With every holiday, whether it is Kwanzaa, St. Patrick's Day, or Christmas, there is a song that comes with it. And, with every holiday song, there is a parody of that song. Talented recording artists have even written original funny holiday songs. These hilarious musical gems give people yet another reason to rejoice when holidays arrive.
While there is no shortage of funny Christmas songs, these are some of the best tunes new and old.
|1.||Present Face||Garfunkel & Oates|
|2.||Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer||Elmo & Patsy||Music, Lyrics|
|3.||Nuttin' for Christmas||Barry Gordon||Music, Lyrics|
|4.||Christmas at Ground Zero||Weird Al Yankovic||Music, Lyrics|
|5.||The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)||The Chipmunks||Music, Lyrics|
|6.||Redneck 12 Days of Christmas||Jeff Foxworthy||Music, Lyrics|
|7.||We Four Lads of Liverpool Are (sung to the tune of We Three Kings)||Public domain||Lyrics|
|8.||Santa Claus Is Tapping Your Phone (sung to the tune of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town)||Public domain||Lyrics|
|9.||Deck the Malls (sung to tune of Deck the Halls)||Public domain||Lyrics|
|10.||Jingle Bells (with funny lyrics)||Public domain||Lyrics|
The video for Present Face is particularly hilarious and notable for its many cameos of some popular young comedic Hollywood stars:
Adam Sandler introduced this holiday classic in the '90s during his stint on Saturday Night Live. Sandler takes a comical look at another winter holiday: the Jewish celebration called the Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah, which dates back to ancient Israel. The song became such a hit that even those unfamiliar with Judaism embraced the song's lyrics enthusiastically.
- The Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler
Jeff Marx, the creator of the irreverent hit Broadway show Avenue Q, accomplishes two things with this clever song. He pokes fun at the clumsy way that Caucasian people try to show respect for Kwanzaa, and he performs an earnest and warm-hearted musical tribute to African-American culture.
- White Kwanzaa by Jeff Marx
Creepy Todd's Valentine's Day Song is a hilarious and inventive take on the traditional romantic serenade -- so much so that only a video viewing does it justice:
St. Patrick's Day
This Irish version of Danny Boy performed for St. Patrick's Day by The Muppets might be one of the funniest holiday song performances of all time.
- Danny Boy by The Muppets
Gene Autry, the country singer and songwriter responsible for the legendary holiday song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, also penned a cute little Easter song that is charming, amusing, and a fun diversion from the usual holiday fare. Like all good country songs, it also tells an entertaining story that both children and adults can enjoy.
- The Funny Little Bunny by Gene Autry
The 4th of July
Proud patriotic songs are fantastic, but sometimes it helps to lighten the mood. Pavement's No More Kings uses a creative dose of indie rock to tell the story of America's independence while Dr. Chorizo's quirky Happy Fourth of July Song takes a comedic and slightly nostalgic look at the way Americans celebrate their independence each year.
While this holiday is more about fun costumes and lots of candy, there are also some fantastic tunes associated with it thanks mostly to Hollywood. Besides the classic retro hit from Boris Pickett, some of the funniest Halloween-themed songs have come from blockbuster films:
- Monster Mash by Boris Pickett
- Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. (from the movie Ghostbusters)
- This is Halloween by Danny Elfman (from The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Laughter Is the Best Medicine
Not everyone enjoys holidays when they come around. In fact, some holiday seasons are difficult for people for various reasons. This is what makes funny holiday songs wonderful. They allow a person to lighten up, make fun of themselves and their culture a little, and, the most important thing of all, laugh.