10 Favorite Christmas Novelty Songs

Photo by Gary John Norman/Getty Images

Photo by Gary John Norman/Getty Images

They are your Christmas guilty pleasures, or the songs you love to hate… but you’ve got to admit, they are really catchy. They are those novelty songs you hear every Christmas, and you can get your fill of them right here!

1. “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elmo & Patsy[/lastfm]

Probably the best novelty song ever! The song was written by Dallasite, Randy Brooks, and recorded by Elmo & Patsy in 1979. Elmo is still at it. You can go on a holiday cruise with Dr Elmo on December 11th out of Tampa, FL. He also has a fun app for iPhone or iPad you can download where you can play Grandma’s Killer Fruitcake Skeetshoot. Check out his website, drelmo.com.

2. ‘The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alvin & the Chipmunks[/lastfm]

Here’s another favorite sure to put a smile on your face. Alvin, Simon, and Theodore sang this Christmas hit in 1958 and won 3 Grammys for it. Alvin still wants a hula-hoop.

3. “Dominick the Donkey” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lou Monte[/lastfm]

Sung by Lou Monte in 1960, this song tells the story of another on Santa’s little helpers, Dominick, a donkey that helps Santa bring presents to children in Italy.

4. “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Danny Kaye & The Andrews Sisters[/lastfm]

What child doesn’t have this experience? Loosing their 2 front teeth. This song is for you.

5. “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gayla Peevey[/lastfm]

How cute was 10-year-old Gayla Peevey in 1953 when she sang this favorite novelty hit. Gayla is from Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City Zoo capitalized on the popularity of her song, and they held a fundraiser to buy a hippopotamus.

6. “Blue Christmas” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Seymour Swine & the Squealers[/lastfm]

Not much is known about this fictional group, but what is known is that this stuttering rendition of “Blue Christmas” will make you laugh. Whether it’s the Porky Pig sound-a-like, or that guy in the background laughing hysterically, this song is definitely a holiday favorite.

7. “You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Thurl Ravenscroft[/lastfm]

An ode to the Scrooges and Grinches who “bah-humbug” all over the Christmas season. This song was composed for the How The Grinch Stole Christmas tv special based on the Dr Seuss classic story. The special was narrated by Boris Karloff, who is often mistakenly attributed to singing this favorite.

8. Jingle Cats & Barking Dogs

It’s inescapable. It’s Jingle Cats meowing “Silent Night”! However, how can we forget dogs barking “Jingle Bells”?!

9. “I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ For Christmas” by Barry Gordon

7-year-old Barry Gordon joined Art Mooney & his orchestra in 1955 to sing this hit for kids on Santa’s naughty list.

10. “Snoopy’s Christmas” by The Royal Guardsmen

This song sings the tale of Snoopy and the Red Baron on Christmas Eve as they set aside their differences and celebrate the holiday together as friends.


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