The Simpsons is one of the greatest television shows ever made. Once upon time the wit was razor sharp, the cartoon characters were oddly human, and the stories could take on a journey of many emotional twists and turns over 23 minutes.
That show sadly died after season 10 and has continued to exist in a state known to fans as 'Zombie Simpsons', the show is dead yet still living. One of the consistent highlights of the first 10 seasons was the musical interludes.
Many are as clever and catchy today as they were when first penned almost two decades ago. Picking a favourite is tough, but it is a job I have endured for the benefit of Simpsons fans everywhere. Here is my ranking of the Top 10 Songs from The Simpsons. Thoughts, opinions and comments please to @98fm on twitter or if you feel personal abuse is warranted you can direct it to @radiocleary
10 Lisa’s strike song
The saddest song in the countdown comes in at 10, it doesn’t have the up tempo and positive feel of the rest of the songs featured here. It does contain a wonderful socialist message: “They have the plant but we have the power”.
9 Baby On Board
This thing rates itself. Baby on board... something...something... Burt Ward. It’s a fine effort and worthy of a place in the top 10 but is probably the least infectious of the songs listed here with the most forgettable melody.
8 Under The Sea
Things are all going to hell for Homer Simpson. In a desperate bid to escape the scrutiny that his inadvertent sexual harassment causes, Homer proposes they move under the sea. It’s the shortest song on our list but contains a glorious punch line:
Marge: “Homer, that's your solution to everything: to move under the sea! It's not going to happen!”
Homer: “Not with that attitude.”
7 Checkin’ In
When I first saw this episode I had no grasp on what the song meant, the lyrics and subject matter went over my 9-year-old head. I still found it funny and as I finally got the jokes in later life it was even funnier!
6 We Do – Stonecutters Theme
This song deserves its place in the Sacred Order of the Top 10 Simpsons songs, by educating us on who controlled the British crown, who keeps the metric system down it split our rocks of ignorance that obscured the light of knowledge and truth. Now let's all sing the song and play ping-pong!
5 Dr Zaius
After hearing this song I was inspired to watch ‘Plant of the Apes’ for the first time, the disappointment of it being nowhere near as good as The Simpsons – ‘Stop the Planet of the Apes. I Want to Get Off!’ was overwhelming. A fun song that was easily one of the most memorable ever to feature on the show.
4 We Put The Spring In Springfield
I spent longer than I care to admit debating the Top 4, “We Put the Spring in Springfield” was one at one point. It is perfect. Upbeat, funny and incredibly clever. The song will be disappointed not to take top spot, but might take solace in the Emmy award it won in 1996.
3 See My Vest
This is probably the song I reference most in real life, if anyone is ever wearing a furry vest or indeed any vest I will habitually break into a: “See my vest, see my vest, made from real gorilla chest.” Friends pretend to laugh at the tired gag, strangers tell me to piss off. I should probably stop doing it.
2 Talkin’ Softball
Well Mr Burns had done it... and now it is stuck in your head for the day. This song is the most infectious on the list, one line of it and you’ll be signing it for the day. Some of the most iconic American sportspeople at the time feature in a variety of weird and wacky situations. Everything about this is perfect, the lyrics, the tune, hearing it just makes you happy. Deadspin’s article about the making of the episode is essential reading too.
No description needed here. This is the undisputed champion of Simpsons songs. Just listen and enjoy. Monorail... Monorail...Monorail...Monorail