The 100 Best Songs To Jam To With Kids

I’ve searched high and low for great kids’ playlists and, frankly, they all kinda suck.

So I’ve taken it upon myself to share with you the ultimate kid-friendly playlist of songs that won’t drive you crazy.

You see, when I was pregnant, I went on a music fast that involved removing all non-religious music from my playlists in favor of spiritual songs and hymns that prepared my heart for the transformative experience of becoming a mom.

As nice as it was… it grew rather old.

Once my son was born, my former playlist of Lil Wayne and Drake were replaced with foreign language songs, classical music, and religious ballads à la the now debunked Mozart Effect.

Eventually my little one craved some songs he could shrug his little shoulders to; so I chose playlists like Disney or Jazz Greats, but we quickly grew tired of these.

 

Frankly, if I heard one more “showtune” I was going to throw my phone out the window.

Alas, is there life after The Little Mermaid Soundtrack (over and over again)?

YES.

That’s when I began the task of carefully selecting “popular” songs that my child would be able to dance to, but which wouldn’t drive me up a wall.

What came next was a playlist of 100 songs that my son and I love to listen to while working out, hiking, driving, dancing, or doing puzzles.

These aren’t categorically “clean” songs.  There are lyrics that can be interpreted as highly sexual or questionable in some of the songs, I’m no fool about that.

However, these tunes are happy, fun, carefree, and free of cuss words… or at least as far as I’ve seen.

If you’re looking for a fun playlist that won’t drive you up a wall, rely on this epic Dance Party playlist I’ve created for my toddler.

  1.  I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) – From The Jungle Book/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack  |  Louis Prima
  2. Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)  |  Anita O’Day, Russ Garcia and His Orchestra
  3. In The Mood  | Glenn Miller
  4. When You’re Smiling/ The Sheik of Araby  |  Louis Prima
  5. Hey-Ba-Bay-Re-Bob  |  Lionel Hampton
  6. Milstones  |  Miles Davis
  7. Águas De Março  |  Antônio Carlos Jobim, Elis Regina
  8. Sonnentanz  |  Klangkarussell
  9. Pennies From Heaven  |  Louis Prima
  10. Netzwerk  |  Klangkarussell
  11. Somewhere Over the Rainbow _ What A Wonderful World  |  Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  12. Here It Goes Again  |  OK Go
  13. Beautiful People  |  Chris Brown, Benny Benassi
  14. Beautiful Day  |  U2
  15. Jubel  |  Klingande
  16. Punga  |  Klingande
  17. Happy  |  Pharrell Williams
  18. Try Me |  Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, Matoma
  19. Adrenalina  |  Wisin, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin
  20. I Gotta Feeling  |  The Black Eyed Peas
  21. Bohemian Rhapsody  |  Queen
  22. Piano Man  |  Billy Joel
  23. Just The Way You Are  |  Bruno Mars
  24. Sing, Sing, Sing  |  Benny Goodman
  25. Desire  |  U2
  26. Here Comes The Sun  |  The Beatles
  27. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)  Shakira, Freshlyground
  28. Try Everything  |  Shakira
  29. Rich Girl  |  Gwen Stefani
  30. Down  |  Jay Sean, Lil Wayne
  31. Pump It  |  The Black Eyed Peas
  32. The Sweet Escape  |  Gwen Stefani, Akon
  33. Pretty Girls  |  Ivaz, Travis McCoy
  34. Firework  |  Katy Perry
  35. Letting Go (Dutty Love)  |  Sean Kingston, Nicki Minaj
  36. I Love Rock ‘N Roll  |  Britney Spears
  37. Angel  |  Shaggy, Rayvon
  38. La Tortura  |  Shakira, Alejandro Sanz
  39. Roar  |  Katy Perry
  40. Whatcha Say  |  Jason Derulo
  41. Fire Burning  |  Sean Kingston
  42. Hella Good  |  No Doubt
  43. Shake It Off  |  Taylor Swift
  44. Friday I’m In Love  |  The Cure
  45. Just Like Heaven  |  The Cure
  46. I Can  |  Nas
  47. Man In The Mirror  |  Michael Jackson
  48. Miss Independent  |  Ne-Yo
  49. Girls Talk Boys  |  5 Seconds of Summer
  50. Ride  |  Twenty One Pilots
  51. Lean On  |  Major Lazer, MO, DJ Snake
  52. One Call Away  |  Charlie Puth
  53. Into The Deep (Live)  |  Citipointe
  54. The Veldt – Radio Edit  |  deadmau5, Chris James
  55. Get Lucky  |  Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers
  56. Dum Dum  |  Baauer
  57. Ghosts ‘N Stuff  |  deadmau5
  58. We Found Love  |  Rihanna
  59. Danza Kuduro  |  Don Omar, Lucenzo
  60. Call On Me – Radio Edit  |  Eric Prydz
  61. One More Time  |  Daft Punk
  62. Cry For You  |  September
  63. Can’t Get You Out of My Head  |  Kylie Minogue
  64. Feel So Close – Radio Edit  |  Calvin Harris
  65. Save The World – Radio Edit  |  Swedish House Mafia
  66. Good Feeling  |  Flo Rida
  67. Glad You Came  |  The Wanted
  68. You’ve Got A Friend in Me- From “Toy Story”  |  Randy Newman
  69. Big Yello Taxi  |  Joni Mitchell
  70. The Time of Your Life – From “A Bug’s Life”  |  Randy Newman
  71. Monsters, Inc.  |  Randy Newman
  72. Chelsea Morning  |  Joni Mitchell
  73. Fountain Of Sorrow  |  Jackson Browne
  74. A Star Is Born  |  Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze, Vaneese Thomas, Lillias White, Roz Ryan
  75. CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! (Original Song from DreamWorks Animation’s “TROLLS”)  |  Justin Timberlake
  76. Elastic Heart  |  Sia
  77. Viva La Vida  |  Coldplay
  78. Vivir Mi Vida  |  Marc Anthony
  79. Homecoming  |  Kanye West, Chris Martin
  80. Bailando – English Version  |  Enrique Iglesias
  81. I Like It  |  Enrique Iglesias
  82. Wake Up Where You Are  |  State of Sound
  83. Dynamite |  Nause, Pretty Sister
  84. How Far I’ll Go from “Moana”  |  Alessia Cara
  85. Lighthouse- Andrelli Remix  |  Hearts & Colors
  86. Love On Me  |  Galantis, Hook N Sling
  87. Suavemente – Merengue Version  |  Elvis Crespo
  88. Nature Boy  |  Kurt Elling
  89. Cheek To Cheek  |  Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
  90. Jeru – Digitally Remastered 98  |  Miles Davis
  91. Desfigurado  |  Cartola
  92. (Nothing’s Too Good) For My Baby – 2002 Digital Remaster  |  Louis Prima
  93. Down in Mexico  |  The Coasters
  94. Papa Loves Mambo  |  Perry Como
  95. Tu Vuò Fà L’Americano – 2001 – Remaster  |  Renato Carosone
  96. Live Your Life  |  T.I., Rihanna
  97. Rabiosa  |  Shakira, Pitbull
  98. Blessed – Avicii Edit  |  Tom Hangs, Shermanology
  99. Good Feeling  |  Flo Rida
  100. Best Day Of My Life  |  American Authors

 

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