Kids love to sing, don’t they? They’ll spontaneously break out in song when playing, doing chores, or just sailing past you in the kitchen. Seeing our little songbirds in action should bring joy to our hearts as well, for it is an activity that feeds mind, body, and soul.
If you’re wondering what to do on the next rainy day with the whole fam tucked inside, consider a karaoke party. There’s plenty of family fun to be had with clean songs that kids have already heard in movies and television. Grab that microphone and speaker, fire up the appetizers, and get ready for some fantastic fun! Here are 21 kids karaoke songs that will amp up your party and make lasting memories for years to come:
1. Let It Go – Frozen
This was and continues to be a crowd-pleaser, no matter what ages are joining in on the karaoke fun. Its message of freedom and empowerment speaks to young and old, the ideal power song for kids as they come into their own.
2. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift showed an interest in music at an early age; she channeled the vibrance of youth into her powerful song lyrics about love, life, and finding your voice. While some parents may not savor the relationship message in “Shake It Off”, there’s another current of self-confidence that rings true for many.
3. Dancing Queen – Abba
Seventies music will live on forever, won’t it? ABBA had some solid gold hits in that era that live on, gaining popularity with our young ones today. With chart-topping hits like “Mama Mia”, “Fernando”, and “Dancing Queen”, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bad song in their chart-topping bunch. This is a fabulous choice for a mother/daughter duet, and a precursor to the hit Broadway show “Mama Mia” that has earned critical acclaim worldwide.
4. Baby Shark – PinkFong
Sigh….if we have to listen to “Baby Shark” one more time, we may just unplug the karaoke machine for good. Regardless of how we feel about it, kids gravitate toward this little diddy for its catchy beat and easy lyrics. Bite your lip and enjoy your young one’s antics as they light up the stage with this iconic song.
5. Price Tag – Jessie J
Jessie J is a UK singing sensation. She may have penned her hit single, “Price Tag” many years ago at this point, but its message that money doesn’t buy everything is yet another gold nugget that your kids can absorb as they are jumping onstage.
6. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
It’s considered poor form not to introduce your kiddos to the classics, and The Beatles are a band they simply must learn to appreciate as part of their musical heritage. “Here Comes The Sun” is a classic, feel-good song that puts a smile on everyone’s face, and you may just have the crowd joining in on this favorite as it is performed.
7. A Whole New World – Aladdin
It’s truly difficult to pick a song from the hit movie, Aladdin, as there are so many of them. “A Whole New World” tops this list as one of the easiest to sing. Get ready for more Disney magic as we peruse this list.
8. Happy – Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams is a talented singer/songwriter who aims to bring a positive message of hope and happiness to all ages. His hit song, “Happy” strikes a particular chord with its catchy beat and feel-good lyrics. See if you don’t start tapping your toes on this one.
9. MMMBop – Hanson
Who would have thought that some pre-teen brothers fooling around with musical instruments in their garage would turn into the hit pop band, Hanson? “MMMBop” took the world by storm when it was released, and even though this song is one of the older ones on this list, it is still loved by kids wishing to embrace their inner pop star.
10. Under The Sea – The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is yet another Disney masterpiece that yielded a number of hit songs that are just perfect for karaoke. Sebastian the crab masterfully weaves this tale regaling the wonders of life “Under The Sea”, inspiring us to sing along with every well-crafted rhyme.
11. Don’t Stop Moving – S Club 7
Kids and parents alike just love an up-tempo song with a driving beat, and S Club 7’s expertise in delivering clean lyrics that inspire our signature dance moves is something to celebrate. Consider incorporating some of your best choreography to complete this experience.
12. Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
While we can’t necessarily endorse the movie where this hit single was born, know that the lyrics to “Shallow” are squeaky clean and very entertaining to sing and listen to. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper deliver a wonderful message of love and devotion as they craft a masterful rendition of the song. Watch the magic unfold as your little star dominates the stage and embraces their own inner diva.
13. How Far I’ll Go – Moana
Moana was an instant sensation from the moment the movie released in 2016. Who knew that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could sing so well? One ringing anthem in the movie that makes its way to karaoke stages across the world is “How Far I’ll Go”. Young, old, male, female, we all come together as we hear the first strains unfold as we envision the freedom of life on the sea.
14. Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Trolls opened the door for this hit single to be sung across the globe in celebration of finding your own inner music. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” first made its debut via the movie, but it has since become a chart-topping single that is loved by many.
15. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
It’s hard to deny the musical genius of Queen, spearheaded by none other than Freddie Mercury. Nonsense lyrics, amazing vocal acrobatics, and buttery harmonies inspire even the most timid to unleash their own inner rock star as they attempt this song.
16. Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
The Lion King was a masterpiece of imagery and musical musings, courtesy of none other than Sir Elton John. Back in the days when he still wrote songs for Disney, he penned the beautiful and poignant “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, an instant hit with fans.
17. A Million Dreams – The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman was a 2017 movie that showcased some surprising stars in a musical manner. Actors such as Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron flexed their acting muscles as well as displayed some impressive musical prowess to tell the story of life in the circus. Let your little one indulge in the same fantasy as they belt out this power ballad at your next karaoke party.
18. Go The Distance – Hercules
Regardless of whether you belt out Bolton or sing the Disney original of “Go The Distance”, this song is a strong sensation about digging deep and finding your own inner hero. A great message with top-notch musical craftsmanship, this one is bound to be a crowd-pleaser.
19. Baggy Trousers – Madness
“Baggy Trousers” is a playful jab at enduring the droll days of school. Parents, teachers, and students alike will appreciate the jaunty rhythm and snarky lyrics as your little ones sing about innocent hijinks that almost all attempt when going through the system.
20. Bare Necessities – Jungle Book
A great song for both singing and dancing, this Disney classic pays homage to the golden era of Disney movies and music; the carefree, happy lyrics convey the perfect positive message for young and old as we all remember what it’s like to focus on the important things in life.
21. ABC – Jackson Five
What song list for kids would be complete without the iconic sound of the Jackson Five? From the minute this family band was formed, their ability to pump out chart-busting singles has not been rivaled by many others. “ABC” is an innocent romp through childhood complete with one-of-a-kind dance moves, plenty of flair, and a melody that you won’t soon forget. Join in on the dance floor for a good time. We consider this one of the best dance songs for kids ever.
Music in itself is a tremendously stimulating activity. The study and performance of music are proven to stimulate neural connections, instill a positive sense of self, and pave the way for better social/emotional awareness. Music is one of the few activities that the whole family can engage in and enjoy together. What better way to celebrate all of this stimulation than with a karaoke party?
This flavorful list of kids karaoke songs is bound to amp up your next birthday party, family reunion, or rainy day at home. Join in with your young ones and bond over great music and a desire to express your most creative selves!
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