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Jimmy Fallon: His 15 Most Popular 'Late Night' Music Sketches

To celebrate Fallon's 'Tonight Show' takeover, revisit his most-viewed 'Late Night' skits featuring Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and even President Obama
 / March 21, 2013

Get Ready for 'The Tonight Show' With Jimmy Fallon!

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Wednesday afternoon The New York Times confirmed that Jimmy Fallon would soon replace Jay Leno as the host of NBC's The Tonight Show. Congrats Jimmy! 

Fallon had an illustrious run on Late Night; the dude had the biggest stars doing the most ridiculous things. For example, just this Tuesday he had Selena Gomez singing the "Mario Kart Love Song"! Fallon has dressed up as Neil Young, sang "Balls in Your Mouth" with Florence Welch and dueted with Justin Timberlake on Toto's "Africa." Those are just gems in a very long list of highlights.

To celebrate Fallon's promotion to Tonight—he's expected to take the seat in Fall 2014—Fuse is revisiting the show's best musical sketches, as chosen by you, the viral video-watching public. We scanned the Late Night YouTube account and grabbed the 15 most-watched sketches, presented here in order of No. 15 to No. 1. With a larger primetime audience on Tonight, Fallon is sure to cook up even wackier skits in his new gig. Until then, click 'NXT' and prepare to laugh.

Singing "Balls In Your Mouth" With Florence Welch

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Fallon teamed up with Florence Welch for a protest song against BP after balls of tar washed up on the Gulf Shore following that nasty 2010 oil spill. The song, naturally, is titled "Balls in Your Mouth." 

The Florence + the Machine frontwoman sounds awesome belting the hilariously inappropriate lyrics. The clip has just over a quarter million YouTube views.

Bruce Springsteen & "Neil Young" (aka Jimmy Fallon) Sing "Whip My Hair"

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The Late Night host pretended to be '70s-era Neil Young and teamed up with Bruce Springsteen (playing a younger version of himself, complete with beard and newsboy cap) for a folky, acoustic version of Willow Smith's ode to hair flinging. The clip had 269,000 YouTube views at press time.

Singing "Walk of Shame" With Dave Matthews

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In a University of North Carolina sweatshirt, Fallon sang about the college tradition know as "the walk of shame" with a little help from Dave Matthews. The performance—lifted from Fallon's 2012 comedy album Blow Your Pants Off—has 332,000 views.

"The Spin Class Song" With LMFAO

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Only Fallon could bring LMFAO's "party rock" style to spin class. He's decked out in an afro wig and oversized glasses for the sketch, so pay attention—or else you might mistake him for Red Foo. The clip, performed entirely on spin cycles, is just 50,000 views shy of half a million.

Young Fallon & Justin Timberlake Sing Toto's "Africa" at Summer Camp

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In this musical sketch from just last week, Justin Timberlake and Fallon play teens at summer camp with a strange hankering for singing Toto's "Africa" a cappella. The vid, which showcases the duo's freakishly awesome harmonizing skills, racked up nearly 534,000 views.

The Ragtime Gals Debut Performance

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Inspired by a proposal from his "Suggestion Box," Fallon showed the world he could fuse barbershop and reggae music with his new quartet, The Ragtime Gals. Their debut performance of Inner Circle's 1992 reggae hit "Sweat (A La La La La Long)" has 583,000 views.

'50 Shades of Grey' Karaoke

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As 50 Shades of Grey was topping the best seller list, Fallon put a musical spin on the erotic text with "50 Shades of Grey Karaoke." Male audience members belting "Chocolate hot fudge brownie sex. This is so wrong, but holy hell it's erotic" and "He pulls my sweatpants down like whore's drawers" has earned the seven minute clip 746,000 views.

Alicia Keys Sings the "Adventures of the Gummi Bears" Theme Song

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When Alicia Keys visited Late Night she opted to belt out the theme song to '80s cartoon Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears. (Hear the original here) Her soulful rendition of the "courageous and caring, faithful and friendly" bears has racked up 815,000 views.

Singing "Your Body" With Christina Aguilera & The Roots Accompanied By Office Supplies

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When Christina Aguilera sat down for an interview on Late Night, Fallon suggested Xtina work with a new backing vocal group... composed entirely of office supplies. The Roots traded in their instruments for staplers, rulers, a water jug and the like for a performance of her hit "Your Body." It's racked up 1.6 million YouTube views.

"SexyBack" Barbershop Style With Justin Timberlake

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After watching a barbershop rendition of "SexyBack" featuring The Ragtime Gals, we are now convinced Justin Timberlake should record an album of four part harmony jams. The clip, released just last week, already has 1.7 million views.

Busting Out "History of Rap 4" With Justin Timberlake

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Fallon wrapped up Justin Timberlake's residency last week by unleashing the fourth volume of the "History of Rap." The medley, the most popular sketch from JT's week-long stint, has 2.1 million views.

"Harlem Shake" ('Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Version)

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As Baauer's "Harlem Shake" became an viral phenomenon, Jimmy filmed his own rendition of the dance and invited the show's staff, all decked out in Late Night hoodies, to join the party. It's earned 1.9 million views. 

Slow Jamming the News With Barack Obama

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Somehow Fallon booked the president—yeah, that president—to join a musical sketch. Barack Obama recited the news while the nighttime host and The Roots ad-libbed some extra commentary, Marvin Gaye style. POTUS did add his own flair with an "oh yeah!" helping the clip land 7 million views.

Singing "All I Want for Christmas Is You" With Mariah Carey, The Roots, Classroom Instruments & Children

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To get into the holiday spirit, Mariah Carey joined Fallon and The Roots for her holiday classic, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which they played on instruments suited for kindergarteners. Also, actual kindergarteners! The festive clip has 9.5 million views.

Singing "Call Me Maybe" With Carly Rae Jepsen, The Roots & Classroom Instruments

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Beating out Xtina, Mariah and even President Obama, Fallon's most popular musical sketch is his "Call Me Maybe" performance with Carly Rae Jepsen. The Roots joined to play the 2012 summertime smash with classroom instruments and Jepsen adds her triangle skills. The clip has earned a massive 13 million views! 

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