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Lists: Top five musical guest stars on "The Simpsons"

Joanna Newsom has been Simpson-ized.

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).

By Allison Stewart  |  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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You forgot Barry White's cameo in "Whacking Day." I believe this to be the greatest musical cameo on "The Simpsons," because Barry White says the words "I love the sexy slither of a lady snake. Ohhh baby."

Posted by: Lindemann777 | May 24, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what your taste in music is, and your choices aren't bad, but how could you not include 1 of the 3 Beatles that did the show?? I mean especially Paul McCartney!! Ok thats my opinion, just wanted to point that out.

Posted by: jfpieman3 | May 28, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

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