The Five: Best Sesame Street songs
by Adam Finley, posted Jan 14th 2006 11:43AM
I suppose a piece about my favorite songs from Sesame Street wouldn't be complete without an initial shout out to the late Joe Raposo (pictured on the right), who composed a majority of the songs for the show, including the theme song. You might not know who he is, but he's the man responsible for planting a lot of those childhood tunes in your synapses. Let's kick it:
- Bein' Green: Possibly my favorite Sesame Street song, if only for the sentiment. Kermit's lament about being plain and "not standing out like flashy sparkles on the water or stars in the sky" is still deeply moving, at least to me, anyway. The song was later covered by both Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne.
- Rubber Ducky: Ernie's ode to his bathtime friend has the honor of being the song I sing to myself at least once a day while working around my house. According to David Borgenicht's book Sesame Street Unpaved, the Boston Pops once performed this song with the percussion section squeaking actual rubber duckies.
- I Don't Want To Live On The Moon: Another sad but uplifting song in the vein of Bein' Green. Ernie sang about why living on the moon (or under the sea, or in the jungle) would be a nice adventure, but that ultimately, there's nothing like being at home with those you love.
- Sing: Sesame Street's breakout hit! Well, sort of. The Carpenters certainly popularized the song with their version. It was a nice reminder that a good song is a good song, whether it's made for children or not. Besides, only the most jaded among us won't start belting out that "la la la la la" chorus when it kicks in. Remember, "don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear."
- I Love Trash: This was on a Sesame Street album my sister and I listened to growing up. Oscar may have been a grouch, but he knew how to love, as long as it was "anything dirty or dingy or dusty." A fun, upbeat song, and a nice little ode to individuality.