We all know the traditional classic Christmas songs like “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” but there are also plenty of classic funny Christmas songs you may or may not know.
Below are six popular ones:
“Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey” by Lou Monte
Recorded in 1960, the song is about an Italian Christmas Donkey who helps Santa by bringing toys to children. The song receives a ton of airplay during the holidays in Northeast cities such as Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
“I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas” by Gayla Peevey
The song was sung by 10-year-old Gayla Peevy and released in 1953. Prior to the release of it, Peevy performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was rumored the song was supposedly written to raise money for a hippo for the Oklahoma City Zoo, where Peevy was from. But in reality, due to the song’s popularity after being released, the zoo held a promotion to raise money to actually buy Peevy a hippo for Christmas. Once the money was raised, Peevy was actually given a hippo for Christmas, which she donated to the zoo.
“All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” by Spike Jones & His City Slickers
The song was written in 1944 by music school teacher Donald Yetter Gardner in Smithtown, NY. When he asked his second grade students what they’d like for Christmas, he noticed most of them were missing at least one front tooth and had a lisp. That gave him the idea for the song, which he wrote in 30 minutes. It was released in 1948.
“Nuttin’ For Christmas” by Art Mooney and His Orchestra & Sung by six-year-old Barry Gordon
Released in 1955, it was written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett and peaked at number 6 on Billboard‘s pop chart.
“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by Elmo & Patsy
This classic Christmas song was written by Randy Brooks, performed by married couple Elmo and Patsy Trigg Shropshire and released in 1979. The song is about a poor little ‘ol grandma who drinks too much eggnog, forgets to take her medicine, heads outside into a snowstorm, and well the rest is history.
“Christmastime for the Jews” by Darlene Love
While a special guest on SNL in 2005, Darlene Love sang the vocals to this Robert Smigel Cartoon, “Christmastime for the Jews.”