It’s hard to believe, but some of the best tunes we’ve ever heard have come from toons! Yes, we’ve been rockin’ out to animated bands for years, and we’re hard press to find any flesh-and-blood groups who can do it better. Bands like Josie and the Pussycats and Jem and the Holograms might provide irresistible pop ear candy, but The Beets and Dethklok shred pretty damn hard. This ain’t kid’s stuff! Sure they might be a tad “manufactured,” but with songs this good, who cares? Read on for our list of the 15 greatest cartoon bands of all time!
15. Mystik Spiral: “Freakin’ Friends” (seen on Daria, 1997-2002)
Maybe a little late to cash in on the whole grunge trend, these Gen-X’ers knew how to get their heart-felt message across to ladies like Daria who just…well, didn’t want to hear it.
14. The Beets: “Shout Your Lungs Out” (seen on Doug, 1991-1994)
Come on now. This thinly veiled version of the Beatles totally rocked Bluffington and beyond! Tracks like “Killer Tofu” and “I Need More Allowance” are so good that we forgive their horrible fake-Liverpool accents. We included “Shout Your Lungs Out,” because we always felt this deepcut never got enough play.
13. Barbie and the Rockers: “Best Friends” (seen in Barbie and the Rockers: Out Of This World, 1987)
Usually dolls are made to fit the band, but Barbie did things her own way. Matel debuted a new-wave rock ‘n’ roll line of their famous toys in 1986, and followed it up with a TV special a year later. They stacked the deck with some ’60s British beat covers by the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles (whoa), but this original number is our personal fave .