Entertainment Music Top 10 Weird Al Yankovic Parody Songs Share PINTEREST Email Print Music Pop Music Top Artists Basics Genres & Styles Reviews Top Picks 80s Hits 90s Hits Rock Music Alternative Music Classical Music Country Music Folk Music Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues World Music Punk Music Heavy Metal Jazz Latin Music Oldies Learn More By Bill Lamb Bill Lamb is a music and arts writer with two decades of experience covering the world of entertainment and culture. our editorial process Bill Lamb Updated May 13, 2019 Weird Al Yankovic has reigned for 30 years as the unchallenged king of the pop music parody. This list pulls together his 10 best moments. 01 of 10 Eat It (1984) Courtesy Scotti Brothers Weird Al's pop chart breakthrough, parodying Michael Jackson's "Beat It," is still an amazing feat. The video is filled with brilliant sight gags from the smiley face jacket to an exploding guitar player. Weird Al's deliberately lame dance moves reinforce how amazing Michael Jackson's dancing was at his peak. 02 of 10 White & Nerdy (2006) Courtesy Volcano This song became Weird Al Yankovic's first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 after over 20 years as the most loved and reviled music parodist in the business. The video amounts to a nerd encyclopedia with references to Star Trek, Wikipedia, Dungeons & Dragons, and much, much more. Chamillionaire, the target of this parody (it's a takeoff on his huge hit "Ridin'"), admits to being a fan. 03 of 10 Like a Surgeon (1985) Courtesy Scotti Brothers It did not take long for Weird Al to take on Madonna. Reportedly, Madonna herself suggested the parody. The medical industry is a target of Weird Al's sharp wit as well. A favorite moment in the video is the unexplained lion wandering through the hospital echoing the lion in Madonna's "Like a Virgin" video. 04 of 10 Amish Paradise (1996) Courtesy Scotti Brothers This was one of Weird Al Yankovic's most controversial releases due to the fact that it was unclear whether Coolio, creator of the parody target "Gangsta's Paradise," had given permission for the song. Despite the controversy, the video, featuring Florence Henderson (taking Michelle Pfeiffer's role from the "Gangsta's Paradise" video) and a host of goofy Amish takeoffs, is very very funny. Don't miss the Gilligan's Island homage in the lyrics. 05 of 10 The Saga Begins (1999) Courtesy Volcano It's a mash-up of "American Pie" and the plot of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in inimitable Weird Al Yankovic style. This one became a favorite on Radio Disney. 06 of 10 Money for Nothing / Beverly Hillbillies (1989) Courtesy Scotti Brothers Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler was pleased enough with this parody of "Money for Nothing" that he re-recorded a guitar part for it. Who would have thought Jed Clampett could be blended so humorously with Dire Straits? 07 of 10 My Bologna (1983) Courtesy Scotti Brothers This is where it all started. The young Weird Al Yankovic became a favorite on Dr. Demento's radio show with this classic takeoff on the Knack's "My Sharona." It all boils down to Weird Al, an accordion, and a hat. 08 of 10 Smells Like Nirvana (1992) Courtesy Scotti Brothers Mumbling lead vocalists take a hit here. Nirvana reportedly considered Weird Al's parody of their classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as a sign they had "made it." The video throws in a raft of sight gags from the chicken dance to Dick Van Patten in the audience, and cows and sheep. 09 of 10 "Word Crimes" (2014) Courtesy RCA Weird Al Yankovic uses Robin Thicke's huge hit "Blurred Lines" to produce a rant about the lack of proper English grammar in today's world, particularly among online commenters. The song quickly became his fourth top 40 pop hit single in the US. A number of observers compared the song favorably to the 1970s and 1980s animated educational film series Schoolhouse Rock! 10 of 10 I Lost On Jeopardy (1984) Courtesy Scotti Brothers Believe it or not, this parody of Greg Kihn's "Jeopardy" was released over 3 months before the debut of the current version of the Jeopardy game show featuring Alex Trebek. The video details Weird Al as a tremendous failure as a Jeopardy contestant.