Film & TV

Top Ten Musical Performances on the Original Arsenio Hall Show

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7. Lenny Kravitz - "Let Love Rule"

Lenny made many appearances on Arsenio including one time with his Mom, Roxie Roker (from The Jeffersons), but this is, by far, his best performance. His fantastic backing singers remind us to "Let Love Rule."

6. REM - "Get Up"

They start with a listless performance of "Stand," a song they seem genuinely bored of. Then things get good when Arsenio interviews an impossibly earnest and ponytailed Michael Stipe about the environment. Guitarist Mike Mills gives Arsenio a Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks jersey. Then things get really good when you see why they were once considered the world's greatest rock band with a performance of "Get Up."

5. N.W.A. - "100 Miles And Runnin'"

They start off pretending they can't perform because the police won't let them, and it's a credit to their poker faces that you believe them. But after a commercial break, they run on to the stage and diss their former ally Ice Cube as much as they go after the police.

4. Beastie Boys - "So What'cha Want"

Right when you think things can't get any more anarchic or electric, out come Cypress Hill taking it to another level.

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