Planning parties is incredibly fun, especially when you get to pick the playlist for the entire event. While you can go with almost any music with adults and even some older children, kid parties require a little more planning for the playlist.
If you’re getting ready to plan the children’s party of the century, you need some fantastic music. You’ll want to choose kid-friendly songs with no foul language and allow them to dance their little hearts out.
To save you some time filtering through the millions of songs out there, here are some of the best party songs for kids ever!
1. “ABC” by Jackson 5
Song year: 1970
There’s nothing wrong with throwing it back to a classic dance hit at your kid’s party. “ABC” by the Jackson 5 is upbeat, dance-worthy, and will put a smile on everyone’s face.
Another thing adults love about this song is that it has a somewhat educational tone too!
Even though the kids probably won’t recognize the song unless their parents jam out to this tune, it’s still fun and will have them up on their feet in no time.
2. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
Song year: 2014
You can't listen to this song without feeling happy like the name suggests! It has an optimistic message, with a quick enough tempo to dance along with.
Because of its uplifting theme and sound, producers used this song for the children's movie Despicable Me 2.
The chorus asks listeners to clap with the music if they feel happy as well, which adds inspiration for clap-heavy dance moves for the kids to try out.
3. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
Song year: 2014
This song is perfect for getting the kids moving, and it has a great message about staying positive and not letting the haters bring you down. Plus, most kids have heard of Taylor Swift at some point.
Taylor uses a higher-pitched, punchy tone during the verses, which is exciting to sing along to if you know the words.
The chorus is also amusing to dance to because it's all about shaking things up! “Shake it Off” is the perfect song for kids to let loose, freestyle dance, and not worry about what anyone else thinks about them.
4. “All Star” by Smash Mouth
Song Year: 1999
This Smash Mouth song may be from the late 1990s, but it’s still a great song to jam out to at a children’s party. The entire song speaks about the singer getting told they’re not great but persevering to be the best they can be.
The lyrics are inspirational, and even if the kids are too young to understand, this kid-friendly rock song is sure to get them off their seats.
5. “Can't Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake
Song year: 2016
Whether you're an adult, elder, or child, this song is so hard not to dance to. It's got a great beat that will put a smile on your face, and Timberlake's voice is so smooth it feels like he's singing just for you.
There are also some fun “oohs” and “aahs” thrown in for good measure, which the kids can join in on. Towards the end of the song, there's a part where you can hear clapping on the audio track. You can clap along and get the kids doing so too.
6. “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silentó
Song year: 2015
This song is all about having confidence and being yourself, which is a great message for kids. If you know the dance moves mentioned in the song, you can teach the kids! Even if they prefer to make up their own moves, it'll be a blast to listen to.
The dance moves include “whipping,” which looks like having your arm extended outwards and your hand in an upwards facing fist, then snapping, or “whipping” your fist face down while stomping the opposite food.
The “Nae Nae” involves extending that same arm up towards the air and waving it joyfully around. It also mentions other popular dance moves such as the “Stanky Leg,” “Bop,” “Duff,” and more. These moves are relatively simple, so even the youngest ones can join in on the fun.
7. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
Song year: 2009
The Black Eyed Peas are known for releasing amazing, dance-worthy songs. One of the best ones for kid's parties is “I Gotta Feeling.” This is another one of those happy-go-lucky and infectious songs, and it's almost impossible not to dance along.
The beat is contagious, and the lyrics are repetitive enough for even the youngest kids to understand and sing along to.
The Black Eyed Peas are well known for making party anthems, and this one is no exception. It's the perfect song to get everyone up and grooving to the beats.
8. “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex
Song year: 1995
This is a classic country-western song that's been around for years, but it's still a lot of fun to dance to. It's a standard song at almost every party, regardless of the attendees' ages.
The dance moves are relatively simple and can be done in a small space – perfect for kids' parties.
All you need to do is giddily stomp your feet and wave your arms around, and you'll be sure to get the kids moving and grooving. As always, if they prefer to make up their own moves, there's nothing wrong with that.
9. “Macarena” by Los del Rio
Song year: 1993
This legendary 90s dance classic is perfect for children's parties. Any adults at the party will be on their feet, teaching the kids how to dance or enjoying themselves. Once you know the moves, you can't help but dance.
The dance moves are basic and repetitive, and almost everyone knows them. This means they can quickly be done by kids of most ages, especially over five.
The song is also super catchy. With Latin-inspired sounds and the corresponding popular movements, even adults will find themselves singing and dancing along.
10. “The Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper
Song year: 2000
The “Cha Cha Slide” is arguably the best party song for getting everyone up and moving. It's not surprising that even over 20 years later, it's still one of the most well-known party songs.
It's perfect for kids because the dance moves are effortless – all you need to do is follow the instructions that are shouted out throughout the song.
The song also has a great beat that everyone can groove to, no matter their age.