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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Andy

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 11:30 am

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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Jesika

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 11:46 am

My favorite songs are “I will not say goodbye”- Danny Gokey and Charlie Puth (not the rap version) “See you again”

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KJ

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

Another one is Amelia by Tonight Alive, it’s very sad

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corey

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 11:32 am

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

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Michael Whitman

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 11:47 am

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.

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Knetti

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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.

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Emily

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 1:17 pm

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

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Doris

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 3:07 pm

‘I Grieve’ by Peter Gabriel

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Lynn

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm

November Rain by Guns and Roses

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Lynn

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

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Brenda

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan

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Chelsea

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm

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

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Chrystal

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Tears in heaven Eric Clapton

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Grey

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 9:50 pm

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

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Elizabeth

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 5:57 am

Old and Wise by Alan Parsons Project

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geanette ceballos

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 12:58 pm

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

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Chelsea

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm

If it’s the “homesick” I’m thinking of MercyMe does it, and quite beautifully

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M.

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 12:09 am

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.

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Chelsea

Posted on March 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm

Found a new one. “Angels in Waiting” by Tammy Cochran

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Karen

Posted on March 4, 2016 at 5:49 pm

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

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Vicki

Posted on March 5, 2016 at 1:17 am

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.

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gloria

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm

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…

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Beth

Posted on March 24, 2016 at 9:32 am

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

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Kyra

Posted on August 12, 2016 at 8:44 pm

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

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Alison

Posted on August 20, 2016 at 10:52 am

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…

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Corey

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 5:51 am

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

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John

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 6:43 pm

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

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Mandy

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 1:16 pm

RIP by The Bastard Suns

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Mandy

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Almost forgot…Gone Away by The Offspring

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Pholoso Ralehike

Posted on September 8, 2016 at 4:53 pm

goodbye is a saddest word by Celine Dion

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Sara MacIntyre

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

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

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Berry Akkermans

Posted on December 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm

Closer to the light by Bruce Cockburn………wonderfull

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Berry Akkermans

Posted on December 18, 2016 at 5:03 pm

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

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Emmerson

Posted on March 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm

If I die young – The Band Perry
My Immortal – Evanescence

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dawnssong4u

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 7:04 pm

Sometimes I forget by Doug Stone
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AloneTogether

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 12:45 am

I am surprised and pleased that “Connecticut Steps” by Into It. Over. It. made your list. I have been listening to my husband’s playlist on his phone and this song has been popping up.

A couple I have in mind:

“In Mind” by Do Make Say Think
“I Still Think About Who I Was Last Summer” by Old Gray
“Prolonged Exposure” by Prawn
“Redwoods” by Foxing

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