Twelve Great Rock and Roll Parodies You Just Can't Miss!

Spinal Tap
Spinal Tap
"Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

It’s only rock and roll – so why not make fun of it?


Parody has been around for thousands of years. In ancient Greece, during the time of Aristotle, writers such as Hegemon of Thasos altered the words to song or poems, hoping to change the sublime into the ridiculous. Also lovers of the spoken word, Roman poets imitated other poets for comedic effect.

As for literature, Shakespeare used metaphorical parodies in many of his plays. Perhaps one of the greatest parodies of all time is Cervantes’ Don Quixote, which parodied the romantic exploits of knight errants in early seventeenth century Spain. And the works of Lewis Carroll parodied the niceties of Victorian England.

Rock and roll hasn’t escaped parody either. Perhaps the most prominent parody of the genre is the hard rock band Spinal Tap, as shown in their so-called mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap (1984). Also, “Weird Al” Yankovic has parodied for decades various musical artists - though he likes to get their permission before he does!

As for Lady Gaga, as outrageous as her attire and performances seem to be, she might as well be parodying herself - or at least rock and roll, you might say. If there’s a performer who invites parody more than her, who would it be?

Yeah, rock and roll is here to stay, and so are its various artists of imitation, mockery and parody. Would we have it any other way?

The following collection of videos is in no particular order. Ranking them is not the point. For instance, there are no Spinal Tap videos, because just about everybody has seen those (copyright issues could present a problem too). I hope you haven’t seen at least some of the ones I picked. At any rate, let’s just laugh and have fun! Please enjoy Twelve Great Rock and Roll Parodies You Just Can't Miss:

"Adore You"

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Kiss Parody

Oasis - Behind the Album

Use Your Face

Let’s Go to My House and Bake a Pie

Teach Yourself How to be a Bee Gee

Bohemian Rhapsody

I Love Rocky Road

Rock and Roll

Perform This Way

John Lennon's "Jealous Guy"

© 2011 Kelley

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

What a great idea for a hub. Thanks for the laugh. I think your choice of videos are priceless.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Those were fun. I think my favorite is Weird Al doing Another One Rides the Bus. :D


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Kosmo 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the compliments, KoffeeKlatch Gals and Randy Behavior. I had lots of fun picking the videos for this hub. Later!


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wholesaletoys 5 years ago from El Monte, California

Lots of funny vids here. I had a huge laugh. You made my day. I voted your hub up and said it was awesome. Thanks so much.


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I'm still laughing! I must share this with the world. Great hub!


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Kosmo 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks, jpcmc, I'm still laughing too. Doing this hub was a hilarious experience. Later!


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Bruce Lev 23 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Jewish Guy" parody of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" - http://youtu.be/yuPKzvVpBsY

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