Dionne Warwick & Friends – “That’s What Friends Are For” – (1985)

This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. Rod Stewart recorded it originally but it was Dionne Warwick’s version that went to #1. Well, Dionne Warwick and friends. Those friends? Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder. Pretty impressive friends. Well name-dropped, Dionne. This was a charity single to benefit AIDS research. It’s one of those tunes that everybody knows.

#4 – Hootie & the Blowfish – “I Go Blind” – (1995)

When I found out this song was a cover, I was heartbroken. Here I was ready to award Hootie & Co. the award for best songwriters ever and I find out my favorite song of theirs was written by a Canadian rock band called 54-40. The agony. Truth be told, I’ve never listened to that version because I don’t want it to tarnish the memories I have with this song. However good the original version may or may not be, this version is great. It was never released on a Hootie studio album (it made the greatest hits CD). It was originally released on Friends: Music from the TV Series. The guitar in this song is infectious and so is Darius Rucker singing “Every time I look at you I go blind.” Far and away my favorite Hootie track and a serious contender for the top spot on this list.

#71 – The Rembrandts – “I’ll Be There for You” – (1995)

Better known as “the Friends theme song,” “I’ll Be There for You” received its fair share of radio airplay. If you haven’t heard this song, try turning on TBS at any hour of the day. The weirdest part about hearing this song is that I know at what part Phoebe starts dancing in the opening of the show. Also, here is a great breakdown of this song from Rob Paravonian.