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, without further ado, 64 songs about the death of a friend, in no particular order!

PS 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 and left us with a big blank space in our Grief Soundtrack post.  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.

PPS Leave a comment to add your favorite songs about the death of a friend to the list.

PPPS As always, subscribe to get all our posts right to your inbox.

March 28, 2017

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

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

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

  3. Song cry August alsina

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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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!

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

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

  10. 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

  11. See you on the other side from Ozzy Osbourne

  12. The Fray – How To Save A Life

  13. It’s remarkable in favor of me to have a web page, which is beneficial in favor of my knowledge.
    thanks admin

    oversleeves (Pearline)

  14. 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.

  15. Sand and Water by Beth Neilsen Chapman

  16. stone sour: through the glass

  17. this town by niall horan lyrics

  18. three days grace fallen angle

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

  20. linkin park one more light

  21. 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

  22. VNV Nation – From my hands

  23. No Offspring, Gone Away?

    That’s almost criminal.

  24. 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

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

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

  27. My Old Friend by Tim McGraw

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

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

  30. one more light by Linkin Park

  31. Words unspoken-Leroy sanchez

  32. 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.

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

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

  35. “Never Fade” Josh Devine-Ollie Green

  36. 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)

  37. “Everybody Lost Somebody” ~ Bleachers

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

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

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

  41. Jesus to a Child by George Michael

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

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

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

  45. goodbye is a saddest word by Celine Dion

  46. RIP by The Bastard Suns

  47. 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

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

  49. 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…

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

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

  52. 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…

  53. 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.

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

  55. 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.

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

  57. Old and Wise by Alan Parsons Project

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

  59. Tears in heaven Eric Clapton

  60. 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

  61. Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan

  62. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

  63. November Rain by Guns and Roses

  64. ‘I Grieve’ by Peter Gabriel

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

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

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

  69. 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)

Leave a Message

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


WYG provides general educational information from mental health professionals, but you should not substitute information on the What’s Your Grief website for professional advice.

See our terms and conditions here

See our privacy policy here

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255


Share Your Snapshot

Grief In 6 Words

Submit a Story to Us

What's Your Grief Podcast

Listen to our podcast