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In all likelihood, any song you remember from this show, [[EarWorm for better or worse]], can be linked to either Joe Raposo or Tony Geiss. Oh, the tantrums that have been stopped... Jeff Moss, Sam Pottle, and Christopher Cerf also deserve credit.
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* During the show's first few years, Stevie Wonder performed one of the best versions of "Superstition" ever! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE Listen for yourself!]]
* How about the show's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmcdBnj4ZOg theme song]]?
* Ernie's "Rubber Duckie" ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh85R-S-dh8 Official Video here]]) was a ''huge'' hit (#10 on the Billboard pop charts!) in 1970.
* Even bigger, the Music/{{Carpenters}} [[CoveredUp cover]] of "Sing" rose to #3 in 1973.
* Music/RayCharles' cover of "Bein' Green" (recorded for his 1975 album ''Renaissance'' and later featured on ''Series/TheCosbyShow'') is as awesome as it is gorgeously uplifting. He performed his version on the Street in 1989.
* The wonderful [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oFPveNebPE closing credits music]] that used to accompany Friday episodes, complete with Toots Thielemans' mellow, bluesy harmonica rendition of the theme and the unforgettable [[https://youtu.be/3hXwBAA8IUA "Funky Chimes"]] music. Then there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zja9OqJncr4 the Season 30 credits]].
%%* T-I-O-N Tion, Tion, Tion, Tion!
%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqJjrtDFGpI "Put Down the Duckie"!]]
%%* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNBVTCJ9Dks On The Subway]]".
* "Pinball Number Count". Fun Fact: Yes, that is The Pointer Sisters singing it. "1-2-3 '''4-5''' 6-7-8 '''9-10''' 11-12!"
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLgF1CA56yg Telephone Rock]] qualifies as well.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp9B7-Yd7XQ Rock & Roll Readers]].
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdcHzquaMh8 It's Hip to be a Square]], a Huey Lewis parody.
%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7h2n1h6kEM (I Can't Get No) Cooperation]], a Rolling Stones parody.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1q5PUGGW5E "Green Grow the Rushes Go".]]
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mAfxJb7c5Q "Nothing! Never! No! N!"]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyupP2LxbZI "The Word is 'No'"]], featuring a music video produced by noted music video producer Jim Blashfield.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FCUrNxnCPw Happy to Be Me]]. Sure, it dates itself, but that bass line is sick.
%%* [[http://www.sesamestreet.org/video_player/-/pgpv/videoplayer/0/ba5a9d8c-155f-11dd-a62f-919b98326687 Street Garden Cooperation]].
%%* "Keep Christmas with You", both [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd5PEVKuAro the original]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiPI5c1KPx4 the remix]].
* Philip Glass' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch-R1aIM-C0 "Geometry of Circles"]] music. All four clips are pure minimalist goodness, and while they are all based around the same framework, they each play out quite differently to keep things interesting.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeNO56xNlZo I Don't Want to Live on the Moon]].
%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR6IJ03kQ8w Wait right here at The Bus Stop sign]].
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV9rKeC4FEc Don't Walk]].
%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgfWCT1Dogo Don't Walk (That what the sign says)]] with Patti Labelle.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNMwRH5UGYY Monster In the Mirror.]]
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7yAe2MBIpE The Batty Bat.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOe4BZAHqmM Standing at the Bus Stop Sign.]] with The Four Tops, and watch for the cameo for Big Bird as the bus driver at the end.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1C5r3r7zms One Way]] also deserves a mention.
* Sesame Street Creature Feature: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCi8L_b_I3c The Marmoset]]. Besides the truly groovy spoken-word performance by Joe Raposo, contains the slyly subversive lines "Are there things to share, when you're a marmoset? / And do you really care, when you're a marmoset..."
* Another so-oddball-it's-awesome Creature Feature: Props to Christopher Cerf for creating the best (and possibly only) song about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTNUAqx-xDs how awesome manatees are]].
* Another Sesame Street Creature Feature segment: [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x37k5un_ss-creature-feature-tiger_tv The Tiger]]. Composed by Joe Raposo and sung by Northern Calloway (who played David on the show). Includes a spoken ending line: "You are such a magnificent animal, and I am really a nice person. And you wouldn't do anything funny, would you? Oh boy!"
* The relentlessly upbeat Creature Feature intro deserves a mention of its own. "Birds in the sky! Beasts on the land! Fish in the sea and bugs in ''your'' hand!"
* Although a lot of people get on Cookie Monster's case for eating fruits and vegetables in addition to cookies, they don't seem to remember that Cookie has promoted healthy eating as far back as 1987. Back then, however, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2v7gyqRlUo he rapped about it. Awesomely.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Wi0hYQ6VU The Alone Song]], simply because sometimes people do want to be alone, and there's nothing wrong with it.
* In 2015, the show's 1995 GreatestHitsAlbum ''[[Music/SesameStreetPlatinumAllTimeFavorites Platinum All-Time Favorites]]'' was inducted in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry, quite possibly the ''[[SeriousBusiness highest honor any recording can receive]]'', for being "historically, culturally and aesthetically important." You don't get more awesome than that!
* Awesome or not, pretty sure there hasn't been any ''Sesame Street'' song quite as bizarre (or funny) as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZidkXkFhjc "Do De Rubber Duck"]].
* Bet you never thought Kermit could have a better anthem than "Bein' Green," right? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAv75mTimRc Sam Pottle begs to differ.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrqF7yD10Bo Outdoors]] treats the episode's guest star with respect. It's a parody of the song "I'm Yours" by Music/JasonMraz. [[RoleReprisal Guess who they got to sing it]].
%%* "I'm an Aardvark"
%%* "What's the Name of That Song?"
* Never before has [[https://youtu.be/O3gy_b2Ioo0 a set of hardware tools]] made you want to get up and dance so badly.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KhhG-tLuCg Worm Soliloquy]] is one huge parody of the song "Soliloquy" from ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', with a sample of "You'll Never Walk Alone" thrown in. John Raitt, who originated the role of Billy Bigelow in the Broadway version of ''Carousel'', the character who sings "Soliloquy", even sings ''this'' version. Now that's a dedicated ShoutOut!
* The stop motion animated inserts of the 1970s and early 1980s featured some truly awesome synthesiser music. Among others:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGdPVyEuTvs Never has a kerosene oil lamp been so awesome,]] the pieces filing out of the box to a drumbeat before the synth kicks in to add just the right sense of ceremony to the lamp's assembly. It takes a haunting yet delightful turn once the lamp has assembled, the wick is lit, and the studio lights are dimmed so that we can only see by the light from the lamp.
** Al Jarnow's 1980 short film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg1a2Kwi67U "Architecture",]] which re-creates various architectural styles from antiquity to the present day using coloured building blocks, is accompanied by a terrific score by Tom Perri, who mentioned in Website/YouTube comments that he and his team had to wire the ARP 2600 synth with which they were working in ways that had never been done before to bring the sounds in Perri's head to life. And it complements the animation beautifully. The music for the transition from the stone circle to the Greco-Roman temple in particular sounds like the triumphant homecoming of a conquering hero or heroine.
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