With The Muppets set to release their 8th theatrical film next week – “Muppets: Most Wanted” that co-stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Tom Hiddleston, and many more – this Mundo 5 is dedicated to the zany characters that have been entertaining audiences of all ages since 1955. The songs listed below include collaborations between The Muppets and some notable musicians and covers done by The Muppets.
To kick it off, we have to start with The Muppet Theme Song. In 2011, OK Go, the quirky Chicago indie-pop band known for their awesome videos (who could forget the treadmill choreography for “Here It Goes Again” and the single-take dog show for “White Knuckles”), teamed up with The Muppets to produce an OK Go-esque version of the song – synth beats and a groovy feel – accompanied by a fitting, light-hearted video. The song was recorded for The Green Album.
In 2009, The Muppets covered Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which sees each Muppet make an appearance, even those that are incomprehensible, such as the Swedish chef and Beeker. Plus, there’s an extended appearance by Animal. And what’s great about the video is that it is almost true to the original Queen video.
And how can a Muppet music list not include “Rainbow Connection”, and a great collaboration was between Kermit and Debbie Harry way back in 1980. This song still brings a tear to my eye.
We know more Animal! This version of the Troggs’ “Wild Thing” is great – it’s funny and extremely apt. And who doesn’t want to go insane towards the end of the song?
And to end the list, it only made sense to end with a classic tune that is perfect for a collaboration. Just last month, The Muppets collaborated with Jimmy Fallon to perform The Band’s “The Weight”, which also happened to be the closing number of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. This will go down in history as a classic.
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