Sing Along Songs

Music is an important part of our environment, and sing along songs are a wonderful family resource. We sing along to several familiar tunes as part of our daily routine, in the shower or while watching TV and hearing a commercial jingle. Kids songs are familiar to various age groups, easy to sing, and appropriate for small children. Singing is a fun way to learn, and children love sing along songs. Who doesn’t remember the kids songs Itsy Bitsy Spider (complete with hand movements), Wheels on the Bus, This Old Man, If You’re Happy and You Know It, and of course the ABC’s Alphabet Song. Many of these sing along songs mean something about being a kid, singing with your mom at home, growing up with your family, bringing up happy times and comforting memories. For new parents, kids sing along songs are an opportunity to pass on their childhood experience to another generation.

How kids sing isn’t as important as why they sing. It should be fun. Children learn to sing by imitating others, and they enjoy singing just to be singing. They don’t have to learn all the words; they can enjoy singing along with what they know. Toddlers like to hear silly words and nonsense rhymes in repetition, and preschoolers enjoy nursery rhymes and songs about familiar things they know. The use of music and movement in kids sing along songs teaches children skills and encourages the use of imagination. For young children, sing along songs bring music, movement and fun to learning vocabulary, practising oral language and arithmetic (counting), and helps to promote their movement and motor skills (using simple instructions, as in Hokey Pokey). Sing along songs can also stimulate learning by actively encouraging children to listen, think, move and sing. Playing music on a car ride can be a helpful resource for parents, helping to distract the kids while at the same time making learning fun (like multiplication tables) with catchy sing along songs. Sing along songs like Christmas carols also help people connect to each other and to celebrate family tradition and history.

Whether you are in the car, at a party, at a sports event, or even in the shower, familiar pop music invites you to sing along. Drivers who sing along in their car are more likely to concentrate on the road and less likely to fall asleep. The recent advent of karaoke music invites participants to sing along to their favorite songs. Even if you can’t carry a tune, you can still sing along, and the most inept singer will ultimately sound like a famous pop star.

Sing along songs, usually upbeat and encouraging, provide fun and fond memories for kids of all ages, something to bring a smile to your day.

TOP 30 KIDS SING ALONG SONGS
1. ABC’s Alphabet Song
2. This Old Man
3. Wheels on the Bus
4. Itsy Bitsy Spider
5. Bingo
6. Hokey Pokey
7. 99 Bottles of Pop on the Wall
8. Old MacDonald Had a Farm
9. If You’re Happy and You Know It
10. It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
11. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
12. John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
13. On Top of Spagetti
14. Puff the Magic Dragon
15. Row Row Row Your Boat
16. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
17. Would You Like to Swing on a Star
18. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
19. There’s a Hole in the Middle of the Sea
20. Baa Baa Black Sheep
21. I’m a Little Teapot
22. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
23. Farmer in the Dell
24. Loop de Loop
25. Pop Goes the Weasel
26. Frere Jacques
27. For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
28. Rub-a-dub-dub
29. Are You Sleeping?
30. Five Little Monkeys