On Weekend Notes, Christmas and Christmas activities feature big. I've even written about bad Christmas movies and bizarre Christmas pop culture. But this one is about music. Closer to the topic, Geraldine Massey has written a superb article about the best and worst Christmas songs. But this article is focused on Christmas humour in songs, and songs that are safe to play out loud (so there are no NSFW songs here, though there are many of those I could have chosen as well). Your mileage may vary as to whether they are suitable for children, however...
Therefore, in no particular order, here are 6 of my favourite Christmas humour songs.
1. The Night Santa Went Crazy by 'Weird' Al Yankovic
Who doesn't love a bit of blood and guts at Christmas time? Who? Oh, okay. Sorry. So maybe it's not everyone's cup of tea, but there's no denying it's funny. This one is probably not the best one to play around children, however (even though my 7 year old thinks it's great).
2. I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas by The Goons
It's The Goons - you were expecting something that made sense? Just a strange piece of surrealism that only The Goons (and maybe Monty Python) could ever pull off so well.
3. Cat Hairballs by Ren & Stimpy
Ren & Stimpy was one of those bizarre cartoons from the 1990s, early 2000s that seemed to appeal to both kids and adults. And this is one of those songs that makes no sense on any level. Really.
4. A Christmas Carol by Tom Lehrer
Tom Lehrer's brand of humour was intelligent, designed to make you think while parodying everything mercilessly. He's an artist whose lyrics you have to listen to, and this is a great Christmas song.
5. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer by Elmo & Patsy
Just the whole concept of the song is wrong on so many levels, but I still laugh whenever I hear it, no matter how many times I hear it. It was later covered by The Irish Rovers, although the two versions are very similar. A Christmas classic, to be sure, to be sure.
6. Christmas At Ground Zero by 'Weird' Al Yankovic
Yes, 'Weird' Al again. And why not? Much like Tom Lehrer, a song which uses humour to drive home a point. And it is funny to boot.
So there you have it, my top 6 Safe For Work humorous Christmas songs. Hope you enjoy them!