|Music by||Joe Raposo|
|Lyrics by||Jon Stone and Joe Raposo|
|Publisher||Instructional Children's Music Inc.|
Jonico Music Inc.
"ABC-DEF-GHI" is a Sesame Street song sung by Big Bird, which was first performed in the show's first season and re-recorded several times. In skits featuring this song, Big Bird sees the alphabet (often, written on a board or a sign) and interprets it as a long word that he doesn't understand. He sings it aloud, pronouncing it "ab-ca-def-gi-jeckle-mi-nop-kwer-stoov-wix-iz," attempting to decipher whatever meaning this word may have. He is eventually reassured by the adults that "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ" is not a word but the alphabet.
|1970||Sesame Street (First: Episode 0096)
|1970||The Sesame Street Book & Record
Sung by Big Bird, the opening and closing dialogue with Gordon and Susan is omitted on most subsequent album releases.
|1970||The Flip Wilson Show
Big Bird sings the song and dances with Flip Wilson, who tells him that the word can mean anything he wants it to mean.
|1970||Sesame Street Episode 0133
In Gordon and Susan's apartment, Big Bird stumbles into the kitchen and ruins Gordon's peanut butter and jelly making music groove. He shows off a card he found with the alphabet on it and sings the song.
|1971||Evening at Pops|
|1971||Sesame Street Episode 0298
Big Bird sings the song after having written the alphabet on a blackboard, claiming it to be a word.
|1972||Sesame Street Episode 0402
When Susan asks some kids about the longest words they know, Big Bird responds by singing the song.
|1972||Sesame Street (First: Episode 0436)
The song is retaped with Big Bird reading the alphabet signs plastered around his nest area. This version uses audio from The Sesame Street Book & Record. Excerpts of this version are seen in the specials Sesame Street Unpaved and A&E Biography: Sesame Street
|1974||You Will Be My Music
The song was covered by the Boston Pops, conducted by Arthur Fiedler. This performance was later included on Wish Upon a Star: All-Time Children's Favorites (1996).
|1975||Sesame Street (First: Episode 0793)
An instrumental version of the song is used for an Ice Follies sketch in which Big Bird does a solo dance on the ice.
|1980||Sesame Street Episode 1446
In a classroom, Big Bird reads out the alphabet banner and tries to guess what it means. Audio from the original first season recording is used when Big Bird performs the song.
|1986||Favorite Songs From Jim Henson's Muppets
A new recording of the song, sung by Big Bird, performed in a different key and with synth percussion instruments.
|1987||Sesame Street (First: Episode 2266)
The song is retaped again with Big Bird and two kids, Erica and Jessica, finding a scroll of the alphabet in his toy chest, which leads to a flashback sequence of him singing the song. The prologue is often removed on video releases.
|1987||Big Bird and the ABCs (Sesame Street Live)
Sung by Tee Hee and Big Bird.
|1988||Big Bird & the ABCs
Sung by Big Bird.
|1989||Sesame Street Episode 2616
Sung by Elmo.
|1996||Sesame Street Episode 3457
Bird impressionist Michael Tweeter (Michael Jeter) does an impression of Big Bird by lip-syncing to the first verse of the 1987 recording.
Sung by Big Bird, as part of the "Songs" medley.
|2000||Sesame Street Episode 3875
Sung by Stinky the Stinkweed and Big Bird.
|2003||Sesame Street Episode 4031|
An animated lyric video, using the recording from The Sesame Street Book & Record, was published on the show's YouTube channel in March 2019. The video features an animated cameo by Caroll Spinney.
|2019||Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Sung by Big Bird and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a part of a medley
|2020||The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley & Friends: Episode One: ABCs
Big Bird sings the first verse of the song in the episode.
- Sesame Street Songbook Vol. 1
- The Sesame Street Song Book (1971, 1992 and 2007 editions)
- Favorite Songs from Jim Henson's Muppets (1986)