All week we’ve been celebrating the return of Fall TV with a look back on the best musical moments on television and songs that need to be retired. Now we are looking back on all the songs made up for a TV show. We’ve gathered up the best songs performed by your favorite characters. Everything from “Let’s Go To The Mall” (Robin Sparkles, How I Met Your Mother) to “Smelly Cat” (Phoebe, Friends) is on this list.
1. “Muffin Top,” Jenna Maroney
Show: 30 Rock
Jenna Maroney, easily the show’s best character, had the most prolific fake career ever. She starred in Con Air: The Musical, The Rural Juror and Jackie Jomp-Jomp. Though her best move was the number 1 hit in Israel, “Muffin Top.”
2. “Let’s Go To The Mall,” Robin Sparkles
Show: How I Met Your Mother
When it was revealed that Robin had a secret past life as Canadian pop singer, Robin Sparkles, no one had any idea it meant the best mall jam. Ever.
3. “Smelly Cat,” Phoebe Buffay
There was a point in Phoebe’s career when it seemed like her music was going to take off. Sadly, it resulted in the overproduced version of “Smelly Cat.”
4. “Dick In A Box,” Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake
Show: Saturday Night Live
One of the best digital shorts to date is the surprise hit, “Dick In A Box,” which was tucked into the show’s Christmas episode.
5. “Dayman,” The Gang
Show: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
On It’s Always Sunny, Charlie thought his way to win the waitress’ heart was to write the musical, Nightman Cometh. While his attempt at love backfired, he at least created the addictive “Dayman.”
6. “Electric Love,” Gayle and Mr. Fischoeder
Show: Bob’s Burgers
Over the past two seasons, Bob’s has churned out a number of great musical moments including this brilliant diddy about the love between Topsy the elephant and Thomas Edison. Oh sweet love.
7. “Forever,” Jesse and the Rippers
Show: Full House
Why Jesse and the Rippers never made it as a real band beyond Full House is beyond me. This was classic ’90s stuff, plus the added bonus of John Stamos looking into your eyes.
8. “Go For It,” Hot Sundae
Show: Saved By The Bell
Was it a workout video? Was it a kiss-off love song? Or was it the best thing ever to come out of Saved By The Bell?
9. “Trouty Mouth,” Santana
In the ’let’s write original music’ themed episode of Glee, Santana took her snarkiness to a whole new level when she wrote a song dedicated to Sam’s big ol’ mouth.
10. “Teach Me How To Understand Christmas,” Annie Edison
Awkward. Inappropriate. And completely hilarious. This is definitely not “Santa Baby” but hey, it’s Annie Edison so we’ll take it.