A memorable tongue-in-cheek country song has a catchy and fun melody.
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It’s a hit or miss game when country music artists try to record a funny, tongue-in-cheek style song that captures the hearts of country music fans.
More often that not, this type of song will fall flat on its face with listeners as they push it aside as meaningless cliché or nonsense.
However, when an artist can take a tongue-in-cheek song and record the vocal in a way that makes sense to the audience and allows them to have fun with the song it can be a smash hit that radio personalities continue playing for years.
Here are 15 of the classic tongue-in-cheek country songs that have connect with country listeners and continue to be mainstays on classic and top country radio stations.
Tongue-In-Cheek Country Songs
10) Elvira – Oak Ridge Boys
Everybody can sing the mmm, poppa, mow, mow, giddy up line to perfection. And Larry the Cable Guy brought the song back into prominence with his story about his grandma and the walking farts.
9) Gone Country – Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson had a few tongue-in-cheek classics in his ongoing career, but his 1994 hit single that poked fun at the influx of country artists in the early ’90s was a classic. The catchy melody and meaningful lyrics still hit home on radio today as it’s one of Alan’s most played songs still to this day.
8) Some Beach – Blake Shelton
By this point in his career, fans were realizing the nature of Blake Shelton’s humor. Some Beach reached number one on the charts and kids and grown-ups were both singing along in cars. It’s a classic Blake song even though his girlfriend Miranda Lambert is not a fan of the tune.
7) I’m Gonna Miss Her – Brad Paisley
This is the song that introduced us to Brad Paisley, the funny guy. We got a glimpse in his video for Me Neither, but his sense of humor came straight to the front as fans instantly loved that he chose fishing over his better half.
A cameo from his now-wife made the moment captured in the video all the more special.
6) Bubba Shot the Jukebox – Mark Chesnutt
Dennis Linde wrote many classic hits – many of them tongue-in-cheek. Bubba Shot the Jukebox took on the familiar themes of guns, women, jukeboxes, bars, and drinking and turned them into something cleverly unique. The classic country voice of Mark Chesnutt added the perfect vocal to a well-written song.
5) Big Green Tractor – Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean was known for his romping rock country songs until this groovy, romantic love song came out in the summer of 2009. It was a hit with fans and became a multi-week number one smash.
Co-written by David Lee Murphy who folks best know for his hits Dust on the Bottle and Party Crowd. Murphy came up with the idea while riding his own tractor. He got together with Jim Collins and asked if he’d be alright with writing another tractor song. Collins, who had previously written She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy obliged and another fan favorite was born.
4) As Good As I Once Was – Toby Keith
A huge smash that kept Toby Keith at the top of the charts. This song connected with tons of male country music fans – young and old. The melody was perfect and the lyrics struck a familiar cord.
A little self-deprecating humor and confidence goes a long way to endure with fans.
3) Queen of My Double Wide Trailer – Sammy Kershaw
Sammy Kershaw is one of the kings of the tongue-in-cheek song.
With a full collection of all sorts of country classics, Sammy says that fans – young and old – still request Queen of My Double Wide Trailer as one of their all-time favorites.
The song is played daily on radio stations across the nation and was responsible for selling hundreds of thousands of copies of Sammy’s second album Haunted Heart.
2) John Deere Green – Joe Diffie
Joe Diffie could deliver a great song. When forced to choose between the classic John Deere Green and his signature hit Pickup Man I had to go with the good old fashion love story.
It doesn’t get any better than writing Billy Bob Loves Charlene in big green letters on the water tower.
1) Vidalia – Sammy Kershaw
Catchy as can be – Vidalia was a bit of risk for Sammy, but the song is one of his most-played hits to this day.
Sammy had a feeling that if listeners could get the lyric about a girl and an onion that it would be a smash.
Fans love the melody and keep flocking to see Sammy in concert in hopes that he’ll play one of their favorite songs of all time.
Although the song didn’t peak at the top of the charts, radio personalities keep playing it by popular request and it’s hard to keep yourself from singing along to every word when it comes on in the truck.