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A novelty song is a usually intentionally humorous song, usually in published or recorded form. These songs may take the form of a parody, or a comedic take on current events or fads and may defy the usual categorization of music, or may not even be music. Many use unusual lyrics, subjects, or instrumentation. Novelty songs are frequently unexpected hits, and may bring their authors or singers unexpected, though often temporary, fame.

Some novelty songs are the work of 'one hit wonders', but some mainstream artists do occasional novelties, and a few artists have made successful careers out of novelty songs. Sometimes a novelty song may be made by a singer famous in another sphere, such as comedians, actors, or even sports stars.


Examples of novelty songs:

"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" by Brian Hyland
"Alley Oop" by The Hollywood Argyles (Gary Paxton)
"Along Came Jones" by The Coasters
"The Streak" by Ray Stevens
"Another One Rides the Bus" by "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Witch Doctor" by Ross Bagdasarian
"Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley
"Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett
"Ape Call" by Nervous Norvus
"Transfusion" by Nervous Norvus
"Beep Beep (Little Nash Rambler)" by The Playmates
"They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Ha!" by Napoleon XIV
"King Tut" by Steve Martin and the Toot Uncommons
"Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" by The Royal Guardsmen
"Wet Dreams" by Kip Adotta
"Disco Duck" by Rick Dees
"Elvis Was a Narc" by Pinkard & Bowden
"Funky Moped" by Jasper Carrott, which reached the top of the charts entirely because of the obscene parody of The Magic Roundabout on the B-side.
"Star Trekkin'" by The Firm
"Do the Bartman" by Bart Simpson
"The Ying-tong song" by The Goons
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog
"The Curly Shuffle" by Jump 'n the Saddle
"Du The Dudek" by The Trophy Boyz
"Super Bowl Shuffle" by members of the Chicago Bears
"Van Lingle Mungo" by Dave Frishberg
"Mexican Radio" by Wall of Voodoo
"Agadoo" by Black Lace
"Aliens Really Stink" by UFO Phil

Disc jockeys who feature novelty songs:

  • Dr. Demento

Performers well known for novelty songs

The Arrogant Worms
The Goodies (UK)
Spike Jones
Cledus T. Judd
Legendary Stardust Cowboy
Roger Miller
Pinkard & Bowden
Luke Ski
Ray Stevens
Tiny Tim
UFO Phil
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Brobdingnagian Bards

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