Nothing brings back the anticipation and flood of childhood memories of Christmas mornings like listening to your favorite Christmas music. Some of the most well-known holiday-themed songs are the offbeat, novelty songs that have become huge hits on their own and put a little humor into the season!
Take a look back at some of the most memorable novelty Christmas songs from the past with the top ten favorites of the season!
1. “The Chipmunk Song”
The rambunctious Alvin & The Chipmunks tune about Christmas earned this popular novelty song three Grammy Awards in 1958!
2. “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”
A very nontraditional Christmas song recorded in 1979 by Elmo and Patsy has become one of the funniest songs of the season. Just keep the eggnog away from grandma and everything will be okay on Christmas.
3. “All I Want For Xmas Is My Two Front Teeth”
No one could have expected such a silly Christmas song would reach the top of the pop charts in 1949! Spike Jones and his City Slickers must have been the only ones.
4. “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”
Forget toys, games, clothes or gadgets, what little girl wouldn’t want a hippo for Christmas? Gayle Peevey tells you.
5. “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
Thurl Ravenscroft Recorded this in 1966 for the special How The Grinch Stole Christmas, this is one of the most well known novelty songs of the season and tells the story of the foul Mr. Grinch.
6. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
This #1 hit originally recorded by Jimmy Boyd has been covered by many artists over the years, one of the most known being The Jackson 5.
7. “Snoopy’s Christmas”
This is a Christmas favorite recorded by The Royal Guardsman in 1967. It was about Snoopy and his friends fighting the Red Baron on Christmas Eve.
8. “Santa Baby”
This tongue-in-cheek holiday song recorded by Eartha Kitt in 1953 is about a lavish woman asking Santa to bring her extravagant gifts for Christmas.
9. “Feliz Navidad”
Written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Jose Feliciano, the simple Spanish and English ways to say “Merry Christmas” has become one of the most beloved Christmas songs in history.
10. “Frosty The Snowman”
One of the masters of the the novelty Christmas songs, Gene Autry recorded “Frosty The Snowman” following the huge success of his “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and was later adapted for the classic Christmas TV special.