Lists: Top five musical guest stars on "The Simpsons"
By Allison Stewart
"The Simpsons"' 21st season is set to conclude on Sunday night with an "American Idol"-themed episode. And while the season may have been a mixed bag -- we're still examining our feelings about their use of Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" over the opening credits a few weeks back -- it got us thinking about the show's all-time best musical cameos.
With talk of an upcoming Joanna Newsom appearance still just a rumor (show creator Matt Groening has already Simpson-ized her) we've made a list of our favorites, painfully narrowed down to five, after the jump:
Click Track's Top Five Favorite Simpsons Musical Cameos
5. Cypress Hill, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Peter Frampton, et al: "Homerpalooza," May '96
The one where Homer tours with Lollapalooza.
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Krusty Gets Cancelled," May '93
The one where RHCP perform on a Krusty special, and hilarity ensues. Most all the English-language clips of this episode have been taken down, but, unlike most things, it's just as funny in German (linked above).
3. Johnny Cash: "The Mysterious Voyage of Homer," January '97
The one where JC shows up as a talking coyote/spirit guide in one of Homer's hallucinations. Like the best Simpsons cameos, this one will make you re-think a celebrity you thought you knew (see #1, especially).
2. James Taylor: "Deep Space Homer," Feb '94
The one where Homer goes into space. An all-time classic episode, it earns bonus points for its Art Garfunkel joke. You just can't have too many of those.
1. Michael Jackson: "Stark Raving Dad," Sept '91
The one where Jackson plays a large, white mental patient who thinks he's Michael Jackson.
Honorable Mentions: The White Stripes (who memorably sent up their "The Hardest Button to Button" video during the'06-'07 season), Metallica ('06-'07 season), Aerosmith ('91-'92 season) and 50 Cent ('04-'05 season).
May 21, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories: Lists | Tags: 50 Cent, Aerosmith, Cypress Hill, James Taylor, Joanna Newsom, Johnny Cash, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Peter Frampton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, White Stripes
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