The ‘novelty song’ occupies a peculiar niche in pop culture, with a definition as loose as baggy trousers. Taking in everything from comedy to dance crazes, global examples range from 'Disco Duck' to 'Crazy Frog', Weird Al Yankovic to 'Gangnam Style'. The novelty song is both disposable and (annoyingly?) enduring as a marker of a moment in time. We shine the spotlight on local quirkish delights: from 'Shoop Shoop' to 'Māori Boy', 'Baked Beans' to 'Blue Monkey'. Disclaimer: NZ On Screen is not responsible for ear worms.