1. ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers
Anyone who’s ever nursed a friend through a family crisis, messy breakup or filthy night out knows the value of this song. The line, ‘Lean on me / When you're not strong / And I'll be your friend / I'll help you carry on…’ really takes you back to holding your bestie close (or their hair back) in times of turmoil. It’s a sweet-natured ode to working together and uplifting each other even when things get rough. This reciprocal nature of friendship isn’t one you come across often, which is perhaps why it tugs so much on the heartstrings. Or maybe it’s just Withers’ soothing vocal tones.