My Favorite Fun and Funny Songs

I like lots of different music. I like country, all types of rock, the blues, classical, some opera, some pop, some rap...well I guess you get the idea. I like all kinds of music. Music is good for the soul, and good for the tapping foot, and the dancing legs, and the smile on my face.

There are certain songs that are thought pretty silly, maybe stupid even, by many people. I don't care, I love silly. I have been known to be silly. I love fun.  But most of all I love a good laugh and nothing feels better on my face than a smile. (Except maybe a kiss now and again!)

A Boy Named Sue

Johnny Cash first sang this song live at the San Quentin State Prison in California on February 24, 1969. The concert was recorded for his "Johnny Cash at San Quentin" album. It stayed in the #2 slot of the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks that year.

The song was written by Sil Silverstein, singer/songwriter, poet, cartoonist and author of children's book. He wrote "The Giving Tree" in 1964, one of my favorite poems/children's stories of all time! Sil's inspiration for this song was Jean Shepherd. Sil and Jean, or Shep as he was more commonly known, were long time friends. Sil often teased Jean about his female sounding name. Jean Shepherd was the man who co-wrote and narrated the Christmas Classic, "A Christmas Story".

Is it any wonder this song became on of Johnny Cash's greatest hits? The first time Johnny sang the song he had only read it over a few times and did not know it. They say you could see him looking down, again and again, at a piece of paper. Maybe this is why the song is more spoken than sang.

Johnny Cash-A Boy Named Sue

Charlie Daniels is on the far right
Charlie Daniels is on the far right

Charlie Daniels-Uneasy Rider

Uneasy Rider was recorded and produced by Charlie Daniels in July 1973.  His rise as one of the Southern Rock greats began with this song.  In an interview with Shawna Ortega from Songfacts.com, Charlie says the inspiration for this song came to him while playing at a rock festival in Baton Rouge, LA.  The movie, "Easy Rider" had recently been released. 

Here they were, all these long haired hippies in a town deep in the south.  Although Charlie had been raised in the south, some were not so familiar with it.  He could tell that some of the people believed if they wandered off a couple of blocks someone would be waiting to cut their hair and offer to kill them. He found this thought amusing.  Uneasy Rider grew from his musings.

Charlie Daniels-Uneasy Rider

Lynyrd Skynyrd-Gimme Three Steps

According to Songfacts.com, this song speaks of a true event. Ronnie Van Zant, at age 18, was at a place called The Little Brown Jug courtesy of a fake ID. He was dancing with a girl named Linda. Her boyfriend was not happy and confronted Ronnie. When he reached to his boot for something Ronnie told him "gimme a few steps and I'll be gone".

He ran out to his friends, Gary Rossington and Allen Colins, who were waiting in a truck. He told them the story out of breath from his run. That night the three friends sat down and wrote this song. Rumor has it that they wrote it on the drive home.

Ronnie once said, "To me, there's nothing freer than a bird, you know, just flying wherever he wants to go. And, I don't know, that's what this country is all about, being free. I think everyone wants to be a free bird." I loved his music. The band was the epitome of free spirit. I had tickets to his concert at Madison Square Garden and would have seen him live, but he died in a plane crash prior to getting there.

Lynyrd Skynyrd-Gimme Three Steps

B-52's-Love Shack

The Love Shack actually existed. It is said that a shack in Athens, GA, that burned down in 2004, was the actually Love Shack building. The cause of the fire was unknown, and the building was not hooked up to any utilities. This 5 room shack was the home to the infamous Kate Pierson.

According to legend, this shack is the same place hits such as Rock Lobster were composed. The home was a place for the B-52's to hang out and have fun. The song, Love Shack, became #3 on the American Charts, and has been loved since then.

My older sister had a friend who introduced us to the B-52's. We found the music fun and useless, which only made it more fun. We loved their songs. Love Shack, Rock Lobster, and Shake that Cosmic Thing are all fun songs! Love Shack turned out to be their most famous. I love the video, the fun is infectious!

B-52's-Love Shack

Garth Brookes-Friends in Low Places

Laughing Mom met Garth Brookes in the early 1990s in New Mexico.  You can read about it in her "Yea, I Know Who You Are" hub.  So, Laughing Mom, this one's for you!

This song sung by Garth Brookes is the song that put him on the map. Written by Earl Bud Lee and Dwayne Blackwell, the title of this song was spoken by Lee months before the song was written. One day when Lee had forgotten his money at a restaurant, he told the people he was with, "Don't worry, I have friends in low places, the cook".

Unlike Gimme Three Steps, this song was not written immediately. Several months later, the thought came up again. They wrote the song and let Garth Brooks read it...the rest is history. The song became #1 on the American charts and stayed #1 for weeks. Believe it or not, Garth Brooks actually made up the 3rd verse to the song on a whim.

Garth Brooks-Friends in Low Places

Warren Zevon-Werewolves of London

Werewolves of London was written by LeRoy Marinell, Robert "Waddy" Wachtel and Warren Zevon.  Phil Everly suggested the title.  One day the three writers were goofing off and someone asked what they were playing.  Warren said "Werewolves of London" and they began bantering lyrics back and forth.  The next thing they knew a new song was born.

Werewolves of London was recorded in 1978 by Warren Zevon.  John McVie and Mick Fleetwood play on the track.  Zevon's good friend, James Taylor was one of the producers for this hit.  Zevon would sometimes replace the lyrics, "I'd like to meet his tailor" with "And he's looking for James Taylor" when playing live in concert.

This is a fun song with no social value, other than to give you a smile and make you tap your foot.  It reached #21 on the American Top 40 charts back in 1978 and stayed there for over a month.  In 1986 it was featured in the film "The Color of Money".  Many outstanding artists have covered this song.

Warren Zevon-Werewolves of London

The Bangles-Walk Like An Egyptian

Walk Like An Egyptian was written by Liam Sternberg.  He got the idea for the song while riding a ferry boat and seeing all the people walking and trying to keep their balance.  The line "If they move too quick (oh whey oh)  They're falling down like a domino" refers to how all the people would fall over if the ship turned.

The song was filler for a new album.  The band needed a song to complete the lineup on their new album.  This filler turned into a number one hit that topped the charts in 1987.  The Bangles became the first all girl band to have a song top the charts for four weeks.  Walk Like An Egyptian earned them the "Single of the Year" award and "Best MTV Video Performance" award.

The Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian

Tell Me Your Favorites

I could keep going, but this hub seems to be getting a little long. I would love to hear what funny, useless songs are your favorites! Tell me in the comments, and if possible post a link to them. Then we can all share our favorites with each other. I would never say no to a smile and I look forward to your input. :))

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Father Christmas by The Kinks

Jesus built my Hotrod by Ministry

The Funky Worm by The Ohio Players

Jumgle Boogie by Kool and the Gang

K@RI there are probably a ton more I cannot think of right now but this Is what comes off the top of my head . That Kinks song Is the best hard rock Christmas song ever . And I have seen the B-52s like 6 times now they are fun. As always good stuff !


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Those are great, Tony! Now come back when you think of more. I do love that Kinks song!


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

K@ri - I love your choices, I also like diversity in music and like most genres. There are so many songs that I love and that move me it would be hard to name a few. Lately I have been digging on Queen - absolutely love Bohemian Rhapsody and Under Pressure (duet with David Bowie).


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

Kari, I love Johnny Cash. Thanks!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Triplet Mom, I love Queen! I lived in a town called Bohemia, so Bohemian Rhapsody has always been a special song for me. I also love Under Pressure! Great songs!

RBurow, Johnny Cash is tremendous. Did you see the movie, "Walk the Line"?


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

What about ABC by the Jackson 5 ? You cannot help but dance when you hear It !


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

Those are really fun songs! I must confess though that I don't know some of them.

My favorite silly and fun songs are those that I learned in nursery school. Ha ha ha.

I also like Bohemian Rhapsody and The Giving Tree is my favorite too!


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Wow, out of 2692 songs on my Ipod, Father Christmas is the only song that I had to pay for! Out of the other 2691 songs I have all of yours but the Garth Brooks. I did hear a song by him that I loved, but can not seem to find it. A favorite 50 songs would be hard for me, but most I would probably have to pick Roller Coaster by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (though the original by the Ohio Players rocks too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUNN0B7zPi0


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Yeah PM I gotta agree the Chili Peppers version of " Roller Coaster " was quite good and totally dancable too ! I was dancin to It and Susan called the paramedics cause she thought I was havin a siezure !


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

and k@ri, what in the world is that infront or your beautiful face in your profile pic???


Janetta 7 years ago

Love Friends in low places!! Great choices ;)


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I thought you were going to hub about that Spongebob song F.U.N!? LOL


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

tony, ABC is a great fun song!

jill, I love the silly songs from nursery school also. When my kids were little we sang them often! :D

Paper Moon, Glad to hear we have a common taste in music! Roller Coaster is a great song also!

tony, LOL!

Paper Moon, a frisbee, I've hated having my picture taken since I was younger than that one!

Janetta, Thanks! I love it too. :D

May, Spongebob songs are all FUN! Maybe I should do one on my favorite cartoon songs. LOL


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

In terms of fun, I'd maybe go for "I'm too sexy for my shirt" by Right said Fred. Dunno that I can call it an all time favorite, but it sure does the FUN trick :) And what of the Macarena by Los del Rio??? :-P


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Elena, Those are very fun songs! I'd forgotten about "I'm too sexy"!


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

So many-Shud upa your face(probably spelt all wrong) Agga Doo, Viva Espania-terrible as well as useless but fun I guess


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

ethel, LOL! Shud upa your face! Those are very good! :D


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sadonna23 7 years ago from Alabama

I love all your songs! i like Mickey by Toni Basil!!! It is reallly fun!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

sadonna, Mickey is another great pick! Brought a smile to my face. :D


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Tom Koecke 7 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

I picked up a couple Johnny Socko CDs at a yard sale a few years back, and fell in love with them! Here's one of their songs called "I like Cows," though I was trying to find "Old School Master": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOFDRtoMGFQ

Jackson Browne did a song called "Rosie," which is about . . . um . . . well, see if you can figure it out! Here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbpL0BTBJPs

And who can ever forget the great Chuck Berry's "My Ding a Ling": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKZcLEY2qEY

This is a great Hub, K@ri! I guess that's about par for the course for you!


CindyWalsh 7 years ago

Love your choices Kari.  Another fun song everybody knows is Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown".  Don't know the inspiration behind the song, but I play it when I perform out and I always see the crowd singing along and tapping their toes.

Cindy


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Tom, The cow song is fun, different but fun. Although, I've heard "Rosie" many times, I never realized what it was about until now, LOLOL! And Ding a Ling is just a great song! Thanks! :D

Cindy, I can't believe I forgot Bad Bad Leroy Brown! It is such a fun song! :D


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Tom Koecke 7 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

I was thinking about fun songs today - thanks to you, K@ri!

Offspring does one about love called "Self Esteem": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-qfETaNAU

A song of "great political and social import" was "Mercedes Benz" by Janis Joplin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-GFqhCq2HA

The late Steve Goodman wrote many fun songs, but the one that made it biggest was "the perfect country song" performed by David Allen Coe called "You Never Even Call Me by My Name": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEo8poVlQrM


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Camping Dan 7 years ago

Great selection of songs. They were all hugely popular so just about everyone knows them and can sing along when they come on the radio.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Great Hub! I like your selections. I was always partial to "Woolie Bully" and "Tie me Kangaroo Down Sport" meself. :D "Baby, got back!" is cool, too.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Tom, I don't find the first one fun...maybe because I didn't listen to all of it. I do love Janis, and I love Mercedes Benz...however, it has too much meaning to be "fun"...regardless of that, the rhythm is fun. (This is only my opinion) OK, now for the third...This is one of my favorite fun songs! You don't to call me darling, Darling! You never even call me by my name! I absolutely love this song. :D :D :D (three smile up!) I had to come back before I posted these and tell you...thanks! now "Oh Lord" is stuck in my head! LOL :D

Dan, That is one reason, the other (to me) is they are funny! or fun. :D

Thanks James, I don't know "Tie me Kangaroo Down sport", however, it sounds like a very fun song! Do you have a link so I can go peruse it?


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago


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Tom Koecke 7 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

I guess I can agree that there is nothing funny about being a guy being so whipped that he confuses suffering through indiscretions and mistreatment for caring! It certainly isn't "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6TiWIeoU3w

Harry Chapin wrote touching songs like "Cat's in the Cradle" and "Taxi," but he also told the tale of being in the "Dance Band on the Titanic": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5le92UmPmU

Since you love "You Never Even Call Me by My Name," here's another song the late, great Steve Goodman wrote and performed called "Vegematic": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnqtGjHJjs8


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Oh what fun, k@ri! Great idea for a hub and great songs. Love them all. Love many of the suggestions in the comments, too.

Some other fun songs that I like are "Turning Japanese" by the Vapors, "Everybody Wang Chung Tonight" (I think by Wang Chung) and "King Tut" by Steve Martin (I think).


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

James, Thanks for that, I still have a smile on my face! LOL, that's a good one!

LOL, Tom, was that song just to see if I actually checked the links? What do you think of me???!!! :D I love Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh...I had my son listen to it with me...he loved it also...now I can hear him singing it in the other room. I like Dance Band on the Titanic, but it's more dark humor to me...however, I really liked the music! Vegematic, however, had me laughing out loud. I never heard that one! Very good!!!! :D

Mighty Mom, Yes, I have been getting many great suggestions. You should go listen to Vegematic and the Kangaroo song! LOL! I absolutely love your suggestions, I love those songs...it is funny how I need others to jog my memory! Thanks!


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Tom Koecke 7 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

What do I think of you?! I think you are beautiful and talented! I think the Offspring song is funny, but you are welcome to disagree. I still love you, and I also love this Hub!

"Maggie May" was just on of Rod Stewart's fun songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9dlG-iq3F8

The Rolling Stones ventured into a country sound with one of their funnest songs, "Faraway Eyes": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buTi5xUtfQU

The Georgia Satellites sang a fun song about sexual frustration called "Keep Your Hands to Yourself": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16Ur45vTtw0

Since you like both Steve Goodman songs I put up before, and have a taste for the blues, here's another one by him called "Chicken Cordon Blues": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY_bQtdt3rg


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Tom, Maybe I should listen to the entire Offspings song, often songs that disagree with me in the beginning have funny twists at the end.

OK, I love Maggie May...but that has to be the funnest video I have ever seen for it! (or most any song) I just want to tell everyone they should go see that video! It made a smile come to my face! :D

I have never heard The Girl with the Faraway Eyes, but that is great! And they look like they are having so much fun singing it!

I love Keep Your Hands to Yourself! Another one, I should have remembered! Great video also!

Chicken Cordon Blues is pretty funny! :D Steve Goodman has a great sense of humor and so do you!

Thanks for these! I really enjoyed them. :D


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George Greene Jr. 3 years ago from California PA

OK maybe I just found this hub listing but here are some no one has mentioned yet...

The Martian Boogie...Brownsville Station

Disco Duck...Rick Dees and his cast of Idiots

Spiders and snakes...My girl bill... wildwood flower... Can't remember the artist but he was a country/pop artist who wrote many comedy songs!

Put the Lime in the Coconut... Nillson

Bohemian Rhapsody...Queen(got to admit the best head banging song ever!)

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer... the ultimate Xmas fun song!!!

Mercedes Benz... Janis Joplin (Best complaint song to God ever written!!!

The Homecoming Queen's got a gun..Because I'm a Blonde... Julie Brown(in the 80's whe had MTV viewers howling up a storm with her videos.)

I know I can think of lot's more but These should give you some pleasure if you can find them somewhere(grooveshark has most of them).


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DREAM ON 18 months ago

k@ri I could watch these videos all day. I love a good laugh. What a great hub.

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