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Sing, sing a song, make it simple to last your whole life long!

Platinum All-Time Favorites is a 1995 Greatest Hits Album with music from the children's Edutainment Show Sesame Street. In 2008 it was reissued with new cover art and a lyrics booklet.

It was inducted in the National Recording Registry during the 2014 edition, announced in 2015, for being "culturally, historically and aesthetically important".


  1. "Sesame Street Theme" - The Kids
  2. "ABC-DEF-GHI" - Big Bird
  3. "The People in Your Neighborhood" - Bob and the Anything People
  4. "Rubber Duckie" - Ernie
  5. "Elmo's Song" - Elmo, Big Bird and Snuffleupagus
  6. "Doin' the Pigeon" - Bert
  7. "'C' is for Cookie" - Cookie Monster
  8. "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" - Ernie
  9. "The Monster in the Mirror" - Grover
  10. "Sing" - The Kids
  11. "Happy Tappin' with Elmo" - Elmo
  12. "Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange)" - Grover, Herry Monster, Cookie Monster and Frazzle
  13. "Bein' Green" - Kermit the Frog
  14. "Lambaba" - The Count with the Singing, Dancing Lambs
  15. "What Do I Do When I'm Alone?" - Grover
  16. "One Fine Face" - Ernie and Elmo
  17. "I Love Trash" - Oscar the Grouch
  18. "Little Things" - Prairie Dawn
  19. "Put Down the Duckie" - Ernie & Hoots the Owl
  20. "We Are All Earthlings" - The Boy & the Anything Muppet Animals

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  • Alliterative Title: "Monster in the Mirror".
  • Antidisestablishmentarianism: The song "ABC-DEF-GHI" has Bird Bird confusing the alphabet for one really long word, "Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"note .
  • Baths Are Fun: "Rubber Duckie", which features Ernie in his bath with his duckie.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • "ABC-DEF-GHI": Big Bird sings the words of the alphabet as one long word without realizing the meaning of it.
    • "The Monster in the Mirror" by Grover, where he doesn't seem to grasp that the monster is just his reflection.
    "...Do nothing that you would not like to see him do, 'cause that monster in the mirror? He just might be you!"
  • Companion Cube: Ernie's rubber duckie gets its own ode.
  • Cool Shades: Elmo and Big Bird on the cover.
  • Cradle of Loneliness: "What Do I Do When I'm Alone?", sung by Grover.
  • Crowd Song: "We Are All Earthlings", about all various kinds of creatures living on Earth, is sung by different animals.
  • Dance Sensation: "Happy Tappin' with Elmo" is a song where Elmo invites the listener to join him in a peppy tap-dancing session. "Doin' the Pigeon" has Bert dancing the "pigeon" whenever he feels down.
  • Educational Song: Speaks for itself, since this album is by Sesame Street.
    • "Bein' Green", "Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange)" and "We Are All Earthlings" are both about accepting yourself and that everybody is different, but we are all people on the same Earth.
    • "'C' Is for Cookie" is about the fact that the letter "c" is used for the word cookie.
    • "One Fine Face", sung by Ernie and Elmo, about the different parts of the face.
    • "Put Down The Duckie" is about focusing on what you want to do and not being distracted by other things.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: "Rubber Duckie" features Ernie making sounds with his rubber duck in the bathtub.
  • Face on the Cover: Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster are featured on the cover.
  • Greatest Hits Album: All songs appeared on earlier Sesame Street albums.
  • Home Sweet Home: "I Don't Want To Live On The Moon", sung by Ernie, where he sings that despite wanting to go to different places, even the moon, he doesn't want to stay there forever.
  • Jazz: "Put Down the Duckie" is a catchy saxophone song.
  • List Song:
    • "The People in Your Neigborhood" lists all the people you meet in your neighborhood, including the postman.
    • "Lambaba" lists all the things that the Count sees passing by his bed, most of them sheep.
  • Location Song: "(Can you tell me how to get to) Sesame Street?" - The theme song of Sesame Street, which essentially has children asking people how they can find this street.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Naturally, since this album is aimed at children and thus is more about everyday recognizable things. The best example is "Rubber Duckie", sung by Ernie.
    • "Little Things" by Prairie Dawn is about her appreciation of little things.
    I believe in little things
    That you can hardly see
    Like honeycomb and spider webs
    And starfish in the sea...
  • Obsession Song:
    • Cookie Monster's "'C' Is for Cookie" is about his love for cookies. He even sings that he doesn't want to sing about other things that start with that letter, because "'C' is for Cookie and that's good enough for me."
    • Oscar's "I Love Trash" , which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
    • "Lambaba", naturally because it is sung by the Count who suffers from counting everything he sees.
  • One-Man Song: "Elmo's Song".
  • One-Word Title: "Sing".
  • Pep-Talk Song:
    • Bert sings that he sings and dances "Doin' The Pigeon" whenever he feels sad.
    • "Sing"
    Sing, sing a song, sing out loud, sing out strong
    Sing of good things, not bad
    Sing of happy, not sad
    Sing, sing a song, make it simple to last your whole life long
    Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear
    Sing, sing a song
  • Pun-Based Title: "Lambaba", which is named after a popular song, but is also about lambs.
  • Questioning Title?: "What Do I Do When I'm Alone?"
  • Scatting: "The Monster in the Mirror"
    Wubba wubba wubba is a monster song!
  • Shout-Out: "Lambaba" is, of course, a reference to the Lambada, which was popular in 1989. Yet it is a completely different song, providing other references to Mary with a Little Lamb and Little Bo Beep, from the English nursery rhymes.
  • Singer Name Drop: "Elmo's Song" and "Happy Tappin' With Elmo", effectively sung by Elmo.
  • The Something Song: "Elmo's Song"
  • Spelling Song: "'C' Is For Cookie", though Cookie Monster doesn't care about using the letter "c" for other things.
  • There's No Place Like Home: "I Don't Want To Live On The Moon" expresses Ernie's sentiment that he likes home better than any other place in the world.
  • This Is a Song: Elmo introduces "Elmo's Song" this way:
    This is the song, la la la la, Elmo's song.
  • Title Track: "Sesame Street Theme"
    Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?