Friday I'm in Love

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"Friday I'm in Love"
Single by The Cure
from the album Wish
Released 11 May 1992
Format CD, 12" vinyl
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:38
Label Fiction, Elektra
The Cure singles chronology
"Friday I'm in Love"
"A Letter to Elise"

"Friday I'm in Love" is a song and a worldwide hit by British rock band The Cure. It is the second single taken from the album Wish (1992). It won the award for European Viewer's Choice for Best Music Video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.



During the writing process, Robert Smith became convinced that he had inadvertently stolen the chord progression from somewhere, and this led him to a state of paranoia where he called everyone he could think of and played the song for them, asking if they heard it before. None of them had, and Smith realised that the melody was indeed his.[1]

The song was written to be a slower number than its upbeat final rendition. While the track was recorded in D major, the commercially released version sounds a quarter-tone higher than D major due to Robert Smith forgetting to turn off the vari-speed on the tape after toying with it before recording. When played live, the song is played in its original intended key as opposed to the one heard on the record.[2]

The track was produced by both David M. Allen and The Cure.


Like much of the band's artwork, the single's art was designed and created by guitarist Porl Thompson and Andy Vella.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Tim Pope, features the band performing the song in front of various backdrops on a soundstage. Throughout the video, the band play around with various props and costumes while several extras wander about, causing chaos and ultimately trashing the set. Tim Pope makes a cameo in the beginning, riding a rocking horse and yelling out high-pitched stage directions through a plastic megaphone after inhaling helium from a balloon. The final shot is of bassist Simon Gallup crouching and peering into the camera while wearing a bridal veil and holding some champagne. The producer of Friday I'm in Love, Dave M. Allen, makes an appearance in the background, holding up props too. Another oddity is the band's name on the drum - a scrawled "The Cures" rather than the band's singular name.

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in several tv shows and films including I Could Never Be Your Woman, Chuck, Surviving Jack, About Time and iZombie.

The track is the main theme song used in the 2009 film He's Just Not That into You.[3]

In the video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, "Friday I'm in Love" appears as both an in-game cassette tape and an anachronism, as the song was released eight years after the game takes place in 1984.

The song was covered by Frankie and PixelPanic for their 2015 split LP Vol. 1: A Banana Split and by Yo La Tengo for their 2015 album Stuff Like That There.

Chart performance[edit]

The single was a number 6 hit in the UK and reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is the band's last American Top 40 hit to date. It was also the band's last song (in a string of four) to top the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, matching the success of their previous single, "High", with a four-week stint at number 1.

Chart (1992) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 39
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 13
Canada (RPM)[6] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 18
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[16] 32
US Hot Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard)[17] 1

Track listing[edit]

12" Vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Friday I'm in Love (Strangelove Mix)"   5:29
2. "Halo"   3:47
3. "Scared as You"   4:12

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