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"Barney is a Dinosaur" redirects here. For the song in A Day at the Beach, see Barney is Our Dinosaur.
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Barney Theme Song
Music by Traditional
Lyrics by Stephen Bates Baltes
Philip Parker
Usage Continue Use
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"Barney Theme Song" (also known as "Barney Is a Dinosaur") is an original Barney song that starts on every Barney & Friends episode and live tour, some albums, as well as almost all Barney videos. It made its grand debut in the Barney & the Backyard Gang pilot video The Backyard Show. The tune of the song is based on "Yankee Doodle".


Barney & Friends (Seasons 1-13)

Barney is a dinosaur
From our imagination,
And when he's tall, he's what we call
A dinosaur sensation!
Barney's friends are big and small;
They come from lots of places.
After school they meet to play
And sing with happy faces
Barney shows us lots of things
Like how to play pretend,
ABC's and 123s
And how to be a friend.
Barney comes to play with us
Whenever we may need him.
Barney can be your friend too,
If you just make-believe him!

Barney & Friends (Season 14)

Barney is a dinosaur
From our imagination
And when he's tall
He's what we call a dinosaur sensation
Barney and friends are here for you
To sing and dance and play games too
Barney comes to play with us
Whenever we may need him
Barney can be your friend too
If you just make-believe him!

Barney & the Backyard Gang

Barney is a dinosaur
from our imagination
And when he's tall, he's what we call
a dinosaur sensation
Barney lives with Michael and
With Amy, then you'll soon see
Little Tina tags along
With her big sister Luci
Jason/Derek is in Barney's club
And Adam/Jeffrey has a ticket
But Mom has never seen him,
'Cause she doesn't know our secret
Barney comes to play with us
Whenever we may need him
Barney can be your friend too
If you just make-believe him!

Note: The Backyard Gang version of the song goes much slower than the (current) TV version and the lyrics look a little bit different but the song is alike. Also the remix version goes a little faster and is a hip hop version.


  • Barney and the Backyard Gang (first videos): The original arrangement of the Barney Theme Song. Basic synthesized instruments are used.
  • Barney and the Backyard Gang (rest of the series): This arrangement is very much like the first arrangement, but with different instrumentation.
  • Barney in Concert: The arrangement for the Barney Theme Song used in the concert is the same as the rest of the BYG series, but it also uses the instruments that were later used in the first 3 seasons of Barney & Friends.
  • Barney & Friends (Seasons 1-3): The song is sped up and uses a different set of instruments. This is the most famous version of The Barney Theme Song.
  • Barney Live! In New York City: This arrangement is the same as the version used for Seasons 1-3, but with the cartoony sound effects removed. This version is also featured on the album, Barney's Favorites Vol. 2.
  • A Day In The Park With Barney: Another synthesized version of the song, based on the Seasons 1-3 version.
  • Barney & Friends (Season 4-6): A more synthesized remix of the song, modernizing it. In Season 5-6 the vocals are toned down.
  • Barney's Big Surprise: This version is a mix of the version used in A Day in the Park with Barney, and Seasons 4-6.
  • Barney's Musical Castle: Another modern synthesized version of the song. This version is also used in a lot of other Barney stage shows like Barney's Open House, Barney's Theatre, Barney's Colorful World!, and a few others.
  • Barney & Friends (Season 7-13) It again becomes more modern, this time with added sound effects like a carhorn.
  • Barney & Friends (Season 14- forward): The song becomes more contemporary with a new hip-hop remix. It even includes a verse that's rapped.
  • Barney's Birthday Bash: Live In Concert - Another hip-hop variation, but also includes aspects of the original song.

Episodes/home videos/movies that do not use this song

Although the Barney Theme Song has been used in many episodes, it has also been omitted numerous times. The following releases do not contain The Barney Theme Song.

  1. Imagination Island
  2. Barney Safety
  3. Barney's Great Adventure
  4. Barney's First Adventures
  5. My Party with Barney
  6. Come on Over to Barney's House
  7. Let's Go to the Zoo
  8. The Land of Make-Believe
  9. Can You Sing That Song?
  10. Let's Make Music
  11. Let's Go to the Fire House
  12. Dino-Mite Birthday
  13. Celebrating Around The World
  14. Barney's Animal ABC's
  15. Hi! I'm Riff!
  16. The Best of Barney
  17. Once Upon a Dino Tale
  18. Let's Go on Vacation
  19. Barney's Jungle Friends
  20. I Can Do It!
  21. A Very Merry Christmas
  22. I Love My Friends

Albums that do not use The Barney Theme Song

  1. Barney's Sleepytime Songs
  2. Run Jump Skip and Sing
  3. Barney's Great Adventure (soundtrack)
  4. I Love to Sing with Barney
  5. Barney's A Great Day for Learning
  6. Barney For Baby: Love and Lullabies
  7. Barney Rocks!
  8. Start Singing With Barney
  9. The Barney Boogie (album)
  10. The Land of Make-Believe (album)
  11. Perfectly Platinum 30 Dino-Mite Songs


  • In the live tours, the theme is shortened to only the first and last stanzas.
  • For Barney's 20th Anniversary, the song was remixed in a hip-hop fashion and was put into a music video with modern clips of the TV show and various videos.
  • In live appearances, being Barney's theme song, the purple guy makes his entrance when it plays.
  • The last couple notes of the theme song are heard at the end of The Backyard Gang Rap.
  • In Season 7 of the theme song a promo video of Gianna and Sarah riding on the bench was shown.
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