I have to tip my hat to pop musicians. They are good at what they do. What they do is write catchy tunes that get stuck in your head for days at a time.
What pop musicians seemed to less good at is writing songs with depth, positive messages or, in some cases, showing a bit of common sense.
Thankfully parodies have come into their own. In the eighties, when I was a teen, we would stay up late listening to Doctor Demento on the radio to get our parody fix. Later on I would lurk at the back of the filk room at science fiction conventions. Now parodies abound on youtube, with high production qualities, great videos and often, better lyrics than the original.
Here are my top ten parodies that are better than the original.
- Word Crimes
Weird Al is the master of parody, so it’s not surprising that he tops this list.
However catchy the original tune is, it’s lyrics are more than a little problematic. Even the title Blurred Lines, is about the supposedly blurry lines of sexual consent. Nothing like a creepy rape vibe to kill a songs appeal.
Weird Al’s rendition, Word Crimes skewers the internet’s poor grammar and spelling.
- A Brief History of Robin Thicke’s 2013 summer hit “Blurred Lines”
The puppet combo of Glove and Boots gives you a thorough run down of Robin Thicke’s legal woes over the copyright suit, all set to the tune of his song.
- All about the Base (no rebels)
In Meghan Trainor’s defense, I like the message behind her song, all about the bass. But I can’t help like this nerdy star wars parody a little more.
- Talk Nerdy to Me
Talk Sexy to Me gets a nerdy make over in this catchy parody with nods to almost all corners of geekdom.
- Roll a D6
Who would want to go out and party “like a G6” when they can stay home and play Dungeons and Dragons?
- Sorted this Way
For the record, I do really like Born this Way by Lady Gaga. It’s one of the best pop anthems of the last few years with a powerful message about self acceptance. It’s so great in fact, that its strong enough to share the limelight with a couple of witty, geeky parodies, like this Harry Potter video.
- Form this Way
Or this Minecraft video.
- Do you wanna go to Starbucks
I am probably the last person alive who hasn’t seen Frozen. The music, however, is inescapable. It’s been turned into some great parodies, but this one about coffee is the nearest and dearest to my heart.
- All about those Books
Another great Meghan Trainor parody, advocating reading. What’s not to love?
- I’m Nerdy and I Know it
Sexy and I Know It was 2011’s inescapable pop sensation. The song makes fun of the beach body builder culture, but it was ripe material for someone to come along and make fun of it. Thankfully someone did.
It’s not a parody but if you’ve watched any of the guild, you’ve probably seen Game On:
If you haven’t watched the Guild yet, what are you waiting for? It’s one of the geekiest, funniest shows out there. It started as youtube channel and can still be found on the site, as well as Netflix and elsewhere online.