A novelty song is a comical or nonsensical song, performed principally for its comical effect. Humorous songs, or those containing humorous elements, are not necessarily novelty songs. The term arose in Tin Pan Alley to describe one of the major divisions of popular music. The other two divisions were ballads and dance music. Novelty songs achieved great popularity during the 1920s and 1930s. They had a resurgence of interest in the 1950s and 1960s.
Novelty songs are often a parody or humor song, and may apply to a current event such as a holiday or a fad such as a dance or TV programme. Many use unusual lyrics, subjects, sounds, or instrumentation, and may not even be musical. For example, the 1966 novelty song "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" has little music and is set to a rhythm tapped out on a snare drum and tambourine.
A famous book on achieving an attention-grabbing novelty single is "The Manual (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way)", written by The KLF. It is based on their achievement of a UK number-one single with "Doctorin the Tardis", a 1988 dance remix mashup of the Doctor Whotheme song released under the name of 'The Timelords.' It argued that (at the time) achieving a number one single could be achieved less by musical talent than through market research, sampling and gimmicks matched to an underlying danceable groove.
But, beyond being a delightful novelty, each of the songs offers its characters the opportunity to express themselves more honestly than they ordinarily would. Sometimes that’s played for laughs, as in Xander and Anya’s duet I’ll Never Tell, but just as often, the songs represent a moment of reflection or a difficult decision.
A simple problem to solve, right? Wrong... And it’s an exercise that has made shopping even more dizzying for us little people ... their home pages ... It’s kind of a delight! ... (Swift’s boyfriend, NFL star Travis Kelce, doesn’t have his own gift guide… yet, but Kelce and his fellow NFL star brother did just release their own novelty holiday song that hit No ... .
songs that guitarists need to hear ...The band have released 38 albums since 1987 (the forthcoming Nowhere to Go But Up will make it 39 and three for this year) and hundreds upon hundreds of songs, among them big studio ragers, four-track oddities, psychedelic novelties and 90-second DIY power-pop symphonies ... You can’t ignore songs like this.
It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when Mimi’s inescapable earworm was just a forgotten novelty song from yet another standard-issue pop-singer holiday album ... It’s just a perfect Christmas song ... If you love New Wave bands like Blondie and Talking Heads, this is surely the Christmas song for you.
...NightLive" cast member turned superstar film funnyman — will perform next week at FedExForum, bringing his mix of standup, songs and special guests ... His popularity led to concert tours and several hit albums and novelty singles (he introduced "The ChanukahSong" in 1994).
They had top ten hits you still hear all the time, like "Eternal Flame," "In Your Room," and the biggest song of 1987, "Walk Like an Egyptian," a new wave novelty song that never grows old, no matter how many tens of thousands of times you hear it. "It was such an unusual song," she reminisces ... We lip-synched for that song to match the record.
The album, which she wrote and produced herself, features 11 tracks that lean into a more chill and lo-fi vibe, a departure from her previous novelty and rock genres ... She was hailed as Rock Artist of the Year at the PMPC Star Awards 2022 and Novelty Artist of the Year last 2021, while her song “Mataba” won Novelty Song of the Year.
The re-release is a wonderful blend of nostalgia and novelty, preserving the original’s whimsical energy and debuting five new songs “From the Vault.” ... The first vault song, “Slut!,” is one of the best on the album. The song’s crude title contrasts with the track’s beautifully dreamy vocals and ethereal production.