weird_al_yankovic_-_dare_to_be_stupidWeird Al Yankovic – “Yoda” – (1985)

Weird Al is the master of parody songs and he’s also great at writing songs about very specific things, like Star Wars. “Yoda” is a parody of The Kinks’ brilliant “Lola.” And, while Weird Al didn’t write the original music for this song, his lyrics are every bit as brilliant as the original. This song is weird because he had to get permission both from The Kinks and George Lucas. 

Madonna – “Like a Virgin” – (1984)

This is one of Madonna’s signature songs and it’s sometimes considered the song that cemented her as a pop icon. It was a #1 in the U.S. (and a handful of other countries) – it was the first single off of her second album (which shared the name of the song). How often does the first single of your second album cement you as a legend? Not very. Madonna’s voice on this track is higher than it is on some of her other songs which almost makes her sound kind of Cyndi Lauper-ish. This song was parodied quite wonderfully by Weird Al Yankovic as “Like a Surgeon.”

#100 – Presidents of the United States of America – “Peaches” – (1995)

Moving to the country / gonna eat me a lot of peaches… Peaches come from a can / they were put there by a man / in a factory downtown…” The Presidents of the United States of America were a goofy kind of band and this song really exemplifies that. It’s one of those songs that, the first time you hear it, you aren’t sure whether or not to take it seriously – but you also remember it. It was tough deciding between “Peaches” and the super-awesome, definitive post-grunge song: “Lump” – which was the basis for one of the greatest Weird Al Yankovic parodies: “Gump” (guess which one has more YouTube hits…). The Presidents also covered (excellently, by the way), the Ian Hunter song “Cleveland Rocks” and it was chosen as the theme song for The Drew Carey Show.