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The 10 BEST In-Universe TV Songs

Riverdale's Josie and the Pussycats are coming in hot as the best new in-universe TV band, but they have stiff competition. These are some of the best songs ever to come out of TV shows!

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10. Friends Forever by Zack Attack

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youtube.com / Via Saved by the Bell

"Friends Forever" by Zack Attack is definitely a cheesy anthem, but the nostalgia factor earns it a place on this list. The Zack Attack episode of Saved by the Bell is a classic, but this song is so particularly iconic that the cast did an epic lip sync when they reunited for a skit on Jimmy Fallon.

9. Loser Like Me by the New Directions

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youtube.com / Via Glee

"Loser Like Me" was the first original song by the New Directions on Glee, and it was basically the manifesto of Gleeks everywhere. Its upbeat, fun, anti-bullying message fit the show choir perfectly. And it's the song that finally got New Directions to Nationals!

8. Guy Love by J.D. and Turk

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youtube.com / Via Scrubs

Scrubs's musical episode did what Scrubs did best: combine the happy and sad, the hilarious and the human. The whole episode was a fun ride, but this song transcends the show as an ode to bromances everywhere. Of course, it helps that Zach Braff and Donald Fiason share the "Guy Love" in real life!

7. Rural Juror by Jenna Maroney

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30 Rock had some great musical moments (remember Werewolf Bar Mitzvah?), but Rural Juror is a standout. Not only was it the culmination of a great running gag that started in the first season, it's the funny and irreverent way we all said goodbye to a beloved series. Those were the best days of my flerm.

6. 5,000 Candles in the Wind by Mouse Rat

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Parks and Recreation's in house band Mouse Rat was definitely the coolest band in Pawnee. Andy Dwyer managed to write a song that was 5,000 times better than Candle in the Wind, and one that the whole town loved - a pretty impressive feat for Pawnee. It was so good, it closed out the Pawnee/Eagleton unity concert, featuring Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, and Ginuwine.

5. Let's Go to the Mall by Robin Sparkles

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youtube.com / Via How I Met Your Mother

Robin Sparkles might have been Robin Scherbatsky's darkest secret, but she was the delight of the How I Met Your Mother gang...and everyone else. She had some treasured follow up singles, but "Let's Go to the Mall" is definitely her best hit.

4. I've Got a Theory / Bunnies / If We're Together by the Buffy Cast

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youtube.com / Via Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"Once More with Feeling" is considered one of the greatest musical episodes of TV ever, with good reason. It has all the classic clever Whedon dialogue combined with great song and dance numbers! This song combines the whit and pathos viewers were used to from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And the epic bunny freakout, of course.

3. Peeno Noir by Titus Andromedon

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youtube.com / Via Unbreakble Kimmy Schmidt

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song was an immediate earworm, but the obvious breakout of season one is Titus Andromedon's "Peeno Noir." It solidified Titus's status as a fan favorite and became a viral sensation. It became so popular, an actual pinot noir was named after the song.

2. The Sexy Getting Ready Song by Rebecca Bunch

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It's nearly impossible to rank the many brilliant songs from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - though many have tried - but this song, released before the pilot aired, stands out as one that enticed many viewers to follow Rebecca Bunch's journey. It's also a classic Rachel Bloom number - a catchy, apt parody with strong feminist vibes and a lot of laughs.

1. Smelly Cat by Phoebe Buffay

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Everybody knew and loved Phoebe's quirky jingles from Friends, but none of them are as iconic as this one. In fact, "Smelly Cat" has to be THE definitive sitcom song. It's so timeless and loved by so many. Even Taylor Swift brought Lisa Kudrow to the stage during her 1989 World Tour to do a rendition of the song.

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