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Top Ten Songs With Nonsense Lyrics

Sometimes the catchiest songs are the ones that don’t make any sense at all. These songs are perfect to sing along to for the lyrically challenged since they’re easy to remember and basically sound like the singer is speaking gibberish, so dig in and try to make sense out of these songs about nonsense!

10. “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Police[/lastfm]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sting[/lastfm] wrote this song as an homage to simplistic songs and the attraction people have them. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said I was trying to make an intellectual point about how the simple can be so powerful. Why are our favourite songs ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ and ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’? In the song, I tried to address that issue.”

I think he made his point with “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da.”

9. “Zip A Dee Do Da” — James Baskett/[lastfm link_type=””]Jackson 5 [/lastfm]

Even a song that makes no sense can win an Oscar. This famous Disney tune from 1946’s Song of the South won Best Original Song and has been a childhood favorite ever since, even the Jackson 5 covered it!

8. “Chim Chim Cher-ee” — Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke/Mary Poppins

This famous sing-a-long about a chimney sweep from Mary Poppins is a ‘sing while you work’ kind of tune!

7. “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Steam[/lastfm]

The chorus is so recognizable that it’s often used to rile up crowd chants at sporting events everywhere.

6. “Tutti Frutti” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Little Richard[/lastfm]

Little Richard’s first big record, he opens with the gibberish cry “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bop-bop!” before going into this hard-hitting rock and roll song.

5. “Boogie Oogie Oogie” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taste Of Honey[/lastfm]

This disco hit from 1978 had us boogie-ing on the dance floor until we couldn’t boogie no more. It also earned Taste Of Honey the Grammy for Best New Artist.

4. “Brown Eyed Girl” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Van Morrison[/lastfm]

The title might make sense, but just wait until you get to the chorus of sha-la-la-la-las.

3. “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Manfred Mann[/lastfm]

Originally recorded by The Exciters in 1963, Manfred Mann’s cover in 1964 became a huge No. 1 hit

2. “Minnie The Moocher” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cab Calloway [/lastfm]

The famous scat man Cab Calloway dared audiences to keep up with his complex phrases during the famous call and repeat part of “Minnie The Moocher,” which would always fall apart in laughter after failing to imitate him. He even appeared in The Blues Brothers singing this song with the audience.

1. “Ob La Di, Ob La Da” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles [/lastfm]

The chorus of the song “ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bra” was in reference to an expression that Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor used when he and McCartney were acquaintances. It’s now one of the most recognizable songs with nonsense lyrics!


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