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Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage is a live album with songs from the stage show of the same name. The album was originally sold on November 6, 1996 during the tour and was later released for retail on CD and cassette on May 6, 1997 by Lyrick Studios. The soundtrack was soon re-released by Koch Records and HIT Entertainment in 2004.

Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage was the fifth album released by Barney and the first live album to be released based on a live show.

The same year of the album's retail release, it commercially went on to peak at number six on Billboard's Top Kid's Albums on November 8, 1997.[4]

Following the release of Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage a spanish language version, titled La Gran Sorpresa de Barney, was released in 1998.

Release and promotion

One notable appearance to promote the album was on a CBS news station, where Barney sung "My Kite" from the stage show.[5]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 4/5 stars

At AllMusic, Ross Boissoneau rated the album four stars out of five, saying that Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage has "zestfulness" and "unfailing good humor". He stated that this soundtrack is the next best thing to being at the actual live show for children and families who enjoy Barney & Friends.[6]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Barney Theme Song" Traditional • Stephen Bates BaltesPhilip Parker 1:08
2. "If You're Happy and You Know It" Traditional 1:43
3. "Welcome to Our Treehouse" Joseph PhillipsTony Peugh 1:58
4. "The Baby Bop Hop" BaltesLory Lazarus 1:53
5. "Happy Birthday to Me" PhillipsPeugh 3:07
6. "My Kite" BaltesLazarus 2:29
7. "Driving Medley ("In the Car and Having Fun"/"Itsy Bitsy Spider"/"Mister Sun"/"Mr. Knickerbocker")" Peugh • Beth Ashbrook • Traditional 3:08
8. "Tinkerputt's Song Parker 2:20
9. "We Are Little Robots" Phillips 1:30
10. "Listen to the Night Time" David Bernard Wolf 2:29
11. "The Rainbow Song" Parker 1:32
12. "Hey, Look at Me! I Can Fly!" BaltesLazarus 1:30
13. "Ducks That I Once Knew" Traditional 2:16
14. "Happy Birthday to Me" (Reprise) PhillipsPeugh 1:04
15. "If All the Raindrops" Traditional 1:32
16. "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" Traditional 3:00
17. "Mother Goose Medley ("Humpty Dumpty"/"Hey Diddle Diddle"/"Little Miss Muffet"/"Little Boy Blue"/"One Two Buckle My Shoe"/"Sing a Song of Sixpence")" Traditional 4:14
18. "Old King Cole" Traditional 2:03
19. "Happy Birthday to You" Mildred J. Hill • Patty Smith Hill 1:34
20. "I Love You" Traditional • Lee Bernstein 2:23
Total length: 40:03


Credits for Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage adapted from AllMusic.

Managerial and creative



  • Joseph Phillips - arranger, producer
  • Charles King — music administrator & researcher
  • Jonathan Smith - music administrator & researcher

Visuals and imagery

  • Amy Lease – album art designer
  • Michael Estill - album art designer


  • Frank Salazar - recorder, mixer engineer





Chart (1997) Peak Position
US Billboard Top Kid Albums 6

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Various November 6, 1996 Cassette • CD Lyrick
May 6, 1997
2004 CD HIT • Koch
South Africa October 2007 HIT • NEXT


  • This soundtrack marked:
    • The first time Joseph Phillips produces a Barney album.
    • The first album to contain the audience effects.
  • Even though the songs, "The Airplane Song" and "I'm Mother Goose" are on the home video, they don't appear in this album.
  • Even though "Listen to the Night Time" was sung in this album, it wasn't in the home video.
  • During "I Love You", the audience can be heard singing, in the US and UK video they can still be heard singing but very faintly, in other versions the audience singing is removed due to the video being redubbed.

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