5. “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gayla Peevey[/lastfm]
How cute was 10-year-old Gayla Peevey in 1953 when she sang this favorite novelty hit. Gayla is from Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City Zoo capitalized on the popularity of her song, and they held a fundraiser to buy a hippopotamus.