Laughter is the best medicine and can be compared to your brain taking a run. We all occasionally need a laugh, with the harsh realities of life hitting us on a daily basis. The best relief that we can cheaply provide ourselves is the comic kind. Music is also known as the food for the soul and has been proven to improve one’s mood almost instantly. So why not combine music and comedy? The performers of the songs below have done exactly that. Following are the best funny songs for 2018
Table of Contents
- 10. Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren – Bangers and Mash
- 9. The Goons – The Ying Tong Song
- 8. Monty Python – Lumberjack Song
- 7. Brian Hyland – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot
- 6. Charles Jolly Penrose – The Laughing Spokesman
- 5. Charlie Drake – Splish Splash
- 4. George Formby – The Window Cleaner
- 3. Bryant Oden – The Duck Song
- 2. Fascinating Aida – Cheap Flights
- 1. PSY – Gangnam Style
10. Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren – Bangers and Mash
The song Bangers and Mash is a comic song written Peter Sellers which was recorded by both he and Sophia Loren. The song was released in 1961 and appears on the compilation album The Peters Sellers Compilation. The song also appears on Sophia Loren’s compilation album Lucky to Be a Woman (2003). The song is about a husband complaining about the Italian offerings that his wife has been feeding him since they were married. The husband is longing for the “bangers and mush’ that his “muvver” used to make him; bangers and mash being the British colloquial name for sausages and mashed potatoes. Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren take turns at singing the song, with Sellers playing the husband and Loren playing the wife. The song will leave you in stitches for sure with its light hearted lyrics and theme. The video of the song has over 1118,000 views.
9. The Goons – The Ying Tong Song
This novelty song was composed by Spike Milligan and recorded by the legends The Goons. The song is a nonsense song, with verses that are interspersed by an equally nonsensical chorus. The song was actually written as a bet by Spike Milligan and his brother who bet him that he was incapable of writing a hit song that only had 2 chords in it. Well Spike Silligan won the bet, it seems. The Ying Tong Song peaked at number 3 on the United Kingdom Singles Chart around 1950, s and later reached number 6 on the same chart in 1973. The song was used in The Goon Show which was a British radio comedy show. The Muppets also performed the song and tweaked it a bit in season 5 of The Muppet Show.
8. Monty Python – Lumberjack Song
One of the funniest songs in the history of comedy has got to be The Lumberjack Song. The song was written by three song-writers and performed on the 9th episode of British Comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Since then the song has been played on stage, film, LP and each time, it has begun from a very dissimilar skit. The song was created and the skit accompanying it was created in 15 minutes. The track was released to the public as a single in 1975 in the United Kingdom. The song is about a man who is not content with his current occupation and announces that he wanted to be “… a lumberjack!” The man then talks about the life of a lumberjack who leaps “from tree to tree” and lists several trees and is later joined by other singers. The song has been used to in shows and is a permanent part of pop culture. The video has 1,261,560 views.
7. Brian Hyland – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot
This is a novelty track speaking of a very shy lady who is wearing a tiny polka dot bikini. This bubblegum song tells the story of a young girl and her bikini in three verses. The first verse details the girl’s fear of living the changing room where she has changed into the bikini and upon going to the beach she covers herself with a blanket and upon going to the ocean she is too afraid to get out of the water even though the water is cold and she is turning blue. At the time of the release of the song, bikinis were perceived or rather viewed as too revealing. After the song’s release sales in bikinis hit the roof. The song is therefore seen as a major influence within the acceptance of bikini wear in the world. The video has over 3 million views.
6. Charles Jolly Penrose – The Laughing Spokesman
Charles Penrose was a musical heal theatre performer and later, radio comedian. He is credited with the creation of The Laughing Policeman which is a comedy song. The song’s composition is credited to Charles Penrose’s wife who has the pseudonym, Billie Grey. The song’s melody and music was taken from The Laughing Song. The couple wrote other laughing songs (The Laughing Major, Steeplechaser, Typist, Curate, Lover etc). However, it is only The Laughing Policeman is remembered, selling over a million copies.
5. Charlie Drake – Splish Splash
This song was recorded by comedian Charlie Drake of the “hello,my darlings!” catchprase. The song was a cover of a rock and rolls song which was initially recorded by Bobby Darin. It made it to the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. The song has over 16,000 views.
4. George Formby – The Window Cleaner
George Formby was many things – an actor, a comedian and a ukulele player. In The Window Cleaner, he manages to combine his gift for comedy with his love for the ukulele. The song first appeared on the film Keep Your Seats, Please. The song was a massive success, selling over 100,000 copies. This was such a high achievement that The Regal Zonophone awarded him a silver disc. The video of the song has garnered over 3.1 million views.
3. Bryant Oden – The Duck Song
This children’s song is about a duck that constantly annoys a stand owner by asking him whether he has grapes. The song rose to fame online after the animated video was uploaded to YouTube, which went viral. The song has had widespread success across children and teens. The song has an underlying message – of determination, persistence and compassion. Currently, the song has over 271,396,021 views.
2. Fascinating Aida – Cheap Flights
Fascinating Aida is a comedy singing group founded in 1983. Consisting of Adele Anderson, Dillie Keane and Liza Pulman, the act has received many awards for their work. Their hilarious song, Cheap Flights highlights the many frustrations of booking flights in this century. Many airlines entice travellers with cheap flights, with the travellers being unaware of the hidden expenses that come along. Thee frustration that we have all felt is strung into the funny lyrics. The video of their song has been viewed over 7.6 million times.
1. PSY – Gangnam Style
PSY had just about everyone from world leaders to music critics praising this record. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon even called it “a force for world peace”. This song is deeply addictive, with people attempting the ‘Gangnam Style’ which is the name for the amusing moves that PSY showcased in the video. The ‘Gangnam Style’ is extremely endearing and will be sure to please the kids in a party. This jam was so popular that after its release, it had about nine million views each day everyday within only two months. The video also garnered a billion views on YouTube and is currently the third most watched video on the YouTube platform. Gangnam Style, with its comical moves is the perfect party song to dance to.
The songs above have been listened to by thousands of people, achieving more or less the same results. So whether you are feeling blue or are just bored, these songs deserve your attention. Fair warning though, you may need several new ribs after getting done with this playlist.