Top Ten Songs With Nonsense Lyrics

Sometimes the catchiest songs are the ones that don’t make any sense at all. These songs are perfect to sing along to for the lyrically challenged since they’re easy to remember and basically sound like the singer is speaking gibberish, so dig in and try to make sense out of these songs about nonsense!

10. “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Police[/lastfm]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sting[/lastfm] wrote this song as an homage to simplistic songs and the attraction people have them. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said I was trying to make an intellectual point about how the simple can be so powerful. Why are our favourite songs ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ and ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’? In the song, I tried to address that issue.”

I think he made his point with “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da.”

9. “Zip A Dee Do Da” — James Baskett/[lastfm link_type=””]Jackson 5 [/lastfm]

Even a song that makes no sense can win an Oscar. This famous Disney tune from 1946’s Song of the South won Best Original Song and has been a childhood favorite ever since, even the Jackson 5 covered it!

8. “Chim Chim Cher-ee” — Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke/Mary Poppins

This famous sing-a-long about a chimney sweep from Mary Poppins is a ‘sing while you work’ kind of tune!

7. “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Steam[/lastfm]

The chorus is so recognizable that it’s often used to rile up crowd chants at sporting events everywhere.

6. “Tutti Frutti” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Little Richard[/lastfm]

Little Richard’s first big record, he opens with the gibberish cry “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bop-bop!” before going into this hard-hitting rock and roll song.

5. “Boogie Oogie Oogie” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taste Of Honey[/lastfm]

This disco hit from 1978 had us boogie-ing on the dance floor until we couldn’t boogie no more. It also earned Taste Of Honey the Grammy for Best New Artist.

4. “Brown Eyed Girl” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Van Morrison[/lastfm]

The title might make sense, but just wait until you get to the chorus of sha-la-la-la-las.

3. “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Manfred Mann[/lastfm]

Originally recorded by The Exciters in 1963, Manfred Mann’s cover in 1964 became a huge No. 1 hit

2. “Minnie The Moocher” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cab Calloway [/lastfm]

The famous scat man Cab Calloway dared audiences to keep up with his complex phrases during the famous call and repeat part of “Minnie The Moocher,” which would always fall apart in laughter after failing to imitate him. He even appeared in The Blues Brothers singing this song with the audience.

1. “Ob La Di, Ob La Da” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles [/lastfm]

The chorus of the song “ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bra” was in reference to an expression that Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor used when he and McCartney were acquaintances. It’s now one of the most recognizable songs with nonsense lyrics!


One Comment

  1. RainbowRay says:

    A great list of fun and your right, “nonsensical” songs, except for “Brown Eyed Girl” because the song and Fiona definately aren’t nonsensical, are you honey?


  2. Bernie says:

    What about the Papaya Song?

  3. John Haynes says:

    Anything from Justin Beiber…

  4. Ronald Austin says:

    wemoweh by the Kingston Trio

  5. Mercedes Morales says:

    1) The Witch doctor—Ross Bagdasarian Sr
    2) Bama lama bama loo—Litte Richard
    3) Bang shang a lang—The Archies
    4) Sussudio—Phil Collins
    5) Da doo ron ron—The Crystals
    6) De do do do De da da da—The Police
    7) Guitarzan—Ray Stevens
    8) Helter Skelter—The Beatles
    9) Rock and roll Hoochie koo—Rick Derringer
    10) Whoomp (there it is)—Clock
    Mercedes Morales from Pico Rivera

  6. John says:

    How about Jan and Dean’s Baby Talk and Heart And Soul?

  7. Diane says:

    Paul Leka, co-writer of ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,’ dies
    By Dennis McLellan Los Angeles Times
    Posted: 10/26/2011 03:48:42 PM PDT
    Updated: 10/27/2011 06:56:29 AM PDT

    It was intended to be a “throwaway” song, the seldom-played B-side of a 45-rpm record produced in a New York recording studio in 1969.

    Instead, it became an A-side No. 1 hit single for a band called Steam, a song whose simple but catchy chorus became an enduring sports anthem chanted by sports fans around the world to taunt an opposing team:

    “Na Na Na Na. Na Na Na Na. Hey Hey Hey. Goodbye.”

    Paul Leka, 68, a composer who co-wrote and produced “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” died of lung cancer Oct. 12 in a hospice near his home in Sharon, Conn., said his sister, Evelyn Kreta.

    As a songwriter, producer and arranger, Leka’s career included co-writing and producing the Lemon Pipers’ 1968 No. 1 hit “Green Tambourine.”

    He also produced and arranged music for artists such as Harry Chapin (“Cats in the Cradle”), the Peppermint Rainbow (“Will You Be Staying After Sunday”), Peter Nero, Paul Mauriat, the Left Banke and REO Speedwagon.

    Then there was Steam and the song Leka referred to simply as “Na Na.”

    After spending two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1969, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” took on a life of its own as the signature chant at sporting events across the country, including the Chicago White Sox, whose organist started playing the chorus in 1977.

    It also caught on at soccer games overseas, where the “goodbye” in the chorus is substituted with “Adios!” in Spain, “Au Revoir!” in France,

    “Ciao! Ciao!” in Italy and “Sayonara!” in Japan.

    The familiar chant also turned up in the 2000 movie “Remember the Titans” and in TV commercials.

    “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” was written by Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer, all of whom had been members of a band from Bridgeport, Conn., called the Chateaus in the early 1960s.

    While working at Mercury Records in 1969, Leka persuaded the label to sign his friend DeCarlo, who was then singing solo under the name Garrett Scott.

    After Leka recorded four singles with DeCarlo, a Mercury executive felt all four songs were A-side material.

    With a new B-side needed quickly for DeCarlo’s first single, they returned to the recording studio.

    A studio visit by their friend Frashuer led them to resurrect a song they had written in 1961, “Kiss Him Goodbye.”

    “I thought it would be the perfect B-side, which used to be the throwaway songs you’d find on the back of every hit record,” Leka said in a 2005 interview with the Arizona Republic. “But you had to make the B-sides long, and that way, the deejay is never going to play it.”

    As he told Fred Bronson in “The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits”: “I said we should put a chorus to it (to make it longer). I started writing while I was sitting at the piano, going ‘na na na na, na na na na … ‘ Everything was ‘na na’ when you didn’t have a lyric.” Someone else, Bronson wrote, added “hey hey hey.”

    They began recording the song in the early evening “without a full complement of musicians,” Bronson wrote. Leka, who played keyboard, spliced in a drum track from one of DeCarlo’s previously recorded songs.

    When the Mercury executive heard “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” he said it sounded too good for a B-side and should be released as a separate single.

    Leka told Bronson that it was an “embarrassing record” and an “insult,” compared to DeCarlo’s four other songs.

    So he, DeCarlo and Frashuer agreed that “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” should be released by the Mercury subsidiary Fontana under the name of a fictitious band, one that became a one-hit wonder: Steam.

    One of four children of Albanian immigrants, Leka was born in Bridgeport on Feb. 20, 1943. He began playing piano as child and by age 16 was trying to sell his own songs to music publishers in New York.

    In addition to his sister, Leka is survived by his wife, Engjellushe; their son, Alexander; two children from a previous marriage, Derek and Heather; and his brother, George.

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