Everybody Needs a Best Friend

"Everybody Needs a Best Friend"
Song from the album Ted: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released June 26, 2012 (2012-06-26)
Genre Jazz
Length 2:28
Label Universal Republic Records
Writer(s) Seth MacFarlane
Composer(s) Walter Murphy
Language English
Ted: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack track listing

"Everybody Needs a Best Friend"
"The Power of Wishes"
Music video
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" on YouTube

"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" is a song from the 2012 feature film Ted, with music composed by Walter Murphy and lyrics by Seth MacFarlane. Performed by Norah Jones during the film's opening credits, the song was used as the film's main theme song. It was released by Universal Republic Records on June 26, 2012.[1]

In January 2013, the song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 85th Academy Awards,[2] but lost to "Skyfall" from the film of the same name. MacFarlane was also the host of the Oscars while also being nominated.[3][4]


Seth MacFarlane had sent Walter Murphy the script of Ted and said, "first of all, he wanted an old-fashioned score that would have themes for the individual characters. That idea intrigued me because in most summer films the score goes in and out of pop songs and isn't usually constructed that way. He also wanted a main title song that I could quote throughout the film."

MacFarlane had sent Murphy a set of lyrics, a different set of lyrics than the ones they used in "Everybody Needs a Best Friend," and Murphy would then write the theme. When MacFarlane had started filming of Ted Murphy thought it would be funnier if the song were sung from the standpoint of Ted so he rewrote the lyrics. Murphy then did a Nelson Riddle–type arrangement–and when they started recording he got the idea of taking it Norah Jones. Murphy flew to New York City with the Pro Tools files of the work they did on the scoring stage at Fox with a big band and string orchestra.[5]

Live performance and cover versions

Norah Jones performed the song live for the first time on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[6] Jones performed the song at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on February 24, 2013.[7] Seth MacFarlane performed the song on August 2014 at the Hollywood Bowl during a John Williams concert.[8]


  1. "Ted Movie Soundtrack". Soundtrack-Movie.com. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  2. Morgan, David (January 10, 2013). ""Lincoln," "Life of Pi" lead Oscar race". CBS News. CBS Corporation. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  3. Raczka, Rachel (October 1, 2012). "Seth MacFarlane to host 85th Academy Awards". Boston.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  4. Shoard, Catherine (October 1, 2012). "Seth MacFarlane to host Oscars". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  5. "'Best Friend' From 'Ted': Story Behind the Oscar Best Song Nominee". Billboard. February 22, 2013.
  6. "Jay Leno: Norah Jones Everybody Needs A Best Friend & Seth MacFarlane". Recapo TV. February 9, 2013.
  7. "Skyfall Wins Oscar for Best Original Song". Adele. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  8. "Seth MacFarlane is a family guy at the Bowl's John Williams tribute". Los Angeles Times. August 30, 2014.
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