Weird Al Yankovic has been dropping hot parody classics for over thirty years and is still playing shows all around the world. Last week he finally received his Hollywood Walk of Fame star and in honour of this milestone, here is a list of the top ten Weird Al parody songs.
Like A Surgeon (Like A Virgin by Madonna parody)
Rumour has it that Madonna was walking down the street with a friend one day and said, “How come Weird Al hasn’t done like a surgeon yet?” Through mutual friends, this news was soon received by Weird Al himself and became the only time Yankovic has obtained an idea from the original artist.
Fat (Bad by Michael Jackson parody)
If your life ever takes a slightly weird turn and you somehow find yourself at a Weird Al concert, you’ll actually see him run off the stage and come back in the same outfit shown above. Thirty years later and this bit hasn’t changed.
Trapped In The Drive-Thru (Trapped in the Closet by R. Kelly parody)
Normally Yankovic picks a song to parody and easily creates new lyrics that are way more bizarre than the original. In the case of this classic R. Kelly rap opera, the lyrics were already so bizarre that he really had to come up with something crazy for the song to catch fire.
Word Crimes (Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke parody)
To completely separate the parody from all the controversies involved with the original song, Yankovic decided to take a safer route than usual and express his love for grammar. He has actually been known to post pictures of signs around the world and call them out on their grammatical errors.
The Saga Begins (American Pie by Don McLean parody)
Believe it or not, Weird Al actually wrote this whole song before he even watched Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. All his knowledge of the story was obtained through hours of researching internet spoilers since he was declined an early screening of the film.
Amish Paradise (Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio parody)
Coolio was not very happy about this parody and claims it desecrated the song. He didn’t think people, his fans especially, would actually consider it cool. All things changed when that royalty check from proceeds of the song came through though.
Smells Like Nirvana (Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana parody)
When Yankovic finally got in contact with Kurt Cobain about the parody, the Nirvana frontman asked if the song was going to be about food. Yankovic had other plans and proposed the idea of the song being about Cobain’s incomprehensible lyrics, to which Cobain replied, “Oh, sure, of course, that’s funny.”
Canadian Idiot (American Idiot by Green Day parody)
Artists have always talked about how honoured they were when Yankovic asked to parody their song. Dave Grohl said the band felt as if they had finally made it after “Smells Like Nirvana” was released. This is the same way our whole country should feel knowing that we have a Weird Al song about us.
Eat it (Beat it by Michael Jackson parody)
Yankovic said that he was a little nervous when he first gave Michael Jackson the lyrics for his parody as he really had no idea what kind of reaction he’d get. As well, Yankovic was still fairly new to the music scene and hadn’t truly blown up yet. Despite this, the king of pop gave the king of parodies his blessing.
White and Nerdy (Ridin by Chamillionaire parody)
This is Yankovic’s first and only track to hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and it proves the man can actually rap. If he ever makes another album there better be a trap parody, maybe even for “Bad and Boujee”? Weird Al, if you’re reading this, my first thoughts are “Glad and Groovy” and “Mad and Moody.” You’re welcome.