Happy Together" is a 1967 song from The Turtles' album of the same name. Released in February 1967, the song knocked The Beatles' "Penny Lane" out of the #1 slot for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the group's only chart-topper. "Happy Together" reached #12 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1967. The song was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, former members of a band known as The Magicians.The song had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to The Turtles, and the demo acetate was worn out.
The song has been featured in many movies, including 1970's The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart, 1983's Heart Like a Wheel, 1987's Making Mr. Right, 1987's Ernest Goes to Camp, 1989's Happy Together, 1990's The Naked Gun, 1994's Muriel's Wedding, 1997's Happy Together, 2000's Sorted, 2002's Adaptation., 2002's Cherish, 2002's S1m0ne, 2002's Bubble Boy, 2003's Freaky Friday featuring a cover by Simple Plan, 2004's Ma Mère, 2005's Imagine Me and You, 2006's documentary Blindsight, 2007's The Simpsons Movie, 2008's 27 Dresses, and 2009's The Stepfather. Frank Alamo's French cover of the song was featured in the 2010 movie Get Him to the Greek and Scared Shrekless.
In television, the song has been used in many episodes of The Simpsons including "The Way We Weren't" and "Trilogy of Error", and in episodes of That '70s Show (sung by the cast in the episode "That '70s Musical"), Cupid (sung by Lisa Loeb), Scrubs, ER, The Wonder Years, and the My Name Is Earl episode "Faked His Own Death".
It has also been used in television commercials for Coldwell Banker, Florida Orange Juice (both The Turtles' and Simple Plan's versions), the NFL, Burger King, Heineken (starring Jennifer Aniston, which aired in Europe and Australia), the video game Super Smash Bros., npower, Saturn Corporation, Toyota, Twix, US West (now Qwest),"Extra" bubble gum, Mervyn's (as sung by The Youngs), Golden Grahams (with altered lyrics), Smith's Potato Chips, with the lyrics being changed to "I can't see me lovin' nobody but Smiths" and Applebees with lyrics being, "Imagine steak and shrimp..." The Turtles sued Applebees on a claim of false endorsement, because the version used, sung by Ron Dante of The Archies, allegedly gave the false impression that lyrics were changed in their most celebrated song for the sake of selling seafood. The Mexican telecommunications company Telmex used the song as an advertisement for its mobile phone service. In 2008, the song was featured in a Brazilian commercial for Ford Focus, and The Rosewood Thieves' cover version is featured in the commercial for LG's Decoy cellular phone. In 2009, a cover version of the song was featured in several French commercials for Amora's mustard. In 2011, the Turtles' version appears in a TV ad for Travelers Insurance. In 2011 this song was used in a commercial for freeview television.