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Not better… just funnier. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the "Top 10 YouTube Parody Singers."
For this list, we’re looking at the most creative and popular parody musicians working their magic on YouTube. The channel does not have to directly spoof pop songs, but the tracks have to be based on a pre-existing brand.
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#10: Screen Team
From video games to the latest blockbusters, this hilarious couple refuses to limit their inspiration to a single medium. While the channel's content extends across a wide variety of genres, parody songs remain Screen Team's bread and butter. The brainchild of Chad Nikolaus and Angie Griffin, Screen Team completely embrace nerd and cosplay culture, with the channel's music videos reimagining pop songs from the perspective of beloved iconic characters. For those who always craved to see Harley Quinn cover Taylor Swift or the God of Thunder borrow a page from Imagine Dragons' book, Screen Team was made for you.
#9: Dave Days
YouTube's most subscribed musician in 2010 and 2011, this left-handed guitarist gained internet fame by parodying Miley Cyrus, leading to the pop star actually making a cameo in one of Dave Days' videos. With over 200 uploads and wracking up an impressive 1.5 million subscribers, Dave was the first YouTube personality to be signed by DigiTour Media to serve as a headliner for the company's 2012 tour. From the likes of Justin Timberlake to Beyoncé, Dave Days has parodied everyone worth parodying, but the musician's most famous contribution has to be the collaboration with Rebecca Black for the sequel to "Friday."
Founded in 2011 as a celebration of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series, notliterally eventually expanded its reach to other successful series like Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and The Hunger Games. While much of the channel's content involves mock behind-the-scenes interviews of famous fictional characters, the group has equally produced numerous fantastic music videos that merge popular songs with beloved fandoms. Whether parodying Simon and Garfunkel or paying homage to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, notliterally's passion for the subject matter can be felt in every single frame, be it musical or otherwise...
#7: Give Heart Records – Nathan Sharp
Established by Nathan Sharp and Shawn Christmas, Give Heart Records is an independent record label with a current line-up consisting of NateWantsToBattle, Cristina Vee, Ghost Fight, and Andrew Stein. All four are supremely talented, but NateWantsToBattle deserves a special mention for the musician's tributes to Steven Universe, Ocarina of Time, and Five Nights at Freddy's. In comparison with some of the other entries in the list, the majority of Nathan Sharp's work tends to play it straight, but the singer's powerful voice and fantastic production elevate the songs to the next level. Besides, who doesn’t love a Pokémon parody?
In the world of the internet, CollegeHumor barely needs an introduction. Founded by Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen in the late 90s, the comedy website has published an extensive array of highly-rated comics, articles, and videos; but CollegeHumor's parody songs are something special. While there aren’t nearly as many of them as we would like, the website's tracks tend to be among the most polished and hilarious on the web. In 2014, CollegeHumor collaborated with the king of parody himself, "Weird Al" Yankovic, to produce a music video for the icon's newest album, so that is also a point in the channel's favor.
#5: Man on the Internet
Sure, someone could choose to gently mock a Katy Perry or Lady Gaga song, but Man on the Internet has loftier aspirations. Fueled by an unbridled passion for Toby Fox's critically acclaimed role-playing game, Undertale the Musical is a 41-part theatrical adaptation that follows the "True Pacifist Route." Bolstered by an excellent voice cast and appropriately grandiose instrumentals, Man on the Internet's musical carries listeners on an intense journey that offers a completely unique experience—one that serves as a sublime soundtrack to Fox's RPG. With Undertale out of the way, the channel turned its attention to Chrono Trigger.
#4: The Hillywood Show
Starring two sisters, Hannah and Hilly Hindi, The Hillywood Show has been a staple of YouTube since the platform's earliest days, amassing over a million subscribers! Focusing on the latest blockbusters and hit TV series, The Hillywood Show crafts song or dance parodies that ape the source material's visual style in the form of an amazing music video. Inaugurated with a multi-party Twilight spoof series, since then, Hillywood has widened its net and parodied the likes of The Vampire Diaries, Hunger Games, Supernatural, and Netflix's Stranger Things. Showing no signs of slowing down, Hannah and Hillary should be bringing the laughter for years to come.
Inspired by mainstream and social media, Antonius and Vijay Nazareth's channel opted to go down the musical route rather than straight-up parodies. AVbyte became an overnight sensation after collaborating with the Vlogbrothers for a musical satirizing Tumblr, but the brothers tend to truly shine when tributing popular brands like Doctor Who and Assassin's Creed. In 2012, AVbyte released a wonderful Disney-themed production that went viral and caught the attention of mainstream publications like the Huffington Post and Mashable. From biting social commentary to insightful behind-the-scenes videos, Avbyte has gifted the world with parody gold.
#2: The Key of Awesome
Previously known as Barely Political, The Key of Awesome produces music-themed sketches that showcase the comedic talents of Mark Douglas. Launched during the presidential run for the 2008 election, the channel gained notoriety with its Obama Girl series, which garnered enough attention to warrant a mention by the big man himself. With over a hundred spoofs of famous tracks alongside a host of other politically and socially-charged series, The Key of Awesome was a trendsetter for YouTube parody channels and managed to keep up the pace for over a decade!
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
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#1: Bart Baker
YouTube hardly lacks for spoof accounts, but there can only be one Bart Baker. Ever since establishing the channel in 2006, the comedian's parodies have been considered a mainstay on the platform and, across the years, Baker's videos have accumulated over 3 billion views. With high production value, elaborate music videos, and frequent crossovers with other famous YouTube personalities, it’s little wonder that Baker’s channel has amassed over 10 million subscribers. Whenever a song becomes huge, it is only a matter of time before Bart Baker parodies it.