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The History of Everything

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"The History of Everything" is the theme song of The Big Bang Theory. It is played after the cold open of each episode (except the unaired pilot). It is composed and performed by the band "Barenaked Ladies". The song describes the developments the universe has undergone since the dawn of time. 

The song title is similar to A Short History of Nearly Everything, a 2003 popular science book by Bill Bryson that explains some areas of science to a general audience.

On October 9, 2007, a full-length (1 minute and 45 second) version of the song was released.


Our whole Universe was in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started —Wait...
The Earth began to cool;
The s began to drool;
s developed tools;
We built a (we built the s).
Math, science, history, unraveling the mystery,
That all started with a !
"Since the dawn of man" is really not that long,
As every was formed in less time than it takes to sing this song.
A fraction of a second and the were made.
The s stood up straight,
The s all met their fate,
They tried to leave, but they were late

And they all died. (They froze their asses off.)
The s and ,
See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya,
Set in motion by the same Big Bang!
It all started with the Big Bang!
It's expanding ever outward, but one day,
It will pause and start to go the other way,
Collapsing ever inward, we won't be here, it won't be heard.
Our best and brightest figure that it'll make an even bigger bang!
would really have been sick of us
Debating how we're here, they're catching . (We're catching es.)
and , and ,
It all started with the Big Bang hay !!!!!!
and , Einstein and ,
It all started with the Big Bang!
It all started with the Big Bᴀɴɢ!


The opening credits video contains a high-speed sequence featuring:

  • Fossils
  • George Washington
  • Amoebae
  • Lightning
  • Rainforests
  • Fish
  • Lizards
  • Diplodocus
  • Stegosaurus
  • Mammoth
  • Chimpanzees
  • Early humans
  • Stone wheel
  • Cave paintings
  • Stonehenge, Wiltshire
  • Moai, Easter Island
  • Inca architecture
  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Ancient Greece
  • Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
  • Great Wall of China
  • Notre Dame de Paris
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa,
  • Venus de Milo
  • Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Mayflower
  • English Civil War
  • Annuit cœptis
  • Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer
  • Constitution of the United States
  • Steam locomotive
  • Printing press
  • Joseph Swan's incandescent light bulb
  • Tower Bridge, London
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Joseph Stalin
  • Wright brothers
  • Biplane
  • Albert Einstein
  • Hawker Hurricanes
  • Albert Einstein's mass–energy equivalence
  • 1950s jukebox
  • Alexander Graham Bell's telephone
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Spacewalk
  • Geoffrey Dummer's 's integrated circuit
  • Operating theater
  • Reel-to-reel audio tape recording
  • Floppy disk
  • Automobile
  • Empire State Building
  • Subway train
  • Hollywood Boulevard sign
  • NASA Space Shuttle
  • Disco ball
  • Roller skates
  • Robots
  • Compact disc player
  • The Internet
  • Hip hop
  • Mobile phone
  • Skateboarding
  • Magnetic Levitating Train
  • Snowboarding
  • Graffiti
  • Sony PlayStation
  • Pumpjack
  • Digital photography

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