ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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

Updated on October 15, 2019
Spinal Tap
Spinal Tap

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:

"Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic

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 Marks


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Bruce Lev profile image

      Bruce Lev 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "Jewish Guy" parody of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" -

    • Kosmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelley Marks 

      8 years ago from California

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

    • jpcmc profile image

      JP Carlos 

      8 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

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

    • wholesaletoys profile image


      8 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.

    • Kosmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelley Marks 

      8 years ago from California

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

    • Randy Behavior profile image

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

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

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

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


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)