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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.

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.

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.

I Love John Williamson’s Songs

His voice is so smooth and mellow.

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.

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.

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

Christmas in Australia – This one is for the littlies

In case you need an interpreter, “littlies” is Australian-speak for “kids.”

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