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Jump in the Saddle Curly Shuffle

 

10.) The Curly Shuffle - A memorial to The Three Stooges, and the only top 20 hit for "Jump 'N The Saddle". The group had no other songs with mentionable radio airplay. The song had the band's lead vocalist Peter Quinn mimicking many of Curly Howard's catch phrases. The song was distinctive enough to climb to number 15 on Billboard's Hot 100 in the early '80s . The Curly Shuffle gets number 10 on our list.

 

 

Steve Martin King Tut

 

9.) King Tut - The only top 20 hit for Steve Martin. He had some other songs that received slight radio airplay like Cruel Shoes and Help I Need A Doctor. Steve Martin was a movie actor and a popular guest on the TV show Saturday Night Live where he performed King Tut. 1978. A live performance of the song was included on Steve Martin's LP "A Wild and Crazy Guy".

 

 

Rick Dees Disco Duck

 

8.) Disco Duck - The only top 20 hit for Rick Dees, longtime host of the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40. He had some other songs that received minor radio airplay like Eat My Shorts. Disco Duck (Part 1) was from the original album The Original Disco Duck. 1976

 

 

Martin Mull Dueling Tubas

 

7.) Dueling Tubas - A spoof of Dueling Banjos, (by Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell), this was the most popular song by Martin Mull. Martin Mull was a comedian, movie actor, and occasional guest on the TV show Saturday Night Live. Dueling Tubas is at number 7 on the top 10 list.

 

 

Napoleon XIV

 

6.) They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - Performed by Jerry Samuels aka. Napoleon XIV is number 6 on our top ten list.. They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! was his only top 20 hit. He followed-up with other novelty songs like I'm In Love With My Little Red Tricycle, which received only slight radio airplay. The hit record sold over 1 million copies, and the flip side, (to add to the insanity), was the same tune only backwards.

 

 

Chuck Berry My Ding a Ling

 

5.) My Ding-A-Ling - My Ding-a-Ling" was a 1972 novelty hit record for Chuck Berry, his only number-one single on the pop charts. The lyrics of My Ding-a-Ling, with their double entendre and Chuck Berry's playful and somewhat enthusiastic delivery caused many radio stations to refuse to play it. Chuck Berry is an influential figure and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website, "While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together."

 

Tiny Tim Tiptoe Thru The tulips

 

4.) Tip Toe Through The Tulips - "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" is a popular song originally published in 1926. Written by Joe Burke, and Al Dubin it was performed by a variety of musicians over the years with the last notable re-incarnation being performed by Tiny Tim in 1968. Tiny Tim's version is why is why this song made the list. Born Herbert Khaury (4/12/1932 – 11 30/1996), Tiny Tim, was an American singer, ukulele player. He was most famous for his rendition of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" sung in a distinctive high falsetto / vibrato voice (his real voice was a baritone.. He was actually a musical archivist with a wide knowledge of music but unfortunately all we got to see was the Tiptoe Through the Tulip character, which we could have done without.

 

Baha Men Who Let The Dogs Out

 

3.) Who Let The Dogs Out - The Baha Men won a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Dance Recording for this rendition. The song was originally composed by Anslem Douglas. The pop group from Miami, Florida plays a modernized style of Miami folk music called Junkanoo. The Baha Men soon began aiming their music at a more mainstream audience and succeeded with 2000's remake of "Who Let the Dogs Out?" though they faded back into obscurity soon thereafter. The Baha Men won a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Dance Recording for "Who Let the Dogs Out?".

 

 

Right Said Fred I'm Too Sexy

 

2.) I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred is an English pop band that did well with this semi-sarcastic dance song about a vain male model. Which one they were poking fun at is anybody's guess. I'm Too Sexy became a huge hit in the United Kingdom, spending six weeks at number two, until reaching number one in the United States and 30 other countries around the world, putting I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred in the Number 2 slot on the top 10.

 


Bobby Mcferrin Don't Worry

 

1.) Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin's song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was a #1 U.S. pop hit in 1988 and won Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors. Bobby Mcferrin is a ten-time Grammy Award-winning jazz-influenced vocal performer and conductor. He was probably as surprised as anyone by the songs popularity . Don't Worry Be Happy still receives a great amount of air play to this day putting it a number 1 on the top ten list.

 

 

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