Every once in a while, a band stops with the grandiose, overly indulgent kind of music videos we tend to see hundreds of, and decides to make something genuinely hilarious. In the case of these 10 videos, we like the jokes as much as we like the songs.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard ft. Kelis – “Got Your Money”
It’s a great sendoff to Blaxploitation movies of the 70s, and it holds up really well.
Fatboy Slim – “Weapon of Choice”
Because what’s funnier (or weirder) than Christopher Walken dancing? Nothing, that’s what.
Beastie Boys – “Fight For Your Right”
The whole song is supposed to be a parody of the kind of party jams that hair metal bands were putting out in the 80s, and the video really reflects that.
Weird Al – “Amish Paradise”
This cover of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” is so funny and iconic that it eclipsed the song it’s spoofing, and it remains one of Al’s best songs.
The videos just get funnier from here…
Tenacious D – “Tribute”
Jack Black and Kyle Gas are absolute comedic geniuses whenever they team up for a new Tenacious D album, but this remains their crowning achievement. Special shout-out to Dave Grohl, who plays the Devil.
Blink 182 – “What’s My Age Again?”
The band made their name on songs about sex and juvenile humor, but they never combined it quite so well as they did in this video.
Foo Fighters – “Learn To Fly”
Hey, Tenacious D and Dave Grohl teamed up again for more hilarity! They’re like the musical comedy equivalent of peanut butter and chocolate.
The Lonely Island – “Bing Bong Brothers”
Before they were teaming up with Justin Timberlake, appearing on SNL and making movies, The Lonely Island were an internet comedy troupe making amazing parody videos of songs like The Yin Yang Twins’ “The Whisper Song.”
The Bloodhound Gang – “The Bad Touch”
The least-sexy song about sex ever recorded gets an equally unsexy, but deeply funny video.
D12 – “Purple Hills”
Fun fact: the album version of the song is actually called “Purple Pills” and has almost entirely different lyrics, but Eminem and co. took the censorship and ran with it.