In this list, Frankie Yates compiles her favourite musical moments from the rich history of music in British comedy. There are some classic moments in here that are sure to rekindle your comedy memories and re-tickle your fondest funny bones…
1. Little Britain – Dennis Waterman’s Macbeth Theme Tune
Could we really talk about comedy songs without mentioning this? All these years later and it still gets sung in my household on a weekly basis. Du du du du du-du.
2. Peep Show – Jez’s Masterpiece
This song is, in fact, outrageous. I would absolutely be as proud as Jez was if I wrote this, Mark definitely made fun of it with Toni because he was jealous he didn’t think of it himself.
3. Uncle – I Hate Cancer
We love a mix of comedy and emotion. There’s nothing like being made to laugh and cry at the same time and this song did exactly that!
4. Goodnight Sweetheart – The Smiths Cover
I hadn’t watched Goodnight Sweetheart until I met my fiancée but it’s his favourite show in the world and now I’ve seen them all (multiple times). This is a classic moment that I did not see coming, never gets old!
5. Nick Helm – Don’t Fall In Love With Me
Oh look, more Nick Helm! He’s performed this on multiple shows including on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown to woo Susie Dent, but I think it’s a bloody tune and it frequents a few of my regular Spotify playlists.
6. Bottom – Do Your Balls Hang Low?
Does this count? I’m honestly not sure but I’m including it! It’s one of the first things that came to mind when I thought of songs in British comedy, it’s just so stupid. I just realised I’m still not over the fact that Rik Mayall is gone.
7. Vicar of Dibley – It Should Have Been Me
Can’t beat a bit of Dawny! This show is one of my ‘put it on in the background’ watches and this is one of my favourite moments. We all just wanted Geraldine to find a man!
8. The Young Ones – Living Doll
Another classic Rik Mayall moment, I couldn’t leave this out. I can’t hear this song without screaming “LIVING DOLL!” after Cliff.
9. Mr Bean – Street Dance
I know this is kiiiiind of cheating considering it’s a movie, but we all know and love Mr Bean from TV originally! If you don’t do the dance whenever you hear Mr Bombastic, you’re incorrect.
10. The Inbetweeners – Americano
Okay I’ve cheated once, I’m cheating again. I had to include this. Fun story, when I lived at home I thought someone was breaking into the house because my mom was screaming. She was laughing. At this.
Before I leave, I have to give an honourable mention to two that I just couldn’t go without talking about.
Firstly, The Biscuit Song from Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. A classic which I will never ever forget the lyrics to, no matter how long it’s been since I last saw the episode!
Last but certainly not least, The Moon’s song from The Mighty Boosh. I sing it every time someone says “Oh, look at the moon!” and will probably continue to do so for the rest of my life!