10 Best Weezer Songs
Weezer stormed onto the scene back in 1994 with their self-titled debut disc, known as “The Blue Album,” which spawned the hits “Undone – The Sweater Song,” “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So.” The effort, which was produced by The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek, sold more than 3 million copies and put the band on the proverbial map.
The Los Angeles band really made a name for themselves with their iconic and amazing music videos, including their Spike Jonze-directed clip for “Buddy Holly.”
Weezer have sold just about 10 million copies of their nine studio albums in North America alone and scored dozens of hits along the way. They’re also one of the headliners at the 2015 Loudwire Music Festival, taking place June 26-28 in Grand Junction, Colo. They continue to make smart, catchy and heavy rock songs with attitude. So, put on your thick black-rimmed glasses, a sweater and check out our list of the 10 Best Weezer Songs.
‘Back to the Shack’
“Back to the Shack” is a standout track off the band’s 2014 album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. The song is all about the band going back to their roots and along the way they take a jab at popular reality singing competitions like American Idol with lines like: “Let’s turn up the radio and turn off those stupid singing shows / I’m aware we need to go back to the shack.” The memorable video for the song features the band rocking out on the moon.
“Dope Nose” is off Weezer’s 2002 album Maladroit. The track was the first single released off the effort and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Modern Tracks chart. The Marcos Siega-directed video for the song features a bearded River Cuomo and his bandmates performing while motorcyclists jump and ride around doing tricks.
“El Scorcho” was the first single released from Weezer’s 1996 album Pinkerton. The disc was the follow-up to The Blue Album, and was initially deemed a flop, but went on to become a cult classic and is many a Weezer fan’s favorite album. The band embraced their darker side and quirkiness on the effort, especially with the now classic “El Scorcho.”
“Buddy Holly” was the second single released off 1994’s “Blue Album.” The song was an immediate smash thanks to its catchy chorus and their memorable Spike Jonze-directed video. The clip features the band performing at Al’s Drive-In diner from the popular 1970s TV show Happy Days. The innovative music video scored the group four MTV Video Music Awards nominations and won two ‘Mooman’ trophies for Best Breakthrough Video and Best Alternative Video.
“Beverly Hills” was the first single off Weezer’s 2005 album Make Believe. The track made an immediate impact and ended up topping Billboard’s Modern Tracks chart. It was the third best-selling digital song of 2005, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Marcos Siega-directed video for the track features the band performing at the Playboy Mansion and features a cameo from Hugh Hefner.
‘My Name is Jonas’
“My Name is Jonas” is the first track off Weezer’s “Blue Album.” The energetic and infectious track kicks off the album in grand fashion with its 6/8 time signature and incredible dynamics ranging from a solo acoustic guitar to an incredibly heavy chord progression. The song is the perfect track to listen to on the way home from work with the memorable line, “The workers are going home” chanted over and over.
“Perfect Situation” is featured on 2005’s Make Believe. The track was a huge hit for the band, topping Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks. The Marc Webb-directed video for the song features actress Elisha Cuthbert fronting a fictitious band named “Weeze.” In the end, Rivers Cuomo takes her spot to the delight of the audience and all the “Weeze” merchandise gets a final “r” written on it to spell out “Weezer.”
‘Say It Ain’t So’
“Say It Ain’t So” was the final single peeled off “The Blue Album.” The classic track was released as a single in the summer of 1995 and climbed to No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 7 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks tally. The song has a very Weezer groove in the verses and cranks up for the heavy and memorable chorus. The subtle video for the track was directed by Sophie Muller and shows the band rocking out in a house before heading out back to play some Hackey Sack. The clip ends with Rivers Cuomo taking a sip out of a kid’s juice box.
“Hash Pipe” is off Weezer’s self-titled third effort, also known as “The Green Album,” which was released in 2001. The riff-heavy and head-banging track was an immediate hit peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and at No. 24 on the Hot Mainstream Tracks chart. The video for the song features the band performing in a Sumo wrestling ring and is interspersed with footage of Sumo action. The clip was nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards but lost out to Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle).”
‘Undone – The Sweater Song’
“Undone – The Sweater Song” was the first song released from “The Blue Album” back in 1994. The track shows off the band’s metal influences with its dissonant riff and crushing guitar work. The Spike Jonze-directed video was shot in one take and features the band performing in front of a blue backdrop. It culminates with a herd of dogs running through the shot as the band rocks out.