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    Novelty songs are different from most popular songs in that they usually have an invisible expiration date (Like These) with the exception of Christmas Songs and to a lessor extent, Halloween Songs . Pac-Man Fever really mattered in the early 1980s, but it has long since lost it's purpose. Sometimes you can't tell the difference between a novelty song and an odd pop song written on purpose. Songs like 1999 by Prince, Angie Baby by Helen Reddy, 1985 by Bowling For Soup and Who Let The Dogs Out by the Baha Men come to mind.

    Songs like Lindbergh (The Eagle of the U.S.A.) and Lucky Lindy (both 1927) celebrated Charles Lindbergh's historic non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The Streak had it's day in 1974, but by April of that year, the shortcomings of this fad, running naked through public events, were evident, as noted by film star David Niven.

    In Der Fuerhrer's Face and (There'll Be A) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (When the Yanks Go Marching In) meant a lot to freedom loving American people in the 1940s. Even Lorne Green (TV's Bonanza's Ben Cartwright) tried to financially horn in on the Beatles' coming, with his tribute to Ringo, in 1964. And practically everybody bought a C.B. radio when they heard Convoy in 1976. Of course, some Novely tunes are timeless like Junk Food Junkie by Larry Groce and Take This Job and Shove It by Johnny Paycheck.

    Of course not all novelty tunes were about the world around them. Some were very experimental. Richard "Dickie" Goodman took short riffs (now called 'samples') from then-current pop songs to answer by his intreped, fast talking reporter/announcer. His Mr Jaws was a hit in 1975 and The Flying Saucer soared in 1956. Some novelty tunes are new interpretations of the classics, like Richard Cheese's Baby Got Back, and Jessica's Simpson's remake of These Boots Are Made For Walking.

    Ross Bagdasarian, better known as David Seville, used the process of speeding up his voice to create the Halloween hit, Witch Doctor. He further refined the technique to create Alvin, Simon and Theodore, the Chipmonks. With them he created another holiday classic The Chipmonk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late). Mad with power, he built this one-trick novelty bit into a mini empire with a prime time animated TV show.

    The earliest novely song we could find was recorded in the days before CD, Cassette Tapes, even vinyl records. The Laughing Song , followed up with The Whistling Coon ware recorded by ex-slave George Washington Johnson in 1891 on a cylinder. His Laughing Song was probably the highest selling recording of the 19th century. Trying to be as delicate as I can in this PC era is that The Laughing Song apparently recorded his infectious laugh and The Whistling Coon highlighted this happy Black Man's upbeat whistling ability. The first ever actually recorded song that we have proof of was Thomas Edison singing Mary Had A Little Lamb.

    Noone in the world of novelty has had the enormous success of Weird Al Yankovic. He has mocked many of the stars of the 1980s through today, inlcluding Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Eminem, Limp Biskit, Chamillionaire and others. His first breakout near-hit was Another One Rides the Bus, recorded in a bathroom for "just the right echo effect".
-Music Guy

00s Decade - Best Comedy Songs
1. Buy It! White and Nerdy - Weird Al Yancovic
2. Buy It! Baby Got Back - Richard Cheese
3. Buy It! The Hardest Part of Breaking Up (Is Getting Back Your Stuff) - 2ge+her
4. Buy It! She Bang - William Hung
5. Buy It! Because I Got High - Afroman
6. Buy It! FU Right Back - Frankee
7. Buy It! F--- It (I Don't Want You Back) - Eamon
8. Buy It! You + Me = Us (Calculus) - 2ge+her
9. Buy It! Aaron's Party - Aaron Carter
10. Buy It! Osama - Yo' Mama - Ray Stevens
Nineties' Comedy Songs
1. Buy It! Chanukah Song - Adam Sandler
2. Buy It! Amish Paradise - Weird Al Yankovic
3. Buy It! The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
4. Buy It! The Thanksgiving Song - Adam Sandler
5. Buy It! Smells Like Nirvana - Weird Al Yankovic
6. Buy It! This Is Ponderous - 2nu
7. Buy It! Deep, Deep Trouble - The Simpsons
8. Buy It! Meet The Flintsones - The B.C. 52's
9. Buy It! Three Little Pigs - Green Jelly
10. Buy It! Redneck Games - Jeff Foxworthy & Alan Jackson
Eighties' Comedy & Novelty Songs
1. Buy It! Fat - Weird Al Yankovic
2. Buy It! Curly Shuffle - The Jump In The Saddle Band
3. Buy It! Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce
4. Buy It! Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life - Monty Python (Eric Idol)*
* From 1979's Life of Brian
5. Buy It! Because I'm a Blonde - Julie Brown
6. Buy It! Take Off - Bob & Doug McKenzie with Eddie Lee
7. Buy It! Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic
8. Buy It! You Look Marvelous - Billy Crystal
9. Buy It! Meet The Flintstones - Bruce Springstone
10. Buy It! Make My Day - T.G. Sheppard with Clint Eastwood
70s' Novelty Records & Comedy Songs
1. Buy It! Disco Duck - Rick Dees
2. Buy It! King Tut - Steve Martin
3. Buy It! My Balogna - Weird Al Yankovic
4. Buy It! Mr. Jaws - Dickie Goodman
5. Buy It! Earache My Eye - Cheech and Chong
6. Buy It! Shaving Cream - Benny Bell
7. Buy It! The Topical Song - The Barron Knights
8. Buy It! Junk Food Junkie - Larry Groce
9. Buy It! Do You Think I'm Disco - Steve Dahl
10. Buy It! Dead Skink - Loudon Wainwright III
The Sixties'
Weirdest and un-P.C. Songs
1. Buy It! Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles
2. Buy It! In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
3. Buy It! A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
4. Buy It! Star Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix
5. Buy It! If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
6. Buy It! Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
7. Buy It! Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
8. Buy It! Tip-Toe Through the Tulips With Me - Tiny Tim
9. Buy It! I Want My Baby Back - Jimmy Cross
10. Buy It! My Pal Foot Foot - The Shaggs
The Sixties'
Comedy and Novelty songs
1. Buy It! They're Coming To take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - Napoleon XIV
2. Buy It! Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Brian Hyland
3. Buy It! On Top Of Spaghetti - Tom Glazer
4. Buy It! Short Shorts - Royal Teens
5. Buy It! Beep Beep - Playmates
6. Buy It! Tip Toe Through The Tulips - Tiny Tim
7. Buy It! Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor - Lonnie Donegan
8. Buy It! Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah - Allen Sherman
9. Buy It! Leader Of The Laundromat - the Detergents
10. Buy It! Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport - Rolf Harris
The 50s' Best (?)
Novelty & Comedy Songs & Recordings
1. Buy It! Purple People Eater - Sheb Wolley
2. Buy It! Banana Boat (Day-O) - Stan Freberg
3. Buy It! Alvin's Harmonica - The Chipmonks
4. Buy It! Stranded In The Jungle - The Cadets (or The Jayhawks)
5. Buy It! The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane - The Ames Brothers
6. Buy It! The Flying Saucer - Buchanan & Goodman
7. Buy It! The Thing - Phil Harris
8. Buy It! What It Was, Was Football - Andy Griffith
9. Buy It! Uh! Oh! - The Nutty Squirrels
10. Buy It! Nuttin For Christmas - cracked the top 40 in 1955 by Art Mooney & Barry Gordon, Joe Ward, Ricky Zahnd, The Fontane Sisters and Stan Freberg in 1955.
The Pre-1950s' Most Known Children's, Silly, Novelty, Naughty or Comedy Songs & Recordings, In No particular Order
(Often sung by more than just the listed artist)
Buy It! A Chicken Ain't Nothin But a Bird - Cab Calloway
Buy It! Animal Crackers In My Soup - Shirley Temple
Buy It! Bake Dat Chicken Pie - Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan
Buy It! Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrews Sisters
Buy It! Brother Can You Spare A Dime? - Bing Crosby
Buy It! Casey At The Bat - DeWolf Hopper
Buy It! Cigarettes, Whuskey and Wild Women - Red Engle
Buy It! Come Take a Trip On My Air-ship - Billy Murray
Buy It! Daddy Won't Buy Me A Bow-wow - Dan Quinn
Buy It! Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) - various
Buy It! Dem Golden Slippers - Silas Leachman
Buy It! Der Fueherer's Face - Spike Jones
Buy It! Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish - Johnny Payne
Buy It! Grandfather's Clock - Burl Ives
Buy It! I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Ice Cream - Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
Buy It! I'll Lend You Everything I Got, Except My Wife - Bert Williams
Buy It! I'm Against It - Groucho Marx
Buy It! I'm Popeye, The Sailor Man - Billy Costello
Buy It! Indian Love Call - Slim Whitman
Buy It! Inka Dinka Doo - Jimmy Durante
Buy It! Courtroom Catastrophe - Amos and Andy
Buy It! Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - The Four Lads
Buy It! K-K-K-Katy (The Stammering Song) - Billy Murray
Buy It! Last Shot Got Him (Great Bloo-is Song) - Eddie Morton
Buy It! Let's Misbehave - Ben Bernie
Buy It! Mairzy Doates - Merry Macs
Buy It! Makin' Whoopee - Eddie Cantor
Buy It! Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
Buy It! My Own Grandpa - Lonzo and Oscar
Buy It! Oh Death, Where Is Thy Sing? - Bert Williams
Buy It! Shaving Cream - Benny Bell
Buy It! Shoo-Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowty - Dinah Shore
Buy It! Shortnin' Bread - The Andrews Sisters
Buy It! Take Me Out To The Ball Game - Billy Murray and teh Haydn Quartet
Buy It! The Alphabet Song - The Three Stooges
Buy It! The Laughing Sing - George Washington Johnson
Buy It! The Naughty Lady Of Shdy Lane - The Ames Brothers
Buy It! The Spaniard That Blighted My Life - Al Jolson
Buy It! Three Little Fishes - Kay Kyser
Buy It! Tubby the Tuba - Danny Kaye
Buy It! When You Ain't Got No More Money, Well, You Needn't Come Around - Billy Golden
Buy It! Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf - various
Buy It! Would You Rather Be a Colonel With a Eagle On Your Shoulder Or A Private With a Chicken On Your Knee? - Arthur Fields
Buy It! Yes! We Have No Bananas - Ben Selvin
Buy It! You Oughta Be in Pictures - Little Jack Little
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