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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.

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. Many use unusual lyrics, subjects, sounds, or instrumentation, and may not even be musical. “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. One novelty song, a remix of “Axel F” by Crazy Frog, started as a mobile phone ringtone.

Novelty songs were a major staple of Tin Pan Alley from its start in the late 19th century. They continued to proliferate in the early years of the 20th century, some rising to be among the biggest hits of the era. Varieties included songs with an unusual gimmick, such as the stuttering in “K-K-K-Katy”, silly lyrics like “Yes! We Have No Bananas”, and invocations of foreign lands with emphasis on general feel of exoticism rather than geographic or anthropological accuracy, such as “Oh By Jingo!” and “Nagasaki”.

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    March 2012
  • justinentropy

    Lol ..that'd be say AYE.

    February 2011
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    February 2011
  • priya0007

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    December 2010
  • priya0007

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    December 2010
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