Music by Joe Raposo
Lyrics by Raposo, Jon Stone, Bruce Hart
Date 1969

"One of These Things" was a song regularly used on Sesame Street for sketches where viewers would be shown a group of four items, one of which was different from the other three, and they would have to identify the item which didn't belong. In a 1999 episode, in which the Dingers plan on having a ding-a-long, the cast sang a variation called "One of These Dings".

A similar game was played to two different songs written by Joe Raposo and Jeff Moss in 1970 and called "Three of These Things Belong Together", with variations such as "Two of These Things", "Here Are Some Things", and "Three of These Kids Belong Together". (The last version involved a four-way split screen with three children performing one activity, plus a fourth child "doing his own thing". Sometimes it was called "One of These Kids".) In some instances of the game, kids were encouraged to find more than one different answer, depending on how the things could be categorized.

This game has been used in segments starring William Wegman's dogs, and in animated form, melody only, with footprints. It was also the basis for a game in one "Journey to Ernie" segment. A line of the song is included in the theme for the "This is the Game Today" segments, and some of the games from "This is the Game Today" include this song.


Picture Singer Earliest Known Appearance Subjects Variations
Susan Episode 0001 W and three Twos One of These Things
Susan and Oscar the Grouch Episode 0013 Ice cream cone sizes One of These Things
Susan Episode 0043 Shoe sizes
Susan Episode 0054 Shapes
Susan Episode 0083 Silverware and a clock
Susan Episode 0123 Capital and lower-case R's.
Susan, Bob and Grover Episode 0131 Circles One of These Things
Oscar the Grouch Episode 0135 Rancid sneaker, tattered glove, messed up sock, and nice hat. Three of These Things
Episode 0136 Hot dog, mustard, bun, and flower. Three of These Things
Bob Episode 0158 Fruit Some of These Fruit
Bob Episode 0158 Knick-Knacks Some of This Stuff
1Of These Things
Cookie Monster Episode 0174 Number of cookies on each plate One of These Things
Mr. Hooper Episode 0179 Groups of candy Three of These Groups
Ernie Episode 0267 Plates full of cookies One of These Things Belongs with the Others
Kermit the Frog and Susan Episode 0276 Hammer, shoe, pliers, and a saw Three of These Things
Kermit the Frog and Susan Episode 0276 Three birds and a frog
Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus Episode 0298 Three cut-out drawings of Snuffleupaguses and a cup
Grover and Susan Episode 0406 Car and three animals
Luis Episode 0408 Three Policemen, one fireman. (all Kids) Three of These Kids
Luis Episode 0413 Upside-down kids, right side up kids Three of These Kids
Luis Episode 0418 Basketball and Baseball Three of These Kids
Luis Episode 0463 Three kids wearing winter clothes, and one kid not in winter clothes Three of These Kids
David Episode 0536 Three starfish and one crab
Bob Episode 0536 Football and Baseball Three of These Kids
Bob and Maria Episode 0592 Three triangles and 23 One of These Things
Bob and the kids Episode 0597 Shovels Three of These Things
Bob, Luis and David Episode 0598 A scarf, hat, glove and book One of These Things
The kids Episode 0825 Three kids riding one seat bicycle, and two kids riding two seat bicycle Three of These Things
Linda Episode 0901 Fruit and a shoe Three of These Things
The adults, Gladys the Cow, and the kids Episode 1056 People and a cow One of Us Here
David Episode 1733 Three kids are jumping rope, but the fourth one is sitting down and reading a book. Three of These Kids
Luis Episode 2238 Three kids holding umbrellas, and one kid not holding an umbrella Three of These Kids
Edith Prickley (Andrea Martin) Episode 2459 Boots and Pumps Three of These Things
Snuffy and Alice Episode 2477 Brussels Sprouts and Balls One of These Things
The Big Bad Wolf, The Three Little Pigs, and Kermit the Frog - Sesame Street News Flash Episode 2567 Three pigs and one frog Three of These Things
Uncle Wally, horses Episode 2578 Uncle Wally and a singing group of horses. One of Us Here is Not Like The Others
Maria, Gina, and Telly Monster Episode 2746 When Oscar shows up while Maria, Gina, and Telly are making Oscar's favorite dish - a hat with ice cream and a fish inside - they play an impromptu game of this, featuring a hat, fish, ice cream, and apple. Three of These Things
Big Bird and the adults Episode 2747 Big Bird, Susan, Luis, and Linda. Three of These Things
Big Bird, Bob, Luis, Maria, and Gabriella Episode 2747 Three adults and a child Three of These Things
Big Bird and the adults Episode 2747 One bird and six adults Six of These Things
Sidney Episode 2755 Three cans, one cup One of These Things
Telly, Savion, and Kids Episode 2953 A toy rocket ship, a pair of tap-shoes, a toy airplane, and a toy helicopter. Three of These Things
A penguin Episode 3145 Four penguins - one of which has a clown nose on its beak, and one of which is Wolfgang in disguise. One of These Things
Ruthie, Telly Monster, Merry Monster, and The Kids Episode 3164 A roller skate, towel, soap, and a Rubber Duckie. Three of These Things
Gina, Kids, Elmo and Baby Bear Episode 3410 A blue ball, a yellow ball, a blue pull-duck, and a blue block. One of These Things
Big Bird and Gordon Episode 3540 The Squirrelles and a rabbit. One of These Things
Gina, Zoe, Alice, and kids Episode 3757 A squirrel, a teddy bear, a penguin, and a drum. Three of These Things
Elmo and Zoe Episode 3872 A number 1 and three socks. One of These Things
Cookie Monster and Ernie Episode 3943 A hamburger, a cookie, pizza and a fajita Three of These Things
Elmo and viewer Episode 3967 A soccer ball, a jump rope, jacks and Stinky the Stinkweed Three of These Things Belong Here
Big Bird and Cookie Monster Episode 3981 A cookie, a hat, a t-shirt, and a shoe Three of These Things
Big Bird and Snuffy Episode 3992 Oscar, a hat, a mat, and a cat (Little Murray Sparkles) Three of These Things
Maria and Kids Episode 3993 A kangaroo, a rabbit, a fish and a grasshopper Three of These Things
Big Bird, Elmo, Zoe, Luis, Maria, H-Man Episode 4115 A helicopter, a hippopotamus, a ball and a hexagon Three of These Things
Oscar the Grouch and Alan Episode 4118 Food scraps and a button Three of These Things
Louie Episode 4809 Vegetables and meat One of These Things
Jay Leno and Big Bird Three triangles and one circle
Bob (pretending to be John-John) and John-John (pretending to be Bob)[1]

Versions (animated)

A series of animated segments from season 4 featured an instrumental of the song over visuals of footprints or shoes in a graph.




  • This song was included in a 2004 Subway commercial, where it was called "One of These Subs".
  • Dave Grohl, from the Foo Fighters, admits that he was influenced by "One of These Things" while writing the song "The Pretender". (YouTube)
  • The Mindless Self-Indulgence song "Unsociable" has the line: "One of these shapes is not like the other holes," which is very similar to this song.
  • In the tour Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, Peanut comments on Jose Jalapeno calling Jeff "Senor Heff" and then "Senor Cheff". Jeff Dunham says it's the same thing and Peanut replies "No it's not! Didn't you watch Sesame Street?" Then he sings a short clip of "One of These Things" singing "One of these things just doesn't belong here". Then he parodies the end of the show by saying that "this show was sponsored by the sound CH."
  • Taylor Swift's song "ME!" references the song in the lyrics. (YouTube)


  1. Sesame Street Unpaved

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