5. “Dare to be Stupid”
While not a direct parody of any one song, “Dare to be Stupid” captured the Devo aesthetic so perfectly that even Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh had to give Yankovic props. “I was in shock,” Mothersbaugh told VH1 in 1999, “it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard.”
4. “The Saga Begins”
In perhaps his greatest feat of unlicensed pop culture synergy, Weird Al managed to write and record an accurate summary of Star Wars Episode I before the movie had even come out. Relying on the then-recent concept of Internet spoilers, Yankovic only needed to give his lyrics “very minor tweaks” once he did finally see The Phantom Menace.
3. “Amish Paradise”
Along with “It’s All About the Pentiums” and the aforementioned “White and Nerdy,” “Amish Paradise” is one of Yankovic’s greatest contributions to the woefully understudied field of squarecore rap. And if there’s any Weird Al style more iconic than his classic “art teacher with a Jheri curl” look, it has to be the Amish beard/Coolio hair combo.
2. “Smells Like Nirvana”
It’s the incredible attention to detail that makes “Smells Like Nirvana” both one of Yankovic’s best videos and one his greatest songs. Shot on the same soundstage as “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and utilizing many of the same actors, the Weird Al version holds up better than most pop culture parodies thanks to its laser-like focus on its subject. It also proved Yankovic to be far more adaptable than the artists he parodied, seamlessly passing from one era of popular music into the next.
1. “Eat It”
Perhaps the Platonic ideal of the dumb song parody, “Eat It” contains all the crucial elements of a Weird Al video: a silly outfit, a painstaking adherence to the source material and a dead simple premise that straddles the line between idiocy and genius. Sure, you could argue the similar but inferior “Fat” also meets this criteria, but the fat-suit just can’t compete with Yankovic’s flailing rendition of Jackson’s signature moves.