Are novelty songs useful?
The other day, novelty songs came up as a side discussion in the comments. Is there a place for novelty songs? I proposed the following answer:
At best, it could serve a role analogous to a preacher telling a joke before a sermon. It might get an audience to chuckle a bit and warm up a bit and pay attention when you’re delivering the serious content (through song or sermon). But novelty songs by themselves surely aren’t enough to make the sacrifices of road life worth it!
Two questions: First, is this a decent description of the purpose of a novelty song? Second, if so, what novelty songs have you seen to be effective and actually succeed at loosening up an audience?