Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s new Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, is being called a surprise hit. But anyone who is surprised by its success must not have been paying attention. It has been lauded by critics for dealing with dark topics such as AIDS and third-world genocide, while at the same time maintaining the irreverent yet surprisingly sweet tone of a classic Broadway show. But these are the hallmarks of Parker and Stone, who have been hard at work crafting their unique style for well over a decade. With songs such as “Everyone Has AIDS,” and “Hang the Bastard” under their belt, the transition to Broadway almost seems like an afterthought. But in honor of their success, I’ve compiled my 11 favorite Parker/Stone songs. If you don’t like my list, go fuck your uncle.
Who else besides Parker and Stone could make a song about genital warts so damn catchy? OK, maybe Eazy-E, but he’s dead.
While Isaac Hayes ended up leaving “South Park” on bad terms, his run with the show was hilarious. And while he’ll be better remembered for singing the theme from Shaft, I’ll always remember him for his “Salty Chocolate Balls.”
Not only is this Lion King spoof about talking shit hilarious, but it somehow manages to be genuinely heartfelt.
This song from the South Park movie sets the stage for an epic battle between not only parents and television, but also the U.S. and Canada.
What makes a man? It’s probably the titties.
As mentioned above, when the children of South Park begin using foul language, it isn’t long before their parents “Blame Canada.” This song was actually nominated for an Oscar, but lost out to Phil Collins.
In this song from Team America, Stone and Parker mock Kim Jong-il with a mix of puppets and Asian stereotypes. Offensive? Maybe. Hilarious? Definitely.
Not many people can get away with mocking the AIDS epidemic. But as always, Parker and Stone manage to pull it off.
This list probably could have been comprised of only Team America songs, but I wanted to have some variety. That being said, the jingoistic anthem that is “America, Fuck Yeah” is certainly some of their best work, bar none.
In my book, any song that paints Kanye West as a dirty fish fucker should win a god damn Grammy.