“Joy to the World“ is a song written by Hoyt Axton….which was made famous by the band Three Dog Night. The song is also popularly known by its opening lyric, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog“….as Three Dog Night originally released the song on their 4th studio album, Naturally, in November 1970….and subsequently released an edited version of the song as a single in February 1971.
The song….which has been described by members of Three Dog Night as a “kid’s song” and a “silly song”….and topped the singles charts in North America…..while being certified gold by the RIAA…..and has since been covered by multiple artists. The song is featured prominently in the film The Big Chill…..which is sung by a child character at the beginning…..while the Three Dog Night recording is played over the end credits. It is also played at the end of every NFL Denver Broncos home victory….with notable playings of this song after Broncos victories included then Chicago Bears head coach Abe Gibron‘s singing along with the song in 1973…..and at the end of Super Bowl XXXII, played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. It was also played at the end of Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player (now Hard Rock) Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida….as well as Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California.