'Simpsons' Producer Al Jean Dishes on Show's Best Musical Moments

To close out The Simpsons binge-fest of all 552 episodes on FXX last month, the Hollywood Bowl is dedicating three nights to the beloved animated series. From Sept. 12-14, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will be accompanied by stars like Conan O'Brien, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, and Jon Lovitz, in bringing classic songs from the series to life. To celebrate the event (hosted by Hank Azaria), Billboard spoke to veteran series producer Al Jean about fan favorites and personal highlights.

Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

“Do the Bartman”
The Simpsons Sing the Blues album (1990)




“Michael Jackson called us up and said, ‘I want to write a No. 1 hit for The Simpsons,’ and it was No. 1 in England.”

“Lisa It’s Your Birthday”
“Stark Raving Dad” (1991)



Also written by Jackson. “A really sweet song. He wanted the [songwriting] credit of John Jay Smith and had his singing done by a sound-alike [Kipp Lennon].”

“See My Vest”
“2 Dozen and 1 Greyhounds” (1995)



“It’s a parody of 101 Dalmatians and ‘Be My Guest,’ which actually is in Beauty and the Beast, but they’re both Disney films.”

“Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off”
“A Fish Called Selma” (1996)



“The No. 1 fan favorite. Jon Lovitz will perform it at the Bowl.”

“The Monorail Song”
“Marge vs. the Monorail” (1993)



“Conan O’Brien wrote the song, performed it on the show and will perform it at the Bowl.”

A version of this story originally appeared in the Sept. 20 issue of Billboard.