Tim Nordwind, OK Go (2012 Guest)
I listened to Sesame Street albums all the time on my Fisher-Price record player. I loved all the songs, except anything by The Count [von Count]. To this day, if I hear his “Mwha-ha-ha-ha,” I get a twinge of fear.
Jason Derulo (Upcoming 2017 Guest)
I showed The Muppets dance moves. They were literally, like, live little people.
Brown Johnson, Executive evp and creative director, Sesame Workshop
The most popular videos on Sesame Studios [the Workshop’s YouTube channel] are all songs.
My first viral video was the second song I wrote with [songwriter, Hamilton actor] Chris Jackson, “What I Am” for Will.i.am. Will reworked the tune and it went viral. I feel like I’ve been trying to live up to that ever since.
Joey Mazzarino, Writer, director, head writer, Muppeteer (1990-2015)
My four-year-old daughter was having issues with her hair: She’s African-American; my wife is white with long, blonde hair; and my daughter suddenly wanted straight, “princess” hair. We thought this was unique to our family, then Chris Rock's  movie Good Hair came out and I realized it was a broader issue. I wanted my daughter to be proud of her hair, so I wrote “I Love My Hair” quickly with Chris Jackson. Right after the song aired, a 53-year-old woman working for a state senator called to say she’d cried when she saw it. Then it went viral with not only kids, but adults. I'd been on the show for 20 years, but having that experience with the web made me realize we still had a much broader impact than I'd even realized.
India Arie (2005 Guest)
Me singing with Elmo has, what, 123 million views? It's crazy. That is my most-watched anything. People talk to me about it all the time. Everywhere. I sang the national anthem at a Seattle Seahawks playoff game in 2015, and as I was coming off the field and the guy they call Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch, shook my hand and said, "You are so fine." I was like, "Thank you." Then another player walked up to me — a very tall white man on the Carolina [Panthers] team. I was like, What is he about to say? He said, “My son loves you.” I said, “Your son?” He said, “He watches your Elmo video multiple times a day.”
I'm usually approached at airports: Parents with children come up, so excited, and without exception, the kids just stare blankly at me — they were looking at the Muppets, not me. It's the parents who associate the song with a person.
Scott Hoying, Pentatonix (2014 Guest)
I grew up watching Sesame with my sisters; I was a huge Big Bird fan because he was tall and awkward like me. Now, all the time, people say, “My kids watch your Sesame Street performance every day.” We’re asked about it so much, I checked YouTube and our video has nearly 40 million views. I had no idea.