Which Songs is Weird Al making fun of in Mandatory Fun?

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Last week, Weird Al Yankovic, released his latest album, Mandatory Fun. He’s been promoting the album through a series of music videos on his website. Each day, Yankovic reveals a new music video. Mandatory Fun has taken the internet by storm, mainly because the new album is heavily influenced by pop culture and internet memes. There are several callouts to Reddit, Doge, Viral videos and other internet sensations.

What Are the Songs Weird Al is making fun of in Mandatory Fun?

First, let’s get one thing out of the way. Despite Weird Al posting 8 music videos on his website, there are actually 12 tracks in his new album. Here are the original songs and his parodies.

  • Handy (Parody of Fancy by Iggy Azalea)
  • Lame Claim To Fame (Style influenced by Southern Culture On The Skids)
  • Foil (Parody of Royals by Lorde)
  • Sports Song (Style influenced by college football fight songs)
  • Word Crimes (Parody of Blurred Lines by Robin Thick)
  • My Own Eyes (Style influenced by Foo Fighters)
  • NOW That’s What I Call Polka (Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus, Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People, Best Song Ever by One Direction, Gangnam Style by Psy, Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, Scream & Shout by will.i.am, Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye, Timber by Pitbull, Sexy And I Know it by LMFAO, Thrift Shop by Macklemore, Get Lucky by Daft Punk)
  • Mission Statement (Style influenced by Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  • Inactive (Parody of Radioactive by Imagine Dragons)
  • First World Problems (Influenced by The Pixies)
  • Tacky (Parody of Happy by Pharell Williams)
  • Jackson Park Express (Influenced By Cat Stevens)