When it comes to kids karaoke, song selection is important. Certain songs are a better choice for children due to their content and difficulty level.
Today we’ve picked out a number of the best kids karaoke songs so you can get your little one up and running with a great song fast.
“A Whole New World” From Aladdin
Song Year: 1992
“A Whole New World” is a song from the Disney movie Aladdin, a retelling of the famous Middle-Eastern folk tale. In the original 1992 film, it was sung by Scott Weinger as Aladdin and Linda Larkin as Jasmine. The song describes them wanting to break out of their current lives and explore new experiences without limits. This karaoke works particularly well as a duet.
“Baby Shark” by Pinkfong
Song Year: 2017
“Baby Shark” is a great karaoke song for younger children. This simple song exploded in popularity in 2017. Each verse describes gradually larger sharks and, eventually, the actions of swimmers getting away from the sharks. The simple words are ideal for early readers, and it is easy to add in some simple dance moves. Try this song for younger children with shorter attention spans.
“Bare Necessities” From The Jungle Book
Song Year: 1967
“The Bare Necessities” is a beloved song from the cartoon film “The Jungle Book” from 1967. In the movie, Baloo sings to Mowgli and explains that he is a happy bear because he appreciates nature and has the bare necessities needed to live in the jungle. Phil Harris sings for Baloo, and Bruce Reitherman is Mowgli. This song is a good choice for kid karaoke because it is simple, catchy, and offers the opportunity to learn about rhyme schemes and some vocabulary.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
Song Year: 1975
The beloved “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a funny and somewhat nonsensical mock opera. This song is on the longer side thanks to its multiple sections, including an intro, ballad, operatic part, rock part, and coda. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a great option for karaoke if you want a dynamic song fun for a group. Besides being a fun song to sing, this option also helps children learn vocabulary and a bit about the genres that make up the song.
“Boomerang” by Jojo Siwa
Song Year: 2016
“Boomerang” has the distinction of being Jojo Siwa’s debut single. The music video for this song is popular on YouTube. The lyrics describe not letting bullies win. Its tune is upbeat and consistent, making it easy to learn. This song is a good choice for kids’ karaoke because it is simple to sing and fun to dance to.
“C'est la vie” by B*Witched
Song Year: 1998
As the Irish answer to the Spice Girls, B*Witched is known for its playful 1990s pop music. The band’s debut single, “C’est La Vie” is a great example of the band’s fun music. While some of the lyrics are more mature, they are not inappropriate. This song is a wise karaoke choice for when you want a playful option that will teach kids about wordplay. It is easy to sing along to while providing opportunities for some more complex vocal moments.
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Song Year: 2012
Catchy and fun to sing, “Call Me Maybe” describes meeting someone, getting a crush, and wanting to hear from that person soon. This song was on Jepsen’s EP, Curiosity. The tune is poppy, and the lyrics are simple, making them an easy choice for children. While the content is not necessarily something children can identify with, the lyrics are not explicit and very low-key.
“Dancing Queen” by Abba
Song Year: 1976
Abba has many songs that work well for Karaoke, and “Dancing Queen” is a big favorite. It’s a particularly good song for a group of singers. The Swedish band released this song as a lead single on their fourth album. The disco tune encourages dancing and having fun. The lyrics are simple and repetitive, making it easy for a kid to pick up, especially if they are new to karaoke.
“Do-Re-Mi” by Julie Andrews From The Sound of Music
Song Year: 1965
This song comes from The Sound of Music, which is both a stage musical and a film. In the film, Julie Andrews sings this song along with the children. The lyrics are fairly nonsensical beyond outlining notes and describing how they are the foundation of all music. Not only is “Do-Re-Mi” a fun song for children to sing, but it can also teach them the basics of musical notes and scales. As a karaoke song, this tune is easy to follow but still dynamic.
“Firework” by Katy Perry
Song Year: 2010
Katy Perry released this song as part of her third studio album. She co-wrote the song, intending to make an inspiring song that would uplift and empower the listener. Thanks to its easy-to-sing verses and catchy chorus, this song is an ideal choice for children’s karaoke. With an upbeat tune and dancy feel, children enjoy getting up to sing and dance along to this song.
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
Song Year: 1983
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a classic song that still appeals to children and adults today. While there are earlier and later versions of this song, the Cyndi Lauper rendition is the most widely known. The song is about how women want the freedom to have fun and how a community is an essential part of that. Choose this song as a karaoke song if you want to expose your kids to some older songs and you want music with simple lyrics and a range of ways to sing.
“Go the Distance” From Hercules
Song Year: 1997
“Go the Distance” is a song from the animated Disney film, Hercules. Roger Bart sings for Hercules in the film and Michael Bolton sang a version of the same song during the credits. The song describes striving and working hard to achieve goals. It is a popular song for those working hard in sports. Besides having a good message, this song is also a good karaoke choice because it is easy to sing and catchy.
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
Song Year: 2013
This was the most popular and successful song in 2014. “Happy” is a popular karaoke song thanks to its positive message and memorable lyrics. While many people may know this song independently, it was originally written for Despicable Me 2, a popular movie among children. Choosing a karaoke song your child may already know is always a good idea if you want to build that child’s confidence.
“Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles
Song Year: 1969
“Here Comes the Sun” is a gentle and upbeat song beloved by generations of karaoke singers. This song came out in 1969 after being written by George Harrison. It has simple lyrics and a relaxing singable tune. The lyrics describe optimism and relief after a period of trouble and distress. Those sentiments echo the sound of the music.
“Hey Mickey” by Toni Basil
Song Year: 1981
“Hey, Mickey” is an upbeat song with fast-paced lyrics. The words of the song describe having a crush on someone named Mickey. As a karaoke song, this is a good choice if you want to get people up and dancing.
“How Far I'll Go” From Moana
Song Year: 2016
Sung by Auli’i Cravalho and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, “How Far I’ll Go” is the beating heart of “Moana.” In this song, the title character describes feeling called to explore the sea and learn about the world beyond what she already knows. This option is an ideal song for a kid who loves to sing and wants to challenge themself.
“I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow
Song Year: 2000
Originally sung by the Strangeloves in 1965, “I Want Candy” was covered by many artists, including Aaron Carter in 2000. This updated version brought the hit into the new millennium. You can read the lyrics as a love song or as a literal demand for sugary sweets. Kids enjoy this option for karaoke because it is playful, high-energy, and low-pressure in terms of singing.
“I'll Make a Man Out of You” From Mulan
Song Year: 1998
While Mulan has plenty of fantastic songs, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” is one of the most beloved options. In the film Mulan, this song describes trainees' attempt to learn how to be good soldiers and builds identities for the main characters. It works well as a solo or group karaoke act.
“Kids in America” by The Muffs
Song Year: 1995
Originally sung by Kim Wilde in 1981, “Kids In America” is a fun and layered song about what it is like to be a kid in America. The Muffs sang this version as part of the soundtrack for “Clueless” The lyrics and tune evoke a particularly late-20th-century energy. Kids love this song for karaoke because it is fun to sing while being relatively simple.
“Let It Go” by Idina Menzel from Frozen
Song Year: 2013
“Let It Go” is known as one of the most popular songs to come out of a Disney movie in the 2010s. The song comes at a pivotal point in Frozen as Elsa decides to let go of repressing herself and live her life on her terms. While trying to perfectly replicate Idina Menzel’s powerful tones may prove difficult for children, they will still have fun singing it their way, in the spirit of the song.
“MMMBop” by Hanson
Song Year: 1997
“MMBop” is ideal because it is easy to sing for children of all ages and even children too young to read can pick up on the lyrics quickly. Those lyrics focus on the importance of valuing what you have while you have it. The speed is strident, the lyrics are minimal, and the tune is undeniably catchy.
“My Favorite Things” by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music
Song Year: 1965
“My Favorite Things” is another great song from this musical. The lyrics provide tips on overcoming fear by focusing on things that make you happy. Besides gaining knowledge from this song, children also enjoy this song thanks to its intriguing sound and colorful imagery. Like many other songs from the sound of music, this is an ideal choice for a group song.
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
Song Year: 2014
Taylor Swift has plenty of songs that make a great addition to a children's karaoke playlist. The lyrics describe shaking off people who dislike you or treat you poorly. This song falls more into the pop genre than much of her earlier work. Kids love this song because it encourages dancing and it has a few distinct sections that are easy to follow and sing along to.
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland From The Wizard of Oz
Song Year: 1939
Originally written for The Wizard of Oz, this song would go on to be strongly associated with Judy Garland. In this song, Dorthy Gale describes what she imagine lies beyond the confines of her sepia-toned Kansas existence. This song is somewhat more challenging than other options on this list. So, pick it if your kids like singing and are not afraid to challenge themselves.
“Under the Sea” From The Little Mermaid
Song Year: 1989
”Under the Sea” is one of the central songs from the soundtrack for The Little Mermaid. In this song, Sebastian shows Ariel all the things that make living under the sea so great. Samuel E. Wright voices Sebastian in this movie. This iconic song is an easy choice for a children’s karaoke session. The lyrics are simple and repetitive and the tune is not too difficult to follow.
“We Don't Talk About Bruno” From Encanto
Song Year: 2021
Most children who were around in 2021 know about the phenomenon that is Encanto and the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” The song has a beautiful structure that highlights the different singing styles offered by the ensemble cast. The lyrics describe the family’s strained relationship with Bruno. Since it is sung in a round, this can be a good choice if you want a group karaoke song.
“YMCA” by The Village People
Song Year: 1978
Not only is “YMCA” a fun song to sing, but it has a great dance that goes along with it. Generations of sports and party-goers have been dancing and singing along to this song. Prepare your child for social situations by familiarizing themselves with this iconic tune. The song refers to the YMCA and the benefits of that organization.
“You've Got a Friend in Me” From Toy Story
Song Year: 1995
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” is a theme song, of sorts, for the Toy Story franchise. It was originally sung by Randy Newman and has a jazzy feel. The lyrics describe the friendship of the main characters and how that friendship endures challenges of all types. Children love this song as a karaoke song because it will likely be familiar to them, the lyrics are easy to remember, and it is great for a duet or group song.
“All-Star” by Smash Mouth
Song Year: 1999
Many children will recognize this song from the movie Shrek. Smashmouth released “All-Star” as a single from their album, Astro Lounge, intending to make an anthem for outcasts. It makes a great karaoke song because the lyrics are dense and complex, but it has an easy tune and a catchy chorus. The lyrics describe going off the beaten path and trying new things to succeed.
“A Million Dreams” From The Greatest Showman
Song Year: 2017
The Greatest Showman is full of great songs that work for karaoke and are appropriate for children of all ages. “A Million Dreams” comes from the 2017 movie based on the life of P.T. Barnum and the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Ziv Zaifman sing this song in the film. It describes Barnum’s dreams for the future.
“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena – A Spanish Kids Karaoke Song
Song Year: 1994
Selena released “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” in 1994 to much acclaim. The lyrics describe having a crush, and the “bidi bidi bom bom” represents the sound of a beating heart, though there is a range of interpretations. It is a great karaoke song if you want a fun and iconic option in Spanish that is not too fast-paced.
Top Kids Karaoke Songs, Final Thoughts
So whether you want an exciting party activity or to bring an average Tuesday up a notch, consider karaoke. Since finding the right songs is the key to a good karaoke session, start with this list and let it inspire you when making your playlist. You can try karaoke at home or find places that offer karaoke for children.