Science fiction is a unique genre in the sense that it often treads the line between reality and fantasy.
This also leads to sci-fi movies having both serious moments as well as absurd and unrealistic ones. However, sci-fi culture has also been the inspiration for incredibly inventive and hilarious musical numbers! To show you some of our favorites, here is our list of the 10 Greatest and Funniest Songs in Sci-Fi:
“The Saga Begins” by “Weird Al” Yankovic
As one of the most popular science fiction franchises of all-time, Star Wars has rightfully earned a spot in the zeitgeist as an incredibly engaging and intense series of films. By combining this serious nature with hilarious lyrics and a parody of the famous song “American Pie,” “Weird Al” Yankovic points out some of the funniest plot holes in the series.
“In the Year 2525” by Zager & Evan
When many people think of the future, they often think of technology becoming so advanced that the world is completely changed. Though the world has changed as a result of technological advances, our modern-day society is certainly different than what we thought it would be! This hilarious song by the duo Zager & Evans addresses this, continually going further into the future to show how humanity will eventually not have to do anything as a result of computers taking over the world.
“Star Trekkin'” by The Firm
Star Trek is one of those sci-fi series that will always hold cultural significance to many people. It is also the most serious franchise out there, boasting a strong history of politics and civil rights activism. This is what makes “Star Trekkin'” such a funny song! It is not afraid to put some humor into the universe, with a claymation music video driving the comedic point home.
“Bushes of Love” by Bad Lip Reading
The relationship that Obi-Wan has with Luke Skywalker in Star Wars is almost paternal, with Obi-Wan guiding Luke on his journey to become a Jedi master. However, there is just something so hilarious about Obi-Wan telling him about a supposed origin story involving a “chicken head with duck feet”!
“Woodpeckers from Space” by VideoKids
Though cartoons are present in some science fiction franchises, they often aren’t as goofy as you might think they would be. This song from VideoKids changes the formula pretty distinctly, juxtaposing sci-fi imagery with a cartoon noise that resembles Woody the Woodpecker!
“Goodbye Moonmen” from Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty is one of the best sci-fi shows currently airing on television, effortlessly combining heartfelt storytelling with an effortless sense of humor. The song “Goodbye Moonmen” is a great example of this, referencing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” to give a hilarious goodbye to some of the show’s most absurd characters.
“Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?” from The Guild
In our digital world, many people meet others through their avatars before actually connecting face-to-face. This song from The Guild talks about the absurdity of that dynamic, going in-depth about what it happens when people date through online gaming networks.
“Seagulls (Stop it Now)” by Bad Lip Reading
For those involved in science fiction fandoms, Bad Lip Reading is one of the most popular viral internet sensations. The song “Seagulls (Stop it Now)” is probably their most well-known production, featuring a hilariously bad portrayal of Luke’s conversation with Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s also surprisingly catchy!
“Marvin I Love You” by Stephen Moore
Marvin the Paranoid Android is probably one of the most iconic robots in all of science fiction. This is why Stephen Moore’s song about the character is just so hilarious. By professing his love to Marvin, Moore is able to talk about some of the most absurd things about love.
“Klingon Style” by Comediva
This Star Trek-themed parody of “Gangam Style” is guaranteed to have you laughing. The costumes are spot-on, but our favorite part is the fact that the song’s lyrics are actually in the Klingon language!