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"Why Can't We Be Friends?" is a song by the band War. 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. It was played in space when NASA beamed it to the linking of Soviet cosmonauts and U.S. astronauts in 1975.

"Why Can't We Be Friends?" charted at number six in 1975.

Use in film and television

"Why Can't We Be Friends", in its various versions and sometimes versions created for the film itself, has been featured in a number of Hollywood films, including, but not limited to, Dazed and Confused (1993), BASEketball (1998), Lethal Weapon 4's (1998) end credits (combined with pictures of the cast and crew from all four movies), Cheats (2002), Welcome to Mooseport (2004), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), College Road Trip (2008), Semi-Pro (2008), The Final Destination (2009) as well as the animated short, The ChubbChubbs! (2002), and animated television series, The Simpsons (in the 1996 episode "The Homer They Fall") and King of the Hill (in the 2006 episode "Hank Fixes Everything").

Cover versions

  • It was covered by Reggae artist Jacob Miller on his album Tenement Yard.

Chart positions (Smash Mouth version)

Chart (1998) Position
Netherlands Singles Chart 89
New Zealand Singles Chart 39
Swedish Singles Chart 29
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 28
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