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10 Iconic Music Moments From Friends

I bet we’re not the only ones who got over-excited when the rumour leaked this month that our favourite now 40-somethings would be making a comeback for a Friends reunion in 2014.

Alas, it turns out this was an internet “truth” that wasn’t actually true at all – refuted on the Ellen Degeneres show by Jennifer Aniston, on Twitter by Matthew Perry and confirmed to E! News by series co-creator Marta Kauffman.

So it’s back to reruns and DVDs – it’s official.

We’re all about friends and music, though….so that’s what this post is about – here are our picks of 10 iconic music moments from Friends (TV Series 1994–2004):

1. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts

We couldn’t start this post without it – instant recognition, immediate association and a joyful chance to clap along, it is, of course, the tune that soundtracks the opening credits, “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts.

And “D.O.A” stands for “Dead On Arrival”…no shame in having had to look that up at some point over the 10 years…:

2. Chrissie Hynde – Angel of the Morning
(2.06 TOW The Baby On The Bus)

First of 3 moments from Season 2 – Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde makes a guest appearance in this episode as Stephanie, the “paid professional” replacing Phoebe as musical entertainer at Central Perk.

We were going to post Phoebe’s contemptuous ode to Stephanie but here’s Chrissie Hynde singing “Angel of the Morning” instead. What do you think – better than the album version?:

3. With or Without You – U2
(2.07 TOW Ross Finds Out)

Or is it…?
The producers wanted to use this track to backdrop Ross and Rachel’s kiss but didn’t manage to clear the rights in time! So the music heard in the episode is actually a sound-alike. The show’s makers were still set on the idea of the original though, and it features in 2.08 TOW The List and 3.15 TOW Ross and Rachel Take a Break.

4. Grant Lee Buffalo – In My Room (re-make)
(2.08 TOW The List)

Ross requests U2’s “With or Without You” on the radio to try and ignite memories of his and Rachel’s first kiss in a bid to ask for her forgiveness over that infamous list…but the radio presenter cuts the track when Rachel calls in tell her what happened. Grant Lee Buffalo’s re-make of “In My Room” takes its place.

Originally written for and performed by The Beach Boys, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999!

5. Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
(3.08 TOW The Giant Poking Device)

Who hasn’t thought about creating a giant poking device since watching this episode? Ugly Naked Guy’s still alive!! This is the Chandler/Phoebe duet at the end of the episode. Beautiful:

6. The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett
(6.17 TOW Unagi)

DANGER!! Sushi or Martial Art? While Ross tries to convince Rachel & Phoebe of the futility of self-defence without Unagi – total awareness – Chandler tries to pass off an old birthday mixtape from Janice as a personal and romantic valentine’s gift for Monica.

7. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
(6.25 TOW The Proposal, Part 2)

Waiting for it to happen, almost didn’t happen, then it happened – they get the music right this time with Eric Clapton providing the perfect slowdance soundtrack. He proposed, she said ‘Yes!”.

8. Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back
(9.07 TOW Ross’ Inappropriate Song)

Peek-a-boo? Jangling keys? Animal noises? Or…rap lyrics. Ross and Rachel discover the only way to make Emma laugh is with this song.

9. Jefferson Airplane – Embryonic Journey
(10.18 The Last One, Part 2)

All good things come to an end….and this is the track that played out the final scene of 10 years, the final moments of one of the most iconic and memorable buddy-sitcoms ever written, acted and made.

But what about Smelly Cat???!!! Moment 10 is actually 3 moments:

10. The Best of Smelly Cat

Still holding out for a reunion….

9/10 songs on Spotify here: Friends – Iconic Music Moments