Friday Playlist: Hanging Out With Lisa Simpson

Songs for a slumber party with our favorite second-grader.

Whether jamming with blues legends on her sax, confronting the Man through protest songs, or geeking out to non-threatening boy bands, Lisa Simpson likes her tunes. Here are some tracks to listen to at a slumber party with our favorite animated second-grader. (If you play “Maybe I’m Amazed” backwards, you’ll hear a recipe for a ripping lentil soup.)

Illustration by Minna


  • IAmBowieCakes October 5th, 2012 11:02 PM

    Alright! Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney! Way to go Lisa!

  • actressgirl October 5th, 2012 11:16 PM

    As long as you are playing Lisa Simpson originals we HAVE to include Lisa’s Protest Song.

    “Cause we’ll march day and night by the big cooling tower…
    They have the plant but we have the Power.”

    • Anna F. October 6th, 2012 12:05 AM

      Now do Classical Gas!

    • Caitlin H. October 6th, 2012 4:29 AM


  • allyishere October 5th, 2012 11:54 PM

    Lisa is and will always be my idol.
    you guys should post these playlists on spotify too though!

    • CookyKurls October 7th, 2012 9:24 AM

      Agreed! It’s easier to keep and listen to these playlists via Spotify rather than having to scroll through a monster folder of bookmarks. Plus 8tracks doesn’t always work for me :(

  • inkless October 6th, 2012 1:09 AM

    awwww yissssss pumpkins!!!

  • hillary October 6th, 2012 2:07 AM

    is she holding a ghost world comic in that picture??? lisa is way cooler than i’d imagined…

    • Lascelles October 6th, 2012 8:50 AM

      Yeah, it’s from an episode called Husband and Knives. She was in line to meet the creator that actually did the voice over. Not sure when she listened to boy bands though. I guess I should watch Radio Bart again :D I got all the other references pretty quick.

  • cottoncolumnist October 6th, 2012 5:35 AM

    Omg I was just fantasizing over Lisa Simpson the other day and here is a playlist devoted to her!! how awesome :) everyone should go on the the Lisa Simpson bookclub tumblr and follow her! her favourite book it the bell jar <3

  • Mary the freak October 6th, 2012 7:29 AM

    Wow, this is so weekend-y and all those voices sound like lisa! nerds, yay! Lisa is so cute! This makes me feel like weekend and summer and yellow!

  • starsinyourheart October 6th, 2012 8:48 AM

    AAAAH I’ve been waiting for this for ages! Lisa is so cool, she was like my big sister growing up. Best post ever! :D

  • Three Plays by Margot Tenenbaum October 6th, 2012 9:31 AM

    Joanna Newsom would have been too obvious a choice, I guess. :)

  • AnaRuiz October 6th, 2012 9:39 AM

    I knew Lisa played the sax, I should have known she had spectacular taste in music! This playlist helps me appreciate The Simpsons a little more.

  • Morning Moon October 6th, 2012 10:00 AM

    Paul McCartney <3

  • Carmela October 6th, 2012 1:39 PM

    Hello lovely rookies! ♥
    This playlist is absolutely perf,but since we’re talking about Lisa,a great sax player,I think it would have been super nice to see some Miles Davis or some jazz in there!

    • Elara December 10th, 2012 6:16 PM

      Or some Coltrane!! (I’m pretty sure Lisa named her cat after him) (Plus he was the only person who’s music we’d play in my jazz band because the conductor was super into him).

  • MissKnowItAll October 6th, 2012 9:53 PM

    We need some fangirl music on here. One Direction anybody?

    • Anna F. October 8th, 2012 11:30 AM

      That’s where the NKOTB comes in! I figured they would’ve fit with the era (maybe a bit earlier) of the Simpsons at their peak.

      • MissKnowItAll October 8th, 2012 6:33 PM

        lol I totally forgot about that! Lisa Simpson represents all fangirls everywhere

  • Jessica W October 7th, 2012 1:42 AM

    YEAH!!!! I just used Hot Topic in one of my English essays to stress the point of feminism still needing to be seen as relevant and necessary in today’s society (because the movement IS still relevant and necessary) … “Don’t stop… We won’t stop!”
    Anywho, this is fab~*~*~*~

    The Lovelorn

  • laurenniee October 7th, 2012 10:46 AM

    I didn’t look at the tracklisting and was thinking how much of a good song Meat is Murder would be to have on this playlist and then I heard that familiar sound of the intro and I nearly Morrissey/Lisa Simpson fangirled all over my room.
    Yeah I should really do my uni work now.

  • imogan October 7th, 2012 6:21 PM

    just going to put it out there that i think a ‘hanging out with annie hall’ playlist should be made soon! but yeah this is brilliant!

  • aromanz October 7th, 2012 10:13 PM

    Is there any way we can download these? Or is that some sort of illegal? Thanks!.

    • Elara December 10th, 2012 6:14 PM

      I think they do them on 8tracks which makes it super hard to download them? I’m sure there’s a way (and it’s probably super easy once you know it) but 8tracks doesn’t put download links on it’s website (probably for piracy laws etc).

  • Marlys October 17th, 2012 2:32 PM

    when Jazzman played I started getting teary-eyed. it’s been so long since I’ve heard that!

  • maggiemadge October 27th, 2012 9:31 PM

    Lisa is the coolest. I liked the Smashing Pumpkins pick!

  • Erin. December 1st, 2012 1:53 PM

    Wings, Bob Dylan, AND Lesley Gore? YES!
    And Jazzman is a Simpson’s classic.