Five Christmas Novelty Songs


It’s the Friday before Christmas! Next Friday is, of course, Christmas, and I was wracking (I think that’s how you spell it) my brain for what kind of Friday Five I could do. So I went back to this post from last year, where I chose ten Christmas novelty songs (or, in the holiday spirit, Noëlty songs) and chose five of them. I had already used a couple, and a couple aren’t actually songs, so that left six, of which I chose all the ones that weren’t “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” Enjoy!

  1. Christmas At Ground Zero – Weird Al Yankovic: Christmas meets the Cold War in this classic.
  2. The Chipmunk Song – Alvin and the Chipmunks with David Seville: Another classic by Ross Bagdasarian, also known as David Seville. He had hits before this (e.g. “Witch Doctor“), but this was the first song by Alvin and the Chipmunks (all of whom he voiced), released during the Christmas season of 1958.
  3. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth – Spike Jones and his City Slickers: From The Spike Jones Christmas Album, the classic story of a little boy knocking his teeth out, as little boys are often wont to do.
  4. A Christmas Carol – Tom Lehrer: As is usually case with Professor Lehrer, this contains a healthy dose of social commentary.
  5. Jingle Bells – The Singing Dogs: The “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” of its day. It’s just not Christmas for me until I hear this one.

A couple of programming notes:

  • Exactly one year ago today, I announced that was post #600. This is post #1037. Just thought you’d like to know.
  • The Friday Five is taking a week off next Friday (Christmas Day). There will be a post, just not a Friday Five. SO… this is the last Friday Five of 2015. It will return on New Year’s Day. You have been warned…