Why Can't We Be Friends?" is a song by the funk band War for their 1975 studio album of the same name. The song has a simple structure, with the phrase "Why can't we be friends?" being sung four times after each two-line verse amounting to over forty times in under four minutes. The song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1975. The song is unique as various members of the band exchange vocal duties from verse to verse. It was played in outer space when NASA beamed it to the linking of Soviet cosmonauts and U.S. astronauts for the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project.  Billboard ranked it as the No. 23 song of that year.
In popular culture [ edit ]
"Why Can't We Be Friends?" was featured on the films
and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 , as well as the theatrical trailer of The Final Destination . The song was appeared in the Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw featured on the fourth film Lethal Weapon franchise and the television series Lethal Weapon 4 , from the series' third season episode "The Spy Who Loved Me".
Chart performance [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Billboard Hot 100
Smash Mouth version [ edit ]
American pop rock band
Smash Mouth covered the song on their debut album on April 7, 1998, releasing it as their second single and was also featured in the 1998 film Fush Yu Mang . Wild Things
References [ edit ]
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"Music — Why Can't We Be Friends? - Single by Smash Mouth". Amazon . Retrieved . March 9, 2016
"The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart Week Ending 24 May 1998". ARIA . Retrieved . February 4, 2016
Dutchcharts.nl – Smash Mouth – Why Can't We Be Friends" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
Charts.nz – Smash Mouth – Why Can't We Be Friends". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
Swedishcharts.com – Smash Mouth – Why Can't We Be Friends". Singles Top 100. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
"Smash Mouth Chart History (Alternative Songs)". . Retrieved October 6, 2018. Billboard