Unpacking the Reading Rainbow trend on TikTok and the real TV show

The latest TikTok trend is the Rainbow Reading filter and it’s not really the easiest one to wrap your head around but the theme song lives in our silly little minds rent free. Basically the trend is all about people either failing to understand something or working something out for the first time. For example, one user uses the viral Reading Rainbow audio and Space filter for when their husband talks about the stock market whereas another user used the audio to reminisce about the time they found out Bailey’s was actually alcohol. It’s a fun trend and the song slaps so unbelievably hard – it’s so jazzy. Here’s everything you need to know about the viral song and some fun TikToks thrown in for good measure.

Reading Rainbow is an actual TV programme

Unless you’re American then you won’t know this but Reading Rainbow is an actual TV programme. It was an educational children’s television program which aired between 1889 and 2006. According to Wikipedia, it was designed to encourage children – it even earned over 200 awards.

This all kinds of makes sense considering the TikTok trend is all about learning something new even if it’s really odd and niche.

The theme song slaps so hard

The theme song was originally performed by Tina Fabrique and then it was taken over in 1999 by Johnny Kemp. But, and perhaps more famously, in 2000 Chaka Khan sung the introduction. You can listen to the full theme tune here.

Here are some of the best Reading Rainbow TikTok videos

@tessboudreau ♬ Reading Rainbow Theme Song – Reading Rainbow
@brittanyfurlanDon’t act like you knew♬ Reading Rainbow Theme Song – Reading Rainbow
@itsjojosiwaI can’t be the only one♬ Reading Rainbow Theme Song – Reading Rainbow
@lorientskin Oh dear…& here is why sex education needs to be better! #funnyvideos #sexualhealth #obgyn #fyp ♬ Reading Rainbow Theme Song – Reading Rainbow
@homewithshelbywut♬ Reading Rainbow Theme Song – Reading Rainbow
@connorrdangeloI swear it gets foggy either way 🚗🚗😶️♬ Reading Rainbow Theme Song – Reading Rainbow
@poppy.the.bernese Spelling amirite #dogsofttiktok #butterflyinthesky #doggo #bernesemountaindog #bernese #doggosoftiktok ♬ Reading Rainbow Theme Song – Reading Rainbow

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