Book of Mormon Songwriter to Sing in the Key of Springfield

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Robert Lopez, the Tony Award-winning songwriter of Avenue Q and Book of Mormon, has written an original song that will be used in the April 29th episode of The Simpsons. This comes almost nine years to day of the last time The Simpsons featured a completely new song that was not a parody (the last was during season 14’s “Dude, Where’s My Ranch?), which is pretty crazy, considering how big music was to the earlier seasons of the show. The song will be sung by guest-star Steve Coogan, who will play a cruise ship entertainment director who, “entertains the ship’s passengers with a song that causes Bart to realize their vacation won’t last forever.” Just the fact that they’re bringing music back to the show is so exciting, but it’s doubling exciting that Lopez is involved, as he’s such a perfect fit. After the jump are my five favorite Simpsons songs ranked by how often I sang them with my older brother growing up. What are yours?