In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. As part of Simpsons Week, we’re picking our favorite songs from the show.

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“Privileged Boy” (2005)

Johnny Rainbow diehards all remember exactly where they were the moment they heard their former idol sing “Privileged Boy.” At least, that’s how I imagine the legacy of The Simpsons episode “A Star Is Torn,” in which Homer starts managing Cameron, Lisa’s competition in a televised junior singing competition. After Lisa and Homer have a falling out about his overbearing management style, Homer defects to Cameron, giving him the snazzy stage name Johnny Rainbow and helping him strategize against Lisa. The father-daughter rift is naturally short-lived and Homer writes his protege an original song guaranteed to sink his career. That song is “Privileged Boy,” a tribute to obnoxious classism: “I’m a privileged boy / It’s great I gotta tell ya / Privileged boy / My dad can buy and sell ya.” The song is met with a predictably chilly reception, especially from Johnny Rainbow superfans Lenny and Carl. (“You suck Johnny Rainbow!” “I believed in you!”) It’s a catchy tune, though, with lyrics from writer Carolyn Omine, and it’s funny as hell. It’s the comedy gold at the end of the Rainbow.

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