64 Songs About The Death of a Friend

This post has been weeks in the works, a promise ever since I wrote a post a few weeks back on the death of a friend.  Sorry, we have been pretty busy and I have just gotten my head back above water.  So, in this post, we’ll share 64 songs about the death of a friend, in no particular order.

We always struggle with the best format to share song lists on the website.  We have done text with links to the youtube video, we have used iTunes playlists, we have used a playlist website that went under. We have no idea what the best option is!

Today I am going to give a Spotify playlist a try . . . we’ll see how it goes. Keep in mind you have to scroll on the right-hand side of the box to see all the songs.

For those who don’t use Spotify, we’ll list the songs below so you can make your own playlist wherever you listen to music.

64 Songs About the Death of a Friend: List

1. Fire and Rain by James Taylor

2. Brendan’s Death Song by Red Hot Chili Peppers

3. For a Dancer by Jackson Browne

4. Elephant by Jason Isbell

5. I’ll Be Missing You by Diddy, Faith Evans, 112

6. Song for Josh by Frank Turner

7. Life Without You by Stevie Ray Vaughan

8. Return by OK Go

9. Stars by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

10. The Crossroads by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony


11. See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth) by Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth

12. Life Goes On by 2Pac

13. J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva) by Green Day

14. They Reminisce Over You by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

15. The Last Carnival by Bruce Springsteen

16. I Wish by R. Kelly

17. Who Knew by Pink

18. I Sill Miss You by Keith Anderson

19. You’re Never Over by Eminem

20. Roll on John by Bob Dylan

21. Sissy’s Song by Alan Jackson

22. Lance’s Song by Zac Brown Band

23. The Needle and the Damage Done by Boc Guru Special, Neil Young

24. Light Years by Pearl Jam

25. Dress Blue by Jason Isbell


26. Afterimage by Rush

27. Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) by Elton John

28. Connecticut Steps by Into It. Over It.

29. No-One But You (One the Good Die Young) by Queen

30. Who You’d Be Today by Kenny Chesney

31. Pretty Angry by Blues Traveler

32. Black Gives Way To Blue by Alice In Chains

33. Bird Song by Grateful Dead

34. Wave Goodbye by Chris Cornell

35. Beam Me Up by Pink

36. It’s A Shame About Ray by The Lemonade

37. My House by Lou Reed

38. Gone Too Soon by Michael Jackson

39. You Should Be Here by Cole Swindell

40. Boulder to Birmingham by The Fray, Emmylou Harris


41. The Shaking of Leaves by Into It. Over It. 

42. Terry by Twinkle

43. Dancing in the Sky by Dani and Lizzy

44. Here Today by Paul McCartney

45. Back on the Chain Gang by Pretenders

46. Etta’s Tune by Rosanne Cash

47. The Message by Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Rell

48. Long Live the Queen by Frank Turner

49. Afterglow by INXS

50. So Far Away by Avenged Sevenfold

51. Supersymmetry by Arcade Fire

52. I’ll Remember You by Thea Gilmore

53. In My Life by The Beatles

54. Old Red Wine by The Who

55. 21 by Delilah


56. All Those Years Ago by George Harrison

57. Copenhagen by Lucinda Williams

58. What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie

59. Black Balloon by The Goo Goo Dolls

60. Goodbye My Friend by Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville

61. Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World

62. Live In The Sky by T.I., Jamie Foxx

63. Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens

64. Dondante by My Morning Jacket.

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September 9, 2019

89 responses on "64 Songs About The Death of a Friend"

  1. “afterglow – Acoustics” by Wilkinson. This is not really a song about death but it is helping me at the time and thought i would share it in case some of you would like it. But it really reminds me of my friend getting stabbed in the neck and barely surviving while almost bleeding out while my hand is on his neck trying to stop the bleeding :):

  2. For a Dancer – jackson brown

    I miss you – phish

    Love both cry every time

  3. “Who Knew” by Pink
    “Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World
    “Still Here” by Digital Daggers
    “Roses” by Against The Current
    “From Where You Are” by Lifehouse
    “Start Again” by OneRepublic (Feat. Logic)

    (“Weapon in My Hand” by Colicchie — My best friend passed away on January 29, 2018 (two months before her 28th birthday). I miss her every day. 😞 This song is written really well and it speaks to me on a deeply personal level… “I would give anything to see you one last time it’s true, and look you in the eyes and tell you how much that I love you.”)

  4. I Just Dont Think I Will Ever Get Over You
    By Colin Hay
    I lost my best friend 16th March 2019

  5. How to save a life by the Fray

    Very close to my heart since my best friend committed suicide

  6. One more light- linkin park

  7. Angels on the moon Thriving Ivory
    Bye bye Mariah Carey
    Coming back down Hollywood Undead
    Dancing in the sky Dani and Lizzy
    Drink a beer Luke Bryan
    Everglow Coldplay
    Fallen angel Three Days Grace
    Goodbye Jamestown Story
    Goodbye for now Stylez Major
    Hold on to memories Disturbed
    Hold the light Dierks Bentley
    How to save a life The Fray
    I miss you Jamestown Story
    I will return Skylar Grey
    I’ll be missing you Puff Daddy
    I’ll see you someday Jamestown Story
    If heaven wasn’t so far away Justin Moore
    In Loving Memory Jamestown Story
    Jealous of the angels Donna Taggart
    Last letter Witth Lowry
    My life The Game
    One more light Linkin Park
    See you again Carrie Underwood
    See you again Wiz Khalifa
    Silence Jarren Benton
    Sissy’s song Alan Jackson
    What hurts the most Rascal Flatts
    You should be here Cole Swindell

  8. You are not Alone and Man in the Mirror. My friend passed away earlier this year. These were played at vigil and funeral. He was a michael Jackson finatic, so these songs really help me through. Fly High Andrew McMorris. My grandpa also just died recently, Goodnight my angel by billy joel helps me, it was played at his funeral.

  9. i don’t know what to say by Bring Me The Horizon

  10. i don’t know what to say by Bring Me The Horizon

  11. Song cry August alsina

  12. The night we met – Lord huron
    this song gets me through the impossible it seems. i hope it help you guys as well

  13. Seasons in the sun..
    One of the most songs listened too right before committing suicide in the 70s

  14. In this river, black label society
    Watching over me, iced earth
    He would have hated, but talking shit to each other with out aggression was one thing that tied us together

  15. Feels Like Summer by Weezer, the very end makes me tear up thinking of my best friend I lost. Just a laid back type of guy who seemed like the “surfer type”, if there is one, who everyone loves!

  16. It has a lot of amotion but not about loss . My song is “yellow “ by kathrine ho.

  17. Sorry the song is hear you me by Jimmy eat world not the middle not sure why I put that

  18. The middle by Jimmy eat world ever since my step dad passed away I haven’t been able to listen to it without thinking of him and crying

  19. See you on the other side from Ozzy Osbourne

  20. The Fray – How To Save A Life

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  22. My best friend just took his own life. This is what I am listening to:

    1) Get Out of the Car – Aesop Rock (He lost his best friend and wrote this for him 8 years later)
    2) Lovelife – Atmosphere (Lyrics are amazing if you have lost someone)
    3) Flicker – Atmosphere (What he wrote when his “lil brother” Eyedea passed away)
    4) Friend of a Friend – Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl wrote this for Kurt Cobain)
    5) By the Throat – Eyedea & Abilities (A heavy song, but the lyrics are incredible)
    6) Here for You – Oliver Hart (To the tee if you lost someone)
    7) Zicky’s Song – Pepper
    8) Adam’s Song – Blink-182 (Song made about a kid that committed suicide)

    Here are just a few, I could add another 100. Some of these are hip-hop and may not be your favorite style but before dismissing them, please read the lyrics.

  23. Sand and Water by Beth Neilsen Chapman

  24. stone sour: through the glass

  25. this town by niall horan lyrics

  26. three days grace fallen angle

  27. torn to pieces pop evil
    five finger death punch gone away

  28. linkin park one more light

  29. One song that I will never forget is avenged sevenfold I won’t see you tonight part one I lost my best friend this year and he sang me this song the day before he took his on life

  30. VNV Nation – From my hands

  31. No Offspring, Gone Away?

    That’s almost criminal.

  32. Everglow by Coldplay
    Leaves by Ben&Ben
    Supermarket Flowers by Ed Sheeran
    Afire Love by Ed Sheeran
    One more light by Linkin Park

    These songs comforted me during my worst days.. Hope this could help

  33. “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” and “It’s Quiet Uptown” — Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton ♥♥♥

  34. See you again, by wiz khlifa ft Charlie puth

  35. My Old Friend by Tim McGraw

  36. We all fall – boondox
    For a good homie that died of heart condition.
    Mcl rooster miss you

  37. How is “In This River” by Zakk Wylde not on this list?

  38. one more light by Linkin Park

  39. Words unspoken-Leroy sanchez

  40. Devin Townsend – Funeral

    About a friend of Dev’s who was fatally stabbed at the age of 19. Saw them play a 20th Anniversary show of his debut album, Ocean Machine, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria recently. This song and the subsequent, final 3 brought many to tears. Beautiful.

  41. “Stole” – Kelly Rowland
    “Heaven” Beyonce

  42. Grigio Girls by Lady Gaga. It’s about the death on her friend Sonja.

  43. “Never Fade” Josh Devine-Ollie Green

  44. Malibu by Hole was one of my dads favorite songs and it makes me cry every time i hear it. Especially the end where she sings,
    “I cant be near you. The light just radiates.”
    Like i cant be near him right now because i gotta be stuck on this shit hole planet and tbe light of heaven just radiates, blindingly.
    On a different musical note, i just heard this song recently and it reminds me of my cousin who committed suicide earlier this year in May. I had just seen him two days prior to him taking his own life so this song really tears me up. Its called Last Chance by ABK (AnyBodyKilla)

  45. “Everybody Lost Somebody” ~ Bleachers

  46. Magic and Loss by Lou Reed really, really needs to be on that list.
    Also check out the lyrics, he really understands grief

  47. In Loving Memory, Alter Bridge
    Things My Father Said, Black Stone Cherry

  48. My Father’s Daughter, Jewel
    Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
    Indigo, Matthew Mayfield
    Oh My Sweet Carolina, Ryan Adams

  49. Jesus to a Child by George Michael

  50. One Word by Anouk………..played at our daughters funeral

  51. Closer to the light by Bruce Cockburn………wonderfull

  52. For my best friend Jody who passed away Aug.26, 2016: “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac and “Hallelujah” by KD Lang

  53. goodbye is a saddest word by Celine Dion

  54. RIP by The Bastard Suns

  55. Everlong (acoustic) by the Foo Fighters, when we withdrew the life support I put the Foo Fighters greatest hits on play, she waited till the album finished before she left, it’s the last song on the album, it’s also what she left the church too at the funeral. She loved the Foot Fighters

  56. You should be here ~ Cole Swindell , Nobody Knows ~ The Lumineers

  57. Save a place for me, Matthew West. I had it played at my husband’s funeral and it’s the last line on his headstone…

  58. I miss her – Jessie J
    and the obvious 2:
    arms of an angel – Sarah Mclachlan
    I’ll be missing you – Faith evans

  59. Mea Culpa by Polly Paulusma is so sad and beautiful, and, judging by the lyrics, about the suicide of a friend…

  60. I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
    Hard to Love – Lee Brice (cannot listen to this one at all anymore, it was one of my daughters’ last text to me…

  61. My favorite song is already on there. “Who Knew?” by Pink.
    I also like songs that have meaning for us but aren’t about death. Like “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” by Deep Blue Something, because he used to like that song.

  62. LOVE your Jason Isbell choice, “Elephant”. Strikes a deep chord.

  63. Check out “Like A River Runs” by Bleachers and “Waiting on A Sunny Day” by Bruce Springsteen. Two of my go-tos for remembering people I’ve loved who died.

  64. The song “Homesick” does any one know who does it?

  65. Old and Wise by Alan Parsons Project

  66. LoCash “I Love This Life” is the personification of my son. It makes me laugh and cry at the same time.

  67. Tears in heaven Eric Clapton

  68. I love “See You Again” by Wiz Kalafia. From the first time I heard it I immediately thought about my dear friend Matthew. Two other songs that make me think of him are No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen (though I prefer the Glee Version) and Never Alone by Barlow Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaJiKPwpoQI

  69. Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan

  70. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

  71. November Rain by Guns and Roses

  72. ‘I Grieve’ by Peter Gabriel

  73. It’s not about a friend. But I do love ‘nan’s song’ by Robbie Williams.

  74. Not about the death of a friend but the song that always makes me think of my friend is All Star by Smashmouth. When we were kids we made a music video to the song.

  75. Check out http://www.beforetheirtime.org , a 6-CD series with songs donated by 80 artists about all aspects of loss and grief, compiled by a grieving father, which has raised over $60,000 for suicide prevention. All the songs were inspired by the artists’ personal experience, and only 10 or so relate to suicide. All the songs are strikingly beautiful and memorable in the messages of hope they carry, reminding listeners that we CAN survive these grievous losses.

  76. good list of songs…. one song that is meaningful to me is, The Great Divide by the Mowglis

  77. 2 great songs about suicide of a friend 1) Will I See You In Heaven? (Jayhawks) 2) Sweet Old World (Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris also covers this song)

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