Top 25 Simpsons Guest Appearances has come up with a list of the top 25 guest appearances in the seventeen year history of "The Simpsons". I've often contemplated writing such a list, but beat me to the punch. Here's their top 25.

#25: Glenn Close
#24: Aerosmith
#23: The Hullapalooza Performers
#22: Tito Puente
#21: James Taylor
#20: The Cast of Cheers
#19: Mel Gibson
#18: Spinal Tap
#17: The Pro Baseball Players in "Homer at the Bat"
#16: Stephen Hawking
#15: The Ramones
#14: Johnny Cash
#13: Elizabeth Taylor
#12: Ron Howard
#11: Leonard Nimoy
#10: The Beatles
#9: John Waters
#8: Jon Lovitz
#7: James Earl Jones
#6: Winona Ryder
#5: Michael Jackson
#4: The Krusty Comeback Performers
#3: Dustin Hoffman
#2: Mark Hamill
#1: Albert Brooks

I would actually disqualify Albert Brooks and Jon Lovitz from my list because they've played so many memorable characters. I'd also disqualify the late great Phil Hartman because he was essentially a regular cast member. With those three off the market, here's my top five.

  1. Dustin Hoffman
  2. Johnny Cash
  3. George Harrison
  4. Leonard Nimoy
  5. Michael Jackson

As far as purely musical cameos are concerned, Aerosmith, The Ramones and James Taylor were probably my favourites. Who were your favourites?

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I gotta go with the Chili Peppers, Peter Frampton, Sting and Spinal Tap.
Man there's been a lot hasn't there.

September 6, 2006 @ 9:05 PM

Mike Boon

All good - especially Spinal Tap in that amazing episode.

For pure Cancon, lest we forget Robert Goulet and BTO.

September 6, 2006 @ 9:08 PM

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