Fred Rogers - of "Mister Roger's Neighborhood" - taught us that you should always be a good neighbor. The iconic show aired for over 30 seasons between 1968 and 2001 and included some of the most iconic, memorable songs of all-time.
It's no surprise that in 1978 President Jimmy Carter created an official national holiday to celebrate being a good neighbor, dubbed National Good Neighbor Day, which we now observe on September 28.
In Proclamation 4601, Carter states: “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
To help celebrate being a good neighbor and remember the legacy for Fred Rogers, here's a look back at some of the best songs from "Mister Roger's Neighborhood."
5. "Won't You Be My Neighbor"
Neighbors are an important part of our lives, and this tune helps to get the message across that we should all be kind to those around us. "Won't You Be My Neighbor," which also served as the show's opening track, would go on to be the name of the Rogers' documentary film that took the world by storm in 2018.
4. "You Are Special"
Rogers tells it like it is in this classic, explaining to children worldwide that there's only one like them. Sometimes it's difficult for young ones to feel unique and loved, but this song absolutely calms the nerves. Rogers wanted each and every child to feel like they are special in their own way.
3. "Sometimes People Are Good"
This gem, penned by Rogers in 1967, stands the test of time. In this day and age, with so much crime and violence in the news, it's refreshing to hear a song about people being good.
2. "I Like To Take My Time"
Over the course of close to 950 episodes spanning more than 30 years, Rogers taught children countless life lessons. Perhaps none was more important than the lesson he taught in this song, as he pushed the point that it's key to not be in a rush. If you take your time, you're more likely to do a good job on any given task.
1. "I'm Proud of You"
Those four little words -- "I'm Proud of You" -- can mean so much for anyone to hear. This song is especially poignant because it aired on Aug. 31, 2001, during the final episode of Rogers' show. You could tell as he was singing how emotional he was about saying goodbye to all the children who watched him through the years.