Category:Songs about friendship
A list of songs about friendship.
Pages in category "Songs about friendship"
The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
A list of songs about friendship.
The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Friendship – Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people. Friendship is a form of interpersonal bond than an association. Friendship has been studied in fields such as communication, sociology, social psychology, anthropology. Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed, including social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, a World Happiness Database study found that people with close friendships are happier. Although there are forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place. While there is no limit on what types of people can form a friendship, friends tend to share common backgrounds, occupations. In the typical sequence of an individuals emotional development, friendships come after parental bonding, the absence of friends can be emotionally damaging. The evolutionary psychology approach to development has led to the theory of Dunbars number. He theorized that there is a limit of approximately 150 people with whom a human can maintain stable social relationships, in childhood, friendships are often based on the sharing of toys, and the enjoyment received from performing activities together. These friendships are maintained through affection, sharing, and creative playtime and they begin to see their friends points of view, and enjoy playing in groups. They also experience peer rejection as they move through the middle childhood years, establishing good friendships at a young age helps a child to be better acclimated in society later on in their life. In a 1975 study, Bigelow and La Gaipa found that expectations for a best friend become increasingly complex as a child gets older, the study investigated such criteria in a sample of 480 children between the ages of six and fourteen. Their findings highlighted three stages of development in friendship expectations, in the first stage, children emphasized shared activities and the importance of geographical closeness. In the second, they emphasized sharing, loyalty, and commitment, in the final stage, they increasingly desired similar attitudes, values, and interests. High-quality friendships have often assumed to have positive effects on many aspects of childrens social development. Perceived benefits from such friendships include enhanced social success, but they apparently do not include an effect on childrens general self-esteem, numerous studies with adults suggest that friendships and other supportive relationships do enhance self-esteem. Other potential benefits of friendship include the opportunity to learn about empathy, coaching from parents can be useful in helping children to make friends. Eileen Kennedy-Moore describes three key ingredients of childrens friendship formation, openness, similarity, and shared fun, parents can also help children understand social guidelines they havent learned on their own
2. Alte Kameraden – Alte Kameraden is the title of a popular German military march. It is included in the Armeemarschsammlung as HM II,150, the march was written around 1889 in Ulm, Germany, by military music composer Carl Teike. Teike wrote many pieces for the band of Grenadier-Regiment König Karl No.123. When bringing his newly composed march to the regiment, the Kapellmeister Oelte simply told him, Weve got plenty enough of musical marches and this episode eventually led to Teike taking his leave of the band and naming the march as Alte Kameraden. Teike later worked as an officer but also kept on composing military marches. Alte Kameraden, Scores at the International Music Score Library Project Alte Kameraden on YouTube Carl Teike on Victor Records
3. Andy mein Freund – Andy mein Freund is the debut single by German singer Sandra. It was released in 1976 as a single in Germany only. The single, however, performed poorly on the charts dominated by disco mania, the title translates Andy My Friend. As a B-side another German-language song was used, Ich bin noch ein Kind, Andy mein Freund -3,53 Ich bin noch ein Kind -3,55
4. Anytime You Need a Friend – Anytime You Need a Friend is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. The song was written and produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, for her studio album. It was released on May 31,1994 through Columbia Records, as the fourth, the song is influenced by pop, R&B and gospel music genres. While the album focused heavily on pop oriented and radio friendly material, Anytime You Need a Friend deviated from the formula, lyrically, the songs protagonist tells her love interest that anytime he may need a friend, she will be there unconditionally for him. Throughout the songs bridge and climax, critics noted the lyrics altering from those of a friend, to those of a lover. The song was received by contemporary music critics, many of which praised Careys large spanning vocal range. Aside from its acceptance, the song achieved strong worldwide chart positions and peaked at number twelve on the US Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, it peaked at five in Canada and topped the singles charts in Finland. The song attained a top-twenty peak position in Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, additionally, the song served as a closing number on Careys Music Box and Daydream World Tours, and was featured on her compilation albums, Greatest Hits and The Ballads. The songs music video was filmed by Danielle Federici, in New York during the summer of 1994, the video was filmed in black-and-white fashion, and features Careys first image makeover, where she appears with a straightened hairstyle for the first time in her career. As the video progresses, the child and man are befriended after brief interludes, the songs C+C remix also features its own music video, displaying behind the scenes footage of Carey and her staff enjoying themselves during the original videos filming. For her third studio effort, Columbia Records decided to market Carey in a fashion to that of her debut, only having her produce a more commercial. Their plans were to tone down Careys vocals, and soften the albums production, agreeing to the change, Carey and Afanasieff began writing and recording material for her third studio effort, Music Box. On the albums first track Dreamlover, Carey worked with Dave Hall throughout the entire production. In order to help some of the songs arrangements, Mottola enrolled the help of Walter Afanasieff. Music Box received mixed response from contemporary critics, who suggested that in lowering Careys vocal bombast, her energy level decreased. Anytime You Need a Friend is a song which draws influence from pop, R&B. It has a sequence of Am/C–Bm7–E7/G♯–Am as its chord progression, Careys vocals in the song span over three octaves, from the low note of an E3 to the high note of a B♭6
5. Best Friend (Brandy song) – Best Friend is a dance song with urban and R&B influences by American singer Brandy. It was written by Keith Crouch, and Glenn McKinney and produced by Krouch for her debut studio album. The song released as the third single in June 1995. With peak positions of number 11 in New Zealand and number 34 on the US Billboard Hot 100 the song was moderately successful, however, Best Friend peaked at number 7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song was featured on her hit series Moesha where she. Hence the title of the song, the song was dedicated to her brother Ray J. Brandy performed the song on Soul Train and Showtime at the Apollo in October 1995. In his review for Billboard, Larry Flick wrote, Brandys cachet as one of the freshest young talents to emerge in recent memory continues to increase, at all times, Brandys sweet and girlishly soulful delivery is center stage – as is the songs wickedly infectious hook. These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of Best Friend
6. Can We Still Be Friends – Can We Still Be Friends is a song written and originally performed by Todd Rundgren. Todd Rundgren released his version on his 1978 album Hermit of Mink Hollow and this was the only hit single on the album, reaching #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. The lyrics describe a relationship to which Rundgren and the woman to whom he is singing have given great effort, Rundgren explains this, but wishes to part amicably, asking several times if he and his partner can still be friends. The song is assumed to be about Rundgrens breakup with long-time companion Bebe Buell in 1977. Rundgren played all the instruments and performed all the vocals on the track, in 1994, this song made a prominent appearance in the movie Dumb and Dumber. It also appears on the soundtrack for the 2001 film Vanilla Sky, in 1979, Can We Still Be Friends became a hit again when Robert Palmer recorded a version for his album Secrets. Rod Stewart recorded this song as a track for his 1984 album Camouflage and this version is performed at a faster tempo than Rundgrens and Palmers versions and features more prominent use of the synthesizer. Mandy Moore recorded it on her 2003 album Coverage, which is composed entirely of remakes, kate Markowitz recorded it on her album Map of the World. Colin Blunstone recorded a version on his 1979 album Late Nights in Soho Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
7. Count On Me (Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans song) – Count on Me is a duet by American recording artists Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans. It is a song about leaning on a friend for support when needed. Released in early 1996, the song was the single from the soundtrack album of the motion picture Waiting to Exhale. Became Winans highest position reached on the US Hot 100 as the single reached the top ten and it was certified gold in the US. Chicago Tribune editor Greg Kot wrote that the soul is present on this song, allmusic editor Craig Lytle praised, She teams with Cece Winans on the inspirational duet Count on Me, and both accomplished singers raise all hopes with their comforting vocals. The music video for the song features Houston and Winans giving a concert performance, the Count on Me music video peaked at number one on music channels BET, MTV, and VH1. On a Valentines Day episode of Sister Sister, the three actors, Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry and Marques Houston, sing the song at a karaoke bar. They sing the first two verses and the chorus
8. Friend Like Me – Friend Like Me is a song from the 1992 Disney film Aladdin. It was performed by Robin Williams in his role as the Genie, the song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 65th Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 50th Golden Globe Awards in 1993. The song was designed as a Cab Calloway-style big band number. After Robin Williams was cast, it was retooled as a more comedic, screenCrush explains that remnants of the previous version of the film can be seen in this sequence, Aladdins original design was younger, more cartoony, and loosely based on actor Michael J. Fox. But Jeffrey Katzenberg wanted the design changed, fearing that Aladdin wasnt a suitable leading man for the beautiful Jasmine, so Aladdins design was reworked to be less Michael J. Fox and more Tom Cruise. However, animation on the movie had started, so you can see traces of the old Aladdin design during Friend Like Me. Spirituality and Practice describes it as the big number of the film. In a review of the Broadway version of the film, BuzzFeed wrote the seven-and-a-half minute “Friend Like Me” is easily this season’s best production number, and a jaw-dropping athletic feat. NewYork. com wrote Rarely does a production number receive an ovation in the middle of a show. In 1995, Alvin and the Chipmunks recorded a cover of the song for their Disney-themed concept album When You Wish Upon a Chipmunk, the dance scored a total of 28 from the four judges
9. Friends Will Be Friends – Friends Will Be Friends is a song performed by Queen and written by Freddie Mercury and John Deacon, included on the album A Kind of Magic. It was the bands 30th single in the UK upon its release on 9 June 1986, Friends Will Be Friends was performed live on The Magic Tour. It is remarkable in that it was the first and only song that was sung at the end of concerts between We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions since the News of the World Tour in 1977. The song was included in various greatest hits compilations by Queen such as Greatest Hits II, Greatest Flix II, the songs key signature is G major, and makes heavy use of Brian Mays melodic guitar playing style. The song was debuted on the show of the Magic Tour. Queen played the version of the song for the first two Leiden shows then the arrangement was shortened on June 14. The shorter version is featured on the Live At Wembley Stadium release, on all live versions, the key was lowered a full step. The video was directed by DoRo and filmed at JVC Studios, Wembley in May 1986 and features the band performing the song in front of fan club members
10. Graduation (Friends Forever) – Graduation is a single by American pop singer Vitamin C released in 2000 through Elektra Entertainment. It was the single from her debut studio album, Vitamin C. The song is known for being played at high school graduations and at some middle school. The opening lyrics of Graduation allude to All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople, the song is heavily based on Pachelbels Canon in D, transposed to the key of C major, and also includes the opening of Beethovens Piano Sonata No.30. Some radio stations played a version, which features clips of students talking about graduation dispersed through the song. After the song became popular, the album was reissued in United States to include both versions, with the Student Interview Mix being a hidden track, the single was certified Platinum in Australia. The music video for Graduation was directed by Gregory Dark and was filmed at Van Nuys High School, the video is featured in the DirecTV original show Rock and a Hard Place. Was featured during the car scene in the movie Scary Movie 2, in the scene, the main character Cindy is driving to Hell House while the song is playing the radio. She starts singing along until midway through she is interrupted by Vitamin C herself who tells her to stop it, the song was covered by T-Squad on their only album T-Squad. Good Riddance by Green Day All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople
11. Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) – Headlines is a song performed by British girl group Spice Girls for their greatest hits album Greatest Hits. It was written by the Spice Girls, Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe and it was released as the only single from the album on 5 November 2007, by Virgin Records. The song was the first commercial release to feature the groups original lineup since Geri Halliwell left in 1998. It was also the official Children in Need single of 2007, Headlines is a midtempo ballad song, which lyrically talks about the group reuniting, and about their friendship throughout two decades together. The song received mixed reviews from music critics, with some calling it a classic from the group. Headlines was a success worldwide, peaking at number eleven on the UK singles chart, becoming the groups first single not to peak inside the top ten. However, it reached the top-ten in Italy, Scotland, Spain, an accompanying music video for Headlines was directed by Anthony Mandler at Pinewood Studios and premiered in early November 2007. The video depicts the girls in a room, with plum colored walls and antique furniture. The plan of a Spice Girls reunion was first confirmed by Mel B in June 2005 and she stated, Well get back together because we all want to. I know everyone is up for it, there is going to be a greatest hits album and weve got loads of new songs that nobody has heard yet. On 28 June 2007, the group held a conference at The O2 Arena revealing their intention to reunite. During the conference, the group confirmed their intention to embark upon a worldwide concert tour, I want to be a Spice Girl again. Geri Halliwell described the single as a big song and a Spice Girl classic. She would later say Headlines grew on me, it came in to its own when we toured it. Headlines was written by the Spice Girls, along with Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe, musically, Headlines is a midtempo ballad. It is written in the key of C♯ minor, and moves at a tempo of 76 beats per minute. Lyrically, it talks about the group reuniting, mainly talking about their friendship throughout two decades together and they sing, Lets make the headlines/loud and true/I wanna tell the world Im giving it all to you/Lets make the headlines/loud and clear/the best things only happen when you are near. The song is built around guitar, syncopated rhythms
12. I Could Be So Good For You (Minder theme song) – Minder is a British comedy-drama about the London criminal underworld. Initially produced by Verity Lambert, it was made by Euston Films, the series is principally set in inner West London, and was largely responsible for putting the word minder, meaning personal bodyguard, into the UK popular lexicon. The characters often drank at the local members-only Winchester Club, where owner and barman Dave acted, often unwillingly, as a machine for Arthur. The series was notable for using a range of leading British actors, as well as many up-and-coming performers before they hit the big time, at its peak it was one of ITVs biggest ratings winners. In 2008, it was announced that Minder would go into production for broadcast in 2009 for a new version, the new show focused on Arthurs nephew Archie, played by Shane Richie. The series began broadcast on 4 February 2009, in 2010, it was announced that no further episodes would be made following lukewarm reception to the first series. Minder was devised by writer Leon Griffiths as a vehicle for Dennis Waterman after his success in The Sweeney, George Coles wheeler-dealer character is almost secondary, with Arthur assigning Terry a new minding job in each episode. A number of early focus on Terry in such assignments. Despite its eventual success, Minder was a burner, not helped by being delayed by a nine-week technicians strike which effectively blacked out the ITV network. Both attracted much larger audiences and by series 3, the show had become a major hit, Terry is a former professional boxer who has served time in prison, having served a substantial term because he would not become an informant against his co-accused. In the title sequence, Arthur is shown meeting Terry at the prison following his release. Terry enjoys a drink but usually responsibly, does not smoke and has an eye for the ladies, despite his incarceration, he is honest, trustworthy and loyal, particularly to Arthur, although the scrapes that Arthur lands him in make him wonder why. Arthur is a professional criminal of rather mature years, a minor con man eternally involved in dodgy dealings. In the series 3 episode In, we discover from a German police officer reading Arthurs file that Arthur served 18 months in prison during the 1950s and it is revealed in the episode The Balance of Power that Arthurs middle name is Edward. Arthur typically drives a car, beginning with a silver Jaguar XJ64.2 Series II. In the latter part of Series 3, Arthur has changed over to a silver Mercedes 280E, Series 7 again sees Arthur driving a silver Jaguar XJ6. As a used-car salesman, it is not surprising that Arthur occasionally makes use of other cars, in the Series 3 episode Broken Arrow, he uses a Ford Granada Mk. II. However, due to an accident, this car has to go in for repair, also in Series 3, Arthur uses a brown Jaguar XJR in the episodes Dead Men Do Tell Tales and Looking for Micky
13. Ich hatt' einen Kameraden – Der gute Kamerad, also known by its incipit as Ich hatt einen Kameraden is a traditional lament of the German Armed Forces. The text was written by German poet Ludwig Uhland in 1809 and its immediate inspiration was the deployment of Badener troops against the Tyrolean Rebellion. In 1825, the composer Friedrich Silcher set it to music, the Good Comrade still plays an important ceremonial role in the German Armed Forces and is an integral part of a military funeral, continuing a tradition started at some point around 1871. The song has become traditional in obsequies of the Military of Austria, the Austrian firebrigades. It is also used to some degree in the French Army, when the song is played, soldiers are to salute, an honour otherwise reserved for national anthems only. Occasionally the song is played at ceremonies, most often when the deceased had been affiliated with the military. It is also sung at the funerals of members of a Studentenverbindung. Finally, the song is played on Volkstrauertag, the German Remembrance Day. The above text is Uhlands original version, various variants have been recorded over the years. Heyman Steinthal in an 1880 article in Zeitschrift für Völkerpsychologie noted a variant he heard sung by a housemaid, a Berber language translation has been written by Ait-Amrane Mohamed in 1947 in tribute to a friend of his who had died. The Berber text was made famous by the Algerian kabyle singer Idir during the seventies, a slightly different text was also used by another famous Algerian singer called Ferhat Imazighen imula. The tune is used for the eponymous Spanish Civil War song about the death of Hans Beimler. German playwright Carl Zuckmayer in 1966 used the songs line Als wärs ein Stück von mir as the title for his hugely successful autobiography, kurt Oesterle Die heimliche deutsche Hymne, Schwäbisches Tagblatt 15 November 1997 Uli Otto, Eginhard König, Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden…, Mainz 1999
14. Say You'll Be There – Say Youll Be There is a song by English girl group Spice Girls. It was co-written by the Spice Girls with Jonathan Buck and Eliot Kennedy, production duo Absolute incorporated a mix of pop and R&B into the song, which includes a harmonica solo, played by Judd Lander. The song has also covered by Danish singer-songwriter MØ which also gained popularity. The music video was inspired by the films Faster, Pussycat, kill. and Pulp Fiction, and features the group as a band of female techno-warriors, who use martial arts and high-tech ninja-influenced weapons to capture a hapless male. It includes symbols of male disempowerment, and serves as an example of solidarity and it received positive reactions from fans and was nominated for numerous awards including the 1996 Smash Hits. Awards, the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, and the 1997 BRIT Awards, released as the albums second single on 14 October 1996, it became their second number-one single in the United Kingdom, and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. It was a success across Europe, reaching the top ten in most of the charts that it entered. In October 1994, the Spice Girls began touring management agencies in order to present demos and they felt insecure about the lack of a contract and were frustrated by the direction in which Heart Management was steering them. Due to the large interest in the group, the Herberts quickly set about creating a contract for them. Encouraged by the reaction they had received at the showcase, all five members delayed signing contracts on the advice from, amongst others, Victoria Beckhams father. In March 1995, because of the frustration at their managements unwillingness to listen to their visions and ideas. In order to ensure they kept control of their own work, the next week they were supposed to meet with Sheffield-based producer Eliot Kennedy. The Herberts arranged the session weeks before the groups departure, without access to Herberts address book, the group knew nothing of Kennedys whereabouts other than he lived in Sheffield. That evening they went to his house and persuaded him to work with them, Kennedy commented about the session, None of them played instruments, so I was left to do the music and get that vibe together. What I said to them was, Look, Ive got a chorus—check this out, and Id sing them the chorus and the melody—no lyrics or anything—and straight away five pencils and pads came out and they were throwing lines at us. Ten minutes later the song was written, then you go through and refine it. Then later, as you were recording it you might change a few thing here and there, but pretty much it was a real quick process. They were confident in what they were doing, throwing it out there, the group stayed at Kennedys house for the most part of the week
15. With a Little Help from My Friends – With a Little Help from My Friends is a song by the Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, from the album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band issued worldwide in June 1967, the song was written for and sung by the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr as the character Billy Shears. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and featuring A Day in the Life as its B-side, was reissued as a single in the U. S. in August 1978 and in the U. K. in September 1978. With a Little Help from My Friends was ranked No.311 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, Lennon and McCartney finished writing this song in mid-March 1967, written specifically as Starrs track for the album. McCartney said, It was pretty much co-written, John and I doing a song for Ringo. In 1970 Lennon stated, Paul had the line about a little help from my friends and he had some kind of structure for it, and we wrote it pretty well fifty-fifty from his original idea. But in 1980 Lennon said, This is Paul, with a help from me. What do you see when you turn out the light/ I cant tell you and it was briefly called Bad Finger Boogie, supposedly because Lennon composed the melody on a piano using his middle finger after having hurt his forefinger. Lennon and McCartney deliberately wrote a tune with a limited range – except for the last note, speaking in the Anthology, Starr insisted on changing the first line which originally was What would you think if I sang out of tune. Would you throw ripe tomatoes at me and he changed the lyric so that fans would not throw tomatoes at him should he perform it live. The songs composition is well documented as Hunter Davies was present. The song is partly in the form of a conversation in which the other three Beatles sing a question — e. g, would you believe in a love at first sight. Where Starr answers, Yes, Im certain that it all the time. The Beatles began recording the song on 29 March 1967, the day before they posed for the Sgt and they recorded 10 takes of the song, wrapping up sessions at 5,45 in the morning. The backing track consisted of Starr on drums, McCartney playing piano, Harrison playing lead guitar and Lennon beating a cowbell. At dawn, Starr trudged up the stairs to head home – but the other Beatles cajoled him into doing his lead vocal then and there, the following day they added tambourine, backing vocals, bass and more electric guitar. After he is singing, Starr tells the audience Peace and love. peace and love is the only way. and good night. Since 2008, the band segued right into Give Peace a Chance, during which Starr comes back onstage, Starr performed the song with George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Elton John at the 1987 Princes Trust Concert at Wembley Arena, London
16. You're My Best Friend (Queen song) – Youre My Best Friend is a song by the British rock band Queen, written by bass guitarist John Deacon. It was originally included on the album A Night at the Opera in 1975, in the US, Youre My Best Friend went to number sixteen. The song also appeared on the Live Killers live album and on the compilation albums Greatest Hits, Absolute Greatest, Deacon wrote the song for his wife, Veronica Tetzlaff. In this song, he plays a Wurlitzer electric piano in addition to his bass guitar work, the characteristic bark of the Wurlitzers bass notes plays a prominent role in the song. During live performances, the band used a grand piano rather than an electric and it appears in a 2016 TV commercial for PetSmart. The music video, directed by Bruce Gowers, shows the band in a ballroom surrounded by over one thousand candles. The video was filmed in April 1976 at Elstree Studios, London, additionally, Deacon is seen playing a grand piano rather than the Wurlitzer he used on the recording. The song was composed by John Deacon in the key of C major with a meter of 4/4, the album A Night at the Opera features songs of numerous styles including this three-minute pop song. Very unusually for the genre there is no section appearing more than twice, on the other hand, in terms of phrases and measures, there are numerous repetitions or variants. The form is cyclic and very similar to that of Spread Your Wings, another similarity between the two songs is the lack of modulation. The arrangement features 3 and 4-part vocal and guitar harmonies, bass, drums and this is Deacons second recorded song and the first one released on single, some six months after the album-release. Mercurys lead vocal features lot of special effects, Mercury hits two sustained C5s in the lead vocal track
17. You've Got a Friend – Youve Got a Friend is a 1971 song written by Carole King. It was first recorded by King, and included in her album Tapestry, another well-known version is by James Taylor from his album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. His was released as a single in 1971 reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the two versions were recorded simultaneously in 1971 with shared musicians. Youve Got a Friend won Grammy Awards both for Taylor and King, dozens of other artists have recorded the song over the years, including Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson, Anne Murray and Donny Hathaway. Youve Got a Friend was written by Carole King during the January 1971 recording sessions for her own album Tapestry, and James Taylors album Mud Slide Slim, King has stated that the song was as close to pure inspiration as Ive ever experienced. It was written by something outside myself, through me, according to Taylor, King told him that the song was a response to a line in Taylors earlier song Fire and Rain that I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend. Kings album was recorded in an overlap with Taylors, and King, Danny Kortchmar, the song is included on both albums, King said in a 1972 interview that she didnt write it with James or anybody really specifically in mind. But when James heard it he really liked it and wanted to record it, Taylors version was released as a single, and reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. The James Taylor version also spent one week at the top of the Easy Listening charts, Billboard ranked it as the No.17 song for 1971. During the recording process, Taylor also offered to his Apple Records labelmate Mary Hopkin a chance to record the song, which she turned down, James Taylor and Carole King performed Youve Got a Friend together in 2010 during their Troubadour Reunion Tour. According to author James D. Perone, the themes include an expression of a universal, sisterly/brotherly, agape-type love of one human being for another. The reassuring lyrics have made the song popular with lonely people needing a boost of self-confidence. The songs messages of friendship having no boundaries and a friend being there when you are in need has universal appeal, for Taylor the lyrics had particular resonance due to the depression he had recovered from shortly before hearing King play the song. The music moves between a major and minor key, which according to music critic Maury Dean gives the song a sympathetic mood, in his review of Tapestry, Rolling Stone critic Jon Landau called Youve Got a Friend Carole Kings most perfect new song. He particularly praised how the melody and lyrics support each other, mojo considered the song to probably be the core of Tapestry. Allmusic critic Stewart Mason commented on the intimacy of Kings performance. Mason finds that the shyness of Kings voice gives her recording of the song a sincerity that he finds Taylors to lack, Mason also praises the depth and shading provided by the string instruments on Kings recording. Music critic Maury Dean describes Taylors performance style for the song as minimalist and folkish, Dusty Springfield recorded the song in early 1971 during the sessions for her third Atlantic Records album Faithful
18. You've Got a Friend in Me – Youve Got a Friend in Me is a song written and first recorded by Randy Newman. The song is played during the credits for Toy Story and Toy Story 3, establishing the importance of Woody and Andy in the first film. In the two sequels, the song is listened to by the characters as part of the story, Woody sees this and has an epiphany, realizing that his mission as a toy is to be there for a child. Best Song Academy Award Nominations - Newman Toy Story 10th Anniversary Edition at the Wayback Machine, Pixar press release, May 2,2005