I've even sometimes managed to write what I'd call "perfect" parodies, where the entire song had the right number of beats, accent on the correct beat/syllable, etc. (and I've seen plenty of parodies that don't do that).
When I hated a song and heard it constantly on the radio, I'd turn it into a dirty parody. Another time, when I was taking a humor writing class (taught by Ann Landers' daughter), I turned "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" into "Kenneth Starr Is Coming to Town." Yes, the class took place during the Clinton years, and this was around Christmas time.
My bird, Grace, likes me to sing to her, so sometimes I'll do a parody of part of a song to sing it about her (her favorite). Grace is a parrotlet, so I'll sing:
Take me down to the parrotlet city Where the birds are green, and oh so pretty, Take me home.
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