'The Hangover': Is 'Stu's Song' the best musical moment in a movie this year?

Most deliberately funny songs, especially from movies, are criminally underappreciated (South Park's "Blame Canada" lost at the Oscars to the earnest Phil Collins tune "You'll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan.)

Maybe I'm an easy sell, but put a funny guy in front of a piano singing about something entirely ridiculous, and it feels like comedic and musical gold (Jason Segel's ingenious "Dracula's Lament" from Forgetting Sarah Marshall sees frequent rotation on my iPod.) So I was all but giddy when Ed Helms took to the piano for "Stu's Song (What Do Tigers Dream Of?)" in this weekend's mega-successful The Hangover to croon about…the tiger they kidnapped from Mike Tyson and were about to drug in order to return it.

Naturally. Nevermind the fact that it's hilariously absurd (sample lyrics: "Don't you worry your pretty striped head/We're gonna get you back to Tyson/And your cozy tiger bed") it's also unexpectedly melodic. The Office fans have always known Helms could carry a tune (he has serenaded both Pam and Angela), but nothing quite like this. Both "Stu's Song" and Zach Galifianakis' deliriously goofy "Three Best Friends" appear on The Hangover soundtrack.

While you have to buy the entire album to get Helms' ode on iTunes, it's honestly worth it (try to keep it together when he sings "Then we're gonna find our best friend Doug/And then we're gonna give him a best-friend hug.") I can't think of a song so far this year that better encapsulates what the movie is about, nor one that garners such a positive reaction from audiences.

What did you think, MusicMixers? Is "Stu's Song" worthy of Oscar gold to you? Or were you too busy laughing to even hear it all? Watch the video below (yet another glorious, albeit, spoiler-filled trailer) to give it a listen.

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  • Matty G

    I wish I had a best friend Doug to give a best friend hug. I have a best friend Bryan. I’m not sure if I want to give him a best friend fryin’. Or my other best friend Matt who should be given best friend pat. Or my other best friend Brock who should be kicked in the best friend…
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  • Really?

    The preview was pretty funny, but the song? Come on, comic piano ballads are cliche and predictable. Acoustic guitar ones, too.

  • mike

    Ruthie “Pig Face” Draper (from Dan in Real Life) gets my vote for best song in a movie! Wee wee wee wee wee wee all the way home!

  • tim

    This song was so short and sweet I can’t even explain my love for it. It fit BEAUTIFULLY with this movie.

  • mna mna

    I seriously cannot get this song out of my head. What is wrong with me? Doug, oh Douuug, ooh Dougie, Dougie, Dougie, Doug, Doug…



  • trepithet

    Man, I thought the best musical moment in Forgetting Sarah Marshall was when Jason Segel’s character broke down in tears in the middle of drunkenly playing the Muppet Show theme song on the grand piano in his hotel room.

  • fredfolds
  • Jason Martin

    By far.. the most hilarious and deftly execution of a comedic song I have seen in a long time…I was laughing so loud… I could barely keep it down in the theatre.

  • joanne moss

    this is one of my favourite songs from a movie! definitely up there with the tom green’s song from road trip! warner bros! you are peeving me right off by erasing this clip! really mad!

  • Alexander

    If we disregard the text, it is outstanding music performance. I like it!

  • J Tyler

    Solid song…but not as good as Jason Schwartzman’s “Ethan’s Song” from “Slackers”…terrible movie, unbelievably great song.

  • Steve

    Right now I’m watching
    “The Hang-Over”
    and the guy who plays “Alan”
    is totally trying to be
    just like Tom Green!

    check out the way
    his character behaves!

    I can see a little bit
    of Tom’s Barry Manilow
    character in there….
    from the movie Road-Trip

    I can see pieces of
    Gord Brody ….
    from “Freddy Got Fingered”

    He’s even ripping off
    Tom’s Duff character from
    “Stealing Harvard”

    I’m telling all of you
    out there…..

    Alan from “The Hang Over”
    was definitely modeled
    after all of Tom Green’s characters!

    Watch these movies:

    Road Trip,
    Stealing Harvard
    Freddy Got Fingered

    If you do. you will see
    what I’m talking about!

  • hillocopter

    I don’t know why I like this song soo much but I do. It’s fabulous.

  • kayla

    greatest song everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! (:

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