Diff'rent Strokes: Sound files/Video clips  


Theme songs:

Wavs:

Wav file of the original opening theme song (125K)
Wav file of the theme song from the last season - short 30 second version (1985-1986) (74K)

Wav file of the theme song from the last season - 51 seconds (1985-1986) (126K)
Wav file of the ending theme song (without the 'hum' at the end/first season) (97K)
Wav file of the ending theme song (with the 'hum' at the end/1981 version) (76K)
Wav file of the ending theme song (1985-86 "Instrumental" version) (77K)

Real Audio:

Real Audio file of the original theme song (247K)
Real Audio file of the theme song from the last season (1985-1986) (248K)

Midi:

Midi file of the original theme song (6K)
Midi file of the original theme song - another version (17K)

  • (Thanks to Matthew Anscher and Carlo Pietroniro for the midi files!)

    MP3s:

    MP3 file of the original theme song (846K)
    MP3 file of the 1985-1986 opening theme song (482K)
    MP3 file of the 1985-1986 closing theme song (314K)
    MP3 file of Arnold et Willy (French version of Diff'rent Strokes) theme song (2138k)


  • Please note: Many of the wav files are in compressed format. You will need an updated media player like Win Amp or the newest Windows Media Player to hear them. The Real Player is needed to play the .ram files.


    Video clips:

    Video clip of the opening theme song credits (Pilot episode/season 1) (139K - requires the Real Player)
    Video clip of the opening theme song credits (season 1/1978-1979) (1364K)
    Video clip of the opening theme song credits (season 3/1980-1981) (1321K)
    Video clip of the opening theme song credits (season 5 / 1982-1983) (8491K - MPG format)
    Video clip of the opening theme song credits (season 6 / 1983-1984) (10869K - MPG format)
    Video clip of the opening theme song credits (season 7/1984-1985) (2434K - MPG format)
    Video clip of the opening theme song credits (season 8/1985-1986) (1438K)
    Video clip of Arnold saying goodbye to his goldfish Abraham (102K - requires the Real Player)
    Video clip of Mrs. Garrett and company at the kitchen table (64K - requires the Real Player)

  • MPG files courtesy of Pavan Patel, check out his great Three's Company site. Thank you PB!

  • AVI files courtesy of skees53, thanks!


    Quotes/wav files:

    Wav file of Arnold's famous 'Whatchoo talkin' about Willis? line (49K)
    Wav file of the first meeting between Mr. Drummond and the boys (464K)
    Wav file of Mr. Drummond and Arnold talking about his goldfish Abraham (327K)
    Wav file of Kimberly meeting the boys for the first time (1018K)
    Wav file of Mr. Drummond and Arnold talking about their records (510K)


    Lyrics to the theme song:

    "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes" - Theme Song lyrics by: Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring, and Al Burton

    Now the world don't move to the beat of just one drum
    What might be right for you, may not be right for some
    A man is born, he's a man of means
    Then along come two, they got nothin' but their jeans
    But they got Diff'rent Strokes
    It takes Diff'rent Strokes
    It takes Diff'rent Strokes to move the world

    Everybody's got a special kinda story
    Everybody finds a way to shine
    It don't matter that you got not a lot- so what?
    They'll have theirs, you'll have yours and I'll have mine
    And together we'll be fine,
    Cause it takes Diff'rent Strokes to move the world, yes it does
    It takes Diff'rent Strokes to move the world!


    Television Themes Volume 6 CD

    The theme song can also be found on the Television Themes Volume 6 compact disc. It is the original version.

    Order the CD from Amazon here. It contains a total of 65 different tv theme songs.


    There is a CD called "Show and Tell" by a bunch of punk bands doing covers of TV themes. One of them is the Diff'rent Strokes theme by Todd Bridges and The Whatchu Talking 'Bout Willis Experience.

    Show and Tell CD cover Show and Tell CD inner sleeve

    Wav file of Todd Bridges singing the theme song (201K) - Todd Bridges might benefit from some voice lessons as one fan suggests

    Order the CD from Amazon here. The CD includes a total of 35 different versions of tv theme songs.


    There is a ska band named "Five Iron Frenzy" that has a song called "Arnold, Willis, Mr. Drummond". Interesting song lyrics.


    Greetings, You have a fantastic Diff'rent Strokes website. Very impressive! Just thought we'd let you know about our band. We cover 80's tv/movie/video game themes and we have a live recording of Diff'rent Strokes on our website.

    http://www.hvps.org

    Your friends in time,
    The Hill Valley Preservation Society


    On the "Family Guy Live in Vegas" CD, Brian and Stewie sing a medely of themes from the 80's, and one of the theme's they have in it is Diff'rent Strokes, along with Perfect Strangers, Silver Spoons, Golden Girls, and a couple others. (thanks to Wade for the information)


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