Clap Your Hands

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Music video for "Clap Your Hands"
From the "No!" enhanced CD
Screenshot from the Here Come The ABCs video

song name Clap Your Hands
artist They Might Be Giants
releases, Dial-A-Song, No!, TMBG Unlimited - March, No! Preview, Here Come The ABCs, TMBG Clock Radio, A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity, Playhouse Disney Imagine And Learn With Music, Idlewild
year 2000
first played June 27, 2002 (396 known performances)
run time 1:22
sung by John Flansburgh


  • This song was previewed in August 2000, on's No! section.
  • Before this song was given lyrics, its riff was used in the third and eleventh episode of the first season of Malcolm In The Middle. This version is on Music From Malcolm In The Middle (Promo) as "Four Track Mind".
  • Video animated by The Chopping Block (included on No! enhanced CD)
  • The video on the Here Come The ABCs DVD was designed by Brandon Martinez & Michelle Hammond (Colourmovie) and animated by Steve Kusuma. According to Kusuma, the video was finished on June 26, 2004.
  • A video of the song was created for "BlueStock 2004" for Nick Jr.
  • Often used to open live shows, and previously noted in TMBG concerts as the "TMBG National Anthem".
  • Flansburgh likes to insert swear words in this seemingly children-oriented song. "Oh shit, clap your hands!" and "Damn, y'all, stomp your feet!" regularly make it into live shows. As well as Flans saying "Everybody stomp your feet." in the same inflection and meter as DJ Casper's Cha Cha Slide
  • Was used in a series of 2003 Gap Kids commercials.
  • A clip of the song can be heard in the 2003 film Dumb and Dumberer.

Song Themes

Hands, Jumping, Onomatopoeia, Songs Used In Commercials, Songs With Handclaps, TV And Movie Themes


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