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Music from Down Under: the Humorous Side of Australian Music
Do you like funny songs? Do you love the Australian accent? I'm sure you said "yes," so I know you are going to like the funny Australian songs I'll share with you here.
I lived in Australia for 3 1/2 years and loved the country and the people. They have a great sense of humor and a laid-back attitude towards life. "No worries, mate," was a phrase one heard often.
The music of Australia includes plenty of humorous tunes and novelty songs that reflects this attitude. Here's a sampling for your listening pleasure. I was privileged to hear some of it first-hand in Alice Springs where I lived. There was Ted Egan, Bloodwood and once a week, the folk music perfomances.
Feel free to hum along and laugh out loud at these offbeat, Aussie tunes. First you'll hear songs for the whole family, then there is a section of funny Australian songs for grown-ups, then at the end are funny Australian Christmas songs.
Looking for Funny Australian Christmas Songs? - They are towards the end of this web page
Ted Egan Was My First Experience with Humorous Australian Songs
I took this photo about 1990 or 1991 at his show near Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory. The beer box on the table is used like a drum for him to tap along with his singing.
His albums feature folk songs and songs that he writes himself. Some are quite funny.
Artists And Albums to Look For
- Slim Dusty has a number of albums. I think you'll like his Australian Bush Ballads And Old Time Songs.
- Dame Edith (very popular female impersonator) has a Songs of Australia album.
- John Williamson
- Kangaroos & Didgeridoos: Kid-Friendly Australian Songs & Stories
Old Man Emu Sung by John Williamson
Travel to Australia to Hear the Songs First Hand
Most Americans dream of taking a trip down under. While you're in Australia, make a point of taking in some music performances. You'll be glad you did.
Jump, Jump, Jump Like a Kangaroo - Fun Australian song for kids (and I like it a lot too)
I Love John Williamson's Songs
His voice is so smooth and mellow.
How Much Fun Did You Have Listening to These Australian Songs?
The Australian Jingle Bells by Bucko and Champs
Clarifying Aussie Words or Slang in This Song
|Australian Word||What It Means|
trunk of the car
cattle dog or sheep dog
Bucko and Champs - Pretty Funny
These fellows have a great way with a song parody. They have a version of Frosty the Yobbo. You'll want to hear Deck the Shed with Bits of Wattle also. Have fun singing along with the chorus.
You can find these on YouTube or get their album so you can listen anytime you want.
Bucko and Champs - Australian Christmas Album - Aussie Christmas With Bucko & Champs Volume 1 & 2
What Are Boomers?
For the next song, I'll clue you in that "boomers" is an adjective used for something large. In this case it means large kangaroos.
Six White Boomers - A Fun Song for the Kiddos
Christmas in Australia - The esky's full, the barbies hot...
If you'd like to read more about what Christmas is like in Australia, take a look at Christmas Down Under.
Learn More about Christmas in Australia
- The Australian Christmas Tree, Nuytsia floribunda, is a native of Southwest Australia, quite an extraordinary plant. It is the biggest parasitic plant in the world with an ingenious and efficient way of surviving.
- An Australian Christmas is a great tribute that includes a poem.
True Blue Aussie Christmas - Album available from Amazon
Christmas in Australia - This one is for the littlies
In case you need an interpreter, "littlies" is Australian-speak for "kids."
Sing Along with the Words on the Screen - Christmas in Australia
Visitors to This Page - Came from these countries
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2010 Virginia Allain
Would You Like to Visit Australia?
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 01, 2012:
@tedwritesstuff24: Great song, I really enjoy that one.
TedWritesStuff on December 01, 2012:
Old Man Emu was the first single I ever owned as a boy, 'Hes got a beak and feathers and things, but the poor old fella, has lost his wings' burnt in my memory. Your lens made me smile, from a sunny Melbourne.
Zach Spangler on November 20, 2012:
I think Australian music is my new favorite kind..
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 16, 2012:
@CrossCreations: Maybe we're thinking of the same song..."Kookaburra sits on an old gum tree, Merry merry king of the bush is he, Laugh, kookaburra, laugh."
I've heard them calling in the bush and it is a remarkable laughing sound they make.
Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on November 16, 2012:
I've always wanted to travel to Australia, maybe even LIVE there. Love listening to the way Aussies talk and their culture and lifestyles seem to suit me. By the way, there's a funny Australian song I learned as a little girl at summer camp about a kookoburra (sp?) - thought it might be here but didn't see it.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 02, 2012:
@Othercatt: There are indeed some colorful characters in Australia. They are a fun-loving people.
Othercatt on August 01, 2012:
I'd love to visit Australia if it meant seeing that One-Man Beer Bottle Band in person. That was wicked cool!
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on July 21, 2012:
This was fun! I thought for sure that "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" would be on your list. Maybe it is not considered really Australian.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 12, 2012:
@cdcraftee: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Australia has such a rich heritage and sometimes quirky sense of humor.
Christine Larsen from South Australia on July 11, 2012:
Nice work Virginia - all the good, the bad and the ugly that make up our Great Southern Land.
AJ from Australia on May 09, 2012:
Too funny and too embarrassing!
anonymous on May 08, 2012:
Stationed in NW Australia (Exmouth) U S Navy, 73-74. Probably the one place on earth I would like to go back to.
tcorbs on March 15, 2012:
I would live to visit Australia, nice lens! I recognize one song, my boomerang wont come back.
anonymous on January 27, 2012:
Excellent lens :) great job on the videos. i really enjoyed watching them. keep up the good work...
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on January 18, 2012:
Excellent lens. I used to love watching the Paul Hogan show years ago, and we used to have some great Fosters and Castlemaine XXXX commercials on tv too. Loved Charlie Drake when I was growing up. Great job, blessed.
Ellen de Casmaker from Powell RIver BC on January 11, 2012:
Thank you for the lift in my day. That was just great - hilarious.
Yes, I would like to visit Australia
hntrssthmpsn on January 08, 2012:
These are hilarious! I love funny music, but I guess I've been oblivious to funny songs from foreign soil till now. Thanks for opening my eyes!
Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on January 02, 2012:
I really like this lens! Some day we'll be visiting Australia for sure.
EileenSmith LM on December 24, 2011:
Funny songs, and a good presentation of them! Someday I'd like to visit Australia.
Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on December 23, 2011:
Loved these songs
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on December 17, 2011:
I like the idea of a fun Christmas in Australia - in the heat. Fun lens!
gottaloveit2 on December 15, 2011:
What?! A pub with no beer? Preposterous! You sure are an interesting lady, living in Australia and all. I'd love to visit there one day. Great lens. Some really funny songs.
hughgrissettsr lm on December 10, 2011:
loved your lens! i like novelty songs, folk songs, etc.
CatJGB on December 08, 2011:
Already here, and love the take-the-piss songs!
bluewren56 lm on December 03, 2011:
I lived in Darwin Northern Territory for 3 years... loved it. Sydney is my home. I love your lens.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 24, 2011:
I loved the UnAustralian song. Yep, I'd love to visit Australia!
Joan Haines on August 19, 2011:
Once when I was in high school, my friends and I met some Aussie sailors on a BART train. During the trip, they taught us a song with the refrain, "Singin' ho, tiddlee oh, rip *#!@&! or bust, never let your #$@%!! dangle in the dust!" And, yes, I'd love to see Australia.
Frischy from Kentucky, USA on August 18, 2011:
The beer ads were great, and made me thirsty! lol... I also enjoy John Williamson. Great job!
MobyD on February 04, 2011:
Loved the VB and Carleton beer adverts!
sorana lm on January 13, 2011:
Great lens. Even better now that I've see the three pages. It looks very Australian ... from an Australian point of view. Thank you.
Distrx on December 30, 2010:
Yay for Australia! Some hilarious songs on this lens, and I am also a proud Australian. :)
norma-holt on December 27, 2010:
Well done, and there are some songs here I had not even heard before. You will all want to visit Aus after yu see Oprah's take on it in January. She loves the place and has made herself our official tourist promoter. By the way we do have a serious side - sometimes. Great lens and featured on Quiz- How Much Do You Know About Australia
LisaDH on December 19, 2010:
I'd love to visit Australia. A friend of mine just moved to Sydney, so now it would be even more fun. Of course, I think I'll just forget that song about all the poisonous and dangerous creatures again before I make my travel plans...
MyFairLadyah2 on December 17, 2010:
Absolutely would love to visit the Land Down Under
Then maybe I'll speak Aussie without any blunder
Very Fun Lens
anonymous on December 08, 2010:
You know, I have wanted to come to Australia for many years and am having second thoughts after that very inviting tourism video, lol! Talk about fun and a nation with a sense of humor! That beer commercial is so cool and sure grabs the attention from start to finish. I see your work was rewarded with a very well deserved Purple Star.
Othercatt on September 22, 2010:
Everything on this page either made me laugh or say wow! Great lens.
Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on September 10, 2010:
I expected to like the kids page better, but now I can't decide. I love this lens on funny Australian songs.
Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on August 06, 2010:
You have to laugh! Great fun, and congratulations on your purple star!
Bambi Watson on February 20, 2010:
What a fun lens!
So fun, I'm featuring it on the Squidoo Music blog ~ Sounds of Joy!
oztoo lm on February 15, 2010:
Ahhh we are indeed a weird mob. Did you ever see that movie. Oh well thanks for the laughs. Nicely done.
Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on February 05, 2010:
This is by far the funniest lens with the funniest songs I have run into in a very long time. Your charity will certainly need lots of donations. Thank you!