Weird Al Parodies Quiz

Can you name the original songs on which these Weird Al Parodies were based?
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Last updated: April 9, 2020
First submittedAugust 8, 2012
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Parody
Year
Song
I Love Rocky Road
1983
I Love Rock 'n' Roll
Ricky
1983
Mickey
My Bologna
1983
My Sharona
Another One Rides
the Bus
1984
Another One Bites
the Dust
Eat It
1984
Beat It
King of Suede
1984
King of Pain
Like a Surgeon
1985
Like a Virgin
Yoda
1985
Lola
Addicted to Spuds
1986
Addicted to Love
Living with a Hernia
1986
Living in America
Fat
1988
Bad
I Think I'm a Clone Now
1988
I Think We're Alone Now
Lasagna
1988
La Bamba
Parody
Year
Song
Smells Like Nirvana
1992
Smells Like Teen Spirit
I Can't Watch This
1992
U Can't Touch This
The White Stuff
1992
You Got It
(The Right Stuff)
Achy Breaky Song
1993
Achy Breaky Heart
Livin' in the Fridge
1993
Livin' on the Edge
Amish Paradise
1996
Gangsta's Paradise
It's All About the
Pentiums
1999
It's All About the
Benjamins
Pretty Fly for a
Rabbi
1999
Pretty Fly
(For a White Guy)
eBay
2003
I Want It That Way
White & Nerdy
2006
Ridin'
Canadian Idiot
2006
American Idiot
Perform this Way
2011
Born this Way
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Level 26
Aug 5, 2012
I would do better if it was the other way around.
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Level 32
Aug 6, 2012
can "can't touch this" work, think most people don't add the U
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Level ∞
Aug 8, 2012
Okay
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Level 55
Mar 2, 2013
I said You Can't Touch This
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Level 76
May 16, 2015
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Level 63
Aug 9, 2012
I know way too many of these!
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Level 67
Nov 19, 2018
No such thing as too many when it comes to Weird Al.
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Level 81
Feb 3, 2013
Surprising so many more people got Lola than La Bamba. I didn't think most people had even heard of Lola.
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Level 88
Dec 3, 2014
Really? It's still gets regular airtime on the targeted-to-slightly-more-chronologically-advanced-people radio stations in our area. I know I heard it on the communte just a week or so ago while scanning stations, and stayed on it just so I could prove I still knew the lyrics to Yoda.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2017
Most of Weird Al's song parodies came out within a few years of the original song. La Bamba was decades old by the time he parodied it, so the year clue is not as helpful.
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Level 72
Dec 13, 2018
La Bamba was re-recorded by Los Lobos in 1987 for the soundtrack of the biopic of the same name. So it's not too far off, really.
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Level 83
May 9, 2020
Lola is a great song but I wasn't familiar with it as a kid. I thought Yoda was one of his originals until I was in my early twenties.
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Level 72
Jul 16, 2013
never knew that King of Suede was a parody. Always thought it was one of his originals. Love Weird Al. I hope he stops getting snubbed for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
+2
Level 44
Apr 19, 2014
Seconded! If I were a musical artist, I would be PROUD to have one my songs parodied by Weird Al!
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Level 72
Dec 13, 2018
As the saying goes, imitation is the highest form of flattery.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2017
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke anyway. And a far less funny one than most Weird Al songs.
+2
Level 62
Apr 20, 2015
I feel like it should accept "Pastime Paradise" for Amish Paradise.
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Level 50
Apr 21, 2015
Gangsta's paradise is actually a copy of a Stevie Wonder song, "Pastime Paradise".
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Level 81
Apr 27, 2015
But the Weird Al version, Amish Paradise, is very clearly a parody of Gangsta's Paradise, not Pastime Paradise.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2017
I never knew this, so thanks for commenting! Listening to Pastime Paradise now.
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Level 83
May 9, 2020
I didn't know that either. Thanks Jetpunk!
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Level 53
Oct 10, 2016
you should add the RHCP parody "Bedrock Anthem" where he does two different songs "Give it Away" and "Under the Bridge"
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Level 73
Dec 5, 2017
I would have loved to see "Grapefruit Diet" on this quiz. Gotta be my favorite Weird Al song. Oh, and "The Saga Begins"! Still, great quiz!
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Level 67
Jun 12, 2018
Any chance we could get Foil, Word Crimes, and Tacky added to the quiz? Mandatory Fun is a great album.
+3
Level 82
Apr 20, 2019
Word Crimes (Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines) is a huge favorite of anyone who's ever been on the internet or gotten a text message.
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Level 67
May 10, 2020
It's become my favorite Weird Al song... and that's really saying something.
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Level 82
Apr 20, 2019
Apparently Right Stuff doesn't work for The White Stuff, answer:

You Got It

(The Right Stuff).

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Level 73
May 9, 2020
Party in the CIA, Foil, and Tacky are such bops.
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Level 73
May 9, 2020
I’d bet that Amish Paradise is more we’ll known than Gangsta’s Paradise among the younger generation.
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Level 65
May 9, 2020
It's really remarkable how successful this guy has been. He was the first guy to do parodies of current songs for a living, so it's understandable he could succeed initially as a novelty, but he's still the king almost 40 years later. Lots of people are doing parodies now, but Weird Al is still the best. His parody of Blurred Lines (called "Word Crimes" and about people with poor grammar) is hilarious, and among his best.
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Level 78
May 9, 2020
Weird Al may be the most well known for making a living doing parodies of current songs, but there have been musical parodies for centuries. I remember Victor Borge doing classical music parodies in the '60s and I remember someone parodying an early Elvis song but I can't remember who it was. I remember in the '60s when they used to play humorous songs on the radio where someone would tell a story but they would replace phrases or answer questions with lines from popular songs. It wasn't really a parody but it was what passed for musical humor in that period.
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Level 65
May 10, 2020
Check out Homer & Jethro, Tom Lehrer and Spike Jones.
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Level 55
May 14, 2020
Gump, the parody to Lump is one of my favorites. Especially the music video.
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Level 69
Jul 31, 2020
He found lasting success doing something that so few others find lasting success doing. I also imagine he inspired so many of the people making parodies on Youtube, etc., which seems to be a pretty popular thing these days.
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Level 65
Aug 22, 2020
I think one of the parodies that should be added is "I Lost on Jeopardy" which is a parody of "Jeopardy" by Greg Kihn.
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Level 45
Jan 5, 2021
Wow... I got La Bamba, and gave up.
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Level 45
Jan 5, 2021
Also "Word Crimes" is a parody to "Blurred Lines"