Saturday Night Live's Top 10 Musician Portrayals & Parodies

Dream duet: Courtney Love sings with Julie Andrews
Dream duet: Courtney Love sings with Julie Andrews
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Ahhh... Saturday Night Live. A place where pop culture goes to get mocked.

SNL has long mocked many musicians, though some more scathingly than others. The original "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" and various other casts that have come and gone do it with such finesse and bite, which is what makes these sketches classics.

10. "The Courtney Love Show": Courtney Love is... how do we say this... funny when she's mad. Former SNL cast member Molly Shannon nails it when she says "EAT ME! EAT ME!" and proceeds to sing a rather drunken duet of songs from The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews, played by Broadway legend Christine Baranski.


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9. "Stevie Nicks Fajita Roundup": Rocker Stevie Nicks is one unique rocker. However, we don't think our lovely friends at our sister blog Eating Our Words would be too kind to Ms. Nicks' presentation of food if it looked as bad as it does in this fake ad.

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Even the lure of Fleetwood Mac or Stevie Nicks memorabilia would not get us to eat at this restaurant. Funny thing is that Nicks herself approved of this sketch, telling Australian-based Madison magazine that "Lucy [Lawless] looked amazing, and she was amazing as me. So I could not have been happier."

8. "Celebrity Jeopardy" feat. Bjőrk, Dave Matthews & Sean Connery: The recurring "Celebrity Jeopardy" was one of the best sketches Will Ferrell ever made, playing straight-man Alex Trebek to a revolving cast of dumb celebrity characters (but always including the the sharp-tongued Sean Connery). However, the writers saved the best for last when they paired the Trebek-hating Scotsman with Dave Matthews and Bjőrk.

 

7. "James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub Party": Well, well, well well! We must say that Eddie Murphy nails it as the Godfather of Soul. Ironically enough, Murphy was nominated for an Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing a loose version of Brown named James "Thunder" Early in the hit 2006 film Dreamgirls. He lost to Alan Arkin for his role in Little Miss Sunshine.

6. Paul Simon, Glee's Chris Colfer and "two Lindsey Buckinghams" on "What's Up With That?": Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham can basically be summed up in one word: Mysterious. Maybe even a little strange. Nevertheless, he is talented.

One of the best moments of this sketch is when the real Lindsey Buckingham makes an appearance and breaks into a solo rendition of hit Fleetwood Mac single "Big Love."

5. "A New Jack Thanksgiving": Often, we have pondered why did New Jack Swing go out of style? Though we love Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 and Dangerous by Michael Jackson, we came to the conclusion that New Jack Swing went out of style for one reason: Style. Additionally, we "don't want no tryptophan man" either. But don't miss Florence Welch as "Flow Diggity Flow Doubt."

4. "The Celine Dion Show": "I am the best singer in the world." In 1998 there was no escaping either Titanic or Celine Dion, who sang the film's theme song "My Heart Will Go On." Though we admit that, at Rocks Off even we were suckers for that song. (Guilty!) [Speak for yourself -- ed.]

We have now seen the error of our ways. Then-cast member Ana Gasteyer does a funny exaggeration of Dion. By the way, anytime you hear her say "my VH1 Diva," interrupts someone else singing or sings "My Heart Will Go On," you could easily turn this into a drinking game.

 

3. Faith Hill sings the theme song to NBC's Sunday Night Football: At Rocks Off, we like Faith Hill. She's a good country artist. But Faith Hill in real life singing a theme song to the tune of "I Hate Myself For Loving You" by Joan Jett? No: we would prefer Glee's Jane Lynch do the honor in addition to singing useless facts about the game, a nacho dip recipe, and plenty more.

2. Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult: Behind the Music with Blue Oyster Cult is, hands down, one of the greatest musical sketches of all time. When Rocks Off first saw this -- no thanks to a kind teacher who showed us funny stuff in class during high school -- we couldn't stop laughing at "I got a fever; and the only prescription is more cowbell!"

1. "Kiddie Metal": In an alternate universe, a duet between Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose and Slash and Skid Row's Rachel Bolan and Sebastian Bach would be quite an amazing team-up. However, if this product actually existed, we would play it for our children to help them go to sleep. Why not get them started on the classics early?

Honorable Mention: The Wayne's World makeout session with Madonna; Laraine Newman as Barbra Streisand singing about how great she is; Eminem and Lil Wayne on "Weekend Update"; Maya Rudolph's portrayal of the late Whitney Houston; and, of course, the Blues Brothers.

SNL returns this weekend with host Sofia Vergara and parody-ripe musical guest One Direction.


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