"Linus and Lucy" is a popular jazz piano composition written by Vince Guaraldi, appearing in many of the Peanuts animated specials. Named for the fictional siblings Linus and Lucy van Pelt, it was originally released on the Vince Guaraldi Trio's album Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown (1964) and the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack (1965).

"Linus and Lucy"
Song by Vince Guaraldi Trio
from the album A Charlie Brown Christmas
ReleasedDecember 1965 (1965-12)
Songwriter(s)Vince Guaraldi


The piece first appeared in A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965).[1] Since that special, the piece has introduced most of the Peanuts TV cartoons, with the exceptions of the specials and other TV programs produced between 1979 and 1992.[citation needed] It is one of the most recognizable pieces by Vince Guaraldi, and has gained status as the de facto theme song of the Peanuts franchise.[2]

The song is originally in the key of A-flat major.[citation needed]


It has been used as background music for The Weather Channel's local forecasts since 1999.[3]

The song receives regular airplay on radio stations in the United States and Canada that flip to Christmas music for the holiday season due to its inclusion on the soundtrack album of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Although many protest that it is not officially a Christmas song, it has become too much a staple of the holidays to not be included. Furthermore, another song on the album, called "Christmas is Coming", has a similar sound and feel to "Linus and Lucy", yet has a Christmas name.

On May 10, 2019, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the single gold for sales.[4]

Other versionsEdit


  1. ^ The Christmas classic that almost wasn't
  2. ^ Robbins, Patrick. "Five Good Covers: Linus and Lucy (Vince Guaraldi)". Cover Me Songs.
  3. ^ The Weather Channel Archived 2008-04-05 at the Wayback Machine Local Forecast Music Play List Holiday Season 1999
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved December 31, 2019.