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15 Touching Songs About Being There for Someone

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There’s nothing quite as comforting as the feeling that there’s someone you can count on. Throughout all the trials and troubles you go through in this world, it’s always a refreshing feeling to know that there’s someone who’s always going to be there for you through thick and thin. Whether this person is a relative, a friend, or an acquaintance, you know that they’ve got your back when you need them the most.

Of course, there are a host of great songs that reflect this sentiment, and we’ve compiled them all just for you.

Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There

Being there for someone can sometimes feel like a one-sided relationship. In some toxic relationships, there’s one person getting all the benefits as the other suffers. In this strangely realistic song, the Spice Girls sing about being there for someone only if it’s a mutually beneficial relationship. Sounds about right if you ask us!

Being There Lyrics: I’m giving you everything

All that joy can bring, this I swear

I give you everything



And all that I want from you

Is the promise you will be there

Say you will be there, yeah

Oh, say you will be there

 

Bill Withers – Lean on Me

This classic soulful song by Bill Withers was written during a difficult time in his life. He had just moved away from his hometown of Slab Fork, West Virginia and was feeling homesick. He missed his home and the community so much that he just had to write a song about being able to lean on someone when he’s down and out. It resonated so well with audiences that it became his first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Being There Lyrics: Lean on me when you’re not strong

And I’ll be your friend I’ll help you carry on



For it won’t be long

Till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on

 

Bon Jovi – I’ll Be There for You

When we break up with someone, we usually couldn’t care less about where they end up. But there are some relationships that transcend the romantic, and we genuinely care for their wellbeing. Bon Jovi’s I’ll Be There for You is a rock ballad dedicated to a woman who has made up her mind to leave him. But because he loves her so much, he’s still willing to be there for her through thick and thin even if their romantic relationship has ended.

Being There Lyrics: I’ll be there for you

These five words I swear to you

When you breathe I wanna be the air for you

I’ll be there for you

I’d live and I’d die for you

I’d steal the sun from the sky for you

Words can’t say what love can do

I’ll be there for you

 

The Moffats – I’ll Be There for You

It’s a cheesy pop song, but you can’t deny how catchy it is. I’ll Be There for You is a song by the Moffats that was released in 1998, so it’s sure hit with the 90s kids out there. It’s a simple song about being there for someone who’s down on their luck. It’s not explicitly stated to be a romantic song for a girl, so it can be a song you can sing to a close friend or a relative when you want them to know that you’re there fro them

Being There Lyrics: I’ll be there for you

When you need somebody

I’ll be there for you

When you want someone who cares

When you’re down and feeling blue

I’ll be there, I’ll be there for you

 

Mariah Carey feat. Trey Lorenz – I’ll Be There

While originally by the Jackson 5, Mariah Carey’s version is by far the more popular of the two. I’ll Be There is one of the most heartfelt and touching songs ever written about being there for someone. It’s lyrics speak of an unselfish type of love where the singer expresses their affection for someone in the purest form. And even if the object of their affection finds someone else to be with, the singer is still there for them.

Being There Lyrics: I’ll be there to comfort you

I’ll build my world of dreams around you

I’m so glad I found you

I’ll be there with a love so strong

I’ll be your strength

You know I’ll keep holding on

 

REM – Everybody Hurts

We’ve spoken about this song in our list of songs about suicide and suicide prevention, primarily because it would be the type of song a troubled person should hear. In fact, it’s the song used by the British emotional support listening service called The Samaritans in response to high suicide rates in UK. Everybody Hurts is a song that’s aimed at reminding people that it’s okay to hurt and to cry, and that it’s okay to take comfort in the people around you.

Being There Lyrics: When your day is long

And the night, the night is yours alone

When you’re sure you’ve had enough

Of this life, well hang on

Don’t let yourself go

‘Cause everybody cries

And everybody hurts sometimes

 

The Corrs – At Your Side

This Irish band expertly combines pop rock with traditional Irish themes to create a huge array of uplifting and catchy songs. At Your Side, while not one of their most popular, is undoubtedly catchy and touching in its message. With lyrics thematically similar to Everybody Hurts, they turn a song about being lost in life into a song about being the one you can count on to survive it all.

Being There Lyrics: When the daylight’s gone and you’re on your own

And you need a friend just to be around

I will comfort you, I will take your hand

And I’ll pull you through, I will understand

 

A Day to Remember – Have Faith in Me

Now let’s move on to a rock song that’s not as popular as most of the others on this list. Have Faith in Me is a song about trusting other people and looking after them. According to ADTR frontman Jeremy McKinnon, “I feel like this one is kind of self-explanatory, but it’s about trust and being there for people when you say you will be. I’m the kind of person who says what I mean, and this song is about keeping your word.”

Being There Lyrics: I said I’d never let you go, and I never did

I said I’d never let you fall and I always meant it

If you didn’t have this chance then I never did

You’ll always find me right there, again

 

James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend

Did you know that this song was actually written and first recorded by Carole King? However, the more popular version is by the legendary James Taylor. According to King, the song was written in response to a line in James Taylor’s earlier song that goes, “I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend.” The line resonated so well with King that she says that the song practically wrote itself, as if it was written by something outside of herself through her.

Being There Lyrics: You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am

I’ll come running to see you again

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there

You’ve got a friend

 

Ben E. King – Stand by Me

Did you know that this incredibly popular song was to some degree based on a gospel song called “Lord Stand by Me”? After hitting the top of the US Billboard Hot R&B Singles, it has become a song that has been covered over and over again by various artists from Florence and the Machine to Michael Bolton to Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King! And once you get a feel for the beat and the lyrics, you’ll surely understand why.

Being There Lyrics: When the night has come

And the land is dark

And the moon is the only light we’ll see

No, I won’t be afraid

Oh, I won’t be afraid

Just as long as you stand

Stand by me

 

Michael Jackson – You Are Not Alone

While Michael Jackson was the one to make this song a hit, it was actually written by R. Kelly during a difficult time in the former’s life. According to R. Kelly, the song is about love and isolation, and it was written during a time when he had lost close people in his life. Kelly then decided to forward the tape to Michael Jackson, who was delighted to work on it with R. Kelly. This beautiful song has always been an inspirational song for people who are looking to find support in their life, whether from a higher power, from their community, or from within themselves.

Being There Lyrics: Everyday I sit and ask myself

How did love slip away

Something whispers in my ear and says

That you are not alone

I am here with you

Though you’re far away

I am here to stay

 

Hootie and the Blowfish – Hold My Hand

This song just exudes good vibes whenever you listen to it. Hold My Hand is a song about togetherness even through the toughest of times. And the song reminds us that no matter how tough times get, sometimes all we need is a hand to hold and help us through it all. And even if being with someone who cares can’t always solve your problems, it makes everything just a little more bearable.

Being There Lyrics: With a little love and some tenderness

We’ll walk upon the water

We’ll rise above the mess

With a little peace and some harmony

We’ll take the world together

We’ll take them by the hand

 

Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up

If you want a song for the hero in your life or for someone who has always been there for you through the hard times, this is the song to dedicate to them. The song, as is a recurring theme in this list, was not originally recorded and written by Groban, but by Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden. It was originally an instrumental song, but was given lyrics that we sung by Irish Singer Brian Kennedy.

Being There Lyrics: You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains

You raise me up to walk on stormy seas

I am strong when I am on your shoulders

You raise me up to more than I can be

 

Randy Newman – You’ve Got a Friend in Me

To cap off this list, we have a song written for the most unlikely duo in animated history – Woody and Buzz from Pixar’s Toy Story. You’ve Got a Friend in Me is a sweet, lighthearted song about being a good friend to someone. And even if you’re not the biggest or smartest one out there, those qualities mean nothing if you’re not a true friend.

Being There Lyrics: You’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got troubles, and I’ve got ’em too

There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you

We stick together and can see it through

‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me

Want to let someone know that you care for them? Dedicate one of these songs to them today!

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