The first episode of the animated Nickelodeon juggernaut SpongeBob SquarePants aired in 1999, and the world was never the same. The series has long had massive appeal to viewers of all ages, has won numerous awards and even become a fashion trend in Tahrir Square after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011. The titular character, hailed as a gay icon, is the most widely interpreted cartoon since the Shmoo.
You don't need to know anything about SpongeBob, however, to love the SpongeBob SquarePants The New Musical: Original Cast Recording from the musical, which opens this month on Broadway. Featuring compositions by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, T.I., The Flaming Lips, They Might Be Giants and many, many more, the music is definitely kid-friendly and written to be played on a Broadway stage. However, as National Public Radio review noted, the artists made children's music "while still sounding arguably like themselves."