The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic

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The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic
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Greatest hits album by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Released October 27, 2009
Recorded 1979-2006
Genre Comedy, parody
Length 76:43 (Disc one)
76:31 (Disc two)
29:01 (Disc three)
Label Legacy Recordings
Producer Rick Derringer, "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic chronology
Internet Leaks
(2009)
The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic
(2009)
Alpocalypse
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Mojo 4/5 stars[2]
Paste 8.8/10[3]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[4]
Under the Radar 7/10 stars[5]

The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic is a two disc compilation album by "Weird Al" Yankovic. A limited edition "3.0" version of the album has a third disc. It is published by Sony Music's Legacy Recordings as part of their The Essential series. Yankovic selected the songs for inclusion on the album after seeking fan feedback for the choice between one of two polkas.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Parody of Length
1. "Another One Rides the Bus" (from Another One Rides the Bus (EP), 1981; later included on "Weird Al" Yankovic, 1983) "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen 2:40
2. "Polkas on 45" (from "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D, 1984) 4:23
3. "Eat It" (from "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D)
"Beat It" by Michael Jackson 3:21
4. "I Lost on Jeopardy" (from "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D)
"Jeopardy" by The Greg Kihn Band 3:26
5. "Yoda" (from Dare to Be Stupid, 1985)
"Lola" by The Kinks 3:58
6. "One More Minute" (from Dare to Be Stupid) Yankovic Style parody of Elvis Presley-like doo-wop 4:04
7. "Like a Surgeon" (from Dare to Be Stupid) "Like a Virgin" by Madonna 3:32
8. "Dare to Be Stupid" (from Dare to Be Stupid) Yankovic Style parody of Devo 3:25
9. "Dog Eat Dog" (from Polka Party!, 1986) Yankovic Style parody of Talking Heads 3:42
10. "Lasagna" (from Even Worse, 1988) Traditional, arr. by Ritchie Valens, Yankovic "La Bamba" by Los Lobos and Ritchie Valens 2:45
11. "Melanie" (from Even Worse) Yankovic Original 3:58
12. "Fat" (from Even Worse)
  • Jackson
  • Yankovic
"Bad" by Michael Jackson 3:37
13. "UHF" (Single version) (from UHF – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff, 1989) Yankovic Original 3:49
14. "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" (from UHF – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff) Yankovic Style parody of Harry Chapin and Gordon Lightfoot 6:50
15. "Trigger Happy" (from Off the Deep End, 1992) Yankovic Style parody of The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean 3:46
16. "Smells Like Nirvana" (from Off the Deep End) "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana 3:42
17. "You Don't Love Me Anymore" (from Off the Deep End) Yankovic Original 4:01
18. "Bedrock Anthem" (from Alapalooza, 1993) "Under the Bridge" and "Give It Away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers 3:43
19. "Frank's 2000" TV" (from Alapalooza) Yankovic Style parody of R.E.M.'s early work 4:07
20. "Jurassic Park" (from Alapalooza)
"MacArthur Park" by Richard Harris 3:55

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Parody of Length
1. "Since You've Been Gone" (from Bad Hair Day, 1996) Yankovic Original a cappella song 1:23
2. "Amish Paradise" (from Bad Hair Day)
"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio featuring L.V. 3:21
3. "Gump" (from Bad Hair Day)
"Lump" by The Presidents of the United States of America 2:12
4. "Everything You Know Is Wrong" (from Bad Hair Day) Yankovic Style parody of They Might Be Giants 3:48
5. "The Night Santa Went Crazy" (Extra gory version) (from Bad Hair Day) Yankovic Original 4:03
6. "Your Horoscope for Today" (from Running with Scissors, 1999) Yankovic Style parody of Third Wave Ska 3:59
7. "It's All About the Pentiums" (from Running with Scissors)
"It's All About the Benjamins (Rock remix)" by Puff Daddy 3:34
8. "The Saga Begins" (from Running with Scissors)
"American Pie" by Don McLean 5:28
9. "Albuquerque" (from Running with Scissors) Yankovic Style parody of The Rugburns 11:21
10. "eBay" (from Poodle Hat, 2003) "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys 3:37
11. "Bob" (from Poodle Hat) Yankovic Style parody of Bob Dylan 2:29
12. "Hardware Store" (from Poodle Hat) Yankovic Original 3:43
13. "I'll Sue Ya" (from Straight Outta Lynwood, 2006) Yankovic Style parody of Rage Against the Machine 3:51
14. "Canadian Idiot" (from Straight Outta Lynwood) "American Idiot" by Green Day 2:24
15. "Pancreas" (from Straight Outta Lynwood) Yankovic Style parody of Brian Wilson 3:48
16. "Don't Download This Song" (from Straight Outta Lynwood) Yankovic Style parody of 1980s charity songs 3:52
17. "White & Nerdy" (from Straight Outta Lynwood)
"Ridin'" by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone 2:52
18. "Trapped in the Drive-Thru" (Straight Outta Lynwood) Trapped in the Closet by R. Kelly; contains interpolation of "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin 10:51

Disc three (3.0 version only)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Parody of Length
1. "Ricky" (from "Weird Al" Yankovic) "Mickey" by Toni Basil 2:37
2. "Midnight Star" (from "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D) Yankovic Original 4:35
3. "Living with a Hernia" (from Polka Party!) "Living in America" by James Brown 3:20
4. "Good Old Days" (from Even Worse) Yankovic Style parody of James Taylor 3:20
5. "Wanna B Ur Lovr" (from Poodle Hat) Yankovic Style parody of Beck 6:14
6. "Genius in France" (from Poodle Hat) Yankovic Style parody of Frank Zappa 8:58

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Lymangrover. "The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic". Allmusic. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e ensured rock didn't take itself too seriously."
  3. ^ Nrt4 on November 14, 2009. ""Weird Al" Yankovic: The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/review/118328-weird-al-yankovic-the-essential-weird-al-yankovic/
  5. ^ http://www.undertheradarmag.com/reviews/the_essential_weird_al_yankovic/
  6. ^ "The Essential Me". "Weird Al" Yankovic. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2009.