Sometimes you just need a good laugh. That’s what funny songs are for. The best funny songs of all time are the ones that will keep you coming back and cracking a smile again and again. But, there are different types of funny songs out there, and not all of them are, let’s say, intentional.
Sure, you have classic comedy songs where someone picks a funny topic and spins some lyrics around it. Then there are spoof songs that parody well-known tunes but change their lyrics. Other songs are just kind of light and humorous and are about topics or experiences we can all laugh at.
And finally, some songs are hilarious without trying. So, let’s see which songs are going to get you guffawing and set you to snorting.
- What Makes a Song Funny?
- Top 23 Best Funny Songs of All Time
- Mad Dogs and Englishmen – Noel Coward
- I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General – Gilbert & Sullivan
- You Can’t Roller Skate with a Buffalo Herd – Roger Miller
- Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp) – Allen Sherman
- Always Look On the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python (Eric Idle)
- Help, I’m a Rock – Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
- Fat Bottom – Spinal Tap
- Fat – Weird Al Yankovic
- Piss Up A Rope – Ween
- Fingertips – They Might Be Giants
- Because I Got High – Afroman
- Wait (The Whisper Song) – Ying Yang Twins
- Business Time – Flight of the Conchords
- Gangnam Style – Psy
- Like a Boss – The Lonely Island
- Ben Wah Balls – Blink 182
- Tribute – Tenacious D
- White and Nerdy – Weird Al Yankovic
- Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros – Flight of the Conchords
- Friday – Rebecca Black
- Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
- #Selfie – Chainsmokers
- Professional Rapper – Lil Dicky (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
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- The Best of the Best Funny Songs of All Time
What Makes a Song Funny?
When we talk about funny songs, we’re talking about the lyrics. Sure, there are instrumental songs that use hilarious sounds which will make you roll around on the floor. It’s pretty easy to take quick samples and then program a keyboard to play a sound entirely in farts.
But let’s be honest – the novelty would wear off in a minute…
For a song to be funny and to make it onto a list of the funniest songs of all time, it needs lyrics. There should be some wit, or just a hilarious story told in the lyrics. There has to be enough that you’ll come back to this song to listen again and try to get more out of it. Silly music might not hurt, though.
However, there are some songs that are funny for another reason. They could be so bad they’re hilarious. And, even though my mom taught me it’s not nice to laugh at others, I think we can get away with it if the artist eventually embraces their folly.
I will say this. Humor changes over time, and some songs that were funny 50 or 100 years ago will barely raise a smile these days. So, we’re mostly going to keep to songs from the past few decades so that, you know, we’ll actually get them. Ready? Let’s have a crack at the best funny songs of all time, starting with…
Top 23 Best Funny Songs of All Time
Mad Dogs and Englishmen – Noel Coward
OK, I kind of lied about avoiding classic old songs. At least this one is still pretty hilarious for several reasons. Noel Coward is a legendary English performer and composer who wrote some of the wittiest songs of the 20th century (that’s the 1900s, Tiger!).
“Mad Dogs and Englishmen” was one of his biggest hits and popularized this phrase which people still say. This is a song that makes fun of (takes the piss out of, as the Brits would say) colonialists, especially in the British colonies in Asia.
It’s a lengthy observation of the bizarre habits of the Brits in hot countries as viewed by the locals. Be warned, it’s old and, let’s call it, “insensitive” in parts.
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General – Gilbert & Sullivan
Here’s an even older song, since I’ve already lied about including classics on this list. The thing is, “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” is a song that still sees a fair amount of action.
It’s the peppiest, most memorable tune from the Pirates of Penzance. This is probably the most famous song by Gilbert & Sullivan, the 19th-century light operetta writing duo.
This song is cracking fast and takes a heck of a lot of work to sing. It focuses on the ridiculous classical education of British military officers and contains a bunch of cultural references that will probably fly over your head.
But, it’s still made funny by actors who will improvise the final line of each verse to include something more modern. Here’s a taste of the lunacy of this song which gets faster and faster with each verse.
“I am the very model of a modern Major-General – I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral, – I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical – From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical.”
You Can’t Roller Skate with a Buffalo Herd – Roger Miller
This is another oldie but a goodie. Roger Miller was a honky-tonky Country star who hit the big time in the 1960s with his song “King of the Road.” But that song wasn’t funny.
However, on the same album, The Return of Roger Miller, the singer gives some of the soundest life advice ever in “You Can’t Roller Skate with a Buffalo Herd.”
Aside from the title…
He also advises that “You can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage,” “You can’t drive around with a tiger in your car,” and “You can’t go fishin in a watermelon patch.” But, he says, “You can be happy if you’ve a mind to,” and ain’t that right?
It mightn’t be the most normal way to put it, but he still has a point; ol’ Roger does.
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp) – Allen Sherman
OK, just one more classic comedy song. “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” is a very funny song but is also surprisingly classy and intelligent. Actor and parody songwriter Allen Sherman wrote this song in 1963, and it was the funniest thing ever at the time.
This song is written in the form of a letter from a boy at summer camp to his parents back home, based on a letter Sherman got from his son. And some of the rhymes and jokes in it are surprisingly sophisticated.
So, it’s a fancy funny song…
It opens with “Hello Muddah, hello Fadduh. – Here I am at Camp Granada. – Camp is very entertaining. – And they say we’ll have some fun if it stops raining” and goes on from there.
But, the song also has a fancy element to it. The tune is stolen from the song “Dance of the Hours” from Ponchielli’s famous opera La Gioconda. Fancy.
Always Look On the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python (Eric Idle)
Musicals get into some pretty comedic songs. But, it’s even funnier when a hugely controversial film relating to a revered figure ends in a surprising musical number.
“Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” is the final song from the ending scene and closing credits of Life of Brian. The British comedy troupe Monty Python’s spoof movie that was set in biblical times.
I don’t want to ruin the ending for you…
But, let’s just say the setting for this cheery, whistle-along number by Eric Idle is probably the last place you’d expect it to be sung.
Idle talks about it in his autobiography of the same name. It’s full of perfect rhyming lines like “If you’re feeling jolly rotten – There’s a chance that you’ve forgotten to – Always look on the bright side of life!”
Help, I’m a Rock – Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
If you don’t know Zappa, then you’re in for a real treat. That’s if you are looking for some of the weirdest, strangest music ever made. This composer, singer, and guitar shredder wrote some of the most unusual songs ever from the 60s until his death.
The track “Help, I’m a Rock” is both weird and hilarious. It comes from the group’s first album, Freak Out! And, for some reason, it was dedicated to Elvis Presley.
Get ready for something completely different…
The song starts with the chorus “Help, I’m a rock!” followed by a whole bunch of weird gibberish singing, and then some almost spoken word poetry. The music is all over the place, including weird slow rock, tribal sounds, and even sexy panting.
It’s too weird to listen to, and keep a straight face. Although, to be honest, his funniest album name is even better, Sheik Yerbouti.
Fat Bottom – Spinal Tap
Okay, so Spinal Tap isn’t a real band. But they still have some of the funniest songs ever. Known as “one of England’s loudest bands,” Spinal Tap is a fictitious band that featured in the 1984 classic film This Is Spinal Tap, a spoof rockumentary that followed this big hair, hard-rocking band on tour.
And let me tell you…
For a fake band, they still have some pretty good chops. “Fat Bottom” is one of the band’s / movie’s highlights. It’s a slow (for these rockers) grooving track with a pretty tight structure and a cool chorus that indeed rocks.
And, with genius lyrics like “The bigger the cushion – the sweeter the pushin’” and “Big Bottom, big bottom – Talk about bum cakes, my girl’s got ‘em,” this is a comedic musical masterpiece.
It’s also played with three bass guitars, giving the song a deliciously fat bottom end for just one more layer of clever comedy.
Fat – Weird Al Yankovic
Weird Al is a name you might see on this list of the best funny songs of all time more than just once. I’m just sayin’. This guy has made a career out of being weird and funny, writing pop song parodies. And his bizarre compositions with an especially heavy polka influence.
With “Fat,” Weird Al pushed the boundaries, literally. He dressed up in something like a sumo suit and worse prosthetics on his face to make one of the most memorable parody videos ever. He even won a Grammy for this video.
The song is full of clever jokes and wordplay, but it was the excellent parody of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” that made it work. This song was on his 1988 album, Even Worse, where he stuck it to MJ. You know, back when he was the King of Pop.
Piss Up A Rope – Ween
Ween is one of the quirkiest, weirdest bands who’ve been doing it strangely since 1984. They’ve dabbled just about every genre out there, from metal to hard rock to pop. But, with “Piss Up A Rope,” they went with honky-tonk and made one of the weirdest funny songs ever.
This track comes from their 1996 album, 12 Golden Country Greats, so it had to be a country song anyway. Apparently, “piss up a rope” is just some stupid expression like “go jump in a lake” that was invented by Dean Ween’s dad.
So, the band fleshed it out with some ridiculous lyrics about marital strife. For example, the immortal couplet, “For the last 6 months I been packin’ your bag – You can wash my balls with a warm, wet rag.” If that isn’t lyricism, I just don’t know what is.
Fingertips – They Might Be Giants
TMBG, as they are affectionately known by their fans, aren’t exactly a joke band. The two Johns write weird and wonderful songs in all sorts of styles across the map.
They don’t do parody or straight-up comedy…
However, they’re weird and wonderful enough to have written some truly funny songs anyway. Just by being funny people, I guess. They even have an answering machine they’ve been posting songs on for decades called Dial-A-Song.
With “Fingertips” from 1992’s Apollo 18, They Might Be Giants have made a barmy song that sounds like a compilation, or the sound of scanning through radio stations. It’s made of at least 21 different parts and is also known as the “Fingertips Suite.”
Each part of this song is weirder than the last, even if none last more than about ten seconds. You get weird lyrics, weird tunes, and, well, the whole thing is just a weird and hilarious mess. A very talented mess.
Because I Got High – Afroman
This song isn’t all that old. It was released in 2001 but became an instant classic that all stoners can relate perfectly to.
Afroman has been rapping and making music for two decades. But this song is definitely his #1 hit. It’s about all the things he was planning to do but then didn’t because he smoked weed instead.
We’ve all been there…
It gets progressively funnier as the rapper’s life falls apart more and more. His wife leaves him because he’s too high to take care of her needs, and eventually, he ends up sleeping on the streets.
The song sounds like it was written off the cuff by a few friends sitting around jamming and getting ripped. And that’s pretty much the story of “Because I Got High.”
Wait (The Whisper Song) – Ying Yang Twins
I know what you’re thinking. One of the best funny songs of all time is by the crunk duo, the Ying Yang Twins. Are you trying to be funny? Well, yeah, I suppose that’s the idea of this whole article.
But seriously, though…
The 2005 track “Wait” (also known as The Whisper Song) is impossible to listen to without cracking a smile. It has a phat minimal beat that’s pretty slick. But, it’s the vocals and the lyrics that give this song a lighthearted edge.
First off, the whole rap is whispered like someone talking in your ear. Maybe that was supposed to be sexy, but instead, it sounds ticklish and weird.
Then the lyrics. This is a man talking smack to a girl he’s trying to get into bed by bragging in the most unusual way. “Cuz I’ll beat dat cat with a dog – And knock da walls of a broad til she scrawl,” and the chorus “I’m a beat dat pussy up like B-AM” whispered like that. Sorry Twins, this is comedy gold.
Business Time – Flight of the Conchords
Flight of the Conchords are the self-proclaimed “almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand,” and it shows. This dynamic duo plays a traveling musical stage show and also wrote and starred in one of the funniest sitcoms of the 2000s, their self-titled series Flight of the Conchords.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m jealous because you’ll be exposed to this group’s quirky kiwi sense of humor for the first time.
Oh, lucky little you…
With “Business Time,” the band gets down and dirty. While Bret riffs on the guitar, Jemaine puts on his deepest sexiest voice and declares, “You know when I’m down to my socks it’s time for business – That’s why they call it business socks, ooh.”
And, if that’s not sexy enough for you, how about this? “When it’s with me, girl, you only need two minutes – Because I’m so intense.” Clearly, this is one of the silliest sexy songs of all time.
Gangnam Style – Psy
Remember this fly-by-night fad? I can’t tell you what Korean dynamo Psy is doing now. But, in 2012, he was possibly the most sought-after act around the world.
“Gangnam Style” exploded internationally, which was a huge surprise for everyone, including the singer. After all, this song is 90% in Korean, a language most fans of the track couldn’t understand at all.
So, was it some kind of “Psy”-Op?
Was it the success and exposure of K-Pop at that time? His incredible charisma? The crazy horse-trotting dance craze that went along with the song?
Somehow this became the biggest thing everywhere. Heck, world leaders at the time attempted the dance on camera (something they should never, ever do) and even met with Psy. It just goes to show how the right combination of comedy, style, and attitude can produce a hilarious hit.
By the way, it’s not too late to get yourself a Psy Gangnam Style t-shirt.
Like a Boss – The Lonely Island
The Saturday Night Live-based musical group The Lonely Island recorded this song in 2008 and brought the term “Like a Boss” into the limelight. Sure, it was known before that. But, they made it a true cultural reference with this track that parodies “Like a Boss” by the rapper Slim Thug.
In this ridiculous parody song, Andy Samberg plays an exec who’s in a sort of job interview and who explains how he does everything “like a boss,” making wilder and wilder claims until the whole thing becomes ridiculous.
He claims in his rap that his typical day includes micromanaging, buying a gun, and cutting off his own balls, all like a boss. This song even helped to inspire a film called Like a Boss starring the hilarious comedian Tiffany Haddish.
– Blink 182
Blink 182 isn’t a parody or joke band. They’re just three Pop-Punk Rockers who are good at music and also just happen to be hilarious. So, they tend to write a few joke songs or just snippets that they think are hilarious. And then add them to their sort-of-serious albums.
“Ben Wah Balls” is one of their funniest and also weirdest, nay, dare I say, most tragicomic songs ever. It’s a song about accidental incest which, yeah, normally isn’t funny. But, in the context here, it’s just a bizarre encounter.
You’ll get it, or you won’t…
The key to the song is Ben Wah balls, and if you’re not familiar, you probably just won’t get it. But, when you do get it, the silly chorus of “Wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah Ben Wah balls” will take on a whole new meaning.
Alright, it’s more than a bit juvenile. But aren’t most funny songs out there?
Tribute – Tenacious D
Jack Black is a famous comedic movie star, so it should be no surprise to learn that his band, Tenacious D, is an equally hilarious music machine.
Tenacious D (short for tenacious defense) has put out all sorts of bizarre and hilariously over-the-top songs. However, one stands out because it is the greatest and best song in the world… “Tribute.”
But is it the greatest song in the world…
Not quite, it’s a song about the time they played that very same song in a battle of the bands against Satan himself! It’s full of strange voices and powerful wailing from the animated Black.
It has an acoustic start, a heavy metal riff, and even a cute a capella breakdown before building to a rocking finish. Good music and funny to boot.
White and Nerdy – Weird Al Yankovic
Here’s another of Weird Al’s successes (because you know he’s had a lot of misses as well). “White and Nerdy” is a superb parody of the Chamillionaire and Krazie Bone song “Ridin’” and is some of Yankovic’s best work.
The song came out in 2006 on his Straight Outta Lynwood album and made it to #9 on the Billboard charts. The original made it to #1, so I guess it had a fair bit of star power behind it.
Quite a 0ne-eighty in the lyrics…
While the original song is about racial profiling and police brutality, Weird Al’s song is very different. He raps about how he can’t ride with the cool guys cause he’s just too white and nerdy.
“Keep your 40-ounce I’ll just have an Earl Grey tea,” he tells them, and that tells the story of the whole song. Is he right, though? Strangely enough, he actually raps like a boss on this track!
Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros – Flight of the Conchords
The crazy Kiwi boys are back on our list with another excellent song. This one is my personal fav. It comes from a scene in their sitcom when the two rather awkward foreigners are corned on the tough streets of America.
To show that they’re tough and not to be messed with, Bret and Jemaine break into their rap personas – Hiphopopotamus and Rhymenoceros.
Best not mess…
Yes, these two rappers come at you hard straight from the jungle on this track. Hiphopapotamus plays up his sexy side with rhymes like “My rhymes are so potent that in this small segment – I made all of the ladies in the area pregnant.”
At the same time, Rhymenoceros talks about the haters trying to dis him, “’Cause I rap about reality – Like me and my grandma drinkin’ a cup of tea – There ain’t no party like my nana’s tea party – Hey ho!” Clearly, these are two of the most skillful MCs to ever rock a reflective vest.
Friday – Rebecca Black
This song has a very special place on this list of the best funny songs of all time. It’s not, in and of itself, a funny song with witty lyrics or slapstick sound effect music.
Instead, it’s a teeny-bop sickly sweet Pop song sung from the perspective of Rebecca Black. A teen at the time was taking us through her typical Friday at school and beyond.
However, “Friday” exploded into a viral monstrosity in 2011 after comedians Daniel Tosh and Michael J. Nelson called this the “worst video ever made” and brought it into the spotlight. Since then, the video has had hundreds of millions of views and also garnered millions of dislikes.
But is the song funny?
Or are we laughing at Ms. Black? Well, it’s a little of both. The lyrics are as light and fluffy as a pancake, and you can chuckle at them. Or laugh outright at the video, which many see as amateurish and vapid.
But, at this point, Rebecca Black is over it. It kicked off her career, and she got the last laugh on the haters.
Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
LMFAO is probably the hottest acronym to ever get to #1 on the Billboard Top 100. These party rockers did it in 2012 with their smash hit “Sexy and I Know It,” which was their second #1 back-to-back after “Party Rock Anthem.”
This song is meant to be funny but not tongue-in-cheek. It’s a serious up-in-your-face laugh from one of the wildest groups around. When they sing, “I got passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it – I’m sexy and I know it,” they’re joking, sure, but are also dead serious.
If you want a fun, lively, pick-me-up song, this is it. The LMFAO get sexy in their Speedos in the music video as well, leaving me LMFAO every time.
#Selfie – Chainsmokers
This is a pretty different kind of funny song. The Chainsmokers have made a real dance hit with thick beats and spacey electronic noises. But it’s interspersed and overlaid with a track of a female clubber talking about taking selfies, flirting, dissing other girls, and a whole host of other inane comments.
The video for the song is set in a club with the woman talking to her friend in the restroom and, of course, taking selfies. But, other selfies are thrown into the mix, including snaps from Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, and even David Hasselhoff.
The song is funny because it’s true. It’s a scathing mockery of the vapid and horrible things you can hear on a night out in the clubs.
Professional Rapper – Lil Dicky (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
If you’re surprised to see Snoop Dogg’s name on one of the funniest songs of all time, maybe you just don’t know his sense of humor. Truth is, Snoop has always been a fan of humor, and when he gets together with Lil Dicky on this track, it gets about as funny as possible.
The whole track is a back-and-forth between Lil Dicky and Snoop Dogg, with Dicky trying to convince the man why he should give him a recording contract. He gets to show off his ridiculous rhymes and real mad skills as a rapper all at the same time.
Plus, the video for this song is a cartoon which lets them make the whole thing goofier. Lil Dicky has some great funny songs, but this song about wanting to make the best funny songs is somehow just brilliantly meta.
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The Best of the Best Funny Songs of All Time
What do the funniest songs of all time have in common? They have staying power. Some of these songs are ridiculous. Some are clever and witty. Others were serious efforts that didn’t quite hit the mark.
But in all cases, these songs put a smile on your face that is ten miles wide when you hear them. And not just the first time. A one-time laugh wouldn’t get you on this list, I’m afraid. These are songs that bring you happiness and hilarity, again and again, each time you listen.
So, have a listen and see if you can get all the way through any of them without laughing your ass off. Bet you can’t.
Until next time, happy listening.