Weird Al (who's real name is Alfred Matthew Yankovich) has always been a delightful presence both in Showbiz and pop culture in general and one of his most successful endeavours have been his song parodies.
Since 1976, he created a number of different comedic songs and parodies and many of those deserve great appreciation, the guy, after all, is a freaking genius.
Having said that, I introduce you my top five best Weird Al Yankovich songs:
Disclaimer: This is solely my opinion, you might disagree with it but it's still my list.
5. Party in the C.I.A.
Everyone by now knows Miley Cyrus as the rebel with attitude, and a really bad case of stripping in public. Well, back when this parody was made she had something of a squieaky clean image, which she tried to gradually shatter with a kind of edgy song called, Party in the USA.
Everyone by now knows Miley Cyrus as the rebel with attitude, and a really bad case of stripping in public. Well, back when this parody was made she had something of a squicky clean image, which she tried to gradually shatter with a kind of edgy song called, Party in the USA.
Well, things didn't go too well for Miley and many people, mostly parents were criticizing her new song. Al, on the other hand, had a different approach. In his own way, he managed to scrutinize the C.I.A. for abusing their power, pointing out many known atrocities or questionable acts of the organization. These include torturing, assassinating, destabilizing countries and many more.
4. Word Crimes
Coming at number four is the Word Crimes song, which, if you haven't noticed yet, is a parody of Robin Thicke's song, Blurred Lines. Thicke was known around the world for being a douche and, therefore, Al uses his song for a douchy parody as well.
In this one, Al tackles the problem of bad grammar, mostly in online media or texts. Al attacks common grammatical mistakes as well as the addition of numbers in online writing in his own twisted, funny way. Grammatical phenomena, proper punctuation, and orthography all are references. He also mentions many modern ways of communication as well as a fun little pop culture reference.
Next up is a parody of a beloved classic, Michael Jackson's Bad song.
This song was written and sung by Al quite a number of years ago and today, borderlines on being offensive. Yet it still has some of the most hilarious lines of his career. Phrases like "my shadow weighs 42 pounds" or how he will be the only one to get a tan on the beach, Al did put a whole lot of wok for this one.
2. The Saga Begins
Next up is Al's parody of the franchise phenomena, Star Wars and more specifically The Phantom Menace using the song American Pie by Don McLean.
In this one, Al disguises himself as young Obi-Wan Kenobi summarizing the story of the Phantom Menace, while at the same time making fun about the worst things about that movie. In the song, Al references numerous notable moments from the film, including the Pod Race, the Jedi Council refusing to train Anakin, the War on Naboo and of course the death of Qin Gong Jinn all while the Emperor played a lovely piano in the Tatooine desert.
1. Amish Paradise
And in the top spot is none other than the song that got me into Wierd Al's music, Amish Paradise, a parody of the famous Coolio song, Gangsta's Paradise.
In this one, Weird Al makes fun of the Amish culture, mostly their aversion to technology and innovation. Changing the names of Coolio's homies to those of his neighbors and using gangsta slang for trivial Amish actions and things. Al, utilizes word plays, puns and every Amish stereotype imaginable to create a perfect song, which someone who is not a Coolio fan, might have considered it an original one.
This is my list of the five best Wierd Al Yankovich songs, if you think that there should have been other Wierd Al Yankovich songs on this list, let me know in the comments.