The Simpsons is an animated American sitcom created by Matt Groening about the Simpsons, an average American family, who live in the fictional town of Springfield. The Simpsons is one of the most iconic television shows of all time and holds the title for being the longest-running American sitcom and scripted primetime television series. Since its debut in 1989, The Simpsons has had a huge impact on popular culture. Music has been a big part of the Simpsons since the beginning. The popularity of the show led to the release of three soundtrack albums, featuring music numbers and songs from the show, and spawned two hit singles as well. This article lists 5 Great Songs From the Simpsons.
1. We Do (The Stonecutters' Song)
We Do (The Stonecutters' Song) is an Emmy-nominated song from the episode "Homer the Great". After Homer becomes suspicious of where his friends go after work, he discovers they are part of an ancient secret organisation called the Stonecutters. Homer becomes determined to join the group so he agrees to take part in the painful and humiliating initiation process required to become a member. Once he becomes a Stonecutter, Homer is delighted. In the best scene in the episode, we see Homer and the Stonecutters sing their signature song, "We Do", while wearing robes and drinking from flagons of beer. We Do (The Stonecutters' Song) was composed by Alf Clausen and the lyrics were written by John Swartzwelder. The song almost didn't make it into the episode. The inspiration behind the song was to include as many things as possible that people found annoying and to be a parody of musicals and Freemasonry. We Do (The Stonecutters' Song) was nominated for a 1995 Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics. It is considered among many to be one of the best musical numbers ever to appear in the series.
2. Dr Zaius
Dr Zaius is sung by Troy McClure in the episode "A Fish called Selma". He sings the song while performing in the starring role of a musical stage production of The Planet of the Apes. It is a musical parody of the song "Rock Me Amadeus" by the band Falco. Dr Zaius was always one of my favourite Simpsons' songs as a kid. I loved the chimp nurse who says "Oooh, help me, Dr Zaius! " and the ape who launches into a break-dancing routine. Critics have called Dr Zaius one of the most inspired moments in the history of the Simpsons.
3. See My Vest
See My Vest was sung by Mr Burns in the episode "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds". In the episode, the Simpson family get a new dog, a female greyhound called She's the Fastest, to be a companion for their family pet Santa's Little Helper. The two dogs fall in love and have a litter of 25 puppies together. After Mr Burns steals the dogs, Bart and Lisa sneak over to his house to spy on him through a window to find out what his intentions are. It is at this point that Mr Burns starts singing "See My Vest" which describes in grandiose detail his plans to kill the dogs and turn them into a tuxedo that he plans to add to his vast wardrobe of exotic clothing. See My Vest is such a fun song for Mr Burns that shows how cartoonishly evil he is. The music was composed by Alf Clausen and the lyrics by Michael Scully. See My Vest is a musical parody of the song "Be Our Guest" from Disney's Beauty and the Beast and also pokes fun at the Disney film 101 Dalmatians by including a parody of the character of Nanny.
4. The Monorail Song
The Monorail Song is sung by Lyle Lanley and the residents of Springfield in the episode "Marge vs the Monorail". It was written by Al Jean, Jeff Martin, George Meyer, Frank Mula, Conan O'Brien, John Swartzwelder, and Jon Vitti. The song was written to be a "patter song" which contains lyrics that are sung but are spoken in a sing-song manner at rapid speeds. Patter songs are considered a staple of comic opera and have been used in musicals and in Gilbert and Sullivan. In addition, the song was written to be a parody of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man", and there are influences of barbershop in the song as well. Marge vs the Monorail is considered among fans and critics of the show to be one of the best episodes in the series.
5: You Don't Win Friends with Salad
You Don't Win Friends with Salad is a sung by Bart, Homer and Marge in the episode "Lisa the Vegetarian". After taking a trip to a children's amusement park, Lisa becomes uncomfortable at the thought of eating meat after petting a baby lamb in a petting zoo. After giving it some thought, she decides to become a vegetarian. Lisa becomes frustrated after receiving little support from her family and friends for her newfound vegetarianism. When Homer decides to throw a barbeque at their house, Lisa is against the idea and begs him to serve something other than meat. Homer rejects the idea and tells her that you don't win friends with salad. After hearing this, Bart grins and starts singing "You don't win friends with salad!" and starts dancing a conga line. Homer joins in singing and the two dance out of frame and return with Marge who explains to Lisa she didn't mean to take sides she just got caught up in the rhythm. You Don't Win Friends with Salad has been praised as one of the best jokes in the episode and is considered one of the most memorable Simpsons lines.
Bonus: The Flintsone's Theme song Parody
In the episode "Marge vs the Monorail" Homer parodies the theme song to The Flintstones which was a primetime animated sitcom from the 1960s. This gag never fails to crack me up. It might be one of the funniest opening scenes to an episode in the history of the series. I love the cheerful music, Homer sliding down a pipe and smashing through the window of his car and Homer hitting a chestnut tree with his car.