Songs for an Amazing Race-like event for children?
July 20, 2011 6:46 AM   Subscribe

Looking for songs that would fit the theme for an "Amazing Dewey Race" (a scavenger hunt type event using the Dewey Decimal System). It's a child/young adult event at a public library, so music needs to be appropriate for that audience.
posted by rollbiz to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I believe "Yakety Sax" is what you're looking for. Here it is.
posted by cosmicbandito at 6:57 AM on July 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card
posted by thewestinggame at 7:04 AM on July 20, 2011

Best answer: I'm at work so I can't post links, but either the Silent E or LY songs by Tom Lehrer? Assuming I understand you right and you need topical songs for specific areas of Dewey?
posted by librarianamy at 7:08 AM on July 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: William Tell Overture, 'Theme from S.W.A.T.,' 'Mission Impossible' theme, that kind of thing?

Or do you mean songs for each subject area or something?
posted by box at 7:20 AM on July 20, 2011

Best answer: The Major-General's Song from Pirates of Penzance?
posted by jquinby at 7:51 AM on July 20, 2011

Schoolhouse Rock!
posted by chrisinseoul at 7:53 AM on July 20, 2011

Best answer: Song by "Mr. Duey" about the Dewey Decimal System, downloadable through Amazon here.
posted by dlugoczaj at 8:44 AM on July 20, 2011

Well, there's more: here.

(Disclaimer--I don't know how good they are, I just know that they exist.)
posted by dlugoczaj at 8:46 AM on July 20, 2011

Response by poster: As far as what the content of the songs can be, it's pretty freeform. Songs about the DDS would work, songs to get pumped up for running around would work, etc.

Thanks for all the suggestions so far!
posted by rollbiz at 8:57 AM on July 20, 2011

I want to recommend Blackalicious' Alphabet Aerobics even though its alphabetical instead of decimal
posted by Hoopo at 11:33 AM on July 20, 2011

While I love Blackalicious, and while I acknowledge that their lyrics are far less problematic than most hip-hop groups, and while I enjoy detonating a dime of dank daily as much as the next guy, I'm not sure that 'Alphabet Aerobics' is appropriate for a childrens/YA public library program.
posted by box at 3:08 PM on July 20, 2011

Best answer: The Chariots of Fire theme song?
posted by sugarbomb at 10:54 PM on July 20, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks everyone for your suggestions, the event and the mix were a huge hit!
posted by rollbiz at 5:19 PM on July 22, 2011

If you get a chance, rollbiz, will you please post the tracklist? Our children's programmers have already done 'Minute to Win It' and 'Deal or No Deal' programs, so I'm thinking it would be easy to persuade them to try an Amazing Race.
posted by box at 5:28 PM on July 22, 2011

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