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Barney's Favorites, Volume 1 is the debut album of Barney. It was released on August 31, 1993 on CD and cassette by SBK Records. The album features a compilation of songs from the first and second season of the TV show and was the first entry in the Barney's Favorites line.

In the same year as the album was released, it became the fastest-selling children's album ever released,[1] hitting double platinum within four months of the album commercially entering at number nine on the Billboard 200.[2][3] On April 13, 1996, the album peaked at number thirty-four on Billboard's Catalog albums.[4] On March 22, 1997, the album commercially went on to peak at number one on Billboard's Top Kid's Albums, the same date that Run, Jump, Skip and Sing peaked at number three on the same chart.[5]

On March 13, 1998, the album went triple platinum (selling over three million units), making it the most successful Barney album to date.[6]

The album received a nomination for Best Musical Album for Children at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards in 1994, in which the award would go to the album producer, Bob Singleton.[7]

Following the release of Barney's Favorites, Volume 1 a sequel was released the following year. In 1997 a spanish equivalent, titled Las Canciones de Barney, was released, and a german equivalent, titled Barney's Lieblingslieder was released in 1998.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 4.5/5 stars

At AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated the album four and a half stars out of five, saying that both volumes in Barney's Favorites are much like the television series is "cute and sweet". He stated that the album "provides hours of listening enjoyment for small children, although parents might find it a little tiring."[8]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Barney Theme Song"
(Audio taken from season one and two)
Stephen Bates BaltesPhilip Parker • Traditional 0:54
2. "My Family's Just Right for Me"
(Audio taken from "Home Sweet Homes")
Parker 2:18
3. "Peanut Butter"
(Audio taken from "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy!")
Traditional 1:26
4. "The Ants Go Marching"
(Audio taken from ""I Just Love Bugs"")
Traditional 2:24
5. "Apples and Bananas"
(Audio taken from "Falling for Autumn!")
Traditional 1:44
6. "A Camping We Will Go"
(Audio taken from "A Camping We Will Go!")
Traditional 0:49
7. "Sarasponda"
(Audio taken from "A Camping We Will Go!")
Traditional 0:44
8. "Clean Up"
(Audio taken from "May I Help You?")
Traditional 0:31
9. "If All the Raindrops"
(Audio taken from "The Exercise Circus!")
Traditional 1:23
10. "And the Green Grass Grows All Around"
(Audio taken from "Our Earth, Our Home")
Traditional 2:23
11. "Sally the Camel"
(Audio taken from "Going Places!")
Traditional 1:49
12. "BINGO"
(Audio taken from "Be a Friend"; with additional vocals from Baby Bop)
Traditional 1:26
13. "Six Little Ducks"
(Audio taken from "Down on Barney's Farm")
Traditional 1:19
14. "Do Your Ears Hang Low"
(Audio taken from "Alphabet Soup!")
Traditional 1:13
15. "Looby Loo"
(Audio taken from "May I Help You?")
Traditional 1:34
16. "Down on Grandpa's Farm"
(Audio taken from "Grandparents are Grand")
Traditional 2:29
17. "The Stranger Song"
(Audio taken from "Playing It Safe")
Parker 1:32
18. "Old Brass Wagon"
(Audio taken from "Red, Blue and Circles Too!")
Traditional 1:07
19. "Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Firetruck"
(Audio taken from "Going Places!")
Traditional 1:20
20. "There Are Seven Days"
(Audio taken from "Happy Birthday, Barney!")
Lawrence I. Haron 0:56
21. "Alphabet Song"
(Audio taken from "May I Help You?")
Traditional 1:03
22. "Mr. Knickerbocker"
(Audio taken from "Be a Friend")
Traditional 1:13
23. "Kookaburra"
(Audio taken from "A Camping We Will Go")
Traditional 1:15
24. "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
(Audio taken from "Grandparents are Grand!")
Traditional 1:00
25. "Me and My Teddy"
(Audio taken from "When I Grow Up...")
Parker 2:08
26. "The Sister Song"
(Audio taken from "Everyone Is Special")
Parker 1:56
27. "I Love You"
(Audio taken from season two)
Lee Bernstein • Traditional 2:03
Total length: 40:23


Credits for Barney's Favorites, Volume 1 adapted from AllMusic[9] and the CD pamphlet.

Managerial and creative




Visuals and imagery

  • Henry Marquez – art direction
  • Karen McDonald - art direction, album designer
  • Jennifer Pickett - album designer


  • David Boothe - engineer, mixing, mixing engineer
  • Mike Pietzch - engineer


Promotional advertisement for the album.

Chart (1993-1997) Peak Position
US Billboard Catalog albums 34
US Billboard Top Kid albums 1
US Billboard 200 9
(UK) Woolworths 1[10]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) 3× Platinum 3,000,000

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Various August 31, 1993 Cassette • CD SBK
United Kingdom 1996 Cassette PolyGram
Various Summer 2018 digital download Universal


  • This album went triple platinum on the same date its sequel went platinum.
  • The National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) named it the best selling children's album of 1993-1994.

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