Ten Christmas Novelty Songs


Next week is Christmas, of course, and it wouldn’t be appropriate to play novelty Christmas songs on Christmas. I’m pretty sure it’s not appropriate now, either, but anyway…

Music and humor go hand-in-hand, and when you throw Christmas into the mix, the result is sheer madness pure magic. For this list of ten, I looked to one of the truly great names in novelty records, Barry Hansen, better known to all of us as Dr. Demento. I never realized this, but he’s from Minneapolis, which explains a lot. (in all fairness, Mary and I once had a dream of moving to the Twin Cities, and might have if I hadn’t spent so much time there during the winter.) So, what follows are ten of his more popular novelty songs, from his album Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time. Hope you like them.

  • I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas – Gayla Peevey

  • The Twelve Gifts of Christmas – Allan Sherman

  • Christmas at Ground Zero – Weird Al Yankovic

  • All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth – Spike Jones and his City Slickers

  • The Chipmunk Song – Alvin and the Chipmunks featuring David Seville

  • Santa Claus and his Old Lady – Cheech & Chong

  • A Christmas Carol – Tom Lehrer

  • Green Christmas – Stan Freberg

  • Jingle Bells – The Singing Dogs

  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – Elmo and Patsy (What, you thought you’d escape this one?)

And with that… there’s your Thursday Ten for December 18, 2014. And, guess what? This was post #600!

7 thoughts on “Ten Christmas Novelty Songs

  1. I no longer like novelty songs as much as I did when I was a kid. Back then they were my favorites. Now give me the songs that celebrate the real meaning of the season.

    Tossing It Out


    1. The post for this coming Thursday is going to be all more or less traditional songs, although not necessarily the familiar classics. I wanted to get the novelty songs out of the way.


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