Best summer songs for kids to play on repeat this year

We round up summer songs for kids that'll make the sunshine season all the more bright. Ready your playlist!

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Someone tell Alice Cooper: School's out, summer songs for kids are in! We've rounded up the catchiest beats that celebrate the best of the season. 

Sand, surf and sunshine await thanks to these great tracks. Plus, listeners can expect a few other notable summer subjects to pop up: dragonflies, camping tents and more. Some of your favorite dance songs for kids (we're lookin' at you, Not-Its) and Disney songs for kids (hello Ariel) have also made their way onto this jam-worthy July and August playlist. 

When you're en route to the best kids' playgrounds NYC has on its roster or getting ready for a dip at the best pools in the city, we highly suggest a family sing-along. Play these summer songs for kids and embrace the little ones' favorite time of year! Cowabunga, dude!

Summer songs for kids


"Surfin' USA" by The Beach Boys

It's hard to resist this classic, no matter your age. Summon the sunshine with The Beach Boys' distinct harmonies and summer flair in "Surfin' USA." We're definitely ready to hang 10, how about you?


"Getting in a Treetop" by Gustafer Yellowgold

Yellowgold kicks off his folky tune with gutair strums and the sound of chirping birds before the pace kicks up and he gushes about one of kids' favorite summer activities: climbing trees. Fingers crossed your youngsters have a cool treehouse waiting when they reach the top.


"School's Out" by Alice Cooper

Equally beloved by parents and kiddos, this hard-rock melody will definitely leave listeners hyped for that long-awaited freedom that July and August promise. Thanks to the infectious guitar rhythms and fun beat, we can certainly taste the sweet escape! All the girls and boys will be making a ton of noise once the final bell rings...and we can't blame 'em! 


"Green Grass of Summer" by Dog On Fleas

This catchy track—great for a younger age set—focuses on enjoying the green grass, which will inspire a flip-flop free rendevous in the backyard or park. 

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"Surfer Shake" by The Baby Grands

This upbeat, melodic ode to California surfers will definitely make your crew ready to hit the beach. 


"Let's Skateboard" by The Not-Its

When we hear the upbeat, (kid-friendly) punk rock sounds of the Not-Its, we can't help but burst into dance. This jam-worthy offering will have littles lacing up their sneakers for a ride on the half-pipe a la Tony Hawk. All the kiddos need is a skateboard and sunshine (helmet, too, of course) to complement this lively track.   


"The Summer Breeze" by They Might Be Giants

This song isn't the typical summer track you were expecting. While it starts on an upbeat—even somewhat psychedelic—vibe the Cape Cod story has a few spooky elements, too. Perhaps this is a good tune to play during a summer sleepover with pals. Who doesn't love a little creepiness in the warm weather months? We can't always wait until October to unleash the shrieks!


"Campin' Tent" by Okee Dokee Brothers

Raise your hand if you love a camping adventure! Now, think about it: Would you like to pitch a tent and call it home forever? In this hilarious country jig, our favorite brothers sing about their new digs. Prepare for a few funny antics in this catchy country ballad.  


"On My Bike" by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

It's primetime biking season, so don't forgoe this track on your playlist. There's a quick tempo and fun guitar riffs, but it's definitely most enjoyable for the younger tots. 


"Blueberry Pancakes" by Frances England

Making brunch for the kids? This is the perfect jam to play as you grab the Bisquick and heat up the grillpan. Kids will sway to the melodic sounds of Frances England as they munch on their blueberry pancakes. (Might as well put those PYO outings to good use, right?)


"Bug Out" by The Pop-Ups

'Tis the season of mosquitos, nats and fireflies. Celebrate all of the insects waiting to make their summer debut with The Pop-Up's sweet pop anthem. Might we suggest a little bugspray? 


"The Island Hop" by Caspar Babypants

There's binkie-sporting baby is on the way to Hawaii in this cheerful, silly tune, and we have to say—a little hula in Honolulu doesn't sound too shabby. 


"Riding the Waves" by Imagination Movers

Cowabunga, dude! This punk-rock tune will make you crave sand in your toes before you hop in the ocean to catch a few waves. 


"Under the Sea" from "The Little Mermaid"

Arguably one of the best Disney songs around, this tropical, underwater tune is perfect for summer jam sessions. 


"Baby Shark" by Pink Fong

Once you become acquainted with this shark family, we must warn you—there's no going back. Pink Fong's truly captivating song runs the danger of getting stuck in kids'—and parents'—heads. This dance anthem will have you swaying your fins, singing "doo doo doo doo doo doo." Move over, Shark Week. There's a new phenomenon under the sea. 

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