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List of Kids Songs That Won't Drive Parents Crazy

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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

A list of kids' songs you won't hate

A list of kids' songs you won't hate

Fun Kids Songs for Everyone!

Music is everywhere—on the iPod, in the car, at the grocery store, etc. It makes up such a vast part of our everyday lives. It drives our emotions, pumps us up when we’re exercising, makes us dance, makes us cry, brings back memories, and helps us complete mundane tasks. Whatever its purpose, music is all around us.

My family and I love music. We almost always have it playing in the background. Most of it, since we have children, is kids' music; adult music is just not for toddlers these days. But how much of it can I tolerate after so many hours? Not much. If I’m outside playing with the kids, I really dislike hearing sleepy versions of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or the many nursery rhyme songs in existence.

Below is a list of kids' songs and their artists that my husband and I wouldn’t mind taking a ten-hour car ride with (not in any particular order). They are kid AND parent-friendly. Some might even bring back some childhood memories (sigh…).

List of Kids Music That Parents Can Enjoy Too

1. Mahna Mahna—the Muppets or Cake (both are awesome!)

2. You’ve Got a Friend in Me—Sly and Robbie

3. Itsy Bitsy Spider—O.A.R.

4. Do You Like Waffles?—Parry Gripp

5. Splish Splash—Bobby Darin

6. The Lion Sleeps Tonight—The Tokens

7. La La La La Lemon—BNL

8. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)—Harry Belafonte

9. Walkin’ on Sunshine—Katrina and the Waves

10. The Other Day I Met A Bear—BNL

11. Wipeout—Surfaris

12. The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything—Relient K

13. I Can Be Your Friend—O.C. Supertones

14. ABC—Jackson 5

15. Campfire Song Song—SpongeBob

16. There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea—Veggie Tales

17. Purple People Eater—Sheb Wooley

18. Upside Down—Jack Johnson (from Curious George soundtrack)

19. Life is a Highway—Rascall Flatts

20. F.U.N. Song—SpongeBob

21. Gitchee Gitchee Goo—Phineas and Ferb

22. Give Me a Grade—Phineas and Ferb

23. Eat It—Weird Al

24. Crazy ABCs—BNL

25. On My Way Home (Hawaiian Lullaby)—The Imagination Movers

And the List Goes on . . . More Music for Kids

I'm sure there are many more family-friendly songs to add to the list. But let me tell you: my son loves the above playlist. Most of the songs are upbeat and funny. If there are any more you enjoy, let me know in the comments below!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Marissa (author) from United States on July 14, 2012:

Natashalh, my parents were the same way! Funny thing is, my mom is now bringing up songs we used to sing...the same songs that drove her nuts! :) Thanks for reading and commenting.

Natasha from Hawaii on July 14, 2012:

Hahaha. I had some super annoying cassette tapes when I was a kid. My parents were always trying to find kid music they could put up with!

Marissa (author) from United States on February 29, 2012:

Justateacher, glad you like the song selection! :) Thanks for reading and commenting.

LaDena Campbell from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... on February 29, 2012:

Some great songs here! I use some for my grandson and others for school!

Marissa (author) from United States on February 29, 2012:

Sunshine625, thanks for the danceable vote! ;) The Imagination Movers are a fun bunch, aren't they? My son wants to see them in concert, which I heard is a blast. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Marissa (author) from United States on February 29, 2012:

alocsin, I will always love Mahna Mahna. I had my son singing and dancing to it since he was a baby! Thanks so much for reading and commenting! :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 29, 2012:

Fun list of songs! I actually know most of them. I like the Imagination Movers on most days. Voted UP and danceable!:)

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 29, 2012:

Excellent selection and the Mahna Mahna song is a personal favorite. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Marissa (author) from United States on June 27, 2011:

Thanks, Kiddie, for the new suggestion! :)

Kiddie from south Carolina on June 26, 2011:

I love the bananna song from yo gabba gabba on nickjr! so cute.

Marissa (author) from United States on June 23, 2011:

Thanks crankalicious and tessa1hope for the suggestions! I'm always looking for more songs to add to the playlist. :)

tessa1hope from United States on June 23, 2011:

I love the elephant song! Grear choice! :) Depends on the age of your child, the duck song is cute. Its on youtube too :)

Allen Donald from Colorado on June 23, 2011:

My favorite is The Elephant Song by Eric Hermann. Search it on Youtube. It's great.

SharkFuel on June 02, 2011:

I just would like to say that listening good songs may be very helpful activity for development of kids :)

Marissa (author) from United States on May 30, 2011:

Thanks, Sharkfuel, for reading and leaving a comment! :)

SharkFuel on May 30, 2011:

Great list of songs that both parents and their kids will definitely enjoy listen to. Very useful hub, thanks a lot to ThePracticalMommy for providing us with so helpful information and parenting tips!

Marissa (author) from United States on April 26, 2011:

Thanks for reading, zduckman!

zduckman on April 26, 2011:

Great Hub. Very useful too ... thank you

Marissa (author) from United States on April 14, 2011:

Thank you, ManuPria! My son likes doing the hand movements to Itsy Bitsy Spider when he listens to the song I mentioned above because he gets to dance AND sing. :)

ManuPria from India on April 14, 2011:

Informative hub indeed. My daughter loves the Itsy Bitsy nursery rhyme the most :)