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You've Got a Friend in Me
Originally performed by
Composer Randy Newman
Performer(s) Randy Newman
Robert Goulet
Feature films Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Albums Toy Story
Disney on Ice 25th Anniversary
Disney Modern Classics
The Legacy Collection: Toy Story
Preceded by
Followed by
"You've Got a Friend in Me" is a song written and first recorded by Randy Newman. Originally written as the theme song for the 1995 Disney/Pixar animated film Toy Story, it has since become the theme song for its sequels, Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010), making it the franchise's main theme. The song was nominated for both the 1996 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the 1995 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song but lost both to another Disney song, "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas.

Like many other Disney theme songs, "You've Got a Friend in Me" has been covered numerous times. Cover versions featured in the three Toy Story films include a duet with Newman and Lyle Lovett in Toy Story, a version by Robert Goulet and an instrumental by Tom Scott in Toy Story 2, an Italian language version by Riccardo Cocciante, and a Spanish language version by the Gipsy Kings in Toy Story 3.

As the name of the song implies, the song sings about how one can always rely on someone through even the roughest of time, thus, finding a friend in that someone. It initially seems to be about Andy being that friend to Woody, but as the film progresses, it becomes clear that Buzz is that friend.


Toy Story

It is first heard as a solo in the opening credits of the first film as Andy takes Woody downstairs. It is sung as a duo with Lyle Lovett in the end credits, and this version is used in Disney Sing-Along Songs: Topsy Turvy. The solo and the duet version are listed as Tracks 1 and 16, respectively on the Toy Story Soundtrack.

Toy Story 2

In the second film, a scene from Woody's Roundup features a Woody doll on the show singing this song on a guitar, and then a kid on the set hugs him. It is also sung by Wheezy (Robert Goulet) at the end of the film, and this version can be heard in its entirety during the end credits and listed as Track 3 on the Toy Story 2 Soundtrack. The soundtrack also features an instrumental version of the song, performed by Tom Scott, listed as Track 20. Riders in the Sky has also performed a cover of this song on the album Woody's Roundup: A Rootin' Tootin' Collection of Woody's Favorite Songs, listed as Track 5, as well as their instrumental version, listed as Track 10 on the album.

Toy Story 3

In the third film, almost the whole original version of the song is heard during the scene of Mrs. Davis' old recordings of Andy playing with his toys. It is also a coincidence that the song stops right at the verse: "And as the years go by, our friendship will never die", and goes right to the scene with the toys in the toy box planning their mission to get Andy to play with them. Due to Buzz briefly being reset to Spanish mode in the film, it has a Spanish version of the song, "Hay Un Amigo En Mi", performed by the Gipsy Kings, listed as Track 2 on the Toy Story 3 Soundtrack. During the end credits of the film, Buzz and Jessie perform a paso doble to the song.


The song has been featured in the Buzz Lightyear attractions found at all five Disneyland-style parks, and in Toy Story Midway Mania!, which is located at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disney's California Adventure in California.


This song was included on the video, Disney Sing-Along Songs: Topsy Turvy. Because the songs on the tapes aren't supposed to include opening credits to their movie, most of the footage of Andy playing with Woody at the beginning is replaced with various clips of Buzz Lightyear and Woody. The song was also nominated for AFI's 100 years...100 songs, as one of 3 songs from Pixar and one of 17 songs from an animated movie to be nominated. The songs that eventually made the cut was: When You Wish Upon A Star (#7), Some Day My Prince Will Come (#19), Beauty and the Beast (#62) and Hakuna Matata (#99).

It's also sang in the stage version of the film called Toy Story: The Musical. The first 8 lines serves as the first song in the musical and as the reprise and part one of the last song, along with the last verse of the said song and the reprise of the song "That's Why We're Here", before the bows.


You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
When the road looks rough ahead
And you're miles and miles
From your nice warm bed
You just remember what your old pal said
Boy, you've got a friend in me
Yeah, you've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
If you've got troubles, I've got 'em too
There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you
We stick together and can see it through
Cause you've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me

Some other folks might be
A little bit smarter than I am
Bigger and stronger too, maybe
But none of them will ever love you
The way I do, it's me and you, boy.

And as the years go by
Our friendship will never die
You're gonna see it's our destiny
You've got a friend in me (x3)

Cover versions

  • George Jones covered the song for the 1996 tribute album The Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney.
  • Pixar posted two music videos to their official YouTube channel which consist of an "official" and a "hyper" remix of this song. (Both are by someone credited as "DJ Synd".)
  • More recently, Pixar posted a new remix of the song, based on the Robert Goulet version. This version was remixed by DJ Sam Spiegel, a.k.a. Squeak E. Clean.
  • Riders in the Sky performed a cover of this song on the album Woody's Roundup: A Rootin' Tootin' Collection of Woody's Favorite Songs. The album won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children.
  • Randy Newman arranged the song (along with "Strange Things" and other themes from the films) for the Buzz Lightyear attractions (Like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters) at Disney parks. One of the places it can be heard is on The Official Album of the Disneyland Resort. In the rides, it can be heard in the exit queue.
  • Jennifer Hammond arranged this song and other themes from the films for the Toy Story Midway Mania! attraction (in a more carnival-style). It or another version of it can be heard at the official Toy Story website, under "Games" and "Toy Story Mania!".
  • Mannheim Steamroller covered the song on their 1999 album, Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse.
  • Voice Male made an a cappella version of this song on their album At the Movies.
  • Similarly, Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix did their own a cappella version of this song for their album Put on a Happy Face.
  • Under Walt Disney Records, Steve Tyrell's Disney Standards album released February 28, 2006 includes You’ve Got a Friend in Me as a duet with Dr. John.
  • American rock band The Fray has also performed their own rendition of the song during the 2007 Disney Grad Nite event. They have also covered it at other live shows.
  • DZEC's program Tambalang OK, anchored by Onin Miranda and Ros Olgado, used this song as a background music.
  • Another Spanish version of the song, titled "Yo Soy Tu Amigo Fiel!" (Spanish for "I Am Your Faithful Friend!") was covered by Aleks Syntek and Danna Paola.
  • The German version of the song is titled "Du hast 'nen Freund in mir". The title and the song itself is a fairly direct translation of the English original. Artists such as Klaus Lage have posted cover versions on the internet.
  • Kenny Loggins covered it on his 2009 album All Join In.
  • Donny Osmond covered it on his album This is the Moment.
  • Brian Wilson covered it on his album In the Key of Disney, which was released on October 25, 2011.
  • Daniel Furlong, the new youngest member of Celtic Thunder, covered it for their Voyage CD and DVD.
  • Michael Bublé covered it on his 2013 album "To Be Loved".
  • A slowed down Icelandic version of the song was used in anti-rape TV commercials proclaiming that 9 of every 10 victims personally knew their attacker.

Chart performance

Chart (1996) Peak
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 40
Chart (2010) Peak
UK Singles Chart 119

Release history

Format Release date Catalog
Cassette April 12, 1996 #60367
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Music: Toy Story Toy Story 2 Toy Story 3 The Legacy Collection: Toy Story

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Books: Classic Storybook Disney's Wonderful World of Reading Little Golden Book

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