Song parodies are a fun, creative way of paying tribute to the original artist while creating something new at the same time, and they’re even more fun (at least for book nerds like me) when they also pay tribute to books and libraries. While online, I’ve stumbled along a few videos that I’ve really enjoyed and hope you do too!
“Unread Books” Presented by Pogona Creative and the Orange Public Library in association with Chapman University: a parody of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”
First of all, the original song is familiar and catchy, so even if you’re a crazy person who doesn’t like libraries or books in general (seriously, what’s wrong with you?), it would still be worth watching for the tune and creative twist on matching each of the syllables of the original lyrics to new ones that fit the theme. But for most of us, we can enjoy celebrating some classic literature and watching some of our favorite characters and villains coming to life, in a library no less! This video was brought to my attention by a For Reading Addicts post, and apparently, this video was originally published to celebrate National Library Week, which is April 9-15!
“All About the Books” by Nashville Public Library: parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”
Speaking of libraries, the Nashville Public Library created this parody to demonstrate to the public how easy it is to have access to all kinds of things – print books, ebooks, audiobooks, downloadable magazines – with a simple free library card. There are quite a few “All About the Books” parodies of Meghan Trainor’s song, but this is one of my favorites. I’m probably just biased, working at a library and all.
“Read It All” by Wafflebox: a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”
This is like my life. ‘Nuff said. Just watch.
“Check It Out” by The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library: a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”
Another video celebrating National Library Week, but also paying tribute to Taylor Swift’s support of public libraries and literacy. Celebrating all the items you can borrow from a library for free, books, DVDs, music CDs, it also pays tribute to bookmobiles, a not as widely known or appreciated library service.
“Gandalf!” by Library Bards: another “Shake it Off” parody
This song focuses on just The Hobbit. Need you want more? Watch all of your favorite characters from Tolkien’s prologue to The Lord of the Rings come to life with dance and song!
“The Saga Begins” by Weird Al Yankovich: A parody of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”
Any Star Wars fans will be thrilled to see Weird Al’s take on how the Star Wars Saga begins. If you haven’t seen Star Wars yet, what are you waiting for? Go see it and then watch this video.
“Grammar Got Run Over” by Library Bards: a parody of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”
Join the Library Bards during an AA Meeting (Authors Anonymous) with a variety of classic writers – Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austen, Maya Angelou, Harper Lee, and others. Hear them sing their concerns about not using proper grammar and why syntax is important.
Here are a couple more worth mentioning:
- “Sorry (a library song)” by Mary Evelyn Smith: a parody of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”
- “All About the Books” by The Mount Desert Island High School: Another Parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Base”
And just for fun, here are some Harry Potter House Songs by Not Literally:
- We R Slytherins
- Sorted This Way
- “Smarter” Trailer – it’s coming soon (not soon enough!)