This past week, my love for James Thomas Fallon grew to exponential heights when he and Jack Black did a shot-for-shot remake of Extreme’s “More Than Words.”
For those youngins’ who are scratching their heads and asking, “Who? What? Which words?” First, go into a timeout and think about what you’ve just done. Second, once upon a time, MTV, which actually stands for Music Television, used to play…music. And this was one of the music videos that went into rotation practically until the day that the network decided that shows about over privileged teens in the O.C. made more sense. (You know what? It didn’t.)
But Jimmy and Jack decided it was time to bring back the long, wavy hair that most likely saw a few VO5 Hot Oil Treatments, the black nail polish, and that random dog that was just chilling on the couch. And you know what? It. Was. Epic.
So, it had me reminiscing on my favorite epic musical moments from this past year of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and thinking, “This is post worthy.” Because, really, anything with Jimmy Fallon is post worthy.
Hawkeye Sings the Blues
You’re a member of one of America’s favorite comic crime fighting team. Your team members boast superhuman strength, speed, an iron suit that looks like it has tap lights, and a guy with major anger management issues. And what’s your skill? Good eyesight and an ability to hit a bullseye with a fucking bow and arrow.
Rather than make light of the Avenger’s own Robin Hood, Jimmy Fallon gave Hawkeye (okay, really Jeremy Renner) the chance to prove why he’s the baddest badass of the team. The best part: it was to Ed Sheeran’s overplayed “Thinking Out Loud.” And it totally kicked that version’s skinny English ass.
He can open a pickle jar? He butt dialed Jean Claude Van Damme? He was an extra in Paul Blart? Holy shit! He gets free guac at Chipotle?
Well, color me impressed, Hawkeye. Your cat, Mr. Meowington, having his own Instagram totally makes up for your attempt to save the world from robotic aliens one bow at a time.
Best line? “Listen I’ve got powers too and they’re pretty sweet. I promise I can do more than archery. I’m serious guys.” Kill me now.
Harry Potter Drops the Mic
Who knows the poetry of the urban streets more than a pasty white guy from England whose only colors he ever proudly waved were those of Gryffindor?
All kidding aside, Daniel Radcliffe killed Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics.” Go ahead and try to keep up with him. Trust me, you’ll be panting on the sidelines by the time he gets to E.
It’s Xtina, Bitch
Wheel of Musical Impressions is one of my favorite segments on The Tonight Show. Sure, Adam Levine can sing to me how he’s going to hunt me like an animal – FYI, Adam: can’t hunt something when it’s giving itself willingly to you. Just saying. He can tell me he wants my sugar – It’s yours, Adam. But singing “Muffin Man” as Eddie Vedder? Well, put on some flannel and strap on those Doc Martins because he just made the a guy whose sole profession was to make muffins on Drury Lane become the epitome of grunge.
So, when Christina Aguilera joined Jimmy for her own round of Wheel of Musical Impressions, the songstress made every Mickey Mouse Club fan heart burst out of their chests with her rendition of “This Little Piggy” as Britney Spears.
What was both hilarious and sad was that this was the first time anyone has heard Britney Spears sing live. Oh, wait. It wasn’t her. Never mind.
Fresh Fallon of New York
In order to celebrate his week in Los Angeles, Jimmy and crew undertook the musical complexity that is the Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s theme song.
Who else could rock the turned sideways cap, argyle socks, and neon dyed tees better than Fresh Fallon? Also, his Carlton skills would make any rhythm deprived man at a wedding reception proud. My only complaint? Where was Will Smith? (Most likely trying to figure out why he was in After Earth.)
You Just Got Schooled
Class is in session, people. Professor Fallon and Professor Timberlake once again expanded our knowledge with their Common Core endorsed History of Rap Part 5.
They reminded us that we have to fight for our right to party. Brought us back to our junior high dances when they told us to jump jump. Gave us a 99 problem math lesson.
The best part? No final exam!
These were my favorite musical moments from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon! Which do you love? Let us know in the comments or send us a tweet.