Five Great Original Songs from The Simpsons

Five Great Original Songs from The Simpsons

The Simpsons loves its original music. As a result, the TV show has had numerous original songs over the course of its existence. Some of these are better than others, which in turn, explains why they have managed to have a much greater impact on the viewers.

Here are five of the best songs from The Simpsons:

See My Vest

Based on its name, it should come as no surprise to learn that “See My Vest” is based on one of the most memorable songs from the much beloved Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. This is fitting, seeing as how the context of the song is best described as being Mr. Burns pulling a Cruella De Vil. However, whereas Cruella was targeting Dalmatian puppies, the song makes it very clear that Mr. Burns has been much more successful with a much wider range of animals.

Mr. Plow

“Mr. Plow” comes from an episode in one of the earlier seasons in which Homer got into a competition with Barney because of their respective snow plowing businesses. At one point in time, Homer came up with a rap to make himself seem cooler to his potential customers. Fortunately or unfortunately, he decided to test said song on his kids before testing it on his potential customers because it was exactly as terrible as the idea sounded.

Monorail Song

The episode about the monorail was a great reminder of how people can be suckered into a bad idea by a good-sounding pitch, particularly when said pitch played upon their preexisting prejudices. After all, Lyle Lanley’s finisher was the line that the monorail might appeal more to Shelbyville, thus playing on Springfield’s sense of rivalry as well as Springfield’s sense of inferiority towards said city. As for the humor of the song, much of it came from Homer being out of step, as shown by its rather amusing conclusion.

Dr. Zaius

Troy McClure hasn’t shown up in a new episode of The Simpsons in about two decades because of the tragic death of the voice actor. However, “Dr. Zaius” from the episode in which he married Selma remains one of the outstanding moments of the TV show, particularly since it was a neat reference to Planet of the Apes as well. As a result, it was fortunate that the episode got the rewrite that it did to result in what we have now.

We Do!

“We Do!” was good enough that it was a contender for the Emmys in its time. For those who are unfamiliar with the song, it is the boast of a secret organization that claims to be responsible with a great deal not just in Springfield but also in the rest of the world. Said organization featured not just the elite of Springfield but also a significant number of its other male residents as well, plus for whatever reason, a very visible alien who is never really explained in the episode. Something that made the joke that much more amusing.

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