What are the best children’s songs that parents can sing without thinking about it too hard? Kids’ songs are, by definition, supposed to be easy, but which songs can parents really sing? What are good songs to sing to a baby? What are good songs to sing in general?
Some parents could debate which classic rock album is the greatest for hours while your kids just want to hear “Baby Shark” or “Let It Go” for the one-millionth time. So, instead of just hitting play on an hour-long YouTube video that has all of the kids’ nursery rhymes queued up, which you know will drive you insane, let’s take matters into your own hands. Sing to your kids or with your kids. You can sing along to a song or just go acapella in front of their crib. Singing will help you bond with your kids and maybe make some of those nursery songs a little less annoying, so you better start practicing your Do-Re-Mis.
1. “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.
2. “The Bear Necessities”
This Jungle Book song about forgetting your worries and strife and eating ants. Kids are all about the bare necessities.
3. “Here Comes the Sun”
To keep your sanity, add the Beatles into your daily singing routine. This song is sweet and will hopefully instill a sense of calm into your kids (and you).
4. “Baby Beluga”
This song isn’t as prominent as “Wheels on the Bus” and gives you the opportunity as a parent to explain to your kids what the heck a beluga is.
5. “This Land Is Your Land”
“This Land Is Your Land” is a classic patriotic song that doesn’t require you to have a wide vocal range like “Star Spangled Banner.” Your kids will probably learn this song in school later.
6. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
Not all sports have their own song, but baseball does. While you’re teaching your kids about the right team to support (yours), you can sing this seventh-inning stretch song.
This Jackson 5 song has it all: Numbers, letters, musical notes, and life lessons about love.
8. “London Bridge Is Falling Down”
This song might seem a little grim, but hey, it sure is catchy.
9. “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.
10. “Pop Goes the Weasel”
You might not know that “Pop Goes the Weasel” has some lyrics. They’re pretty strange, but it’s a good addition to your nursery rhymes.