The king of parodies, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic is back with a vengeance this week unleashing a torrent of new videos for every day! This is great news for fans of Yankovic’s style of humor and geeks everywhere and it got us thinking – what are his 5 best songs? Here’s our top 5 – take a look enjoy the videos, then let us know how you feel on Facebook and Twitter!
#5 – Amish Paradise
Coolio may not have liked this parody, but we did! Fusing together the Amish and gangsta rap was thought impossible before Weird Al did it in the mid-90s, and thank goodness for that! Off of Yankovic’s ninth studio album, 1996’s Bad Hair Day, “Amish Paradise” was a parody of rapper Coolio’s smash track, “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
#4 – Fat
Off his 1988 album Even Worse, “Fat” was Yankovic’s second parody of a Michael Jackson song, this time he was parodying MJ’s “Bad.” In the video, Yankovic dressed like Jackson did in his video for “Bad” but Yankovic wore a fat suit and had similarly overweight dancers dance around him. Sure, “Eat It” was more successful, but “Fat” is the superior Michael Jackson parody in our opinion. It’s got snarky lyrics, the music video is genius, and, well, there aren’t many songs that sing about how terrific it is to be chubby!
#3 – White & Nerdy
Almost three decades after his first album, Weird Al hit it huge with both “Straight Outta Lynwood” and “White and Nerdy” — his first Billboard Top Ten hit. It’s well-deserved, too; the song it flat-out funny, as Weird Al embraces everything about nerd culture and celebrates it. Off of Yankovic’s 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood, “White and Nerdy” was a parody of rappers Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone’s hit “Ridin.” Whereas on the original, Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone rap about their thug lifestyle, Yankovic sang about his nerd lifestyle and wanting to be friends with gangstas. The video, which also featured Donny Osmond, has Yankovic singing about being a pro at Dungeons & Dragons and about which Star Trek captain he likes best!
#2 – Like A Surgeon
Released in 1985 on his Dare to Be Stupid album, “Like A Surgeon” is a parody of Madonna’s smash “Like a Virgin.” The video is hilarious, even featuring a lion just like in Madonna’s video for her song. The song peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording in 1986. One of his early showings, “Like A Surgeon” was just the beginning of Yankovic’s musical genius.
#1 – Eat It
Off of his second studio album, 1983’s In 3-D, “Eat It” was a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” It was Yankovic’s highest-charting U.S. single on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 12 until “White & Nerdy” peaked at number 9 in October 2006. “Eat It” earned Yankovic a 1984 Grammy Award in the Best Comedy Recording category. In the video, Yankovic parodied the gang members featured in Jackson’s video doing silly stuff instead of inciting a gang war like in Jackson’s video. Stuffing your face as opposed to joining a street gang, only Yankovic could have come up with this and music fans ate it up!