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First of all, big thanks to everybody that bought (or still intends to buy) Internet LeaksI’ve had a terrific time reading everybody’s reactions to the new songs and videos.

Next up… Sony Legacy will be releasing The Essential “Weird Al” Yankovic on October 27.  This will be a jam-packed 2-CD collection featuring the best of my first 12 studio albums.


Long-time fans know that I’m extremely leery about releasing any kind of hits compilations, but this one is exciting to me for a number of reasons.   First of all, my record label hasn’t released a new hits package since 1994, so, well, it’s about time.   Also, frankly, it’s a pretty great deal.   The good folks at Sony Legacy managed to remove the 12-songs-per-disc ceiling that I usually have, and they’ve allowed me to cram each disc to near capacity.   The MSRP is $15.98 – which I think is a darn good value for over two and a half hours of music!   Of course it will be available at all the usual retailers like Amazon, and it’s available for pre-sale right now at too.

As per usual, the track listing was left entirely up to me, and it was an extremely difficult process.   I wanted to include all the hits, all the fan favorites, and all the historically important songs – but in making my list, I found that I painfully had to omit tunes in all three of those categories.   I wanted this collection to feel like a true “best of” instead of just another generic Greatest Hits package.

Hardcore fans will probably be a little disappointed, because this collection is not specifically geared toward them.   There are no basement tapes, hidden tracks or hard-to-find rarities (unless you count the alternate mixes of “UHF” and “The Night Santa Went Crazy”).   If you already have most or all of my albums, this collection will probably hold little interest for you, unless you’re a completist who just compulsively buys anything with my name on it (bless you, whoever you are).   I should also point out that this collection doesn’t include any tracks from Internet Leaks – it didn’t seem right to include songs on a hits compilation before they had a chance to be on an actual studio album.

The Essential collection is more geared toward the cost-conscious consumer who wants a great “instant Al collection” without having to purchase an armload of my back catalogue.  And of course, The Essential “Weird Al” Yankovic makes a fantastic holiday gift for any and all of your sadly Al-deprived friends and family members!

As I mentioned, it was very tough narrowing down the tracks.   At one point I asked my Twitter followers to help me decide between “Polkas On 45” and “Polka Your Eyes Out.”   The tally was very close… I believe that “Eyes Out” actually got a few more votes, but the fans of “45” in general seemed more passionate about their choice, so I went with that.   Hey, it’s not a democracy, it’s art.

I apologize if I’ve left off any of your favorite songs.   I know that I had to leave off some of mine.  But in the end, I felt like the list below would please the most people… including me.




(Release Date: October 27, 2009)


1. Another One Rides The Bus

2. Polkas On 45

3. Eat It

4. I Lost On Jeopardy

5. Yoda

6. One More Minute

7. Like A Surgeon

8. Dare To Be Stupid

9. Dog Eat Dog

10. Lasagna

11. Melanie

12. Fat

13. UHF (single version)

14. The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota

15. Trigger Happy

16. Smells Like Nirvana

17. You Don’t Love Me Anymore

18. Bedrock Anthem

19. Frank’s 2000″ TV

20. Jurassic Park


1. Since You’ve Been Gone

2. Amish Paradise

3. Gump

4. Everything You Know Is Wrong

5. The Night Santa Went Crazy (extra gory version)

6. Your Horoscope For Today

7. It’s All About The Pentiums

8. The Saga Begins

9. Albuquerque

10. eBay

11. Bob

12. Hardware Store

13. I’ll Sue Ya

14. Canadian Idiot

15. Pancreas

16. Don’t Download This Song

17. White & Nerdy

18. Trapped In The Drive-Thru


  1. Although always considering Al a pure and original comic genius, I thought he was really a soulless jerk and a sellout. I was relieved to find he truly worked his way to the top

  2. Please do one on Owner of a Lonely Heart by Yes. I think Owner of some Lionel Trains fits perfectly — the rambling lyric, the bombastic brass intro to the break, the repeated refrain that sounds like dovening on the Sabbath … I can see you in the video with your engineer’s cap in the middle of a basement railroad layout, with trains having collisions, flying off trestles, etc.

    • just cool guy,we like u alot,ur a plain person,god bless u.

    • “Owner of a Lonely Heart”? Didn’t Al include that in one of his concerts as “Owner of a Grocery Cart”? Maybe I’m thinking of something I heard of Dr Demento way back, but I thought I heard Al sing it when he toured w/ the Monkees.

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    Great picks Al! I’m one of those who will buy anything with your name on it! Going to Amazon now to purchase!

  3. Just like to say Al, I’m one of your UK fans. I recently headed off to America, and I picked up this awesome album. Glad to know USA Albums will work with my player.

  4. Why don’t you do a full beatle album parody like ‘please please thank you’ or “weird al” for sale and toucan avian break the 12 song limit

  5. I still think Marilyn Manson without make up looks like weird Al….just saying.

  6. looks like you did ok, weird al

    • lmfao is better

  7. I LOVE WEIRD AL!!!!!!!!! Hes my idiol! I want to meet him sooooooooooooooooooooooo badly! Btw i know EVERY THING about him!

    • I met him at one of his concerts. He’s awesome!

  8. Weird Al should come out with a new album and call it “Weird Al-bum”

  9. So Al,
    Just so you know You are my idol and I might go to your Michigan concert.

  10. I think it’s great you have another Greatest Hits album on the way! Kudos to you and your entire career, keeping us all smiling. No matter what the genre du jour may be, you’re always right on top of it, with gusto and charm.

    Now, if only your cameo on THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD had included an original song… Even so, you got to dance with Scooby-Doo, and their aren’t many folks that can say that anymore.

  11. My son (13) discovered your music late last year. We got him the Essentials for Christmas, he loves it and is a huge fan. Thanks for all your hard work 🙂

  12. please do a “gold digger” parody!!! “YOU AINT NOTHIN BUT A HOG KILLR (KILLA)”….whatever floats your boat!

  13. Love it! I just thought of another song idea. What about “I wear my son’s glasses at night?”

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  15. you pobably hear this millions of times .. but i have been kicking this around for a while but i have a song i wrote that i think you will love..i need someone to sing it..first person i thaught of was you..if interested can u contact me.

  16. my sister and I always listen to Amish Paradise in the car……LOVE IT!!!!!!

  17. lmfao is nothing compared to you

  18. Dear al I want you to come to New York and play a show at P.S.149 please al and if yes sing these songs Angry with white boy polka,Gump,Cnr, Polka face, Living with a hernia, and Stop forwerding that crap to me Ok?

  19. I have a thing I listen music to and I think what song to listen to and it comes to me wight and nerdy and when I’m online I only want to listen to inactive which is the best song I have heard yet Thank you for such amazing songs ans I am wondering if you are a christian which I am so call me at 834 5010 thanks!!!!!!

  20. Me again You are the best guy and I want you to tell your children I said hi thanks 🙂

  21. Sorry I keep on bothering you but thank you for all of your time to read the comments and please write to me 14227 Elder Ave Grant Mi 49327 thank you for your time to make these awesome songs!!!! I am your biggest fan ever!!!!

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