Weird Al has been rocking the charts for over two decades by making parodies of popular hit songs. His unique ability to transform song lyrics into hilarious alternative tracks has propelled him into the spotlight ever since his debut on the Dr. Dimento Show. After such a success it seems only fitting to take a look at the top 5 Weird Al songs of all time. This list is compiled based on views on Al’s official YouTube channel, so it represents social media at it’s best (in other words, if you don’t like the list, don’t blame me! ). The top 5 countdown with accompanying video links and song info appears after the jump.
#5 – Weasel Stomping Day
This bizarre Weird Al song appeared in 2006 on the Straight Outta Lynwood album. Depicting a fictitious holiday that Al maintains takes place on July 31st (which doesn’t appear on our modern Gregorian calendar), the song is one of six that appear with an animated video. These animated videos were produced specifically for the Adult Swim television show Robot Chicken on MTV. It’s an interesting way to kick off our top 5 list, that’s for sure!
Next up we have “Trapped in the Drive-Thru”, which also debuted in 2006. This one is a parody of the R. Kelly song, “Trapped in The Closet”. At 10 minutes and 51 seconds, this song ranks as Weird Al’s longest parody to date. The song appears on his twelfth studio album, Straight Outta Lynwood.
#3 – Virus Alert
This one is yet another song off of the 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood. The song’s style is a subtle imitation of glam rock band Sparks, while taking a humorous look at hoax computer virus warnings that circulate on the Internet. While it’s not exactly my favorite, I definitely thought it was in better taste than “Weasel Stomping Day”.
#2 – Eat It
This classic parody is one of Weird Al’s best known. Based on Michael Jackson’s song, “Beat It”. The parody came out in 1984, and hit number 12 on the US Billboard Top 100. In addition, the song earned Yankovic a Grammy Award as the Best Comedy Recording of the year.
#1 – Fat
Riding on the coattails of pop artist Michael Jackson is the number one Weird Al song of all time (at least according to our un-scientific use of social media site YouTube): Fat. This parody of “I’m Bad” came out in 1988 on the album Even Worse. It topped the charts in the US at position number 99 in the Billboard Top 100.