Billboard #1 Hits: #588: ‘That’s What Friends Are For’- Dionne Warwick – January 18, 1986, #1 for 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘ That’s What Friends Are For’- Dionne Warwick
- Record Company- Arista
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager
- Time: 4:15
- B-side: ‘Two Ships Passing In The Night’
- Grade: B-
- Peaked at #1 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #16 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia and Canada.
The first new #1 hit for 1986. The list of rather boring #1’s continue- this isn’t awful by any means but if it would come across the radio it’s not something I’d really care to hear. Back ground music. I didn’t know that it was originally recorded in 1982 by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack of Night Shift. Dionne’s friends on this song- Gladys Knight, Elton Hercules John and Stevie Wonder.
I think there’s a good tune here, it’s just very sappy. They make Wonder sing about how he can now see.
It’s pretty insipid overall. Of the four singers, I like Gladys Knight’s performance the most.