Comedy Rock: Top 8 Rock Parodies

Is rock something that we should make fun of?

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Being a fairly vast musical genre, rock is approached in different ways by various artists, ranging from utterly serious prog rockers to full-on ridiculous comedy rock guys.

We'll focus on the latter group in our brief rundown of Top 8 rock parodies. By the way, do you think rock is something that should be parodied in the first place?

Frank Zappa - "Crew Slut"

The guy who took the comedy approach to artistic heights, the legendary Frank Zappa rightfully gets to open the list as the ultimate great. "Crew Slut" is just one of the tracks on his 1979 effort "Joe's Garage," a true gem featuring not only hilarious tunes, but moments of genuine guitar mastery. Check out "Watermelon in Easter Hay" if you don't get our drift.

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Weird Al Yankovic - "Smells Like Nirvana"

Switching to direct comedy music, Weird Al Yankovic still successfully makes the crowd laugh with his renditions of pop and rock classics. One of them is a "Smells Like Teen Spirit" parody titled "Smells Like Nirvana."

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Steel Panther - "Death to All But Metal"

As pretty much the most prominent comedy metal act these days, Steel Panther are rocking it hard, earning more props from the rock community than many "serious" acts out there.

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The Muppets - "Bohemian Rhapsody"

The Muppets created possibly their most popular tune by paying tribute to one of the greatest songs of all time - Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Speaking of which, do you remember that drunk guy singing in a cop car?

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Tenacious D - "Kickapoo"

Jack Black had to find his spot on the list and what better tune than "Kickapoo"? The track comes off "The Pick of Destiny" movie, a must-see in the comedy rock domain.

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Spinal Tap - "The Majesty of Rock"

Spinal Tap are definitely one of the first band to pop up when it comes to comedy rock, and rightfully so, as the guys have a near-iconic status within the genre.

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Nickelback Parody - "Look at This Instagram"

This hilarious parody of Nickelback's "Photograph" surfaced back in 2012 and still perfectly reflects an average obsessed Instagram user. But does it beat the original?

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Dethklok - "Murderface's Bass Solo"

We'll just end it here with the single greatest bass solo of all time.

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Got any comedy rock gems to share? And still the big question - should we make fun of rock in the first place? Let us know in the comments.

37 comments sorted by best / new / date

    This never gets old.
    Not an actual parody, but I really like this video!) When I saw this for the first time I thought it was real video
    Of course, Richard Cheese is a great parodist! Here's his take on Disturbed for example:
    This is genius
    Same guy who did the Slipknot, Slayer, and such ones. He has a full channel of awesome stuff like this. He also has Death Metal parodies of pop songs. I fully recommend anyone who has not heard more of him to check his channel out. Great video!
    Also Bloodhound Gang, being a bit cheesy, are really funny comedy band
    Going back to the 60's, catch The Bonzo Dog Do Da Band's, Intro/Outro.....genius!
    Should we make fun of rock, metal, etc? YES! The generas take themselves way too seriously. There's a reason Spinal Tap exists.
    Weird Al "Jankovic"? It's Yankovic, show the man some respect by at least spelling his name right; my local paper has less editing snafus than UG.
    Well Yankovic is a slav and in slavic countries it would be spelled Jankovic but many slavs living abroad, especially in english speaking countries change J in their name for Y so they don't pronounce J like in 'jam' Whoever wrote this probalby thought that it is the original spelling
    The muppets did a barbershop quartet version of smells like teen spirit.. It was nice
    I don't really mind if someone takes the piss out of rock or metal, if you haven't got a sense of humour then you really have lost it all
    dj's/electronic artists and there fans are deadly serious. you would never see fatboy slim hamming it up in a cod piece and leotard. lol
    You guys should check out this stand up comedian called Nick Helm, he writes comedy songs and stuff, go to 4:15 for the song.
    Devin Townsend's Punky Brewster album is a great parody, and I say that as a fan of the exact thing he spends the album mocking haha
    To me, this was the best all in one parody. Done to a solid version of Bohemian Rhapsody!