I was minding my business, listening to suggested music on Amazon and it starts playing “Weird Al” Yankovic. I was reminded of a recent interview I saw of Weird Al and I was impressed by how humble he seemed despite his massive talent and success. Humility + Humor + Creativity + Zaniness is a great combo. The station played lots of songs I had forgotten about and for some reason it became very important that I rank them by order of preference. And then turn it into a blog post, of course. Everything that happens in my life is a potential blog post.
Enjoy! And tell me if you agree.
10. Tacky (Parody of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams)
It’s fun to judge others for being tacky, but I think I just might be tacky too.
9. Dare to be Stupid (Style-Parody of the ’80s band Devo)
Love the style, zaniness and silly vintage footage.
8. Handy (Parody of “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea)
In “Fancy” she brags about materialism and fame and there is something so funny about a down-to-earth guy bragging about his usefulness in comparison.
7. Foil (Parody of “Royals” by Lorde)
This is the first one on this list that literally made laugh out loud. He goes from explaining that aluminum foil is great at preserving left-overs to randomly going into conspiracy theory lunacy.
6. Perform this Way (Parody of “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga)
Weird Al is poking fun here at Gaga’s over-the-top attention-grabbing attire. He looks strangely pretty (?) in a surreal way as his face is attached to an attractive woman’s dancing body. I absolutely love the bizarre outfits. I’ve watched this video a dozen times (or more).
5. Hamilton polka
Me and my kids spent our entire spring listening to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton. I’m pretty sure I have the lyrics to all 46 songs memorized. This is a fun compilation of some of the most popular songs.
4. The Saga Begins (Parody of “American Pie” by Don McLean)
He accurately describes the entire plot of Star Wars : Episode 1- The Phantom Menace in this song from the viewpoint of Obi-Wan Kenobi, to the tune of the iconic “American Pie.” I mean, what’s not to love? Genius!
3. Party in the CIA (Parody of “Party in the U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus)
This song is so catchy, as is Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA.” It’s a bop, but what makes me laugh out loud to this is the poppiness of the music contrasted with the dark lyrics and how nonchalantly the CIA character sings about offing people.
2. Word Crimes (Parody of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke et al)
There is something immensely satisfying about taking a misogynistic rape-y song and turning it into a judgment about others’ grammatical ignorance. It’s really educational and when it came out it taught my two then-elementary age kids some lessons about proper grammar. They loved it and we listened to it on repeat. Additionally, Jarrett Heather’s video design is just brilliant. All around, love it.
- White and Nerdy (Parody of “Ridin” by Charmillionaire and Krayzie Bone)
This gets #1 spot due to the sheer number of belly laughs it’s given me. Every line amuses me and on top of that white-bread Mormon Donny Osmond’s dancing raises the nerdy level to the extreme. The cherry on top are the cameos by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
What’s your favorite Weird Al song?
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