Weird Al’s 10 Best Music Videos
Last week, “Weird Al” Yankovic not only released his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, but began a campaign of releasing eight videos in eight days. The last video, “Mission Statement“, was just released today. Al’s career began in the heyday of classic MTV, creating a symbiosis between the wordplay of his albums with the sight gags of his videos. In honor of his latest video campaign, we’ve managed to narrow down and rank Weird Al’s 10 Best Music Videos.
It was hard enough to pick a favorite video, and harder still to figure out how they ranked. This list represents the videos that made us laugh the hardest and hit a pinnacle of quality and creativity that dwarfs all Al’s 49 other videos.
As an added treat for this momentous occasion, we’ve also dusted off a homemade Weird Al video for the song “Germs” filmed by Nerdy Show hosts Cap and Colin in middle school. Does it measure up? Not even close! So set your sights low with ours and then get ’em cranked up real high – because below you’ll find the pinnacle of comedy music video.
10) “It’s All About the Pentiums” from Running With Scissors – 1999
Al took on the dawn of the internet era and the dot-com boom with “It’s All About the Pentiums”, a parody of the Puff Daddy rap “It’s All About the Benjamins”. The song and video are a precursor to his Office Space-driven comedy of “White and Nerdy” and even the just-released “Mission Statement”. “Pentiums” mashes up late 90s hip hop aesthetics and directly parodies P-Diddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamins” and Notoriouis B.I.G.’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” videos. Along with guest appearances by Drew Carey, Emo Philips, and a 1958 Nash Metropolitan, Al makes a big splash into the nerd rap game. Not bad for a follow-up to “Amish Paradise”. – Adam Briggs
9) “Headline News” from Permanent Record: Al in the Box – 1994
8) “Bedrock Anthem” from Alapalooza – 1993
Not only is this a great spoof of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ original video – it’s also less repetitive and more fun. Everything that worked about the original song and video are distilled and perfected so much so All of the crazy dancing in the desert that seemed so random before is instantly validated just by being about cartoon cavemen. even more impressive knowing that this was Al’s first full-blown shot at directing (“Christmas At Ground Zero” excepted). – Doug Banks
7) “Word Crimes” from Mandatory Fun – 2014
A Parody of Robin Thicke’s, “Blurred Lines”, “Word Crimes” uses kinetic typography to transform the formerly rapey song into an educational masterpiece. It’s like Schoolhouse Rock! for adults! Thicke’s over-sized hashtags are back, but put to better use – self-parodying the twitter age’s poor grasp of grammar and English in general. The video is filled with Easter Eggs from Trogdor the Burninator, Doge, Microsoft’s “Clippy”, and Al’s favorite number: 27. Call Weird Al a grammar Nazi all you want, he’s right. – Adam Briggs
6) “Jurassic Park” from Alapalooza – 1993
5) “Eat It” from “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D – 1984
4) “Smells Like Nirvana” from Off the Deep End – 1992
3) “Amish Paradise” from Bad Hair Day – 1996
2) “Dare to Be Stupid” from Dare to Be Stupid – 1985
1) “Fat” from Even Worse – 1988
If you haven’t yet, check out our interview with Weird Al, watch Cap and Colin’s homemade video for “Germs”, and pick up Al’s latest record, Mandatory Fun. Think we made an egregious omission? Let us know what your favorite video is and why!