Best Songs For Kid Party Themes

The best songs for kid party themes and kid-friendly party music can make or break your children’s birthday party or kids’ sleepover! If you’re wondering what is the most popular kid friendly song, we’ve got you covered for your dance parties!

songs for kid party with kids of different genders and colors dancing around

Fun Songs For Kid Party Themes

What are good kid friendly songs?

  1. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), C & C Music Factory
  2. YMCA, Village People
  3. U Can’t Touch This, MC Hammer
  4. Can’t Stop the Feeling, Justin Timberlake
  5. Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus
  6. Since You Been Gone, Kelly Clarkson
  7. We Will Rock You, Queen
  8. Sing, Pentatonix
  9. Hey Mickey, Toni Basil
  10. Play That Funky Music, Wild Cherry
  11. Jump Around, House of Pain
  12. Uptown Funk , Bruno Mars
  13. Shout, Isley Brothers
  14. I’m a Believer, The Monkees
  15. Wannabe , Spice Girls
  16. You Can’t Stop the Beat, Hairspray
  17. The Cup Song, Anna Kendrick
  18. Cupid Shuffle , Cupid
  19. If You’re Happy and You Know It
  20. Funky Town
  21. Shake Your Groove Thing
  22. Walk Like An Egyptian, The Bangles
  23. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun , Cyndi Lauper
  24. We Got the Beat, Go Go’s
  25. Baby One More Time, Britney Spears
  26. Electric Slide
  27. The Loco-Motion, Kylie Minogue
  28. Twist and Shout
  29. Come on Eileen
  30. The Time Warp
  31. Respect
  32. No Diggity
  33. Boogie Wonderland
  34. Gangnam Style
  35. Macarena
  36. ABC by Jackson 5

What are good songs for a birthday party?

Kid birthday songs for party:

  • Happy Birthday Song (Traditional)
  • Elmo Happy Birthday Song
  • The Unbirthday Song from Alice In Wonderland
  • Birthday by The Beatles
  • Birthday by Destiny’s Child
  • Happy Birthday by Weird Al Yankovic
  • Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder
  • It’s My Party (And I’ll Cry If I Want To) by Leslie Gore

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But, what about dance party ideas for hosting an amazing kids’ dance party at home?

How do you make a kids dance party?

How do you make dancing fun for kids:

  • Use a mix of popular music and favorite party tunes (make sure you have dance party songs kid friendly!)
  • Get your kids involved in making the best playlist
  • Turn the lights low so that no one feels self-conscious
  • Scatter balloons around on the floor to get kids moving and give them something else to do (and it will soon turn into dancing!)
  • Use glow sticks, glow glasses, and glow rings to add more fun
  • Create a great atmosphere with theme decorations
  • Play music that kids know (it will get them singing and dancing!)
  • Let kids have control of how loud they want the music and want they want to play (or re-play!)
  • Don’t hover! Let kids have their own space so they feel more comforable
  • Use colorful lighting effects, strobe lights, and party disco balls
  • Include a snack and drink break station nearby so they can refuel and then get back to it (use these fun light up ice cubes!)
  • Create a “quiet corner” outside the dance area with fun theme crafts if some kids are feeling overwhelmed and need a break

OK, let’s get to some more great children’s dance party songs!

We’ve included a mix of good children’s party songs for all different ages — from party classic musics to pop songs for childrens party to songs for teen parties!

kids party music playlist: Kid-friendly Dance Music with cartoon kids of different colors dancing

27 Best Kids Dance Songs List That You May Not Have Thought About

This song list is great for family dance songs, dance songs for parties with kids, and best sleepover music for kids!

Add these to your kids dance party playlist and you’ll have all the kids dancing!

1. Baby Shark

Baby Shark has been the most popular kids song over the past few years. It is a good party theme tune, and will continue to be so with new episodes of this series.

The song was originally sung in Korean by PinkFong. (I can’t imagine, but for those who don’t know it is about sharks that will eat you unless you are related to them and it has become a huge cult classic for all ages who both love and hate it.)

2. I Like To Move It

I Like To Move It was released in 1994 by Reel 2 Real as part of the Madagascar movie soundtrack.

3. Jump Around

Jump Around: House of Pain is a hip hop song by the American rap group, House Of Pain. It was released in 1992 as their first single from their self-titled debut album.

It’s great for a party because it really does get everybody to jump around!

4.  If You’re Happy And You Know It

If You’re Happy And You Know It then Everyone Clap Your Hands was first released in 1985 by American composer, Pam Sheyne.

The song is about things to happen when you are happy and want to show it and, even though older kids will roll their eyes, they’ll still sing (even if it’s just in their head).

5. I Want To Hold Your Hand

I Want To Hold Your Hand was released in 1963 by The Beatles from their album, With The Beatles. It is a classic that will be popular music at your party for all ages.

6. I’m A Little Teapot

I’m A Little Teapot was first published in 1934 in a collection of songs. It is about a teapot who wants to show how he can spin around, and that his handle should be used as a spout.

Kids will love this song especially because they get the opportunity to dance like crazy while singing along with it.  

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7. I Wanna Be A Cowboy

I Wanna Be A Cowboy by Boys Don’t Cry is an older song, but still fun. It was released in 1989 as part of the Back To The Future Part III soundtrack.

8. I’m Gonna Catch You

I’m Gonna Catch You by the Laurie Berkner Band is a great preschool party kids song and will get all the kids up and running around.

9. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy was first recorded in 1927 by The Andrews Sisters. It’s a great party song for a mix of adults and kids because it’s fun and upbeat.

10. The Wheels On The Bus

The Wheels On The Bus was first published in 1953 as a popular nursery rhyme. It is about a bus that keeps going to all the places in town until it gets back home again where it started from and almost every child knows this song, so it will get them singing and dancing.

11. Shake It Off

Shake It Off was released by Taylor Swift in 2014 as part of her album, 1989.

Every kid seems to know this song and will love dancing along with this tune while singing lyrics.

12. Jump, Jive and Wail

Jump Jive & Wail was recorded in 1958 by singer, Louis Prima and his band The Witnesses.

It’s another oldie but goodie that’s fun and upbeat for a party with kids and adults.

13. Dynamite

Dynamite by BTS was released in 2014. BTS is a band that most kids like, so this will be a hit.

14. The Chicken Dance

The Chicken Dance was first recorded in 1954 by recording artists, The Farr Brothers and performed to welcome guests at gatherings.

It’s a favorite for a dance party.

15. Rain On Me

Rain on Me by Lady GaGa and Ariana Grande is a song that was released in 2017 as part of the soundtrack from the movie, The Greatest Showman.

Kids will get excited about singing along with this track because it’s got an excellent beat that they’ll want everyone to dance to (and many kids have seen the movie!).

16. Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody Muppets Version was released in 2011 as a parody of the original song which was performed by Queen.

Kids will love singing along with this fun song. Play both the original version and the Muppets version!

17. Electric

Electric by Katy Perry was first released in 2017 as a song from the movie, The Smurfs: The Lost Village, so kids have likely heard it.

18. Someone Like You

Adele’s Someone Like You was released in 2011. It seems like most kids like Adele, so be sure to include some in your party music.

19. Happy

Happy by Pharrell Williams is the ultimate happy party song and all the kids know it so they can sing along!

20. Get Back Up Again

Get Back Up Again by Anna Kendrick  was released in 2017 as a song from the movie, Trolls. So, chances are, kids have seen the movie and know the song (which is key to getting people to dance).

21. What Does The Fox Say

The Fox (What Does The Fox Say) by Ylvis was released in 2013. If nothing else, you’ll get a good laugh from the kids over this song.

22. La Bamba

La Bamba by Ritchie Valens was released in 1958. Definitely before your and your kids’ time, but still a party music favorite!

23. Thunder

Thunder by Imagine Dragons was released in 2017 as a song from the movie, Wonder Woman.

24. Y.M.C.A.

YMCA by The Village People was released in 1978 as a song from the movie, Saturday Night Fever. However, every generation still seems to know this song and it gets people on the dance floor!

25. Welcome To The Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle is an oldie, but since it was in the re-released movie Jumanji, most kids will know it.

26. Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwoʻole was released in 1995 as a song from the movie, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Most kids know this song.

27. Rock You Like a Hurricane

Rock You Like A Hurricane remake by Rachel Bloom is from Trolls World Tour movie. It’s a real rocker song that kids will probably know.

Keeping the beat in a dance party can be tricky but with a mix of songs like these it will be easy!

Hopefully these energetic and upbeat dance songs will get everyone up on their feet. 

Let us know your songs for kid party ideas in the comments!

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