Top Ten Weirdest Songs of the 1960s

The 60's was a decade where novelty songs were all the rage. Any topic, no matter how strange, could be used in songwriting. Believe it or not, a song about a three-legged donkey in space had just about as good a chance of being a hit as the latest Simon & Garfunkel love song (and to be honest, with music where it is today, I'd take a three-legged space donkey song over whatever's on the radio nowadays - at least there wouldn't be any "whoa oh oh's" plaguing the chorus of that song). Please note that the names listed beside the items on this list are the names of the individuals/groups that originally performed the songs (not necessarily the ones who wrote them).

The Top Ten

1 Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen

This was on Family Guy lol. - Catacorn

I thibj of Peter Griffen - FerrariDude64

A shameless ripoff of the Rivington's song "Papa-oom-mow-mow" [also on this list], but there was not enough money at stake back then for the lawyers to get involved.

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2 They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - Napoleon XIV

Now if you want to talk about sheer weirdness... this song belongs at number one. - Gg2000

Creepiest song ever written. But I still love it. - PetSounds

For some reason all eyes focused on me whenever this was played on the radio. And now I'm typing and and sending this from the asylum...
I actually still like this song! - Britgirl

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3 Harry the Hairy Ape - Ray Stevens UListen to Sample
4 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?) - Lonnie Donegan

I believe this is a cover version of a song from the 1920's, but is that or the song's question really important? - Billyv

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5 Martian Hop - The Ran-Dells UListen to Sample
6 The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins - Leonard Nimoy

The song was written for Nimoy by Charles Randolph Grean. - BKAllmighty

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7 Hello Muddah, Hello Fudduh (A Letter from Camp) - Allan Sherman

Spelled wrong, possibly why there is no link to a sample.

This was taken straight from the way it's spelled on Wikipedia. Typically the titles of their pages aren't spelled wrong, I don't think. - BKAllmighty

It's Faddah. "Typically," Wikipedia gets a lot wrong. Not a dependable source.

8 Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills - Ray Stevens UListen to Sample
9 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - The Beatles UListen to Sample
10 Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow - The Rivingtons UListen to Sample
12 Revolution 9 - The Beatles

Weirdest song ever, period. - Brobusky

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13 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly

Not a novelty song, but a 60's heavy-rock anthem. The title was a drunken corruption of "in the Garden of Eden."

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14 I Am the Walrus - The Beatles

The definition of weirdness

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15 Caledonia - Cromagnon

It’s the very definition of weirdness. Just go check it out for yourself (WARNING: extremely spooky)

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16 Mr. Custer - Larry Verne UListen to Sample
17 Gitarzan - Ray Stevens UListen to Sample
18 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles UListen to Sample
19 Wild Honey Pie - The Beatles UListen to Sample
20 Who are the Brain Police? - The Mothers of Invention UListen to Sample
21 Brown Shoes Don't Make It - The Mothers of Invention UListen to Sample
22 Captain Beefheart - Pena
23 Neon Meate Dream of an Octofish - Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
24 Bills Corpse - Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
25 When Big Joan Sits Up - Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
26 Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton

Horrifying - 445956

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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
2. They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - Napoleon XIV
3. Harry the Hairy Ape - Ray Stevens


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