Billy Joel (b. 1949) appeared on Sesame Street during Season 20 (1988), singing "Just the Way You Are" with Marlee Matlin for Oscar the Grouch. He also sang "The Alphabet Song" to the Anything Muppets on the program.
In the video Do the Alphabet, part of Big Bird's method of learning the alphabet is impersonating Joel and his performance of "The Alphabet Song" follows. Baby Bear dons a pair of sunglasses and is given a piano to replicate this appearance.
- Sesame Street is referenced in the 1982 song "Pressure," which Joel wrote before appearing on the program in 1988. The subject of the song, a naïf who is having trouble handling pressure, is described as "All grown up and no place to go / Psych 1, Psych 2, What do you know? / All your life is Channel 13 / Sesame Street / What does it mean?"