—CG, “When Will Josh See How Cool I Am?” season 2, episode 2, Greg’s bitter reprise is so brief it doesn’t even show up on YouTube, but it’s an effective and timely reminder of why he’ll be much happier away from West Covina and Rebecca, much as the audience might want him to stay. http://smarturl.it/crazyex1_i “The Villain in My Own Story,” in which Rebecca questions herself and everything she’s done up to this point, proved once and for all that it knew exactly what it was doing. Taking her cue from the vengeful spurned woman of "Kerosene," her hit debut single, Lambert has built her second album around a tough-chick persona, something that may be clear from the very title of the album, but this isn't a one-dimensional record by any stretch. The most bizarre thing about Trump’s farewell speech is how normal it sounds. It’s funny, relatable, and, crucially, a memorable setup for his ultimate decision to leave. —CG, Given how incredible Donna Lynne Champlin’s voice is, it’s criminal that there aren’t more Paula ballads on this show. —AR, Paula’s ABBA-style romp through a grocery store full of phallic vegetables relives every girl’s unforgettable coming-of-age moment. —AR. Filmed in one long take, Greg walks us through his growing dissatisfaction, his gnawing self-loathing, and his seething sense of thwarted ambition, all by glibly declaring he doesn’t care about any of these things. Ask questions and download or stream the entire soundtrack on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, & Amazon. —GK, The show’s decision to focus closely on Rebecca’s mental health instead of shrugging and saying, “She’s crazy!” was one of the smartest things it could have done in its third season: As soon as Rebecca had an actual diagnosis to work with, her world got a whole lot more grounded and a lot more interesting. Chip in as little as $3 to help keep Vox free for all. Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" was co-written by Sarah Hudson, who is a singer-songwriter and a member of the Pop group Ultraviolet Sound. —AR, This Fifth Harmony riff is as close as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend gets to straight-up parody, in both form and substance. “Where’s the Bathroom?” is a tour de force, a master class in guilt-tripping sold by Tovah Feldshuh’s incomparable and unstoppable gusto. —CG, “Josh Is Irrelevant.” season 3, episode 6, This is a two-minute-long poop joke. —CF, “Josh Has No Idea Where I Am!” season 1, episode 15, This hilarious Dreamgirls parody makes it clear that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend can make a song about anything, even vaguely familiar tropes we hadn’t ever really thought that much about. Biden’s key national security picks had their confirmation hearings. It’s random, winsome, and fun. You wouldn’t know it from his last speech before leaving office. —CG, “Who Needs Josh When You Have a Girl Group?” season 2, episode 6, This slow jam is Heather’s first full-length solo, and giving her laid-back cool a showcase breathes fresh air into the cast dynamics. (Trust us: It works.) As a first impression for what was to come, this theme song nailed it so hard that it was genuinely sad to see it go come season two. You can see here that their relationship has more of a solid foundation than Rebecca’s infatuation with Josh, and that it is not going to heal or fix either one of them. There’s a great mix of styles among the 39 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend songs, ranging from rap to jazz, to pop and R&B. Nathaniel Gets the Message! —CF, As the big first-episode opening number, this song wears a lot of hats. —CF. So this one, which shows off Champlin’s range while poking fun at Paula’s love of telling Rebecca exactly what she should do, was and remains a welcome treat. —CG, “Who Is Josh’s Soup Fairy?” season 2, episode 8, Josh’s songs often revolve around the joke that he’s not that bright. —CG, This ’80s hair metal jam, while inessential to the larger plot, is so much funnier than it has any right to be — not least because of its perfectly random cameo from the ghost of Steve Jobs. Sample lyric: “It’s something I’d like to demystify / It’s not a phase / I’m not confused / Not … With new virus variants spreading, it’s probably time to stop. Click the links below if you want a crash course on editing: Whenever you feel ready hit the "edit" button on any page to add stuff you know! Ratings varied wildly from person to person: Because the fundamental appeal of a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend song is almost always the “too real!” factor, and everyone has a different “too real!” trigger, no one could agree on which songs were outstanding as opposed to merely good. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. It works nicely as a one-size-fits-all critique of the commodification of female empowerment, with some gleefully tweaked details in both the lyrics (“wear fake eyelids just for yourself”) and the visuals (the skeevy Terry Richardson doppelgänger in a “Male Gaze” shirt). It’s a joyous, sparkly subversion of the Marilyn Monroe fantasy that at the same time manages to effectively puncture Rebecca’s self-absorbed glee at being pursed by two hot guys at once. Greg’s unexpectedly chipper reaction to Rebecca’s health emergency demonstrates both why he was such a fun match for her and why Santino Fontana was such a perpetually compelling asset to the show. As Rebecca sees it, her mother is a whirling dervish of sanctimonious griping fueled by furious disappointment, and the song tells that story beautifully while wringing punchlines out of hurt. —GK, Paula’s sultry torch song isn’t the deepest character examination you’ll ever get, but its rhyme structure is full of winking jokes in classic musical theater style. He managed neither, but the effort was hilarious. —CG, “I’m Going on a Date With Josh’s Friend!” season 1, episode 4, This reprise reminds us that no festival portable toilet has ever looked this clean, and that no personal resolution by Rebecca Bunch has ever failed to be immediately followed up by a much worse life decision. —CG, “I Never Want to See Josh Again.” season 3, episode 5, Rebecca’s mournful “My relationship with her was my first failed romance” beautifully captures the tortured dynamic she’s developed with her mother — but there will be later songs that handle it even better. —CF, “Josh and I Work on a Case!” season 1, episode 12, Rebecca’s unblinking enthusiasm make her an ideal Music Man con woman. … We’re not mad about it. The theme song to "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" on the CW!Buy the "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Season 1 Volume 1 Soundtrack AVAILABLE NOW!! —GK, Trent had two jobs: look sexy and get ready. —CG, “Josh and I Go to Los Angeles!” season 1, episode 13, Rebecca stirs her community to a Les Mis-y rebellion that’s far more interesting in theory than in practice, but at least it contains a B.J. —CG, “Nathaniel Gets the Message!” season 3, episode 9, Let’s get the nitpicking out of the way first: The reveal that Josh is an actual stripper (not just an imaginary one) is poorly integrated into this song; if they’d done a better job establishing a difference between the real stage and the dream stage, it would have played better. The song’s fatalistic despair at its own rush to stereotype is its crowning humor. The tap-dancing choreography alone would have made this song a hall of famer, but what makes it hard to beat are moments like Rebecca groaning, “Not on my chest!” as her ex-boyfriends do the “big finish” by leaping onto her dresser without breaking step. The use of the reprise tells us how fully Heather’s got a read on Greg, while the music underscores how totally not broken up about this breakup she is. Paula’s half-toxic, half-aspirational friendship with Rebecca is one of the show’s richest emotional wells; Champlin’s powerhouse voice can do everything from a Disney princess vibrato to a soulful belt, and when given license to let loose, she can light up the entire screen. And while this show is generally a master at sliding around FCC regulations, there may have had no greater (and more beautifully constructed) test than this song’s purred, “Let me choke on your cocksuredness.” —CF, Full disclosure: One person on our panel inflated this ranking by rating Darryl’s nearly lyric-free dance number much higher than everyone else, who apparently lack that person’s admiration for a nicely curated cheese platter and and a well-chopped throw pillow. His unique mix of sincerity and social awkwardness manages to transcend our discomfort and land somewhere between hilarious and endearing. The CW’s musical dramedy is one of the lowest-rated shows on television, but it’s beloved by critics, musical theater aficionados, and fans of an artfully deconstructed romantic comedy. But what makes it great is Rebecca’s boundless belief that if she can only perform the right kind of effortless cool-girl femininity, Josh will surely fall madly in love with her forever. —CG, “Josh and I Are Good People!” season 1, episode 5, This “Butterfly Kisses” parody is super uncomfortable, but it helps that Darryl is just as weirded out by it as the rest of us are. —CF, “My First Thanksgiving With Josh!” season 2, episode 6, Herein lies an early form of what came to be a classic Crazy Ex-Girlfriend combination: a seemingly innocuous topic (meeting parents) with a seemingly disparate genre (the kind of Katy Perry synth pop that leans on ill-advised rap breakdowns), plus a heavy dose of gleeful filth. Leo O’Donovan and Rev. —GK, Heather’s deadpan disgust with her big musical theater moment is a thing of beauty, but it’s the giant cheesy grins on the faces of her background dancers that really put this one over the top. Review: The Top 27 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Songs, Ranked The CW's romantic-comedy-drama-fantasy-musical just aired its series finale, after four seasons and 157 original songs. —CG, “Josh Is the Man of My Dreams, Right?” season 2, episode 11, With barely more than 15 seconds to work with, this reprise could only pack so much of a punch — but it still makes an impression, thanks to Stephnie Weir’s wide-eyed mania on the riff’s final twist. The lyrics are razor-sharp throughout (“We’re gonna braid each other’s hair / then cut each other’s braids / connect the braids to build a rope / to hang all of Congress”), escalating to a hilariously antagonistic “roll call” that introduces “The Brainy One” (head of censorship and mind control), “The Cool One” (puts drugs in the water supply), and “The Sexy One” (czar of torture). The beauty of this one comes from the withering disdain projected by Rebecca’s backup dancers as she sexy-baby-coos her way through her triangle puns: “We’re starting to suspect / you don’t sincerely want to know about triangles!” they complain. One of the surprise turns Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has taken during its meandering tour through a host of rom-com tropes is its early-season-two decision to totally break up, at least for the foreseeable future, the Greg-Rebecca part of the Great Rebecca Bunch Love Triangle. —CF, This song’s meta observations about real life not always conforming to easily digestible narratives is right in the show’s comedic wheelhouse, but that somewhat predictable premise gets a boost from guest singer Josh Groban and his unexpected intrusion into Rebecca’s fantasy world midway through the number. Great ’80s hair, though, gang. —AR, This Rebecca Bunch signature move is an early Bunch 101 on the fundamental contradictions of her character. —CG, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s executive music producer, so it’s no surprise that “Ping Pong Girl” manages to be a pitch-perfect evocation of early-2000s pop punk. What did this person have against guest vocalist Bayne Gibby and her “I Feel Like This Isn’t About Me?” Why couldn’t that person see that “You Stupid Bitch” was a far more meaningful and powerful song than “It Was a Shit Show,” no offense, Greg? But for as strong as she sounds on the plentiful rockers here, Lambert also lets her guard down on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, as she as she soaks her "Love Letters" with tears, sweetly sighs in "Desperation," and sadly wishes she was "More Like Her" as she looks on as her ex-lover returns to his old love. The choice of Fr. one of the lowest-rated shows on television, Donald Trump just issued a surprise pardon for the man at the center of an epic fight between Google and Uber. She takes righteous revenge on a guy who slapped her around on the rocking opener, "Gunpowder and Lead" ("he wants a fight, well now he's got one"), she's stranded without booze in a "Dry Town," and she breaks hearts left and right on the surging, hard-edged "Down," while she searches in vain for a good fling on "Guilty in Here," where she wonders what became of "all the boys that only want one thing." “We Tapped That Ass” recaps Rebecca’s enthusiastic sex life with both Greg and Josh in excruciating, hilarious detail, with Santino Fontana and Vincent Rodriguez grinning up a storm. (Do not @ us on Twitter.) Ask questions and download or stream the entire soundtrack on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, & Amazon. And here, as she shimmies menacingly across the stage in her “Rose’s Turn” number, she at last releases all of the pent-up rage she’s been carrying in an explosion of angry jazz hands and sardonic patter. In this, his initial pitch to Rebecca, he upsells his underdog status, and even if it’s clear that Rebecca isn’t it buying it, by the time he’s through tap-dancing his way into our hearts, the rest of us totally are. Plus, it’s always fun to see Josh take a turn as the dapper, old-school leading man — especially when he still gets to be the dumb, plucky jock we know and love. It’s hard not to nod in recognition when she demands to know whether there’s a secret manual on how to be a normal person that everyone has but her — or to keep from cringe-laughing when she growls, “I know you have the manual, Patrick; I know it’s in your truck, Patrick!” —CG, This song was the perfect introduction to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s pervasive and cheerful excoriation of gender roles and the ridiculous societal expectations placed on women. "You Stupid Bitch" Is this even a surprise? —AR, If you ever want to get very depressed about men, you can either go directly to No. Special shout-out to the guy who barely lets Darryl get two seconds into his pitch before blurting out, “Yeah, I don’t live here.” —CG, “Nathaniel Gets the Message!” season 2, episode 9, It feels right that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s official 100th song falls squarely in the middle of the pack: It’s solid and a definite game change for Rebecca’s character, but it’s not quite transcendently great. Josh Is a Liar. But the most fun is still to come. —CG, “Josh Just Happens to Live Here!” season 1, episode 1, The magic of this scene and song isn’t that great Richard Gere rhyme — it’s the way it uses the setup of a traditional lover’s duet to make clear that the real endgame pairing of this series is a One True Friendship between two women. This is not the best iteration of that idea. The result beautifully brings psychological depth to the romantic comedy best friend trope, and Champlin makes every moment of it shine. In this, his “My Way”-ish goodbye to Rebecca, we see both Greg and the show at their best: clear-eyed, soulful, and willing to leave you wanting more. Nathaniel Needs My Help! —AR, Seth Green’s nonplussed performance as Patrick the delivery guy is fun here, and the package playing a tinkling melody on the piano as Patrick and Rebecca perch on the lid is a fantastic visual gag. That person invites the rest of the panel over to her place to talk this out over some crudités and glowsticks. “Grebecca” had seemed to be shaping up to be the show’s “endgame” pairing, but then Greg, who had long wanted to return to Emory University and pursue his own dreams, decided to do just that, even though it meant leaving Rebecca at the airport terminal. —AR, “I’m So Happy That Josh Is So Happy!” season 1, episode 7, Rebecca’s spot-on turn at a sultry French torch song is hilariously over-the-top, while hinting at her very real problems with coping mechanisms. Dark HorseKaty Perry. 12 by our judging panel, when clearly it should have been in the top five and arguably should have won the whole damn thing. And that got us thinking: Which other songs could be used to annihilate an ex? Hey, we didn’t see this placement coming either, but you know what? 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