11 Funny Christmas Songs Sure to Lighten Up Your Awkward Family Gatherings
For all the beautiful jazz standards and Motown gems, there’s a catalogue of Christmas cuts that lean into something a bit more … unhinged. From the slightly sinister Santa conspiracy theories to the kid-friendly fantasy gift list requests, we’ve rounded up the best goofy, weird, and untraditional holiday tunes.
“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” by Elmo & Patsy
The absolute chaos that is the concept of Santa’s sleigh being pulled by wild antlered animals is finally addressed on “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”—the unexpectedly popular macabre take on the traditional holiday fable.
“Dominic the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey)” by Lou Monte
Santa’s status as the official Christmas mascot is pretty solidified at this point, but there’s a fairly dense cast of other seasonal characters too. There are the elves, Mrs. Claus, and the reindeer, but it seems Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey never quite made the official roster, despite Lou Monte’s crusade.
“All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)” by Melissa Lynn
An incredibly niche take on a holiday gift list, “All I Want for Christmas” is an ode to a little one’s impending canines—a great dual-marketing track for Santa’s distant cousin, the tooth fairy.
“Father Christmas” by The Kinks
The Kinks decide to address the elephant in the room: Santa is nonexistent. Through a first-person tale of working as a mock Santa at a department store—and being subsequently robbed by rowdy kids—The Kinks somehow find time to also address capitalism and wealth disparity: “Give all the toys to the little rich boys,” they sneer on the track’s closing line.
“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” by Gayla Peevey
“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” belongs in its own subcategory of goofy holiday music. Godspeed to the kids whose wish lists are inspired by this tune—and their parents.
“Chanukah Song” by Adam Sandler
For all the incessant Catholicism surrounding the holiday season, Adam Sandler evens the playing field. The “Chanukah Song” is a run-down of famous Jewish people and traditions, made “for all those nice little Jewish kids who don’t get to hear any Chanukah songs,” the comedian explains.
“Hey Sis, It’s Christmas” by RuPaul featuring Markaholic
“Hey Sis, It’s Christmas” is the cut to play at an increasingly loud volume every time conservative Aunt Carol starts to talk. A simple “Come on over, bish, you can’t miss this” from RuPaul is sure to drown out the sound of any political discussions at the holiday table.
“The Chipmunks Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” by Alvin and the Chipmunks
Somehow, an insufferable group of chipmunks singing shrilly about being amped for Christmas has become a timeless favorite.
“Don’t Shoot Me Santa” by The Killers and Ryan Pardey
Coal works for most bad kids, but in the alternate universe of “Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus,” The Killers front man Brandon Flowers pleads for mercy from a blood-hungry Santa who’s seeking vengeance on the suspected teen murderer. It’s an incredibly dark take on the usual, off-the-rails alternative holiday cuts.
“Christmas Tree” by Lady Gaga featuring Space Cowboy
Cut from the earliest corners of Lady Gaga’s quirky queendom is “Christmas Tree,” which is brimming with a myriad of sexually forward holiday puns.
“Secret Santa” by Ana Gasteyer and Maya Rudolph
The seasoned SNL veterans put a tropical twist on the typically brisk atmosphere of the season with “Secret Santa,” a Christmas story that features a banana peel as a path to enlightenment. READ MORE