Jimmy Fallon’s talent with impressions and incorporating music into his act has only grown since he released an album in 2002 called The Bathroom Wall.
After taking over as the host of NBC’s Late Night following Conan O’Brien’s departure, Fallon now has the opportunity to explore as much musical-impression comedy as he could want, including popular performances as Neil Young and Bob Dylan. It also doesn’t hurt that he has one of the best house bands on television, The Roots, backing him up.
8.”Born to Run” with the Cast of Glee
As the host of the 2010 Emmy Awards, Fallon recruited a number of television stars to help him open the show with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” featuring the cast of Glee, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Jorge Garcia and Randy Jackson.
7. “Pants on the Ground” as Neil Young
Civil rights activist General Larry Platt began performing “Pants on the Ground” in the streets of Atlanta in 2001 to protest the practice of sagging. The song became a viral hit when Platt sang the song during the Atlanta audition for American Idol in 2010. Then, Jimmy Fallon answered the question that was on everybody’s mind. What would this song sound like if it had been written by Neil Young?
6. Emmy Medley as Elton John, Boyz II Men and Green Day
Several long-running TV series came to an end in 2010 and were honored at the Emmy Awards ceremony hosted by Fallon. The comedian bid farewell to 24, Law & Order and Lost as only he could – or rather, as only Elton John, Boyz II Men and Green Day could.
5 “Double Rainbow” as Neil Young
Internet meme “Double Rainbow” as re-imagined by Neil Young? ‘Nuff said.
4. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme” as Neil Young
This is a story all about how a TV show theme got flipped upside down. Now, let me take a minute. Just sit right there. I’ll tell you how Jimmy Fallon covered “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (as Neil Young).
3. History of Rap Medley with Justin Timberlake
Jimmy Fallon had Justin Timberlake on his show to discuss The Social Network, but after their conversation turned to ‘90s hip-hop music, Fallon and Timberlake ended up performing a medley of songs from throughout the history of hip-hop music backed by the legendary Roots crew.
2. ”Charles in Charge Theme” as Bob Dylan
After producing popular covers of pop TV show themes and internet memes as Neil Young, Fallon decided to expand his horizons by taking on the persona of another musical legend – Bob Dylan.
1. “Whip My Hair” (w/ Bruce Springsteen) as Neil Young
After covering Will Smith in 2009, Fallon did the same for Smith’s daughter Willow when he performed as Neil Young once again, this time playing the 9-year-old pop star’s hit song, “Whip My Hair.” Airing during the Bruce Springsteen episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Boss himself joined Fallon/Young for the performance.