List of songs recorded by "Weird Al" Yankovic

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"Weird Al" Yankovic

"Weird Al" Yankovic is a multi-Grammy Award–winning American musician, satirist, parodist, accordionist, director, and television producer.

He is known in particular for humorous songs which make fun of popular culture or parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts, or both. His works have earned him three gold and five platinum records in the U.S.

Songs on Yankovic's commercially released albums[edit]

Yankovic has written hundreds of songs over his entire career; however, listed below are the tracks that have appeared on his commercially released albums. These include his thirteen studio albums and six compilation albums.

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Songs[edit]

Each song's listing states the album or albums on which it appears, and whether the song is an original or a parody. Some songs are "style parodies", in which Yankovic emulates the general sound of a group without directly parodying one of their songs. These are listed as "Original, in the style of ...."

Song Album(s) Original or parody
"Aardvark" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"Achy Breaky Song" Alapalooza (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Greatest Hits Volume II (1994)
Parody of "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus
"Addicted to Spuds" Polka Party! (1986)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits (1988)
The Food Album (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Parody of "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer
"Airline Amy" Off the Deep End (1992) Original, in the style of "Switchboard Susan" by Nick Lowe
"Albuquerque" Running with Scissors (1999)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of "Dick's Automotive" by The Rugburns.[1]
"Alimony" Even Worse (1988)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Parody of "Mony Mony" as performed by Billy Idol, originally by Tommy James and the Shondells
"Alligator" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"The Alternative Polka" Bad Hair Day (1996) A polka medley of:
"Amish Paradise" Bad Hair Day (1996)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio feat. L.V.. Incorporates lyrics from "The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle" by Sherwood Schwartz. One extended scene in its video parodies the video to "Return to Innocence" by Enigma.
"Amoeba" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"Angry White Boy Polka" Poodle Hat (2003) A polka medley of:
"Another One Rides the Bus" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen. Recorded live on the Dr. Demento show.
"Another Tattoo" Alpocalypse (2011) Parody of "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars
"Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet near Mars" UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989) Original
"Bedrock Anthem" Alapalooza (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Greatest Hits Volume II (1994)
The TV Album (1995)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Under the Bridge" and "Give It Away" by Red Hot Chili Peppers; about life in The Flintstones' home city of Bedrock. Its video was shot at the same desert location as the "Give It Away" video and also begins with a short reference to Blind Melon's "No Rain" video.
"The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of Harry Chapin (the tune is quite similar to Chapin's "30,000 Pounds of Bananas") and Gordon Lightfoot.[1]
"Bite Me" Off the Deep End (1992) The "noise" song appears as a hidden track on most CD releases. It starts playing after ten minutes of silence at the end of the "You Don't Love Me Anymore" track. Inspired by Nirvana's hidden track on Nevermind.
"Bob" Poodle Hat (2003)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of Bob Dylan (hence the title), very similar to "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream".[1] Composed entirely of palindromes. Its video, based on an iconic film segment featuring "Subterranean Homesick Blues", includes a scene that clearly alludes to the video of another homage to that Dylan tune, the INXS track "Mediate".
"Bohemian Polka" Alapalooza (1993) Cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. Lyrics are identical, music is about twice as fast and adds polka beats and sound effects.
"The Brady Bunch" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)
The TV Album (1995)
Parody of "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats. Mentions several hit shows of the 70's and 80's.
"Buckingham Blues" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983) Original music; lyrics are a parody of "Jack & Diane" by John Mellencamp.
"Buy Me a Condo" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Original, in the style of "Buffalo Soldier" by Bob Marley.[2]
"Cable TV" Dare to Be Stupid (1985)
The TV Album (1995)
Original
"Callin' in Sick" Bad Hair Day (1996) Style parody of "Lithium" and "Come as You Are" by Nirvana.
"Canadian Idiot" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "American Idiot" by Green Day
"Cavity Search" Bad Hair Day (1996) Parody of "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" by U2.
"The Check's in the Mail" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983) Original
"Christmas at Ground Zero" Polka Party! (1986)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Greatest Hits Volume II (1994)
Original, in the style of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound technique
"Close but No Cigar" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) Original, in the style of Cake.
"CNR" Internet Leaks digital EP (2009)
Alpocalypse (2011)
Original, in the style of The Hives and The White Stripes. Features a guitar lick borrowed from "Rock Me Amadeus".
"Cockroaches" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"A Complicated Song" Poodle Hat (2003) Parody of "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne.

The singer laments some mishaps resulting from everyday circumstances.

"Confessions Part III" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) Parody of "Confessions Part II" by Usher
"Couch Potato" Poodle Hat (2003) Parody of "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
"Craigslist" Internet Leaks digital EP (2009)
Alpocalypse (2011)
Original, in the style of The Doors
"Dare to Be Stupid" Dare to Be Stupid (1985)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits (1988)
The Transformers The Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1987)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of Devo
"Do I Creep You Out" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) Parody of "Do I Make You Proud" by Taylor Hicks
"Dog Eat Dog" Polka Party! (1986)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of Talking Heads.[1]
"Don't Download This Song" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
free download at MySpace and weirdal.com
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of 1980s benefit songs, inspired by tunes like "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, "Hands Across America", and "Do They Know It's Christmas?" The song itself is a response to and parody of "Download This Song" by MC Lars. It is also a spoof of the ending song during the credits on Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star with all the former child stars.[3]
"Don't Wear Those Shoes" Polka Party! (1986) Original, although the intro is in the style of The Kinks.[1]
"Eat It" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits (1988)
The Food Album (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
"eBay" Poodle Hat (2003)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys
"Everything You Know Is Wrong" Bad Hair Day (1996)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of They Might Be Giants.[1]
"Fat" Even Worse (1988)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits (1988)
The Food Album (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Bad" by Michael Jackson. Video filmed on the same set as "Badder".
"Finale (Carnival of the Animals, Part 2)" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"Frank's 2000" TV" Alapalooza (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The TV Album (1995)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of R.E.M.'s "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville", "Near Wild Heaven" and other songs.
"Fun Zone" UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989) Original - "Fun Zone" does not really have any lyrics. People occasionally say "yeah" and other similar phrases, but it's generally just music. In the film, it played in the background when Stanley rode out in the miniature fire engine at the beginning of an episode of Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse. The song is approximately 1 minute and 45 seconds long, but it did not play in its entirety in the movie. Originally written for the TV show Welcome to the Fun Zone.
"Gandhi II" UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989) Excerpt from UHF
"Generic Blues" UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Original, in the style of Chicago blues
"Genius in France" Poodle Hat (2003) Original, in the style of Frank Zappa.[1] Frank's son, Dweezil Zappa, plays the opening guitar solo.
"George of the Jungle" Dare to Be Stupid (1985) Cover version of the theme song to the 1967 animated cartoon series George of the Jungle written by Sheldon Allman and Stan Worth.
"Germs" Running with Scissors (1999) Original, in the style of Nine Inch Nails.[1] (the tune is quite similar to both Nine Inch Nails songs "Closer" and "Terrible Lie")
"Girls Just Want To Have Lunch" Dare to Be Stupid (1985) Parody of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
"Good Enough For Now" Polka Party! (1986) Original
"Good Old Days" Even Worse (1988)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of James Taylor. In one of Al's many appearance's on The Dr. Demento Show, he described this song as something one might expect to hear if James Taylor and Charles Manson ever collaborated on a song together.
"Gotta Boogie" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983) Original
"Grapefruit Diet" Running with Scissors (1999) Parody of "Zoot Suit Riot" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
"Gump" Bad Hair Day (1996)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Lump" by The Presidents of the United States of America. Lyrics recount the plot of Forrest Gump.
"Happy Birthday" (Album Version) "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983) Original, in the style of Tonio K's "H.A.T.R.E.D."
"Happy Birthday" (Single Version) Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994) Original, in the style of Tonio K's "H.A.T.R.E.D."
"Hardware Store" Poodle Hat (2003)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original
"Harvey the Wonder Hamster" Alapalooza (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Original
"Headline News" Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Greatest Hits Volume II (1994)
Parody of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies. Lyrics recount three well-known tabloid stories of 1993 and 1994. In order, the capsulized stories are those of Michael P. Fay, who was caned in Singapore for vandalism, Tonya Harding, who hired Shane Stant to club the kneecap of her figure-skating rival Nancy Kerrigan, and Lorena Bobbitt, who emasculated her husband after he had sexually assaulted her. Though these stories sounded horrific, a humorous slant was necessarily added, especially after the mass amount of press each story garnered.
"Here's Johnny" Polka Party! (1986)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The TV Album (1995)
Parody of "Who's Johnny ('Short Circuit' Theme)" by El DeBarge
"Homer and Marge" The Simpsons episode "Three Gays of the Condo" (2003)
The Simpsons Testify
Parody of "Jack & Diane" by John Mellencamp
"Hooked on Polkas" Dare to Be Stupid (1985)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
A polka medley of...
"The Hot Rocks Polka" UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989) A polka medley of....
"Hummingbirds" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"I Can't Watch This" Off the Deep End (1992)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The TV Album (1995)
Parody of "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
"I Lost on Jeopardy" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits (1988)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The TV Album (1995)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Jeopardy" by the Greg Kihn Band. Art Fleming and Don Pardo, respectively the host and announcer of the original version of Jeopardy!, made cameos in the video, as did Al's mentor Dr. Demento, Al's parents, and Greg Kihn himself.
"I Love Rocky Road" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983)
The Food Album (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Parody of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" as performed by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, originally by Arrows
"I Remember Larry" Bad Hair Day (1996) Original, in the style of "Calling All Girls" by Hilly Michaels. Reversing a segment of the song near the end reveals the hidden backwards message "Wow, you must have an awful lot of free time on your hands".[4]
"I Think I'm a Clone Now" Even Worse (1988)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Parody of "I Think We're Alone Now" as performed by Tiffany, originally by Tommy James and the Shondells
"I Want a New Duck" Dare to Be Stupid (1985)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Parody of "I Want a New Drug" by Huey Lewis and the News
"I Was Only Kidding" Off the Deep End (1992) Original, in the style of Tonio K
"If That Isn't Love" Alpocalypse (2011) Original, in the style of Hanson
"Iguana" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983) Original
"I'll Sue Ya" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of Rage Against the Machine. Notably similar in parts to "Bombtrack" and "Killing in the Name".[citation needed]
"I'm So Sick of You" Bad Hair Day (1996) Original, in the style of Elvis Costello.[1]
"Introduction (Carnival of the Animals, Part 2)" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"Introduction (Peter and the Wolf)" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Parody of "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev
"Isle Thing" UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989) Parody of "Wild Thing" by Tone Lōc. Describes the TV series Gilligan's Island
"It's All About the Pentiums" Running with Scissors (1999)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "It's All About the Benjamins" by Puff Daddy containing an interpolation of "I Did It for Love"
"Jerry Springer" Running with Scissors (1999) Parody of "One Week" by the Barenaked Ladies
"Jurassic Park" Alapalooza (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Greatest Hits Volume II (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "MacArthur Park" as performed by Richard Harris (written by Jimmy Webb). Recaps the plot of the film Jurassic Park. The music video was approved by Steven Spielberg, who directed the film.
"King of Suede" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Parody of "King of Pain" by The Police
"Lasagna" Even Worse (1988)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits (1988)
The Food Album (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "La Bamba", traditional Mexican folk song, as performed by Los Lobos (based on a version of the song recorded by Ritchie Valens).
"Let Me Be Your Hog" UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989) Original
"Like a Surgeon" Dare to Be Stupid (1985)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits (1988)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Like a Virgin" by Madonna.
"Livin' in the Fridge" Alapalooza (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Parody of "Livin' on the Edge" by Aerosmith
"Living with a Hernia" Polka Party! (1986)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits (1988)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Parody of "Living in America" by James Brown. The video was shot on the same stage where Brown's scenes in Rocky IV, which featured "Living in America", had been shot.
"Melanie" Even Worse (1988)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original
"Midnight Star" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Original, in the style of Bruce Springsteen.[citation needed] Lyrics based on supermarket tabloid headlines. Most of the headlines in the song were actual tabloid headlines.
"Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*" UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The TV Album (1995)
Parody of "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits; lyrics based on the theme from The Beverly Hillbillies. Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler re-recorded his guitar tracks for this song, although he did not appear in its video.
"Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983) Original
"Mr. Popeil" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Original, in the style of The B-52's, specifically Rock Lobster.[1]
"My Baby's In Love with Eddie Vedder" Running with Scissors (1999) Original, in the style of zydeco. (Eddie Vedder is the lead singer of Pearl Jam)
"My Bologna" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983)
The Food Album (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994) (early copies)
Parody of "My Sharona" by The Knack
"Nature Trail to Hell" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984) Original, in the style of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and/or Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" (contains the hidden intentional backwards message, "Satan eats Cheez Whiz".)
"The Night Santa Went Crazy" Bad Hair Day (1996)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of "Black Gold" by Soul Asylum. The intro to the song is also very similar to Zakk Wylde's intro in the Ozzy Osbourne song "Mama, I'm Coming Home".[citation needed]
"Ode to a Superhero" Poodle Hat (2003) Parody of "Piano Man" by Billy Joel. Describes the events of the 2002 film Spider-Man.
"One of Those Days" Polka Party! (1986) Original
"One More Minute" Dare to Be Stupid (1985)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits (1988)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of doo-wop. In concert, Al emulates many of Elvis Presley's mannerisms, mostly his habit of giving various concert-goers scarves from around his neck, and having himself followed by a bodyguard as he walks through the audience.
"Pancreas" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody, though not note-for-note, in the style of Brian Wilson's Smile, specifically the first two songs, "Our Prayer/Gee" and "Heroes and Villains".
"Party at the Leper Colony" Poodle Hat (2003) Original, in the style of John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, specifically "On the Dark Side".
"Party in the CIA" Alpocalypse (2011) Parody of "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus
"Perform This Way" Perform This Way - Single (2011)
Alpocalypse (2011)
Parody of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
"Peter and the Wolf" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Parody of "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev
"Phony Calls" Bad Hair Day (1996) Parody of "Waterfalls" by TLC. Contains references to Bart Simpson's habit of prank calling Moe Szyslak.
"Pigeons" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"The Plumbing Song" Off the Deep End (1992) Parody of "Baby Don't Forget My Number" and "Blame It on the Rain" by Milli Vanilli
"Polka Face" Alpocalypse (2011) A polka medley of....
"Polka Party!" Polka Party! (1986) A polka medley of....
"Polka Power!" Running with Scissors (1999) A polka medley of....
"Polka Your Eyes Out" Off the Deep End (1992)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
A polka medley of....
"Polkarama!" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) A polka medley of....
"Polkas on 45" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
A polka medley of....
"Poodle" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" Running with Scissors (1999) Parody of "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" by The Offspring
"Ricky" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits (1988)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The TV Album (1995)
Parody of "Mickey" by Toni Basil. Lyrics and video pay homage to I Love Lucy. Tress MacNeille, of Animaniacs & Simpsons fame, provides the voice of Lucy on the song.
"Ringtone" Internet Leaks digital EP (2009)
Alpocalypse (2011)
Original, in the style of Queen.
"The Saga Begins" Running with Scissors (1999)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "American Pie" by Don McLean. Lyrics recount the plot of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as told from the point of view of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
"Shark" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"She Drives Like Crazy" UHF – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989) Parody of "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals
"She Never Told Me She Was a Mime" Alapalooza (1993) Original, in the style of KISS.
"Since You've Been Gone" Bad Hair Day (1996)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of a generic doo-wop group.
"Skipper Dan" Internet Leaks digital EP (2009)
Alpocalypse (2011)
Original, in the style of Weezer. Based on the attraction "The Jungle Cruise" in Adventureland in the Disney theme parks.
"Slime Creatures from Outer Space" Dare to Be Stupid (1985) Original, in the style of Thomas Dolby, particularly of the song "Hyperactive!"
"Smells Like Nirvana" Off the Deep End (1992)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Greatest Hits Volume II (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. The video was shot on the same sound stage as the original, and featured the original janitor and many of the original extras.
"Snails" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"Spam" UHF – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989)
The Food Album (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Parody of "Stand" by R.E.M.
"Spatula City" UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989) Excerpt from UHF
"Stop Draggin' My Car Around" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983) Parody of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me" Alpocalypse (2011) Original, in the style of the work of Jim Steinman. Notably similar to "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" and "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are" as performed by Meat Loaf.
"Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White" Even Worse (1988) Original, in the style of Van Halen
"Such a Groovy Guy" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1983) Original
"Syndicated Inc." Bad Hair Day (1996) Parody of "Misery" by Soul Asylum
"Taco Grande" Off the Deep End (1992)
The Food Album (1993)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Parody of "Rico Suave" by Gerardo. Features guest appearance by Cheech Marin.
"Talk Soup" Alapalooza (1993) Original in the style of "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley with the hook from Stevie Wonder's hit "Superstition"
"That Boy Could Dance" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984) Original, in the style of Billy Joel
"Theme from Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)" "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)
The Food Album (1993) (also known as "The Rye or the Kaiser (Theme from Rocky XIII)")
Parody of "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
"This Is the Life" Dare to Be Stupid (1985)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Original, in the style of late 1920s through early 1930s jazz.[1] Commissioned for the movie Johnny Dangerously.
"(This Song's Just) Six Words Long" Even Worse (1988) Parody of "Got My Mind Set on You" as performed by George Harrison, originally by James Ray (written by Rudy Clark).
"TMZ" Alpocalypse (2011) Parody of "You Belong with Me" by Taylor Swift
"Toothless People" Polka Party! (1986) Parody of Mick Jagger's theme song for the film Ruthless People
"Traffic Jam" Alapalooza (1993) Original, in the style of "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince and the Revolution.
"Trapped in the Drive-Thru" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Trapped in the Closet" by R. Kelly. Contains an interpolation of "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin.
"Trash Day" Poodle Hat (2003) Parody of "Hot in Herre" by Nelly
"Trigger Happy" Off the Deep End (1992)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean.[1]
"Truck Drivin' Song" Running with Scissors (1999) Original, in the style of Dave Dudley and C.W. McCall.
"Twister" Even Worse (1988) Original, in the style of the Beastie Boys.[1] Based upon an original television commercial for the Milton-Bradley game.
"UHF" (Album version) UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989)
The TV Album
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original
"UHF" (Single version) Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Greatest Hits Volume II (1994)
Original
"Unicorn" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"Velvet Elvis" Even Worse (1988) Original, in the style of The Police
"Virus Alert" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) Original, in the style of Sparks
"Vulture" Peter and the Wolf (1988) Original, part of "The Carnival of the Animals — Part Two", inspired by "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns
"Waffle King" Alapalooza (1993) Original, in the style of Peter Gabriel (especially "Sledgehammer")
"Wanna B Ur Lovr" Poodle Hat (2003) Original, in the style of Midnite Vultures-era Beck and Prince.
"Weasel Stomping Day" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) Original, in the style of "Trim up the Tree" by Albert Hague, from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. The song's music video was featured on an episode of the Adult Swim television series Robot Chicken.
"The Weird Al Show Theme" The Weird Al Show (1997)
Running with Scissors (1999)
Original
"Whatever You Like" Internet Leaks digital EP (2008)
Alpocalypse (2011)
Parody of "Whatever You Like" by T.I.
"When I Was Your Age" Off the Deep End (1992)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Original, in the style of Don Henley
"White & Nerdy" Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone
"The White Stuff" Off the Deep End (1992)
The Food Album (1993)
Parody of "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" by New Kids on the Block. Describes Oreos.
"Why Does This Always Happen to Me?" Poodle Hat (2003) Original, in the style of Ben Folds[citation needed], who also plays piano.
"Yoda" Dare to Be Stupid (1985)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Greatest Hits Volume II (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Parody of "Lola" by The Kinks. Lyrics recap the plot of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as told from the point of view of Luke Skywalker.
"You Don't Love Me Anymore" Off the Deep End (1992)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of James Taylor; the video is inspired by the video for "More Than Words" by Extreme.
"You Make Me" Even Worse (1988)
Permanent Record: Al in the Box (1994)
Original, in the style of Oingo Boingo.[1]
"Young, Dumb & Ugly" Alapalooza (1993) Original, in the style of AC/DC
"Your Horoscope for Today" Running with Scissors (1999)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (2009)
Original, in the style of Reel Big Fish.[1]

Other commercially available songs[edit]

Songs from The Weird Al Show[edit]

Some episodes of The Weird Al Show contained songs that were not released on studio albums.

  • The Al's Mailbag Theme Song
  • Cheese By "Weird Al" Himself
  • Gonna Open The Door
  • I Turned You Into A Freak
  • The Kitty Song By Fred Huggins
  • Lousy Haircut, a parody of "Firestarter" by The Prodigy
  • Water Is Wet By Fred huggins
  • I like you By Fred Huggins

Songs not commercially released[edit]

This is a list of songs Yankovic has written and/or performed, but have not been commercially released.

  • "12th Street Rag"[8]
  • "63,524 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall"[9]
  • "Aaaaahhhhh"[9]
  • "Accordion Burning"[9]
  • "Accordion Tuning"[9]
  • "Addams Family Theme"[9]
  • "Albuquerque" (special "fake" version)[8]
  • "Al-In-The-Box"[9]
  • "Al's Mailbag Accordion Fanfare"[9]
  • "Al's Rug Song"[9]
  • "Airport Song"[9]
  • "AMA Squeeze"[9]
  • "Amanda Polka"[9]
  • "American Slob"[9]
  • "American Slob" (Hollywood Offramp Version)[9]
  • "Amish Paradise" (Unplugged Version)[9]
  • "Anniversary Song" (Dr. Demento's 15th Anniversary Special) by "Weird Al" and Barnes & Barnes[10]
  • "Another One Bites the Dust"[9]
  • "Aqualung"[9]
  • "Audience Inspiration Song"[9]
  • "Auld Lang Syne"[9]
  • "Auld Lang Syne" (Drunk Version)[9]
  • "Baby Likes Burping", parody of "Baby Talks Dirty" by The Knack[11]
  • "Ballad of Kent Marlowe" - Safety Patrol, film[5]
  • "Belvedere Cruising"[12]
  • "Beverly Hillbillies/Miss You"[8]
  • "Broken Knapsack".
  • "China Grove"[8]
  • "Close To You"[8]
  • "Conan", the theme song to Conan (Performed on June 30, 2011)
  • "Dueling Accordions"[8]
  • "Green Eggs & Ham", a parody of "Numb" by U2[8]
  • "Heart so Pround".
  • "I'm Stupid Blues"[8]
  • "Inna Gadda Da Vida"[8]
  • "It's A Gas"[8]
  • "It's Still Billy Joel To Me", a parody of Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" by Billy Joel
  • "Last Train To Clarksville"[8]
  • "Love Me Two Times"[8]
  • "Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung" (Demo Version A)[16]
  • "Nobody Here But Us Frogs"[17]
  • "Orgy On My Own"[8]
  • "Ode To Joe Franklin"[18]
  • "Purple Haze"[8]
  • "Radio Radio"[8]
  • "Rio Rancho"[8]
  • "Rocky Road Hoochie Koo"[8]
  • "School Cafeteria" (Demo Version)[21]
  • "School's Out"[8]
  • "Shaving Cream" (with Dr. Demento)[8]
  • "Smoke on the Water"[8]
  • "Stop Draggin' My Car Around" (Demo Version C)[22]
  • "Sweet Home Albuquerque"[8]
  • "Take The L Out Of Liver", a parody of "Take The L Out Of Lover" by The Motels[8]
  • "We All Have Cell Phones, So C'mon Let's Get Real" an original based on a fake AL TV interview with Michael Stipe.
  • "Whole Lotta Love"[8]
  • "You Light Up My Life" (punk version)[8]

Misattribution and imitators[edit]

Yankovic's official website has the following note:

Unfortunately, there are a lot of song parodies floating around the Internet being attributed to Al which are in fact done by somebody else. "Star Wars Cantina," "Windows 95 Sucks," "Living La Vida Yoda," "Combo No. 5," "What If God Smoked Cannabis," "He Got The Wrong Foot Amputated" (the list goes on and on ... some of the titles are unprintable in a family-friendly web site) - these songs are NOT by Al. If you want to verify whether or not a song is actually by Al, check the Catalogue page.

Because Yankovic is arguably the most successful parody artist, songs posted to file sharing networks are often misattributed to him due to their humorous subject matter. Much to the disdain of Yankovic, this includes songs that are racist, sexually explicit, or otherwise offensive. A young listener who had heard several of these offensive tracks by way of a file sharing service confronted Yankovic online, threatening a boycott due to his supposedly explicit lyrics.[24]

Yankovic cites these misattributions as "his real beef with P2P sites:"

If you do a search for my name on any one of those sites, I guarantee you that about half of the songs that come up will be songs I had absolutely nothing to do with. That particularly bothers me, because I really try to do quality work, and I also try to maintain a more-or-less family-friendly image – and some of these songs that are supposedly by me are just … well, vulgar and awful. I truly think my reputation has suffered in a lot of people's minds because of all those fake Weird Al songs floating around the Internet.[3]

A list of songs not by Yankovic can be found at The Not Al List. Alternatively, a list of all commercially released songs recorded by Yankovic can be found on his website's Recording Dates Page.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

The style parody artists for Straight Outta Lynwood are thanked in the "Special thanks to..." page of the album's booklet.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Ask Al". weirdal.com. Retrieved 2006-11-04. 
  2. ^ Hansen, Barret (1994). Permanent Record: Al in the Box (liner). "Weird Al" Yankovic. California, USA: Scotti Brothers Records http://dmdb.org/al/booklet.html |url= missing title (help). 
  3. ^ a b "Don't not download this song". Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  4. ^ ""Ask Al" Q&As for July/August 1996". Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d e http://www.weirdal.com/filmtv.htm
  6. ^ a b http://dmdb.org/discographies/al.disco.txt
  7. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Simpsons-Testify-Various-Artists/dp/B000TXZVGG
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc ""Weird Al" Yankovic: Concert Setlists". weirdal.com. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "The "Weird Al" Yankovic Songography". 
  10. ^ "The Dr. Demento Show #85-46 - November 17, 1985". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  11. ^ http://www.com-www.com/weirdal/babylikesburping.html
  12. ^ "Permanent Record: Al In The Box". Retrieved 2006-10-07. 
  13. ^ http://www.sugarjar.com/media/91598/
  14. ^ a b c d "The Dr. Demento Show #79-48 - December 2, 1979". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  15. ^ "Weird Al Performance at Wollongong, 14-03-07". Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  16. ^ "The Dr. Demento Show #78-4 - March 19, 1978". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  17. ^ XVR27's "Weird Al" Yankovic Homepage - Lyrics - Nobody Here But Us Frogs
  18. ^ http://www.al-oholicsanonymous.com/alsounds.html
  19. ^ ""Ask Al" Q&As for December 1999". Archived from the original on 2006-11-06. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  20. ^ http://www.dqydj.com/tony/looneybin.htm
  21. ^ "The Dr. Demento Show #110 - September 5, 1976". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  22. ^ "The Dr. Demento Show #81-41 - October 11, 1981". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  23. ^ "The Dr. Demento Show #97-36 - September 7, 1997". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  24. ^ ""Ask Al" Q&As for October 2, 2005". Retrieved 2006-08-24. 

External links[edit]

  • Alsongs is an extensive collection of Weird Al lyrics.
  • The Not Al Page attempts to list tracks which are often wrongly attributed to Weird Al and discover their true origins.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic Songography is a comprehensive list of Weird Al songs and their availability.