Friday I'm in Love

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"Friday I'm in Love"
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Single by The Cure
from the album Wish
B-side "Halo", "Scared as You"
Released 11 May 1992
Format CD, 12" vinyl
Genre Jangle pop[1]
Length 3:38
Label Fiction
The Cure singles chronology
"Friday I'm in Love"
"A Letter to Elise"

"Friday I'm in Love"
"A Letter to Elise"
Music video
"Friday I'm in Love" on YouTube

"Friday I'm in Love" is a song by British rock band The Cure. It is the second single taken from the album Wish (1992), and was a worldwide hit. It won the award for European Viewer's Choice for Best Music Video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

Robert Smith, the song's primary writer, described it in 1992 as both "a throw your hands in the air, let's get happy kind of record" and "a very naïve, happy type of pop song."[2]


During the writing process, Robert Smith became convinced that he had inadvertently stolen the chord progression from somewhere, and this led him to a state of paranoia where he called everyone he could think of and played the song for them, asking if they had heard it before. None of them had, and Smith realised that the melody was indeed his.[3]

The song was written to be a slower number than its upbeat final rendition. While the track was recorded in D major, the commercially released version sounds a quarter-tone higher than D major due to Robert Smith forgetting to turn off the vari-speed on the tape after toying with it before recording. When played live, the song is played in its original intended key as opposed to the one heard on the record.[4]

The track was produced by both David M. Allen and The Cure.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Tim Pope,[citation needed] features the band performing the song in front of various backdrops on a soundstage, in homage to French silent filmmaker Georges Méliès (the appearance of characters in The Eclipse, or the Courtship of the Sun and the Moon). Throughout the video, the band play around with various props and costumes while several extras wander about, causing chaos and ultimately trashing the set. Tim Pope makes a cameo in the beginning, riding a rocking horse and yelling out high-pitched stage directions through a plastic megaphone after inhaling helium from a balloon. The final shot is of bassist Simon Gallup crouching and peering into the camera while wearing a bridal veil and holding some champagne. The producer of "Friday I'm in Love", Dave M. Allen, makes an appearance in the background, holding up props too. Another oddity is the band's name on the drum - a scrawled "The Cures" rather than the band's singular name.


"Friday I'm in Love" was the second single taken from the band's ninth studio album, Wish, released on 11 May 1992. The single was a number 6 hit in the UK and reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is the band's last American Top 40 hit to date. It was also the band's last song (in a string of four) to top the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, matching the success of their previous single, "High", with a four-week stint at number 1.


The song is featured in several TV shows and films including: I Could Never Be Your Woman, Chuck, Surviving Jack, About Time, Regular Show and iZombie. The track is the main theme song used in the 2009 film He's Just Not That into You.[5]

It was featured on the 2004 soundtrack of 50 First Dates with Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm.

In the video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, "Friday I'm in Love" appears as both an in-game cassette tape and an anachronism, as the song was released eight years after the game takes place in 1984. The song is a playable track in the video game Rock Band 4.

The song was covered by Yo La Tengo for their 2015 album Stuff Like That There. Marshall Williams' character also covered the song in an episode of Glee.

The song was covered by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, and remixed by Norwegian synthpop band Apoptygma Berzerk in 2007 as a 7" vinyl release.[6]

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl
1."Friday I'm in Love" (single mix - also available on Galore)3:36
12" vinyl
1."Friday I'm in Love (Strangelove Mix)"5:29
3."Scared as You"4:12
1."Friday I'm in Love"3:36
3."Scared as You"4:12
4."Friday I'm in Love (Strangelove Mix)"5:29


Like much of the band's artwork, the single's art was designed and created by guitarist Porl Thompson and Andy Vella.


Chart (1992–1993) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 39
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 13
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 18
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[19] 32
US Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard)[20] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Cure - Galore: The Singles 1987-1997". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Cure Interview Transcript -". 
  3. ^ "The Cure's Robert Smith interview - Part Two". 28 Oct 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  4. ^ Gore, Joe (September 1992). "Editor". Guitar Player. 
  5. ^ Film trailer: He's Just Not That into You, 2 October 2008
  6. ^ "Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Somebody / Friday I'm In Love". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  7. ^ " – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ " – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1973." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  10. ^ " – Cure Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 22, 1992". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ " – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ " – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ " – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". VG-lista.
  15. ^ " – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". Singles Top 100.
  16. ^ " – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "The Cure: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "The Cure Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "The Cure Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "The Cure Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for The Cure. Nielsen Business Media.
  21. ^ "British single certifications – The Cure – Friday I'm in Love". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 August 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Friday I'm in Love in the search field and then press Enter.

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