You may have watched it yourself or with your kids because at some point in your life, you knew how to get to Sesame Street. The beloved children’s show premiered on Nov. 10, 1969, marking 45 wonderful years on the air.
Whether kids learned about shapes or the alphabet with Elmo or how to count with Count von Count, or simply sang and danced along with Big Bird, Abby or Rosita, the rich musical tradition continues to resonate with children and grown-ups alike, season after season, after season.
To commemorate Sesame Street’s 45th we give you “1-2-3-4-5, 6-7-8-9-10, 11-12” great artists who’ve helped take learning to a whole new level for generations past and to come.
The singer’s “Soak Up the Sun” is all about summer but Sesame Street’s version, “I Soaks Up the Sun” was all about the hard-working letter that starts “itch,” “iguana” and “island.”
1D fans will be pumped to know that of all the 26 letters in the alphabet, the one they find most irresistible is U. And nothing is dreamier than Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis singing about you– er, U. Swoon.
Feist’s Sesame Street version of “1234” (damn those catchy Apple commercials!) is so close to her original that it’ll have you reaching for your 3rd generation iPod Mini.
Elmo and, aptly, the Count helped the group count by fives to find the right amount of peaches and chairs. Yes, peaches and chairs make for an odd combo but the ditty is so darned catchy you can’t help but sing along.
“You’re Beautiful” is a sweet, sweet song but there’s just something about Blunt singing about losing “My Triangle” that is a tad sad. Thank goodness Telly helps him find it in the end.
The rockers wanted to help monsters prove that looks can be deceiving. They have other emotions and can be happy, sad, and happy again — and not always scary.
The singer had a playdate with the letter Y but he didn’t show up. An upset Jones spells out oodles of Y words while Elmo tries to comfort her. Oh, Elmo, always there in times of need.
A frustrated Costello can’t count to 10 because Cookie Monster (of course) ate one of the all-important numbers: 2. The musician transformed his song “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” into “(A Monster Went and) Ate My Red Two.” Brilliant.
We keep hearing about kids not getting enough exercise and having their heads buried in tablets, in front of TVs or playing video games, so Mraz simply encourages everyone to head outdoors and enjoy nature. Hear, hear!
Goo Goo Dolls
Sesame Street transformed the dark “Slide” into a rhymey version, “Pride,” in which the band and Elmo sing about Elmo’s achievements and how he feels about them. Phew!
Spoofing their song, “I Can Love You Better,” the country group sang about their love for the letter B and are naturally backed up by Big Bird, Bert, Baby Bear, The Count and his b-b-b-bats.
Taylor soft rocks it out when he serenades Oscar the Grouch but thankfully JT knows his audience. The musician changes the “smiling” and icky “love” stuff in “Up on the Roof” to keep it more in tune with the grouchiest grouch around, singing about Oscar’s frown and pout and his rotten face. Classic perfection.