The 10 Best Parry Gripp Songs of All-Time

Parry Gripp is an American singer-songwriter. Once upon a time, he was best known for being the frontman of the geek rock band Nerf Herder. However, Gripp has since seen explosive success because of his novelty songs aimed at children. As such, interested individuals might recognize him because of either reason.

Here is our opinion of the ten best Parry Gripp songs ever released:

10. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the more influential shows of the late 1990s and early 2000s. This is particularly true for fans of speculative fiction. As such, it is fitting that Nerf Herder was the band that performed its theme song.

9. “Do You Like Waffles?”

“Do You Like Waffles?” deserves a sizable portion of the credit for Gripp’s success as a solo musician. After all, much of his momentum has come from the Internet. In that context, “Do You Like Waffles?” is relevant because its animated music video went viral. Something that did much to make Gripp’s name known, thus making it easier for his subsequent efforts to make an impression on his target audience.

8. “Walk Like an Ewok”

Unsurprisingly, Gripp is a Star Wars fan. Nerf Herder comes from a line in The Empire Strikes Back. The term was meant as an insult, which worked well because livestock herders have been regarded as low-status individuals in a wide range of cultures. In any case, “Walk Like an Ewok” is a Star Wars-based song. Some of its lyrics are lifted from the titular aliens’ celebratory song at the end of Return of the Jedi.

7. “Admiral Ackbar’s Party Time Snack Bar”

Similarly, Admiral Ackbar also comes from Star Wars. Specifically, he was the fish-headed alien who commanded the Rebel assault on the second Death Star, meaning he was in the same movie as the Ewoks. Like every Star Wars character of even the slightest importance, his life has been much elaborated upon in Legends material. However, Ackbar tends to be remembered by Internet-goers because of his declaration that the second Death Star was a trap for the Rebels. Something that has seen use in countless memes since. This means “Admiral Ackbar’s Party Time Snack Bar” chose its central character well.

6. “Mr. Spock”

Some sci-fi fans used to get into intense fights over whether Star Wars was better than Star Trek or vice versa. It seems safe to say that Gripp was one of the fans who enjoyed both franchises. “Mr. Spock” came out in 2002, meaning it predated his success as a solo musician by several years. Funny enough, the song isn’t about the titular character. Instead, it uses the titular character as a way to complain about the narrator’s relationship woes.

5. “The Girl Who Listened to Rush”

Gripp’s fondness for media isn’t limited to speculative fiction. For proof, look no further than “The Girl Who Listened to Rush,” a nod of appreciation aimed exactly where one would expect based on the song’s name. It won’t go down in history for being thoughtful and innovative, but it’s surprisingly pleasant to listen to.

4. “Oh Me, Oh My”

“Oh Me, Oh My” pokes fun at people furious at the narrator. Interested individuals might want to check out the music video, which makes it clear that Gripp’s taste for the strange but humorous is far from being a new thing.

3. “This Is the Best Burrito I’ve Ever Eaten”

Burritos have become staples of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. However, they’re more recent inventions than interested individuals might expect. It isn’t 100 percent clear where burritos started being eaten for the first time. Most stories point to some point during the period extending from the late 19th century to the first half of the 20th century. That is more than enough time for the burrito to take off, as shown by the diverse varieties now available to people throughout Mexico, the United States, and beyond. “This Is the Best Burrito I’ve Ever Eaten” is a charming little song that is more or less what it sounds like.

2. “Raining Tacos”

Speaking of which, tacos are another Mexican staple with uncertain origins. They trace their roots to an earlier point in time than burritos, which makes sense because they’re a very natural way to eat. After all, both burritos and tacos are based on tortillas, which spread throughout Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica because maize was one of the foundations of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican agriculture.

Eating handheld tortillas with fillings is an obvious innovation, so much so there’s no way to figure out who did it first. Regardless, “Raining Tacos” has the distinction of being either Gripp’s best-known or one of Gripp’s best-known songs. To a considerable extent, that is because of its popularity on Roblox, which is a game platform and game creation system popular with children for the most part.

1. “Van Halen”

As mentioned earlier, Gripp’s fondness for media isn’t limited to speculative fiction. In 1997, Nerf Herder released “Van Halen,” a song about the titular band that saw a fair amount of airplay. Thanks to that, Gripp and his band members scored their first deal with a major record deal, thus putting them in reach of more opportunities than ever before. In other words, “Van Halen” paved the way for Gripp’s success as a band frontman and a solo musician, meaning it deserves an extra share of recognition for that merit. Funny enough, “Van Halen” isn’t the tribute song it’s sometimes described as. Instead, it’s Nerf Herder expressing their dislike for Sammy Hagar in Van Halen, which is the kind of statement that starts heated arguments among fandoms.

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