35 Best Kids Songs of All Time (Popular Children’s Songs)

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Written By Will Fenton

Founder of MidderMusic. From numerous bands to stints working in music shops, read more about me on the 'Here's My Story' page!

It can be tough to keep your kids happy. 

Sometimes, they don’t know what they want or how to feel. 

But one thing that catches their attention is soothing music that suits their developmental stage.

To create the perfect playlist for your little one, you need catchy, upbeat songs that are fun to sing along to. 

Or the slow, calming types with repetitive lyrics. 

Our list of the 35 best kids songs of all time features popular hits you might have come across. 

They have simple and clean lyrics for listening everywhere.

Plus, some will stick in your head. 

1. “Baby Shark” by Pinkfong

Is there a parent who hasn’t played this classic, kid-friendly song for their little one?

This children’s song has the memorable “doo doo doo doo doo doo” line. 

And once your child hears it, they’ll always want it. 

Baby Shark” is so popular that it’s become the most-watched YouTube video. 

2. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

This is one of those songs to get your kid up on their feet, smiling.

Justin fans will remember the hit from the Trolls movie.

And it is one of those tunes to set the mood when your kids want to have fun. 

3. “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” by Cinderella

The thing with kid’s songs is that they automatically stick in the listener’s mind even when the lyrics make little sense. 

That’s the case with this light-hearted song from the Disney animated musical.

Sing it to your kids on a boring afternoon and they’ll love it.

Check out our list of the best Disney songs.

4. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Now, this is a classic kid’s song you will love. 

It is a befitting goodnight tune for your little one. 

5. “Happy and You Know It”

Your toddler party would be less lively if you ignored this one. 

The lyrics are nothing serious. 

But it’s a fun way to encourage your kids to savor the moment. 

So, let them clap those hands like never before. 

6. “Happy” by Pharell Williams

Pharell Williams’ cheerful anthem is about embracing happiness in challenging times. 

It may not be an outright children’s song, but the lyrics are befitting of any special family moment. 

It’s the purest expression of joy.

And that’s what kids live for. 

7. “The Wheels On The Bus”

This super catchy nursery rhyme is a great way to put a smile on your kid’s face.

We can see your little ones enjoying the music video.

Plus, the clear message about city transport. 

We bet you will sing along to it after a few minutes of listening. 

8. “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel’s song is much more than just a Disney anthem.

Kids always want to fit in.

And this smash hit will help them identify what makes them special. 

9. “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

Try playing this one and see the big smile on your little one’s face.

It’s everyone’s classic hit for those chilled moments at home. 

And even for those moms trying to unwind after a hard day’s work, it ticks all the boxes. 

10. “Jingle Bells”

Yes!

This classic Christmas hit had to be on this list. 

And that’s because it’s upbeat and danceable.  

The catchy melody suits the cheery mood you will want to create for your kids. 

And the timeless classic should make your child look forward to the festive season (with a big smile). 

11. “You Are My Sunshine”

When your child gets sad for no reason, remind them how special they are with this super catchy, fun children’s song. 

It’s an affirmation of a parent’s love for their child. 

12. “The ABC Nursery Rhyme”

Teach your kids the English alphabet with a catchy nursery rhyme. 

Surely the lyrics must stick in your head. 

13. “Old MacDonald Had A Farm”

“Old MacDonald Had A Farm” is a top children song about a titular farmer and his animals. 

Every verse introduces a new animal, from ducks to donkeys and cows. 

Then, the respective noise they make. 

It’s even better if you can mimic the animal sounds. 

“Mooing like a cow, woofing like a dog, and clucking like a chicken.” 

That should be easy. 

14. “Spider Man” by The Ramones

If your kids love the blockbuster superhero film, give them a punk rock anthem that suits the occasion. 

Just make sure they don’t copy spider man’s actions in real life. 

15. “The Muffin Man” 

“The Muffin Man” is a classic nursery rhyme that would get your kids excited and worried at the same time.  

Despite the catchy melody, the song carries a subtle warning about gifts. 

There are many accounts of the horrifying “muffin man” ordeal.

But that shouldn’t stop you from giving your kids the pure joy of the song’s lyrics.

A game of the same name has remained widely popular amongst children of different age groups.

16. “Pat A Cake Pat A Baker’s Man” 

Unless you had an incredibly lonely life growing up, you should know this iconic nursery rhyme.

The accompanying clapping game is the icing on the cake. 

“Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker’s man/Bake me a cake as fast as you can/Pat it back and mark it with “B”/Put it in the oven for baby and me.” 

17. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”

“The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout/Down came the rain/And washed the spider out/Out came the sun/And dried up all the rain.”

This song creates the perfect imagery in the kid’s mind. 

And it’s always accompanied by finger play demonstrating the spoken words. 

18. “The Bear Went Over The Mountain”

Everybody deserves an epic adventure deep into the woods, including your kids. 

And this is one of those songs to make your next road trip more memorable. 

It has a little bit of everything and will grab your child’s attention right away. 

19. “Baa Baa Black Sheep”

Kids only want to have fun.

And the “baa, baa” emphasis in “Baa Baa Black Sheep” provides that. 

It is a beloved nursery rhyme, sung the same way as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” 

20. “Five Little Monkeys”

Your kids will thank you for including a playful song in their study routine. 

And this cautionary tale serves as a warning and an educative song. 

It will help your toddler master counting and numbering in a fun and relaxed way. 

21. “Mary Had A Little Lamb” 

Songs for kids don’t get any better than “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” 

It is a funny song to crack up your child. 

If you can mimic the lamb’s voice, you will have made the kid’s day even more special. 

22. “The Ants Go Marching” 

“The Ants Go Marching” has a peculiar lightness that puts any child in the mood. 

It is a great kid’s song despite its long association with the American Civil War.

If you want something to cheer your kids up while learning to count, this might be the one.

23. “London Bridge Is Falling Down” 

“London Bridge is falling down/Falling down, falling down/London Bridge is falling down/My fair lady.” 

Fun kid songs have a comical edge to make your little one giggle all the time.

And this is one of them. 

By the time you finish listening to it, you will have given your kids an unmatched level of joy. 

It’s never a miss in kids get together parties. 

24. “Where Are You” by Moana

Kids want to feel loved.

And Moana’s classic hit gives them that feeling. 

The heartwarming lyrics are just what you need to tell them that you are always there for them. 

25. “The Farmer In The Dell”

This song dates back to 200 years ago. 

And the musical story always gets everyone excited about the song and the game. 

The lyrics have been translated into multiple languages to give every kid a taste of a good children song. 

26. “Airplane” by Jetty Rae

This is a great lullaby for babies. 

And a classic tune for older kids.

Let’s just say it’s the right one for all children. 

Just don’t blame us if it stays in your mind forever.

27. “Hakuna Matata” by The Lion King 

Kids can do with a little affirmation of “Hakuna Matata,” meaning no worries. 

Tell them to enjoy the little things life has to offer without worrying about tomorrow. 

28. “I’m A Little Teapot”

“I’m a little teapot/Short and stout/Here is my handle/Here is my spout/When I get all steamed up/hear me shout/Tip me over/And pour me out!” 

Have fun listening to this classic rhyme with your kids. 

29. “We Are The Dinosaurs” 

Kids love rhythmic songs with delightful tunes. 

That makes “We Are The Dinosaurs” a top children song.

It tells the story of little dinosaurs on an adventure. 

They say their goodbyes, travel the earth, and share a glorious time in a remote part of the world. 

It’s just what children’s fun songs sound like. 

30. “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Here’s a catchy, simple, and memorable kid’s song. 

Everybody has heard it at least once in their lifetime. 

And it doesn’t matter if you have kids or not, you will always recall the memorable lyrics when describing the body parts.

That’s how you make your kids smarter. 

31. “The Hokey Pokey”

No kid can resist the catchy melody in “The Hokey Pokey.”

It’s a danceable tune for children and parents and can light up a boring family moment. 

32. “Down By The Bay”

“Down By The Bay” sets the mood when you want to create those light moments with your kid.

“Did you ever see a cat wearing a hat? /Did you ever see a goat rowing a boat?”

Well, you might see one after listening to this song. 

Kids can’t stop imagining such stuff, after all. 

33. “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Toy Story

Toy Story’s song is about friendship

One so strong you would do anything for your acquaintance. 

The universal message suits a toddler party when you want to emphasize love, unity, and friendship. 

34. “The Bare Necessities”

This nursery rhyme is a message for your kids to live their best lives. 

It’s about prioritizing your happiness. 

Play this song to encourage your kids not to worry about life’s struggles. 

The song is commonly associated with the Balu character from the Jungle Book movie. 

35. “Circle Of Life” by The Lion King 

Bring a jolly mood home with The Lion King classic. 

The Disney hit reminds us that the circle of life connects all of us. 

So, help your kids appreciate life by playing this song. 

Best Kids Songs – Final Thoughts 

Singing your kid’s favorite songs is a great way to keep them active, entertained, and informed. 

And the best children’s songs of all time have consistent features that make them special.

Imagery. 

Repetitive lyrics. 

And a catchy melody.

You can jam to your child’s favorite tune, sing along to the lyrics, or repeat each verse to make the moment special. 

The next time you head out for an epic adventure, create the perfect playlist to get your little one moving.

It is the easiest way to enjoy life’s pleasures. 

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