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The Top 100 Songs Every Child Should Know

As I began to write this post, it didn’t take me even an hour to come up with way more than 100 songs every child show know! One of my most favorite classes in college was Elementary Music Methods, and one of my most favorite jobs was elementary (K-4) music teacher at Willie Brown Elementary school in Mansfield, Texas. I taught some of these songs to my students, and today I’m happy to share them with you.

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The Top 100 Songs Every Child Should Know

The songs below are linked to a YouTube video so you can learn it and teach it to your kids. It was my goal to include a variety of types of videos. Some modern, some old, some specifically made for kids, and others not. I hope you enjoy the mixture! (As usual, if you are extra careful about the content your child sees or hears, please preview each video first.)

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Folk Songs

Bicycle Built for Two

Buffalo Gals

Danny Boy

Down By the Bay

If I Had a Hammer

Inch by Inch (the Garden Song)

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad


Let There Be Peace on Earth

Make New Friends But Keep the Old

May There Always Be Sunshine

Michael Row the Boat Ashore

Oh Susanna

Old Dan Tucker

On Top of Old Smoky

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Scarborough Fair

She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain


Skip to My Lou

Simple Gifts

Sweet Betsy From Pike

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The Water is Wide

There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

There’s a Hole in the Bucket

Waltzing Matilda

You are My Sunshine

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Patriotic Songs

America the Beautiful

Battle Hymn of the Republic

God Bless America

My Country ‘Tis of Thee

The Star-Spangled Banner

This Land is Your Land

Yankee Doodle

You’re a Grand Old Flag

Hymns and Christian Songs

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Amazing Grace

Be Thou My Vision

Blessed Assurance

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Fairest Lord Jesus

Great is Thy Faithfulness

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Holy Holy Holy

How Great Thou Art

It is Well With My Soul

Jesus Loves Me


My Jesus, I Love Thee

The B-I-B-L-E

The Old Rugged Cross

This Little Light of Mine

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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Every Time I Feel the Spirit

We Shall Overcome

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Get on Board, Little Children

Rocka My Soul

Down by the Riverside

When the Saints Go Marching In


All the Pretty Little Horses

All Through the Night

Hush Little Baby, Don’t Say a Word

Lullaby and Good Night (German Cradle Song/ Brahm’s Lullaby)

Rock-a-bye Baby

Preschool Songs

A Tisket, a Tasket

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep


Down by the Station

Do You Know the Muffin Man?

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Five Little Speckled Frogs

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Going on a Bear Hunt

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

If You’re Happy and You Know It

In a Cabin in the Wood

London Bridge

Mary Had a Little Lamb

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

Old MacDonald

Polly Wolly Doodle

The ABC Song

The Eencie Weencie Spider

The Farmer in the Dell

The Hokey Pokey

The Old Grey Mare

The Wheels on the Bus

There Were Ten in the Bed

This Old Man

Twinkle Little Star

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Historical Songs


Drill Ye Tarriers

Erie Canal

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Over There

Rally ‘Round the Flag

Christmas Carols

Angels We Have Heard on High

Away in a Manger

Joy to the World

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Other Holiday Songs

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Over the River and Through the Woods

Cowboy Songs

Git Along Little Dogies

Home on the Range

I Ride an Old Paint

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Songs in Other Languages

Adeste Fideles


Cielito Lindo

De Colores

Dona Nobis Pacem

Frère Jacques

Hava Nagilah


Did I miss any of your favorite songs? Leave a comment below to let me know!

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  1. It’s a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
    My Favorite Things – Julie Andrews – Sound of Music

    These are two songs we have fun with at our house!

  2. I started elementary school in 1960. Music was always a huge part of my life and our lives in school. In 1965/66, our music teacher had all the 5th and 6th graders from the city get together for a couple of programs. One song that my best friend and I sang throughout our lives went something like this : Spring whispers in the wind, stirs among the sprouts, wakes the tender buds with its call, spring murmurs through the trees, rushes in the brook, something in the steep waterfall. Loud sounds the shepherds horn ‘mong the rocks, calling to summon home snowy flocks. Gay, gaily in the night, gaily in night sings the water sprite.
    I know I missed quite a bit of it, but do you know of this song?

    1. I am searching for the origin, too! My mother and aunt taught me the song as a child (Michigan). I cannot find it anywhere on the internet.
      This is what we know (and we know the melody that our family sings it to).
      “Spring whispers in the wind, stirs among the boughs, wakes the tender buds with its call. Spring murmurs in the stream, surges in the brook, rushes in the clean waterfall. Loud sounds the shepherd’s horn among the rocks, calling to summon home snowy flocks. Gay, gaily in the night, gaily in the night, plays the water sprite.
      Yet, in my beating heart, sorrow lingers on, colder than the touch of the snow…when I remember joy and the lovely days of a happy spring…long ago.”

    2. I also sang that song in Jr High in the early 60’s at the Spring Program every year! You didn’t grow up in Indianapolis, did you? I love it so much! I wish we could find a recorded version of it somehow. Thanks for the memories!!

  3. We’ve also enjoyed Froggie Went a courting, Crawdad Song, Los Pollitos, Little Liza Jane, The Happy Wanderer, Molly Malone, Down in the Valley, Cumberland Gap, Goober Peas, Loch Lomond, Will You Go Lassie, Country Life and Auld Lang Syne.

  4. Hi everyone. I also grew up in the 60s. I remember the lyrics to a song going like this (remember, this is my 8-year-old memory working here, so I might be wrong): Olé, olé, olé. Come dance to the music gay. Olé, olé, olé. We’ll sing and we’ll dance and play. Oh, what fun to go dancing together, with a swing and a sway and a swirl. Every step is as light as a feather. Oh, what fun to go round in a whirl!
    Hope someone remembers this and can add to or correct the lyrics. I couldn’t find anything on the internet.

      1. Thank you!! That brings back memories. All of the lyrics I’ve looked up don’t go with what I remember, but it was nice seeing a video with the music. Thanks again.

    1. Yes, I remember this song! I grew up in the 70s. I remember the beginning lyrics as, “Ole, ole, ole, fiesta begins today.” And the last line in our version was, “Oh, what fun for a boy and a girl!” I can’t find it on the internet, either.

  5. Looking for the lyrics to a song sung prior to the 1960’s with the words…. GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING TO YOU , GOOD MORNING AND HOW DO YOU DO?”

    1. I think I am trying to find the same song. I sing it to my cats every morning when we all wake up. I sing it a little differently…Good Morning Good, Morning I’m (we’re) glad to see you, Good Morning , Good Morning and how do you do?

  6. I absolutely love this list! I no longer have any kids doing homeschooling, but I’m a professional musician and music teacher. I’m a fan of E. D. Hirsch, who I think gets a bad rap. After reading his books on cultural literacy, especially the music section from his dictionary of cultural literacy, I thought to myself, “I should make a list called ‘Songs every American Should Know'” and endeavor to teach it to my private students. Thank you so much for this! I’m definitely bookmarking it.

    Have you made a similar list with classical or popular tunes? I’d have to think about both, but the classical list would probably have about 50 items that at least 50% of Americans recognize 50% of (Hirsch’s definition of a common cultural heritage). Things like “Ode to Joy,” Hallelujah Chorus, Rhapsody in Blue, 1812 Overture, various Nutcracker themes, etc. The popular list would have only classics; probably nothing 20 years or younger, because it hasn’t withstood even a single generation’s test of time. Songs like Piano Man, We Will Rock You, Billie Jean, Your Song, and probably some Beatles and Elvis tunes like Hey Jude and Fools Fall in Love. But I know we’d have to be careful here, lyrically speaking, even if there are no obscenities. Even a song I love like Billie Jean isn’t something I’d love for my 4-year-old to be parroting all the words to!

    I rambled in that last paragraph, but if you have a moment, could you email me a link if you’ve made such lists, or if you’ve seen lists that you trust?

  7. The Pollywog In The Bog-BNL
    Hey Ya-Outkast
    I Think I Love You-Partridge Family
    What’s New, Pussycat?-Tom Jones
    I Want You Back-Jackson 5
    Skinnamarink-Traditional Canadian folk song
    Land of the Silver Birch-Traditional Canadian folk song
    The Dummy Line-Folk song from New Jersey
    The Great, Big Moose-Folk song from Aurora, Ontario, Canada
    The Dreidel Song-Samuel Goldfarb
    Hey Dum Diddley Dum-Splash N Boots feat. Sharon and Bram
    Stomp Clap-Danny Go
    Wiggle Dance-Danny Go
    Math Whiz-Danny Go
    Brain Attack-Raggs Kids’ Club Band
    Big Kids Scare The Heck Outta Me-John Lithgow
    A You’re Adorable-from I CAN SING BABY ANIMAL SONGS
    Does Your Chewing Gum?-Lonnie Donegan (from I CAN SING BABY ANIMAL SONGS)
    Oh, You Beautiful Doll!-from I CAN SING BABY ANIMAL SONGS
    Yes, We Have No Bananas-from I CAN SING BABY ANIMAL SONGS
    Mr. Bass Man-Johnny Cymbal (from I CAN PUT ON A SHOW)
    PS Alouette dates back to the year, 1879; it’s from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    Adeste Fidelis’ refrain, “venite adoramus dominum,” means “come and let us worship the Lord.”

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