The List: The best from the musical minds of Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

"South Park" masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone have stealthily evolved into a crass, comic version of Rogers & Hammerstein. Indeed, the animated series has long been filled with great musical moments (heck, the pair's 1999 feature-length film spinoff of the TV series is a full-fledged musical), but virtually everything touched by the two arrives with a hummable tune or two in tow. This includes the hit Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," which returns to Columbus this week (see our write-up in Arts). Here are some of the best musical moments to emerge from the minds of Parker and Stone.

"Blame Canada"

The musical centerpiece of "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" even earned the twosome an Oscar nod for Best Original Song (where it lost out to Phil Collins' sappy "Tarzan" ballad).

"Gay Fish"

I'm including this tune - which lampoons rapper Kanye West's ego - as much for West's initial response as the song itself. "'South Park' murdered me last night, and it's pretty funny. It hurts my feelings, but what can you expect from 'South Park?'" he wrote on his blog in the hours after the episode aired. It's the last time he sounded human.

"Hang the Bastard"

In 1993, Stone and Parker helmed the darkly comic cult film "Cannibal! The Musical," a - you guessed it! -musical centered on a party of, um, hungry travelers. (Stick around for the cowbell solo.)

"Chocolate Salty Balls"

Prime-era Chef. "Say, everybody, have you seen my balls? They're big, salty and brown."

"I Believe"

This "Book of Mormon" standout pokes fun at some of the more outlandish tenants of the faith. Witness: "I believe that God lives on a planet called Kolob … And I believe the Garden of Eden was in Jackson County, Missouri."

"Now You're a Man"

Even Parker and Stone's porn parody "Orgazmo" couldn't escape the duo's musical urges. This campy, over-the-top tune comes on like "Eye of the Tiger" for the adult theater set.

"America, Fuck Yeah!"

If "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and Lee Greenwood collaborated on a track, it might sound like this profane, patriotic tune, which makes Toby Keith's red, white and blue boot boasts sound like surrender in comparison.