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Sesame Street premiered on November 10, 1969. For over 50 years, the iconic children’s show
has been educating and entertaining countless people all over the world.

The show was the brainchild of Joan Ganz Cooney, Lloyd Morrisett and Jim Henson. Sesame Street featured some of Henson’s most popular Muppet characters. Among them were Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Grover and Oscar the Grouch.

Over the show’s history, more and more characters were added. Some of these characters went on to become just as or more popular than the original aforementioned Muppet characters. These characters include The Count, Abby Cadabby, Elmo and Snuffleupagus.

Sesame Street is also a critical hit on top of being loved by viewers. Over the course of its history, the show has won an obscene amount of awards. Among them are over 200 Emmy Awards, 11 Grammy Awards and three Peabody Awards. The show was even honored in 2019 with the Kennedy Center Honors. Plenty of the characters were on hand to take part in the gala event. Of course, things did get awkward when Tom Hanks accidentally was sitting in Big Bird’s seat.


With the advent of the internet, the show’s resources to its young viewers and their parents grew. The official Sesame Street website features all sorts of educational games and learning exercises. It also features printable worksheets and other extras to help preschoolers expand their minds. On top of that, the show’s official YouTube page is packed with all sorts of special videos. In fact, it is where we found the videos that make up our list.

Sure, the show is obviously aimed at young children. However, Sesame Street has featured countless musical guests spanning many genres that adults could enjoy, too.  Here are just some of our favorites over the years!

  • Billy Joel and Marlee Matlin performing 'Just The Way You Are'

    This Billy Joel classic was reworked by the “Piano Man” as an ode to everyone’s favorite trashcan dweller, Oscar The Grouch. It’s hard not to fall in love with this song (and Oscar) even more.

  • Johnny Cash performs 'Nasty Dan'

    Man…Oscar gets some of the best visitors!  This time, Johnny Cash stops by to sing “Nasty Dan,” which is a little more up Oscar’s alley. Gotta love the “Johnny Trash” pun, too!

  • B.B. King Sings About The Letter 'B'

    Can you think of anyone more perfect to sing a song about the letter “B” than B.B. King? Neither can we!

  • Little Richard Sings 'Rubber Duckie'

    Bathtime never sounded as soulful. What an icon Little Richard was!

  • Smokey Robinson and 'U Really Got A Hold On Me'

    The Motown legend struggling with a Muppetized letter “U” is simply hilarious, and you can tell Smokey is having a blast in the process.

  • Stevie Wonder scatting with Grover

    Stevie and Grover are killing us with cuteness in this clip. Plus, Stevie’s shirt/vest/necklace combination is ridiculously on point.

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