Trends come and go, but throughout the years, two things seem to remain: music and cartoons. Musicians frequently voice characters on our favorited animated shoes. Sometimes as kids (or even as adults) the references went right over our heads, so here are 10 musicians you may not have known were in your favorite cartoons.
1. The Backstreet Boys on Arthur.
The Backstreet Boys
joined We Stink, a band formed by Arthur and the rest of the Lakewood Elementary gang, for a performance of one of their original songs at D.W.'s preschool.
2. David Bowie in Spongebob Squarepants: Atlantis SquarePantis.
doesn't actually sing in this episode, but he does star as "Lord Royal Highness" the Emperor of Atlantis. Lord Royal Highness bears a certain likeness to Ziggy Stardust, bright red hair, different colored eyes and all.
3. Logic on Rick and Morty.
appeared in the most recent episode of the Adult Swim hit titled "A Vat of Redundancy." I'd try and sum it up for you, but there is no easy way to condense Rick and Morty
4. The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty and Elvis Costello on The Simpsons.
In a 2002 episode aptly titled "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation", Marge and the kids send Homer to a "Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp" run by the Rolling Stones
. At the camp, he and the other campers learn about rock from some of the greats: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Setzer
, Tom Petty
, and Lenny Kravitz
5. Bowling For Soup on Phineas and Ferb.
Throughout the course of the show, Phineas and Ferb without a doubt had the most adventure filled summer vacation ever. So obviously, they needed an iconic theme song to match those "104 days of summer vacation," and Bowling For Soup certainly delivered. The band also appears in episode "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo," assisting the Brothers as they brainstorm summer activities for their future nephews.
6. Green Day in The Simpsons Movie.
actually requested to be in the 2007 film. Their cartoon-selves play a punk rock version of The Simpson's
theme song, and are subsequently drowned when the barge they are playing on begins to sink and dissolve.
7. Clay Aiken and Chaka Kahn on Phineas and Ferb.
In addition to having an incredible summer, Phineas and Ferb had incredible musical guests. In "The Summer Belongs to You," school bully Buford expresses his doubts in one of Phineas' plans. Phineas is so confident in his and Ferb's plan, he hires Clay Aiken and Chaka Kahn to sing an inspirational song to get their friends on board.
8. Carly Simon on Bob's Burgers.
One of the best parts of Bob's Burgers
is their ability to keep a gag running throughout an entire episode without it getting too in your face. In episode "Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl" Gene writes a musical based on the movie Die Hard
, but a musical based on Working Girl
is chosen to be performed by the school, as a parent said they could pull strings to get Carly Simon to attend, since she sang the Working Girl
theme song. During the end credits, Carly does in fact appear to sing with the Belcher gang and the rest of Wagstaff.
9. Weird Al Yankovich in My Little Pony.
starred as a pony named Cheese Sandwich, and expert party planning pony and rival of Pinkie Pie, one of the official pony pals. I promise we aren't bronies.
10. Flea on The Wild Thornberrys.
For those of you too young to remember The Wild Thornberrys
, I'll give you a quick summary. The show followed two wildlife filmmakers, their three children, and their pet chimpanzee on their adventures for more documentary footage. The main character, Eliza Thornberry, had a secret ability to talk to animals. The youngest Thornberry was a feral boy that was taken in by the family to give him a human life. Throughout the entirety of this Nickelodeon classic, Red Hot Chili Peppers
bassist Flea lended his voice to Donnie.