"I'll Be There for You" is a song by American rock band The Rembrandts released as the first single from their third studio album LP. The song is also well-known as the theme song to the American sitcom Friends, which premiered during 1994, and ended in 2004.
"I'll Be There for You" was written by David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Michael Skloff, Allee Willis, Phil Sōlem and Danny Wilde. It was initially offered to the rock bands They Might Be Giants and R.E.M.
After a Tennessee radio announcer looped the original short version into a full-length track and broadcasted it, it became so popular that they had to 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 Solem 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 companies who feared it would cannibalize album sales.
The music video of the song featured the six main stars of Friends, taking the singing and dancing roles of the band. The video was included as a bonus feature on several of the show's Complete Season DVD Boxsets.