Top Ten "Weird Al" Yankovic Style Parodies

According to Al, a "style parody" is an original song intended to imitate another artist's style without parodying any one particular song. Al has been open about which artists he tries to imitate in a particular song. Feel free to add to this list; if you do, please tell me who Al is trying to imitate.

The Top Ten

1 Genius In France

One of my favorite Al songs. It's his attempt to imitate the style of Frank Zappa. It's probably the most musically complex thing he's done. - Gg2000

Oh yes. I love this song. - iliekpiez

2 I'll Sue Ya

"Weird Al" sings about a man who loves frivolous lawsuits... in the style of Rage Against the Machine. Just goes to show that anger can be put to good use. - Gg2000

One of my favorite songs by him, like top 3. Not to mention the lyrics, LOL. - Metal_Treasure

3 Craigslist

This song came about after "Weird Al" thought about what it would sound like if Jim Morrison sang about the mundane stuff you can buy on Craigslist. He even got Ray Manzarek (the Doors' keyboardist) to play organ. - Gg2000

4 Pancreas

This song is Al's imitation of Brian Wilson's work on Pet Sounds and Smile. It's sort of like a mixture of God Only Knows, Our Prayer, Do You Like Worms, Good Vibrations, and Heroes and Villains (without sounding exactly the same, of course). - Gg2000

5 Jackson Park Express

It's an imitation of the long, heavily worded ballads Cat Stevens used to do. It's about a guy who sees a girl and has a whole conversation with her in his head - just from reading facial cues. - Gg2000

6 Dare to Be Stupid - Weird Al Yankovic

One of his most prominent style parodies. It's his attempt to imitate the sound of Devo. Mark Mothersbaugh said that he was actually quite impressed by how well Al imitated their style. - Gg2000


An imitation of The White Stripes, Al sings about how unbelievably tough Charles Nelson Reilly is. Basically, they're Chuck Norris jokes without Chuck Norris. - Gg2000

8 Bob

As the title suggests, it's a parody of Bob Dylan (more specifically drawing from Subterranean Homesick Blues and Bob Dylan's 115th Dream). The whole thing is done in palindromes (except for the harmonica solos - there's nothing you can do about that). - Gg2000

9 Mr. Popeil

It's about Ron Popeil, who was the king of infomercial products for years. He imitates the B-52s (and does a really good job of it); he even got Ron's sister Lisa to do backing vocals. (Lisa has also been his vocal coach for several years and has sang on some of his other songs since then). - Gg2000

10 Frank's 2000 TV

Al sings about a guy in the neighborhood who bought a brand new television - and it's ridiculously huge. It's supposed to imitate IRS-era R.E.M., particularly the stuff on Murmur and Reckoning. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 First World Problems

It's in the style of The Pixies. I just love how Al sounds just like Black Francis. - JCHOW

Thanks for adding this one. I like it too. My favorite line is when he talks about angry he is that his barista didn't even leave a design in the foam on his latte (How dare he! ). - Gg2000

12 Ebay - Weird Al Yankovic

Sorry, but this doesn't count. It's an actual parody (of "I Want it That Way" by the Backstreet Boys). A style parody is a song written by Weird Al himself that is meant to imitate the sound of another artist. - Gg2000

13 Germs

A style parody of Nine Inch Nails. Considering that the song is supposed to have a paranoid atmosphere, I think it suits the theme well. - Gg2000

14 Skipper Dan

Inspired by Weezer. It's one of his most bittersweet songs, describing an aspiring actor who worked hard to become a star only to never get anywhere and be stuck in a dead end job as a tour guide on the Disneyland Jungle Cruise. You can tell that he's really acting well, smiling and entertaining people while he doesn't feel like smiling inside at all. - Gg2000

15 Velvet Elvis

He does a really good job of imitating The Police - "Bermuda" Schwartz (his drummer) in particular did a great job at imitating Stewart Copeland's style. - Gg2000

16 Dog Eat Dog

Al's imitation of the Talking Heads. He sings about the ruthless nature of office life. It was inspired by an old job of his where climbed up the corporate ladder, got his own cubicle, and eventually realized that he preferred his old job in the mailroom. - Gg2000

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