10 Underrated Weird Al Songs


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“Weird Al” Yankovic is a genius. His parody songs are culturally relevant pieces that hook audiences upon their release, and then later continue to please listeners through the power of nostalgia. This recipe makes Weird Al timeless. This week, Weird Al mania is sweeping the internet with the release of his new album, “Mandatory Fun.” Everyone is familiar with his hits, such as “Eat It” and “White & Nerdy,” but here are ten great Weird Al songs you might not know.

“Happy Birthday” (from his self-titled first album)

“Well, what’s the matter, little friend, you think this party is the pits /Enjoy it while you can, we’ll soon be blown to bits /The monkeys in the pentagon are gonna cook our goose/Their finger’s on the button, all they need is an excuse.”


 

“King of Suede” (from “In 3-D”)

“We got all kinds of sweatshirts, you can take your pick (Is my size up there?) /With the collars ripped off, like in that Flashdance flick (Is my size up there?)”


 

“One More Minute” (from “Dare to Be Stupid”)

“Oh, so honey, let me help you with that suitcase /You ain’t gonna break my heart in two/’Cause I’d rather get a hundred thousand paper cuts on my face/Than spend one more minute with you.”


 

“Christmas at Ground Zero” (From “Polka Party”)

“It’s Christmas at Ground Zero/There’s music in the air/The sleigh bells are ringin’ and the carolers are singin’/While the air raid sirens blare.”


 

“(This Song’s Just) Six Words Long” (from “Even Worse”)

“This song’s got nothin’ to say/But I’m recording it anyway/I know if I put my mind to it/I know I could find a good rhyme here.”


 

“Livin’ in the Fridge” (from “Alapalooza”)

“There’s something weird in the fridge today/I don’t know what it is/Food I can’t recognize/My roommate won’t throw a thing away/I guess it’s probably his/It looks like it’s alive…”


 

“The Night Santa Went Crazy” (from “Bad Hair Day”)

“Yes, Virginia, now Santa’s doin’ time/In a federal prison for his infamous crime.”


 

“Syndicated, Inc.” (from “Bad Hair Day”)

“MASH” and “All In The Family”/”The Munsters” and “Mayberry R.F.D.”/I will always be busy/Watching my TV.”


 

“Jerry Springer” (from “Running with Scissors”)

“Holy cow, d’you see it last week?/Well, they had this one freak/Who sucker-punched his whole family.”


 

“Couch Potato” (From “Poodle Hat”)

“I’ll move right on to “8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenaged Daughter”/Then I bet I watch “The Bachelorette”/Followed by “Welcome Back, Kotter”/And “The Muppet Show” where they go ‘Mahna Mahna’”

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Liberty Hardy is a bookseller and Civil War nerd living in Kittery, Maine. She is also a contributing editor for Book Riot and runs Paperback to the Future.

3 Comments

  1. HIMcDunnough

    July 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I loved this songs just six words long as a kid

  2. ONEANGRYMARINE

    July 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Nature Trail To Hell and Christmas At Ground Zero get me every time

  3. Glynyrd

    July 17, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    http://youtu.be/tqDBB0no6dQ
    “Pancreas” is a great song and parody of the beach boys musical style.