It’s pretty easy to get very tired of Christmas songs by the time Christmas rolls around. I mean, how many freaking times can one listen to Silent Night? Uh, no offense to Anyone who might be listening….
There is a reason why you hear Christmas songs endlessly in every store from mid-November until New Years: People spend more money when they hear them! It’s a proven fact. That is why you are going to continue to hear Christmas songs in every public place you visit for at least 6 weeks a year. Merry Christmas, I guess.
Below are the 10 funniest Christmas songs, in our humble opinion, anyway. These are ones you probably don’t hear every time you walk into a Walmart. Thank God.
#10. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas!
This classic will be remembered by people in their 50s and older. It was written by John Rox and was sung by a 10 year-old named Gayla Peevey in 1953. It actually made it to #24 on Billboard’s pop charts in 1953.
Other people who sang a version of this amusing tune were the 3 Stooges, and also Dr. Demento.
What can go wrong with a Christmas song about massaging a ‘hippo hero’? Works for us.
#9. Season’s Greetings from Tarzan, Tonto and Frankenstein
The Tarzan, Tonto and Frankenstein sketch featured Kevin Nealon, John Lovitz and the dearly departed and wonderful Phil Hartman. This was from the glory days of Saturday Night Live in the late 1980s. You could never understand what the hell they were singing, but that’s what made it so damn funny. I really don’t know how they could do this without completely cracking up. The only thing that sucks when you listen to this song is knowing that Phil Hartman is no longer with us.
#8. Bing Crosby and David Bowie Singing Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy
Try to think of the weirdest and most absurd situation you can imagine. Say, Hitler hugging a Jew, or something. Is that offensive? Well, sorry! We kind of lose our marbles when we see this completely bizarre video featuring Bing Crosby singing Christmas classics with rocker David Bowie in the mid-1970s. We don’t really get how the guy who sang ‘Space Oddity’ and the man who crooned hundreds of classic songs from the 30s to the 50s can mix….
You might not think this song is ‘funny,’ but the sheer oddity of these two together makes it a classic in our book.
#7. The Night Santa Went Crazy by Weird Al Yankovic
Weird Al has been singing funny songs making fun of pop culture since the 1970s. What you may not know is he has made a crap load of dough doing it. This guy has sold about 14 million albums since his first comedy song aired in 1976.
As for this funny song, how can you not like a Christmas song with blood, guns and Santa behind bars? It’s definitely very similar to most of our Christmases growing up, let me tell you.
#6. Redneck 12 Days of Christmas by Jeff Foxworthy
Jeff Foxworthy has been doing his ‘You might be a redneck’ routines since 1990. As any good Southerner knows, what is Christmas without shotgun shells, flannel shirts, big mud tires, wrestling tickets, hunting, and parts to a Mustang GT? It most certainly would not be any Christmas we would want to be a part of.
#5. Walking Round in Women’s Underwear, by Bob Rivers
Bob Rivers has been doing radio shows for over 20 years. He’s quite well known for his song parodies. Also, he once did an 11 day radio marathon in 1988. This was where he swore he would not go off the air until the Baltimore Orioles finally won a game during a particularly awful year for his favorite baseball team. Fortunately for Bob, they finally did win a game! And we all win with this classic Christmas parody by Bob Rivers.
#4. O Holy Night, by South Park
This is a great Christmas clip when Kyle shocks Eric with a cattle prod for not singing the words right. Good thing this does not apply to us when we sing Christmas songs or our holidays would pretty much suck. I can never remember the words to half the songs Americans supposedly know by heart.
#3. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, by Dr. Elmo
If there is a classic funny Christmas song, it just might be this great tune from Elmo Shropshire, better known as Dr. Elmo. Elmo is known as a doctor because he is a doctor of veterinary medicine. How many vets sing weird Christmas songs? This one does! He first recorded this song with his wife Patsy in 1979. After he dumped Patsy, he re-recorded the song solo in 1992. After that, this song even was turned into a Christmas special for kids in 2000. You know you’ve made it when your song is a Christmas special.
#2. 12 Pains of Christmas by Bob Rivers
The 12 Days of Christmas is an especially annoying song. It never seems to end. It goes on like the Bataan Death March. That is why it is a great song to make fun of. By the time you have gotten to the 6th day, you desperately want it to be over so you can move on. By the 10th day, you’d rather drink paint thinner than hear anymore. But it just goes on and on….
#1. Christmas Don’t Be Late, by the Chipmunks
This old classic is as fun and funny as it was when first performed in 1958. It was sung by David Seville, but he gave credit to The Chipmunks. This was a fictional group of 3 chipmunks that went by the names of Alvin, Simon and Theodore. This song became a huge hit when it was first released. It even reached #1 on the pop singles chart.
What would Christmas be without these song? Well, frankly, it wouldn’t be Christmas.
By Joseph Pickett