Friends (John Michael Montgomery song)

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John Michael Montgomery - Friends.jpg
Single by John Michael Montgomery
from the album What I Do the Best
Released September 23, 1996
Recorded 1996
Genre Country
Length 3:52
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Jerry Holland
Producer(s) Csaba Petocz
John Michael Montgomery singles chronology
"Ain't Got Nothin' on Us"
"I Miss You a Little"

"Friends" is a song written by Jerry Holland, and recorded by American country music artist John Michael Montgomery. It was released in September 1996 as the second single from his album What I Do the Best. It peaked at number 2 in the United States, while it was a number-one hit in Canada.


The song is a ballad, that discusses how when people break up, they always state the line "we can still be friends."

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably saying that "Montgomery's performance is solid, and the song is incredibly poignant."[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996–1997) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 69
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 38
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 59
Preceded by
"Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It"
by Tim McGraw
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 3, 1997
Succeeded by
"Is That a Tear"
by Tracy Lawrence


  1. ^ Billboard, November 2, 1996
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9798." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 3, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  3. ^ "John Michael Montgomery – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for John Michael Montgomery.
  4. ^ "John Michael Montgomery – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for John Michael Montgomery.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1997: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 

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