The Roots are arguably the best house band on late night, and, by arguably, I mean I will argue with anyone that claims that they’re not. They can play any genre of music and even rearrange songs using classroom instruments — toys and instruments you’d find in a typical elementary school classroom. As always, Jimmy Fallon is enthusiastic to participate when musicians visit the Music Room and play new versions of their hits.
Check out our favorite classroom instruments videos from the Tonight Show Music Room.
Classroom Instruments Music Videos:
As always, Adele’s vocals are impeccable. She may have had a green plastic flip phone, but, let’s be honest, it was the banana shaking that stole the show.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”
Carly Rae Jepsen is rocking the triangle, but I’m more drawn to Tariq’s enthusiastic tambourine work.
Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”
Love the group vocals on this, but we’re all about that xylophone.
Sesame Street Theme
Several characters from Sesame Street swung by and packed the Music Room. The instruments were great, but the vocals stole the show in this one. Cookie Monster had a small solo, and Tariq gave everyone a shout out in a kick ass verse.
Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”
What’s more metal than James Hetfield and a toy clarinet? Lars Ulrich with a toy drum? Nope. The clarinet wins. Honorable mention to Questlove’s green clapping hand instruments.
Did we pick your favorites? What songs would you love to see in the Tonight Show Music Room played on classroom instruments?