Everyone knows that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Weird Al Yankovic[/lastfm] is the master of the popular song parody. He’s done genius comical renditions of everything from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Jackson[/lastfm]’s “Beat It” called “Eat It” to[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Chamillionaire[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Krayzie Bone[/lastfm]’s “Ridin’ Dirty” as “White ‘N Nerdy.”
Recently, Weird Al put out an amazing version of[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Lady Gaga[/lastfm]’s “Born This Way” which he entitled “Perform This Way.” At first, he was saying she denied him the ability to put it on his album, but in the end it turned out to be a miscommunication and Weird Al was granted the permission to put his golden parody touch on yet another flash-in-the-pan pop song.
And Weird Al is not the only one to get some tongue-in-cheek jabs in–we’ve created a list of Ten Of Our Favorite Pop Song Parodies.
10. “No Common Sense” –B.B. Bling (originally “Hold It Against Me” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears[/lastfm])
Britney Spears is probably smarter than the media makes her out to be, but like B. B. Bling sings in her rendition of one of Britney Spears’ newest singles, “Hold It Against Me,” Spears really has “no common sense”–and Bling tackled the subject with class.
9.”Grenade”-Key of Awesome (originally “Grenade” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruno Mars[/lastfm])
It’s true. While we adore Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” we always thought the song was pretty desperate, deranged, and emo.
Popular YouTube parody channel, Key of Awesome, takes advantage of this and highlights how Mars (or the video boyfriend) would “rather eat fifty grenades and eat a Speedo made of razor blades” than actually be in a normal relationship.
8. “I Am Afraid”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Luke Thompson[/lastfm] (originally “Not Afraid” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eminem[/lastfm])
Not only is this video really cute for a homemade project, Luke Thompson is completely endearing doing the “fearful” version of Eminem’s “Not Afraid” by going through all his phobias. Our favorite line is “holla if you still can’t talk to girls on the phone.”
This song is for awkward dudes everywhere.
7.”Single Ladies”- [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joe Jonas[/lastfm] from the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jonas Brothers [/lastfm]( “Single Ladies” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce[/lastfm])
Remember the “Single Ladies” phenomena where everyone was making their own video version of Beyonce’s video? Well, our favorite in terms of an equal mix of awful, awkward, and adorable is Joe Jonas’ (from the Jonas Brothers.)
He is wearing a black unitard and gyrating wildly. Enough said.Vodpod videos no longer available.
6. “Baby”-Dave Days (originally “Baby” by[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Justin Bieber[/lastfm])
We’ve always wondered what Justin Bieber really knows about love when he sings songs like “Baby,” and Dave Days explains to us with his own version of “Baby” that while his “heart first broke when I was nine,” Bieber’s just a “baby.”
You said it, Dave Days. We just thought it.
5. “Tik Tok”-College Humor (originally “Tik Tok by[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Ke$ha[/lastfm])
Whether or not Ke$ha is really talented is arguable, but it’s hard for many to overlook her first hit-single-slash-auto-tune-monstrosity, “Tik Tok,” and the things it did (or didn’t do) for pop music.
College Humor the serious, hard-pressing issue of Ke$ha-fication with lyrics like “What comes out isn’t really music, but I still have a number one hit.”Vodpod videos no longer available.
4. “Telephone”-Key of Awesome (originally “Telephone” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm])
“Telephone” is one of the most cinematic music videos of all time, but it’s true: a lot of it just doesn’t make sense. Why is Lady Gaga wearing practically no clothes? Why is she poisoning dudes? What is her relationship with Beyonce.
In the Key of Awesome’s parody, they claim that “Telephone” is actually not a good song and Lady Gaga is using stuff like “blood and guts and boobs and butts” to ” make your head explode.”
Mission achieved, Gaga.Vodpod videos no longer available.
3. “Tweet It”-Pantless Knights (originally “Beat It” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Jackson[/lastfm])
Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” has been parodied by many people, but the Pantless Knights did a culturally relevant version of the famous song called “Tweet It,” where it’s the “poor” hipster Iphone gang versus the “rich” yuppie Ipad gang.
In the end, “we’re all microbloggers with a device” and we in the end we can just “tweet it”–in harmony.
2. “California Gays”- Ryan James Yezak (song “California Gurls” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm])
This is not entirely a parody song, but a sexy, homosexual friendly version of “California Gurls,” entitled “California Gays.”
The best thing about this video is that it is probably more true to life than anything Katy Perry does as a “California Gurl.”Vodpod videos no longer available.
1. “Amish Paradise”-Weird Al Yankovic (originally “Gangstas Paradise” by[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Coolio[/lastfm])
Last, but not least, is our hero of the week-Weird Al Yankovic. One of his most clever parodies has to be his “Amish Paradise” version of “Gangstas Paradise.”
- What are some of your favorite pop song parodies? Let us know in the comments!