Friends (Jody Watley song)

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Single by Jody Watley featuring Eric B. & Rakim
from the album Larger than Life
ReleasedApril 15, 1989
GenreNew jack swing[1]
Length4:30 (Album Version)
4:15 (Single Version)
Songwriter(s)André Cymone, Jody Watley, Eric Barrier, William Griffin
Producer(s)André Cymone
Jody Watley featuring Eric B. & Rakim singles chronology
"Real Love"

"Friends" is the second single from Jody Watley's second album, Larger than Life.


"Friends", like her previous single "Real Love", became a multi-format top-10 smash, reaching the top ten of the pop, R&B and dance charts in the U.S., as well as being her biggest single in the UK since her debut, "Looking for a New Love". The song was one of the first ever to feature a rap artist (Eric B & Rakim) and a singer.

"Friends" appeared in the Top 10, peaking at number nine for one week on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at number three on the Hot Black Singles chart and number seven on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

In 2006, Watley remade the once successful song for her recent release of The Makeover, on her Avitone Records label, uniquely titled "Friendz," featuring rapper Voshaun Gotti.


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 146
Canadian Singles Chart 11
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 25
German Singles Chart[4] 15
Irish Singles Chart[5] 25
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 31
Swiss Singles Chart[7] 20
UK Singles Chart 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 7
Year-End Charts (1989) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles[8] 65


  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Jody Watley – Larger Than Life". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2015-06-05". Imgur. Archived from the original on 2015-06-05. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
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  5. ^ Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite
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  8. ^ "Billboard Black Singles - 1989". Retrieved 2011-12-15.

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