If your grade school experience was anything like mine, you spent a lot of time secretly watching The Simpsons in your basement, turning the volume almost all the way down and pressing your ear against the television speaker so your parents wouldn’t hear you, and then gleefully sharing your favourite jokes with your classmates the next day (side note: Mom? Trying to forbid me from watching The Simpsons was realistically way worse for my health in the long run).
Whether you were allowed to watch it or not (not that I’m bitter, Mom), our generation grew up with The Simpsons at its best and it’s ingrained in all of us. In fact, I have a theory that if you were to start singing a song from The Simpsons out loud in public, not only would people not look at you strangely, but at least five people in your immediate vicinity would be able to finish it off by heart.
So it was a real treat for me to see that Vulture approached some Simpsons writers and asked them to select their favourite songs from over the course of the show’s lengthy history. Check out the compilation here, and good luck not singing “I hate every ape I see/From chimpan-A to chimpanzee” for the rest of the day.