Love that song! Weird Al is a genius, and he made a great tune with horrid lyrics into a great tune with great lyrics.
There’s a number of terrible songs with awesome music that could use a revamp.
I know a bunch that I remember from my parent’s listening to Oldies/Classic Hits stations (back when oldies didn’t include stuff like Prince. You know you’ve become an ‘old person’ when the oldies stations now play 1980’s stuff. Couldn’t they at least separate them or something? Oldies for Boomers and ‘Retro’ foe X-ers?)… I always found “Treat Her Like a Lady” (The Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose) pretty soulfully groovy, catchy and ear-wormy but the lyrics are incredibly condescending and describe the so-called “Nice Guy” dating strategy (Women are these fragile, over-sensitive things and you need to be nice to her, so she’ll let you get in her panties.
Other examples are “MacArthur Park”; Which is a good song if you remove the stupid lyrics which were falsetto-warbled by Richard Harris. Everyone hates “MacArthur Park” due to the lyrics and singing but the music is pretty good.
“My Sharona” needs the bits stating that the hot babe in question is an UNDERAGED KIDDO!
Actually all generations have great-sounding songs with terrible lyrics and messages.
Also; Some great tunes are actually crappy if you just remove some musical elements. I never realized this before but… but removing that awesome guitar riff from “Spirit In The Sky” (a song I actually enjoy) makes the song incredibly lame (And it was actually a satire of Christian Rock, not a straight example. Norman Greenbaum was an Orthodox Jew).