Songs for Kids to Dance to
For the most part, people love to dance. It’s fun and a great way to meet new people, it’s creative and expressive, it burns energy, kills time, and more. Kids often love to dance as well, and it’s all about moving around and having fun. Dancing is great, but of course, dancing requires something else, and that’s music.
Every dance needs the right music, and dancing without it is not fun. That said, adult music is a bit different than kids’ music; there are a lot of songs which in one way or another are not child-friendly. Therefore, today we want to go over a list of songs for kids to dance to which are kid-friendly and appropriate, sound good, and are easy to boogie to.
Songs Made for Kids to Dance to
First off, let’s start with some really great songs which were made specifically with kids in mind. Adults probably won’t really like any of these songs, but then again, they were all created specifically for kids.
I Am a Robot
A crowd pleaser for the younger folks out there is called “I Am A Robot.” Children really love this song because it gets them pretending to be a robot. This robot song comes with step-by-step instructions on how to move and dance like a robot, and the instructions start easy and keep getting a bit harder as time goes on.
It’s a really cool way for kids to have fun, learn about dance and rhythm, and following the instructions will introduce them to critical thinking skills too. Kids can freestyle robot dance to this song, so there is that. Kids love pretending to be other things, and robots always seem to be a big hit.
Driving in My Car
Although this song doesn’t qualify as musical genius, it is one that the kids will love dancing to. For one, the song involves roll playing as a movie star and who doesn’t want to be a movie star?
Just like the above song, this one is all about following along with the actions, postures, and movements associated with driving in a car. It’s a great dance song, one with lots of aspects, plus it often slows down and speeds up. It’s therefore a great way to keep kids captivated, it’s a great children’s dance number, and it’s not too bad for getting some much needed exercise .
Shake Your Sillies Out
Another awesome dance song made specifically for kids, Shake Your Sillies out is a fast-paced and high-octane dance number design specifically for kids. There are plenty of transitions from one type of dancing to another involving different body parts, lots of instructions, plenty of pace changes throughout, and more.
When it comes to music videos that kids can watch, listen to, and dance to, this has to be one of the best ones out there. It’s also a good option because there are a lot of slow-paced parts between the fast action allowing kids to gather themselves and take a breather before the song speeds up again.
Jump is a song that’s filled with a variety of rhythms, different musical styles, varying harmonies and instruments, and lots of changes in pace too. All around, it is a song that keeps changing from one minute to the next, and kids always love change. The constant change of pace in this song keeps kids moving at all times, whether fast or slow, and it always keeps them on their toes.
Not only is this a great song for entertainment, but it also comes complete with plenty of actions and dance moves to follow. At the end of the day, as the name of the song implies, your kids will be jumping around, dancing, and having fun. It’s also not a bad choice to get kids used to having to listen to instructions.
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
If you didn’t grow up living under a rock, you definitely know Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. This is a great action song, a real classic that has been around for decades. Now, unlike some of the other kid dance songs we have looked at today, this one is not particularly fast paced and there aren’t much changes in sound or pace throughout the piece.
However, the fact that this is an action song, one that gets kids to follow along and do the moves in the proper order, is what usually gets kids going. It’s all about identifying body parts as well, so it’s actually quite educational, plus it keeps kids moving and having fun at all times.
The Freeze Dance
Ok, so there are a couple versions of the Freeze Dance that you can look into, one by the Kiboomers and one from Brain Breaks. Both songs sound a little different from one another, but the principle is the same. These freeze songs are all about fast action dancing, usually freestyle dancing without specific dance moves.
It’s fun because your kids can really express themselves and dance however they see fit. The point of the song is to freeze or stop moving when the music stops, something that can be really fun for kids. This makes for a good birthday party game, because whenever somebody does not freeze when they should, they can be eliminated, and the last kid standing wins a prize of sorts.
It’s the Hokey Pokey, and it’s a song we absolutely could not leave out of the mix. This is a time-tested kid dancing powerhouse song that has been around for decades and will be around for decades to come.
It’s got a nice tune, it’s easy to follow along with, and the dance instructions are very simple. Not only is it a fun song to dance to, but it helps teach kids about body parts and coordination too. It’s a super simple song, but kids really seem to love it.
Adult Music Kids Can Dance to
There are adult songs which are ideal for kids to dance to that won’t drive parents insane, so let’s take a quick look at these.
This song is by Pharrell Williams and it made its debut in the cult kids’ move Despicable Me 2. Kids around the world instantly loved the song and they still do today many years down the line. It has a good pace, it’s fun and lighthearted, it’s joyful, and a blast to dance along to.
Can’t Stop the Feeling
This song made famous by Justin Timberlake is another fan favorite for kids to dance to, and it was actually features in the hit movie Trolls. The song itself has parts that go “DANCE, DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!” so it’s definitely a song that will get kids hyped up and dancing their hearts out.
You probably have not heard the Macarena in about a decade. This used to be an extremely popular song which massive crowds of people would dance along to. It may be old, and it may not be overly popular anymore, but it should be. It’s got a great tune, it’s super catchy, and comes with easy-to-master dance moves. It might have been made for adults, but it seems to be a perfect song for kids to dance to.
It’s the Jackson Five, and although they haven’t been around for a long time, one of their No. 1 hits, ABC, was a billboard masterpiece and at the top of the list for weeks. It can teach your kids a thing or two about letters and numbers, the tune is catchy like nothing else, and it includes the king of pop himself.
Ok, so we couldn’t resist throwing another Michael Jackson hit in, because after all, if there is one man in the history of all mankind that is known for insane dance moves, it’s none other than the kind of pop himself. Thriller is a super creepy yet fun song, a great one for kids to dance to at Halloween parties.
Although All Star was the one and only song by the band Smashmouth which people actually like, listened to, or even knew about, it was, is, and always will be a fan favorite. It’s just an all-around great song that everybody and anybody can dance to with ease.
If your kids aren’t into dancing yet, if you show them the right songs and the right moves, they may very well get into. Dancing is a great way to have fun and pass time, a good means of exercise, and it gives parents something fun to watch.