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#1 Awesome101

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:38 AM

As the title says - Which songs will get your kids up and dancing?

I dont mean music like The Wheels on the Bus and Wiggles songs etc. I'm after child friendly top 40. I'm a Triple J listener so a bit out of the loop with pop music at the moment...

ETA - For a group of 4-8 year olds.

Edited by Awesome101, 16 November 2012 - 08:44 AM.

#2 --binda--

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:43 AM

My kids like mainly One Direction, Justin Bieber...

And anything else that is in the top 40.

They also like MmmBop from Hanson, and some backstreet boys stuff.

#3 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:49 AM

Gangnam style.....(or however you spell it).. He knows the moves too

#4 siemp

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:51 AM


This is DS's favourite song and he always dances when he hears it

#5 greatwon2

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:51 AM

My 11 month old Loves loves loves that Gangham Style song unfortunately. She's also fond of moves like Jagger but aside from those two she's heard from the older kids i don't listen to much recent music, anything boppy will get her going tho original.gif

Edited to add, sorry didnt see your ages

Edited by greatwon2, 16 November 2012 - 08:53 AM.

#6 EssentialBludger

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:56 AM

Gangnam style is the rage here too.

#7 baddmammajamma

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:01 AM

My kids' (5 & 7) current favorites are "Smooth Criminal" (the Alien Ant Farm version), "Uprising" (Muse), "Moves Like Jagger" (Maroon 5), "500 Miles" (The Proclaimers), and "Gangnam Style" (PSY). cool.gif  We have music in heavy rotation in the car, and these 5 songs are clearly the most requested.

However, I've just finished burning 20 CDs for my daughter's Year One classmates -- as her little year end holiday treat for them (in lieu of lollies). Since some of the parents have strong feelings against young kids listening to anything with overt sexual references (e.g. "Moves Like Jagger"), I've kept the tunes very G-rated. Retro stuff is very good for this purpose!

A few of the tunes on her summer mix:

* Surfin' USA (The Beach Boys)

* Disco Inferno (The Glee version)

* Walkin' On Sunshine (Katrina & the Waves)

* Twistin' By The Pool (The Dire Straits)

* Vacation (The Go Gos)

* MmmBop (Hanson -- way cooler than Justin Bieber could ever hope to be!)

* What Time Is It (High School Muscial)

* Hot, Hot, Hot (Buster Poindexter)

* Let's Groove (Earth, Wind & Fire)

You get the drift... wink.gif

#8 Feralmummacat

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:25 AM

DS1 at 5 his favourite song is Bom Bom by Sam and the Womp.


His school even had this at their sports day last week (catholic school) so it is relative PG compared to a lot of other songs.

He likes "Chasing the sun" by The Wanted



Boom Boom by Justice Crew
I like to move it move (Madagascar theme)

#9 Littleone84

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:29 AM

Gangnam Style ATM - but you can always rely on a little bit of MJ no matter what time of day or night, DSS will always dance to it.

#10 Grobanite

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:41 AM

In our house we currently love"It's always a good time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen.

My 3 yr old was singing Culture Clubs - Karma Chameleon the other day.

#11 Wahootifandango

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:52 AM

I am a Triple J listener - and my kids (5 and 3) - love that kind of music.

We are listening to the Killers - somebody told me, Metric - Synthetica, San Cisco - Awkward, Birds of Tokyo - This Fire (thats not very boppy though). They are all pretty kid friendly.  If they are lego loving boys, there is an album by the Fold which are all Ninjago Lego themed which are pretty dancey.

She's got me dancing is a good one as well - Tommy Sparks I think.  

They are also big fans of the Chipmunks unfortunately as well.

#12 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:57 AM

Gangam style
Any of my skitzmix collection
Paul Elstak V Neophyte
some of Tiestos faster stuff.
She had inherated my love of hardcore and dance thanfully!

#13 baddmammajamma

Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:00 AM

QUOTE (Wahootifandango @ 16/11/2012, 10:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am a Triple J listener - and my kids (5 and 3) - love that kind of music.

We are listening to the Killers - somebody told me, Metric - Synthetica, San Cisco - Awkward, Birds of Tokyo - This Fire (thats not very boppy though). They are all pretty kid friendly.  If they are lego loving boys, there is an album by the Fold which are all Ninjago Lego themed which are pretty dancey.

She's got me dancing is a good one as well - Tommy Sparks I think.  

They are also big fans of the Chipmunks unfortunately as well.

My kids LOVE "Somebody Told Me." They call it the "Robot Boyfriend Song"  because the beginning sounds so funky. "She's Got Me Dancing" is another one we love, along with "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" (Scissor Sisters), which is in a similar vein.

No Chipmunks here, but I just forked out $9 on itunes for the @*&#ing soundtrack to the Zhu Zhu pet movie. They are close cousins! rolleyes.gif

This doesn't make me a better mother by any stretch, but we totally bypassed all of the "Wheels On The Bus" stuff. My husband & I just can't stomach it. I realize that songs of repetition can be good for children and we've depived them of that. But by the same token, I do think there's something to be said for early exposure to Triple J and great retro stuff.

Have fun making your mixes, OP. Give me a holler if you need a CD, as I've made mixes for other EBers.

#14 Awesome101

Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:27 AM

Thanks for the suggestions so far..

My kids favourite album at the moment is Like a Version Vol 7 with the most danced to song being Owl Eyes version of Pumped up Kicks. Not very lyrically appropriate for a kids party  unsure.gif

#15 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

My 4 year old likes
- Bom Bom by Sam and the Womp,
- Bounce (and a few other songs) by Calvin Harris
- Everybody Walk the Dinosaur
- Peter Coombe (children's singer), particularly Wash your face in Orange Juice
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Gangnam Style
- One Direction  rolleyes.gif
- Bruno Mars
- Katy Perry
- the 'Rock of Ages' soundtrack

#16 marley*and*me

Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

I was just about to post the exact same topic as it looks like my sons 6th birthday on the weekend is going to be very wet. We were having an outdoor party with sausage sizzle and waterside and sprinklers but am now planning an indoor disco with games and music instead.

My don has on his iPod,
Moves like jagger
Gangem style
City lights
Some pink and lady gaga
Music from various disnry films like rio and Madagascar
Katy perry
Good Charlotte

So keep the suggestions coming please as we will need some more.

#17 CallMeFeral

Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:46 PM

It's all gangnam over here too.

And moves like Jagger.

#18 Shanski

Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:35 PM

Gangnam style - Psy
We are never ever getting back together - Taylor swift
Mean - Taylor swift
Call me maybe - Carly Rae jepson
Gold on the ceiling and lonely boy - the black keys
Put your hands up - matchbox twenty
What doesn't kill you (makes you stronger) - Kelly clarkson
Hummingbird heartbeat and firework - Katy Pery

Any Reece mastin, one direction and justice crew also get the party started in our house.

#19 Tigerdog

Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:48 PM

'Sexy and me know it', as DS1 says!  Maybe not what you were looking for biggrin.gif  My own Mum is disgusted that he sings this, I tend to just laugh it off, pretty much everyone knows it's a p*sstake.  And no, it wasn't me who got him singing it but I'm not that concerned that I'd actively try to stop him!

Edited by Tigerdog, 16 November 2012 - 02:48 PM.

#20 Awesome101

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:05 PM

Is Whistle by Flo Rida too '"grownup"? The kids have been rocking out to this all afternoon... Might have to add it to the playlist..

#21 Chaos in stereo

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:09 PM


Edited by Chaos in stereo, 26 August 2013 - 05:22 PM.

#22 cinnabubble

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:13 PM

Call me maybe, always a good time, wings by ?Little Mix, All the Single Ladies.

I'm the mean mum who won't let kids listen to song lyrics with the word sexy in them.

#23 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:40 AM

K-pop is great for kids. They particularly like Hyuna's Bubble Pop and the Ice Cream song. And Gangnam Style of course.

Mika is nice and boppy (Grace Kelly and Love Today)

We also dance madly to Toy Dolls' Nellie The Elephant, Iggy Pop's Louie Louie, Chili Peppers Dani California and quite a lot of MCR.

ABBA went over well at our recent preschool disco.

#24 Ben01

Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:11 AM

"Bullet in the head" - rage against the machine.
(Thankfully kid's dont understand themes)

Justin Beiber is also a favourite original.gif

Edited by Ben01, 17 November 2012 - 01:14 AM.

#25 iwanttosleepin

Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:41 AM

Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Chemical Brothers)
The Final Countdown (Europe)
Fire ( Kasabian)
Body Movin and Intergalactic (Beastie Boys)
I Like to Move it,
Moves Like Jagger
Party Rock Anthem
Barbara Streisand (the song not the singer)
We No Speak No AMericano,
Right Here, Right Now
Turn Up the Music
Pumped Up Kicks

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