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Monday, July 21, 2014

Ranking Weird Al's eight 'Mandatory Fun' videos

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 4:28 PM

On July 15, 2014, Weird Al Yankovic released his 14th studio album, and his first in three years. Along with the album's release, the King of Parodies unleashed eight videos. Featuring covers of Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke and Southern Culture on the Skids among them, some of the videos are better than others.

So, in case you missed any of them, here are the eight videos — from worst to best:

8. "Sports Song" is a valiant effort at making fun of sports teams and over-enthusiastic sports fans, but it's hard to make a marching band song that's catchy.

7. For some reason, "Handy," Al's parody of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" reminds me of the Weird Al videos of old. Taking a top-10 song and just making it goofy a la "Like a Surgeon" or "Fat."

6. One step above that one is his cover of Lorde's "Royals." "Foil" is Al at his wittiest. "I never bother with baggies, glass jars, tupperware containers, plastic cling wrap - really a no brainer. I just like to keep all my flavors sealed in tight."

5. A solid original song, "First World Problems," pokes fun at the Pixies style of alternative rock.

4. Gotta give him credit for writing a song in the not-familiar-to-some style of Southern Culture on the Skids. "Lame Claim to Fame" even has Al dressed like them in the video, as well.

3. If you're giving credit to cameos, "Tacky" — a cover of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" — is one of the best of the week.

2. Done in the style of Crosby, Stills and Nash, "Mission Statement," is Weird Al's best original song on the new album and is sure to be entertaining for the working class.

1. As fun to listen to as it is to watch/read, "Word Crimes" takes the top spot. His cover of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is one of his best songs in years.

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