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10 of the Best Comedy Music Videos of All-Time
June 1, 2015
10. Mumford and Sons, "Hopeless Wanderer"
You probably don't think "comedy" when you think of Mumford & Sons - you probably think something more along the lines of "hipster banjo bonanza." Which is what makes the video for Hopeless Wanderer so much funnier - as Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis do exaggerated takes on Mumford & Sons indie folk aesthetic, a direct parody of the group in their own music video.
9. Axis of Awesome, "4 Chords"
The beauty of "4 Chords" is in its simplicity - by revealing pretty much all popular songs can be reduced down to a few simple chords, Axis of Awesome creates a medley that comments on the state of pop music while also being catchy and hilarious.
8. Ylvis, "What Does the Fox Say?"
"What Does the Fox Say?" seems too stupid to be real - like some kind of faux-serious children's song gone too far - and that's exactly the point: Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker, the brothers behind the song, purposefully made it for a show of theirs
to be stupid and terrible
, which they would then apologize for. When it became one of THE most popular Youtube videos of all time (currently with more than 500 million views), it was as much a surprise to them as it was the rest of us.
7. Gregory Brothers, "Double Rainbow Song"
Double Rainbow was a majestic moment in Internet history - unlike Bedroom Intruder (also songified by the Gregory Brothers), it was based on a moment of absolute pure joy, as
a hippie dude ranted in awe
of the most beautiful sight he had ever seen. And the song by the Gregory Brothers turned that shocked monologue into a song that spoke to all of our hearts.
6. Garfunkel and Oates, "Sports Go Sports"
There are plenty of sports anthems for sports-lovers - but until Garfunkel and Oates (which may be the best band name ever, btw), there weren't any for
-sports lovers. Thankfully, "Sports Go Sports" came along, and even if you didn't know much about sports, you could agree that "Athletics are number one."
5. Gary Brolsma, "Numa Numa"
A completely inadvertent comedy music video, but one that will go down in the internet history books as one of the funniest music videos ever made. A guy named Gary Brolsma used a webcam to record himself singing "Dragostea din te", by Romanian group O-Zone, and the passionate geeky kid throwing himself in so completely to the song captured the heart of the internet immediately.
4. Rebecca Black, "Friday"
Annoying? Maybe. Hilarious? Absolutely! Rebecca Black's viral hit remains the quintessential so-bad-it's-good pop song thanks to masterful lyrics like "Tomorrow is Saturday and Sunday comes after...wards!" Wise words, Rebecca. Wise words.
3. Psy, "Gangnam Style"
Ever since it became THE most popular video on Youtube (by such a huge degree that Youtube had to change their own coding to continue counting the views), you might forget how ridiculously funny it is. Between screaming at butts, the non-stop silly dancing, and the insane outfits, the video makes a catchy song so much better.
2. Lonely Island, "The Creep"
The Lonely Island has created some of the funniest (and catchiest) songs in recent memory, so it's no surprise that their collaboration with Nicki Minaj became an instant classic. This send up of mustachioed pervs is not only hilariously, but also depressingly relatable to anyone that's ever gotten into an uncomfortable conversation with a weirdo at the club.
1. "Weird" Al Yankovic, "Amish Paradise"
The best "comedy music video" is just another way of saying "the best Weird Al video," since Al has been the king of the comedy music scene for over 3 decades now. And through the years, Amish Paradise stands heads and shoulders above the rest - a parody of Coolio's self-serious song about life as an urban gangster, now the same kind of hardcore hip hop beat but about the life of an Amish man. While the premise itself is funny enough to earn a spot, the video (directed by Al himself) takes everything a step further - showing a kid burning in Hell, the "Amish Babes" magazine,and the ridiculous reverse-shot that must have taken forever to get just right.
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