Friends (Francis and the Lights song)

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Single by Francis and the Lights featuring Bon Iver and Kanye West
from the album Farewell, Starlite!
ReleasedJuly 7, 2016
LabelKTTF Music
Francis and the Lights singles chronology
"Eiffel Tower/The Things That I Would Do"
"See Her Out (That's Just Life)"

"Friends" is a song by American pop project Francis and the Lights featuring Bon Iver and uncredited contributions from Kanye West. The song was released as a single on July 7, 2016, accompanied by a music video featuring Francis Farewell Starlite, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and Kanye West.[1]

The song was sampled in Chance the Rapper's song "Summer Friends," from his 2016 mixtape Coloring Book.[2] "Friends" was sampled in "Summer Friends" before it was officially released independently as a single by Francis and the Lights.

Red Bull named it as the 15th best song of 2016.[3]

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Friends" was released on July 7, 2016.[4] The video was directed by Jake Schreier.[5] Knowing each other since childhood, Francis and Schreier have been making single-take, minimalist performance videos since 2008.[5] They wanted to do the next iteration of what they had been doing before.[5] In a 2016 interview, Schreier said, "We had never done a synchronized dance in a video or really had other protagonists in the video, so that's what we wanted to add to this one."[5]

Pitchfork named it as the 18th best music video of 2016.[6] NPR named it as one of the best music videos of 2016.[7]

Track listing[edit]



Chart Peak
US Spotify Velocity (Billboard)[8] 13
US Spotify Viral 50 (Billboard)[9] 1


  1. ^ Strauss, Matthew (2016-07-07). "Watch Kanye, Bon Iver, and Francis and the Lights Team Up for New Video "Friends"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  2. ^ Legaspi, Althea (2016-07-07). "Watch Kanye West, Bon Iver in Francis and the Lights' New 'Friends' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  3. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2016". Red Bull. 2016-12-06. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  4. ^ Breihan, Tom (2016-07-07). "Francis And The Lights – "Friends" (Feat. Bon Iver And Kanye West) Video". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  5. ^ a b c d Hogan, Marc (2016-07-08). "Francis and the Lights' "Friends" Video Director Talks Kanye, Bon Iver, Dance Moves". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  6. ^ "The Best Music Videos of 2016 (1/3)". Pitchfork. 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  7. ^ "Best Music Videos of 2016". NPR. 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  8. ^ "Francis & the Lights - Chart history - Spotify Velocity". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  9. ^ "Francis & the Lights - Chart history - Spotify Viral 50". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-04.

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