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Top Ten Musical Guests on the Simpsons


Remember when the Simpsons was mind-blowingly funny, and not just mildly watchable background programming? I do. I used to put on striped pajamas before my bedtime and catch reruns with my older brother and dad at the miniature white TV in our old kitchen. Much of the pop culture references flew over my head at the time but as a testament to the show’s brilliance I still bellowed my 7-10-year-old hear out. As I started buying the box sets of earlier seasons to see if they lived up to my nostaligia (they do, obviously) I really noticed just how hilariously poignant or irreverent (often both) every interpretation of music culture was in episodes that featured a musician/personality. So as a tribute to one of the best shows of all time and an excuse to watch youtube clips of the Simpsons, I have compiled my top ten favorite musical guest appearances or performances. Enjoy.

10. 50 Cent


9. The White Stripes


8. Barry White

7. George Harrison


6. James Brown

5. Robert Goulet

4. The Ramones

3. Weird Al Yankovic


2. Sonic Youth

1. Michael Jackson

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  1. jyavor says:

    If I remember correctly that is not Jackson singing the song. He did the voice overs but not the singing.

  2. Three Toes of Fury says:

    You missed the greatest musical guest of all time…..

    Spinal Tap.

    Worst. List. Error. Ever.

    Peace & Smithers..release the hounds!!

    3ToF heading to the quick stop for an all syrup slushee

  3. gary says:

    C’mon what about Smashing Pumpkins.

    Billy Corgan: “Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins.”
    Homer: “Homer Simpson, smiling politely.”

    Homerpalooza was complete Simpsons Gold.

  4. thebigbad says:

    What? No Green Day? Oh wait, that was the Simpson’s Movie. Doh!

  5. The Big D says:

    I still remember the Michael Jackson episode. I stopped watching the Simpsons before most of those guys had music careers (50 Cent, White Stripes). I remember how controversial this show was considered when it first came out, but now it seems so tame when compared to South Park and Family Guy.

  6. Rummy says:

    Too bad the Foo Fighters never did the show…