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Comical or nonsensical songs with light, lilting melodies, performed principally for their comical effect and typically telling a brief story. Novelty songs achieved great popularity during the 1920s and 1930s, and had a resurgence of interest in the 1950s and 1960s. Ray Stevens is noted for his novelty songs such as "Guitarzan" and "The Streak".

Humorous songs, or songs containing humorous elements, are not necessarily novelty songs.

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