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Funny Australian Songs

Updated on April 25, 2015
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Music from Down Under: the Humorous Side of Australian Music

Do you like funny songs? Do you love the Australian accent? I'm sure you said "yes," so I know you are going to like the funny Australian songs I'll share with you here.

I lived in Australia for 3 1/2 years and loved the country and the people. They have a great sense of humor and a laid-back attitude towards life. "No worries, mate," was a phrase one heard often.

The music of Australia includes plenty of humorous tunes and novelty songs that reflects this attitude. Here's a sampling for your listening pleasure. I was privileged to hear some of it first-hand in Alice Springs where I lived. There was Ted Egan, Bloodwood and once a week, the folk music perfomances.

Feel free to hum along and laugh out loud at these offbeat, Aussie tunes. First you'll hear songs for the whole family, then there is a section of funny Australian songs for grown-ups, then at the end are funny Australian Christmas songs.

The graphic is courtesy of Amazon What Do Kangaroos Do? (What Do Animals Do?)


Looking for Funny Australian Christmas Songs? - They are towards the end of this web page

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Image available on a card from Zazzle: Australian Santa riding a Christmas kangaroo Greeting Card by Dennis_Holmes

Ted Egan Was My First Experience with Humorous Australian Songs

Ted Egan in Alice Springs Australia
Ted Egan in Alice Springs Australia

I took this photo about 1990 or 1991 at his show near Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory. The beer box on the table is used like a drum for him to tap along with his singing.

His albums feature folk songs and songs that he writes himself. Some are quite funny.

Fun Australian Songs for the Whole Family

Old Man Emu Sung by John Williamson

Travel to Australia to Hear the Songs First Hand

Most Americans dream of taking a trip down under. While you're in Australia, make a point of taking in some music performances. You'll be glad you did.

Jump, Jump, Jump Like a Kangaroo - Fun Australian song for kids (and I like it a lot too)

I Love John Williamson's Songs

His voice is so smooth and mellow.

True Blue-The Best of
True Blue-The Best of

True Blue was a huge hit for him.

 

How Much Fun Did You Have Listening to These Australian Songs?

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Funny Australian Christmas Songs

Aussie Christmas

The Australian Jingle Bells by Bucko and Champs

Clarifying Aussie Words or Slang in This Song

Australian Word
What It Means
bush
the country
Holden
automaker
ute
utility vehicle
esky
portable cooler
boot
trunk of the car
kelpie
cattle dog or sheep dog
singlet
sleeveless undershirt
thongs
flip-flops
snap
snapshot

Bucko and Champs - Pretty Funny

These fellows have a great way with a song parody. They have a version of Frosty the Yobbo. You'll want to hear Deck the Shed with Bits of Wattle also. Have fun singing along with the chorus.

You can find these on YouTube or get their album so you can listen anytime you want.

Bucko and Champs - Australian Christmas Album - Aussie Christmas With Bucko & Champs Volume 1 & 2

Aussie Christmas With Bucko & Champs V.1 & 2
Aussie Christmas With Bucko & Champs V.1 & 2

If you enjoyed the video above, then treat yourself to more of Bucko & Champs' Australian Christmas tunes.

 

What Are Boomers?

For the next song, I'll clue you in that "boomers" is an adjective used for something large. In this case it means large kangaroos.

Six White Boomers - A Fun Song for the Kiddos

Christmas in Australia - The esky's full, the barbies hot...

If you'd like to read more about what Christmas is like in Australia, take a look at Christmas Down Under.

True Blue Aussie Christmas - Album available from Amazon

True Blue Aussie Christmas
True Blue Aussie Christmas

You won't want to miss these: Merry Bloody Xmas, Aussie Jingle Bells or Six White Boomers. Also lots of fun is Deck the Sheds with Boughs of Wattle.

 

Christmas in Australia - This one is for the littlies

In case you need an interpreter, "littlies" is Australian-speak for "kids."

Sing Along with the Words on the Screen - Christmas in Australia

Visitors to This Page - Came from these countries

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    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @tedwritesstuff24: Great song, I really enjoy that one.

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      TedWritesStuff 

      6 years ago

      Old Man Emu was the first single I ever owned as a boy, 'Hes got a beak and feathers and things, but the poor old fella, has lost his wings' burnt in my memory. Your lens made me smile, from a sunny Melbourne.

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      Zach Spangler 

      6 years ago

      I think Australian music is my new favorite kind..

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @CrossCreations: Maybe we're thinking of the same song..."Kookaburra sits on an old gum tree, Merry merry king of the bush is he, Laugh, kookaburra, laugh."

      I've heard them calling in the bush and it is a remarkable laughing sound they make.

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      Carolan Ross 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I've always wanted to travel to Australia, maybe even LIVE there. Love listening to the way Aussies talk and their culture and lifestyles seem to suit me. By the way, there's a funny Australian song I learned as a little girl at summer camp about a kookoburra (sp?) - thought it might be here but didn't see it.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @Othercatt: There are indeed some colorful characters in Australia. They are a fun-loving people.

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      Othercatt 

      6 years ago

      I'd love to visit Australia if it meant seeing that One-Man Beer Bottle Band in person. That was wicked cool!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This was fun! I thought for sure that "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" would be on your list. Maybe it is not considered really Australian.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @cdcraftee: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Australia has such a rich heritage and sometimes quirky sense of humor.

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      Christine Larsen 

      6 years ago from South Australia

      Nice work Virginia - all the good, the bad and the ugly that make up our Great Southern Land.

      Bewdy mate,

      Christine

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      AJ 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Too funny and too embarrassing!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Stationed in NW Australia (Exmouth) U S Navy, 73-74. Probably the one place on earth I would like to go back to.

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      tcorbs 

      6 years ago

      I would live to visit Australia, nice lens! I recognize one song, my boomerang wont come back.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Excellent lens :) great job on the videos. i really enjoyed watching them. keep up the good work...

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      andyrew912 

      6 years ago

      I am fairly new to Australia so most of these songs are new to me! I have just started a lens on Australian slang so please check it out and let me know if there are any words that need to be added!

      http://www.squidoo.com/australian-slang

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens. I used to love watching the Paul Hogan show years ago, and we used to have some great Fosters and Castlemaine XXXX commercials on tv too. Loved Charlie Drake when I was growing up. Great job, blessed.

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      Ellen de Casmaker 

      6 years ago from Powell RIver BC

      Thank you for the lift in my day. That was just great - hilarious.

      Yes, I would like to visit Australia

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      hntrssthmpsn 

      6 years ago

      These are hilarious! I love funny music, but I guess I've been oblivious to funny songs from foreign soil till now. Thanks for opening my eyes!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I really like this lens! Some day we'll be visiting Australia for sure.

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      EileenSmith LM 

      6 years ago

      Funny songs, and a good presentation of them! Someday I'd like to visit Australia.

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      Barbara Isbill 

      6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Loved these songs

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I like the idea of a fun Christmas in Australia - in the heat. Fun lens!

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      gottaloveit2 

      7 years ago

      What?! A pub with no beer? Preposterous! You sure are an interesting lady, living in Australia and all. I'd love to visit there one day. Great lens. Some really funny songs.

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      hughgrissettsr lm 

      7 years ago

      loved your lens! i like novelty songs, folk songs, etc.

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      CatJGB 

      7 years ago

      Already here, and love the take-the-piss songs!

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      bluewren56 lm 

      7 years ago

      I lived in Darwin Northern Territory for 3 years... loved it. Sydney is my home. I love your lens.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I loved the UnAustralian song. Yep, I'd love to visit Australia!

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      Once when I was in high school, my friends and I met some Aussie sailors on a BART train. During the trip, they taught us a song with the refrain, "Singin' ho, tiddlee oh, rip *#!@&! or bust, never let your #$@%!! dangle in the dust!" And, yes, I'd love to see Australia.

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      Frischy 

      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      The beer ads were great, and made me thirsty! lol... I also enjoy John Williamson. Great job!

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      MobyD 

      7 years ago

      Loved the VB and Carleton beer adverts!

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      sorana lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens. Even better now that I've see the three pages. It looks very Australian ... from an Australian point of view. Thank you.

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      Distrx 

      7 years ago

      Yay for Australia! Some hilarious songs on this lens, and I am also a proud Australian. :)

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      norma-holt 

      7 years ago

      Well done, and there are some songs here I had not even heard before. You will all want to visit Aus after yu see Oprah's take on it in January. She loves the place and has made herself our official tourist promoter. By the way we do have a serious side - sometimes. Great lens and featured on Quiz- How Much Do You Know About Australia

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      LisaDH 

      7 years ago

      I'd love to visit Australia. A friend of mine just moved to Sydney, so now it would be even more fun. Of course, I think I'll just forget that song about all the poisonous and dangerous creatures again before I make my travel plans...

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      MyFairLadyah2 

      8 years ago

      Absolutely would love to visit the Land Down Under

      Then maybe I'll speak Aussie without any blunder

      Very Fun Lens

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      You know, I have wanted to come to Australia for many years and am having second thoughts after that very inviting tourism video, lol! Talk about fun and a nation with a sense of humor! That beer commercial is so cool and sure grabs the attention from start to finish. I see your work was rewarded with a very well deserved Purple Star.

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      Othercatt 

      8 years ago

      Everything on this page either made me laugh or say wow! Great lens.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I expected to like the kids page better, but now I can't decide. I love this lens on funny Australian songs.

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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      You have to laugh! Great fun, and congratulations on your purple star!

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      Bambi Watson 

      8 years ago

      What a fun lens!

      So fun, I'm featuring it on the Squidoo Music blog ~ Sounds of Joy!

      Congrats!

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      Ahhh we are indeed a weird mob. Did you ever see that movie. Oh well thanks for the laughs. Nicely done.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      8 years ago from Royalton

      This is by far the funniest lens with the funniest songs I have run into in a very long time. Your charity will certainly need lots of donations. Thank you!

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