The Top 10 Jimmy Fallon Musical Sketches of 2014
Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show is all about the viral video. While plenty of people are watching the late-night program, even more are checking out the clips via YouTube the following morning and sharing that video of Emma Stone lip syncing to everyone they have a Gmail contact for. (About that: not even sorry).
As part of our Best of 2014 music round up, we’re looking back at 10 of Jimmy Fallon’s best music-related segments and parodies (not counting actual musical performances). From Billy Joel to Idina Menzel, this list is sure to make you go EWW -- and hopefully laugh a little as well.
10. Rashida Jones performs holiday parody
Can this please be an annual thing? Once again, Fallon and Rashida Jones may the holidays just a bit brighter with their goofy song parodies of all the recent hits, including Ariana Grande and Sam Smith: "Oh won't you drinkkk with meeee/ I hate my fam-i-ly."
9. 5 Seconds of Summer Sing Tweets
The guys were down to have some fun, singing fans' tweets about the fall season. With apologies to Jay Z: "If you're having fall problems I feel bad for you son/I got Halloween problems but a witch ain't one."
8. Julianna Margulies sings announcements
If you ever wanted to hear a "Shake It Off" parody about a debate club meeting, well, Fallon has you covered. Margulies looks like she's having a blast channeling what in another time would be a perfect Saturday Night Live sketch.
7. Evolution of Hip-hop Dancing with Will Smith
Who better to help Fallon kick off the new, viral-y Tonight Show that superstar Will Smith, who gamely danced along to songs/dances such as "the Hey Ho" and "the MC Hammer."
6. Adam Levine Impression Battle
Adam Levine: Great at writing catchy hooks of songs you’ll sing along to on the radio in your car and then deny that it even happened. But impressions? Who knew! When the Voice coach stopped by, it was a huge surprise to hear his fairly dead-on imitations of everyone from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson. The fact that they were musical? All the better to get stuck in your head all day.
5. Jimmy Fallon impersonates Bono
A hallmark of Fallon’s years on Late Night were his impressions of rockers from Neil Young to Bruce Springsteen. So when U2 had to cancel a week-long residency after Bono hurt his arm, it was no surprise that the last minute fill-in was Fallon himself, donning Bono’s signature eyewear to help out the Roots with "Desire."
4. 'Ew!' feat. Will.I.Am music video
Who would have thought that one of Fallon's most popular recurring segment would spawn a hit song that even managed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100? That's the power of the Tonight Show (and teenagers).
3. Billy Joel Doo-Wop Performance
Want Joel to perform "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"? Join the club. So when Joel stopped by Fallon's show, the host had an idea to make the appearance a little bit different: Get Joel to sing along with a doo-wop app on an iPod. It was, no surprise, memorable -- not to mention fun.
2. Daniel Radcliffe raps
Daniel Radcliffe flawlessly raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics." Enough said.
1. Idina Menzel sings "Let It Go"
Frozen mania was still going strong in March, when Idina Menzel – fresh off the Oscars – stopped by Fallon to perform “Let It Go” with childhood instruments. The more relaxed atmosphere (Menzel looked like she was genuinely having a blast) led to her best televised performance of the ubiquitous track.