Comedy and music are two of the most powerful and universal art forms, and when they come together they make a super fun combination. Like music, laughing not only feels good, but it’s scientifically proven to make you feel good and get healthier. So why not indulge in some of the best funny songs ever right now?
The funniest songs of all time cover a lot of different ground—some are parodies of popular songs, some are about the current events of their time, and some are just plain old low-brow jokes or some other kind of crass and broad humor. Let’s take a tour through the ones that are guaranteed to split your sides:
1. “White and Nerdy” – Weird Al Yankovic
A parody of the Chamillionaire song “Ridin’ Dirty,” this is probably the best-known funny song in pop culture. The 2006 song is a rare example of a parody song that eclipsed the original in staying power and recognition. Weird Al has a knack for writing the funniest songs of all time, and he’ll be showing up a lot on this list.
2. “I Threw it on the Ground” – The Lonely Island
A hilarious comedy sketch of a song that revolves around a countercultural, anti-authority kind of guy who has so much misplaced aggression that he’s constantly throwing things that people hand him—a phone, a hotdog, a cake—on the ground. The song’s music video adds a lot of hilarity and Andy Samberg’s facial expressions are priceless. The song was released in 2011 and aired in an episode of SNL as a digital short.
3. “Because I Got High” – Afroman
A slacker’s anthem about getting high, this song follows the events of a young dude’s life and comically shows how smoking intervened to stop him from doing what he planned to do. It’s not a “scared straight” song but a good-natured, tongue-in-cheek smoker’s anthem. The song was released in 2001, and has staying power to remain popular today.
4. “Flight of the Conchords” – Business Time
Sex in the context of a long-term relationship often stops being sexy and becomes a routine, functional affair. This song pokes fun at that dynamic and plays with the goofy image of a naked man wearing only socks trying to flirt with his girlfriend. The song appeared in the New Zealand comedy duo’s TV show in 2007.
5. “29/31” Garfunkel and Oates
Getting older is hard to accept. People will pretend that they’re 29 well into their 30s, all because they can’t accept the reality of aging and the loss of unbridled freedom felt in their 20s, and this song is a goofy look at the irrational but relatable fear that you become a new, unrecognizable person when you turn 30. The song was released in 2012.
6. “Wait (The Whisper Song)” – Ying Yang Twins
This song is all about overt and over-the-top male flirtation, and it’s hilariously explicit. The singer whispers the whole song, talking directly into the ear of the woman he’s interested in and describing all of the sex acts he wants to do in goofy double-entendres and plenty of single entendres too. The song came out in 2005.
7. “Stacy’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne
Have you ever been more sexually attracted to your girlfriend’s mom than your girlfriend? This goofy afterschool anthem is about a kid who goes over to his sweetheart’s house only to find that her mom is more attractive than her, and it pokes fun at the absurdity of the situation. The song came out in 2003.
8. “Like a Boss” – The Lonely Island
An SNL bombshell that introduced a new phrase into the pop-culture lexicon, this goofy song is about the life of a bigshot businessman. It follows every part of his day through the lyrics, punctuating everything he does with the phrase “like a boss!” And as his life completely falls apart, the phrase only gets funnier. The song was performed on SNL in 2009.
9. “Big Bottom” – Spinal Tap
There’s no way to say it politely—this song’s about attraction to large women. Every lyric is a hilariously crass double-entendre about that particular sexual taste. The song is also a meta-joke because Spinal Tap is a fictional parody band that makes fun of 70s and 80s rockers. The song came out in 1984.
10. “Friday” – Rebecca Black
A song so unintentionally funny that it became a hit, “Friday” has a strange history. Talentless teen Rebecca Black had her parents hire a production company to help her create a pop career, and she created a music video so hilariously unmusical and insipid that people latched onto it as a joke song. It was released in 2011, thankfully she was able to turn it around a bit later on.
11. “Baby Got Back” – Sir Mix-A-Lot
A cheeky song about how Sir Mix-a-Lot loves huge butts and he can’t lie. The music video features big-hipped women dancing on big lumps that could either be rolling hills or giant butt cheeks and the song’s central joke is really about how men appreciate large butts. The song came out in 1992.
12. “It Wasn’t Me” – Rik Rok and Shaggy
Denial in the face of overwhelming evidence is what makes this song funny. A guy has been caught cheating with the girl next door when his girlfriend comes home after a long time away, and he won’t confess. He just keeps saying “it wasn’t me” in an increasingly absurd lie. This song was released in 2000.
13. “Amish Paradise” – Weird Al Yankovic
A parody of “Gangsta’s Paradise,” this song follows Weird Al’s trend of turning gangsta rap songs into goofy novelties. The song pokes fun at the Amish and their past-dwelling ways, but a lot of the song’s humor also comes from the juxtaposition of a gangsta rap beat over lyrics about the Amish. The song came out in 1996.
14. “Eat It” – Weird Al Yankovic
A take on the Michael Jackson hit “Beat It,” this is one of Weird Al’s early big hits, and it showcases just how good he is at finding silly phrases that get stuck in your head and fit right over the real lyrics perfectly. “Eat It” makes fun of parents who try to make their kids eat absolutely everything on the plate. The song came out in 1984, the year after “Beat It.”
15. “If You’re Into it” – Flight of the Conchords
A goofy yet heartfelt profession of love that derives its humor from the low-pitched, silly, and repetitive vocals that break up the verses. The singer asks his prospective lover if she’d be into various things that start as tame activities that lovers do and get progressively lewder throughout the song. Eventually, they go too far and she gets turned off. The song was released in an episode of the Flight of the Conchords TV show in 2007.
16. “Man’s Not Hot” – Big Shaq
“Man’s Not Hot” revolves around a loving parody of the London hip-hop scenester stereotype known as the roadman. Big Shaq is a persona invented to poke fun at this kind of blustering, fashion-conscious, overconfident, and silly person who refuses to take off his jacket even in hot weather. This is where the title phrase, “man’s not hot,” comes from.
17. “Bobby Brown Goes Down” – Frank Zappa
A sequence of untimely events leads a hotshot upper-class college boy to develop some odd sexual proclivities. The song both pokes fun at people who are into BDSM and makes a spiteful, mean-spirited swipe at the kind of rich kid who has his life laid out for him and takes advantage of others. The song was released in 1979.
18. “The Bricklayer’s Song” – The Corries
Clean comedy never gets old. This song’s about a bricklayer who just can’t catch a break, and it tells the story of his comic and unfortunate accident while on the job in lilting, characteristically Irish fashion. The story is too long to lay out here, but perhaps unsurprisingly, alcohol is involved. The song dates back to the 19th century.
19. “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” – Monty Python
Featured in the movie The Life of Brian, this song is a heartfelt and goofy exhortation to keep your chin up even when things are tough. The comic effect of the song is heightened in the movie because of its setting in ancient Israel where life was very tough, but the characters don’t seem to mind too much. The song was released as a single in 1979.
20. “One Piece at a Time” – Johnny Cash
This country ballad is about a car factory worker who steals a car from work one piece at a time over several years. Once he assembles it, he realizes that he doesn’t have all the right parts and they’re not compatible because they changed over the years, but he cobbles together a lopsided Frankenstein car anyway. The song came out in 1976.
21. “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind” – Kellie Pickler
A folksy riff on all the thoughts that men conspicuously don’t have. It’s funny when you point out things that seem totally foreign to what men stereotypically think, because it makes you realize how much space sex, beer, and football must be occupying. The song is sung from a woman’s point of view. Pickler released the song in 2006.
22. “Ramblin’ Man” – Steve Martin
This 1977 song is just Steve Martin shredding the banjo and being goofy, but it still manages to make the cut for the funniest songs of all time. Steve Martin really does play the banjo well, and he also knows when to make and how to deliver the perfect silly comment that makes the audience crack up. He knows how to turn a simple word into a joke—when he breaks up the word “ramblin'” into two syllables, putting the emphasis on “-blin,'” the audience loses it.
23. “The Loophole” – Garfunkel and Oates
We all know premarital sex is frowned upon by devout Christians, but what about premarital sex of a… different kind? There’s no two ways about it. This song is a bunch of double entendres about “certain activities” that’s meant to take the place of regular intercourse for religious concerns. The song came out in 2015 and is crass yet hilarious.
24. “Satan Gave Me a Taco” – Beck
This rambling, whimsical ballad is about getting served a rancid taco by the devil, among other goofy happenings. It’s got a folksong arrangement with just guitar and banjo, and it’s got tongue-in-cheek lyrical fakeouts that suggest profanity without actually using it, and each event in the plot of the song is sillier and more improbable than the last as more monsters and strange critters show up.
25. “We Will All Go Together When We Go” – Tom Lehrer
Tom Lehrer is probably the most musically sophisticated lyricist and songwriter on this list. His song about the anxiety of mutually assured nuclear destruction during the cold war came out in 1959.
26. “White Woman’s Instagram” – Bo Burnham
This 2020 song lampoons the cookie-cutter aesthetic of the young, female, white, pumpkin spice latte-drinking Instagram poster. We all know the look when we see it: inspirational quotes, Rupi Kaur poems, you get the picture.
27. “Jack Sparrow” – The Lonely Island
A strange and goofy SNL sketch song where singer Michael Bolton is in the recording studio trying to create a hot track but for some reason can’t sing the right words. Instead of the lyrics that the producers (played by the members of The Lonely Island) want him to sing, he keeps launching into his made-up song about captain Jack Sparrow. The song was written and performed by The Lonely Island with Michael Bolton in 2011.
28. “Welcome to the Internet” – Bo Burnham
The Internet has changed our brains, for better or worse (let’s face it—probably worse). This Bo Burnham song is surprisingly heartfelt and serious for a comedy song, and it also manages to be laugh-out-loud funny as it makes fun of the overstimulating and unnatural aspects of the internet. It was written in 2020 when everyone was shut up in their rooms with only a screen, which is probably how Burnham found himself thinking so much about the effects of the internet.
29. “Peaches en Regalia” – Frank Zappa
Sometimes an instrumental song can have such a hilarious and unusual arrangement that it makes you laugh out loud, and this instrumental manages to make the list of the best funny songs despite having no lyrics. Something about the way the melody builds up to a grand moment and launches into a phrase played with the silliest-sounding synth tone ever makes this 1969 song a hilarious addition to this list.
30. “Subway System” – Jimothy Lacoste
This one is hard to categorize. A young, super-skinny, super-fashionable yet awkward boy dances his made-up moves impeccably on the London subway. It’s hard to tell if he’s ultra-cool or a weirdo outsider, mostly because his rhymes are hilariously awkward, but his self-made beats go hard. You don’t know whether you’re laughing at him or with him. Lacoste put the song out online in 2018.
31. “My Ding-a-Ling” – Chuck Berry
Male sexual self-discovery isn’t often the topic of a rock song, but here you have just that. Believe it or not, the song is very wholesome because the lyrics are relatively tame and not explicit. Surprisingly, it’s the kind of song you could even listen to around your parents and it has a childlike humor to it. Berry didn’t write the song, but he discovered it and popularized it in 1972.
32. “A Boy Named Sue” – Johnny Cash
A rambling jailbird who never gets a chance to raise his own son has a single chance to teach him toughness—and that’s by naming him Sue. He figures his boy will get picked on and made fun of for having a girl’s name, and that’ll teach him how to be tough like his dad. At the end of the ballad, the boy, who is all grown up now, has a tearful reunion where he forgives him for naming him Sue. The song came out in 1969.
33. “Lemon Tree” – Fool’s Garden
This breakup song has a droll, bouncy feel, and a subtle sense of humor about it. It spotlights an unlucky guy whose girlfriend has stood him up in his apartment, and all he can do is slowly grow more vindictive and bitter. Eventually, he resolves to end the relationship, but the whole thing has an air of melancholy and pointlessness about it. The song was released in 1995.
34. “Sexy and I Know it” – LMFAO
A wild and all-over-the-place aesthetic is what defines this song and the overall look of the party culture of the early 2010s and late 2000s. Remember those glasses with horizontal lines cut through them that didn’t have lenses in them? This song is about as goofy as those, and it goes to show how much we’ve changed culturally since 2011 when the song came out.
35. “Asshole” – Denis Leary
The American suburbanite male is often annoying or stupid, and this song pokes fun at the stereotypes that surround him. Not content to sit at home and mind his own business, this type of person has to go out and do stupid, rude things like drive slow in the fast lane or make intentionally inane comments. The song was released in 1993.
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