16 Top Songs About Defending Someone

Songs About Defending Someone
Written by Corey Morgan

Top songs about defending someone

We all fall down, but what counts is that you get yourself back up again. But that’s not always simple to do on your own, especially when you’re already feeling vulnerable because of the challenges life has thrown at you. When times go tough, we lean on our loved ones for encouragement and strength.

When you stand up for people or they do for you, it shows that you’re “on their side” when they need help. This boosts loyalty, trust, credibility, morale, and confidence.

In this article, i’m going to share some of the songs i love most that are about defending someone, and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do and add them to your playlist.

16 Songs About Defending Someone

1. Bruno Mars’s “Count on Me”

Bruno Mars - Count on Me (Official Lyric Video)

Bruno Mars’s “Count on Me” is almost certainly going to be the first song that comes to anyone’s mind when they are asked to mention songs about defending someone.

There’s an old Greek proverb that goes something like, “One devoted buddy is worth ten thousand relatives.” This cheery song from 2010 is a reminder of the positive effects friendship can have on one’s life. To put it simply, friends are there for you when you’re lost, when you need something, when you’re unhappy and lonely.

2. Rachel Platten’s “Stand By You”

Rachel Platten - Stand By You (Official Video)

Upbeat and motivational, this 2015 tune is a must-listen. The narrator promises to be there for her loved one every step of the way, even if it means going through hell.

She offers to help in whatever way she can to make life easier for her loved one. She assures them they have support, saying she will lend them some of her own strength. Certainly (she’s that strong!)

This is an excellent song to play as you rally around a loved one who is going through a tough time. Lyrically, this is one of the best songs about defending someone you should listen to.

3. Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away”

Charlie Puth - One Call Away [Official Video]

In this upbeat tune from 2016, help is literally one phone call away. When his friend is feeling down, the narrator tells him to give him a call. Like Superman, he’ll come to the rescue in a pinch.

4. Kenny Rogers’ “Coward of the County”

Kenny Rogers - Coward Of The County (Audio)

Like “The Gambler” (1978), this is another one of Kenny Rogers’ famous songs with a narrative structure reminiscent of a film with an underlying moral. The story revolves around a boy named Tommy who, due to his lack of aggression as a kid, earns the nickname “Yellow” (for “coward”). In reality, he has been obligated by his late father to “turn the other cheek” rather than fight back when physically threatened.

In addition, his dad always informed him that physical conflict isn’t what makes him a man. He seems to be trying to steer Tommy away from the same path of missteps that landed him in prison and finally led to his death when Tommy was just ten years old.

To add further context, Kenny Rogers is telling this story from the point of view of Tommy’s uncle, who is his father’s brother.

Tommy matures and falls in love with a woman named Becky, who returns his feelings despite the fact that she isn’t the kind to be impressed by displays of machismo. The plot thickens, however, when a group of guys known as “the Gatlin boys” decide to, in a nutshell, gang attack Becky. Tommy is now thoroughly furious, and his first reaction is to break his pledge to his father.

There are three Gatlin brothers, and Tommy decides to face them in a public place like a bar. And by the end of the confrontation, “not a Gatlin lad… standing.” Now, because of the vagueness of the description, it is unclear how he handled them. However, the fact remains that he did, in fact, brutally beat them.

But right after he does it, Tommy remembers the promise he made to his father and feels terrible about it. And throughout the entire ordeal, he talks to his dad as if he’s alive.

So he apologizes to him, but then explains his behavior by saying, “sometimes you gotta fight when you’re a man,” which is the opposite of what his father taught him.

To some extent, the sentence sums up the song’s message. This is one of the songs about defending someone hat reflects on a lot of things.

5. “Count on Me” by Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans

Whitney Houston, CeCe Winans - Count On Me (Official HD Video)

In this song from 1996, the narrator is a friend who can always be counted on to listen and offer encouragement. Because of their shared feelings for one another, their friendship has remained strong throughout the years.

Before Houston’s unexpected death in 2012, she and CeCe Winans had been friends for decades. She was there for Houston as the artist battled drug addiction and other problems.

6. Olivia Newton-John, “Let Me Be There”

Olivia Newton-John - Let Me Be There

In this positive and earwormy tune from 1973, the main character assures her loved one that she would always be there for them. She promises to catch them if they fall, to be by their side as they get back up, and to fix all that’s wrong. That’s some serious encouragement right there. Surely no one could want for anything more.

7. Mariah Carey’s “Anytime You Need a Friend”

Mariah Carey - Anytime You Need A Friend

It’s simple to feel overwhelmed and alone when you’re going through tough times by yourself. The narrator of this song from 1993, however, has been there herself, and she encourages her friend to keep fighting and seek her out for support.

8. Michael Bublé, “Hold On” (12)

Michael Bublé, Hold on

When two people care about one another, they become more powerful as a unit. This love song from 2009 conveys that idea with its protagonist promising his lover that as long as they have each other, they can get through anything. When asked, he promises she will always be with him.

9. Martina McBride – “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”

Martina McBride - I'm Gonna Love You Through It

This song was released in 2011, about a mother of three who, at the age of 38, was given a breast cancer diagnosis. Both her mortality and her sense of self were challenged by the prospect of surgery and the changes it would bring to her physical appearance.

In a fortunate turn of events, her spouse proved to be an unwavering pillar of strength. He calmed her fears by saying:

I’ll be strong when you’re weak.

When you let go, I’ll hold on.

I promise to be there to dry your tears if you need to cry.

10. Nickelback’s “Never Gonna Be Alone”

Nickelback - Never Gonna Be Alone [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

This song from 2008 is a pledge of friendship from one person to another, with the singer promising to be there for his friend whenever he is in need.

The main character promises his pal that they would never be lonely again as he tries to make one for lost time. He has his friend by the throat and won’t let go for another second.

11. Taylor Dayne’s “I’ll Be Your Shelter”

Taylor Dayne - I'll Be Your Shelter

This 1990 popular song was originally written with Tina Turner in mind, which explains why it sounds like a Tina Turner song. However, she declined to do so.

The narrator of this song assures a loved one that she will be there for them through the darkest times and provide them the support they need to weather the storm. She assures them that her love is “so deep and warm and pure” that it will envelop them completely. It’s a great song to play for someone you care about to show them that you’re thinking of them and want to help them feel better.

12. At Your Side, by The Corrs

Someone just needs to have someone there with them while they are going through a tough moment, whether it be a personal problem or a problem with a friend or loved one.

What they really need is for someone to be there for them and assure them that things will work out. In this song from 1999, the narrator makes a pledge to be that reassuring presence and to take away the stress and uncertainty.

13. Tracy Lawrence’s “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”

Tracy Lawrence - Find Out Who Your Friends Are (Official Music Video)

This country song from 2006 proclaims a fact that can only be known by experience: there are times when friendship truly “meets the road.”

Troubled times are a great opportunity to see who your true friends are, and to see who turns their backs on you when they should have been there the most. In my own experience with Multiple Sclerosis, I have come to that conclusion.

14. Gorgon City’s “Here for You” (Featuring Laura Welsh)

Gorgon City - Here For You ft. Laura Welsh (Official Music Video)

It’s unfortunate that this British electro-pop tune from 2014 is largely unknown in the United States. The song’s narrator conveys assurance that she will always be close by for her friend. The narrator will be there for them regardless of where they go or what happens to them. They’ll succeed as a team.

15. By Kygo, “Here for You” (Featuring Ella Henderson)

Kygo - Here for You ft. Ella Henderson (Official Video)

It was released in 2015, and it’s a danceable, cheerful track by Norwegian DJ and record producer Kygo. Here, one friend assures another that they will be there for themselves at their darkest hour.

16. Carrie Underwood: “I’ll Stand with You”

This country song from 2007 features a narrator who has been through difficulties and who offers to be her friend’s confidante, guardian, and guidepost. She extends the gift of her unconditionsl acceptance. These days, that’s quite hard to come by.