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The best car sing alongs for the whole family

The best car sing alongs will make even the lengthiest of trips totally bearable—even with kiddies in tow

Written by
Danielle Valente

If you have to travel with kids, you'll definitely face a few roadblocks. Enjoy car sing alongs with the family to make your time behind the wheel less torturous—no matter how short. 

We've rounded up our favorite Disney songs and the coolest nursery rhymes to ensure that your travel playlist is upbeat, engaging and will keep everyone smiling, even when the traffic increases and Waze sends disastrous results. (That's when car songs for kids come to the rescue!)

Whether you're getting ready for fun family weekend getaways or driving through the five boroughs and hitting NYC's best family attractions, our songs to sing in the car will help you keep things running smoothly. Don't forget to have a look at our favorite cheap family vacations before adding a car songs playlist! 

Best car sing alongs

1. "Baby Car"

No, your mind isn't playing tricks on you. Pinkfong, the creative geniuses behind the all-too familiar "Baby Shark" jam has provided listeners with a similar track—minus the fish. In this take on the viral sensation, baby car will vroom vroom vroom vroom vroom vroom straight into your earbuds...and seep into your memory forever. Put the keys in the ignition and get ready to belt it out with the kiddos! 

2. "The Wheels on the Bus"

Appropriate for any school trip or family excursion, "The Wheels on the Bus" is one of the most popular kids' songs that has been handed down from generation to generation. Why not up the excitement factor as you make your way toward your destination with this familiar tune?


3. "If You're Happy And You Know It"

Visiting a cool water park? Spending a few day at an epic all-inclusive resort? These vacations are certainly cause for celebration, which is why "If You're Happy And You Know It" makes a great addition to our car songs playlist.

4. "Here We Go 'Round The Mulberry Bush"

Traveling "so early in the morning"? Then this interactive song that'll have tots moving and grooving is a must! They'll shake their heads, stretch their arms and feel refreshed before the traveling begins. 


5. "We're Going to the Zoo"

Are you en route to the Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo this spring? We can't blame you. Anticipation is running high, so up the ante with the upbeat, catchy "We're Going to the Zoo," which follows the same beats as "Ants Go Marching." 

6. "Skip to My Lou"

Try resisting the urge to tap along when "Skip to My Lou" comes through the speakers. The lyrics and rhythm make it super easy to join in if you want to test out your vocal skills during the car ride. 


7. "Ants Go Marching"

"Hoorah!" A perfect track to listen to—and sing—before an outdoor activity, "Ants Go Marching" will suck you in with its fun beat. It's the quintessential picnic tune. 

8. "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain"

Taking a more scenic route? When the city has been left in the distance and you're surrounded by nothing but nature, "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" is a lovable, familiar tune that'll get everyone inspired for the fun ahead. 


9. "On Top of Spaghetti"

This little meatball—the star of the song—has had quite an adventure before the singer even digs in. Enjoy this one as you pull into a reststop to refuel. 

10. "He's Got The Whole World"

This memorable track never goes out of style. Little adventurers will feel optimistic as the destination inches closer and closer, courtesy of this age-old tune.  


11. "Cruisin' Down the Freeway"

It's time to hop in that pink Caddy and get going! "Cruisin' Down the Freeway" will amp up anyone before a fun outing. 

12. "Firemen on Their Way"

"Firemen on the Way" is not only exciting and memorable, but the song's lengthy notes beg for a little improvisation, so sharpen up those singing skills! 


13. "Hakuna Matata"

Ah, what a wonderful phrase! When Simba crosses paths with Timon and Pumbaa, the dynamic duo provides a whole new perspective with this catchy, jovial jam. Their mantra is one we can all appreciate: Chill out, relax and—dare we say— let it go! It's the perfect mindset to take before embarking on a vacation.

14. "Under the Sea"

We can't help but sway along to the Caribbean-themed beat made famous by The Little Mermaid. Sebastian the crab certainly knows how to get the party started. Follow in his footsteps, er...crawls, and belt out this Disney classic as you're beach-bound. 


15. "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo"

With a wave of her wand and an impromptu vocabulary lesson, the Fairy Godmother treats Cinderella to some sweet accommodations to the ball: a gorgeous dress and a chic method of transportation. If only the key to our every want and need was as simple as saying "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo"! This tounge twister of a song is a fun one to attempt—especially if you're on your way to a Disney theme park or movie!


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