YMMV / "Weird Al" Yankovic

  • Acceptable Hard Luck Targets: In "Word Crimes", Al calls you a "mouth breather" for committing all the horrible word crimes he points out in the song.
  • Acceptable Targets:
    • "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi"
    • "Fat"
    • "Canadian Idiot", although if you pay attention to the lyrics it's actually using over-zealous American nationalists as Acceptable Targets rather than Canadians.
    • "White & Nerdy"
    • "Amish Paradise", arguably. (He doesn't totally ridicule them, just some teasing.)
    • "She Never Told Me She Was A Mime".
    • "Party at the Leper Colony"
    • According to "Albuquerque," Bio-Dome.
      • Pauly Shore movies, and Pauly Shore himself, in general.
    • "First World Problems"
    • "Word Crimes"
    • Atlantic Records. Al had approached James Blunt about parodying his single "You're Beautiful". Blunt gave Al permission, but at the last second his record label, Atlantic Records, nixed the idea. Al would go on to perform the song on live shows while wearing a shirt saying "Atlantic Records Sucks", and would vandalize the Atlantic Records Wikipedia page in the video for "White And Nerdy".
    • Kevin Federline. It's clear from his Al TV "interview" that he's the only famous person Al has no problem throwing some very sincere shade onto.
    • Yuppies were a semi-frequent target of his all the way up to the early 90s.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Dan's smile as he poses with a family at the end of the "Skipper Dan" is either a heartwarming sign that he's accepted his life for what it is or the most depressing exampled of Stepford Smiler ever.
  • Ambiguous Ending: Being one of his lyrically darker songs, the music video for "Party In The CIA" implies that the protagonist is screwed over and ends up in the clutches of some dictator while the lyrics/protagonist say that you "better put your hands up and get in the van or else you'll get blown away." And when the lyrics read that "we only torture the folks we don't like, you're probably gonna be OK," it is not known if that means that the kidnapping is fake, or that the kidnapping is real but the protagonist will receive a painless death.
  • Critical Dissonance: Running With Scissors was one of his worst-reviewed albums, but contains several fan-favorites.
  • Covered Up:
    • Al does this to other artists; younger fans might not know that, for instance, "I Lost On Jeopardy" is a cover of Greg Kihn's "Our Love's In Jeopardy". (Kihn wasn't offended—he appears in Al's music video for the song.)
    • "The Saga Begins" was almost a straight example, with Don McLean once admitting to occasionally singing Al's lyrics by accident during live performances of "American Pie".
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • "Weasel Stomping Day", particularly the sequence where you hear all the weasels dying. There's a reason the music video was made by Robot Chicken.
    • "Jackson Park Express", a Cat Stevens pastiche wherein the narrator sits across from a woman on the bus and mistakes every subtle moment each of them makes as them having a heartfelt conversation through body language... then it gets really weird.
    • "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung" is not supposed to be funny but with the amount of Narm Al expresses, you just can't help but laugh.
    • In "Good Old Days", the narrator reminisces how he bashed in a grocery store owner's head...and then says, "You should have seen the look on his face."
    • In "One More Minute", the things that the narrator would supposedly rather do instead of spend time with his ex-girlfriend.
  • Dork Age: Some fans felt that Al's appearance entered a Dork Age after he lost the glasses, grew out his hair, and shaved his mustache - in other words, when his look became more "mainstream."
  • Ear Worm: Everything he's ever made. But especially Trapped in the Drive Thru:
    "Then we drive to the drive-thru
    Heading off to the drive-thru
    We're approaching the drive-thru
    Getting close to the drive-thru!
    Almost there at the drive-thru
    Now we're here at the drive thru
    Here in line at the drive-thru
    Did I mention the drive-thru?"
  • Epic Riff:
    • "Eat It" has a riff that's so epic the guitar explodes.
    • Apart from parodying songs that are famous for Epic Riffs themselves ("Smells Like Nirvana," "Beverly Hillbillie / Money for Nothing"), a few of Al's originals fit this trope as well. "I'll Sue Ya," "Dare to be Stupid," and The White Stripes flavored "CNR" all come to mind.
  • Face of the Band: Al has recorded with the same band (Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, Jim West, and Steve Jay) for virtually his entire career, and they appear in all his videos.
    • Lampshaded by the band themselves in "Al's Band," a stand-alone single featuring Al solely on accordion. Sung by the guys themselves, it details their history with him.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: It's "YANK-oh-VICK," not "YANK-oh-VITCH"!
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • By a day. Al released "TMZ" on Alpocalypse on June 21, 2011, which contains the lyrics "... it's getting to the point where a famous person can't / Even get a DUI or go on a racist rant" and "Seems that every single time a star decides to / Shave their head or ram their car into a tree / They're on TMZ." The day before, Ryan Dunn of Jackass had killed himself by getting drunk and plowing into a tree at high speed. The story was, naturally, on TMZ.
    • The video for "TMZ" depicts a celebrity being plagued by photos of her own behind getting spread everywhere. Scarlett Johansson would go through this for real.
    • The very first line of "Traffic Jam", "Carbon monoxide making me choke", became far less amusing when 11 years afterward, Al's parents simultaneously succumbed to CO poisoning.
    • "Canadian Idiot" features the line "Never even bring their guns to the mall". The Toronto mall shooting begs to differ.
    • "Fat", after learning about how fast food restaurants target and exploit low-income neighborhoods with their cheap but unhealthy food.
    • "Ringtone" has a line about "folks with Ebola" hating Al's ringtone. This became much less funny after the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
      • As did "That's Your Horoscope For Today" with the line for Pisces to "try to avoid any Virgos or Leos with the Ebola virus".
    • "Buckingham Blues" is a satire on the lives of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Al has not performed or rerecorded this song since the latter's death in 1997.
    • "Christmas At Ground Zero."
    • One of the items mentioned in "Ebay" is a The Dukes of Hazzard ashtray. With the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, that will now raise some eyebrows instead.
    • In "Word Crimes", the lyric, "You should never / Write words using numbers, / Unless you're seven, / Or your name is Prince", is starting to feel a little less funny and more like a tribute now that The Artist Formerly Known as Prince has passed away at 57.
    • A small one: on "Pancreas," he declares that his spleen "just doesn't matter." Ten years after that song was released, he'd play a character on Bojack Horseman who comes dangerously close to dying of a twisted spleen.
    • Similar to the Bojack Horseman example above: Al gets his heart ripped out to comedic effect in both the song and the music video for "One More Minute." It's far less comic when his character in Batman Vs Robin gets the same treatment.
  • Funny Moments: Most of his songs have at least one, but special mention is deserved for the "Smells Like Nirvana" music video. ALL OF IT. Now has its own page.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Now has its own page.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead", off his first album, contains the lyrics "I'd rather have a Big Mac or a Jumbo Jack than all the bean sprouts in Japan!" and "Don't want no part of that vegetarian scene." Al has since become a vegan.
    • He once wrote a song called "I Lost on Jeopardy". Later, he went on Rock & Roll Jeopardy!...and lost.
      • Al also won a game of Wheel of Fortune during a charity week, but lost on the "Friday Finals" tournament at the end of the week.
    • "Theme from Rocky XIII" depicted the Champ taking ownership of the neighborhood deli...this was before Rocky Balboa, wherein he purchased a restaurant.
    • Also, in "It's All About the Pentiums", Al describes his personal computer as having a 40-inch-wide flatscreen monitor, 100 gigabytes of RAM, and a 32-bit operating system which is connected to the internet via a T1 line. While 40 inch monitors did exist and in fact became common a few years later as High Definition became standard, 32-bit x86 processors (Pentiums) cannot address more than 64 gigabytes of RAM, and no commercial 32-bit operating system as of 1999 permitted addressing more than 4. However, some versions of the 64-bit Windows 7 (and now Windows 8) can address 192 gigabytes of RAM thus making the lyrics of his song a possibility. As of now, most commercial motherboards can only support between 32-64 gigabytes of RAM. A dedicated RAM disk, on the other hand...
      • In the same song, Al says, "You could back up your whole hard drive on a floppy diskette." While small floppy diskettes can actually store up to over 200 megabytes of RAM, they were actually superseded through the years up from 1999 by data storage methods such as USB flash drives, which could now contain up to a terabyte; these drives were in their stages of infancy in 1999 at the time that the song was released, and did not go into the first commercial product until over a year later.
      • Also, not withstanding, that with the advance of this technology, it has since become common practice for one to back up their entire hard drive so they don't lose any of their files in the event of their computer becoming unusable.
    • At one time in the music video for "White & Nerdy", one fictional Trivial Pursuit game asks a question on what page in the next (actually last) book Harry Potter would die (Harry gets better, though).
    • The video for "Ringtone", produced by the minds behind Supernews, was released in August 2009. During the list of people who hate the ringtone, once the lyrics get to "all the Pakistanis", Osama bin Laden can be seen hiding behind them. The existence of the Abbottabad compound wouldn't be revealed to the American public until almost two years later.
    • In 1985's "Yoda", we have the line "I'll be playing this part 'till I'm old and gray." Thirty years later....
    • "Albuquerque":
      And, by the way, if one day you happen to wake up and find yourself in an existential quandary, full of loathing and self-doubt, and wracked with the pain and isolation of your pitiful meaningless existence; at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that somewhere out there in this crazy old mixed-up universe of ours, there's still a little place... Called Albuquerque!.
    • "White and Nerdy" has a line that mentions social networking site MySpace, which was overtaken by Facebook in terms of popularity just a few short years later.
    • The cover of Alpocalypse (released in 2011) features the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, of which one is Al riding a horse that has his signature hairstyle for a mane. Cue February 2014, when Al voices a horse that has his signature hairstyle for a mane in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
      • One of the songs from that album, "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me", had Al ranting about unwanted things being sent to his email address. In the same vein, one of those happened to be unicorns, one of the pony races in FiM.
      • Also, his "Whatever You Like" music video has a parody of Uncle Ben's Rice with "Win a pony" on the box. It's even funnier after his appearance on the show.
    • From "Polkamon". Oh, if only he knew...
    "Hold on a minute, there's still at least one hundred twenty-seven more!"
    • "Tacky" mentions about live-tweeting a funeral and taking selfies with the deceased. Cue Mortal Kombat X, with one character Cassie Cage having a fatality involving taking a selfie with her dead opponent and uploading the pic on social media (and Sideshow Bob would do the same thing with Bart's corpse in the Treehouse of Horror XXVI segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive").
    • The Alapalooza album predates the series Grimm by eighteen years and the character Teresa "Trubel" Rubel by twenty-one, although you might think the character was referenced in the song "Young, Dumb, and Ugly" due to the following lines:
    We got two-day stubble. Our name spells "Trouble".
    • The song "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi," talks about a jewish individual named Bernie who is pretty fly. Come 2016 elections and everyone is talking how fly a jewish person named Bernie is.
    • His song "Dog Eat Dog," a style parody of Talking Heads about the absolute joy of working in an office, could be seen as a riff on Office Space (it even includes the lyrics "Sometimes I tell myself/This is not my beautiful stapler!")....if it weren't for the fact that the song was part of his 1986 album Polka Party!—five years before Mike Judge even created the character of Milton Waddams in his animated short films.
  • Memetic Mutation: "'Cause right now, I'd do/Anything to just get my bowels evacuated/Iiiinnn theeee baaathroooom..."
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Al received quite a bit of fan mail after recording "Trigger Happy." Some of these writers did not grasp the satire.
    • "Achy Breaky Song" saw frequent airplay on radio stations that played country music despite Al only dabbling into the genre once before ("Good Enough for Now" on Polka Party!).
  • Misattributed Song:
  • Moment of Awesome: Now has its own page.
  • Mondegreen: Somehow inverted; because of Al's very articulate method of singing, some people say they can even understand the lyrics in his medleys better than the actual songs.
  • Nausea Fuel: "Trash Day" full-stop.
  • Never Live It Down: He became so known for singing about food in his early career (even releasing a compilation album of food songs) that many artists approached for parody automatically assume it's about food (most notably Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, who specifically asked Al to not make "Smells Like Nirvana" be a song about food).
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Long before Key & Peele got their own online fame, they had a cameo in the music video for "White and Nerdy."
    • Al's first music video, "Ricky", has the role of Lucy played and sung by Tress MacNeille at a time when she was just starting her voice acting career. MacNeille would later appear in The Weird Al Show and lent her voice on Al's Running With Scissors album.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: In these days when anyone can put a parody song on YouTube, some people don't get what's so great about Al.
  • Signature Song: "Eat It".
  • So Bad, It's Good: "Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch", only because of how deliberately bad he made it.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • TMZ. Like many of his other songs, it's a brilliant (if somewhat awkward, see above) parody with strong attention paid to the original. But when you really listen in on the lyrics, you'll realize that it's actually a serious commentary of our culture and how accepting we are of how shameful the paparazzi has become. It's really a Take That! at what our popular culture has become and how little we've learned from the Princess Diana catastrophe. This is reinforced in the music video where the celebrity in question is running in the streets. Humiliated beyond words. Beyond comprehension. THAT alone says something.
      • The song also contains a secondary Take That! at entitled celebrities who think their status means they can escape all consequences for their actions.
    • Phony Calls (which parodies TLC's Waterfalls). Remember, don't go making them...
    • On his MTV specials in the series AL TV, Al did several fake celebrity interviews, produced by mixing his (silly) questions with real footage from actual celebrities' interviews. Most of them simply poke fun at the artist's work, but his Kevin Federline interview notably directly attacks the star's arrogance and lack of talent and intelligence, as well as the fact that he left a wife and two kids for Britney Spears, only to divorce her two years later.
    • "Your Horoscope For Today"— you shouldn't take horoscopes too seriously.
    • "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me"— no one really cares about all the stuff you find cool on the internet.
    • "I'll Sue Ya"— Legal power is not to be abused.
    • "Don't Download This Song"— Stealing music is wrong.
      • The bridge also has a jab at the hypocrisy of the entertainment industry's lavish lifestyles and how they use it to justify crackdowns on illegal downloading.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: "Party In The C.I.A." is often referred to as the unofficial theme song for Stan Smith.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: His songs can put one in a good mood really fast, and many fans have written to him about how he helped them cope with depression.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: "If That Isn't Love". Yes, it's supposed to be a spoof of these types of love songs, but one could argue that he spoofed them a little too well, and that the attempts at "twisted" humor fail to offset the cheesiness of the chorus. Not to mention that it's a style parody of Hanson, who are arguably an example of this trope.
    • For what it's worth, the chorus implies that the narrator has absolutely no idea what love actually is.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Let's be honest, Osama bin Laden's death would have been a better subject for "Party in the CIA", despite the fact that Al no doubt wrote the song before it happened.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Apparently Al is clean. Yet, somehow we have the mindfuck of "Everything You Know is Wrong" and the sheer garbled insanity of "Albuquerque."
    • Al's friend and college note  classmate Joel Miller said in Al's Behind The Music episode that he thinks drugs would make Al turn normal.