What About Your Friends

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This article is about the TLC song. For the TV drama, see What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway.
"What About Your Friends"
Single by TLC
from the album Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
Released August 28, 1992
Format CD single
maxi single
Recorded Summer 1991
Length 4:00 (Radio edit w/o rap)
4:06 (Radio edit w/ rap)
4:55 (Album version)
Label LaFace, Arista
Writer(s) Dallas Austin
Lisa Lopes
Producer(s) Dallas Austin
Certification RIAA: Gold
TLC singles chronology
"What About Your Friends"
"Hat 2 da Back"
Music video
"What About Your Friends" on YouTube
Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip track listing
"Das Da Way We Like 'Em"
"What About Your Friends"
"His Story"

"What About Your Friends" is TLC's third single from their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip. It reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's third consecutive top-ten single. The single was released in August 28, 1992.

Song information[edit]

"What About Your Friends" was written by Dallas Austin and TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes,[1] and features lead vocals by T-Boz.

Music video[edit]

The main performance scenes of the video are the girls walking in an alley surrounded by backup dancers, underneath a bridge, on an outside staircase, on an apartment roof, in a slushie bar and wearing graffiti clothes in front of a graffiti-covered wall. Two versions of the video were made: one focuses on more of the performance shots of the girls and scenes of them infiltrating a stylish fashion show, while the other features scenes of a party in a big park where the girls are being very happy, dancing and having fun with their friends and some family members; including a scene of them reprising their roles as hillbillies from the "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" video at the end. Jermaine Dupri makes a cameo appearance.

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's third consecutive top ten single,[2] and reached No. 2 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.[3] The single was certified gold by the RIAA.[4] In the United Kingdom, "What About Your Friends" peaked at No. 59.[5]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992–93) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[6] 79
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 2[3]
U.S. Billboard Top 40/Rhythm-Crossover 1
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 18
UK Singles Chart[5] 59

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 88
Chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 62


  1. ^ "ASCAP search". ASCAP. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Billboard singles history". Billboard/Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip Billboard singles history". Billboard/Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ "American certifications – TLC – What About Your Friends". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  5. ^ a b "UK charts archive". Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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