Thursday Top Ten (+1) Cartoon Bands

by Cap'n Carrot on August 13, 2009 · 8 comments

in Comics!

Are you ready to rock? Today’s list takes a look at the ten eleven best cartoon bands (actually twelve if you count… but I’m getting off topic). Anyway, today’s list includes the best cartoon bands ready to make you tap your foot and bang your head. The only rules for the list were the band had to be fictional (sorry, no Jackson 5), animated (sorry, no Max Rebo Band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, or the Banana Splits), and they had to actually be shown performing as a band at least once. Now, on with the music…

11. Dethlok

Out of Metalocalypse, and onto our list, comes the death metal band Dethlok. On the show they have been referred to as “world’s greatest cultural force.” That’s more than enough for us. They start out top ten countdown with “Thunderhorse.”

10. Cold Slither

One of Cobra Commander’s “ingenious” plans was to dress up Zartan and the Dreadnoks as the band Cold Slither who used sublimal messages in their hit song “Cold Slither” (from the album of the same name) in an attempt to take over the world! Coincidentally, the title of the episode is… “Cold Slither.” Though the band only existed for a single episode the tune is just catchy enough to get stuck in your head for days, which earns the band a spot on the list.

9. The Holograms & The Misfits

With their holographic computer designed to be the ultimate visual entertainment synthesizer and their big 80’s hair Jem and the Holograms were truly, truly outrageous. The Misfits were The Holograms’ chief rival who attempted to upstage Jem and her mates in almost every episode.

8. The Beets

Appearing on Doug, The Beets were a mix of various American and British bands including The Beattles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones. The band’s hits included “Let it Beet,” “Killer Tofu”, “I Need Mo’ Allowance”, “Where’s My Sock?”, and “You Gotta Shout Your Lungs Out.”

7. The Be Sharps

For a a barbershop quartet made up of Homer Simpson, Principal Skinner, Barney Gumble, and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Be Sharps could sure carry a tune better than you’d expect. The quartet reached the pinnacle of their success with their only #1 hit “Baby on Board.”

6. Faith+1

Yeah, okay, I might go to Hell for putting this band on the list but Eric Cartman, Butters, and Token’s Christain rock band made me laugh as much as any on this list, which earns them a spot.

5. The Neptunes

You see any other band out there with a great white shark for a drummer? Yeah, that’s why Jabberjaw and The Neptunes make the list.

4. Scab

From Home Movies comes Scab. I’ll admit to not being a big fan of the show, but any animated band which performs an entire song while in cat-suits is okay with me.

3. The Archies

In more than one draft of this list the garage band founded by Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones came in first, but they’re probably more at home here at #3. One of the most prolific bands on the list, The Archies turned-out quite a few tunes (some of them are even halfway decent) and put out five albums in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

2. The Gorillaz

The Gorillaz stand out on the list as the only ones created to be a band first, and not just as a part of an animated TV-show. The Gorillaz have been rocking it virtual style for more than a decade with two albums under their belts and a third on its way.

1. Josie and the Pussycats

Spun-off from Archie Comics this all-female band rocked the animated world of Saturday mornings in the early 1970’s. Like the Mystery Machine crew, The Pussycats would often find themselves drawn into a mystery which needed to be solved. The characters were later revived in a live-action feature film starring Rachel Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid which earns points here by introducing the world to the awesomeness of Du Jour. Plus, for a season, the animated band performed in outer space. That earns you some points in my book.

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  • Mr. Sparkle

    With the possible exception of Gorillaz, since they’re an actual band, None of these bands deserve to be #1 on this list aside from the masterful Dethklok – and I say that as a person who’s had ‘Killer Tofu’ stuck in my head for weeks and weeks on end.

  • BlackLung

    How could you leave out Kid Video?

  • Randall

    No Way Outs? No Jet Screamer? No Chipmunks? No Elwy and the Tree Weasels?

    Also recommended: Pizza Party from “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.”

  • Cap’n Carrot

    Thanks for the comments.

    I squeezed 11 onto the list (12 if you count The Misfits), but it couldn’t include everything.

    Jet Screamer never occurred to me (or the others who helped with this list). They wouldn’t have knocked anyone off, but had I remembered them I would have put in an honorable mention.

    As for the Chimpmunks, they were disqualified for being a novelty record and puppets long before they were animated, as was Kid Video for its live-action elements.

    And, sorry Mr. Sparkle, but since I don’t watch Metalocalypse my only exposure to Dethlok was in the clips I could find online. Those earned them a spot, but didn’t do enough to bump someone else down the list.

  • Avecrien

    I’d own dethklok’s music even if I’d never seen the show. The first album’s permanently on my playlist at work. Havent managed to watch the show in a few months unfortunately.

  • Mr. Sparkle

    To your ignorance towards Metalocalypse, Carrot, I have only one thing to say:


  • .alphamonkey.

    Sparkle, the poor man didn’t even know about Scab (which I have to say is far more entertaining than Dethklok, if for nothing else than “Wizard’s Baker” alone).

    I’ll confess I completely forgot about Jet Screamer, which gave us the Violent Femme’s ridiculously awesome cover of “Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah” for the Saturday Morning Cartoon’s Greatest Hits tribute album. (Thanks for that memory jog, Randall).

    Holy crap, I’d forgotten how awesome that CD was.

  • blackfeather

    This post is great

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