A lot of you childless people, especially the obstinately childless, probably think that having a kid can be a drag, the way it can harsh the the lifestyle or push your drinking binges later into the evening, if you can stay up long enough. There are a lot of perks to child rearing, though. For one, if your child is young enough, you can go through the first-class line in airport security, which almost makes up for the difficulty and humiliation involved in taking your child on an airplane.
You may also think that watching television with your child can be a pain in the ass, too. And that’s true if you dare turn on “Calliou” or “Dora the Explorer” or something called Icky Bicky Boo or Pinky Dicky Poo or whatever that show is called. But some of these children’s shows, in an effort to reduce the amount of pain the parents have to suffer, will throw in a familiar celebrities, who often do amusing things. “Yo Gabba Gabba!” is great at this, as is — of course — “Sesame Street,” which has been rolling out celebrities for decades. Some of you may remember James Taylor or Stevie Wonder, among others, from your own childhoods.
Anyway, we don’t let our kid watch a lot of television out of my wife’s fear that he might grow up to be like me, but exceptions are sometimes made for Saturday mornings while Daddy is trying to sleep off a four-beer hangover, because it just doesn’t take much anymore. And on Saturday morning, I was startled into consciousness by the number one video below, and liked it so much, I thought I’d put together this little SRL for the otherwise oblivious. Here you go.
The Five Best Celebrity Songs on Sesame Street — Contemporary Edition
5. Dixie Chicks. “No Letter Better Than B.”
4. Feist. “One, Two, Three, Four.”
3. Norah Jones. “Don’t Know Y.”
2. Neil Patrick Harris. “My Shoes.”
1. Ricky Gervais — Celebrity Lullabies. “The Letter N.”
(And for the record, the worst one in recent memory is Jamie Foxx’s horrid “Nutcracker Mash.”)