Playlist: “Weird Al” Yankovic – 27 Essential Originals

This week, “Weird Al” Yankovic releases his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, and to celebrate, I’ve compiled a playlist of what I consider to be the 27 most essential Weird Al “original” songs.  Those who aren’t too familiar with Al’s work may not know that every album includes at least 5 or 6 original tracks.

Now, obviously Al is mostly known for his parodies.  His biggest hits include songs like “Eat It” or “White and Nerdy” but even some of the originals have been released as singles over the years (“UHF”, “This Is The Life”, and “Dare To Be Stupid” instantly come to mind). Then, you also have the songs that are best described as “style parodies”.  They are technically original, because they don’t parody a specific song, but they are usually performed in the style of a popular artist.

The 27 songs I chose for this playlist are listed in chronological order, from 1983’s self titled “Weird Al” Yankovic to his last release, 2011’s Alpocalypse

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“Weird Al” Yankovic – 27 Essential Originals

1. I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead (1983)
2. Happy Birthday (1983)
3. Midnight Star (1984)
4. Dare To Be Stupid (1985)
5. One More Minute (1985)
6. This Is The Life (1985)
7. One Of Those Days (1986)
8. Good Enough For Now (1986)
9. You Make Me (1988)
10. Melanie (1988)
11. Good Old Days (1988)
12. UHF (1989)
13. The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota (1989)
14. Trigger Happy (1992)
15. You Don’t Love Me Anymore (1992)
16. Frank’s 2000″ TV (1993)
17. Everything You Know Is Wrong (1996)
18. Since You’ve Been Gone (1996)
19. Your Horoscope For Today (1999)
20. My Baby’s In Love With Eddie Vedder (1999)
21. Albuquerque (1999)
22. Wanna B Ur Lovr (2003)
23. Why Does This Always Happen To Me? (f/ Ben Folds) (2003)
24. Bob (2003)
25. Pancreas (2006)
26. Close, But No Cigar (2006)
27. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me (2011)

 

 

 

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