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The most memorable musician cameos on ‘The Simpsons’

Over the last 31 seasons of The Simpsons, there have been so many unbelievable cameos, and a huge selection of them were legendary musicians.

Whether the cast is breaking out into song, or end up wrapped up in some peculiar celebrity-starring twist, music has always been at the forefront of the long-running series. From The White Stripes to Mick Jagger, we’ve put together some of the best cameos that have been featured on the show thus far.

Check out the most memorable musician cameos on The Simpsons below.

The White Stripes

Season 18 | “Jazzy & the Pussycats”

Jack and Meg White’s The White Stripes were featured as guests in season 18’s “Jazzy and the Pussycats.” In the episode, Bart learns drums and ends up in a parody of The White Stripes’ video of “The Hardest Button to Button,” eventually running into the legendary duo themselves. “Watch where you’re drumming,” Jack tells Bart, to which he responds, “Sorry White Stripes, no hard feelings?”

Smashing Pumpkins

Season 7 | “Homerpalooza”

The Smashing Pumpkins’ cameo in The Simpsons was definitely a stand out. In season 7’s “Homerpalooza,” the band delivers a bleak rendition of “Zero” at Springfield’s very own rendition of Lollapalooza.


Season 14 | “Barting Over”

American pop punk outfit Blink-182 took to season 14’s “Barting Over” episode. In the clip, Bart heads to a party in Tony Hawk’s apartment, where he sees the Enema Of The State artists perform their hit track, “All the Small Things.”

Sonic Youth

Season 7 | “Homerpalooza”

American rock band Sonic Youth guest starred in the season 7 episode “Homerpalooza,” which is the same episode that featured the Smashing Pumpkins. Sonic Youth hangs out with Homer at the music festival alongside Smashing Pumpkins and Cypress Hill.

Dolly Parton

Season 10 | “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday”

American country artist Dolly Parton makes a cameo on “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday” in season 10. In the episode, Parton is friends with Wally Kogen, and Krusty the Clown has a huge crush on her. Later on, Parton even helps everyone get out of the Super Bowl stadium’s jail.

David Byrne

Season 14 | “Everybody Hates Ned Flanders”

In season 14’s “Everybody Hates Ned Flanders,” David Byrne walks into Moe’s Tavern, where he hears Homer singing a song he wrote about his hatred for Ned. Byrne reveals that he has interest in Homer’s “delightfully cruel little hate song,” so they record the song together, and the art-house track becomes a worldwide hit.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Season 4 | “Krusty Gets Cancelled”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers shared a bill with Bette Midler in season 4’s “Krusty Gets Cancelled.” Their cameo saw the band delivering an intense performance of “Give It Away” at Krusty the Clown’s career-saving benefit show. They eventually make their way to Moe’s Tavern for the after party.

The Who

Season 12 | “A Tale of Two Springfields”

The Who made an appearance in season 12’s “A Tale of Two Springfields,” which was a Berlin wall-themed episode that sees Homer ending up with his very own private Who concert in “New Springfield.” The Who end up turning up their amps so loud that they tear down the wall with the sound alone.

The Ramones

Season 5 | “Rosebud”

The Ramones took to the episode “Rosebud” in season 5, where they deliver a punk rock rendition of “Happy Birthday” at Mr Burns’ birthday party. Mr Smithers creepily introduces the band, and they wrap up the song with an affectionate, “go to hell you old bastard,” which gets lost on Burns, who orders Smithers to get “The Rolling Stones” killed.

Mick Jagger

Season 14 | “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation”

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger voiced himself in the season 14 episode “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation,” where he leads The ROlling Stones Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp. He also later starred in season 17’s “Regarding Margie” and season 19’s “Midnight Towboy.”

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