Weird Al Yankovic (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Roku called Al Yankovic “the greatest musician of our time” in the promotion for the upcoming release of WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story.

While the compliment might be a slight exaggeration, “Weird” Al is definitely the musician with the best sense of humor. Decades of song parodies have helped him build a reputation for comedy in its most original and clever form, even if his most popular songs aren’t even original melodies.

Yankovic has reconfigured the hits of classic rock giants like Aerosmith, the Beatles, Billy Joel, and Queen over his illustrious music career.

With recent dramatic biopics like Rocket Man and Bohemian Rhapsody capturing the attention of the music world, “Weird” Al just couldn’t stop himself from playfully mocking the new trend. Daniel Radcliffe, former star of the Harry Potter series, is cast as Yankovic in Roku’s film, which debuts on Friday.

After some listeners compose themselves and stop laughing hysterically after hearing “Weird” Al’s covers, they might wrap their heads around a harsh reality. The parodies can be too funny.

Some of “Weird” Al’s biggest hits become way worse than your average earworm. The incredible comedy sticks when the original version of a “Weird” Al parody is playing!

However, even the original musicians have been good sports about “Weird” Al’s parody music.

According to Yankovic’s official website: “Al does get permission from the original writers of the songs that he parodies. While the law supports his ability to parody without permission, he feels it’s important to maintain the relationships that he’s built with artists and writers over the years. Plus, Al wants to make sure that he gets his songwriter credit (as writer of new lyrics) as well as his rightful share of the royalties.”

Whether the replacement lyrics ruin the appreciation you have for some popular hits or you can’t get enough of “Weird” Al’s comedy, his music touches (almost) everybody’s sense of humor.

  • 10. "Lose Yourself" by Eminem ("Couch Potato")

    Weird Al didn’t star in 8 Mile, but he remade “Lose Yourself” with more humorous lyrics than Eminem ever could have.

    “That show about undertaking
    Larry King
    To “24” to “Law And Order”
    The Weather Channel’s boring like “60 Minutes”‘s ancient reporters
    Next up on “E! True Hollywood Story”
    The rise and decline of twelve actors named Corey”

  • 9. "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen ("Another One Rides the Bus")

    “Another comes on and another comes onAnother one rides the busHey, he’s gonna sit by you, another one rides the bus”

  • 8. "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" by the Offspring ("Pretty Fly for a Rabbi")

    “Hey! Hey! Do that Hebrew thing!”

  • 7. "Beat It" by Michael Jackson ("Eat It")

    “You won’t get no dessert ’till you clean off your plate
    So eat it”

  • 6. "Lump" by Presidents of the United States ("Forrest Gump")

    “Waitin’ for the bus with his hands in his pockets
    He just kept sayin’ life is like a box of chocolates”

  • 5. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams ("Tacky")

    The video says it all.

  • 4. "Smell Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana ("Smells Like Nirvana")

    “What is this song all about?
    Can’t figure any lyrics out
    How do the words to it go
    I wish you’d tell me, I don’t know”

    To be fair, it is very hard to understand the lyrics to “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” As the story goes, Kurt Cobain was incredibly enthusiastic at the thought of “Weird” Al’s interest in one of his songs.

  • 3. "One Week" by the Barenaked Ladies ("Jerry Springer")

    “Jerry! Jerry!” Now the crowd starts their favorite chant
    Should I turn off my TV? I just can’t
    I have a tendency to watch it religiously
    I have a history of taping each one”

    It’s everybody’s secret shame.

  • 2. "American Pie" by Don McLean ("The Saga Begins")

    The classic hit that starts with “A long, long time ago” was bound to get a Star Wars parody.

  • 1. "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio ("Amish Paradise")

    Does anyone hear “Gangsta’s Paradise” anymore without secretly thinking:

    “As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain
    I take a look at my wife and realize she’s very plain”

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