Songs About Kindness from Harry Styles, Tim McGraw, and More

Celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13 with these songs.

Jackie Kolgraf
November 7, 2023

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World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13. Like a warm and fuzzy blanket for the soul, this holiday reminds us that a little sprinkle of kindness can change the world! It’s the cosmic equivalent of a giant hug shared across continents and time zones.

In the spirit of World Kindness Day, we’ve assembled a list of songs about kindness — spanning music genres from pop to rock and hip-hop to country — that can soundtrack your 24 hours of goodness and beyond. It’s cool to be kind any time of year!

Songs About Kindness

16. “Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw

Album: Damn Country Music (2015)
Written By: Lori McKenna
Genre: Country

Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

15. “Treat People with Kindness” – Harry Styles

Album: Fine Line (2019)
Written By: Harry Styles, Jeff Bhasker, and Ilsey Juber
Genre: Pop

Maybe we can
Find a place to feel good
And we can treat people with kindness

Harry Styles performs for SiriusXM and Pandora at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

14. “Cruel to Be Kind” – Nick Lowe

Album: Labour of Lust (1979)
Written By: Nick Lowe and Ian Gomm
Genre: Rock

Cruel to be kind, it’s a very good sign
Cruel to be kind, means that I love you, baby

13. “Be Kind” – Zak Abel

Album: Self Love 2023 (2023)
Written By: Zak Abel, Nick Ruth, and Nate Cyphert
Genre: Pop

In a world where you can be anything
I’ll be kind to you
Could you be kind to me?

12. “Be Kind” – Halsey and Marshmello

Album: Manic (2020)
Written By: Christopher Comstock (Marshmello), Ashley Frangipane (Halsey), Miles Ale, Amy Allen, Freddy Wexler, and Gian Stone
Genre: Pop

Mess up and lie to the one that you love
When you know you can cry to the one
Always confide in the one
You can be kind to the one that you love

Halsey performs for Pandora Live

11. “Love Is Kind” – John Lucas

Album: Promised Land (2015)
Written By: John Lucas
Genre: Folk

‘Cause love is patient, and love is kind
Love delights in the truth and is all you need to find

10. “Kill Em With Kindness” – Selena Gomez

Album: Revival (2015)
Written By: Antonina Armato, Tim James, Benjamin Levin, Dave Audé, and Selena Gomez
Genre: Pop

Put out the fire before igniting
Why can’t we stop fighting?
And kill ’em with kindness

Selena Gomez at SiriusXM 2019

9. “Kindness for Weakness” – Nu Breed

Album: Trespass (2019)
Written By: Joe Linn Sapp
Genre: Hip-hop

Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness
We won’t settle on your level when we’re driven to the edge

8. “Try a Little Kindness” – Glen Campbell

Album: Try a Little Kindness (1969)
Written By: Curt Sapaugh and Bobby Austin
Genre: Country

You’ve got to try a little kindness
Yes, show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see

7. “An Act of Kindness” – Bastille

Album: Wild World (2016)
Written By: Dan Smith
Genre: Rock

An act of kindness
Is what you showed to me
It caught me by surprise
In this town of glass and ice

6. “You Were a Kindness” – The National

Album: High Violet (2010)
Written By: Aaron Dessner
Genre: Indie rock

You were a kindness when I was a stranger
But I wouldn’t ask for what I didn’t need

5. “The Kindness of Lovers” – John Mellencamp

Album: Orpheus Descending (2023)
Written By: John Mellencamp
Genre: Indie folk

Therе’s just two kinds of lovers
Lovers like you and me
Lovers like we used to be

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4. “Killing with Kindness” – Tears for Fears

Album: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (2004)
Written By: Roland Orzabal, Charlton Pettus, and Curt Smith
Genre: New wave

Don’t blind them with science yeah, yeah
Just kill them with kindness yeah, yeah

3. “Kindness” – Tanya Tucker

Album: Sweet Western Sound (2023)
Written By: Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth
Genre: Country

I’ve been everything there is to be
So come on, baby, show some kindness to me

2. “Kindness” – MØ

Album: Motordome (2021)
Written By: Ariel Rechtshaid, Jam City, Jakob Littauer, and Karen Ørsted
Genre: Pop

I’m in love with your kindness
It’s algorithm, algorithm, algorithm, baby

1. “Kindness” – Ryan Adams

Album: Ashes and Fire (2011)
Written By: David Adams
Genre: Alt country

Kindness don’t ask for much
But an open mind
Kindness can cure a broken heart
Honey, are you feelin’ kind?