Despite this, the album failed to chart upon release, and ranks as one of Yankovic's lowest-selling records. The music featured on the album span Yankovic's release in the s, with the earliest songs being recorded in , and the most recent song being recorded in Heather Phares of AllMusic noted that, "though [the album] only covers the first half of "Weird Al" Yankovic's career, it nevertheless features nearly all of his best work".
5. ‘Like a Surgeon’
He has managed to stay on top of current trends, remain funny, and inspire a whole generation of YouTube parodies. At his best, Yankovic outshines the people he mocks. Since he rarely goes for the obvious, Yankovic decided to make his version of the song about grammar, giving a voice to the numerous grammar enthusiasts of the world. Finally, there was a song that explains that irony is not coincidence. While grunge was one of the most revolutionary genres to emerge from popular music in a long time, Yankovic perfectly captured everything about grunge music that was bizarre and off-putting, from the unintelligible singing to the oblique lyrics.
As pop music evolves and artists come and go, one man has endured over the past three decades: the one making fun of everyone else. With a new album, "Mandatory Fun," due out next week, Yankovic keeps chugging along with new music that will tickle your funny bone -- and, sometimes, crash the charts. Before "Mandatory Fun" is released, check out "Weird Al" Yankovic's 10 biggest Billboard hits thus far, stretching back to the early 80s and puncturing our present pop world. Note: This chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. While Green Day made a political statement with "American Idiot" in , "Weird Al" just wanted to poke fun at our northern neighbors two years later: "They think their silly accent is so cute," he sings, "Can't understand a thing they're talkin' abbot. Fat Hot Peak Position: No.
He is known in particular for humorous songs which make fun of popular culture or parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts, or both. His works have earned him three gold and five platinum records in the U. Yankovic has written hundreds of songs over his entire career; however, listed below are the tracks that have appeared on his commercially released albums.