Titling a song is like naming a new baby: you’ve got one chance to do it right, or risk a lifetime of jeers directed at you. And while many artists opt for song titles that look good etched into a Grammy, others just want to have a good laugh.
From country to emo, these artists aren’t afraid of their fans having a few chuckles at their expense, as evidenced by these hilarious song titles. And for more musical absurdity, check out the 30 Funniest Funniest Rap Lyrics
“You’re the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly”
“We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful”
“Thank God And Greyhound (She’s Gone)”
“If You Don’t Believe I Love You, Just Ask My Wife”
This strategy might work for Gary P. Nunn, but that doesn’t make it smart.
“You Take the Medicine (I’ll Take the Nurse)”
According to William Penix, this is one pill that’s not so hard to swallow.
“I Wouldn’t Take Her to a Dog Fight”
Charlie Walker can’t take her to a dog fight, not because dog fights are cruel and illegal, but because he’s afraid she’d win.
“She Never Told Me She Was a Mime”
“Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over”
“Satan Gave Me a Taco”
A song from the early days of Beck’s career, before he toned things down and started writing really depressing music.
“I’ve Been Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart”
This Johnny Cash song’s title is funny, but it’s also exactly how you feel after you get dumped.
“All I Want From You (Is Away)”
Loretta Lynn‘s not known for skirting around an issue, but she is known for being funny about it.
“You Can’t Have Your Kate and Edith Too”
Country music is a rich source for funny song titles, as demonstrated by this punny title from The Statler Brothers.
“If the Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me”
This Jimmy Buffett tune has got a title colder than a million frozen margaritas.
“Drop Kick Me, Jesus (Through the Goal Post of Life)”
How Bobby Bare came up with this title is unclear, but he was clearly in need of some help when he did.
“Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued”
Fall Out Boy have quite a few songs with funny titles. Too bad we’ll never know what this one’s was originally.
“If My Nose Was Running Money (I’d Blow It All On You)”
This kooky song has become a country comedy standard, performed by countless artists, including Aaron Wilburn and Mike Snider.
“I’ve Got Tears in My Ears From Lying on My Back in Bed While I Cry Over You”
This tune by Homer & Jethro really takes a “tear in my beer” to a whole different level.
“How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life”
Fred Astaire and Jane Powell sing this tune from Royal Wedding, which has a title that makes a fair point, in addition to being funny.
“I’d Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me (Than a Frontal Lobotomy)”
Dr. Randy Hanzlick (an actual doctor) wrote this song that has become a popular drinking motto.
“I Don’t Know Whether to Kill Myself or Go Bowling”
Seems like the members of Instant Witness don’t like bowling very much.
“Billy Broke My Heart at Walgreens (I Cried All the Way to Sears)”
This Ruby Wright song is either an ode to retail therapy or a ballad about crying at work. Either way, it’s pretty sad for a song with such a funny name.
“Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister”
This is the most visceral title of all the Minus the Bear songs with funny names.
“Please, Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas”
This John Denver song’s title is only funny to the extent that it shows just how far country musicians are willing to go to write something sad.
“You Can Make Me Dance, Sing, or Anything …”
“Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, Or Other Domestic Shortcomings” is the rest of the title of this Rod Stewart and the Faces song.
“If You Can’t Live Without Me, Why Aren’t You Dead Yet?”
Mayday Parade manages to ask a question that’s both mean and funny.
“Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)”
It seems there’s nothing like a bad breakup to inspire bitterly funny songs, as evidenced by this Travis Tritt title.
“I Bought the Shoes That Just Walked Out on Me”
Love, loss, and what she wore on the way out are all painfully recounted in this Wynn Stewart song.
“She Got the Gold Mine, and I Got the Shaft”
Jerry Reed was a man of many talents. Not only was he a co-star in Smoky and the Bandit, he also wrote great country songs like this one.
“Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang”
The fact that this was a hit single for Monte Video and the Casettes really hammers home the “anything goes” vibe happening in the ’80s.
“Mmm mmm mmm mmm”
Crash Test Dummies came up with a song that DJs probably hated to mention by name.
“Put Your Big Toe in the Milk of Human Kindness”
The title of this Elvis Costello song is a lovely sentiment, but not exactly appetizing imagery.
“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Clothes”
It’s no surprise a clever band like They Might Be Giants would have songs with amusing titles.
“Too Much Month at the End of the Money”
Blaming the calendar for bad budgeting skills, as Billy Hall does in this song, is a pretty novel approach.
“My Uncle Used to Love Me, But She Died”
Roger Miller was the king of comedy country, and this is just one of many hilarious songs he wrote during his prolific career.
“I Wanna Find a Woman That’ll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have to Go”
Considering how out there Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band were, it’s entirely possible that they also didn’t know what they meant when they came up with the name of this song.
“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”
You’d never know this song has a funny title unless you saw it spelled out right in front of you, as evidenced by this Sly and the Family Stone song.
“This Song Has No Title”
So, is this the name of the song or not, Elton John? This one is very confusing.
“Thanks to the Cathouse (I’m in the Doghouse With You)”
Maybe if he behaves himself, Johnny Paycheck can come back into the people house.
“What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)”
He’s talking about beer, in case you thought Jerry Lee Lewis was talking about the really nice map museum there.
“If You Won’t Leave Me, I’ll Find Somebody Who Will”
Leave it to a master songwriter like Warren Zevon to come up with a line that’s both sad and brilliantly funny. And when you want to keep the laughs coming, check out the 50 Knock Knock Jokes Guaranteed to Crack You Up.
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