Who wrote the alphabet song?

Whether you learned your ABCs on Sesame Street, from your grandmother, or in kindergarten, you probably learned them. The clever tune is imprinted in the brains of most of us English speakers. When you look up a word in a print dictionary, you may still sing the song to yourself to remember if L is before J or not.

We take the song for granted today, but someone had to write that tune. Though you may not recognize it, the tune of the alphabet song is based on the tune of a very common nursery rhyme: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. In the 1780s, Mozart originally composed the tune as a variation on a classic French nursery rhyme “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman” (which means “Ah! Would I tell you, mother?”). Fifty years later, an American music publisher Charles Bradlee put the useful lyrics to that catchy tune: A, B, C, D… you know how it goes. In 1835, he copyrighted the song. The song’s legal title was “The A.B.C., a German air with variations for the flute with an easy accompaniment for the piano forte.” (Nursery rhymes of all stripes help young children learn the rules of language. Learn more here.)

Obviously, the rest is history. Today, the tune is standard for alphabet songs, not only the English alphabet, but also French and German.

Similarly, other languages have alphabet songs to help children learn and remember the written language. In Arabic, the alphabet song is also a child-friendly tune called “Alif Ba Ta Tsa”. Both Japanese and Chinese have poems that express all the characters in the language. In Japanese, a poem, “Iroha”, contains all the syllables of Japanese, called kana. A more common organization of the language, though, is the gojūon, which also has all the Japanese kanas. In Chinese, a poem called the “Thousand Character Classic” helps schoolchildren learn all the Chinese characters. Clearly, we all need alphabets and mnemonic devices to help us remember written language.

Do you still use the alphabet song regularly?

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  1. Lucky Bronze!!! -  December 15, 2015 - 11:02 am


  2. Martha -  October 14, 2013 - 11:41 pm


    Do you proofread your website?

    I’ve discovered 14 grammatical faults.


    • Alfred -  May 15, 2015 - 8:33 am

      I am curious what grammatical faults you found?

    • Lucky Bronze!!! -  December 15, 2015 - 10:57 am

      i am with martha on this lol


  3. sherryyu -  June 9, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    this is a good ariticle andi almost always sing the song in my head

  4. Shadow Rider -  April 30, 2012 - 2:11 am

    That was very cool! :) I’m 12 1/2 and I never noticed that it has the same tune as Twinkle Twinkle little star if u think about it it dos and I still sing the alfabet sometimes 2 remeber the places of the letters

  5. BeastBoyLover(Abi) -  March 30, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    I’m in 8th grade and i know as many words as a high schooler!

  6. BeastBoyLover(Abi) -  March 30, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    A is for Awesome, like me!
    B is for barbie, cus she’s got kankles!
    C is for chocolate, cus it’s yummy!
    D is for dimonds, cus they’re shiny!
    E is for elephant, cus..uhm…idk!
    F is for family, cus they’re special!
    G is for green, cus that color is beautiful!
    H is for hawk, cus they’re awesome!
    I is for igloo, cus I couldn’t think of anything else!
    J is for jello, cus it’s fun to say!
    K is for kangaroos, cus they rock!
    L is for lemon, cus they’re sourly good!
    M is for mommy, cus she loves you!
    N is for names, cus you need one!
    O is for often, cus I said so!
    P is for peace, cus it’s a good thing!
    Q is for quack, cus it should be!
    R is for reminding, cus you forget!
    S is for spark, cus they fly!
    T is for tip, cus it just is!
    U is for unique, cus that’s what you are!
    V is for view, cus we all need one!
    W is for winter, cus it’s very cold!
    X is for x-ray, cus it has to be!
    Y is for yonder, cus I felt like it!
    Z is for zebra, cus they have stripes!

    • Gabby -  February 16, 2015 - 11:57 am

      That is so cool that you can do that
      I can’t

    • Lucky Bronze!!! -  December 15, 2015 - 11:00 am

      zipper, yoyo, and weirdo

    • Taraunicorn123 -  March 7, 2016 - 1:09 pm


  7. BeastBoyLover(Abi) -  March 30, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    I DID!

  8. Spagyrik -  March 21, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    The root of your writing whilst sounding reasonable originally, did not really work perfectly with me personally after some time. Somewhere within the sentences you managed to make me a believer unfortunately just for a while. I however have a problem with your leaps in logic and one might do well to help fill in all those gaps. In the event that you can accomplish that, I will surely be amazed.

  9. Killa-D-#1 -  March 16, 2012 - 10:40 am

    I been Know my abc but why does A starts and z comes last.Thats why it’s the alphabet;)

  10. jabar -  March 12, 2012 - 10:39 am

    yahoo. hi

  11. thomas jefferson -  March 7, 2012 - 7:39 am


  12. Ironic Twist -  March 6, 2012 - 9:30 pm

    I don’t need the alphabet song…
    Everyone knows the alphabet goes like…
    A C B D F E H G J I L K N M P O R Q T S V U X W Y Z

    • Taraunicorn123 -  March 7, 2016 - 1:10 pm

      Wrong. U got the letters mixed up. U do need the alfabetsong!

  13. Paddy -  February 27, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    I never needed no little song:I learned my AGB’s by mezmorize.

  14. mary torres so loved -  February 27, 2012 - 12:16 pm

    project X comes out this friday whos all going? :D

  15. Nyla -  February 25, 2012 - 3:31 pm

    I sill use the a,b,c’s

  16. Lorna -  February 24, 2012 - 10:22 am

    well. . . . it is ALSO Bah Bah Black Sheep. . . this is funny though. . .never noticed it before

  17. mary torres so loved -  February 24, 2012 - 9:50 am

    @bob yes he iz :D

  18. bob -  February 24, 2012 - 8:33 am

    I love Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! He is AWESOME!:)

  19. Charles -  February 24, 2012 - 7:42 am
  20. Charles -  February 24, 2012 - 7:42 am

    OMG Did not know that!

  21. PAPA ASSANE DIEYE -  February 24, 2012 - 7:14 am

    Fabulous! I sing it every morning with my pupils. Rufisque, SENEGAL, West Africa

  22. maximonk -  February 24, 2012 - 6:34 am

    I don’t believe I ever heard the song, or if I did. I certainly did not use it to learn my ABCs. Perhaps it was not so popular in UK in the1930s?

  23. Hello Peter -  February 24, 2012 - 3:15 am

    Really, there are around 6000 characters in Simplified Chinese, and between 60 000 and 80 000 Traditional Chinese Characters. If you can’t get basics like this right, are any of your other facts correct? 1000 Characters indeed! As a student of Chinese, I wish…

  24. Azy -  February 23, 2012 - 11:14 pm

    Nice to know. That’s my name :)

  25. les -  February 23, 2012 - 10:30 pm

    Wait what comes before “t”
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z NOW I KNOW MY ABC’S NEXT TIME WON’T YOU SING WITH ME wait what was it again
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T ooooooohhhhhhhh it’s “s” ya!!!!!!!!

  26. Lola -  February 23, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    SUPERCALIFRAGALISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS, even though the sound of it won’t be quite atrocious.

  27. Lola -  February 23, 2012 - 9:28 pm

    I am 10, and learning so many words from dictionary.com. I love u dictionary.com!!!!!!! :)

  28. Lola -  February 23, 2012 - 9:20 pm

    I do not want to be offensive, but “singed’ is not a word. It is “sang”. Just an F.Y.I.

  29. Aditya Sahasrabudhe -  February 23, 2012 - 8:25 pm

    i still sing the song while leafing the dictionary sometimes…

  30. Mary -  February 23, 2012 - 5:41 pm

    I use it to see what order I and H go in…and I’m in high school

  31. Mark -  February 23, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    I kind of already knew it was “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

  32. Cat -  February 23, 2012 - 5:13 pm

    Also for this french kids song…

    Quand trois poules vont aux champs
    La première marche devant
    La deuxième suit la première
    La troisième vient la dernière
    Quand trois poules vont aux champs
    La première marche devant

  33. Lilith48 -  February 23, 2012 - 5:13 pm

    We learned the ABC song several different ways and at church we sang: ABCDEFG Jesus died for you and me. HIJKLMN,Jesus died for sinner’s sin, Amen,OPQRSTU,I believe GOD’s word is true. ( repeat the U ) UVW,GOD has promised you,XYZ a home eternily !
    I always remembered it the best this way ! In His Love ( IHL ) Lill

  34. Triisha -  February 23, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    mind if i sing the song this time?
    heh heh heh heh heh……..

    Genie with the Dirty Mind!

  35. A -  February 23, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    OH MY GOSH! IM IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ACCORDING TO THE WORD DYNAMO TEST THING ON THIS SITE, I KNOW ALMOST AS MANY WORDS AS A HIGH SCHOOLER! AND IM ONLY IN 7th GRADE! sorry for that, I couldn’t find anywhere else to post that. But the tune to BAH BAH BLACKSHEEP only about HALF matches the A.B.C song. But good job half noticing! ( kidding im hopped up on mt. dew and I’m excited about my dynamo score) Have a nice day! GOD bless you all!

  36. maxine -  February 23, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    that was actually really informative. i think that dictionary.com should make a book with all these interesting things on it. everyone knew this but the people that didn’t learnt something new. thats great. everyone is learning. keep up the good work dictionary.com.

  37. jay selvey -  February 23, 2012 - 3:27 pm


    Hot Cross Buns is easier than Twinkle. HCB was the first song I ever learned and, at the time I was taking music lessons, was the first one in the Beginners books

  38. Hallie the asian -  February 23, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    OMG HOW DID YOU KNOW I SING TO THE ALPHABET TO FIND THE LETTERS? STALKER!! hahaha no but seriously do sing the alphabet sometimes when i forget especially after H

  39. Chris -  February 23, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    Twinkle Twinkle little star, Mozart

  40. Clarissa -  February 23, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    I once told my friends that the ABC song was to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” but no one believed me! I am so glad to hear that I was indeed right! What do U say now, BFF? :) :) :) :)

  41. poopull -  February 23, 2012 - 11:32 am

    No, it is NOT the same as baa baa blacksheep

  42. Isabella -  February 23, 2012 - 10:38 am

    This is awesome!

  43. sally -  February 23, 2012 - 9:48 am

    HI :)

  44. mary torres so loved -  February 23, 2012 - 9:11 am

    that last post was for @olly

  45. River Rowe -  February 23, 2012 - 9:03 am

    THats amazing

  46. tb -  February 23, 2012 - 8:37 am

    i never knew that Mozart wrote the song ABC… WISH I COULD GO BACK 2 YOUNG AGE AND GOT A CHANCE 2 SING THE SONG AGAN

  47. Amber -  February 23, 2012 - 8:34 am


  48. Lexy -  February 23, 2012 - 8:34 am

    lalalaalaalalaal trololololol aahahahahahaha. Its ba ba black sheeep!!!!!!! no one cares about the stupid japanese abc’s!!!! Were in a america not japan!!! Get over it!!!! We speak english!!!!!!!!!!!!! Learn english!!

  49. Cece -  February 23, 2012 - 8:11 am

    Composer Joseph Haydn frequently cited popular tunes in his symphonies, particularly in the variation-type slow movements. He based the Andante of this Symphony in G major on a universally well known tune, the one we know as “Twinkle, twinkle, little star.” Mozart had already written a set of keyboard variations on this tune, which he identified by its French title, “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman ; less than a hundred years ago the Hungarian composer-pianist-conductor Ernst von Dohnányi used the same tune as the basis for his extended Variations on a Nursery Song, for piano and orchestra. Haydn’s original intention in the second movement of this symphony was simply to write a set of variations on a tune known to everyone; From the Kennedy Center notes. So, Mozart did not write it. He, too, used an already known folk tune or nursery rhyme tune. Probably some creative mama sang it first to her babies.

  50. John K -  February 23, 2012 - 8:09 am

    ??? on February 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm, functional-illiterate-like, wrote:
    “Who didn’t know that it was the same melody as “twinkle, twinkle, little star”? Anybody with enough common sense as a kid could tell but i guess the world is all corrupt and nobody pays attention to anything thats not brung to their attention. If people would start paying more attention then maybe, just maybe, their perspective on the world would change…”

    Hmmm, ??? … maybe middle-school English could change your *perspective* on grammar and punctuation. I mean, “brung?” Really?

  51. Lilie -  February 23, 2012 - 8:08 am

    In my Italian class we sang an alphabet song to the same tune, but it was slightly different because your missing five letters, although some of the letters are longer, for example, h is said ah-ka, and z is zeta
    Also, in my sign language class we used it to learn all the handshapes for the letters, but were then told not to practice fingerspelling with the alphabet because you want the muscle memory to be from common patterns (th, ch, ca, ing, tion, etc.) instead of from the alphabet.

  52. Pop -  February 23, 2012 - 8:03 am

    It is also tuned to twinkle twinkle litte star

  53. Cori -  February 23, 2012 - 6:54 am

    “Whether you learned your ABCs on Sesame Street, from your grandmother, or in kindergarten, you probably learned them.”

    I probably did learn my ABCs. Edit, please.

  54. Tshimbiluni -  February 23, 2012 - 6:22 am

    The abc song is wonderful,bt i’d
    like to learn more about it

  55. Joan -  February 23, 2012 - 5:55 am

    Wow!!!!! never knew that…

  56. twin2 -  February 23, 2012 - 5:46 am

    @ makenzie… twinkle little star says something that goes like this…Like a traveler in the dark…but thats all i remember

  57. b, p, m, f... -  February 23, 2012 - 5:04 am

    Actually, Chinese does use the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star song, except it goes, b, p, m, f, d, t, n, l… and hasn’t got consonants. Also, the Qian Zi Wen doesn’t teach all characters – 1000 characters can only teach you so much. To know only 1000 characters would limit one’s vocabulary to a very small range of words that uses those 1000. Plus, that classic is ancient and some new characters have been invented since then.

  58. mary torres so loved -  February 23, 2012 - 4:37 am

    :) :) :D

  59. ahmet baser -  February 23, 2012 - 2:18 am

    …and he wrote this song when he was so little like 6 years or so, if i am not mistaken.

  60. Luck in W -  February 22, 2012 - 11:20 pm

    I don’t think that the same alphabet song works for all languages. Maybe that’s why I keep forgetting the letters of the Russian alphabet. It has quite a few more than the more common alphabets with Roman letters.

    However, unless I’m mistaken, the Greek alphabet may be somewhat shorter. Yes. it has only 24 letters. But the Russian alphabet, developed from the Cyrillic and based more on the Greek, has 33 letters. During the 18th C. it lost 8 of its letters and 4 more in 1918. (Wikipedia) It has a lot of what we would call letter combinations. I’ve just been looking at the letters and explanations a bit more closely on that page. It looks as if some of the letters have changed since I first learned Russian a little over 40 years ago, but then, one of my professors was Ukrainian and that alphabet is also a little different; the main difference being that the Ukr. i is the same as ours, while in Rus. it’s written like a u and printed like a backwards N, while the n looks like a capital H. Believe me, it’s lots of fun.

  61. Alex Flores -  February 22, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    twinkle twinkle little star

  62. Raj Sanil -  February 22, 2012 - 9:02 pm

    !Si, Hablo Espanol!

  63. Raj Sanil -  February 22, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    Dictionary.com rocks….. Just cant live without it

  64. Kathleen -  February 22, 2012 - 8:27 pm

    It’s the same tune as “Baa -baa Black Sheep” too.

  65. Matthew -  February 22, 2012 - 6:50 pm

    You guys are all idiots.

    See you later!

  66. Matthew -  February 22, 2012 - 6:50 pm

    You guys are all idiots.

    See you never!

  67. Tania -  February 22, 2012 - 6:06 pm

    WOW me like the a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o q r s t u v w x y z Now I know my ABC’s next time wont u sing with me. :)

  68. Writeaholic -  February 22, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    That song is the best ever. I use it all the time to rememebr the order of letters. >.< I is not st00pid. Just a bit scatterbrained

  69. mary torres -  February 22, 2012 - 5:59 pm


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  71. E -  February 22, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    twinkle twinkle little star

  72. Priya -  February 22, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    i sing it to my daughter everyday and she loves it….

  73. OH WOW -  February 22, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    A,B,C,D,E,F,G Gummie bears are after me. One is red. One is blue. One is peeing in my shoe. Now I’m running for my life. Because the red one has a knife.

  74. myia -  February 22, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    sesame street

  75. Jason -  February 22, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    The arabic is alif ba ta tha not tsa

  76. niaapril -  February 22, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    it makes me go to sleepp hahahahahaaa!!!!!!!

  77. niaapril -  February 22, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    omg!!!!! i love this !!!!!! jk :D

  78. cool -  February 22, 2012 - 3:10 pm

    the tune twinkle twinkle little star by Motzart is to the same tune as the abc’s.

  79. hellopeeps -  February 22, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    i thought it was micheal jackson…

  80. Christina -  February 22, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ now I know my ABC’s next time wont you sing with meeee! :P

  81. kicks -  February 22, 2012 - 2:08 pm


  82. Rawr ?! -  February 22, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    HIII!!!!!!!!! you dont know my name…. btw i like to say MEOW!!!!!!

  83. bob -  February 22, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    i did not know that is was sung to twinkle twinkle little star.

  84. ABCSONG | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  February 22, 2012 - 11:35 am

    [...] ‘ABC Song’ — D,E,F,G — H,I,J,K — L,M,N,O,P — Q,R,S,N,T,U,V — W,X,N,Y,N,Z — just another Twinkling Star — Out of Place — N OT so far — Now we know the A,B,C — Please, tell us what you think, Oui Oui. — OR OT. — ever. –>>L.T.Rhyme [...]

  85. coolbuck -  February 22, 2012 - 10:58 am

    An interesting story. I learned the song when my boys were in the kindergarten. It’s a clever way to help our kids to remember alphabet. Why don’t we have songs for many other things?

  86. Me -  February 22, 2012 - 10:37 am

    I don’t know my alphabet! Wait, then how can I write?

  87. jaybee -  February 22, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Hey, ???, where did you get the word “brung” anyway?

  88. Me -  February 22, 2012 - 10:34 am

    My brother likes to say:

    Bla Bla Black Sheep Have you any wolf?
    Yessir Yessir Three bags fool!

  89. Ryab -  February 22, 2012 - 9:51 am

    I use the song all the time when using the dictionary too, it’s imprinted so deeply that the process is almost subconscious…

  90. Language Guy -  February 22, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Eyewitness is, sadly, far from the mark. Then again, so is the original post.

    For Japanese, the Iroha poem (not “Ihora” [sic]) is no longer used. They use a different order, but there is no song.

    The Chinese Thousand Character Classic does not have all the characters, but it does have one thousand different ones, and yes, was used in education.

    As for Japanese, there are the kanji (Chinese characters), hiragana (a kind of cursive syllabary), and the katakana (a square-ish syllabary). They are all used together, but for different purposes. Kanji are for most content words; hiragana are for some content words, as well as for inflections and grammatical markers; and katakana are used similarly to italics.

    Convoluted, but not impossible. Check out Wikipedia for longer explanations.

  91. $nokey Torres -  February 22, 2012 - 9:33 am

    i sing this 2 my little brothers and my step sisters

  92. ed -  February 22, 2012 - 9:14 am

    Proofreading is a must. (First sentence)

    Also for all of you who “guessed” Twinkle…” it’s in the text of the article.

  93. Tokima -  February 22, 2012 - 8:55 am

    “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Black Sheep”.
    I’m 21 so it’s too easy for me! bring it on me!!
    I’m bringing sexy back (YEAH!)

  94. Tim -  February 22, 2012 - 8:23 am

    :-) :-( wow thats cute but also sad because my little brother like that song

  95. Niato -  February 22, 2012 - 7:29 am

    Interesting piece, would have thought they’d already put in an article about the ABCs, nonetheless, great read, though I do wish the people that post would but a little more time, and thought into their posts, because just about all of them don’t have the least bit of proper grammar, wording, or punctuation.

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  97. L Faw Betts -  February 22, 2012 - 5:54 am

    I did not learn the alphabet song since my sister and I were taught a British system of learning called the Initial Teaching Alphabet or ITA in the early seventies. ITA is a purely phonetic alphabet which eliminates all the oddities in reading English. It uses symbols which closely resemble the English alphabet but they only make one sound and there are no silent letters. Sceptics believed that this would make learning to read TO(our normal alphabet) difficult or impossible. But we got by ok. ITA was taught in Canada at the time but I don’t know if it is still used. The intention, I believe, was to make reading easier for young children. Has anyone else out there ever heard of ITA?

  98. Simon -  February 22, 2012 - 5:04 am

    The “Chinese Alphabet Song” thing doesn’t exist…… I’m a Chinese……

  99. Carrie -  February 22, 2012 - 4:47 am

    sooo…the question now is how this evolved into Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Baa Baa Black Sheep. Anyone know? Hopefully another highlight for Dictionary.com

  100. mar -  February 22, 2012 - 4:22 am

    obviously we all started how to read from the abc..song and always be in our memory..

  101. Alex -  February 22, 2012 - 4:20 am

    Actually in Japanese, it’s the Iroha poem. Kana also refers to both hiragana and katakana, as the last two characters in both words shorten down to kana. Kanji is the more complex writing, but is comprised of the other two writing styles. Also, the poem itsself has kanji in it, though can be written out in hiragana only. Young kids don’t start off memorizing all the kanji first, they start with hiragana and move up as they get older like we would do with math or grammar. That’s why the poem is in kana, not kanji.

  102. Renrut -  February 22, 2012 - 3:54 am

    A you’re adorable
    B you’re so beautiful
    C you’re a cutie full of charm
    D you’re delightful and
    E you’re exciting and
    F you’re a feather in my arms
    G you look good to me
    H you’re so heavenly
    I you’re the one I idolize
    J we’re like Jack and Jill
    K you’re so kissable
    L is the love light in your eyes.
    MNOP I could go on all day
    QRST alphabetically speaking you’re OK
    U make my life complete
    V means you’re very sweet WXYZ
    It’s good to wander through the alphabet with you and tell you what you mean to me.

  103. yo -  February 22, 2012 - 3:03 am

    baby rymes i miss them

  104. Alexandra -  February 22, 2012 - 1:02 am


    Never knew

  105. Raymond -  February 22, 2012 - 12:46 am

    I once folded up the alphabet to see why certain letters are near others….

  106. Ivan -  February 21, 2012 - 11:28 pm

    Saw the link on the main dictionary page, looked at it for a second and I literally thought “I KNOW THIS ONE I KNOW IT GAHHH WHAT IS IT?!” I started singing the ABCs, along with other nursery rhymes, because I knew it was a nursery rhyme, after about two minutes I figured it out XD for some reason my brain wanted it to be Row Row Row Your Boat….

  107. Lala -  February 21, 2012 - 10:27 pm

    It’s learn for fun. All the baby’s tried to sang this song!

  108. shveta -  February 21, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    I’m amazed at how much history that there is in the world and how much of it getn chng evrydy

  109. Unanimouslyweagreetoanimosity -  February 21, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    You know, the tune is also used for “Ba, Ba, Black Sheep.” Lol, me and two of my friends plan to sing “A.B.C.,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” and “Ba, Ba, Black Sheep” simultaneously for a talent show.

  110. Yolanda -  February 21, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    Even Ba BA black sheep…

  111. why do you want to know -  February 21, 2012 - 8:33 pm

    as some peeps think, its actually not the tune to baa baa black sheep. how ever, it is VERY similar.

  112. ai -  February 21, 2012 - 8:29 pm

    the japanese one is iroha not ihora!

  113. GPS -  February 21, 2012 - 8:25 pm

    there is also a song for the hebrew alphabet the Aleph Bet…..

  114. HEHEHE YAY! -  February 21, 2012 - 8:02 pm


  115. fizzle -  February 21, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    The alphabet can also be adapted to a Beach Boys song, Surfer Girl. Much cooler than the Mozart. (I wonder if Brian Wilson knows this).

  116. david hall -  February 21, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    theres also a pop song from the 40/50s called the alphabet song.
    this begins
    ,A you’re adoreable…. B you’re so beautiful…. C you’re a cuty full
    D you’re a darling…..E you’re exciting F you’re a feather in my arms
    It goes right through the alphabet and I can still play this song.

  117. Elizabeth -  February 21, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    Use that constantly! Am in college and STILL can’t remember if T comes before S.

  118. jend -  February 21, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    Oh! i thought the song said or sound like want not won’t to sing with me…which is right? so I can sing it right the next time..

  119. Dextane -  February 21, 2012 - 6:50 pm

    who remembers saying “elemeno” instead of “l-m-n-o”

  120. Kyoko -  February 21, 2012 - 6:03 pm

    Excuse,me! Japanese song is “iroha,” not “ihora.”
    Strictly speaking, it is rather a “waka,” which is a style of Japanese poem like haikus.Iroha does not have a melody, so, we do not sing it. We chant it.
    Neither Kanji song or katakana song, we have, unfortunately.
    We just memorize them.

  121. cae-cae -  February 21, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    yeah! i knew that! band nwerd right here. :) and the abc song saved my butt in french class… as for spanish? not so easy. you have all those funky n-yays and rolling your r’s (rrrrrrrrrr… i can’t actually roll my r’s those.) but twinkle, twinkle black sheep- now do you know your abc’s? :P

  122. 2nd -  February 21, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    God, I am SUCH a nerd.

  123. 2nd -  February 21, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    I use it @ my school, but that’s ‘cuz we don’t have DICTIONARY.COM!!!!!!! GO WORDS!!!!!

  124. Rocio -  February 21, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    twinkle twinkle little star

  125. sydney -  February 21, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    it is also the tune to twinkle twinkle little star

  126. natalie -  February 21, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    it’s also the tune of twinkle, twinkle, little star by Mozart

  127. Martha Leonard -  February 21, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    How serendipitous to find this little article about the Alphabet right now. I came to Dictionary .com at this moment just as I am wrapping up a children’s book that I have been working on and off for a number of years. I wanted to get a clearer concept on the word symmetry and what it might mean regarding various letters. I was just revising a children’s story about a little boy and his special letters. Another review and maybe a slight revision and I will be looking for a publisher. I know my book will sell well because it is about school reading, writing and math. And its about family and the very special place they live. A little boy feels conflicted when he goes to school because he wants to do things his way. Dictionary.com is a tremendous help when I write. It is so convenient to have this online dictionary right at my finger tips. No need to get off track getting my awkward reference book that is likely to tumble off my desk and unto the floor before I get it open to the correct spelling of the word. Oh and that is the wonderful thing about Dictionary.com. You do not have to spell correctly to find the word. A misspelled word gets you to the correct spelling. Such an excellent, excellent resource. 5 stars from me. Spelling, pronunciation, and meaning and even the opposites. Wow! Thank you! Thank you! Love the little articles you put in even if they do get me off track a bit. I guess its good to have a break. ML

  128. Alexis Jones -  February 21, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Wow, I’m amazed at how much history that there is in the world!! It’s amazing!! :)

  129. Destiny Leigh -  February 21, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    I am learning Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in band and I just this school year figured ou t it was by Mozart… Our sing books call it Mozart Melody though… :) <3

  130. Eyewitness -  February 21, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    As a point of order for those interested, Japanese has three written languages, none of them acutally called ‘kana.’ They are hirakana, katakana, and konji, which approximately translate into “High Japanese,” used in feudal times and probably still in statecraft by the educated classes, “Low Japanese” used by anyone who was not considered qualified to use “High Japanese,” and Konji, which is more or less a relatively modern phonetic character set like our alphabet, now widely used by all Japanese in daily life, domestic mass media, and advertising. When I learned Japanese, the language I was taught was konji as the indispensible language for contemporary Japanese society. I cannot vouch for my spelling of these: I have relied on the english phonetic spelling. I also do not know, but I doubt, if there are three Japanese ‘alphabet songs.’ Hmm.

  131. Hai-Mie -  February 21, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    TWINKLE, twinkle, little star
    how i wonder what you are,
    up above a world so high!
    like a diomand in the sky! :D
    TWINKLE, twinkle, little star
    how i wonder what you are!

  132. _____________ -  February 21, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    I knew that the ABC’s are to the tune ofTwinkle, Twinkle Little Star, but I think the history was more interesting to learn about! :) By the way, I’m fluent in Arabic, and the fourth letter is actually pronounced “Tha,” not “Tsa.”
    Thanks for the article!

  133. Olly -  February 21, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    now i know my ABCs next time wont you sing with meeeee !
    i love the way M.J SINGED IT !

  134. miles lewis -  February 21, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

  135. erica gorden -  February 21, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    twinkle twinkle little star

  136. brenna -  February 21, 2012 - 2:42 pm

    twinkle twinkle little star

  137. Elise E. -  February 21, 2012 - 2:42 pm

    “Let’s see. I’m in the ‘Y’ section of the dictionary because the word ‘Xiphura’ appeared in my science book. Ummmmm? a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x… Oh dear, it appears I’ve gone too far. But how far? a b c d… w x y! Okay, I’m only one off.” :D

    Sesame Street taught me the alphabet song when I was too young to remember.

  138. WarriorGirl -  February 21, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    wow…i’m this old (13) and i didn’t recognize “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in the song…i’m stupid.

  139. lex somha -  February 21, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    every one knows this if you went to school ever XD

  140. Vicaari -  February 21, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    Don’t know how to answer this… not very many so, un4tunately, NO. Should know which comes b4 or after…
    Anyway overwhelmed upon learning what just read… and “Isn’t that something!”–have to say out loud, as if.

    Motzart!!! (My fav composer) Creation, I mean “Twinkle twinkle….” Gdness–though its origin began in French & a smart Am publisher rendered it to this famous alpahabet song sing-a-long…. Gdness!

    Nice. Enjoyed it.


  141. bossboy -  February 21, 2012 - 2:25 pm


  142. bossboy -  February 21, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    thats cool. i didnt know mozart wrote it.

  143. Zuul Woodson -  February 21, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,and Z! I learned in kindergarten to say take out the and when I sing my ABC’s!LOL! I’m 12 now…. how the years have gone by…! :-)

  144. Chloe Bullock -  February 21, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    I know the answer! I know the answer to the question! another song that has the toon of the ABC song is twinkle twinkle little star and it was written by motzart! HA HA! I GOT IT RIGHT AND I’M ONLY 11! I bet none of you people knew the answer! HAHA!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  145. nonya -  February 21, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    twinkle twinkle little star and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote the song and was in his 30′s when he died. hehehehe!

  146. sdfyeuf -  February 21, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    how did i get here???????

  147. Caitlyn Sanders -  February 21, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    Hey! i love the abc’s . DONT TELL ANYBODY but……. i still take bubaths. and i sing the abc’s int eh bathtub. i also sing ”rud-a-dub dub theres a baby in the tub” theres more to it

  148. Lavender -  February 21, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    Easiest song to play on ANY INSTRUMENT–at least, any instrument that I’ve played (which includes but is not limited to piano, violin, and recorder)

  149. jen3 -  February 21, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    ha 43

  150. ??? -  February 21, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    Who didn’t know that it was the same melody as “twinkle, twinkle, little star”? Anybody with enough common sense as a kid could tell but i guess the world is all corrupt and nobody pays attention to anything thats not brung to their attention. If people would start paying more attention then maybe, just maybe, their perspective on the world would change…

  151. 43 -  February 21, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    lets go home and watch TV!

  152. idk -  February 21, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    And “black sheep”

  153. mann -  February 21, 2012 - 12:52 pm


  154. mann -  February 21, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    My baby sister sings this song very sweetly. :-*
    God bless her!! :-)

  155. mann -  February 21, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    My baby sister sings this song very sweetly. :-x
    God bless her!! :-)

  156. Diana -  February 21, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    I love my ABC but it should be A. Like MBC 1 and MBC2 like B and MBC 3 like C

  157. EarlOfWarwick -  February 21, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    I believe it should be “Ah! vous dirais-je, Maman” with an s in “dirais”
    Je dirais = I would say
    Je dirai = I will say

  158. julia gmail -  February 21, 2012 - 11:42 am

    Je pense que cette dictionnaire est très… UTILE! J’AIME BEAUCOUP DICTIONARY.COM. I capable of talking English little.

  159. Serena Ross -  February 21, 2012 - 11:30 am

    a b c it’s easy as dor ray me lol love the alphabet everytime i look in the dictionary i always sing the alphabet…:):P>.<

  160. Manny Smith -  February 21, 2012 - 11:27 am

    Sorry, i didn’t see that someone else had already posted this :/ ….. I am unknown……………………………………

  161. Mackenzie -  February 21, 2012 - 11:27 am

    I knew it was the tune to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. And did you know that there is a really really long version to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Maybe it could be a Hot Word topic…

    I used to use the alphabet song about 10 times a day, but now I use it about 5 because I got dictionary.com!!!!!!!! :) LOL


  162. Manny Smith -  February 21, 2012 - 11:25 am

    It is also sang in ‘Bla Bla Black Sheep’.

  163. mary torres -  February 21, 2012 - 11:06 am

    now i know my ABCs next time wont you sing with meeeee :) !
    i love the way M.J SINGED IT :) !

  164. mary torres -  February 21, 2012 - 11:02 am


  165. musician -  February 21, 2012 - 10:50 am

    It’s also the tune to “Black sheep.”

  166. Ahish thakur -  February 21, 2012 - 10:44 am

    Dictionary is very important for us. its bless for all people.every one needs it


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