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Ranking: Community’s Musical Moments from Worst to Best

A musical refresher before Season 6 drops.

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    Community has always been streets ahead of the competition as a sitcom for pop culture mavens. There’s been plenty to enjoy for music lovers, too. In its first five seasons, the embattled show boasted cameos from Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, and Sophie B. Hawkins, a co-writing spot from Adam Levine, and a huge group of great sampled and original tracks, including an entire episode dedicated to spoofing Glee. This list takes a broad interpretation of what constitutes musical moments, so you’ll see clips ranging from Britta’s pizza dance in “Remedial Chaos Theory” to Ludwig Göransson’s compositions and songs performed by cast members.

    In anticipation of Season 6 making the move to Yahoo TV, let’s revisit these 100 classic scenes. There are hilarious lyrics. There are heartfelt moments. There are downright bizarre non-sequiturs. It may be hard to stop listening.

    However, I wish you luck!

    –Killian Young
    Staff Writer

    100. “Green Daeye”

    (“Environmental Science” S1E10)

    The Dean’s ace in the hole to get attendees for the Green Week dance at Envirodale Greendale.

    99. “You Made Me Like It”

    (“Pilot” S1E01)

    Another establishing moment in the relationship when Jeff tries to hit on Britta in the cafeteria.

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    98. “You Get What You Give”

    (“Advanced Documentary Filmmaking” S4E06)

    Chang changes Jeff’s opinion that Changnesia is real as the two seem to turn over a new leaf.

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    97. “Night Cap”

    (“Interpretive Dance” S1E14)

    An ode to the most fashionable headwear for sleeping.

    96. “Party Where Your Heart Is”

    (“The Art of Discourse” S1E22)

    This song soundtracks another of Abed’s quintessential college experiences: a cafeteria food fight.

    95. “Please Do Not Go”

    (“Football, Feminism and You” S1E06)

    Jeff and Annie reconcile their differences to support Troy as this Violent Femmes track plays.

    94. “Heatstroke”

    (“Early 21st Century Romanticism” S2E15)

    This Magic Bullets track plays when Annie cheers up (and goes to kiss) Britta after Page ditches her.

    93. “One Time Lover”

    (“Early 21st Century Romanticism” S2E15)

    The pretty librarian truly does turn out to be a one-time lover after she chooses Troy over Abed at the Valentine’s Day dance (mostly because Troy walks out on her to hang out with Abed).

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    92. “Fancy Footwork”

    (“Early 21st Century Romanticism” S2E15)

    Chromeo soundtracks the moment in the Valentine’s Day dance where Britta and Page discover that neither of them is actually lesbian.

    91. “More Than This”

    (“Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” S5E06)

    Annie gets in way too deep with the underground politics of Greendale and contemplates at what cost the cafeteria can get its cork board.

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    90. “Baby Fratelli”

    (“Anthropology 101” S2E01)

    The montage music for the study group members getting ready for year two at Greendale.

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    89. “Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare”

    (“Spanish 101” S1E02)

    After making amends with Pierce over their Spanish project snafu, Jeff scores some brownie points with Britta for doing the right thing.
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    88. “Daylight”

    (“Pilot” S1E01)

    Jeff realizes that Professor Duncan offering crib sheets for Spanish exams was a ploy to get the jaded lawyer to — gasp — actually learn something. And so the study group is officially born.

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    87. “When I Say Thera, You Say Pist”

    (“Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations” S4E05)

    Now we know where the theme music for Brooklyn Nine-Nine came from.

    86. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”

    (“Pilot” S1E01)

    The pilot was dedicated in John Hughes’ memory. This version is a cover by the 88, who also perform the Community theme.

    85. “How You Like Me Now”

    (“Social Psychology” S1E04)

    Pierce’s ear-noculars clue him into all the hot gossip about him.

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    84. “Whistle for the Choir”

    (“The Politics of Human Sexuality” S1E11)

    Jeff takes a step toward becoming less shallow by changing Britta’s name in his phone.

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    83. “Creep”

    (“Basic Intergluteal Numismatics” S5E03)

    For some reason, Shirley’s sons sing this song while the Ass Crack Bandit runs amok.

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    82. “Chang Leaves Pierce”

    (“Origins of Vampire Mythology” S3E15)

    Who would’ve thought that the two most volatile characters going on a man-date would end in heartbreak?

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    81. “Love So Alike”

    (“Aerodynamics of Gender” S2E07)

    Jeff and Troy discover a new sanctuary on campus, which may or may not be run by a Nazi.


    80. “Dungeons & Dragons Sex Scene”

    (“Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” S2E14)

    It’s a classic comedy trope — gesticulating some super explicit sex acts while innocuous music plays — but Alison Brie makes it work.

    79. “We Are Not Alone”

    (“Communication Studies” S1E16)

    Community pays homage to The Breakfast Club’s dancing-in-the-library scene.

    78. “Werewolves of London”

    (“Physical Education” S1E17)

    A hat tip to Tom Cruise in The Color of Money.

    77. “Evil Woman”

    (“Debate 109” S1E09)

    Jeff’s singing of the ELO song doesn’t charm his way to bonus points with the judges. It’s a debate, not American Idol.

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    76. “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”

    (“Modern Warfare” S1E23)

    The original glee club members were sirens of the battlefield in “Modern Warfare”, luring unsuspecting victims into the line of fire with their sweet renditions of classic songs.

    75. “Annie’s Song”

    (“Romantic Expressionism” S1E15)

    Hey! Hi! What’s up? Vaughn’s always had a way with words.

    74. “Open the Door”

    (“Basic Sandwich” S5E13)

    Perfectly timed to the opening of the secret door.

    73. “The Real World Audition”

    (“Intro to Political Science” S2E17)

    Sweet leather jacket, Jeff.

    72. “Original Greendale Ad”

    (“Documentary Filmmaking: Redux” S3E08)

    Go Greendale, go Greendale go!

    71. “La Cucaracha”

    (“Introduction to Statistics” S1E07)

    Everybody’s favorite neighborhood drug dealer, Starburns, hooks Pierce up with some pills, causing him to have a terrifying trip where he hallucinates skeletons singing “You’re an old man” to the tune of “La Cucaracha”.


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