My Funny Friend and Me

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"My Funny Friend and Me"
Song by Sting from the album The Emperor's New Groove
Released November 14, 2000
Recorded Summer 2000 at Westlake Recording Studios and Flyte Tyme Studios
Genre Pop, R&B, blue-eyed soul, gospel
Length 4:38
Label Walt Disney, A&M
Writer(s) Sting, David Hartley
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
co-produced by James "Big Jim" Wright
The Emperor's New Groove track listing
"Perfect World"
"My Funny Friend and Me"
"Snuff Out the Light (Yzma's Song)"

"My Funny Friend and Me" is a song by English musician Sting. It was written by Sting and David Hartley for Walt Disney Pictures' 40th animated feature film The Emperor's New Groove. When The Emperor's New Groove, originally titled Kingdom of the Sun, began development in 1994, Sting was hired to write the film's songs. Released in November 2000, the track reached 24 on the American Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song at the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001.


Chart (2001) Peak
Italy (FIMI)[1] 48
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[2] 91
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[3] 24


  • produced and arranged by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
  • co-produced by "Big Jim" Wright
  • vocals recorded by Dave Rideau (assisted by Pablo Munguia) at Westlake Audio
  • track and background vocals recorded and mixed by Steve Hodge (assisted by Brad Yost and Xavier Smith) at Flyte Tyme Studios, Edina, MN
  • background vocals: Terry Lewis, Big Jim, Tony Tolbert and James Grear
  • guitar: Dave Barry
  • drum programming: Alex Richbourg
  • additional instruments: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis


  1. ^ "Tutti i successi del 2001". Hit Parade Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  2. ^ " – Sting – My Funny Friend And Me". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Sting – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Sting. Retrieved 13 October 2014.