Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 NOVELTY HITS
OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley - 1958
  2. The Chipmunk Song - The Chipmunks - 1958
  3. The Thing - Phil Harris - 1950
  4. The Witch Doctor - David Seville - 1958
  5. St. George and the Dragonet - Stan Freberg - 1953
  6. Monster Mash - Bobby (Boris) Pickett - 1962
  7. It's in the Book - Johnny Standley - 1952
  8. Alley-Oop - The Hollywood Argyles - 1960
  9. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini -
    Brian Hyland
    - 1960
  10. Mr. Custer - Larry Verne - 1960
  11. Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron - The Royal Guardsmen - 1967
  12. Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp) -
    Allan Sherman
    - 1963
  13. Charlie Brown - The Coasters - 1959
  14. The Flying Saucer - Buchanan and Goodman - 1956
  15. Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport - Rolf Harris - 1963
  16. Beep Beep - The Playmates - 1958
  17. Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) - Edward Byrnes and Connie Stevens - 1959
  18. Ahab, the Arab - Ray Stevens - 1962
  19. Alvin's Harmonica - David Seville and the Chipmunks - 1959
  20. They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! -
    Napoleon XIV - 1966
  21. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavor (On the Bedpost
    Over Night?) - Lonnie Donegan - 1961
  22. Little Ole Man - Bill Cosby - 1967
  23. Baby Sittin' Boogie - Buzz Clifford - 1961
  24. Speedy Gonzales - Pat Boone - 1962
  25. Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat - Paul Evans - 1959
  26. Dinner With Drac - John Zacherle - 1958
  27. Transfusion - Nervous Norvus - 1956
  28. Pepino the Italian Mouse - Lou Monte - 1963
  29. I Taut I Taw a Puddy Tat - Mel Blanc - 1951
  30. Gitarzan - Ray Stevens - 1969
  31. Here Comes the Judge - Shorty Long - 1968
  32. Along Came Jones - The Coasters - 1959
  33. The Ho Ho Song - Red Buttons - 1953
  34. Yogi - The Ivy Three - 1960
  35. What it Was, Was Football - Andy Griffith - 1954
  36. Little Blue Riding Hood - Stan Freberg - 1953
  37. Uh! Oh! (Part 2) - The Nutty Squirrels - 1959
  38. The Little Blue Man - Betty Johnson - 1958
  39. Alley-Oop - Dante and the Evergreens - 1960
  40. Martian Hop - The Ran-Dells - 1963
  41. Stranded in the Jungle - The Cadets - 1956
  42. Christmas Dragnet - Stan Freberg - 1953
  43. More Money for You and Me - The Four Preps - 1961
  44. Flying Saucer the 2nd - Buchanan and Goodman - 1957
  45. The Battle of Kookamonga - Homer and Jethro - 1959
  46. Cinderella - Jack Ross - 1962
  47. Ragtime Cowboy Joe - David Seville and the
    Chipmunks
    - 1959
  48. The Return of the Red Baron - The Royal Guardsmen - 1967
  49. Tennessee Waltz - Spike Jones - 1951
  50. Point of Order - Stan Freberg - 1954
  51. Harry the Hairy Ape - Ray Stevens - 1963
  52. The Astronaut - Jose Jiminez - 1961
  53. Say Man - Bo Diddley - 1959
  54. The Little Space Girl - Jesse Lee Turner - 1959
  55. Chinese Mule Train - Spike Jones - 1950
  56. My Boomerang Won't Come Back - Charlie Drake - 1962
  57. Litle Egypt - The Coasters - 1961
  58. I Got a Wife - The Mark IV - 1962
  59. Leader of the Laundromat - The Detergents - 1964
  60. Here Comes the Judge - Pigmeat Markham - 1968
  61. Ape Call - Nervous Norvus - 1956
  62. Stranded in the Jungle - The Jayhawks - 1956
  63. Wild Thing - Senator Bobby - 1967
  64. (How Much Is) That Hound Dog in the Window - Homer and
    Jethro
    - 1953
  65. Try - Stan Freberg - 1952
  66. Along Came Jones - Ray Stevens - 1969
  67. Come On-A My House - Mickey Katz - 1951
  68. The Blob - The Five Blobs - 1958
  69. I've Got You Under My Skin - Stan Freberg - 1951
  70. Monsters' Holiday - Bobby (Boris) Pickett - 1962
  71. John and Marsha - Stan Freberg - 1951
  72. Oh! Susanna - The Singing Dogs - 1955
  73. I Went to Your Wedding - Spike Jones - 1953
  74. The Ballad of Irving - Frank Gallop - 1966
  75. The Old Philosopher - Eddie Lawrence - 1956
  76. Wun'erful, Wun'erful! - Stan Freberg - 1957
  77. Make Yourself Comfortable - Andy Griffith - 1955
  78. Rip Van Winkle - The Devotions - 1964
  79. The Happy Reindeer - Dancer, Prancer and Nervous - 1959
  80. Herring Boats - Mickey Katz - 1952
  81. Moonflight - Vik Venus - 1969
  82. Hambone - Red Saunders with Dolores Hawkins and the Hambone Kids - 1952
  83. Santa and the Satellite - Buchanan and Goodman - 1957
  84. Alvin's Orchestra - David Seville and the Chipmunks - 1960
  85. The Class - Chubby Checker - 1959
  86. The Bird on My Head - David Seville - 1958
  87. Eloise - Kay Thompson - 1956
  88. The Mummy - Bob McFadden and Dor - 1959
  89. Stranded in the Jungle - The Gadabouts - 1956
  90. Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills - Ray Stevens - 1961
  91. Crazy Downtown - Allan Sherman - 1965
  92. The Alvin Twist - The Chipmunks with David Seville - 1962
  93. Like I Love You - Edd Byrnes and Friend - 1959
  94. 10 Little Bottles - Johnny Bond - 1965
  95. Lizzie Borden - The Chad Mitchell Trio - 1962
  96. Hit Record - Brook Benton - 1962
  97. The Touchables in Brooklyn - Dickie Goodman - 1961
  98. Banana Boat (Day-O) - Stan Freberg - 1957
  99. Delicious! - Jim Backus and Friend - 1958
  100. Ben Crazy - Dickie Goodman - 1962

Novelty and comedy recordings are eligible for this list. In some instances a novelty song can be of a serious nature. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.

Stan Freberg leads the list with nine songs, followed by David Seville and The Chipmunks in varying combinations with seven. Ray Stevens is next with five and Dickie Goodman has five, combining his solo hits with those of Buchanan and Goodman. Spike Jones and The Coasters each have three. The three appearances of "Stranded in the Jungle" are the most of any song, followed by "Along Came Jones" and "Here Comes the Judge" with two apiece.





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The Purple People Eater The Chipmunk Song Monster Mash Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp) The Flying Saucer Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport Beep Beep Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) Ahab, the Arab