The Funniest Weird Al Yankovic Songs
Weird Al Yankovic, real name Alfred Matthew Yankovic, has enjoyed an iconic, decades-long career that outlived many of the music trends that he so memorably made fun of. The man’s racked up four Grammy Awards, his studio albums have gone Gold and Platinum countless times over, and he even enjoyed a No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 with his comeback record Mandatory Fun. Add to that his extensive resume of television, cartoon, and movie appearances to boot.
Yes, my friends, behind that goofy demeanor and buried under that crop of curly hair is a brain (and a body) that flat out gets stuff done. It’s certainly not an accident, either. No, my friends, the Downey, California native started noodling on his accordion at the tender age of seven-years-old and never looked back.
Today, we pay tribute to the man who’s built a career on poking fun at an industry that far-too-often takes itself far-too-seriously. What are you waiting for? Let’s dive in to the funniest Weird Al songs ever!
Weird Al’s classic parody “Eat It” took on the Michael Jackson’s smash hit “Beat It” and was featured on the album Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D in 1984. The King of Pop’s version is a classic pump-up tune with lyrics that are crafted to inspire confidence. Weird Al’s version, not so much. Instead of telling haters where to go, Weird Al’s lyrics jokingly encourage his fans to clean their dinners plates.
With a music video that mirrors MJ’s and lyrics that aggressively pay tribute to tuna casserole, it’s no surprise that the single went Gold in 1989.
White & Nerdy
Houston’s own Hip-Hop star Chamillionaire became a household name when his hit single “Ridin’” hit the airwaves in the summer of 2005. So, naturally, our good pal Weird Al got to work and produced his own version of the hit song, naming it “White & Nerdy.”
Chamillionaire’s smash-hit detailed his frustrating experiences with local police officers who were always hoping to catch him committing a crime behind the wheel. It’s a message that get’s more relevant by the day. Weird Al’s take was, it’s safe to say, much, much lighter.
Yanokovic raps about Dungeons and Dragons, action figures, Earl Grey tea, and Klingons. The music video is jam-packed with viral video references and geek-inspired gags and, like Chamillionaire, preaches a message of acceptance. Just, in a much different way.
The 2014 release of the parody tune “Word Crimes,” marked the triumphant return of one of the world’s greatest satirists. Using Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” as his canvas, Weird Al joins the Grammar Police Force and gives the collective interwebs a lecture on proper punctuation.
Weird Al Yankovic is the hero that we deserve.
“Word Crimes” attempts to teach the world about grammar, misspelling, incorrect word usage, and more. I might be a little biased, but I think that “Word Crimes” is the single greatest song that has ever been recorded.