The long-running animated series Family Guy continued its crazy but very accurate social commentary this week along with the inclusion of a couple of cool songs on its soundtrack.
One of those songs — Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys are Back in Town‘ — played on Family Guy, Season 22, Episode 6, “Boston Stewie” as Stewie is at Harvard looking for his “genius Harvard sibling” and finds his brother doing something he probably shouldn’t.
‘The Boys are Back in Town‘ then plays over the montage of typical Harvard graduates.
Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys are Back in Town‘ one of best songs ever released
Not only has Irish rock band Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys are Back in Town‘ been named by music critics as one of the best rock songs ever released, it is also one of the band’s most well-known and most-recognized tracks.
Released in 1976 as the lead single from the band’s sixth studio album Jailbreak, the song was not an immediate success for Thin Lizzy at all.
In fact, Jailbreak was looking like it might be a failure with the band even considering breaking up because of it.
But, after a couple of radio stations in the United States began to play ‘The Boys are Back in Town‘ in heavy rotation, and popular Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn played it on his morning show in the UK every day, the song skyrocketed up the charts dragging the album with it.
Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys are Back in Town‘ went on to hit #1 in Ireland, #8 on the UK Singles chart, and then to #12 on the prestigious Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., as well as on charts in Australia and Canada.
The rest is then history, with the song eventually becoming one of the band’s most successful.
It also went on to be placed on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list (#272), and has been licensed for play on a massive number of TV shows and movies including TV shows Supernatural, Hawaii Five-O, The Mindy Project, Rick and Morty, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and in movies Toy Story and The Expendables.
Listen to Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys are Back in Town‘ from this week’s Family Guy in the song’s music video, and on the rock band’s Jailbreak album via Spotify.
It’s still a helluva cool rock track.
Meanwhile, the latest episode of Family Guy is streaming on Hulu.
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