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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Videos

‘Like A Surgeon,’ ‘Amish Paradise’ and your other favorites

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By selling 104,00 copies of his new LP, Mandatory Fun, "Weird Al" Yankovic has just scored the first Number One of his career as well as the first chart-topping comedy album since Allan Sherman's 1963 My Son, the Nut. Yankovic accomplished this by releasing eight videos in eight days, creating a tidal wave of interest across the Internet. We figured this was a good time to poll our readers and determine their favorite Weird Al videos of all time. Click through to see the results. 

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4. “White and Nerdy”

By 2006, people were once again counting out Weird Al Yankovic. His last few albums arrived during a time when MTV wasn't playing music videos, and YouTube had yet to be created. It was a challenging time to market parody songs. The big song that year was James Blunt's "You're Beautiful," but Blunt's label wouldn't let Yankovic spoof the song, arguing it would hurt his young career. (Somehow Madonna and Nirvana got past this roadblock.) It turned out to be a blessing, because Al turned his attention to Chamillionaire's "Ridin' Dirty," turning it into "White and Nerdy," a brilliant and hilarious tale of a nerd who wants to "ride with the gangstas." The amazing video has been seen by some 86 million people. It was the beginning of Weird Al in the age of YouTube. 

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3. ‘Amish Paradise’

"Amish Paradise" may well be the single funniest song in the vast Weird Al catalog. Lines like "And I've been milkin' and plowin' so long that even Ezekiel thinks that my mind is gone" are still hysterical nearly 20 years later. The song is a spoof of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise," from the soundtrack to Dangerous Minds. At the time, just about everyone thought it was funny besides Coolio. He bashed Weird Al to the press, saying he did the song without his permission. It's the closest thing to a scandal in Yankovic's history, though a couple years later Coolio changed his mind and said he loved the song. He made peace with Weird Al many years ago, but the controversy lives on every time VH1 shows his Behind The Music. 

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2. ‘Eat It’

It's hard to imagine what might have happened to Weird Al's career had Michael Jackson not signed off on "Eat It." That could have easily happened: Al was pretty unknown at that point and Jackson wasn't exactly known for his roaring sense of humor, especially when it came to his music. But sign off on the song he did, and "Weird Al" created an amazing shot-for-shot parody of the "Beat It" video that MTV put into heavy rotation. Suddenly, children all across the country fell in love with this bizarre man singing about food with incredible passion. The success of "Eat It" finally proved that Weird Al might have some longevity to his career, though nobody thought it would be going strong in 2014. 

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1. ‘Fat’

An amazing thing happens near the end of every "Weird Al" Yankovic concert. Al walks offstage and a familiar black and white video begins playing on the screen. Cheers erupt and the crowd screams along to every word of dialogue, especially "Ding-Dong man, Ding-Dong." They know what's coming next. Al runs on stage in a fat costume and somehow finds the energy to dance around and belt out the lyrics to "Fat," a spoof of Michael Jackson's "Bad." The song hit not long after Al's 1986 LP Polka Party! stiffed, and was yet another comeback in his long and incredibly bizarre career. 

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