25. Flight Of The Conchords Flight Of The Conchords

(Sub Pop, 2008)

The deadpan comedy-folk duo from New Zealand thankfully decided to release the array of smart, funny, folk/pop – and comedy rap – songs that featured in the acclaimed HBO show on an album.

It certainly helps if you are familiar with the brilliant first season to get all the jokes in the songs, but it is not essential. Even without having seen it there is so much good music and comedy to enjoy.

Take the hilarious Marvin Gaye parody ‘Think About It’ and Pet Shop Boy’s send up ‘Inner City Pressure’ as prime examples. Then add the hilarious hip-hop failure of ‘Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros’ and heartfelt tribute to the fairer sex, ‘Ladies of the World’.

The most amazing thing about it all is that the music is almost as good as the comedy, and miles better than what passes for Top 40 radio these days.

This album and its follow up I Told You I Was Freaky (the pick of season 2′s songs) are brilliant for a road trip with a sizeable group.

Try also: Flight Of The Conchords I Told You I Was Freaky (Sub Pop 2009).