15 Best Kid-Friendly Songs With Lyrics

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Are you making a playlist for your child’s next birthday party? Making a kid-friendly playlist for a family road trip? Or are you just planning a karaoke night with your kids?

Whatever your reason is, having a playlist that can charge up or soothe your children instantly is always a good idea. But are all songs suitable for kids? Not really. Child-friendly songs are few and could be from various genres like pop, hip-hop, jazz, and more.

In this MomJunction post, we list the top kid-friendly songs that your young ones would enjoy.

Top 15 Kid-Friendly Songs

1. This One’s for the Children by New Kids On The Block

This One's for the Children by New Kids On The Block

This kid-friendly pop song has a good beat and a lovely meaning too. It is sung by Jordan Knight and Donnie Wahlberg, with the lyrics teaching us about how important it is to be thankful for our blessings and be humble towards the underprivileged.

Lyrics:

“There are some people living in this world
They have no food to eat
They have no place to go
But we all are God’s children
We’ve got to learn to love one another
Just remember, they could be us
Remember, we all are brothers

I’m not trying to darken up your day
But help others in need
And show them there’s a better way

This one’s for the children
The children of the world
This one’s for the children
May God keep them in His throne

Many people are happy and many people are sad.
Some people have many things that others can only wish they had.
So, for the sake of the children, show them love’s the only way to go
‘Cause they’re our tomorrow, and people they’ve got to know.”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

2. Boomerang by JoJo Siwa

Boomerang by JoJo Siwa

Boomerang is an inspirational song by JoJo. The song targets bullying and tells young children to ignore the haters and continue their climb to the top.

Lyrics:

“I don’t really care about what they say
I’mma come back like a boomerang
Won’t let the haters get their way
I’mma come back like a boomerang
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
I’mma come back like a boomerang
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
I’mma, I’mma come back

They can keep talking their talk
But I’mma keep walking my walk
And I won’t hear a sound

Yeah, they’re just trying to see
If they can get the best of me
Well, not this time around

Talk to the phone
Like they’re all alone
Hide behind the screen
‘Cause they’re just so mean
But we don’t play it like that
We don’t even fight back

All of the boys
They just brush it off
Saying we’re fake
Yeah
No, we’re not
Trying to throw us off track
But we know how to come back (hey, hey, hey)

I don’t really care about what they say
I’mma come back like a boomerang
Won’t let the haters get their way (hey, hey, hey)
I’mma come back like a boomerang
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
I’mma come back like a boomerang (hey, hey, hey)
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
Ooh, ooh, whoa, ah
I’mma, I’mma come back

Try to, try to make me stop
But I’mma climb it to the top
Just look how far I’ve gone

Bigger, better, faster, stronger
Yeah, see I ain’t just a talker
Catch me if you can, hey
Catch us if you can, hey!”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

3. Hall of Fame by The Script

Hall of Fame by The Script

This is another powerful song which is motivational, inspirational, and everything else in between. The lyrics are extremely energetic and influential, to kindle enthusiasm in everyone to pursue their dreams leaving all the fears behind.

Lyrics:

“Yeah, you can be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest

You can beat the world
You can beat the war
You can talk to God, go banging on his door

You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock (yeah)
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks
You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you gon’ find yourself

Standing in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

4. Let it go, from Frozen by Demi Lovato

Let it go, from Frozen by Demi Lovato

Let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore…aren’t you humming already? This song is an absolute favorite of almost every kid across the Globe. One has to let go of all their inhibitions and worries to achieve what they desire in life, and that is what this song is all about.

Lyrics:

“The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation
And it looks like I’m the queen

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I’ve tried
Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don’t care what they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

Let it go (go, go, go go, go go, go go, go, go, go go)
Let it go
Let it go
Let it go

It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry
Here I stand and here I stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back, the past is in the past

Let it go
The cold never bothered me anyway
Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand in the light of day
Let the storm rage on”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

5. How Far I’ll Go by Auli’i Cravalho

How Far I'll Go by Auli'i Cravalho

Children are often told what to do and what not to do. Knowingly or unknowingly, elders set boundaries and limitations that kids blindly believe. This song is about a courageous girl who wants to set out on an adventure, beyond the limitations she has. Will she succeed? Listen up, to learn more.

Lyrics:

“I’ve been staring at the edge of the water
‘Long as I can remember, never really knowing why
I wish I could be the perfect daughter
But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try
Every turn I take, every trail I track
Every path I make, every road leads back
To the place I know, where I can not go, where I long to be

See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me
And no one knows how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I’ll know, if I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go

I know everybody on this island, seems so happy on this island
Everything is by design
I know everybody on this island has a role on this island
So maybe I can roll with mine
I can lead with pride, I can make us strong
I’ll be satisfied if I play along
But the voice inside sings a different song
What is wrong with me?

See the light as it shines on the sea? It’s blinding
But no one knows, how deep it goes
And it seems like it’s calling out to me, so come find me
And let me know, what’s beyond that line, will I cross that line?

The line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me
And no one knows, how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I’ll know, how far I’ll go”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

6. Shake it off, Sing by Reese Witherspoon and Nick Kroll

Shake it off, Sing by Reese Witherspoon and Nick Kroll

Originally sung by Taylor Swift, this cover by Reese Witherspoon and Nick Kroll for the movie Sing is just perfect for your next party with the kids. Shake it off is a song that, besides being uplifting, makes you want to swirl and dance along.

Lyrics:

“[Reese Witherspoon]
I stay out too late
Got nothing in my brain
That’s what people say
That’s what people say

[Nick Kroll]
I go on too many dates
But I can’t make them stay
At least that’s what people say
That’s what people say

[Reese Witherspoon]
But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music in my mind
Saying it’s gonna be alright

[Beat]

[Reese Witherspoon]
I never miss a beat
I’m lightning on my feet
And that’s what they don’t see
That’s what they don’t see

[Reese Witherspoon & Nick Kroll]
Players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

[Reese Witherspoon] Heartbreakers gonna break
[Nick Kroll] Fakers gonna fake
[Reese Witherspoon] I’m just gonna shake
[Both] I shake it off, I shake it off

[Both]
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

7. Roar by Katy Perry

Roar by Katy Perry

Some kids are shy and timid by nature or certain experiences in life shape their personalities that way. And they often feel neglected as they are not able to express how they feel. Roar encourages them to speak up and voice their opinion, which makes it a perfect song for such kids.

Lyrics:

“I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero
You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

8. The Climb by Miley Cyrus

The Climb by Miley Cyrus

Life is a roller coaster, and when something goes wrong we feel disheartened. The Climb is an encouraging song to keep you going and reminds you how everything else fades, but the memories of struggle remain with you forever. It was once an anthem for Miley Cyrus fans and still remains a favorite among many kids.

Lyrics:

“I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside my head saying
You’ll never reach it,
Every step I’m taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down but
No I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going
And I
I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on, ’cause”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

9. Lava you from Lava

Lava you from Lava

A soothing song to remind you that hope and faith can be miraculous and keep our life going. Imagine your children listening to this beautiful song on a family road trip, watching scenic landscapes from the comfort and safety of your car!

Lyrics:

“A long long time ago
There was a volcano
Living all alone in the middle of the sea

He sat high above his bay
Watching all the couples play
And wishing that he had someone too

And from his lava came
This song of hope that he sang out loud
Every day
For years and years

I have a dream
I hope it will come true
That you’re here with me
And I am here with you
I wish that the earth, sea, and the sky up above
Will send me someone to lava

Years of singing all alone
Turned his lava into stone
Until he was on the brink of extinction
But little did he know
That living in the sea below
Another volcano
Was listening to his song

Everyday she heard his tune
Her lava grew and grew
Because she believed his song was meant for her
Now she was so ready to meet him above the sea
As he sang his song of hope for the last time

I have a dream
I hope it will come true
That you’re here with me
And I am here with you
I wish that the earth, sea, and the sky up above
Will send me someone to lava

Rising from the sea below
Stood a lovely volcano
Looking all around
But she could not see him
He tried to sing to let her know
That she was not there alone
But with no lava, his song was all gone
He filled the sea with his tears
Watched his dreams disappear
As she remembered what his song meant to her

I have a dream
I hope will come true
That you’re here with me
And I am here with you
I wish that the earth, sea, and the sky up above
Will send me someone to lava

Oh they were so happy
To finally meet above the sea
All together now their lava grew and grew
No longer are they all alone
With Aloha as their new home
And when you go and visit them this is what they sing

I have a dream I hope it will come true
That you will grow old with me, and I will grow old with you
We thank the earth, sea, and the sky we thank too
I lava you
I lava you”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

10. Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara

Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara

This song is about body images and the struggles that come along with body shaming. Young girls and boys, especially, need to learn that it is essential to love and accept themselves just the way they are.

Lyrics:

“She just wants to be beautiful
She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits
She craves attention, she praises an image
She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor
Oh, she don’t see the light that’s shining
Deeper than the eyes can find it
Maybe we have made her blind
So she tries to cover up her pain and cut her woes away
‘Cause cover girls don’t cry after their face is made

But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Oh-oh, oh-oh

She has dreams to be an envy, so she’s starving
You know, covergirls eat nothing
She says beauty is pain and there’s beauty in everything
What’s a little bit of hunger?
I could go a little while longer, she fades away
She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worth it
Or that beauty goes deeper than the surface
Oh, oh
So to all the girls that’s hurting
Let me be your mirror, help you see a little bit clearer
The light that shines within

There’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Oh-oh, oh-oh

No better you than the you that you are (no better you than the you that you are)
No better life than the life we’re living (no better life than the life we’re living)
No better time for your shine, you’re a star (no better time for your shine, you’re a star)
Oh, you’re beautiful, oh, you’re beautiful

And there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Oh-oh, oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

11. Better When I’m Dancin’ by Meghan Trainor

 Better When I'm Dancin' by Meghan Trainor

Ideal for a party night, this song is sure even to make the shy kids start dancing.

Lyrics:

“Don’t think about it
Just move your body
Listen to the music
Sing, oh, ey, oh
Just move those left feet
Go ahead, get crazy
Anyone can do it
Sing, oh, ey, oh

Show the world you’ve got that fire (fire)
Feel the rhythm getting louder
Show the room what you can do
Prove to them you got the moves
I don’t know about you,

But I feel better when I’m dancing, yeah, yeah
Better when I’m dancing, yeah, yeah
And we can do this together
I bet you feel better when you’re dancing, yeah, yeah

When you finally let go
And you slay that solo
‘Cause you listen to the music
Sing, oh, ey, oh
‘Cause you’re confident, babe
And you make your hips sway
We knew that you could do it
Sing, oh, ey, oh

Show the world you’ve got that fire (fire, baby)
Feel the rhythm getting louder
Show the room what you can do
Prove to them you got the moves
I don’t know about you,
But I feel better when I’m dancing, yeah, yeah
Better when I’m dancing, yeah, yeah
And we can do this together
I bet you feel better when you’re dancing, yeah, yeah”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

12. Literally My Life by Eva Gutowski

Literally My Life by Eva Gutowski

Goals, on fleek, swag! Internet kids live by these words. They have forgotten how the real world works, and this song is all about how different both worlds are.

Lyrics:

“Inside my sheets
With the screen lighting up my face
I’ve got my life
Laid out in a visual space

See in the real world
These brows are not on fleek
Winged liner ain’t so easy
My look is pretty weak

But here online where
I can do anything
The water’s sold in boxes
And O2L can sing

Goals! Actual goals! AF

Literally, my life, is
Beaches every night
Messy buns and Christmas lights
Literally, my life, is
Skinny waists and high fashion
Riding in the G-Wagon

Literally, my life is
Literally, my life is

Ooooooh weee, I have everything – reblogged on the screen
Ooooooh weee, I have everything – reblogged on the screen

So back in real life
I still can’t find a bae (shoot)
My local coffee shop
Still messes up my name (it’s only three letters!)

Hey let’s get lost in
One million pins and Tweets
I’ll live my life like Kylie
And buy expensive sweets (gluten free)

My nails will be too long
To get done anything
I’ll sip artistic lattes
And rock expensive bling

Literally, my life, is
Thrifting stores and hand me downs
Picking graduation gowns
Literally, my life, is
Hitting up the drive-thru
Got shotgun in Mom’s Subaru

Literally, my life is
Literally, my life is

Living in my yoga pants
Shaving for the school dance
Dealing with Felicia’s rants

Homework by the fridge light
Netflix dates and pillow fights
2 a.m. on a summer night

Ooooooh weee, I have everything – right in front of me
Ooooooh weee, I have everything – right in front of me”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

13. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

 Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

If you are looking for kid-friendly karaoke songs, then this song can be one of your choices. It has a happy vibe to it and will get the feet moving too.

Lyrics:

“Ah, yeah, ah, yeah
I got this feelin’ inside my bones
It goes electric, wavy when I turn it on
All through my city, all through my home
We’re flyin’ up, no ceilin’, when we in our zone

I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops (ooh)
I can’t take my eyes up off it, movin’ so phenomenally
Room on lock, the way we rock it, so don’t stop

And under the lights when everything goes
Nowhere to hide when I’m gettin’ you close
When we move, well, you already know
So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine

Nothin’ I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance
Feel a good, good creepin’ up on you
So just dance, dance, dance, come on
All those things I shouldn’t do
But you dance, dance, dance
And ain’t nobody leavin’ soon, so keep dancin’
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance, come on

Ooh, it’s something magical
It’s in the air, it’s in my blood, it’s rushin’ on (rushin’ on)
I don’t need no reason, don’t need control (need control)
I fly so high, no ceiling, when I’m in my zone

‘Cause I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops (ooh)
I can’t take my eyes up off it, moving so phenomenally
Room on lock, the way we rock it, so don’t stop (stop, stop, stop)
Under the lights when everything goes
Nowhere to hide when I’m gettin’ you close
When we move, well, you already know
So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine

Nothin’ I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance (I can’t stop the feelin’)
Feel the good, good, creepin’ up on you
So just dance, dance, dance, come on (I can’t stop the feelin’)
All those things I shouldn’t do
But you dance, dance, dance (dance, dance, dance) (I can’t stop the feelin’)
And ain’t nobody leavin’ soon, so keep dancin’

Everybody sing (I can’t stop the feelin’)
Got this feeling in my body (I can’t stop the feelin’)
Got this feeling in my body (I can’t stop the feelin’)
Wanna see you move your body (I can’t stop the feelin’)
Got this feelin’ in my body
Break it down
Got this feelin’ in my body (ah)
Can’t stop the feelin’
Got this feelin’ in my body, come on (ooh)”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

14. When Can I See You Again by Owl City

When Can I See You Again by Owl City

Another inspirational song for kids, suited for days like a graduation ceremony, school competitions, or just any other occasion.

Lyrics:

“When can we do this again?
When can I see you again?
When can we do this again?
When can I see you again?
When can we do this again?
When can I see you again?
Switch on the sky, and the stars glow for you
Go see the world ’cause it’s all so brand new
Don’t close your eyes
‘Cause your future’s ready to shine
It’s just a matter of time
Before we learn how to fly
Welcome to the rhythm of the night
There’s something in the air you can’t deny
It’s been fun, but now I’ve got to go
Life is way too short to take it slow
But before I go and hit the road
I gotta know, till then
When can we do this again?
Oh oh, oh, oh
When can I see you again?
Oh oh, oh, oh
When can we do this again?
Oh oh, oh, oh
I gotta know
When can I see you again?
(When can I see you again?)
Joined at the hip, yeah, your sidekick needs you
Life is a trip, and the road map leads you
Look all around at the mountains you haven’t climbed
It’s just a matter of time before we learn how to fly
Welcome to the rhythm of the night
There’s something in the air you can’t deny
It’s been fun, but now I’ve got to go
Life is way too short to take it slow
But before I go and hit the road
I gotta know, till then
When can we do this again?
Oh oh, oh, oh
When can I see you again?
Oh oh, oh, oh
When can we do this again?
Oh oh, oh, oh
I gotta know
When can I see you again?”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

15. Heal the world by Michael Jackson

Heal the world by Michael Jackson 

This classic favorite of music lovers is a song that kids can learn so much from. Michael Jackson inspires everyone with this track named Heal the World, encouraging them to make this world a better place and to dream of a better tomorrow.

Lyrics:

“There’s a place in your heart
And I know that it is love
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow
And if you really try
You’ll find there’s no need to cry
In this place you’ll feel
There’s no hurt or sorrow

There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space
Make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make it a better place
For you and for me

If you want to know why
There’s love that cannot lie
Love is strong
It only cares of joyful giving
If we try we shall see
In this bliss we cannot feel
Fear of dread
We stop existing and start living

The it feels that always
Love’s enough for us growing
So make a better world
Make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me

And the dream we were conceived in
Will reveal a joyful face
And the world we once believed in
Will shine again in grace
Then why do we keep strangling life
Wound this earth, crucify its soul
Though it’s plain to see
This world is heavenly
Be god’s glow

We could fly so high
Let our spirits never die
In my heart I feel you are all my brothers
Create a world with no fear
Together we cry happy tears
See the nations turn their swords into plowshares

We could really get there
If you cared enough for the living
Make a little space
To make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me

There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me”

Listen to it here- www.youtube.com

Kids tend to make mistakes while singing as they may not get the lyrics in the first few times. These mistakes may be silly, funny, or hilarious. You may correct them, but something more interesting would be to record or capture these moments on a camera. Such beautiful memories make life beautiful, and as someone rightly said, ”All it takes is one song to bring back a thousand memories’’.

What kind of songs does your child enjoy listening to? Please share some of their favorites with us in the comment section below.

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