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10 times alternative artists unexpectedly appeared on children's shows

Believe it or not, some of your favorite musicians have made cameos or are even heavily involved with the making of popular children’s shows and teen series.

In fact, just look at Bowling For Soup, who co-wrote and sang the iconic theme song to Disney‘s Phineas And Ferb, or Jack White, who played and sang alongside The Muppets for a delightful TV special.

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Even though some of us may be well past the age demographic that watches some of the shows listed below, we’re all young at heart, right? And we can enjoy these hilarious and heartfelt cameos from some great alt musicians who are teaching kiddos how to be punk.

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl is a seasoned actor on children’s shows, as he’s previously appeared on Sesame Street and The Muppets. In 2019, he appeared on the new Nick Jr. show Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, where Grohl discussed his favorite instruments and guessed nursery rhymes with viral YouTube sensation Ryan Kaji. Grohl even brought his daughter, Fifi, to hang out on the show.

My Chemical Romance

Every Snowflake Is Different (Just Like You)” may be your anthem for the rest of the winter if you didn’t know that My Chemical Romance appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba in 2011. They shared this seasonally appropriate track that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike and are even considered one of the series’ best guests.

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy got to test out their voice-acting skills when they appeared on Cartoon Network‘s Teen Titans Go. An animated Pete Wentz was stoked when the Titan gang approached the band to perform a magic song. However, the rest of the guys were skeptical. In the end, they spontaneously began singing the magic song and are transported to another dimension.


In typical OK Go fashion, the band made a stunning music video with vibrant colors and wacky video edits. They created a creative stop-motion video to teach Sesame Street viewers about primary colors. No matter your age, you simply can’t look away. The rock act also worked with the cast of The Muppets to create a wild theme song video as well.

Hayley Kiyoko

Many of you may remember Hayley Kiyoko from her breakout acting role in the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth, but do you remember when she had a recurring role on Wizards Of Waverly Place? Selena Gomez‘s character Alex Russo met Kiyoko’s character Stevie Nichols, a fellow wizard, in detention, where they learned they had a lot in common.


Before YUNGBLUD (Dominic Harrison) was our favorite alternative heartthrob, he was a Disney Channel U.K. bad boy on The Lodge. He portrayed Oz on six episodes of the series, who’s the frontman of a band that audition and are chosen as the headliner of the lodge’s concert. At the end of the first season, his character left the show following some Disney-level drama with the other characters.

Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls teamed up with Elmo to rewrite their song “Slide” to “Pride,” where they used their lyrics to show Sesame Street viewers how to be proud of themselves for all the little things they do and learn. The band should definitely be proud of how they encapsulated ’90s fashion in this music video.


Weezer dressed up in bug costumes for their appearance on Yo Gabba Gabba, where they sang an earthworm, butterfly and dragonfly appreciation track with “All My Friends Are Insects.” If we were kids, this would certainly motivate us to pick up a guitar—and maybe even a praying mantis costume, too.

Plain White T’s

Plain White T’s appeared as themselves on the hit children’s show iCarly after Spencer (Jerry Trainor) saved lead singer Tom Higgenson. In return, the band sang “Our Time Now” on Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) and Sam’s (Jennette McCurdy) web show.

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne worked some musical magic on Sabrina The Teenage Witch when she performed “Sk8er Boi” on the show. Unfortunately, you won’t see her performance on any of the DVDs. “The DVD release removes the performance, and as a result, her appearance is only one second in passing,” IMDB notes.

Do you have any favorite TV show cameos from your favorite musicians? Sound off in the comments below!