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10 Hilarious Star Wars Parody Songs

"Weird Al" is coming to Comedy Bang! Bang! this spring.

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Since the release of the original Star Wars in 1977, denizens of a galaxy far, far away have been comedy fodder for parodists. Whether it’s your coworker’s awkward Yoda impression or a feature-length Mel Brooks film, George Lucas’ space opera has garnered quite a few snarky jabs, many of them set to music.

With “Weird” Al (no stranger to Star Wars parody tunes) joining Comedy Bang! Bang! as the new bandleader and co-host, we thought it was time to pay tribute to the many hilarious Star Wars song parodies released in the last four decades with a video and a lyrical highlight from each.

1. “Yoda,” Weird Al Yankovic

I saw the little runt sitting there on a log
I asked him his name, and in a raspy voice he said, “Yoda”
Y-O-D-A, Yoda
Yo Yo Yo Yo Yoda


2. “Let It Flow,” Box Step Productions

Fire grows bright on this planet tonight
Not a Jedi to be seen
A galaxy gripped in turmoil
And I’ve knocked up the ex-Queen


3. “Moves Like Jabba,” Break Originals

So eat them frogs
Cuz this won’t end nice
Grab this chain, ooh Jabba, take your life


4. “All About That Base,” Nerdist

The Emperor told me not to worry about the size
He says, “It’s not like it’d be blown up twice by the same Jedi”
And no I won’t be no Sith-fighting Jedi like Obi-Wan
So if that’s what you’re into Stormtrooper, then move along
Because you know, I’m all about that base
No Rebels


5. “Cantina a Capella,” Scott Aukerman and Paul F. Tompkins

Rah pah pup dup dup dah dah
Daddle dah duh duh dahhh


6. “Star Wars Cantina,”Richard Cheese

Her name was Leia
She was a princess
With a danish on each ear
And Darth Vader drawing near


7. “Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition,” UAT Digital Video

I’m just a slave boy
Qui-Gon’s come to free me
He is the chosen one from the prophecy
Spare him his life from this captivity


8. “Happy (We Are From Tatooine),” Star Wars Tunisia

C-3PO: It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
Stormtrooper: I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way


9. “The Saga Begins,” Weird Al Yankovic

Oh my, my, this here Anakin guy
May be Vader someday later
Now he’s just a small fry
And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
Sayin’, “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”
“Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”


10. Oscar Isaac’s acoustic cover of Bill Murray’s lounge cover of “Star Wars”

Star Wars
Nothin’ but Star Wars
Gimme those Star Wars
Any old day

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