"I'll Be There for You" is a song recorded by the American rock band The Rembrandts. It is best known as the theme song to the American sitcom Friends, which premiered during 1994, and ended in 2004. The song was also released as the first single from the group's third studio album LP.
"I'll Be There for You" was co-written by Friends producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Kauffman's husband, composer Michael Skloff, and songwriter Allee Willis, along with Phil Sōlem and Danny Wilde, both of the Rembrandts. It was initially offered to the rock bands They Might Be Giants and R.E.M.
The original theme, which is under one minute long, was later re-recorded as a three-minute pop song. After Nashville radio announcer and program director Billy Shears looped the original short version into a full-length track and broadcast it on his radio station WLAC Star 106, it became so popular that they had to re-record it. "Our record label said we had to finish the song and record it. There was no way to get out of it," lead singer Phil Sōlem said.
The song made it onto The Rembrandts' album LP at the last moment. The song was not initially released as a single, a then-common practice by record...