Most Popular Songs for Kids of All Time
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Music is one of the most powerful ways that children learn, so we love adding music anytime we can to our own preschool themes and preschool curriculum. Singing and music play an important role in our culture. You'll find music present in many aspects of our lives: theater, television, movies, worship, holidays, celebrations, and government and military ceremonies. At home, music can become part of our family cultures—a natural part of our everyday experiences.
KnowInsiders has put together the best songs for kids of all time that children beg to listen to over and over again. Here is the list:
"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, according to Time Out.
“The ABC Song”
You don’t just say your ABCs. You sing them. Maybe if you sing this song enough for your kids, their brains will absorb it? You could also sing it backward to test your brainpower, Fatherly cites.
“I’m a Little Teapot”
This nursery rhyme is simple, short and a surprisingly good lesson on the mechanics behind pouring tea.
“London Bridge Is Falling Down”
This children's song might seem a little grim, but, hey, it sure is catchy.
“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
Kids and adults alike love “Let It Go,” but not all of us sound like Idina Menzel. If you’d rather not try to hit Elsa’s high notes, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” is a cute alternative.
"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.
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!
"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!
"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.
"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.
“Five Little Monkeys”
This song is both a great cautionary tale and a good way to learn numbers.
“Mary Had a Little Lamb”
Before Baby Shark and his family broke the Internet, all the kids loved Mary and her little lamb.
Pharrell Williams’s song is not technically a kids’ song, but as the music video shows, people of all ages love this song. Sing along with Pharrell and inspire your kids to dance to the beat.
“Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes”
This is a great song to sing to help educate your younger kids, but it can also be fun. Make it a race to see who can sing the song and do the movements the quickest.
“Baa Baa Black Sheep”
This literal black sheep could talk, so this sheep was pretty neat. Emphasis on the “baa” will definitely get you more laughs from your kids.
“This Is the Way”
Before Daniel Tiger, this song taught kids how to get ready in the morning. It’s still an effective teaching tool today.
“Old MacDonald Had a Farm”
Kids love this song because it features a great number of barnyard creatures. You could even incorporate stuffed animals into your performance.
“Wheels on the Bus”
This song can get a bit grating after many hours of singing it, but for some reason, kids love the most repetitive songs that exist. Luckily for you, some adults have written multiple verses to this classic kids’ song, so you aren’t just singing “wheels on the bus” over and over again.
This list wouldn’t be complete with the smash-hit “Baby Shark.” Unfortunately, this song has won over kids all over the world. Its melody, lyrics and dance created a viral sensation. As a parent, you won’t be able to escape Baby Shark and its family, so you might as well accept Baby Shark as your new overlord.
A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. According to the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM Foundation), learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase SAT scores, according to Bright Horizons.
But academic achievement isn’t the only benefit of music education and exposure. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.
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