Active since the early 1980s, "Weird Al" Yankovic has been one of music's most prolific songsmiths, so it should be no surprise that over the years, a few jokers have tried to out-joke the world's funniest songwriter.
A play on the hit single "Amish Paradise" off of Yankovic's Bad Hair Day album, Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" gives the original a mid-'90s "gangsta" spin that is fresh, but significantly less funny than Weird Al's version. This was a good effort, Coolio, but we prefer the original.
3. Pharrell Williams
Weird Al's "Tacky" is a triumph of musical achievement, and it makes some really good points about modern society. Pharrell William's "Tacky" parody, called "Happy," removes most of the meaning from Weird Al's song, and, because of that, it really falls flat. We're definitely not "Happy" with Pharrell's "Tacky" Weird Al parody.
4. Don McLean
"The Saga Begins" is a classic Weird Al song about Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Don McLean's "Saga" parody that he calls "American Pie" is about the so-called "Day the Music Died." I like dark comedy, but Don McLean should really stick to his day job. Whatever that is.
5. Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy is a musician that isn't known for having comedy chops, so it's weird to us that he'd write a parody of Weird Al's "It's All About the Pentiums." Puff Daddy's version replaces Weird Al's lyrics about computers with verses about money. The "Benjamins" in Puff Daddy's "It's All About the Benjamins" refers, of course, to U.S. $100 bills, but we assure you we aren't all about this parody of the Weird Al classic.
6. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson really went all out for his parody of Weird Al's "Fat." From Weird Al's trademark black suit to Weird Al's trademark dance moves, Michael Jackson did his homework for "Bad." While Michael Jackson's parody of "Fat" is not "Bad," we prefer the Weird Al original. Call us purists!
Weird Al's "White and Nerdy" does a great job of showcasing the life of a white person who's also nerdy. We can understand Chamillionaire wanting to make a parody of the Weird Al original, but his version, called "Ridin'," just isn't as funny. Good hustle, though.
It's a little on the nose for a band called "Nirvana" to release a parody of Weird Al's "Smells Like Nirvana," but I imagine the name just came from them being superfans of that song. Their parody, called "Smells Like Teen Spirit," is a solid song, and the lyrics about teenage angst are pretty hilarious, but we're going to have to go with Weird Al here. He originated the song and really gave Nirvana an easy template to copy. You the man, Al!