“Smelly Cat,” Ross’ Sound And The 20 Most Memorable Musical Moments From Friends

No one ever told you life was going to be this way: that moment when you realize it’s been 20 years since Friends first aired.  You can still remember exactly where you were the first time you watched an episode. You have vivid memories of taking a photo of a young Jennifer Aniston to the hairdresser and asking for “The Rachel,” or adopting the phrase and precise intonation of Chandler’s catchphrase “Could this BE any more…” You remember when Joey’s “How you doin'” was the pick up line du jour, and hoped some day you and your siblings would be as tight as Monica and Ross. And you found yourself humming the tune of “Smelly Cat” on regular occasion. Actually, let’s face it, you still know all the lyrics.

Friends is one of the most popular and iconic sitcoms of all times, and the music on the show has become just as memorable and legendary as its quirky characters. Phoebe, being the resident musician, is of course responsible for many of these. But let’s not forget the timelessly catchy theme song, or the plethora of musicians (like Hootie & the Blowfish) who lent their music to the show. And then, of course, there’s Ross’ “Sound”. To celebrate Friends 20th anniversary, we’re remembering the 20 most iconic music moments from the show’s history, and yes, we’re singing along to all the Phoebe Buffay classics.

1. “Smelly Cat”
“Smelly Cat” is as essential to Friends as the shows theme song. In fact, we’d go as far as to say it’s the show’s unofficial theme song. “Smelly Cat” gets lots of play time over the ten seasons of Friends, notably getting its own music video (in which another singer’s voice is dubbed over Phoebe performing) in Season Two, Episode 17 (“The One Where Eddie Moves In”) and is even jingle-ified for a kitty litter commercial (in “The One With Phoebe’s Ex-Partner), birthing Phoebe’s sleeper hit, “Jingle bitch screwed me over.”

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2. “I’ll Be There For You”

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