40 is the new magic number for Schoolhouse Rock

The iconic educational cartoon celebrates four decades of jazzy tunes and sometimes psychadelic animation.

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As a lifelong word nerd, I've always had a special place in my heart for edutainment cartoon Schoolhouse Rock. In celebration of the series' 40th birthday, WNYC's Soundcheck sat down with composer/creator Bob Dorough to reminisce about the first demo track ("Three is a Magic Number," in case you were curious) and the journey since then.


But as much as I love a good history lesson (what up, "Sufferin' Till Suffrage"?), listening to the conversation just made me want to hear my own favorite ditties. Below are my top five, but I'm curious to hear which songs you still hum.


Tweet me at @sarahbruning to let me know.


1. "Conjunction Junction"

Best line: "Out of the frying pan and into the fire / He cut loose the sandbags / But the balloon wouldn't go any higher."

2. "Three is a Magic Number"

Best line: "A man and a woman had a little baby / Yes, they did / They had three in the family / And that's a magic number."

3. "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here"

Best line: "Got a lot of lolly, jolly adverbs here."

4. "Unpack Your Adjectives"

Best line: "He was a hairy bear / He was a scary bear / We beat a hasty retreat from his lair."

5. "A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing"

Best line: "We went for a walk on the island you know / And in the middle of summer it started to snow / When I took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty."


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