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    Les musiques dans Friends

Pourquoi cette page est en anglais ?

Le contenu de cette page est l’exacte copie d’une page consacrée aux musiques dans Friends d’un site Américain à la mise en page près. Le texte est donc en anglais. Cette page référence tous les titres des chansons qui ont été joués dans Friends.

Music in Episodes

The purpose of this page is to help you identify that song you heard in the background during a certain scene in a certain episode. It is organized by episode number.

About the Theme Song and the Soundtrack Albums

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The Theme Song and the Soundtrack Albums

The theme song is called "I’ll Be There For You." It is sung by the Rembrandts. The music is by Michael Skloff and the lyrics by Allee Willis.

The Soundtrack album has the TV version and the extended version of the song.
The extended version can also be found on the Rembrandts 1995 album, "L.P."
And a new version can be found on the 2nd Friends Soundtrack Album, Friends Again.

And to answer the most-asked questions about the theme song: There are only four claps; and D.O.A. stands for "dead on arrival."


So no one told you life was gonna be this way [four claps]
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A.
It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year

but I’ll be there for you
(When the rain starts to pour)
I’ll be there for you
(Like I’ve been there before)
I’ll be there for you
(’Cause you’re there for me too)

Then, the extended version continues with:

You’re still in bed at ten and work began at eight
You’ve burned your breakfast; so far, things are going great
Your mother warned you there’d be days like these
But she didn’t tell when the world has brought you down to your knees


No one could ever know me, no one could ever see me
Seems you’re the only one who knows

  • What it’s like to be me
    Someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with
    Someone I will always laugh with
    Even at my worst, I’m best with you

    It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
    When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year, but



  • What song was playing while Ross and Rachel were each looking out of their windows, during the rainstorm ?
    The song is Sky Blue and Black by Jackson Browne, from the album I’m Alive.

    Here are the lyrics:

      In the calling out to one another Of the lovers up and down the strand In the 
      sound of the waves and the cries Of the seagulls circling the sand In the fragments 
      of the songs Carried down the wind from some radio In the murmuring of the city 
      in the distance Ominous and low I hear the sound of the world where we played 
      And the far too simple beauty Of the promises we made If you ever need holding 
      Call my name, and I’ll be there If you ever need holding And no holding back, 
      and I’ll see you through Sky Blue And Black Where the touch of the lover ends 
      And the soul of the friend begins There’s a need to be separate and a need to 
      be one And a struggle neither wins Where you gave me the world I was in And 
      a place I could make a stand I could never see how you doubted me When I’d let 
      go of you hand Yeah, and I was much younger then And I must have thought that 
      I would know If things were going to end And the heavens were rolling Like a 
      wheel on a track And our sky was unfolding And it’ll never fold back Sky Blue 
      And Black And I’d have fought the world for you If I thought that you wanted 
      me to Or put aside 
      What was true or untrue If I’d known that’s 
      What you needed 
      What you needed me to do But the moment has passed by me now To have put away 
      my pride And just come through for you somehow If you ever need holding Call 
      my name, and I’ll be there If you ever need holding And no holding back, I’ll 
      see you through You’re the color of the sky Reflected in each store-front window 
      pane You’re the whispering and the sighing Of my tires in the rain You’re the 
      hidden cost and the thing that’s lost In everything I do Yeah and I’ll never 
      stop looking for you In the sunlight and the shadows And the faces on the avenue 
      That’s the way love is 

    TOW The Blackout

  • What song where Phoebe, Joey, and Monica singing while Ross was fighting the cat ?
    Top of the World by The Carpenters.

    TOW Underdog Gets Away

  • What songs are featured in this episode ?
    In the montage showing Joey’s V.D. poster all over the city, Don’t Stand So Close To Me by The Police was playing.

    When Ross was singing to his unborn child, he was singing his own version of Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkeys, by The Monkeys.

    The One With The Monkey

  • What songs were played at the New Year’s party ?
    The song at the beginning of the party is Shiny Happy People, by R.E.M., from the album Out of Time.

    The song which played while Chandler had photos with Janice and while Phoebe said goodbye to Scientist Guy was Into Your Arms by Lemonheads.

    I haven’t been able to identify the other song at the party. I you can identify one I’ve missed, let me know.

    TOW Mrs. Bing

  • What song was while Monica and Phoebe took care of Coma Guy ?
    My Guy by Mary Wells.

    The One With the Dozen Lasagnes

  • What TV themes are they humming ?
    At the beginning of the episode they were singing "The Odd Couple" and the beginning of "I Dream of Jeannie."

    TOW the Stoned Guy

  • When Ross has Celia (the dirty talker) over, what music is playing ?
    Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon by Neil Diamond.

    TOW Two Parts, part 2

  • What song was playing at the beginning of Phoebe’s party (before she arrived)  ?
    What’s the Frequency, Kenneth, by R.E.M.

  • What song (that went "In a New York Minute...") was playing when Ross and Marcel were in the hospital ?
    Um, yeah. Okay. That’s called New York Minute. It’s by Don Henley of The Eagles. It can be found on many albums, including The End of the Innocence.

    The One With All the Poker

  • What did they whistle in the opening scene ?
    The theme music from the movie "Bridge on the River Kwai."

    The One With All the Poker, and The One After the Superbowl, part 1

  • What song did Marcel play in 118, which they also sang to get his attention at the movie set in 212 ?
    The song is "The lion sleeps tonight", also known as Mbube, originally composed by Zulu singer Soloman Linda.
    For more information:

    The One Where The Monkey Gets Away

  • What music was playing when Louisa tried to shoot Marcel with a tranquilizer dart ?
    The theme from the original TV show, "Shaft."

    TOW the Fake Monica

  • What song was playing as Marcel was taken away ?
    The song is You’re a Big Boy Now, by John Sebastian.

    The One Where Rachel Finds Out

  • What song was playing while Rachel was waiting for Ross at the airport ?
    Take a Bow, by Madonna, on her album, Bedtime Stories.

    TOW Ross’s New Girlfriend

  • What music played when Ross and Rachel were talking on the balcony ?
    Doy! (You don’t get a lot of "doy" these days, do you ?). That was an instrumental variation on the Friends Theme song, "I’ll be there for you."

    TOW Phoebe’s Husband

  • What music is playing when Ross dances in the street, the morning after sleeping with Julie ?
    Singing in the Rain, from the movie of the same name, performed by Gene Kelly.

    TOW Five Steaks and an Eggplant

  • What Hootie song opened the concert ?
    I Go Blind. It happens to be featured on the Friends Soundtrack.

    TOW The Baby on the Bus

  • What song did Stephanie (Chrissie Hynde) sing ?
    "Angel of the Morning," by The Pretenders. Chrissie Hynde is one of The Pretenders.

    TOW Ross Finds Out

  • What music is playing while Monica and Chandler work out ?
    Macho Man, by The Village People.

  • What music is playing when Ross and Rachel kiss in the coffee house ?
    This music may have been created to sound like certain popular music, but it is not from an actual pop song. I’m told that The special features (commentary  ?) on the Season 2 DVD release says that the producers wanted to use U2’s "With or Without You," but didn’t have time to arrange for the rights, so they found a studio music clip that sounded "U2-ish". Later, they found chances to use the actual U2 song in other Ross /Rachel moments, including in the very next episode.

    A source at Warner Bros. explained it this way:
    Sorry, but that is a library piece, so it is not available. It was found by my music editor. It is common practice on many TV shows to use licensed music from library CDs. A "library" is usually a large number of CDs featuring music and/or sound effects. Libraries often consist of 10 to 50 CDs that are sold on a per use basis and incorporated into a TV show as needed so that a show producer can find a piece of music that evokes a mood or feeling to help the story. This is easier than getting a composer or band together to record original sounds, and costs less than doing that or licensing a popular song. And clearly, it works. :-)

    Someone else pointed out that the same clip was used in other Friends episodes, played as one scene changes to another. For example, it is used during the opening of episode 316, The One The Morning After, during the "Previously, on Friends" recap of the prior episode.

  • What music is playing when Chandler dances away from Monica at the end ?
    There is more than one answer to this question. In the original November 1995 broadcast of this episode, the music used was Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, from The Nutcracker, by Tchaikovsky. But somewhere along the line, different music was put in this scene. The DVD release of the episode features Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli.

    TOW The List

  • What song did Ross request on the radio ? And what song followed it ?
    Ross requested With or Without You, by U2, from the album The Joshua Tree.
    It was followed by Grant Lee Buffalo’s re-make of In My Room (available on the Friends Soundtrack album).

    Here are the lyrics to With or Without You:

    See the stone set in your eyes
    Feel the thorn twist in your side
    I wait for you
    Sleight of hand and twist of fate
    On a bed of nails she makes me wait
    And I wait....without you
    With or without you
    With or without you
    Through the storm we reach the shore
    You give it all but I want more
    And I’m waiting for you
    With or without you
    With or without you
    I can’t live
    With or without you
    And you give yourself away
    And you give yourself away
    And you give
    And you give
    And you give yourself away
    My hands are tied
    My body bruised, she’s got me with
    Nothing left to win
    And nothing else to lose
    With or without you
    With or without you
    I can’t live
    With or without you

    TOW Phoebe’s Dad

  • What christmas song played while Phoebe, Chandler, and Joey sat in the cab  ?
    That’s called "The Christmas Song." That version is sung by Nat King Cole.

    TOW The Lesbian Wedding

  • What songs were used at the wedding & reception ?
    For the wedding processional, it was a string quartet version of Trumpet Voluntary, by Jeremiah Clarke.

    Just before and while Ross danced with Susan, it was Strangers in the Night, performed by Frank Sinatra.

    The One After the Superbowl, part 2

  • What song was when Chandler left the restaurant, shielded by the bathroom-stall door ?
    L’amour est un oiseau rebelle, (Love is like a wild bird), from the opera "Carmen."

  • What song was playing while Ross spent his last day with Marcel ? And then when he said goodbye ?
    During the day’s activities, it was Looks Like We Made It, performed by Barry Manilow. Music by Richard Kerr, lyrics by Will Jennings.

    During the goodbye scene at the limo, it was a slow, thoughtful version of the chorus of "I’ll be there for you," (Yes, the Friends theme song).

    TOW The Prom Video

  • What song did Ross play on his keyboard in the prom video ?
    Axel F, by Harold Faltermeye, most common associated with the "Beverly Hill Cop" soundtrack.

    The One Where Ross & Rachel... You Know

  • What song was playing in the museum when they... you know ?
    Wicked Game, by Chris Isaak, off the album Heart Shaped World.

    Here are the lyrics:

      The world was on fire and no one could save me but you It’s strange 
      What desire will make foolish people do I never dreamed that I’d meet somebody 
      like you I never dreamed that I’d love somebody like you Chorus: I don’t wanna 
      fall in love No I don’t wanna fall in love with you 
      What a wicked game you played to make me feel this way 
      What a wicked thing to do to let me dream of you 
      What a wicked thing to say you never felt this way 
      What a wicked thing to do to make me dream of you Chorus: And I don’t wanna 
      fall in love No I don’t wanna fall in love with you I never dreamed that I’d 
      love somebody like you I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody like you Chorus: 
      No I don’t wanna fall in love No I don’t wanna fall in love Nobody else loves 
      no one 

    TOW Joey Moves Out

  • What song was playing when Chandler and Joey hugged at the end ?
    Gee, it sounded so familiar, where have I heard that song before ? Okay, the reason it sounded familiar is that it’s part of the show’s theme song, I’ll be there for you. It was played more slowly and thoughtfully, but that’s what it was.

    TOW Eddie Moves In

  • What song was playing when Chandler and Joey were looking through their windows, missing each other ?
    All By Myself, by Eric Carmen.

    TOW The Bullies

  • What song did Monica and her co-workers at the diner dance to ?
    YMCA, by The Village People.

    The One With Two Parties

  • What songs were featured in this episode ?
    Lots, and most are found on the "Friends" soundtrack. Here’s a list:

    Shoe Box, by Barenaked Ladies
    Sexuality, by K.D. Lang
    Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell (Traffic Jam Mix)
    It’s a Free World Baby, R.E.M.
    Good Intentions, Toad the Wet Sprocket
    Stain Yer Blood, Paul Westerberg

    Also: When Chandler hugged Rachel in the hallway, there was a slow instrumental version of the chorus of the Friends theme, "I’ll be there for you" playing. It sounded like it was done on electric piano.

    The One With The Chicken Pox

  • What song played Ross came into Central Perk wearing the Navy uniform ?
    That was the Main Title Theme from the movie, "An Officer and A Gentleman," starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger. It’s an excellent soundtrack.

    TOW Barry & Mindy’s Wedding

  • What songs were featured at Barry & Mindy’s wedding ?
    When the bride’s maids were called in (and Rachel’s dress was stuck in her underwear), the background music was "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," by Mozart.

    Early in the reception, "The Girl from Ipanema" was played. Later, Rachel sang, "Copa Cabana." Afterwards, Someone To Watch Over Me was performed. You can find it on Frank Sinatra’s album, "Classic Sinatra: His Great Performances 1953-1960."

    The One With The Flashback

  • What song started playing when Rachel hit the jukebox in her fantasy about Chandler ?
    Time of The Season, written by Rod Argent, performed by The Zombies (1969).

    Here are the lyrics (Thanks go to Mark):

      It’s the time of the season when love runs high In this time, give it to me 
      easy And let me try with pleasured hands To take you in the sun to promised 
      lands To show you every one It’s the time of the season for loving 
      What’s your name ? Who’s your daddy ? Is he rich like me ? Has he taken any 
      time To show you 
      What you need to live ? Tell it to me slowly Tell you 
      What I really want to know It’s the time of the season for loving (repeat 
      last stanza) 

    TOW The Race Car Bed

  • What music is Joey humming / singing in his head during the opening scene  ?
    "Baby Elephant Walk"

    TOW The Giant Poking Device

  • What song were Chandler and Phoebe singing at the end ?
    Endless Love, which is normally a duet with Lionel Richie and Diana Ross.

    The One With All the Football

  • What songs were used during the football game ?
    When they first decided to start playing "tough," the music playing was Get Ready For This by "2 Unlimited." This particular version of the song is led into by Michael Buffer’s famous line, "Let’s Get Ready to Rumble." This particular combination of the song and the Michael Buffer line can be found on the album, "Jock Jams".

    After they traded players, so it was girls against guys, and Phoebe was asking how they’re going to beat the boys, the music was Misirlou, by Dick Dale and His Deltones.

    During the slow-motion final play, the music used was The Natural, by Randy Newman, from the movie of the same name.

    TOW Rachel Quits

  • What music does everyone hum when Rachel servers her last cup of coffee ?
    "Pomp and Circumstance," by Edward Elgar. This music is used traditionally in North American school graduation ceremonies.

    TOW Chandler Can’t Remember Which Sister

  • What songs were used in this episode ?
    When the gang listened to Phoebe upstairs, returning from her date with the noisy guy who lives above them, "Girl From Ipanema" was playing in the background.

    The music as Joey’s party was "She’s a Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked) by Carl Carlton.

    TOW All the Jealousy

  • What song did Joey sing as his audition ?
    The song was "You’ve got to pick a pocket or two," from the broadway musical "Oliver."

  • What are the lyrics to the "Buttmunch" song, which Monica sent to Julio ?
    Mister Pretensous,
    you think there’s no one finer,
    but your poems are unpublished,
    and you work in a diner.
    You’re no God’s gift to women,
    that’s all in your head.
    You are just a buttmunch.
    No one likes a buttmunch.
    And you’re also bad in bed.

    TOW Ross and Rachel Take a Break

  • What song was played while Ross danced with & kissed the copy girl ?
    With or Without You, by U2.

    For the lyrics, see item .

    TOW The Hypnosis Tape

  • What song played while Monica and Pete were in Italy at the Pizza shop ?
    That’s Amore, performed by Dean Martin.

    TOA The Beach

  • What song was played while Ross decided whose door to enter - Rachel’s or Bonnie’s ?
    That was a slow piano version of the chorus of the Friends theme, "I’ll Be There For You."

    TOW The Ballroom Dancing

  • What music did Joey and Treeger dance, on the roof ?
    Night and Day, performed by Frank Sinatra.

    The One With Joey’s New Girlfriend

  • What music was playing when Joey, Chandler, and Kathy were in the club ?
    Sorry, I don’t know! But I could have sworn someone e-mailed me this information once. I guess I lost it. Anyone ?

  • What music was playing while Chandler chased Kathy down the street ?
    The theme from the original TV show, "The Mod Squad."

    TOW Joey’s Dirty Day

  • What song played at the beginning of the strip club scene ?
    It’s No Good, on Depeche Mode’s album "Ultra".

    TOW the Fake Party

  • What songs were playing at the party ?
    One of the songs (that began, "There’s dancing..." and kept repeating "45") is Brimful of Asha, by T. Singh, of the group "Cornershop", from their album When I was Born for the 7th Time.

    After that song, the next was The Impression That I Get, by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. This started about the time that Phoebe was talking to Joey about how he was making his sandwich, and then Rachel game in, in her black dress.

    After the commercial break, when Phoebe and Joey were sitting in armchairs talking about meat, and then Rachel came in wearing her cheerleader outfit, the music playing was 6th Avenue Heartache, by The Wallflowers.

    TOW all the Haste

  • What song does The Singing Man sing each morning ?
    The song is based on a Flugelhorn Instrumental piece by Chuck Mangione (Man-gee-o-nee) called "Feels So Good." The neighborly "Singing Man" presumably made up the words himself ("Morning’s here, sunshine is near...").

    Trivia: The writers of the show have mentioned Chuck Mangione in another episode. In The One At The Beach, Phoebe finds a photo on her birth-mother’s fridge that she’s convinced it her father. However, it turns out to be a photo of Chuck, to whom her birth-mother recently sold a house.

    TOW the Worst Best Man Ever

  • What song was playing while Joey remembers all the good times he had with the Duck ?
    Weekend in New England, performed by Barry Manilow, written by Randy Edelman.


    Last night, I waved goodbye, now it seems years
    I’m back in the city, where nothin’ is clear
    But thoughts of me, holdin’ you, bringin’ us near
    And tell me
    When will our eyes meet ?
    When can I touch you ?
    When will this strong yearnin’ end ?
    And when will I hold you again ?
    Time in New England, took me away
    Long rocky beaches and you by the bay
    We started a story whose end must now wait
    I feel the change comin’, I feel the wind blow
    I feel brave and daring!, I feel my blood flow, oh
    With you I could bring out all the love that I have
    With you there’s a heaven, so earth ain’t so bad

  • What song played during the closing credits, while the duck was in the bucket  ?
    The original airing of this episode did not have a closing credits scene, as a preview for the 4th season finale was used instead. But in syndication, this duck scene was used. The music is an old, traditional sailor’s tune called, "The Sailor’s Hornpipe."

    On the North American DVD release, a different scene was used: One where Monica tells Emily that her engagement ring spent 2 days in a duck’s colon.

    TOW Ross’s Wedding, part 1

  • What song played played while Joey and Chandler first started touring London  ?
    The first song used was London Calling, by The Clash.

    Several people have asked me

  • What song was used next, while Chandler and Joey toured on the double-decker bus ?
    Unfortunately, that footage was not included in the original US broadcast of this episode, so I don’t have that scene. But others have confirmed that it is Roger Miller’s England Swings.

    TOW Ross’s Wedding, part 2

  • Where can I get a the music used at Ross and Emily’s wedding ?"
    Before the wedding, when Rachel first arrive and saw Ross and Emily kissing, there was some piano music playing. I don’t know

    What that was, but one of my site visitors suggested that it sounds a lot like Yanni’s "Face in the Photograph." There is a resemblance, but it’s not close enough for me to be certain.

    As for the music used at the wedding itself: A band called The Hormones played live for this scene. While most of the wedding party walked down the aisle, their song "Tired Old Souls" was performed. One of the members of the band (Marc Carroll) has put out a solo album which contains this music. You can find a short clip at

    After "Tired Old Souls," they switch to their own arrangement of the traditional wedding march, commonly known as, "Here Comes the Bride."

  • What music was playing when homesick Joey started watching "Cheers ?"
    Okay, are you people for real ? Do you really have to ask this question ? It was the theme from Cheers, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name."

    TOW Phoebe Hates PBS

  • What music played at the end when Monica and Chandler exited the closet ?
    Pizzicati, from the ballet Sylvia, by Leo Delibes. (Thank you Jeremy!)

    TOW Ross Moves In

  • What song was played at Danny’s party ?
    Every Word Means No performed by Smash Mouth. This version of the song is on the 2nd Friends soundtrack album, Friends Again. The original song was written by Mitch Easter and Faye Hunter of "Let’s Active" and originally appeared on their EP "Afoot".

    TOW Everyone Finds Out

  • What song does Chandler put on, to which Phoebe dances seductively ?
    Makin’ a Plan by the group "Semisonic." It is not on any of their albums, but it is on one of the two CD-single releases of their song, Singing in my Sleep.

    (Semisonic also has one of their other songs on the Friends Again Soundtrack album.)

    Here are the lyrics to Making a Plan (words and music by Dan Wilson):

      Out in the land where my dreams flew around I bulldozed the trees and set my 
      feet on the ground Put a day in and a week would come out I didn’t have time 
      for doubt Then when the whole thing went down the drain I learned that the future 
      don’t always obey Now I’m afraid to get back in the pool Somehow I’d feel like 
      a fool Making a Plan Making a Plan High in the morning with climbing to do High 
      in the turrets I’m thinking of you Everybody says it’s all for the best Somehow 
      I wouldn’t have guessed Little dominions turn into dust Schemes blow away on 
      a breeze of mistrust I’m not feeling sorry for little ol’ me But I’m not about 
      to be Making a Plan Making a Plan Stop, you work your way up til you drop Down 
      down until your ears go pop 
      What were we gonna do at the top ? I forgot Now I can sit and watch the time 
      fly And I’ll feel better when time has gone by And I’ll never again be blindsided 
      by fate The future will have to wait I only have time for today As long as I 
      can delay Making a Plan A Plan Making a Plan A Plan 

    TOW The Girl Who Hits Joey

  • What songs were used at the parties ?
    When Ross had his party that no one attended, the music was The Rockafeller Skank, by Fatboy Slim, from the album, You’ve come a long way, baby.

    When Ross and Phoebe where at Howard’s party, the song (which kept repeating "You’re going to miss me, miss me, when I’m gone") was Angel and the Jerk, by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Penelope Huston. This one can be found on the "Friends Again" soundtrack.

    After Phoebe and Ross left the party and were back in Ross’s apartment, the music was "Casey Jones," by the Grateful Dead.

    TOW Rachel Smokes

  • What songs played at Rachel’s birthday party ?
    The first was Never There, from the album Prolonging The Magic, by Cake.

    The second was Jammin’ by Bob Marley.

    TOW Ross Can’t Flirt

  • What song did Chandler sing on Joey’s video tape ?
    Space Oddity by David Bowie.

    TOW the Ride Along

  • What music playing as Joey shielded Ross from the "gunshot" ?
    That’s the theme song from the 60’s cop show "Ironsides."

    TOW Joey’s Big Break

  • What song was playing as Joey drove up to the Nevada movie location ? And after production got shut down ?
    Each time it was Horse With No Name, by the group "America," on the album America.

    Here are the lyrics:

     On the first part of the journey 
     I was looking at all the life 
     There were plants and birds and rocks and things 
     There was sand and hills and rings 
     The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz 
     And the sky with no clouds 
     The heat was hot and the ground was dry 
     But the air was full of sound 
     I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name 
     It felt good to be out of the rain 
     In the desert you can remember your name 
     ’Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain 
     La, la ... 
     After two days in the desert sun 
     My skin began to turn red 
     After three days in the desert fun 
     I was looking at a river bed 
     And the story it told of a river that flowed 
     Made me sad to think it was dead 
     You see I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name 
     It felt good to be out of the rain 
     In the desert you can remember your name 
     ’Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain 
     La, la ... 
     After nine days I let the horse run free 
     ’Cause the desert had turned to sea 
     There were plants and birds and rocks and things 
     there was sand and hills and rings 
     The ocean is a desert with it’s life underground 
     And a perfect disguise above 
     Under the cities lies a heart made of ground 
     But the humans will give no love 
     You see I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name 
     It felt good to be out of the rain 
     In the desert you can remember your name 
     ’Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain 
     La, la ... 

    The One In Vegas

  • What song played when Phoebe, Chandler, and Monica first arrived in Vegas  ?
    For The Love of Money, by The O’Jays.
  • To what song did Rachel dance naked ?
    Love to Love You Baby, by Donna Summer.

  • What big "Vegas songs" and performers did they use ?
    It’s Not Unusual, Tom Jones
    Danke Schoen, Wayne Newton
    Everybody Loves Somebody, Dean Martin
    Viva, Las Vegas!, Elvis Presley

    The One After Vegas

  • What songs did Joey sing in the cab on the way back to New York ?
    When Phoebe first asked him to sing, and he was falling asleep, it was, "Rock & Roll All Nite," by Kiss. Later, when he was trying to get her to talk to him again, it was "Space Oddity," by David Bowie.

    The One On The Last Night

  • What song was playing went Chandler tried (but failed) to let Joey win at Foosball ?
    That was O Fortuna, from the cantata Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff.

  • What song played at the end, when Rachel left, leaving Monica and Chandler alone together in their apartment ?
    Hmm... you people need to listen better. That was a guitar variation on the Friends Theme Song, "I’ll be there for you."

    TOW The Routine

  • What songs were used in this episode ?
    In the "New Year’s Rockin’ Eve" scenes, there were 3 songs used:
    First, when Monica and Ross were trying to get noticed by a camera man, the song was Every Word Means No by Smash Mouth.
    Second, when Joey moved his energetic dance partner aside to go after Janine and "Tall Guy", it was I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing, originally by the Pet Shop Boys, but in this case it was a cover by Robbie Williams.
    Third, the song used during Ross and Monica’s "Routine" was Trouble With Boys, by Loreta. All three of these songs are on the 2nd Friends soundtrack album, Friends Again.

    And the song played when Joey and Janine finally got to kiss was a song called "Next Year," by Kevin Henry. The portion of "Next Year" that was used in the scene is borrowed from the traditional New Year’s song, "Auld Lang Syne." You can hear the whole song and visit the artist’s web page at

    TOW It Might Have Been, part 1

  • What music was used while fat Monica danced, during the end credits ?
    Some people may not recognize this scene, because it wasn’t present when the episode first aired. In the initial airing, both parts of the episode were presented as one hour-long episode (with credits only after part 2). In syndication (reruns), when the part 1 credits air, this scene appears. Unfortunately, I have not been able to identify that music.

    This scene was also shown during the Friend bloopers and outtakes special that aired in the US in February, 2001. In that instance, a different song was used: Shake Your Groove Thing, by "Peaches and Herb."

    TOW It Might Have Been, part 2

  • What music was playing during dinner for Monica and Dr. Roger ?
    Nocturne in E flat, Opus 9, Number 2, by Frederick Chopin.

  • What music was playing when Rachel was as Joey’s apartment (getting drunk)  ?
    That was View From the Other Side, by Duncan Sheik. This song is on the "Friends Again" soundtrack.

    The One With Unagi

  • What was the first song on Chandler’s mixed tape (Valentine gift to Monica)  ?
    The song is The Way You Look Tonight, often performed by Frank Sinatra. However, I’m told that the version used in that episode was performed by Tony Bennett. The Tony Bennett version is available on many albums, including the soundtrack from "My Best Friend’s Wedding."

    The One With Joey’s Fridge

  • What song played while Ross danced with Elizabeth on MTV ?
    Delicious, by Semisonic. This song is on the "Friends Again" soundtrack.

    The One With Mac & C.H.E.E.S.E.

  • What song played during the Joey / Chandler hug sequence ?
    "You Really Got a Hold on Me" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.

    The One Where Paul’s The Man

  • What song was Paul (Bruce Willis) singing in the mirror ?
    "Love Machine, Part II" by The Miracles.

    The One With The Proposal, part 2

  • What music was playing at the end when Chandler and Monica were dancing ?
    For the actual episode, it was Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton. It can be found on the album, Timepieces - The Best of Eric Clapton.

    It later commercials that contained this scene, the music playing was He is Everything You Want, by Veritcal Horizon.

    TOW The Holiday Armadillo

  • What music was playing at the end while they lit the candles ?
    That was Tradition, from the Broadway musical (and later the movie) "The Fiddler on the Roof."

    TOW All The Cheesecakes

  • What music was used at the Geller’s cousin’s wedding ?
    There were a couple of slower instrumentals that I didn’t recognize. But during the scene where Monica confronted her cousin for not inviting her, there was a more energetic song playing. It is Get Ready, by the group "Rare Earth."

    The One Where They All Turn Thirty

  • What music was playing at Monica’s surprise party ?
    There was more than one song used, and I’ve only found information on the first one, a swing number called, Big Time Operator, from the album "This Beautiful Life," by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

  • What music was playing at the end when Ross and Joey finally got Ross’s car out of it’s parking spot ?
    That was the theme song from the old TV show "Route 66".

    The One With Ross and Monica’s Cousin

  • What song played everytime Cassie (Denise Richards) swung her hair around  ?
    I’m Going to Love You Just a Little More, Baby, by Barry White.

    The One With Chandler’s Dad

  • What music was used in this episode ?
    In the first Vegas scene, the music was Believe, by Cher, from the album of the same name.

    Chandler’s Dad performed 2 songs: I Feel Pretty, from the musical "West Side Story," and "It’s Raining Men," which, I’m told, was originally recorded by The Weathergirls.

    In the scene where Rachel was driving the Porsche and got pulled over by a cop, it was Ride Wit Me, by Nelly, also featuring City Spud.

    The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding, Part 2

  • What music was used at the wedding ?
    While Chandler walked down the aisle (and then Ross, Phoebe, and Rachel), it was one of two things: (1) an instrumental version of Groovy Kind of Love, originally by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. Or (2)the Rondo (third movement) from Clementi’s Sonatina in G Major, which I’m told the melody of Groovy Kind of Love is based on.

    Monica’s walk down the aisle was to an instrumental version of My Love, originally by Paul McCartney and Wings.

    After the ceremony finished, during the last few shots while Chandler and Monica discussed "the baby," it was an instrumental of Everlong, by The Foo Fighters. I’ve been challenged on that, but I think it is a match. The rhythm and the melody used in the show matches the part of Everlong where the lyrics say, "If everything could ever feel this way forever, If anything could ever be this good again."

    The exact instrumentals used in the show may not be available. However, the instrumental of My Love is similar to an arrangement on the album, "Working Classical."
    And there is a string quartet version of the Foo Fighters’ "Everlong" on an album called "String Quartet Tribute to Foo Fighters," through Vitamin Records.

    In NBC’s commercials, advertising the episodes of season 8,

  • What song was playing ?
    Throughout the season, the song most often used in the promos was Only Time, by Enya. It is on the album, "Day Without Rain."

    The One With Rachel’s Date

  • What song played as Rachel entered the coffee shop and saw Ross with Mona  ?
    It sounds like the intro to Closing Time by Semisonic, which is from the Album "Feeling Strangely Fine."

    The One With The Stripper

  • What music played while Monica stripped ?
    Let Me Blow Ya Mind, by Eve (also featuring Gwen Stefani). It’s on Eve’s album, "Scorpion."

    The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath

  • What music played when Chandler was relaxing in the tub ?
    Only Time, by Enya. It is on the album, "Day Without Rain."

    The One With The Secret Closet

  • What music did Chandler do when he discovered the contents of the closet ?
    The theme from the old TV show Sanford and Son. Fred Sanford was a junk salvage man.

    The One With The Birthing Video

  • What music played as Chandler entered the apartment, just before finding the video ?
    Fallin’, by Alicia Keys.

    The One Where Rachel Has a Baby, part 2

  • What music played after Rachel finally gave birth ?
    River of Tears, by Eric Clapton.

  • What music played when Joey found the ring at the end ?
    Sign on the Window, by Bob Dylan, from the album "New Morning."

    In NBC’s promos for season 9,

  • What song was playing ?
    Well, I’ve seen 3 different promos with 3 different songs. One promo showed Ross in the elevator and Rachel saying, "okay," to Joey, and a song whose lyrics included " your heart." That is Let My Love Open The Door by Pete Townshend. You can also find that song on the Mr. Deeds Soundtrack.

    Another promo was for the whole NBC comedy line-up, and the song included the lyrics "Come along now, come along with me." This one is Come Along by Titiyo. There’s a link to a clip for that song on this page.

    The third promo just had instrumental music, and I didn’t recognize it.

    The One Where No One Proposes

  • What music was used in the opening ?
    The first few moments of episode 901 were a replay of the final scene of episode 824. However, different music was used. I haven’t been able to identify it. Someone suggested it was "TwentyFourSeven," by Artful Dodger, featuring Mel Blatt. At first I thought that was right, but upon closer comparison, it doesn’t seem to be a match.

    The One With The Male Nanny

  • What did the nanny play on his recorder (woodwind instrument) ?
    The music was "Greensleaves," also used for the Christmas carol, "What Child is This."

    The One With The Inappropriate Song

  • What was the inappropriate song ?
    "Baby Got Back," by Sir Mix-A-Lot.

    The One With Christmas in Tulsa

  • What music played while Phoebe recited "Twas the Night Before Christmas ?"
    It’s a traditional Christmas carol, "We Three Kings of Orient Are." It sounded like an instrumental version, played on a harp.

    The One With Phoebe’s Rats

  • What songs where used ?
    "What Reason" by Deckard was used as the party music at the beginning of the episode. Monica and Rachel discuss an old boyfriend while making cocktails. Rachel then opens a shoe box she thinks is a present, which actually contains Phoebe’s rat babies.

    I don’t know what music was at the end when Rachel kissed Gavin.

    The One Where Monica Sings

  • What songs where sung at the piano bar ?
    Phoebe sang "We are the Champions," by Queen. Monica sang Helen Reddy’s "Delta Dawn," and the Pointer Sisters’, "I’m So Excited." Chandler sang, "Joy to the World" (aka "Jeremiah was a bullfrog.") It was made famous by the group "Three Dog Night" in 1971.

    The One With The Soap Opera Party

  • What song played at the end of Joey’s party, when Rachel found him kissing Charlie ?
    "Thrown Down," by Fleetwood Mac.

    The One In Barbados

  • What music played at the end, when Joey kissed Rachel ?
    It’s "Untitled" by Interpol, from their album, "Turn on the Bright Lights."

    Thanks to the people who emailed that information to me.

    Promo songs

  • In NBC’s announcement of season 10 and montage of past seasons, what music was used ?
    There was a lot of different music used in this. It’s probably easiest to list them in order of appearance, based on the various titled sections from the promo:

    During Joey’s section, The Who’s "Won’t Get Fooled Again" was used.

    For Phoebe, it was Peter Gabriel’s "Solsbury Hill."

    For Monica and Chandler:
    - An as-yet-unidentified instrumental. (Someone suggested this was the Forrest Gump Theme. I checked on that... it’s similar, but not an actual match.) - "Escape" by Enrique Iglesias.
    - Bruce Springsteen’s "Secret Garden."

    For Ross and Rachel:
    - Finished off the "Secret Garden" clip.
    - "I’m With You," by Avril Lavigne.

    For "The Twist:"
    - More of "I’m With You," by Avril Lavigne.

    And "This Year:"
    "The Power of Goodbye" by Madonna.

    Someone told me that in another Season 10 promo, "Waiting for You" by Seal was used. I didn’t catch that promo, so I can’t confirm or deny that.

  • In NBC’s promos for the second half of season 10, what music was used ?
    Liz Phair’s song, "Why Can’t I" has been featured in late January / early February promos.

  • In NBC’s promos for Phoebe’s wedding, what music was used ?
    "If You’re Not The One," by Daniel Bedingfield. There’s a press release at and you can hear the song there as well.

  • In the theatre promo for the Finale, What was the final song that said, "Goodbye"  ?
    It’s "Goodbye" by Plankeye.

  • In the promos for the final 3 episode, What song is used ?
    The slow, haunting song with the female vocalist is "My Immortal" by Evanescence. You can get the single with 3 versions of the song plus another called "Haunted," or the whole album, Fallen.

    Someone also told me that Fleetwood Mac’s "Goodbye Baby" was used in a promo. The vocals of that song are performed by Stevie Nicks.

    The One With The Birth Mother

  • What music played while Joey’s date took his fries ?
    Part of the theme from the original "Twighlight Zone" TV series.

    The One Where The Stripper Cries

  • What music was used ?
    Good episode, musically!

    There were several background songs that I didn’t necessarily recognize (like at Ross and Chandler’s alumni gathering) but plenty of others that were easily recognizable:

    The first song that Danny Devito used for his striptease was Soft Cell’s "Tainted Love." That song is originally by Gloria Jones in 1964 but made famous by Soft Cell in 1981. About a dozen other artists have done covers as well.

    The second song used by the stipper was the 1978 song "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," by Sylvester.

    The first party scene at Ross and Chandler’s college featured the 80’s hit, "Der Kommisar," recorded in the US in 1982 by After the Fire. The song was originally written and performed that same year by the Austrian singer, Falco.

    The next song used at the 1987 party was "Funkytown," by Lipps, Inc.

    The song while Fat Monica danced during the end credits (while still at the 1987 college party) was "Disco Inferno," by The Trammps.

    The One With Phoebe’s Wedding

  • What music was played on steel drums at the wedding ?
    The first was "Can’t Help Falling in Love," made famous by Elvis Presley in the movie "Blue Hawaii."

    The second one was the Beatles’, "Here, There, and Everywhere."

    Clip Show - The One Before The Last One

  • Tell me all the music that was used !
    Okay... I’ll try... here goes:

    The clip show opened with "Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression Pt 2" by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. "Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend, Come Inside, Come Inside."

    The "Fun & Games" section opened with "Rock & Roll, Pt. 2" by Gary Glitter. Then, during the football sequence, they used "Get Ready For This," by 2 Unlimited. Later, when Ross played the bag-pipes, he was attempting to play "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang.

    Phoebe’s section opened with an upbeat song with female vocals, but I couldn’t identify it. Does anyone know this one ?

    For Chandler, the song was "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind.

    "The Boys" featured "The Rockafeller Skank," by Fatboy Slim. That was also used at Ross’s party in episode 5.15, The One With the Girl Who Hits Joey.

    Monica’s sequence gave us "Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong," by The Spin Doctors. Then when she and Ross were dancing their routine, the music was "Trouble With Boys," by Loreta.

    Ross’s montage used a great bit of swing music. I’m not sure what it was, but it reminded me of "Undecided," which I believe was composed by Charlie Shavers. But I’ve also seen the names "Grapelli and Reinhardt" associated with that song. It normally features the lyrics, "First you say you will, and then you won’t. And then you say you do, and then you don’t. You’re undecided now, so what are you gonna do ?" That would seem to fit Ross’s character, especially his relationship with Rachel. Does anyone else have a better idea of What this music was ?

    "The Girls," showcased Cyndi Lauper’s "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

    Rachel’s section opened with "There She Goes," this version performed by The LA’s.

    Joey’s sequence used "Smooth" by Santana, featuring Rob Thomas.

    "Friends and Lovers" began with "Wicked Game," by Chris Isaak. Later in that same section, "The Reason" by Hoobastank was used. Oddly, the Closed Captions for the episode incorrectly said it was "Times Like These" by Foo Fighters.

    After the brief interviews, the final montage featured U2’s "Walk On."

    During the credits, the opening scene from The One With the Dozen Lasagnas (episode 12) was used, with the gang in the coffee house doing the theme from "The Odd Couple."

    The Last One, parts 1 & 2

  • What music was used ?

    Part 1

    During the "Previously, on Friends" opening, when the previous episode’s kiss between Ross and Rachel was shown, there was some nice instrumental music, guitar and piano. Does anyone know what that was ?

    Some people have asked what music was used when Rachel left Monica’s apartment to go to the airport. But there was no music played at that point.

    Part 2

    When Ross was at JFK airport and found out that Rachel was a Newark airport, the guitar music was "Yellow Ledbetter" by Pearl Jam. This music continued while the scene changed to Newark airport and showed Rachel boarding at her gate.

    Some people have asked what music was used when Ross (now at Newark airport) asked Rachel to stay, but she leaves anyway. There was no music played at that point.

    When Rachel came back from the airport and Ross made the comment to himself, "Don’t make jokes now," followed by another kiss, the music used was the same studio library music that was used when Ross and Rachel had their first meaningful kiss at the end of episode 2.07.

    The guitar music at the end of the show, when everyone left Monica’s apartment to get coffee, was "Embryonic Journey" by Jefferson Airplane.

  • Tonight Show - During the video of the set being taken down, what music was used ?
    Regarding the guitar music and lyrics, "I wanna stay:" Jay Leno introduced the piece saying that it "featured music by one of their own, set dresser Greg Bruha." (My apologies if I misspelled the name.)

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