Sometimes, the best way to acknowledge friendship is through an expressive message. Luckily, there are plenty of K-pop songs that address friendship through heartwarming lyrics. While we’d love to feature every possible track that has been released, here is a list of lyrics that are bound to make your hearts melt.
1. SEVENTEEN – “Campfire”
When things are hard and you’re tired
I’ll shine on you
Don’t let go of my hand
You were next to me
I was next to you
We’ll shine through our campfire
Comparing the warmth of a friendship to that of a campfire, SEVENTEEN talks about staying by a friend’s side and offering their support through hardship.
2. Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon – “I’m All Ears”
Tell me everything
It’s alright if it takes all night
So your cold day
Can melt through me
I am all ears
I am all ears, I’m listening
Sometimes, all we need is a listening ear to let all of our worries out. In “I’m all ears,” Taeyeon is an example of that sweet friend who will listen to you until you feel better.
3. Red Velvet – “Ladies Night”
Our memories are vividly contained
Inside those shining times eternally
I’ll keep the feeling of right now
Inside my heart, filled to the brim
Through the lyrics of “Ladies Night,” Red Velvet reminds us that the beauty of an everlasting friendship lies in cherished memories that nourish it throughout the years.
4. ATEEZ – “Thank U”
These days, I’ve been thinking about
Maybe I’ve been doing pretty well, and the proof is you
Although we pointed at each other in a tit-for-tat situation
We didn’t know we were grateful
Being grateful towards friends is a given, especially when they impact one’s life greatly. ATEEZ’s song is spot-on, especially since its Korean title translates to “friend.”
5. BTOB – “Friend”
You’re my B-E to the S-T, Best F-R-I-E-N-D friend
You probably know me better than my family (maybe)
In other words what what
You’re my brother from another mother, sister, from another mister
We’re not blood-related but it doesn’t matter
Got each other’s backs no matter what happens
When I’m down, when I’m up, no matter what
One thing I’m sure, I can always count on ya
BTOB has a lot to say about friendship. The best part about their lyrics is that they compare their friendship’s bond to that of a family, and rightfully so.
Hello, my soulmate
Everything became more like you
A transparent knot has been tied
You can’t leave this place, not even for a moment
Zico and IU team up to celebrate their long-lasting friendship with this mesmerizing rendition about the tight bond that links soulmates in a platonic setting.
7. BTS – “Spring Day”
How much more do I have to wait?
How many nights do I have to stay up?
Until I can see you? (until I can see you?)
Until I can meet you? (until I can meet you?)
You know it all
You’re my best friend
The morning will come again
Missing a friend is always a bitter feeling. Luckily, there is always hope for a reunion in the future. BTS surely shares the sentiment.
8. NCT U – “Without You”
To live and to endure
If we’re together, it’ll be happier
We’ll be endlessly connected
Can’t live without you
Real friends are always with you through thick and thin, and that bond stands the test of time – and naturally, life. NCT U seems to know a thing or two about it.
9. GFRIEND – “My Buddy”
Do you remember? Soft like the white snowflakes
I held your hands
There are still so many days remaining for us
I promise you with the twinkling stars and the sky
I’ll be your BUDDY
This song is undoubtedly meant for GFRIEND’s fandom, Buddy. If we can learn something from it, it would be the promise that two friends share about being in each other’s lives forever.
10. Super Junior – “Good Friends”
Before we knew it
We’ve shared so much
Dripping sweat, tears, secrets
I’ll always love everything
Even the times we hated each other before we knew it
We can’t grow apart
I’ll miss seeing you, I’ll miss you
I love my friends
It seems that these lyrics are a page from Super Junior’s diary about their story as a group. If anything, this is the sweetest acknowledgment for a lengthy and healthy friendship.
11. EXO – “Lights Out”
When even breathing feels hard
And tears rise up sometimes
You can hide in me and cry
You can do that
Because it’ll pass
EXO offers the ultimate comfort in friendship: simply being there for our loved ones. Sometimes, your mere presence can bring solace to someone and help them overcome difficult times.
*Translated lyrics from Color Coded Lyrics.
Which K-pop lyric is your friendship motto? Let us know in the comments below!
Esmee L. is a Moroccan lively dreamer, writer, and Hallyu enthusiast.
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