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.

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March 28, 2017

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

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

  2. “Never Fade” Josh Devine-Ollie Green

  3. 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)

  4. “Everybody Lost Somebody” ~ Bleachers

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

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

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

  8. Jesus to a Child by George Michael

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

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

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

  12. goodbye is a saddest word by Celine Dion

  13. RIP by The Bastard Suns

  14. 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

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

  16. 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…

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

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

  19. 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…

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. Old and Wise by Alan Parsons Project

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

  26. Tears in heaven Eric Clapton

  27. 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

  28. Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan

  29. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

  30. November Rain by Guns and Roses

  31. ‘I Grieve’ by Peter Gabriel

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

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

  36. 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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