I'll Be There for You (The Rembrandts song)

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"I'll Be There for You"
Single by The Rembrandts
from the album LP
ReleasedMay 1995
Format7", CD single
Recorded1994
GenrePower pop, pop rock, alternative rock
Length3:09
LabelEast West, Atlantic
Writer(s)David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Michael Skloff, Allee Willis, Phil Sōlem, Danny Wilde
Producer(s)Kevin Bright, David Crane, Marta Kauffman
The Rembrandts singles chronology
"Waiting to Be Opened"
(1993)
"I'll Be There for You"
(1995)
"This House Is Not a Home"
(1995)
 
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"I'll Be There for You"
Single by The Rembrandts
from the album LP
ReleasedMay 1995
Format7", CD single
Recorded1994
GenrePower pop, pop rock, alternative rock
Length3:09
LabelEast West, Atlantic
Writer(s)David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Michael Skloff, Allee Willis, Phil Sōlem, Danny Wilde
Producer(s)Kevin Bright, David Crane, Marta Kauffman
The Rembrandts singles chronology
"Waiting to Be Opened"
(1993)
"I'll Be There for You"
(1995)
"This House Is Not a Home"
(1995)

"I'll Be There for You" is a song recorded by the American pop rock duo The Rembrandts. It is best known as the theme song to the American sitcom Friends, which premiered during 1994 and ended in 2004.[1] The song was also released as the first single from the group's third studio album LP.

Song information[edit]

"I'll Be There for You" was co-written by Friends producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Kauffman's husband, composer Michael Skloff, and songwriter Allee Willis, along with Phil Sōlem and Danny Wilde, both of the Rembrandts. It was initially offered to the rock bands They Might Be Giants and R.E.M.[2] It is strongly influenced by The Beatles, especially reminiscent of the "I Feel Fine" guitar riff, and is also highly reminiscent of The Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

The original theme, which is under one minute long, was later re-recorded as a three-minute pop song. After Nashville program director Charlie Quinn, along with radio announcer and music director Tom Peace looped the original short version into a full-length track and broadcast it on radio station WYHY, it became so popular that they had to re-record it. "Our record label said we had to finish the song and record it. There was no way to get out of it," lead singer Phil Sōlem said.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video of the song featured the six main stars of Friends, taking the singing and dancing roles of the band after, amusingly, attacking them all and bemusing everyone else on the set with their daft behavior. The video was included as a bonus feature on several of the show's Complete Season DVD Boxsets.

Track listing[edit]

European CD maxi-single
  1. "I'll Be There for You" - 3:09
  2. "Fixin' to Blow" - 5:03
  3. "Just the Way It Is Baby" - 4:06
  4. "Snippets Medley" - 6:46

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart for eight weeks. When the single was released 1995, it peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom and at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States as the flipside to "This House Is Not a Home". It also peaked at #1 on the U.S. Top 40 Mainstream and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts.[4]

In April 2004, the song was ranked at #15 on Blender magazine's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever".[5]

Most recently, in 2010, Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at #25 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, calling it "The most dangerous song on this list. Like a panther, it can strike anywhere that reruns of 'Friends' roam free."[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995–1997)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7]3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8]10
Canada (RPM)1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9]20
France (SNEP)[10]25
Germany (Media Control Charts)[11]77
Ireland (IRMA)[12]5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13]3
Norway (VG-lista)[14]5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15]34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16]3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[17]17
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[17]1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[17]1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks[17]7
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[17]23
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[17]1

Compilation usage[edit]

"I'll Be There for You" has been included on the following compilation albums:

Cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Rembrandts: 'So no one told me it was going to be this way'". Independent (London). April 27, 2004. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  2. ^ Trivia - TMBW: The They Might Be Giants Knowledge Base
  3. ^ Nashville DJ helped turn "Friends" song into radio hit
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 202. 
  5. ^ The 50 Worst Songs Ever! Watch, Listen and Cringe! from Blender.com
  6. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (September 11, 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever -- Part Four of Five". AOL Radio. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Natalie Imbruglia – Torn". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Natalie Imbruglia – Torn" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Rembrandts – I'll Be There For You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Rembrandts – I'll Be There For You" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  12. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Rembrandts – I'll Be There For You". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Rembrandts – I'll Be There For You". VG-lista. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Rembrandts – I'll Be There For You". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  17. ^ a b c d e f allmusic ((( The Rembrandts > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))

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