Written by Jeff Moss
Date 1970
Publisher Festival Attractions, Inc.
First Episode 0095
Sesame Street I Love Trash

Sesame Street I Love Trash

Oscar the Grouch sings "I Love Trash," from 1991.

Sesame Street I Love Trash (1969)

Sesame Street I Love Trash (1969)

Season 1 version.


1971 version.


1991 version.


K.d. Lang singing "I Love Trash" on The Jim Henson Hour.

"I Love Trash" is Oscar the Grouch's signature song.

It was first sung in Sesame Street Season 1. The song was retaped several times as the Oscar puppet evolved.

Oscar performed a version of the song with Flip Wilson in the premiere episode of The Flip Wilson Show in 1970.

In episode 3638, Oscar sang a variation of this song "Grouches Love Trash" to his niece Irvine. In episode 3891 his old friend Felix the Grouch sang a variation called "I Love Cleaning" while Oscar sang "I Love Trash." Yet another variation occurs when Oscar's trash can was grown to a larger size and the lyrics were adjusted to accommodate (a clip can be seen in Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!).

Oscar sang this song in Here Come the Puppets!, accompanied by Bruno the Trashman on rollerskates. Oscar also sang the song during an appearance on The Bonnie Hunt Show.

K.d. lang sang this song when she guest starred in The Jim Henson Hour episode about Garbage.

Grover, Telly and Zoe each sing a verse of the song (with changed lyrics to suit their interests) in the CD-ROM game, The Three Grouchketeers.

Steven Tyler recorded a new version for the album release of Elmopalooza.

A brief portion of the song was also sung by a group of socks in Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic, during Oscar's imagination sequence where Sesame Street is turned into a vast garbage dump.

On Plaza Sésamo, a Multimonstruo, who loves trash, performed a rock version of this song.

At the Jim Henson's Musical World concert on April 14, 2012, Elmo, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Gordon, Bob, Susan, Leela, Gina, Alan and Maria performed the song.

Stephen Colbert, Big Bird, and Oscar sang a portion of the song on The Colbert Report.

An animated lyric video of the song was produced for the Sesame Street YouTube channel in 2018. The video features Oscar dropping into his trash can to show off his collection, and includes cameos from Oscar's mother, Grundgetta, Bruno the Trashman, Irvine, an orange Grouch, Oscar's sister, Bunny, Grandpa Grouch, as well as Cookie Monster, Grover, and Elmo. (YouTube)

Trash mentioned

  • A sneaker that's tattered and worn. It's all full of holes and the laces are torn. Given to Oscar as a newborn baby by his mother.
  • Some newspaper 13 months old with smelly, cold fish wrapped inside.
  • A clock that won't work
  • An old telephone
  • A broken umbrella
  • A rusty trombone



Video (1969 version)
Video (1971 version)
Video (1991 version)
Video (other versions)
Online (1991 version)

See also