Robin Sparkles, "Sandcastles in the Sand" (How I Met Your Mother)
This might be a controversial choice, but although "Let's Go to the Mall" was the original Robin Sparkles triumph, "Sandcastles in the Sand" is far superior for four reasons: Dawson, Tiffany, Alan Thicke and the concept of traveling the globe "from Alberta to Ontario." And it sounds more like a song that would have actually existed a opposed to "Let's Go to the Mall," which, awesome as it is, is really straight-up SNL sketch from beginning to end. "Sandcastles" is a move toward joke-song refinement.
"Freedom '90" (Eli Stone)
Spydaddy performing the hell out of a George Michael song? It was weird, it was hilarious and, honestly, it made us a little uncomfortable, but all in a good way. Mostly.
Pete and Trudy Are Possessed By Flappers (Mad Men)
Much has been made over how musical the past couple Mad Men episodes have been -- Peggy's Ann-Margret impression, Joan's sad French accordion show, Kinsey's Tiger Tones, Roger's blackface -- and those were indeed amazing moments, but I will never, as long as I live, forget Pete and Trudy Campbell inexplicably busting into 1920s fad dances to the delight and awe of everyone at the company party. In fact, it's such a perfect WTF moment that I hope it's never explained.
"One Way or Another" (Veronica Mars)
It's every karaoke fanatic's dream to tell their enemies off via carefully selected pop song, and with 90 seconds of Broadway-style Blondie, Ms. Mars did just that. She later went on to ruin her enemies properly of course, Veronica-style, but the pointed Blondie rendition was like her opening war cry.
"The Nightman Cometh" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Charlie's illiterate vision of a Nightman who pays a troll toll to come into a young boy's room while he's sleeping, becomes him and is then defeated by the Dayman isn't a perverted glorification of rape -- it's beautiful music. And a perfectly reasonable excuse for Mac to apply cat eyes and do karate.
"Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" (30 Rock)
Personally, it's a toss-up between this and Jenna and Kenneth's "Midnight Train to Georgia," but I know "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" is the crowd favorite, and, really, I can't fault that. Boys becoming men. Men becoming wolves. It's spooky scary. Hard to top, even if you do have Grizz and Dot Com for back-up dancers, Jenna.
"My Musical" (Scrubs)
Memorable only because of how unflinchingly bad it was. No one could sing, the songs were uninspired and I cringe every time I catch a second of it in reruns. This originally aired back when I still loved this show, and even then I had a difficult time making it all the way to the end.
"Once More With Feeling" (Buffy)
This is everybody's favorite. You probably clicked on the link just hoping we didn't forget it. Nobody worry, we fully acknowledge its greatness. From Tara's sweet "Under Your Spell" to Spike's intense "Rest in Peace," "Once More With Feeling" hit all the right notes, even ending with a swoony classic movie kiss.
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