Ten songs in no particular order to rock out with your kids! Check them out!
1. Head and Shoulders - Fox and Branch
Get you and and your family moving with this spin on the traditional Head and Shoulders song! This song tells you different actions to do instead of just touching you head and shoulders. “Throw the Ball”, “Milk the Cow”, “Flip the Pancake” and “ Walk the dog” are all fun movements that you and your family will laugh along with!
2. All Around the Kitchen - Dan Zanes
Another great movement song! Dance around with your family in the kitchen and all over the house. Dan Zanes again writes a fun and silly song that will get stuck in your head for days. But lets be honest, what kid song doesn’t get stuck in your head for days? This song is also a very easy song on the guitar and you can get by just playing an A minor chord.
Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKSnyS-vmkg
3. Fee Fi Fo Fun- Ralph’s World
It looks like we are starting off this list with many songs that instruct you to move your body. Here at JWY!, we have no problems with songs that make you dance! This song tells you to jump up and down, twist and shout and clap your hands! This song is guaranteed to get your feet moving and everyone singing!
4. What Kind of Cat Are You?! - Billy Jonas
I have to be honest, I always sing this song. Billy Jonas wrote this very clever song asking questions like, “What kind of cat has the first name of Tom? TOM CAT” and “What kinda cat is a candy? KIT KAT!” But look out the questions get harder in the thrid verse that really make you think, so “put on your thinking cap!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2apMXm7NwX0&feature=related Please excuse the barking dogs at the begging
5. Old Macdonald Had A Farm, Pt. 2 - Rufus Thomas
Old Macdonald is a classic kids song, everyone knows it and how could you make it rock you may ask? Well just talk to Rufus Thomas who gave this song a funky groove. This song is off the album Sing Along with Putamayo and one of the gems of the album. Rufus can really sing!
6. Hot Chocolate- Recess Monkey
I found this song recently. I love it. I have even snuck it in at family parties and no one thinks it’s kids song! Good job Recess Monkey! This is a fun song to groove to as you drive.
7. Party In My Tummy - Yo Gabba Gabba
This song is from the popular kids show Yo Gabba Gabba. This song is just silly but it teaches children how to eat the correct foods. Maybe not rockin’, but it will make you want to move and sing along.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMUqM12W0i4 crazy yet amazing
8. Bananaphone- Rhonda Vincent
This is a song I teach with often. It’s a nice spin on Raffi’s original Bananaphone. Rhonda adds a great sounding banjo and fun vocals. I played this song at camp this summer and when a camper was describing it to another camper she said, “Don’t worry, this song is SO awesome”
9. Take Me Home, Country Roads- Toots & The Maytals
This is a great spin off of the John Denver original but with a Regge feel. Instead of “ to the place I belong West Virginia” its changed to “ to the place I belong West Jamaica”. This is another song that parents and kids will enjoy.
10. Be Part of the Band- The Verve Pipe
Do you remember The Verve Pipe from the 90’s? They sang The Freshman. Well now they have an album out called “A Family Album.” As a music teacher I feel like this should be any music students anthem. Don’t worry parents, most of the Jammin’ With You! teachers were or are in bands, and we turned out OK!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq9AKlTFhPg Kicks in at .54
Comment if you know of any other great rockin' kids songs! We would love to learn and sing some more!
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