As the host of this dance show on ABC, Dick Clark became known as "America's oldest teenager". American Bandstand originated in Philadelphia, and went national in 1957. It was a weekday show until 1963, when it switched to Saturdays only. In 1987, the show left ABC for syndication, where it lasted only one year.While working on American Bandstand, Clark was host of a few other shows:
- The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show, another dance party show, 1958-60
- The $10,000 Pyramid and successor series
- TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes with co-host Ed McMahon
- New Year's Rockin' Eve, an annual special where Clark would host the dropping of the ball at midnight in Times Square on New Year's Eve. It started in 1972 and has continued right up to this day; however, the 2012 edition was Clark's final TV appearance.
- The Announcer: Charlie O'Donnell, who would later become famous as the announcer of Wheel of Fortune.
- Dueling Shows: with Soul Train in the 1970s and 80s. Although neither Clark nor Don Cornelius really competed with each other, fans compared them all the time.
- Invisible Backup Band: Could be seen for many solo acts, since they were lip-synching.
- Long Runner: 37 years, 9/52 – 10/7/89.
- Reunion Show: The 25th, 30th, 33 1/3rd, 40th and 50th anniversary specials, airing in their respective years from the Philadelphia show’s start in 1952.
- Show Within a Show: It actually served as one in American Dreams (with contemporary artists playing the roles of classic acts from The Sixties); Clark was one of the show's executive producers.
- Title Theme Tune: "…On the Bandstand! (Bandstand!)"
- Trans Atlantic Equivalent: Top of the Pops. (American Bandstand is likely part of the reason why an attempt to launch an American Top of the Pops didn't work.)