Silly songs are songs, frequently childrens songs, that are meant to be humorous and amuse the listener. Silly songs utilize a wide variety of poetic elements, but none more than rhyme words. Rhyme words are key to a successful silly song, making the song memorable and catchy. Rhyme words within the song itself often serve as part of the humor, especially when paired with alliteration. “The Banana Song” is a good example of how silly songs play with the sound of words. For children, silly songs such as “The Banana Song” encourage them to play with words and the sounds of words, which advances their understanding of language. Silly songs of some kind are often part of various children’s games, though they are rarely used only in that context.
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