Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes #37: 5 Songs from Kids Shows that I Can Never Get Out of My Head

We all have those songs.  The ones that seem to constantly find their way back into our head, and at the most random moments, too.  Much like Riley is plagued by the Triple Dent Gum jingle in Inside Out, each of us have our own repeat offenders.

Some of them are welcomed visitors, others we wish we could have wiped from our brains… and mine all seem to stem from children’s shows.  Cartoons, to be specific.

5 Songs from Kids Shows that I Can Never Get Out of My Head

Luckily for me, I genuinely enjoy all of these songs, so when they’re recalled to my mind I’ll happily sing the tune out loud–sometimes for days, because I’m obnoxious like that.  Allow me take you on a walk down Childhood Cartoon Lane (if that was a thing), and show you five songs from kids shows that I can never seen to get out of my head!

1. “Carm Helga” from Hey Arnold!


“What’s Opera, Arnold?” features Mr. Packenham taking Arnold’s fourth grade class to the opera to see the classic tale of Carmen.  The episode features the show’s Arnold and Helga’s dreamworld adaptions of the opera, spoofing the classic Carmen tunes to hilarious results as Helga takes Don Arnold for her own in her rendition of “Carm Helga”.  This episode was released way back in 1997 (over 20-years ago, can you believe it?), and “Carm Helga” has been stuck in my head ever since.

Ruth? Hmpfh!
Just like I stated, she’s overrated;
A big no-brainer with enormous feet!
Why not forget her? I’m so much better;
My name’s Carm Helga and I’m awfully sweet!

2. “Squirrels in My Pants” from Phineas and Ferb


Phineas and Ferb is a show chocked full of original music, but “Squirrels in My Pants” has to be my jam.  Released nearly ten years ago in the episode “Comet Kermillian”, “Squirrels in My Pants” is a rap/hip-hop song that is one minute of pure enjoyment.  My little brother and I found it beyond hilarious, and yet it’s incredibly catchy.  Candace truly is the greatest character, Ashley Tisdale is too perfect for the role.

Candace: AAH!
Street Performer 1: Wow! She had actual squirrels in her pants.
Street Performer 2: We just got served.

3. “Naked Mole Rap” from Kim Possible


“Naked Mole Rap” is a song that we get in season 3 of Kim Possible that reveals the origins of Ron’s most unique sidekick, a naked mole rat named Rufus.  Apparently Rufus’s, ahem, more bare appearance is due to Ron’s father’s allergies to any sort of haired mammal.  Who knew?  Well, we did, of course, because we watched this episode back in 2005 and permanently ingrained the tune in our heads.  I particularly love Rufus’s rifts in the song.

What is that? That freaky thing?
(Yes, that’s right, it’s a naked mole rat.)

4. “Campfire Song Song” from SpongeBob SquarePants


SpongeBob SquarePants is a show that, when I was first shown it back in 1999, I wasn’t as impressed as my younger brother was.  However, once season two hit and my brother was still watching it, I began a humongous fan.  I’m talking Gary patterned shoelaces (from Hot Topic, of course), SpongeBob themed magnets in my middle school locker, and many, many hours of watching.  For me, SpongeBob was in its prime between seasons two and four, including the genius of “The Camping Episode” which birthed an incredibly memorable 55-second song:  “The Campfire Song Song”.  (Watch out for sea bears!)

SpongeBob: Squidward!
[Squidward keeps silent and stares at them.]
SpongeBob: Good!

5. “Shiny Teeth and Me” from Fairly OddParents


Fairly OddParents, on the other hand, I’ve loved since its first episode.  I loved the humor, I loved the characters, and I loved the animation style.  Season two introduced the character Chip Skylark, ingeniously voiced by founding NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick, whose chart topping hit, “My Shiny Teeth and Me”, features a ridiculousness only Fairly OddParents could possibly make foot-tapping.  And, dang it, it’s so freaking appealing.

My shiny teeth that twinkle
just like the stars in space
My shiny teeth that sparkle
add beauty to my face

Well, now I have five songs stuck in my head.

But, dang it, I love them all!

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