"Weird Al" Yankovic's 10 greatest parody songs

23 October 2020, 16:24 | Updated: 23 October 2020, 16:31

Weird Al Yankovic on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in March 20202
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Celebrate the king of musical parodies by looking at our rundown of some of his greatest works.

"Weird Al" Yankovic celebrates his 61st birthday this week.

The American musician, who was born on 23 October 1959 is known for his iconic musical parodies- and he's even outlasted some of the careers of the musicians he's copied.

But how do you choose between all the songs and epic videos which made the wacky comedic genius famous? Take a look at our Top 10 here:

  1. Perform This Way

    Perform This Way sees "Weird Al" take on Lady Gaga's Born This Way hit with hilarious consequences.

  2. Fat

    Michael Jackson's Bad video is one of the most famous music videos of all time, which makes Al's Fat send up all the more hilarious.

    Watch it here

  3. Bedrock Anthem

    If you're a fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik era then you're sure to recognise plenty of these references.

  4. Smells Like Nirvana

    No one is safe from a Weird Al send up... not even the late Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.

  5. Foil

    Just to prove Al's relevance throughout the decades, here he tackles Lorde's Royals hit and manages to talk about everything from lunch to conspiracy theories in one song.

  6. Like A Surgeon

    When Madonna's Like a Virgin was released in 1984, no one could have imagined it would go on to depict a highly unexperienced surgeon with dodgy practices.

    Watch it here

  7. Handy

    Another more recent classic comes in the form of Handy, a take on Iggy Azalea's Fancy featuring Charli XCX.

  8. White & Nerdy

    Who needs The Offspring's Pretty Fly For A White Guy when you've got Weird Al's White & Nerdy? Plus it's all set to the tune of Chamillionaire's Ridin' Dirty.

  9. Eat It

    "Weird Al" has done quite a few MJ parodies in his time, but Eat It has got to be one of the most popular.

    Watch it here.

  10. Amish Paradise

    Surely nothing can be better than Amish Paradise? Al's take on Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise absolutely nails it from its opening lines and has become one of his most famous parodies to date with a whopping 88 million views and counting!

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