The Rembrandts can thank R.E.M. for the success of I’ll Be There For You. R.E.M. were originally asked to allow one of their songs to be used as the Friends theme song, but they declined. So, I’ll Be There For You was written by David Crane, Mart Kauffman, Michael Skloff, and Allee Willis, and Warner Bros. Television chose the only available band on Warner Bros. Records to record the song, The Rembrandts. It turned out to be a great move for The Rembrandts as I’ll Be There For You went to number on on the AC and Mainstream Top 40 charts.
Surprisingly, the band’s debut single back in 1990, Just the Way It Is, Baby is their highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 charts when it peaked at number 14. I’ll Be There For You peaked at number 17 on the Hot 100 charts in 1995.
However, they’ll always be linked to the theme song for one of the most popular sitcoms in TV history, Friends. Enjoy this look back at The Rembrandts’ music video for I’ll Be There For You as well as an awesome live performance of the song on Late Night with David Letterman back in the day. And, just for fun, we’ve got their music video for Just the Way It Is, Baby from 1994 as well!