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The best songs for kids to freshen up your family playlist

We have the best songs for kids the whole family will love. Get ready to add for Disney songs, nursery rhymes and other fun tunes to your playlist.

By Allie Early, Danielle Valente and Oliver Strand
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Looking to update your family playlist? Our list of the best songs for kids has so many superfun sing-along tunes that you can turn any night into a family dance party!

We have it all: From Disney hits to nursey rhymes, our roundup of the best kids' songs includes a little bit of everything. Make sure to check out the offerings from your favorite bands for kids to see if there's a cool cover of your little one's go-to tracks. 

Can't resist singing "doo doo doo doo doo doo" when "Baby Shark" comes through the speakers? Need to add your own "Marching! Marching!" when you hear the little dinosaurs?These kids songs are addicting, so you might as well surrender now. 
Don't forget to take a look at our go-to kids' karaoke songs if you have a few budding crooners on your hands, and our list of the best podcasts for kids when you're ready for a change of pace.

Best kids songs for kids

1. "Bohemian Rhapsody – Muppets Version"

Your kids won't be the only ones rocking out when this song kicks in. This homage is equal parts head-banging and belly-laughing—and every bit as epic as Queen's original. Could be it belongs on your workout playlist, too.

2. "We Are the Dinosaurs"

Laurie Berkner's tune dropped more than 20 years ago, but it doesn't get old. Young kids love the strong beat and the chance to act out the lyrics and pretend to be little dinosaurs; parents like the tune, which holds up even after 20,000 listens. 

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3. "Baby Shark"

After you come across this catchy tune you can't un-hear it: Once"Baby Shark" enters your consciousness there's no going back. Pink Fong's captivating hit will get stuck in the heads of your kids—and good luck shaking it out of yours. Good thing this dance anthem is fun, and will have you bouncing along to every "doo doo doo doo doo doo!"

4. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

"Twinkle," as it's known to professional musicians, is a classic for a reason! It's legitimately gorgeous: Mozart wrote 12 variations on the song when he was at the height of his compositional powers. You don't need to listen to his harpsichord versions to enjoy its beauty—the lullaby is a soft, sweet and perfect goodnight tune for your tots.

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5. "Shiny"

This homage to David Bowie from Disney's animated hit Moana is voiced by Jemaine Clement, known to you and me as one-half of the "Flight of the Conchords." Your kids won't know, or care–they'll just like the catchy tune–but you're listening, too, and you should also enjoy the playlist.

6. "Let It Go"

Elsa knows how to bring it. The Queen of the cold melted hearts everywhere with her emotional hit, "Let It Go," which details the struggles she faces with her icy powers but  this song will always hold a special place in our hearts.

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7. "Staying Alive – Muppets Version"

Miss Piggy sings this Bee Gees classic while dressed as Marie Antoinette, but you don't need to get the gallows humor to get a kick out of the song. Not only is it fun to do the hustle with the kiddos, it's a chance to introduce them to the national treasure that is Miss Piggy.

8. "This Land Is Your Land"

Woodie Guthrie's classic is a joyful celebration of America. The lyrics are best suited to toddlers, and it's a great introduction to folk music—it's a little bit country, a bouncy ballad that's as sweet as it is short.

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9. "The ABC Song"

This is where it all begins. Nobody has one the Nobel Prize without first mastering the alphabet, and the more you sing this song with your little genius the more likely a trip to Stockholm for the big prize is in the kittle tyke's future. That's just science.

10. "Skidamarink"

There's no denying it—we cannot resist this tounge-twister of a song in the morning, afternoon, evening or underneath the moon. There's nothing wrong with saying "I love you," but "Skidamarink" adds a little bit of whimsy and playfulness to the sentiment. 

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11. "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"

What will happen to the small spider? Will it make it up the water spout? What if it rains!?! What will the spider do then??? What about the sun?!? The only way to find out is to listen to this song again...and again...and again.

12. "BINGO"

Now that the tykes have mastered their ABCs, it's time to test their spelling skills. Introduce them to a furry friend named Bingo (that's B-I-N-G-O) and see if they are able to memorize the catchy lyrics. We sense a spelling bee win in near future!

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13. "You Are My Sunshine"

Simply put, "You Are My Sunshine" gives us a sense of comfort. The skies are no longer gray when we hear this soothing, beautiful ballad. It makes a great lullaby for little ones who seem adverse to closing their eyes and getting some shuteye. 

14. "Happy and You Know It"

Toddler get-togethers would be incomplete without a joyful cheer. "Happy and You Know It" is a wonderful way for little ones to show just how much fun they're having at their playdate. It's time to clap those hands! 

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15. "Row Row Row Your Boat"

Making your way outdoors? Get the whole family involved in the fun with a singing session, starting with "Row Row Row Your Boat." It's simple, catchy and will give you a hankering to spend some quality time in nature. 

16. "Bananaphone"

Whether it was first invented as a song to make parents insane or to make kids the happiest they've ever been in their lives, it's a family staple. Thanks for making it a big deal, Raffi! (Try getting this sucker out of your head—it's no easy feat.)

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17. "Yankee Doodle"

Three cheers for the red, white and blue! This patriotic song is the perfect jingle for holidays like the 4th of July. All that's left to do after your sing-along is eat a hot dog while the fireworks are set off . 

18. "The Farmer in the Dell"

You may find yourself singing along to this popular children's tune without knowing what "the dell" is—it's a small valley with trees growing in it. Now you know! See? You learn something new every day...even in a kids' song. 

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19. "London Bridge is Falling Down"

This traditional English nursery rhyme details depredations of London Bridge and the many attempts to repair it. Although it's catchy and hard not to enjoy, some people take a gloomy approach and assume it may have even darker leanings. With the catchy beat, we certainly hope not! 

20. "The Ants Go Marching"

With origins dating back to the Civil War's "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"—a song from an Irish-American bandleader—this children's ditty packs fun, repetitive lyrics and little pinch of history. Words of wisdom: Sing after you have your picnic so you don't summon an ant colony onto your checkered blanket and delicious lunch. 

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21. "Do You Know the Muffin Man?"

Nothing suspicious about "Do You Know the Muffin Man." Allegedly muffins were delivered to many a Victorian household in the 1800s. Hint, hint: Word on the street is that he's hanging out on Drury Lane. 

22. "Ring Around the Rosy"

Though widely assumed to allude to the plague, this children's ditty is deemed squeaky clean by folklore scholars who claim it references only dancing, flowers and curtsies! That's something we can certainly support! 

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23. "The Hokey Pokey"

What's better than a goofy song? A goofy song with coordinated dance moves. This one's a keeper. 

24. "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

A young Mary Taylor did bring her pet lamb to school, and "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was first written in 1930 as a poem, believe it or not. It was also the first thing played on Thomas Edison's newly invented phonograph. Did you hear its fleece was white as snow?

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25. "I’m a Little Teapot"

An innocent song about a little teapot is welcome among these darker tales. The kiddos dig singing this one (and even acting it out). Side note: This is best sung before indulging in a snack. 

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