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30 Meme Songs That Will Tickle Your Bones

When you realize your favorite song is a meme.

When you realize your favorite song is a meme.

Know the Song Title Behind Your Favorite Memes

Music can be an incredible source of entertainment, and funny meme songs are a great example. They're often catchy tunes with humorous lyrics that lighten the mood and mimic popular memes.

Aspiring internet stars everywhere have been crooning about dogs munching on spaghetti or lions giving hugs based on memes you’ve seen most likely at some point in your online life.

Whether you're singing along to “Never Gonna Give You Up” or “Gangnam Style,” it's clear that these amusing song choices give you something to laugh at during your daily travails.

Top 30 Meme Songs

1. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

2. “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg

3. “Buttercup” by Jack Stauber

4. “Astronomia” by Vicetone & Tony Igy

5. “For the Damaged Code” by Blonde Redhead

6. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” by Luciano Michelini

7. “Oh No” by Capone-N-Noreaga

8. “Run” by Awolnation

9. “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel

10. “Photograph” by Nickelback

11. “Toxic” by BoyWithUke

12. “Gangnam Style” by PSY

13. “All Star” by Smash Mouth

14. “The Time Is Now” by John Cena & Tha Trademarc

15. “Jack Sparrow” by The Lonely Island

16. “Harlem Shake” by Baauer

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17. “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap

18. “Take on Me” by A-ha

19. “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton

20. “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel

21. “Africa” by Toto

22. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers

23. “Every time We Touch” by Cascada

24. “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence

25. “What Does the Fox Say?” by Ylvis

26. “Pony” by Ginuwine

27. “We Are Number One” by LazyTown

28. “Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders

29. “Ocean Man” by Ween

30. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

1. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

Rick Astley's “Never Gonna Give You Up” has proven itself to be the ultimate troll of all time. It seems that no matter where you go, this song pops up as a joke at the most unexpected of times. The implications of its meme-ness extend far and wide, as it leaves you with its iconic lyrics and awkward shimmy back and forth.

2. “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg

Dr Dre’s “The Next Episode” is an absolute classic; it's been around long enough to collect dust in the vinyl shop and still be hailed as a timeless example of an ultimate meme song! With its unmistakable “Dadadaa” that is recognizable from halfway across the globe and giddy Rhythm & Blues beats, this piece has undoubtedly made some TikTokkers overnight stars.

3. “Buttercup” by Jack Stauber

For meme connoisseurs across the globe, Jack Stauber's “Buttercup” is a bop and a half! The song takes everyone through an exploration of those all-too-familiar inner struggles for validation that so many will relate to. Jack captures the subtle nuances of wanting to get props from people who just don't seem to get you but also staying true to yourself along the way.

4. “Astronomia” by Vicetone & Tony Igy

Astronomia has truly become astronomical! It's no wonder it is now known as the biggest meme of all time, breaking records with an impressive 408 million views on YouTube. Behind the fame and glory, it's important to not forget the basis of this electronic meme song: a silly coffin dance video on TikTok that shook everyone’s collective funny bone.

5. “For the Damaged Code” by Blonde Redhead

If you can relate to the “Buttercup” meme song, then “For The Damaged Code”, is bound to resonate with you. This song also deals with feelings of frustration and hopelessness that many people experience. You can use it to express emotions such as heartbreak, criticism, and unhappiness without having to say a word!

6. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” by Luciano Michelini

What better way to brighten up your life than by memorably recreating one of the most beloved memes of all time using the infamous “Curb Your Enthusiasm” theme song! It's not just a great song to whistle while you walk, it's an excellent choice for making a fun, upbeat video meme that can make everyone around you laugh.

7. “Oh No” by Capone-N-Noreaga

Everyone has experienced the “Oh No” moments in life - moments that result in a sudden burst of hopelessness, disappointment, and unexpected failure. The 1964 girl band song “Oh No” by Capone-N-Noreaga perfectly captures this feeling that you know so well and its current resurgence on TikTok serves as a reminder to embrace these inevitable moments in your life by finding comfort in the familiarity of them.

8. “Run” by Awolnation

“Run” is known for its dark, sinister power and its energizing rhythm. It's the perfect song to represent running away from danger; for example, a raging dog coming after you! Mocking the danger with a lighthearted mood can be just as satisfying as taking things seriously, and this is why “Run” has become a go-to favorite for many people when creating memes.

9. “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel

The cult classic “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel is the soundtrack to a thousand tiny embarrassments immortalized in meme form. Who knew a melancholy love ballad could really bring out the hilariousness and poignancy of everyday blunders?

Instagram and TikTok are filled with clips of these accidental missteps getting blown out of proportion, ostensibly crushing our unfortunate heroes while the opening strains of pining chord progressions play in the background.

10. “Photograph” by Nickelback

“Photograph” by Nickelback has everything a meme-generator could ever want: angsty lyrics, sheer corniness, and the now-infamous scene of the band members holding up picture frames. It was no wonder then, that after its initial release, this song has been the source of plenty of online hilarity.

11. “Toxic” by BoyWithUke

“Toxic” by BoyWithUke has elevated itself above the common meme songs to reputable status. The combination of the catchy rhythm, simple but powerful lyrics, and the cheerful ukulele are absolutely irresistible. If you’re searching for a song that properly evokes the intangible humor associated with memes, this is just your cup of tea.

12. “Gangnam Style” by PSY

When PSY released “Gangnam Style” there was an immediate sense that something special had arrived: not only did the infectious melody capture people's attention, but the accompanying iconic dance moves were sure to go down in history. Sure enough, it didn't take long for “Gangnam Style” to become a runaway success and have a lasting impact on the meme universe.

13. “All Star” by Smash Mouth

“All Star” by Smash Mouth's f sure got its fifteen minutes of fame. Back in 1999, it took the world by storm, but that kind of public recognition usually has a cooler aftermath. Little did people know that two decades later, “All Star” would still be embedded in pop culture as one of the most prolifically parodied and meme songs ever.

14. “The Time Is Now” by John Cena & Tha Trademarc

As a meme enthusiast, you would be stoked that John Cena's theme song “The Time Is Now” has become so ubiquitous in the land of the internet. Pretty much wherever silly, tough, or awesome things are happening, you can guarantee the distinctive notes of this iconic track will appear somewhere in the background.

15. “Jack Sparrow” by Lonely Island

Lonely Island specialized in movie parodies featuring famous celebrities, but their most popular parody has to be the one of Johnny Depp playing Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. This absurd re-imagining of Pirates resulted in an internet phenomenon that has lived on for years through memes and YouTube videos.

16. “Harlem Shake” by Baauer

In 2012, Baauer dropped “Harlem Shake” and people haven't been able to stop bustin' a move ever since. Everywhere you look, somebody is doing their version of the wild dance craze; from playrooms to boardrooms! On any given day, you can find hilarious meme videos online and some really impressive remixes of the music too.

17. “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap

“Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap is the modern-day masterpiece of melodrama that launched a thousand memes. If you really want to get wrapped up in your own emotions, this is the song for you! And it reached a whole new level of popularity when The Lonely Island gave it the parody treatment in their music video “The Shooting."

18. “Take on Me” by A-ha

Although “Take On Me” by A-ha has been around since the '80s, it truly remains timeless. Whether it's 80s babies relishing in their pop past or current teens creating memes from its iconic music video, this song’s classic tune, and visual effects have captured the hearts of fans across generations.

19. “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” has been an unexpected hit among meme-makers. Its pleasant hum and gentle lyrics hardly seem like the perfect template for humorous content, but that mildness is the key. It might not be obvious at first, but it turns out that its inoffensiveness is exactly what makes this song so popular as a source of funny memes.

20. “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel

“Let It Go” by Idina Menzel continues to amaze even years after its release. It has a fantastic beat you can hum along to, but it also has an impactful message that clearly resonates with people of all ages. The evidence can be seen all over social media; there are many stunning covers, humorous parodies, and millions of memes and videos inspired by this powerful song.

21. “Africa” by Toto

Toto's classic hit “Africa” may be an ’80s staple, but it's certainly meme material now. Admittedly, the overly serious delivery of the song along with its clumsy lines like “I know that I must do what's right, As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti” is what makes the song funny.

22. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers

Music has the power to invoke so many feelings. One such song is The Killers' 2003 single “Mr. Brightside”, which had meh success upon its release but thanks to meme culture and its power of artistic expression, it was rearranged into something wonderfully witty nearly two decades later. With its generic and heartfelt lyrics full of passion and yearning, it was easy for meme makers to twist its meaning in some comedic way.

23. “Every time We Touch” by Cascada

Cascada's song “Every Time We Touch” is a classic anthem that turned into a meme song lately. Over the years, it has been covered countless times, from dance clubs to teen bedrooms, and more recently has been resurrected with numerous TikTok dance videos. Who knew that such a dance banger would be so enduringly popular!

24. “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence

“Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence is the ultimate recipe for a meme: start with a mundane life complaint, add a heaping helping of dramatic music and words, and voila! You have yourself a classic example of an extremely over-the-top song that never falls short when it comes to making everyone laugh.

25. “What Does the Fox Say?” by Ylvis

The success of the song, “What Does The Fox Say?” is a running joke today, although back in 2012 it seemed impossible that a Norwegian comedy duo could top the global music charts. It's no wonder that this innovative track has become such an internet sensation; after all, anyone familiar with its infectious beat and catchy lyrics has surely found themselves asking at the lyrical query what exactly does the fox say?

26. “Pony” by Ginuwine

Ginuwine must have had some kind of sixth sense about his 1996 single, “Pony”, when he wrote it. Sitting down to craft the pulsing, raunchy slow jam, little did he know that its iconic music video would one day become a source for some of the most widely-shared meme content out there. His infectious choreography and sensuous dancing can be seen imitated, or often more accurately, hilariously butchered all over social media.

27. “We Are Number One” by LazyTown

LazyTown was the source of unlimited fun and warmth for many kids who simply couldn't get enough of its strangely lovable characters, quirky music, and hyperactive scenes. But little did they know at the time, the show’s “We Are Number One” song was developing some seriously sinister undertones—unbeknownst to them, it would eventually become one of the internet's saddest meme songs.

28. “Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders

“Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders has become a classic in its own right. It's much more than just an earworm; the heavy synth of the track mixed with the surrealistic music video has inspired countless memes and animation covers.

29. “Ocean Man” by Ween

For millennials who watched the critically acclaimed SpongeBob SquarePants movie in 2016, Ween's “Ocean Man” had a strange but welcome familiarity. First released in 1997, this song had all but faded from memory until its unexpected revival at the end of the film. But little did anyone know that this throwback track would also become an ironic soundtrack to modern-day memes and GIFs everywhere!

30. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire's timeless hit “September” has the perfect concoction of nostalgia and energy to invoke the excitement of a new season. It looks back fondly on the past while propelling you forward into the future, making it an anthem for welcoming in Autumn. The funny music video though has made this song meme-worthy recently.

These meme songs never get old

If you're ever feeling down, just remember that there's always someone out there who is trying to make people laugh through meme videos. Turn to those videos and you will discover so many new songs that you may want to make an entire playlist out of them.

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