This is a guest post by Chad from Parent Intel where he goes over the very best party songs for children! So get your pen and pencil ready and jot down your favorites from this great list, and then get your kids moving and grooving.
How many kids can resist the urge to move when a good party song comes on?
Our 3 boys love to dance. When boredom hits – or they get their grumpy pants on – we can put on some dance music and all is good again. And hey, science tells us dancing is good for us!
So whether it’s for your next family dance party – or your kid’s next birthday – here is a list of the best kid’s party songs.
Best kid’s party songs for toddlers
We have two and three-year-olds who love to dance. Our three-year-old likes his music so much he isn’t content in the car until the music is so loud you can barely hear each other talk. These songs are their favourites:
Baby Shark – Pinkfong
If you’re reading this and haven’t yet heard Baby Shark, well you’re about to have a new song stuck in your head. Loved by babies and toddlers the world over – Baby Shark is a catchy song that you’ll know the words to in no time.
It’s so catchy that I talk to my kids to the tune of Baby Shark sometimes. They quite enjoy me adding their names to the sharks.
Gummy Bear – Gummibar
“Oh, I’m a gummy bear. Yes, I’m a gummy bear. Oh I’m a yummy tummy funny lucky gummy bear.”
Yep, it’s a song about being a gummy bear. It’s catchy and addicting and gets our kids moving every time it comes on. Even our two-year-old requests this one.
Let It Go – Frozen
Can you believe it? This song came out with the movie frozen in November of 2013!
There hasn’t ever been a song more powerful at turning little girls into singers than Let It Go. While perhaps less dancing with Let It Go than others on the list, it makes a great song for kids to sing along to. Putting on Let It Go is the easiest way to bring smiles to a little girl’s birthday party.
Floor is Lava – The Kiboomers Preschool Songs & Nursery Rhymes
We are stretching the definition of a song here but this is a Montgomery household favourite.
As the song plays suddenly there will be danger! THE FLOOR IS LAVA! Every kid has to get up off the floor somewhere and fast. There are always lots of laughs as our kids go diving onto chairs and couches to get off the floor.
Best kid’s party songs for school-age kids
Taking a step up in the movement category here. These are songs our six-year-old absolutely loves. He’s a big dancer – loves his Fortnite moves. Probably got his moves from his dad.
If only that was a compliment.
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Let’s be honest here – we’ve all danced to this song. Yes big guy, even you.
The song which added to its fame in Despicable Me is incredibly dance-worthy. It’s also just a great upbeat song that makes you feel good. Our oldest loves Happy and he gets extremely into his dancing with this one.
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Parents of a certain age are probably having flashbacks to Ferris Buehler on a float in New York City. That’s the image that comes to my mind when I hear it. Our boys love it too. The words are simple and kids of all ages love to do the twist and shout.
I’m sure you didn’t come to this list expecting to find The Beatles! But yes, even a song from the 60s can make a great kid’s party song. It’s fun and the words themselves help anybody dance along.
Jump – Van Halen
This one has its selling point right there in the name. And just like with The Beatles, you might be surprised by how great of a kid’s party song an 80s rock hit is.
Jumping and dancing can make for a pretty great workout too. So if tiring the kids out is the goal, Jump is the go-to choice.