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Bob’s Burgers: The 50 Best Original Songs

Never before has one show created so much music about bodies and the things they do

Bob's Burgers Best Songs
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    When you’re watching an average episode of Bob’s Burgers, there are some fixtures of the programs you can always count on seeing: Series regulars like H. Jon Benjamin and Kristen Schaal, the conversational style of the dialogue, the burger-based puns.

    But just as prominent in this animated comedy are musical numbers. Though they’re not featured in every episode, Bob’s Burgers has frequently made time for individuals in its eclectic cast to break out into song. The members of the Belcher family and their friends and neighbors have such outsized personalities, it only makes sense that they’d only be able to express their emotions through similarly larger-than-life ditties.

    Across over 230 episodes, Bob’s Burgers has delivered countless memorable tunes, which makes it seemingly impossible to figure out which ones might be your favorite. You might as well try and pick your favorite Bob’s Burgers Christmas episode or your favorite Teddy line.

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    However, even with so much competition, 50 especially exceptional tunes rise to the top among the original songs featured on Bob’s Burgers. Not only are these songs hysterical, but they also tend to exemplify the style of humor and sharp writing that has made Bob’s Burgers such a delectable treat among animated TV programming. With the new film bringing the Belchers to a whole new theatrical audience, let’s look back over the best songs the show has brought to us.


    50. “Weekend at Mort’s”

    Being one of the earliest songs on Bob’s Burgers, debuting in just its eleventh episode, “Weekend at Mort’s” lacks the varied and witty lyrics of later musical numbers on the show. But it deserves placement here not only for being one of the first examples of the program’s musical tendencies, but for how it does sound like something a real family would come up with on the fly.

    49. “Buckle It Up”

    Running only eight seconds, “Buckle it Up” may seem inconsequential. However, it manages to prove quite amusing thanks to how quickly the song morphs from sounding like a soft instrumental preschool number about being safe inside a car to four members of the Belcher family just screaming about seatbelts. Who needs more than eight seconds when you have that kind of hysterical escalation?

    48. “Oil Spill”

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    Is it a one-joke song based on the singer sounding like she’s orgasming? Absolutely. But it’s a funny joke and that’s enough to make “Oil Spill” an enjoyable listen.

    47. “Can’t Get Enough (of Your Woman Stuff)”

    It’s the instrumental accompaniment that makes “Can’t Get Enough (of Your Woman Stuff)” a treat, as the ditty is accompanied by a hearty dosage of clapping and bongo drum smacking. The lyrics that amusingly dance around the specifics of sexual titillation with phrasing like “I’m feeling something, moving down below” are just the icing on the cake here.

    46. “I’ve Got a Yum Yum”

    There’s not much lyrical variety in “I’ve Got a Yum Yum,” but you don’t need more than what this tune offers when you have the endearingly boisterous vocals of John Roberts applied to various wacky terms for genitals.

    45. “Puppet Battle”

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    The lyrics to “Puppet Battle” are mostly just repeating the title over and over again rapidly, with only the occasional “String it on” to break up the repetition. But when you’ve got a phrase as innately amusing as “Puppet Battle,” that’s enough to make your song a winner.

    44. “I’m Tall Enough”

    The pipes of guest star Max Greenfield are put to great use on this tune. Who knew juxtaposing sultry line deliveries and a jazzy electric accompaniment with the banal safety instructions you’d find on any theme park attraction would be so amusing?

    43. “Mad Pooper”

    “Mad Pooper” solely consists of its titular phrase being dramatically sung on repeat for 36 seconds. Hearing someone this committed to uttering the words “Mad Pooper” would probably get old over two or three minutes, but the inherently humorous phrase has just enough comic momentum to sustain a short and sweet tune like this.

    42. “Hate the Way I Love You”

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    For the ditty “Hate the Way I Love You,” Dan Mintz’s amusingly static Tina Belcher voice gets to play against the lively vocals of guest star Daveed Diggs. That contrast alone is amusing enough to cement it as a standout tune in the show’s run, ditto how Diggs turns out to be just as adept at crooning the wacky lyrics of a Bob’s Burgers tune as he is at belting out Broadway songs like “What’d I Miss?”

    41. “Rain, Rain, Flash, Flash”

    With a sparser instrumental accompaniment consisting of some drumming and lots of clapping, “Rain, Rain, Flash, Flash” relies heavily on its primary singer, Dan Mintz’s Tina Belcher, to carry the day. Placing so much confidence in Mintz has often served Bob’s Burgers well and this tune is no exception. Moments like Mintz really leaning into a strained high note in belting out one special rendition of the word “thundergirls” makes it clear why he’s so often the MVP of Bob’s Burgers.

    40. “Let’s Swap Eyes So We Can Empathize”

    In just 51 seconds, “Let’s Swap Eyes So We Can Empathize” travels a lot of different musical terrains. Starting off intentionally bumpy and awkward in Kristen Schaal’s reluctant vocals before transitioning to a soaring electronic anthem, the only constant here is the steady level of comedy.

    39. “I Sure Would Like a Mom”

    Any song like “I Sure Would Like a Mom” that manages to rhyme “wanna” with “iguana” deserves a spot on this list. Bonus points for how this tune affords Eugene Mirman plenty of opportunities to indulge in his high-strung voicework as Gene.

    38. “Cat Trainin’”

    This may be the rare Bob’s Burgers song to register as more eerily accurate and sad than hilarious to some viewers, specifically ones who actually own cats. The lyrics here effectively capture the difficulties of trying to get cats to do, well, anything, particularly the inspired line “Put a lot of work in, get a little bit back.”

    37. “Who’s a Fun Mom on Halloween”

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    There are endless Christmas tunes on the radio, but far less musical representation for other holidays, including Halloween. Leave it to Bob’s Burgers to help correct this shortcoming with “Who’s a Fun Mom on Halloween,” which wrings a lot of fun out of the enthusiastic vocals of John Roberts and a rock-n’-roll instrumental accompaniment.

    36. “Cease and Desist”

    The ever-enduring importance of keeping one’s body and bowels “feeling good” was reaffirmed in the opening to the song “Cease and Desist.” After this, “Cease and Desist” proceeds to be a humorous vision of a “sexy” song, complete with vocals channeling the pipes of Michael Bolton, in the service of talking about humorously mundane matters, like the state of someone’s wrist.

    35. “Give it to Teddy”

    Larry Murphy’s easily excitable Teddy has been a scene-stealer on Bob’s Burgers for nearly its entire run. The way Murphy can make even the quickest Teddy line something that induces giggles is showcased humorously in “Give it to Teddy,” as Linda’s crooning is often interrupted with hysterical asides from Teddy.

    34. “We’re Coming for Ya”

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    This one Bob’s Burgers song stands out almost exclusively because of the instruments it employs. “We’re Coming for Ya” is harmonized alongside the strum of a banjo, the soft playing of a kazoo, and also some whistling. It’s an arrangement that echoes nothing more than “Petey’s Song” from Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is never a bad song to remind listeners of.

    33. “Derek Dematopolis”

     Initially, “Derek Dematopolis” seems like an amusing but not necessarily iconic entry in the Bob’s Burgers music canon. But then the final 30 seconds devolve into just John Roberts and Megan Mullaly wailing and suddenly, “Derek Dematopolis” becomes something far more special…and hilarious.

    32. “Gravy Boat”

    Though a song about a Thanksgiving gravy boat, the phrase that sticks out on this track is “sailors in your mouth.” Singers John Roberts and Megan Mullaly utter this loaded phrase multiple times with all the blissfully unaware enthusiasm you can imagine. The dissonance between that delivery and the underlying meaning of the phrase “sailors in your mouth” is alone enough to make “Gravy Boat” a keeper.

    31. “Lifting Up the Skirt of the Night”

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    The inspired name of “Lifting up the Skirt of the Night” sets the stage for what’s quite the toe-tapping number. John Roberts belts out the vocals here, with the occasional interjection from H. Jon Benjamin, in a song that sounds like it was ripped straight out of the 1980s. The auditory resemblance to a radio staple of this era makes the occasionally wacky lyrics and humorous flourishes in Roberts’s vocals all the more amusing.

    30. “BM in the PM”

    It’s a testament to the underlying sweetness and disarming nonchalantness of Bob’s Burgers that the show could do multiple songs about pooping without coming off as straining to be gross or edgy. “BM in the PM” is a fun example of the show’s musical fascination with defecation, especially since this particular approach to that subject is told with the amusing soft strums of a ukulele.

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