Thank You for Being a Friend

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"Thank You for Being a Friend"
Single by Andrew Gold
from the album All This and Heaven Too
B-side "Still You Linger On"
Released 1978
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Pop rock, soft rock[1]
Length 4:41
Label Asylum Records
Producer(s) Andrew Gold
Brock Walsh

"Thank You for Being a Friend" is a song written by Andrew Gold, who recorded it for his third album, All This and Heaven Too. The song reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978.[2]

The song was famously later re-recorded by Cynthia Fee to serve as the theme song for the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls, and recorded again for the series' CBS spin-off The Golden Palace.

The song was also featured as a dedication to the host on Casey Kasem's final American Top 40, broadcast on Fourth of July weekend in 2009;[3] the end of two World Series games (Game 5 in 1988 and Game 4 in 1990); the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" episode "Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down"; the end of Super Bowl XL,; the episode of The Simpsons titled "Double, Double, Boy in Trouble"; and on a May 2010 episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Betty White, in which past and present cast members sang the song followed by a death metal version of the song performed by White while wearing a ski mask. Elaine Paige and Dionne Warwick released a recording of the song on Paige's duet album Elaine Paige and Friends in 2010.


  1. ^ "Explore: Soft Rock | Top Songs | AllMusic". 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 258.
  3. ^ Durkee, Rob. Salute to Andrew Gold, American Top 40 Fun & Games, June 5, 2011.

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