This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most iconic television shows of the ’90s. Friends debuted on NBC in September of 1994 and quickly became “must-see TV.” To this day, the opening notes of the theme song instantly bring to mind Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey hanging out at Central Perk. It doesn’t hurt that the sitcom is still enjoying a healthy presence in syndication.
The song itself is pretty darn catchy. “I’ll Be There for You” was co-written by Phil Solem and Danny Wilde of The Rembrandts, along with Friends producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The original tune was under one minute in length. It was later re-recorded as a three-minute pop song after a Nashville radio station had looped the short version into a full-length track, played it on the air, and helped make it a #1 hit.
The producers of the video wisely included the Friends cast, although it doesn’t look like any one of them had ever held musical instruments before. But they look good faking it.