STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Adele has performed ‘Hello’ with Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots. Now and then they recruit a famous musician to perform their best-known song in a broom cupboard using children’s toy instruments. There are some great touches in this one, such as the plinkety xylophone that introduces the chorus, while the whole thing unexpectedly goes a bit reggae in the end. Plus Adele cackles because, y’know, she’s Adele.
Anyway, that’s not the only time Fallon’s been at it – here are five other awesome times famous types have risked their reputations in Jimmy Fallon’s broom cupboard, ranked and filed accordingly. Includes puppets.
5.) Madonna, ‘Holiday’
Mainly this one is included for the novelty of seeing her Madjesty thwacking a cowbell in a broom cupboard. The least musically noisy of the Roots covers, hooked around a simple melodica refrain, this starts off pretty well but, to be honest, doesn’t really go anywhere from there, though the whole clip’s worth it for the awkward face Madonna pulls at the start. Also: where can we buy Fallon’s Hawaiian shirt?
4.) Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Call Me Maybe’
Unlike Madonna’s effort, this is a very noisy affair. In fact it sounds like a trolley full of musical toys being pushed down some stairs. In a good way, because you can’t not smile when you’re listening to it. Even Fallon gets so carried away that he sings over Rae Jepson in the chorus, while the kazoo player laughs through his instrument at the end.
3.) Meghan Trainor, ‘All About That Bass’
The words, “That booty-booty – UH! – that booty-booty” have never sounded so good. The doo-wops on Trainor’s ode to plus-size people and, erm, the bass knob on a stereo are lovely here, while she proves herself to be quite the triangle player. The full-bodied refrain of the chorus at the end makes this a strong contender, though it lacks the cute factor of our top two.
2.) Mariah Carey, ‘All I Want For Christmas’
Sorry, One Direction, but only Niall looked like he wanted to be anywhere but that broom cupboard with a load of toy instruments when you performed ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’. Whereas, even after all these years, Mariah still absolutely loves belting out ‘All I Want For Christmas’. She makes a killer entrance, slinking onscreen after the music has started, and is upstaged only by the kids that pop up to provide backing vocals. She sounds great and that’s before she hits the high note that probably cracked the icicles on Santa’s grotto all the way in Lapland.
1.) Sesame Street, ‘Sesame Street Theme’
Could this be any cuter? It could not. What with Elmo chuckling, “It’s very exciting!” at the start and The Count, in an inspired move, counting down to the music, it’s hard to imagine this being any more perfect. There’s even a surprisingly good rap with input from Abby Cadaby and the overall message of the theme is that “Everything’s A-OK”, which is hard to dispute when you listen to this version.