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

Updated on August 16, 2017
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

"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 Marks

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    • Bruce Lev profile image

      Bruce Lev 

      3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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

    • Kosmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelley Marks 

      7 years ago from California

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

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      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

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

    • wholesaletoys profile image

      wholesaletoys 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 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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