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Watch 5 of Jimmy Fallon's Funniest Late Night Moments | The Tonight Show, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jimmy Fallon

UpdatePosted 02/17/2014 04:00PM

Watch 5 of Jimmy Fallon's Most Popular Late Night Moments, from Hashtags to Mom-Dancing

Originally posted 02/17/2014 02:15PM

What do mom-dancing, hashtags and children's instruments have in common? They're all topics that Jimmy Fallon, with his one-of-a-kind ingenuity and enthusiasm, was able to mine for big laughs – and, once they hit the Web, big views.

Possibly more than any other show, Fallon's Late Night understood the science of making comedy bits go viral. The formula was easy to explain, but hard to master: Take a celebrity, give him or her a trending topic and find a cutesy, nostalgic spin, then hopefully watch the views roll in.

In honor of Fallon's assumption of the Tonight Show throne Monday night, enjoy this side-splitting collection of some of his most-viewed sketches:

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Mariah Carey Gives Her Christmas Classic a Youthful Makeover

Originally posted 12/05/2012 11:40AM

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," can be heard everywhere during the holiday season, but you've never seen it performed like this before!

Backstage before Tuesday night's taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Carey, her host and his backing band, the Roots, put a quirky spin on the pop star's holiday hit by performing the song using classroom instruments.

Adding to the adorable factor: a quartet of kids who pop up occasionally to sing backup.

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First Listen: John Legend & the Roots Want You to 'Wake Up!' | John Legend

First Listen: John Legend & the Roots Want You to 'Wake Up!'

Originally posted 07/16/2010 10:55AM

John Legend and hip-hop band the Roots have teamed up to record Wake Up!, a funky, old school-inspired album featuring covers of classic songs from Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and more.

"It says it all in the title," John Legend says. "It's saying we can't depend on the older generation to fix everything for us; we gotta educate ourselves, empower ourselves and use the power that we have to make the world better."

The collaboration between Legend and the Roots, who are known for their jazzy, eclectic use of live instruments, and also also serve as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, first began as an idea during the 2008 election.

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