Say Goodbye to 'BoJack Horseman' With Its 10 Greatest Songs

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A scene from BoJack Horseman.

It's official. On Friday, TV's greatest washed-up celebrity cartoon horse will sadly bid farewell to Netflix viewers with a sixth season split into two parts (the first half arriving Oct. 25, the second Jan. 31). 

Starring Will Arnett as the titular antihero, BoJack Horseman has gradually evolved into one of the most profound, poignant and pathos-laden shows on the box – this despite the fact it features characters named Officer Meow Meow Fuzzyface, Pickles Aplenty and Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz.

Of course, as a deliciously dark satire of the showbiz world, it's also provided plenty of inspired musical numbers. Where else would you get a bottlenose dolphin singing a pro-choice anthem? Or a jazz hands showstopper drenched in existential dread? Here's a look at ten of its best original tunes. 

10. "I'm Drake"

Renowned for littering its scenes with background visual gags that are usually only discovered second time around, BoJack Horseman is one of today's most rewatchable shows. But even when a joke does take center stage, it rarely outstays its welcome. Take the musical spoofs that appear in the "Escape from LA" episode's prom scene. BoJack has barely finished the opening line of his "Do the Bartman"-knock-off novelty single before he's rudely interrupted by the baying crowd. And although the show's main composer Jesse Novak recorded a full minute of his dead-on Drake spoof ("I'm Draking/We're Draking/We be on that Drake/No faking"), the track cuts off after no less than five seconds.

9. "Prickly Muffin"

Described as "hot to trot" by a Ryan Seacrest Type, ill-fated ex-child star Sarah Lynn's 2002 debut album spawned this Fergie-esque bop which almost makes "My Humps" look subtle in comparison. Prickly Muffin is, of course, the affectionate nickname Lynn's Horsin' Around character was given as a three-year-old by BoJack's father figure. It's therefore slightly icky to hear the grown-up Lynn use the same term as a sexual metaphor ("it's ready for you stuffing") in a promo where she straddles a shuttle hurtling through space.

8. "Good Morning Morning"

Sarah Lynn's other big musical moment is slightly less risqué. In fact, it initially could be mistaken for an enchanting Walt Disney number as the troubled star sings good morning to the busy buzzy bees and handsome garden ants over a fluttering classical score. But the Mouse House princess routine doesn't last long and as a pair of paparazzi birds force her to flee inside, Sarah Lynn calms herself down the only way she knows how – by reminding herself that her skin is as soft as a murdered baby's.

7. "Horsin' Around"

A few months before Adult Swim's Too Many Cooks, BoJack Horseman offered a slightly more compact parody of the corny '80s sitcom opening credits. There might not have been any machete-wielding madmen or bloody puppet cats during the theme to Horsin' Around, the sitcom-within-a-sitcom that launched BoJack to fame. But accompanied by some hilariously bad synth sax and cloying vocal melodies, its array of cheesy reaction shots and utterly banal scenarios still managed to capture the lameness of Full House, Growing Pains and co.

6. "Who's That Dog?"

Of course, Horsin' Around isn't BoJack's only fictional sitcom to boast a catchy theme tune. Loveable frenemy Mr. Peanutbutter also had once his own sentimental family comedy which came equipped with a funky little number called "Who's That Dog?" We're initially only treated to a five-second burst of the track in the first season. But an extended version – which plays as the retriever and the equally dopey Todd chase after a phone playing it as a ringtone – later allows us to hear its booming baritone vocals, G-funk synths and hip-hop beats in all their early '90s glory. Mr. Peanutbutter's House may have been a blatant rehash of Horsin' Around, but it undoubtedly had the cooler theme.

5. "Generic '90s Grunge Song"

The show has affectionately lampooned three musical eras during various driving scenes. There's the "Generic '80s New Wave Song" which soundtracks BoJack's cruise down a street with some very overt decade-specific references (a Rubik's Cube sandwich board, the Disco Sucks sign, a Walkman store). There's the heavily "Generic 2007 Pop Song" (although we place its Auto-Tuned early Gaga-esque electro-pop sound somewhere around two years later) which Princess Carolyn sings along to while passing Britney Shears' Hair Salon and David Hasselhoff's Floor Burgers. But our favorite is the "Generic '90s Grunge Song," an immaculate throwback to the Seattle scene ("Everyone in flannel") where the same road now features stores dedicated to Beanie Babies, inflatable furniture and Pogs. 

4. "Keep Driving"

Played on the radio as Princess Carolyn drives away from a disastrous meeting with a venting BoJack, "Keep Driving" initially sounds like it could be a very real mid-'80s rock ballad. Perhaps a long-lost REO Speedwagon classic. Or a forgotten Air Supply single. However, as the song starts to get oddly specific ("Don't go back to the restaurant Princess Carolyn/Just keep driving away"), it becomes clear that it's another brilliantly self-aware original from the ever-creative mind of Jesse Novak. It's also one which inspires the feline showbiz agent to do a 180 and patch things up with her most difficult client.

3. "I Will Always Think of You"

This touching wartime ballad shows that BoJack Horseman can be just as affecting when playing it entirely straight. "I Will Always Think of You" is first performed by Honey Sugarman (Jane Krakowski) and her son Crackerjack (Colman Domingo) at their family's summer home shortly before the latter dies while fighting in World War II. It takes on an extra poignancy during another flashback scene when a grief-stricken Honey imagines duetting with her son once more, while the same song also causes Eddie to break down over his late wife in the present day. 

2. "Get Dat Fetus, Kill Dat Fetus"

When BoJack Horseman goes there, it really goes there. In third season episode "Brrap Brrap Pew Pew," bottlenose dolphin pop icon Sextina Aquafina inadvertently becomes the poster girl for abortion following a Twitter mishap. Capitalizing on the media frenzy surrounding her accidental crusade, the Nicki Minaj-esque star records a militant pro-choice song featuring lyrics such as "Baby killing makes me horny/Aliens inside me/Gonna squash it like Sigourney." As you'd expect, its accompanying video is just as extreme, with the scene involving spaceships firing lasers at a dolphin in the womb perhaps the most likely moment to get the pro-life movement up in arms. 

1. "Don't Stop Dancing 'Til the Curtains Fall"

Seemingly influenced by both Cabaret and All That Jazz, the show's most elaborate musical number is a Broadway-style showtune which takes place entirely in BoJack's drug-addled mind. It's performed by his Philbert co-star Gina Cazador (Stephanie Beatriz), who channels Liza Minnelli while guiding the troubled horse through a visual tour of his biggest professional mistakes and personal failures. We see those who BoJack has wronged portrayed by a cast of human actors (even Persian cat Princess Carolyn), an allusion to one of his several suicide attempts and his recently deceased mother Beatrice tap dance gracefully into a coffin. It's a truly nightmarish trip which pushes "the show must go on" sentiment to its limits.