25 years of Friends: 10 chart facts about the show's theme song I'll Be There For You that will surprise you

You won't believe how many times it's streamed every week...

Premiering 25 years ago this month, Friends continues to be a must-see mainstay on TV. One of the many ingredients to the success of Friends is its theme song: the kicky, clap-along I'll Be There For You by US pop rock duo The Rembrants. 

To celebrate its quarter century, we present ten Official Chart facts about the ever-relatable jingle:

    • I'll Be There For You is so good it reached the Top 10 on the Official Singles Chart on two separate occasions. It first spent two weeks at Number 3 in 1995, and a re-release in 1997 sent it back to Number 5.

    • Total UK chart sales for I'll Be There For You stand at 844,000. 600,500 of that figure is physical CD single sales.

    • I'll Be There For You was co-written by Friends producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman as well as The Rembrandts duo (Phil Solem and Danny Wilde).

    • In 2019, I'll Be There For You has been streamed on average 96,000 times and downloaded 85 times every week.

  • The song started out as the Friends TV theme song and was under one minute long, before being turned into a full three-minute pop song. "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 Solem said.

  • The track is heavily influenced by The Beatles, in particular I Feel Fine, which has a similar guitar riff.

  • I'll Be There For You was The Rembrandts only UK Top 40 hit. Follow-up single This House Is Not A Home reached Number 58 in 1996, while parent album LP - their third record - topped out at Number 14.

  • I'll Be There For You had the most commercial success in Canada, where it spent five weeks at Number 1 and became the country's best-selling single that year.

  • In total, I'll Be There For You reached the Top 10 in eight countries: Australia, Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and UK.

  • To celebrate the song (and the show)'s 25th anniversary, the track has been covered by Meghan Trainor and Jonas Brothers