Top 10 ‘Sesame Street’ Celebrity Musical Guests
Usher's adorable performance on "Sesame Street" this week calls to mind some pretty amazing musical guests to lend their sizable talents to the acclaimed children's show, which incredibly debuted more than four decades ago in 1969. Some of our favorites includes everyone from the "Yeah" singer to Johnny Cash to R.E.M. to Norah Jones.
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Johnny Cash - Leave it to Johnny Cash to bring gravitas to his "Sesame Street" performance from 1973. He teams up with construction worker Muppet, Biff, to sing "Five Feet High." After a cute bit in which Biff gets Johnny's name wrong and gushes, "My wife Ethel isn't gonna believe I saw you!" Cash explains the inspiration for the classic tune. Although it's a morbid tale about a flood he saw as a child, they have some fun with it, and Biff stacks up building blocks to represent each foot the water rises. It's hard to think of a cooler way to learn to count than from the Man in Black himself!
Usher - With the help of a motley "Sesame Street" cast including Elmo, Grover, Murray and Abby Cadabby, Usher has us dancing from the very first note of his alphabet jam. The "Love in This Club" singer teaches kids their ABCs to a simple, catchy beat. "Be like a crustacean and do the crabby crawl," he sings for C, and "act like an octopus, it's not that hard" for O. Usher dances around with a giant grin on his face and it looks like he's having a ball. It's contagious!
Feist - It's hard to think of an indie-rock song more perfectly suited for teaching kids how to count than Feist's "1,2,3,4." The Canadian songstress modified her 2007 hit and gave it an adorable, G-rated twist. "1, 2, 3, 4 chickens just back from the shore" she sings as hens wearing hats and sunglasses dance and sing along. In her warm, earthy voice, Feist counts "1, 2, 3, 4 penguins that were by the door" in the popular video that went viral and has been viewed millions of times by kids and adults alike.