Grease’s “We Go Together” and 9 Other Classic Movie Songs Parodied
The world of song parodies is quite large as virtually all of the top 40 hits of the last seventy years of music have seemingly been ridiculed and mocked to death. The same goes for songs that have become iconic thanks to their role on the big screen.
Songs have always been a crucial part of the silver screen. After all, an entire Oscar category is dedicated to them, and whether they were featured in the credits or incorporated into the film’s plot itself, many of them became the biggest hits of their time. Musicals like Fat to superhero surprises like batman forevermany of cinema’s most iconic songs have received numerous parodies.
ten “We Go Together” – American Dad
“We Go Together” will always be best known for its bop nature in the classic 1978 musical, Fat. However, the melody also lends itself well to parody, given its pop and lyrically silly character.
In the season six episode of american dad, “Home Wrecker”, the song receives a parody in the form of an entire musical number from the entire Smith family. It captures the spirit of the original melody very well and shows that Bob’s Burgers isn’t the only animated comedy that can burst into song.
9 “Belle” – The Tonight Show
Most recently, Jimmy Fallon and John Legend renewed their comedy collaborations to mark the first anniversary of COVID-19 sending the world into lockdown. They mixed their voices for a parody of “Belle” by The beauty and the Beast.
The song, however, was titled “March Again”. It might sound like they were parodying “Human Again” from the stage show, but the song “Belle” is monotonous and fits the quarantine rehearsal well.
8 “City of Stars” – Golden Globes
As a comedic man of song and dance, “Belle” isn’t the only movie song that Jimmy Fallon has parodied. When he hosted the Golden Globes in 2017, he also enlisted Justin Timberlake and fellow SNL alum Tina Fey for a parody of “City of Stars” by The Earth.
Of course, the whole thing is really brought together by the hair clip that makes Fallon’s hair look like Ryan Gosling’s in the movie. It wouldn’t have felt right to play those notes on the piano without it.
seven “Rainbow Connection” – The Muppets
Leave it to the Muppets to make a movie parody of their most famous movie song. When “Rainbow Connection” is sung by Kermit the Frog in The puppet movieit is executed very seriously.
However, when he receives a new visit in 2011 The Muppets, it’s actually twisted to be a bargain song. Fozzie Bear ends up becoming the crooner instead and he’s also backed by a parody band: The Moopets. Fortunately, the film crescendos with a correct blanket.
6 “A Spoonful of Sugar” – Arrested Development
The entire trope of a silly, frilly nanny coming to help fix a family is ridiculed by Tobias on Development stopped, as he becomes the Mary Poppins-Mrs. Doubtfire hybrid creation, Mrs. Featherbottom.
During this story arc, Tobias parodies the classic Married poppins ditty, “A Spoonful of Sugar,” in a dodgy way, at best. It certainly contains misleading phrases that Disney would never have allowed from the Sherman Brothers.
5 “You’re a Bad Guy, Mr. Grinch” – Just Shoot Me
From the classic holiday movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” almost sounds like a parody song itself. It contains lyrics of around thirty-nine and a half feet, which is definitely rare in popular music these days.
As such, it lends itself very well to being twisted and lyrically altered to fit other equally wicked and cruel characters. This is the case of Dennis Finch, David Spade’s secretary on just shoot me. In the season three holiday episode, the song matches the line “You’re a bad guy, Mr. Finch”, as he attempts to sabotage the holiday spirit for his co-workers.
4 “Oompa Loompa Song” – The Office
Continuing on the sitcom train, Office was known for his myriad of parody songs. Michael’s “Goodbye Toby” remains iconic. However, he tried his hand at film songs when Andy Bernard applied his A Capella skills to the “Oompa Loompa Song” from Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory.
It’s a triumphant song (only for Andy) after he thinks he’s gotten Dwight fired from Dunder Mifflin. For a while it was the best Willy Wonka parody on Officeuntil Michael disguises himself as a confectioner and nearly brings down the entire Scranton branch.
3 “Kiss of a Rose” – Community
“Kiss from a Rose” is best known as part of the soundtrack to batman forever, becoming a legendary anthem for the romantically-minded DC superhero. A new generation, however, might know the song Seal better for inclusion in “Studies in Modern Movement” by Community.
In this episode, Jeff and the Dean fervently sing the song for video karaoke. But the parody kicks in when Britta, Shirley and the hitchhiker they picked up turn the song into a treatise about Jesus, marijuana and the drinking of human blood.
2 “Spider Pig” – The Simpsons
The biggest pop culture phenomenon of 2007 may well have been Homer Simpson holding his pig to the ceiling in the trailer during The Simpsons movie. Everyone was singing the twisted Spider Man theme song that Homer came up with, which included the phrase “Does everything a Spider-Pig does”.
After more than three decades on the air, The simpsons probably parodied the majority of major musical hits. But this interpretation remains one of their best known.
1 “When You Wish For a Star” – Family Guy
Another Fox animated sitcom might just have the most famous example of a movie song parody. A 2003 episode of family guypresents a parody of the classic Pinocchio song, “When You Wish On A Star”.
There was an attempt to sue Seth Macfarlane and the family guy team on this parody, but he finally went nowhere. Still, it’s a parody relic that hasn’t aged well at all and likely stuck in the very distant past.
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