a variety of ways as well – some being emotional and nostalgic in the extreme.
So we’ve put aside ten songs to celebrate Friends’ Day, choosing some of the classic and most memorable iterations of all time.
Check out our picks below and let us know which one is your favorite:
By far one of the most famous songs of the 1990s, “Wannabe” continues its legacy as an extremely bubblegum and addictive production to this day. Performed by the iconic Spice Girls, the song is about love and friendship in a quite different way from what we’re used to: the lyrics are about a guy who falls in love with a girl and that, so that this passion is finally consummated, he must be approved and get along with his friends – after all, friendship lasts forever.
How can you not remember the classic theme song from the sitcom “Friends”? Composed by band The Rembrandts, “I’ll Be There For You,” the song is an ode to adulthood and those people who will always be by our side, no matter how hard we face – life social, romantic relationships, hateful jobs and bills to pay. Eventually, the track received a hilarious clip featuring the main stars of the comedy series.
YOU HAVE A FRIEND IN ME, Randy Newman
The “Toy Story” franchise is one of the few that borders on cinematic perfection – and in a story spanning generations about a group of toys that come to life when no one else is watching, the interpretations musical would not be outdone. It was then that Randy Newman composed and performed “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, a pop-jazz tribute that talks about the unbreakable bonds of friendship that won the Oscar statuette for Best Original Song. .
“Wind Beneath My Wings” is one of the finest productions in the music industry – and it could not have been portrayed by anyone other than the legendary Bette Midler. Winning the Grammy for Record of the Year, the nostalgic ballad is guided by the uplifting melody of the piano and tells the story of a person who has always thought of his friends and has never failed to help and support them. in whatever they wanted to do – whose message is summed up in the epic lines “I can fly like an eagle because you see it under my wings.”
In her romantic declamation titled “True Colors”, Cindy Lauper releases her familiar voice to glorify those she loves – especially her friends. Lauper talks about how hard it is to be happy and loved in a world full of mean and mean people, but at the end of this dark and oppressive tunnel there is someone who will see your truth and kiss you the way they do. do. .. you are no matter what other people say.
In 2005, Jason Mraz rekindled the themes of friendship with the release of “Song For a Friend”, an iconic and intentionally redundant song that speaks to what we already imagine by the title: a call for people to be who they are, they make mistakes make mistakes and never let others tell you what to do. The clichés are used in favor of the music itself in a constant reminder that “I will always love you” – something that we never talk about badly.
“Send It On” is one of Disney Channel’s signature “family” songs – and, released in 2010, it brought together a celebrity squad with a lot of chemistry to talk about the power of friendship and how it works. can change the world. Guided by the well-known vocals of the Jonas Brothers trio and divas Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, the progression and even the instruments used are very familiar – but that’s exactly what allows the music to connect so much with the public (including the youngest).
The tragic story behind the creation of “See You Again” is ultimately what makes the song one of the best of the past decade. Built for the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise as a tribute and homage to Paul Walker, the track featured the magical conflict of voices between Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth over a nostalgic friendship that cannot be erased by time – and which earned the duo three Grammy nominations.
The former band known as Fifth Harmony might have had their differences, but that doesn’t change the fact that we’ve been given some adorable songs that celebrate the best in life. With “Me & My Girls”, one of the promotional singles from their debut album “Reflection”, the members talk about what they do with friends and how they unconditionally love each other.
It’s hard to think of musical artists who have successes that span years with enviable fluidity – and luckily the Red Hot Chili Peppers are part of that select group. With “My Friends” the band is betting on a delightfully engaging instrumental retreat that speaks of friendship in a very poetic and thoughtful way, ensuring that you will love your friends even in the most difficult of times.
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