9. MC Chris: “Birthday Rap” (seen on Sealab 2021, 2000-2005)
Maybe not technically a band, the real-life artist MC Chris had the character of Hesh perform this catchy little birthday rap at the end of one of the episodes. Later on in the series, the Sealab gang attend a MC Chris concert, where he performs his biggest hit, “Fett’s Vette” (yes, after the dude from Star Wars).
8. Josie and the Pussycats: “It’s Alright With Me” (seen on Josie and the Pussycats, 1970-1972)
Who here didn’t have a massive crush on Josie or any/all of the Pussycats? The 2001 reboot definitely didn’t do the original songs justice, which featured pop perfection like this one, and the “ABC”-like “Stop, Look and Listen.”
7. Gorillaz: “Dirty Harry” (2005)
We considered disqualifying this side-project from Blur front-man Damon Albarn on the grounds of them being an actual band, but technically they are animated, so…