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"Think Happy Thoughts is a BYG song that has been sung countless times on the show, with many different singers. Like "Joey Doodle," it too has become an American standard. The song as covered by The Carpenters reached number 3 on the Billboard pop charts in 1973.[1]

BYG/School and the Backyard Gang Preformances Edit

1996-2000 Edit

  • Simon sings it to get to sleep
  • Johnny and Ruby sing it to Simon
  • The version sung by Gabrielle was recorded for the second School and the Backyard Gang cast album, and has been included on many other audio releases. Another version with mostly
  • Sarah sang and signed the song to a group of deaf children.
  • The Carpenters sung this Song to help Justin sleep
  • Justin Patrick Alisa Lexine and Mike sung this as a Capella to Sarah
  • Alisa and Lexine sing to Caroline
  • Caroline has also sung this Song
  • Buzz and Kenny
  • Sarah and Isaac
  • Caroline and Buzz
  • Sand Animals and Sarah
  • Aspen Kaleigh and Frankie
  • Caroline
  • Buzz Sarah and Kenny
  • Vanessa Williams, Nathan Lane, Conan O'Brien, Denyce Graves, Natalie Merchant, Patti LaBelle, Gloria Estefan, Katie Couric, Ben Stiller, Maya Angelou, R.E.M., Doug E. Doug, Ossie Davis, Garth Brooks, Fran Drescher, Noah Wyle, Terrell Davis, Ruby Dee, Rosemary Clooney, Bela Fleck and Aspen
  • The Dixie Chicks
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • The BYG

BYG Related Edit

  • Ruby in Kids For Character
  • On Evening at Pops
  • Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Bush, Isaac Stern, Candice Bergen, Max Roach, Kathie Lee Gifford, Barbara Cook and Glenn Close
  • BYG Tours
  • Peter Alexander 
  • Instrumental Version on BYG Ending Funding Credits (1996-1997)
  • Macy's Parades
  • Emmy Awards
  • School Et La Arire Cour Gang

1962-1968 Edit

  • David and Mike Douglas
  • Lena Horne and Rachel
  • Andy Kaufman and Emmi
  • An instrumental version of the song heard in the DVD Menu of "School and The Backyard Gang: Back to the 60's" and "School and the Backyard Gang: The Best of the 60's"

Non-BYG Edit

  • Muno and Rocks in Yo Gabba Gabba
  • The Carpenters recorded a cover of this song, which became a top 40 hit, reaching #3 on the Billboard top 100.
  • It has also been recorded by a diverse group of artists including The Boston Pops with Arthur Fiedler conducting, Ray Conniff, Perry Como, the Dixie Chicks, Johnny Mathis, and Barbra Streisand.
  • Maddie and Rocks in ZOOM
  • The song was performed by the New Zealand singer Wing on an episode of South Park which was also titled "Wing."
  • Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth recently performed a version with specially written holiday lyrics on her album A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas.
  • Linnea Reese (Lily Tomlin) sang and signed this song to her deaf children in the 1975 film Nashville.
  • Christopher Knight (as Peter Brady) sang the song with a puppet named Collette on The Brady Bunch Variety Hour(1977).
  • Justin Bieber on Sesame Street: Imagine That
  • Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett: Together Again (1989), as part of a 70s and 80s medley.
  • "With The Quickness" performed a muzak version which was heard in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.



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