Alvin and the Chipmunks Songs

Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack
Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack

As some of the most popular animated characters since their 1958 creation, Alvin and the Chipmunks songs are often a favorite of parent and child alike. The group features three chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore) who are managed by human Dave.

About Alvin and the Chipmunks

A group of three singing chipmunks, each character has its own personality. Alvin is often thought of as the center of the group and is mainly at the center of Dave's frustrations. He is a troublemaker with a capital T and often comes up with foolish schemes that make Dave scream his classic catchphrase "Alvin!!!" when realizing that Alvin was behind the matter. Simon is thought to be the smartest of the bunch - he has a high IQ and wears blue with glasses. He plays numerous instruments and is often involved in Alvin's schemes unintentionally. Theodore is the plumpest of the three and can be immature at times. He is sweet and wears green. Often, he is looked at to play middleman between the other chipmunks in fights. As the manager of the bunch, Dave Seville is calm and collected. He plays the piano and, unlike the group, is a human.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Songs

The Chipmunks collective are known for many songs. Some of the more popular tracks include:

  • The Witch Doctor
  • The Chipmunk Song (Please Christmas Don't Be Late)
  • We're The Chipmunks
  • Alvin's Harmonica
  • Good Morning Song
  • The Alvin Twist
  • Sing Again With The Chipmunks
  • Alvin's Orchestra
  • The Brave Chipmunk
  • The Alvin Show Theme
  • Crashcup Invents the Bathtub
  • A Visit From France

The Witch Doctor

The song was originally created by Ross Badasarian, Sr. using a double speed recording engineering method. The song later become a popular hit by the Chipmunks themselves, topping the charts at number one and was featured in an episode of The Alvin Show.

The Chipmunk Song (Please Christmas Don't Be Late)

Released in 1958, The Christmas Song (Please Christmas Don't Be Late) is the most popular song by the Chipmunks and won three Grammy awards in comedy performance, children's recording and engineering. Arguably the ensemble's most popular number, the song shot to number one on the charts - a feat no other Christmas song has since been able to do. The song has also been featured by characters in numerous movies such as Look Whose Talking Now and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur. The song is also thought to be a parody of other popular Christmas songs.

Alvin and the Chipmunk Albums

Through the years, Alvin and the Chipmunks have released several popular albums, including:

  • The Alvin Show
  • Around the World with the Chipmunks
  • The Chipmunks Songbook
  • Christmas With the Chipmunks
  • Let's All Sing With The Chipmunks
  • A Very Merry Chipmunk
  • When You Wish Upon a Chipmunk
  • The Chipmunks and the Chipettes: Born to Rock
  • Let's All Sing with the Chipmunks
  • Sing Again with The Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks Movie Soundtracks

In addition to their past albums, television shows and performances, Alvin and the Chipmunks have been featured in two CGI-based movies. The first movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks features additional songs on its soundtrack, including:

  • Funkytown
  • Only You (And You Alone)
  • Bad Day
  • Follow Me Now
  • Ain't Not Party

The series' second film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel, also features

  • Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
  • The Song
  • Shake Your Groove Thing
  • I Want to Know What Love Is
  • We Are Family
  • You Really Got Me

Final Thoughts

For many who grew up with Alvin and the Chipmunks in their lives, Alvin and the Chipmunks songs are an important part of childhood memories. Like songs from Glee or Disney, the songs are part of something bigger than just an album. The songs inspire a certain sense of enjoyment in listeners that is carried throughout all of the songs. This enjoyment is carried over into the film soundtracks, inspired by the joy that Alvin and the Chipmunks in all their incarnations created.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks Songs