Top 5 Muppets Show Cover Songs
The Muppets and their relationship with classic rock is well-documented, as we’ve shown with our list of the 5 Most Sensational Rock Star Muppets Appearances. The series also featured the creatures performing lots of rock songs on their own, effectively “Muppetizing” them and making them “safe” for kids to enjoy on the small screen. Everyone from the Beatles to Queen got the Muppets treatment, to often hilarious and super fun effect. In honor of the release of ‘The Muppets Most Wanted,’ here are Ultimate Classic Rock’s picks for the Top 5 Muppet Cover Songs!
The Troggs, ‘Wild Thing’
Animal unleashes his barely-restrained wild side as he batters his drum kit during this performance of ‘Wild Thing.’ In full-on Keith Moon mode, he is smashing the skins, breathing heavy and singing in a throaty, maniacal roar. He’s quite the entertaining frontman. Animal, we think we love you.
The Guess Who, ‘American Woman’
Sam the Eagle mostly refuses to sing, instead delivering the lyrics to the Guess Who‘s ‘American Woman’ in a plain-spoken voice. Actually, it winds up being more political commentary than karaoke performance, but it’s still cute. Plus, Sam gets criticized and vilified by Statler and Waldorf, the cranky old codgers who sat in the balcony during the show.
The Beatles, ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’
Blonde rock chick Janice, whose bangs always obscured her eyes, plays the guest of honor at a human sacrifice as she performs an island-style, percussion-heavy version of the Beatles classic. We loved it when the Muppets employed creative license with their covers, and this is one of the best examples of their genius in that regard.
The Talking Heads, ‘Once in a Lifetime’
Kermit is the new David Byrne as he tackles Talking Heads‘ ‘Once in a Lifetime.’ Just like his human counterpart in ‘Stop Making Sense,’ he’s rocking a giant suit (well, giant for a Muppet, that is). Dig how pensive he sounds while asking himself the song’s poignant and multi-layered question: “How did I get here?”
Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Brilliant. The Muppets do the song proud, right from the opening, which features Gonzo and his feathered friends taking on the song’s famous a cappella introduction. They do an even better job than Wayne and Garth, who merely lip synced while driving Garth’s AMC Pacer in ‘Wayne’s World.’ Animal does his best Freddie Mercury, despite getting stuck on “Mama” in the lyrics. Extra bonus points for Beeker’s surpise appearance: “mi mi mi mi!”