No, you do not have to sing every single number. There is lots of fun and creativity here, though, with lyrics by barbershopper Tom Larsen.
This song is so much fun that it almost even makes sense. Think fondly of the Mills Brothers when you sing this tune.
Did you ever wish your quartet consisted of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and, well… Mighty Mouse? Your wish can be granted with this clever batch of parodies. This piece goes very well in a set with the parody version of When I Lost You. Continue reading Aging Superheroes Medley
Do you hate to get up in the morning? Are you sometimes tempted to smash your alarm clock into a thousand tiny little bits? If so, this is the song for you—even in contest.
The ever-clever Ray Stevens sang this spoofy, melodramatic song. Even a sedate group will be funny when performing this piece.
This Broadway hit is most lively, with great choreography possibilities. Isn’t this just where you would like to be?
Do you share this secret vice? Are you just wild about this classic treat? Surely many of your audience members will be able to relate. Continue reading Animal Crackers
This medley has a, shall we say, certain point of view. A combination of 1912 songs “I Was Married Up in the Air” and “When You’re Married,” this piece takes a dim view of the institution of marriage and could serve as a light-hearted warning for men who are considering taking the plunge.
An eight-part song from Annie Get Your Gun that is a sure hit for a combined number with a chorus or quartet of the opposite sex. Can you guess who wins in the end? Also available in eight-part male and female versions. Continue reading Anything You Can Do
Well, are you? This lively, cheery song is a reminder to us all to enjoy life. After all: “You ain’t gonna live forever. Before you’re old and gray, still O.K., have a little fun!”
Hilarious Victor Herbert song for women only, requires a soprano who can sing high in operatic fashion. Continue reading Art Is Calling for Me
Suitable for roasting a friend — a very good friend. . . .
A parody of “M-O-T-H-E-R,” this tune will leave your audiences flying high.
Short and, um, sweet, this tune was sung by Homer Simpson’s quartet, The B Sharps. You don’t need a little diamond-shaped sign to show that you are so uncool as to be cool. Continue reading Baby on Board
This comedy song about smoggy Los Angeles will leave your audiences, well . . . breathless.
Celebrating the surfer dude and dudette in all of us; songs include “I Get Around,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “In My Room” and “California Girls.”
How about a unique, lively version of this sweet old classic? Hard for you to picture? This is how the Ohio State marching band — the Best Damn Band in the Land — interprets the song. So take it out for a test . . . march.
There is lots of fun to be had with this foamy piece. The tunes included are, in order: “Fritz (Fritz, Bring Us Some Schlitz),” “Beer Barrel Polka,” “In Heaven There Is No Beer,” “Under the Anheuser Bush” and “The Night That She Cried in My Beer.” Wet enough for you?
Mix of classical music and fun lyrics, a real kick; lyrics have a soap-opera theme, which could be changed. Continue reading Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
This piece is suitable for… um, that rare occasion when it is just the perfect thing…
A slightly risque country song, this tune makes for much merriment. You can probably guess the double entendre—and your audiences will have great fun with it!
There are all sorts of goofy key changes and lyrics in this light-hearted spoof. Can be sung in contest. Hi-Fidelity was runner-up for the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America’s novelty song of the year award with this delightful number. Continue reading Blackbird Parody
This clever tune is a sure winner with your audiences. What blew by you? The singer’s toupee! The piece has been a barbershop hit since international champions Power Play sang it and Crossroads subsequently picked up on it. Continue reading Blew by You
This unique rendering combines the verse from Rodgers & Hart’s original version from 1934 with the chorus of the swinging 1961 doo-wop hit. This may be the ultimate “Oh, yeah” song.
Step on the gas with this vintage Carl Perkins/Elvis Presley tune.
Jake and Elwood kicked some butt in the movie, and now your group can boot some booty too. Songs include “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Shake a Tail Feather,” “Everybody Needs Somebody,” “Think” and “Sweet Home Chicago.”
The jumpin’ WWII tune made famous by the Andrews Sisters, this song is sure to please your audience members of all ages.
HotShots sang this unique conglomeration on the International stage, to the delight and disbelief of all. What could be more fun than popping bubble wrap? Well, popping bubble wrap to music!
This version uses the composer’s original melody, so it is not as sung by the 139th St. Quartet. The punch line, especially, makes this piece big fun.
Omitted words make normal songs sound risque, thus really fun. First sung by the great comedy quartet Four Under Par, this challenging piece is not for everyone.
Written to the tune of “Ballin’ the Jack,” this parody pokes fun at the cliched stage-presence moves we barbershoppers are wont to make. Your audiences, especially barbershop ones, will love it.
A tongue-twister that really rips along, this medley is great fun to sing. By the way, the second song was written and arranged by Al Rehkop, who won gold at tenor with both the Auto Towners (1966) and the Gentlemen’s Agreement (1971).
A cute, short, dumb ditty, this song is suitable for major silliness. Not many other songs talk about a dog biting you on the behind.
Not many arrangements are listed in both Inspirational and Comedy, but this medley is one big happy mix. Your holiday audiences are sure to enjoy this potpourri of Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman, Here Comes Santa Claus and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.
One of the most cheerful messes you will ever encounter, this potpourri crams a ton of tunes into 180 seconds. Think you can count them all in real time? Not likely. . . .
A 15-page production number performed by the Louisville Thoroughbreds, this medley takes you all over the holiday map. The dozen or so public-domain songs paint a large and lovely picture of this joyous holiday.
This one is corny and funny, a sure laugh-getter. Do give it a listen. Your audiences will thank you for it, in a groaning sort of way.
This doo-wop classic earned the Dell-Vikings a gold single in the golden year of 1957. The BHS publishes the men’s version of this sure winner.
You have never heard the Barry Manilow hit quite like this before. With solo, four harmony parts and two rhythm lines, the song requires a chorus or octet to make it swing.
The Frankenstein monster can surely raise cane—well, when he is Able—but you should see him dance. If you have seen the film “Young Frankenstein,” you will be able to figure out what the main song in this monster medley is. This piece of lunacy goes well with the “Fabricating Frankie Medley.” No longer exclusive to the Big Apple Chorus.
This traditional Mexican children’s song is really sweet. A few years ago the Baton Rouge (La.) Chapter started a revolving quartet that dressed in scrubs and sang for the children who were patients at the local Shriners’ Hospital. When they realized that a large proportion of the kids were Hispanic, they decided to learn a song in Spanish. Disfrútala! (Enjoy it!)
How do sadists earn a living? Easy: They go into a certain field where causing pain is part of the game.
This Statler Brothers’ tune revives all sorts of ’50s nostalgia. The arrangement could even be redone for contest.
Doing a British Invasion show? Maybe just a short package? Or perhaps your sense of humor runs toward the just plain silly! If so, then this 1924 novelty hit, revived by Lonnie Donegan in the ’60s, is the song for you!
Way raunchy but cute, but this song tells of what happened when the dogs all had a party. And what happened afterward was. . . .
How much debt can you get into if you make your purchases for a dollar down and a dollar a week? Well, if you buy enough items that way—and get the same terms when you run afoul of the law—the answer is: plenty! Both the Limelighters and Woodie Guthrie had hits with this clever little ditty back when. Give it try, it’ll only cost you a buck. . . .
“Have a little pity, leave my pleasure alone!” So sings the put-upon taxpayer. By the way, this is not the version sung by the 139th St. Quartet.
Get some serious teenage angst going with this combination of “Donna the Prima Donna” and “(Oh) Donna.” This tune is campy fun.
Who would believe counting to 18 in Roman numerals could be so funny? This novelty song has to be heard to be believed.
Plenty unique and maybe even strange, this Beatles’ tune has lots of key changes and melody swaps.
Would you believe a contestable medley could be made of “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Burning Love” and “Viva Las Vegas”? You will have a blast singing this piece, one that is fit for a—well, the one and only—King.
A tough one to explain, this Metallica hit was goofed on by a lounge-lizardy singer who calls himself Richard Cheese. The arranger further degraded the piece, resulting in a delightful, even marginally contestable, abomination.
These lyrics from “Deck the Hall” are transplanted onto various other pieces, resulting in much good cheer. Continue reading Fa-La-La
No, we are not talking about Mr. Sinatra here. Rather, this is about a certain monster that was created by a mad scientist with a German-sounding name. Pair it with the “Dancing Frankie Medley.” No longer exclusive to the Big Apple Chorus.
From the all-time great musical Oklahoma, this tune is rollicking fun. Somehow a song about folks who don’t see eye to eye trying to get along anyhow seems very fitting for the age we live in, so give this one a . . . ride.
Wish your audiences a Merry Christmas in bilingual fashion. This lively chart is written for four voices plus percussion instruments. The BHS publishes the men’s version.
This is a unique big-band version of Ohio State’s famous fight song. Go Bucks!
Midwest Vocal Express earned an International medley with this crazy concoction. Ask anyone who was there: Their performance was all-time funny, delightful, memorable and totally marvellous.
This Statler Brothers’ song puts an ironic twist on loneliness. And it won’t bother your audiences at all . . .
A novelty number about looking at the world from a unique perspective, this tune was written by the delightfully twisted Heywood Banks.
A comedy number about the famous Los Angeles cemetery, this tune features clever images galore. You and your audiences will have big fun with this tune. You could even laugh yourself to death. . . .
If you have a short director or singer you would like to, um, honor, then this hilarious parody is for you.
Here are two clever WWI novelty numbers, as sung by the great 139th St. Quartet. The first is “When Yankee Doodle Learns to Parlez Vous Francais,” followed by—take a really deep breath now—”Would You Rather Be a Colonel with an Eagle on Your Shoulder, or a Private with a Chicken on Your Knee.” Hey, this was big-time stuff in 1918. . . .
This delightful song is about not judging a book by its cover. So get on out there and “kiss you a frog!”
This Beach Boys’ classic is in women’s voicing right now—darned if I can remember why—but it could easily be redone for men. And for another unknown reason the melody is in the bari part rather than the lead. Of course, the two singers could just swap. Anyhow, this pop hit is just plain . . . fun!
The great Irving Berlin composed this offbeat piece. Why in the world would a carefree civilian want to go back to the regimentation of the military? Irving tells you all about it in highly humorous fashion. Continue reading Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army
This tune from “My Fair Lady” is a sure hit with your audiences. International champ Power Play sang it delightfully, and it is now available to your group. Continue reading Get Me to the Church on Time
Kristin Chenoweth popularized this cool, fun, creative piece. For women only, it requires an opera diva, a jazz singer, a barbershopper and the innocent girl caught in the middle. Not for the faint of heart.
These parodies will ring true to anyone with even a passing familiarity with this obsession, er, sport. Goes great with I’ve Been Workin’ on My Golf Game. A bonus is that all of the songs are in public domain, thus making copyright dealings a breeze.
This offbeat tune comes from the film A Mighty Wind. (Hey, that would not be a bad quartet name!) You have never heard the stories of Noah and the Ark, and David and Goliath told like this. Requires a guitar and string bass. Exclusive to Boardwalk right now.
Weird Al Yankovic penned and sang this highly, um, offbeat number. It probably sets a world’s record for backhanded compliments to one’s sweetie. Happily, this piece is contestable. Continue reading Good Enough for Now
An enormously funny and interesting conglomeration, the arrangement is even contestable. This winner has been recorded by SAI queens The BUZZ. The medley bashes the opposite sex, well, just a little bit. Continue reading Goodbye Medley
Have yourself some fun with a little doo-wop barbershop. Sing this with tongue in cheek, yours or your sweetie’s. . . . Continue reading Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight
This lively, happy, nostalgic John Denver song is great fun for either sex to sing. Now available in contest and show versions. James Estes has recorded learning tracks for the contest chart.
This hilarious number bemoans the effects of aging on a woman’s body. Seattle feminist Lisa Koch composed this clever song, and Lisa did yours truly the honor of incorporating a phrase from this arrangement into her own performances.
Revisit Danny and Sandy in a monster medley that is great for either contest or shows. The Hot Air Buffoons no longer have exclusive rights to the piece. Of course, their take on “grease” had to do with—what else?—food!
This clever song of a boy’s outsized baseball fantasies is no longer exclusive to Buckeye Blend. Do check this sweet, lovable tune out.
Very funny for contest or shows, as sung by Shenanigans. Just how many things can go wrong today?
This unique tune, written by Lynn Hauldren, the inimitable bari of Chordiac Arrest, chronicles some highly unlikely barbershop happenings. No longer exclusive to Rumors.
Allan Sherman’s novelty hit from the 1960s can be your group’s next hit. Check out this boy’s plaintive lament sent from summer camp.
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Can Joe Mahoney catch the criminal mastermind who pulled off the big heist? Joe’s disguise when he goes undercover does not fool anyone, but our man just may be able to close the book on this one nonetheless. Set to a light classical tune, this piece is heavy fun.
Well, this football fight song doesn’t have any, um, lyrics, but the nonsensical energy sure does run high when you sing this one.Contestable medley of energetic ’60s Broadway tunes, as sung by Power Playcontestable medley of energetic ’60s Broadway tunes
Now available for men too, this hilarious song of what happened in the back seat of the teen’s car is pretty odd and offbeat. Continue reading Hickey
This emphatic tune is arranged for four-part women’s voices with male solo. The fellow needs to be either a bass or a low baritone—low in more than one sense of the word? The arrangement is also available in German. That title translates as “Come, Drink Up, Jack.” Fun, eh?
The old meets the new in this fun, lively medley. That’s right, we are talking South Pacific and the Beatles—for contest, no less!
If you are addicterd to late-night TV, you are all too familiar with the commercials and infomercials. And you probably believe every word you hear about the products advertised, don’t you?
Half of the Prohibition novelty set, this tune pairs just right with Where Do They Go When They Row, Row, Row? So put on your zoot suit and get to singing!
A purely delightful tune, Eggs tells of folks who don’t care, um, egg-zactly how their breakfast is cooked as long as a kiss and a hug are involved. Think Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Continue reading How D’Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning
The young woman in question is clearly going to live life her way, no matter what. And her way includes making it big on Broadway. Popularized by Harmony Inc. queen quartet Taken 4 Granite, this tune is lively, saucy and just plain fun!
When well-known barbershopper Darryl Flinn first heard my current quartet, Lock 4, he remarked on what a fine voice our lead, Keith, had and declared him to be the lost Ink Spot. So naturally I went back and arranged Keith’s favorite Ink Spot song. The piece lives more vividly with guitar accompaniment, and there is even a traditional, uh, spot for a bass recitation.
By the way, our quartet’s name has a double meaning. The Ohio & Erie Canal came through Akron back in the day, and of course we barbershoppers love to lock and ring those chords!
The cute childhood song with all sorts of funny patter, this tune appeals to the kid in all of us, singer and listener alike.
Tom T. Hall’s ode to the ethereal amber beverage is great fun. This whimsical tune is available as either a lead or bass solo.
Tom T. Hall’s ode to the ethereal amber beverage is great fun. This whimsical tune is available as either a lead or bass solo.
A most humorous tune, as sung by The New Tradition quartet. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
From the classic animated film The Jungle Book, this song is great fun to, um, monkey around with.
A novelty hit for child singer Gayla Peevey in 1953, this seasonal tune is just strange enough to be big fun for you and your audiences.
Sung by our 1985 international champion quartet, The New Tradition, this piece takes a radically dim view of marriage.
Your audiences will howl at this novelty tune, composed by Joe Hunter and Tom and sung by Reveille. This may not be the best time of life for every man. Does he need to take Viagra? Depends…
This ribald tune, written by Seattle’s own Lisa Koch, is available in both PG and R-rated versions. You pretty much have to see/hear this one to believe it.
A goofy golden oldie, this English music hall song is quite repetitive, so you might want to make part of it a sing-along with your audience.
George Burns sings this funny song about the end of a marriage, a piece with quite a surprise twist at the end.
Bet you can guess what song this parodies. Also bet you can guess how much success the poor duffer experiences after all his or her hard work. This tune goes great in a contest set with the “Golf Medley.”
A very cute tune, this tale tells of a poor little dolly who had “appendisawdust.”
From the animated film Monsters Inc., this happy tune was sung as a duet by Billy Crystal and John Goodman. As a bonus, the arrangement is contestable. Continue reading If I Didn’t Have You
This song is a little strange, in the same sense that Shaquille O’Neal is a little tall and famous. A fantasy of grandiosity, this tune is no longer exclusive to Buckeye Blend.
An old-time novelty number about a feisty Irishman, this tune shows a lot of Irish pride.
The great Stephen Foster wrote many beautiful, poignant songs, as well as some lighthearted ones. Guess which kind this is. This song, as well as its composer, was featured at the 2015 Pittsburgh International convention.
A goofy takeoff on Goodnight, Irene, this song expresses great frustration that the fellow who keeps repeating himself to his love does not just shut up and get lost.
Cute and risque, this song fights sexual stereotypes. Check it out.
Your basic pleasant nonsense song, this is a pop standard. Use it to lighten and cheer up the mood in any performance.
This is a novelty number with an old-fashioned Italian flavor. Better watch what is behind you when you start hugging and kissing. . . .
Big fun is ahead when your group whips out its kazoos. The energy builds and builds to a great finish. This unique number is sure to delight your audiences. Continue reading Kazoo Koncerto
Hey, you never know when you’ll be asked to sing at a festival honoring President Cal.
This powerful Grammy Award winner, sung by Roberta Flack, is now available in two versions. One is as usual, while the other, as sung by MAXX Factor, is delightfully twisted.
Everyone enjoys this light-hearted hobo song, composed and performed by the great Roger Miller. And the arrangement could even be edited to be contestable, so hitch a ride on this tune!
Two brave lads are almost ready to slay dragons, rescue fair damsels, drink mass quantities of mead, and the like. Will they make the grade or . . . ?
This nutty compilation contains So Long, Mother; Back in the Old Routine; Side by Side; I Love a Parade; Chattanooga Choo Choo; Bright Was the Night; and (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over. Crazy enough for you? Check out the medley below.
And its partner piece is composed of these tunes: I Got Rhythm, Soft Shoe Song, Tonight, By the Light of the Silvery Moon and The Hokey Pokey. All these, and you get to wear swell costumes as well!
Spike Jones and His City Slickers did a bang-up job on this number way back when. There is plenty of room for fun, including making just about every sound effect you can think of.
Want to perform Script Ohio, just like the Ohio State Marching Band? If you want to be the vocal version of the Best Damn Band in the Land, this is the song for you.
From way back in 1905, this tune is lots of old-fashioned fun. So come join Schmidt, Schmaltz, Heiny, Jake and Heinz in some crowd-pleasing antics. This song is published by the BHS.
The Dallas rock ‘n’ roll group Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs earned a gold record with this catchy tune, which rose to #2 on the charts back in 1966. Their breakout hit from the year before, Wooly Bully, had also charted at #2. Time to get delightfully funny with the wicked song!
A solid gold hit from 1957 for the Diamonds, this doo-wop tune will give your lead a chance to shine and your tenor some hammy moments.
The word in question is indeed long. It is very long. It is very, very long. Would you believe “hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliaphobia’? And it is a real word too, unlike a certain one from the musical Mary Poppins. See if your group can wrap your brains, and tongues, around this delightful, energetic song.
The totally nonsensical lyrics of this tune make for lots of laughs. It is way, way silly.
A swinging version of When You and I Were Young, Maggie, this song is just right for you cool cats and kittens.
Not your run-of-the-mill barbershop tune, Mammas would go great in a Western show, or use it as a novelty number for a change the pace. Audiences just plain like this song!
A golden-oldie novelty number, this light-hearted song carries a timeless message regarding what sort of man appeals to the ladies.
Everybody’s waiting for him. And who is he? Why, Santa Claus, of course. Your group will enjoy singing this slick tune.
Partly in English and partly in German, this song is, well . . . what it is, is . . . different—and great fun! The English title is “My Brother Makes the Sound Effects for Movies.” The sounds included are a mix of vocal, electronic and mechanical effects. And the piece is contestable too. It could be redone for your group to be all in one language or the other.
Have soldierly fun with this humorous combination of Sound Off and Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning.
For some solid barbershop fun, check out this combination of Freckles and Peck’s Bad Boy. Both lads are just that little bit wicked. Take your audiences back in time with these two tunes from circa 1920.
Must be heard to be believed. The strange and marvelous workings of the Holy Spirit—or, well, something—are detailed in this hilarious piece. Can I get an “Amen!”?
An most unusual type of lullaby, this catchy tune from Annie Get Your Gun has a lazy, fun feeling to it. This tune is especially suitable for women to sing.
This cute novelty number is for women only. The old-fashioned references make for great fun.
Nobody doesn’t enjoy this fun, catty pop #1 hit from 1963. This tune is good for young and old alike, so give it a whirl. The arrangement is available in men’s voicing also. Hey, why not. . . .
Partly in English and partly in German, this song is, well . . . what it is, is . . . different—and great fun! The sounds included are a mix of vocal, electronic and mechanical effects. And it is contestable too. It could be redone for your group to be all in one language or the other. The German title is “Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche.”
For mature groups only. With an opening line like “Maalox and nose drops and needles for knittin’,” this song lets you know that big fun is on the way. Hey, this tune is really funny and clever!
A novelty song about the travels of a token of love, this tune is large fun. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
Can you guess which classic barbershop tune this is a parody of? All sorts of mischief is created by substituting fancy words for the normal ones. Do give this uniquely strange piece a try.
This witty song is popular with high school boys for some reason. Go figure. Of course, grownups like this Cincinnati Kids’ song even more.
This allegedly sinful sweetie turns out to be a brand new baby girl. Guaranteed to have be an audience-pleaser. The chart is no longer exclusive to Susan Wells, the Southern Belle.
This 1985 hit by the Pointer Sisters is guaranteed to energize your audiences. Surely you want a Pointer Sisters song in your repertoire, right?
This one is rather tough to describe. For one thing, it does not exist yet—at least not in a completed form. The gag is pairing the lyrics from songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and so on with the melodies of much older songs. Some examples of the latter are “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland,” “After the Ball” and “I Got Rhythm.” The hope is to pleasantly scramble your audiences’ brain waves (maybe you own also). If you are interested in this weird concept, do give me a holler.
This wonderfully maudlin tale of a boy and his dog was written by Red Foley and Arthur Willis. The story was based on a German Shepherd, Hoover, a dog Foley owned as a child. Hoover died due to an unfortunate incident with a neighbor. Elvis Presley really made the lyric live, and so can your quartet or chorus.
This happy song of faith moves along with considerable energy. Manhattan Transfer made the piece famous—and your quartet or chorus can help it stay that way.
The words don’t make a bit of sense, but that doesn’t stop the fun in this novelty number. In fact, the words are the biggest part of the merriment. This song is no longer exclusive to Buckeye Blend.
This cute Western medley looks at the other side of the coin.
This is a delightful song of sensual, well . . . entitlement. Uppity in the manner of “Santa Baby,” this tune hides its desires—not all that subtly—behind words of luxury and being spoiled. Show off your inner femme fatale with this seductive piece.
Celtic Thunder sings this happy, lively, energetic, creative, wonderful, fantastic song. You owe it to yourself to check it out for your quartet or chorus. You just do! Can be sung with or without a backup band. Continue reading Place in the Choir
Be sure to include this parody in your next Amish package. You will be doing an Amish package, right?
Peter, Paul and Mary sang this funny, sweet song about being the last kid chosen. Do check it out!
Olive Oyl, Swee’ Pea, Wimpy, Bluto and the Sailor Man himself are all featured in this parody melange. Suitable for contest, this medley would also make a great centerpiece for a fun show theme.
This fun meter parody is quite contestable. The lovable quartet Shenanigans had a hit with it, and so could your quartet or chorus.
Parodies on well-known songs tell of each quartet member’s upcoming stint in Alcatraz, Sing Sing, Marion and Leavenworth. No longer exclusive to Rumors, this piece will really, uh, capture your audiences’ attention.
Country star Toby Keith sings this homage to his favorite container for adult beverages. The lead handles the funny, quirky recitation. This a different kind of love song. See—or sip—for yourself!
The wall-to-well redneck jokes will have your audience swallowing their chawin’ tobaccy. No longer exclusive to Overture.
No, that is not a misprint. This snappy opener is a combo of Rock Around the Clock and Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay. Hey, it’s time for your group to rock out!
Four rock ‘n’ roll classics make this medley a winner: Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay, Hound Dog, Tears on My Pillow and Blue Moon. So, hey, let your eternal teenager out for a little while.
If big, gooey messes are your thing, this is the dirty—er, ditty—for you.
Originally arranged for a female soloist with men’s quartet or chorus, the piece is now available for five women’s voice parts. This seductive song is cool, hot and fun. Continue reading Santa Baby
Here is a fun march your group can sing all year round. It makes a wonderful costume piece and can be combined with an appropriate ballad—for example, Why Doesn’t Santa Claus Go Next Door or The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot—in a memorable contest set.
John Denver sang this clever novelty song. Just what does happen in that Ohio town when the sun goes down?
Brothers and Sisters, are you leading a life of sin and corruption? If so, this energetic, tongue-in-cheek song will set you on the righteous path. Okay, so it did not quite do the trick for the comedy quartet Up All Night, but it almost always works. Let me hear an “Amen!”
Well, this medley is, um, hard to explain. The theme is a crew appealing to the captain for shore leave. And there are lots and lots of songs in it. For sure, it is funny. It would make a great contest piece for an ambitious group, or sing it on a show.
This tongue-in-cheek lament is best saved for after-afterglows. But, hey, legalization is slowly but surely happening. . . .
The first line of the chorus is “Senior moments, brain farts.” What more do you need to know about this humorous afterglow song? It will have your audiences rolling in . . . their wheel chairs.
Well, now, what did our Minnie lose at that famous hotel? This humorous tune with a surprising punch line will tell you. Your audiences will enjoy this harmless fun—promise!
Definitely an oldie, this song of a fallen woman is to be sung with tongue firmly in cheek.
A wildly creative commentary on lonely life in the suburbs, this song can be sung in contest. You need to experience this offbeat tune at least once in your life to believe it.
I am not sure whose idea this was, but putting “Silent Night” into minor mode was way interesting. Want to scramble (but not to eat!) your audiences’ brains? This tune will do it. . . .
Truly a rock’n’roll classic that will take your audiences back, this tune offers lighthearted fun. The BHS publishes the men’s version. Continue reading Silhouettes (On the Shade)
This country hit tells us to enjoy life right now. Hey, when else is there?
Performed by Germany’s Erster Koelner Barbershop Chor, this unique medley allows for lots of costuming, action and just plain fun. Goes well as a contest set with the ballad parody If the Rest of the Worlds Don’t Want You.
This fast piece definitely cooks, with a scat section for each voice part. There is nothing more fun than singing about music. Continue reading Spreadin’ Rhythm Around
Okay, maybe streaking is not as popular as it once was, but gratuitous nudity will always sell well. It is recommended that you perform this piece fully clothed, though, letting your audience members use their imaginations—hopefully happy ones.
Come join the folks of this nickel-mining town for a rollicking time. Canadian legend Stompin’ Tom Connors paints a most vivid, delightful picture of what the weekend is like up north in Ontario. You are right there, and your audiences will be too.
Ever wonder what would happen if your group reversed its standing position? A barbershop classic might well come out backward, to highly funny effect. This tune is a sure audience-grabber. It fits both men and women just fine.
A fun nonsense song that takes you in circles, this vintage tune surprises your audience every few seconds. Could this be the next big barbershop hit? Well, maybe not, but it is large fun to sing and listen to!
Great fun for singers and audiences alike, this lively tune is available in both contest and show versions. It is easily one of my most popular charts. Power Play sang it with much success, and it works just fine for the ladies as well. Continue reading Swinging on a Star
This is an offbeat, fun, potentially contestable list of forbidden things. The original was in German, but the piece is available in English as well.
This is the classic fun version, the one where the notes and words somehow become one notch off. All’s well that ends well, though. Your audiences are sure to enjoy this comedic tune.
A scaled-down version of Steve Tramack’s marvelous arrangement for Harmony Inc. queens Taken 4 Granite, this piece is sweet fun — even with no sugar added! It is in young women’s key right now, having been edited for the Cleveland Heights High School Women’s Barbeshoppers. Best to get the longer, grownup version from Steve himself.
How could there be so many reasons for getting back together with an ex? Think Powerball! That’s what highly creative barbershopper Mike Lietke thought of.
You know how some songs are just plain fun? Well, this is one of them. John Denver’s popular classic can be a hit for your group too—whether you are really country or just pretending.
An ode to uniqueness, this tune makes for plenty of weird fun.
Even back in 1921 the older folks thought the young ones’ dances were just too racy. In the middle of this Irving Berlin song is an eclectic mix of Blame It on the Bossa Nova, La Bamba, Put Your Head on My Shoulder and Hernando’s Hideaway. You too can put your dancing shoes on now that the Granite Statesmen have debuted this piece at International.
This arrogantly fun uptune was debuted by our 1984 champs, The Rapscallions, and revived in most humorous fashion by popular medalist quartet Metropolis.
This parody of the “Three Girls Medley” is plenty of fun. Here are the three tunes included: “My Little Magpie,” “No, No, Nuthatch” and “Robin, My Breast Is Throbbin’.”So if you sing in a bird-brained group. . . .
Well, this is sure a unique song. Written way, way back in 1898, this novelty tune was covered by the Kingston Trio in the late 1950s. The fellow tells the agent wants to take a train to Morrow, well, today. Confusion ensues, which will lead to merriment for you and your audiences!
Here are three quite interesting songs about, um, unique women. Would you believe Sob Sister Sadie, Hard Boiled Rose and Dangerous Nan McGrew?
A King’s Singers tune about a London omnibus, this song is delightfully offbeat.
This quite humorous song, which I also wrote, was a hit for international medalist Riptide.
A cool/hot show tune, this swingy number will have your audiences swaying in their seats and smiling from ear to ear.
Joni Mitchell sang this offbeat, jazzy piece about a real nut case. So come on, baby, let’s do the . . . twisted?
A folky tune that is really cute, this song speaks of He-gulls, She-gulls, Mom-bats, ad-bats . . . well, you get the idea. Silly fun for all audiences.
Here is some gentle, sweet, lighthearted fun for you and your audiences. Mm, can’t you just feel the warm breeze and taste the drink with the little umbrella in it.. . . . The highly entertaining quartet Boardwalk can.
Similar to Acoustix’s take on the old rock ‘n’ roll version, this chart is plenty weird. Your tenor gets the chance to shine here, but—heck, sing it anyhow. . . .
Funny and wordy, as sung by Joker’s Wild, this piece could be made contestable. You will not believe the rapid-fire list of roadside attractions included in this clever song.
A spoof of the Aussies’ favorite, um, edible substance, this tune is big, though, specialized, fun.
Though it starts out straight, this spoof of the Michigan fight song from the Ohio State point of view ends up quite crooked.
Has your envy of the fabulous Vocal Majority ever caused you to want to poke a little fun at them? Now is your chance. This parody will spice up any barbershop performance.
Here is some old-fashioned fun in 3/4 time. It is the happy tale of Madeline Mooney, “who’d rather be dancing than eat.”
Australia’s unofficial national anthem, this tune is rollicking fun. Take your audiences on a lively trip Down Under.
This tune tells the sad tale of a computer, a Wang that is down. Aww. . . .
Hey, don’t take it personally. Any other Buckeye fan would say the same thing. This ditty is sung to the tune of “The Old Gray Mare, She Ain’t What She Used to Be.”
A cute song for a group wid a criminal image, dis barbershopper-written tune is just plain moider! Continue reading We’re Number One
A Cab Calloway tune that really swings, this witty song has something for everyone. It is no longer exclusive to Sweden’s Dalton Bros., so do give it a shot.
This classic can be sung in either German or English. The song is way cute.
Here is a heartfelt regional song about the almost-heavenly state.
A witty conundrum for us singers, this tune was arranged for the Cleveland Heights High School Men’s Barbershoppers. The funny, clever piece, with lots of built-in movement ideas, would be great for adult men too (and could be put into women’s voicing).
This Statler Brothers’ lament about modern times stresses solid, old-fashioned values. Things were just a whole lot clearer back then. . . .
Ready to thumb your nose at fashion snobbery? With its ever-so-mildly risque lyrics, this Mama Cass tune is bound to be hit, whether on the contest stage or in a show. Continue reading When I Just Wear My Smile
Are your superpowers—and maybe even some of your normal ones—fading away? If so, you will be able to relate to this clever parody. Not surprisingly, it goes well with the Aging Superheroes Medley.
This Beatles’ song is always a kick, for singers and audience members alike. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS. Of course, you can vary the lyrics to reference any age that ends in a four. Continue reading When I’m Sixty-Four
It is hard to say what the main characteristic of this fun song is, silliness or simplicity. Anyhow, Sammy made quite a sticky mess of things.
. . . it’s better to leave them alone, says this novelty tune. This is not the version sung by the 139th St. Quartet, by the way, but it is still great fun.
This cute novelty tune tells of the wild things that can happen on a faraway island.
This clever number combines very well with How Are You Goin’ to Wet Your Whistle in a Prohibition novelty set. Did Joe send you?
This energetic song is a pure delight. If you figure out what the words mean, do let me know.
No doubt you have always pondered this timeless query. Though the song does not exactly provide you with the answer, your group will have big fun exploring the matter. So will your audiences, especially the listeners of a certain age—well, heck, any age!
This is the cute pop hit popularized by Tony Orlando & Dawn. Suspicion seems to be going around, eh? Will this mystery ever be solved?
A #1 pop hit from 1966, this tune has a lilting feel and a mock-sad message. It is some fun.
TV evangelists are pointedly spotlighted in this delightful tune. No longer exclusive to Buckeye Blend.
Your audiences will love to do the movements associated with this song. This tune is sure to raise the energy level of your performance.
Quite humorous Christmas tune about a kid who has been bad. This sure winner can be sung all year ’round. Continue reading You Ain’t Gettin’ Diddly Squat
The great Irving Berlin makes some of his best word plays in this delightful song. From the musical Annie Get Your Gun, this contestable tune is for women only. Continue reading You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun
The Good Lord called on this man to become a bass singer. Though the fellow lacked faith, God’s will—and sense of humor—prevailed. Feature your stud bass with this clever tune.
This is a highly cute song that lays down the law about fidelity. For sure it is for women only, and the ladies know how to sing it! Continue reading You’ve Got to See Mamma Every Night
No matter what your sign, dude, wicked things are in store for you for the foreseeable future. This Weird Al tune is quite funny, not to mention way intense.
Love does not always last forever, but some things do. This humorous song is just fine for contest, so do give it a whirl.