13 child-friendly pop songs with clean lyrics for kiddy parties
Need a few good tunes with clean lyrics for your next party? Here's a list of 13 great pop songs which are suitable for kids and grown-ups to sing and dance along to!
Are you planning a party for your kid’s birthday, or a fun little get-together for some family and friends, but you’re a little worried about the music that will be rotating on the playlist for the event? Pop songs also offer kid friendly options!
Some favourite pop songs on the radio may seem innocent and catchy, but once you start singing along and realise what the lyrics are insinuating, you will quickly realise that they may not be quite so suitable for junior’s ears!
But who wants to listen to “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and “The Wheels On The Bus” on repeat mode for the next four hours of your social gathering, right? (We’re sure you’ve already had enough of that in all car rides with your children).
Here’s a list of a few good mainstream tunes with squeaky clean lyrics and positive messages which are perfect for both kids and grown-ups to groove along to!
1. Katy Perry – “Firework”
Listen carefully to the words of this song and it will make you smile from ear to ear because of its beautiful message reminding everyone that we are special and should throw away our insecurities. Too bad you’re not allowed to set off some real fireworks in Singapore to get your party going!
2. Pharrel Williams – “Happy”
As the title suggests, this happy tune will get you on your feet and dancing around the room! If your kids love the minions from Despicable Me, then they’d love to watch this official music video version featuring those quirky little yellow characters. If the children are happy and busy dancing away while the parents get a few minutes to themselves to quickly shovel down some party food, then everyone is happy.
3. Natasha Bedingfield – “Unwritten”
The uplifting message in this pop song is refreshing and sends out a positive vibe to all. You might find yourself softly humming to the tune and then suddenly belting out loud once it gets to the chorus, complete with facial expressions and dramatic hand gestures, making your party guests wonder if you’ve lost your marbles from all the party-planning stress.
4. One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful”
Every family is bound to have one hormone-charged girl who loves the ever-popular 1D, and once this song is blasting away on the speakers at your party, be prepared to hear some excited squeals from the tweens (or maybe even an over-enthusiastic full grown adult!).
5. Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You”)
An inspirational song by a powerhouse vocalist, the lyrics are encouraging and gives you a boost of confidence to feel like you can take on the world and accomplish anything! Like cleaning up the aftermath of your party once all the guests have gone home. Oh joy.
5. Coldplay – “A Sky Full Of Stars”
Coldplay either churn out slow and dreary songs, or upbeat and happy songs like this one. Even if you can’t really make out what they’re singing (or shake off the association with arguably one of Hollywood’s most pretentious mothers, Gwyneth Paltrow), it’s still a feel-good tune and will bring some life to your party.
6. Smash Mouth – “I’m A Believer”
This song was featured on the kiddy animation, Shrek, and is very catchy. It’s definitely a good tune to dance around with your kids and show them that mum or dad knows how to have a little fun too. Even if you are a little clumsy like Shrek and have the vocal prowess of Donkey – don’t let that stop you from getting your groove on!
7. Owl City – “Fireflies”
Even if you don’t feel like dancing, this is a lovely tune with clean lyrics to be played in the background as the little ones run around playing together, while you sit back with your friends and have a drink or two (or three or four – who’s counting?).
8. Miley Cyrus – “Party In The Usa”
We know that Miley is not so “child-friendly” and her new image is anything but clean, but this groovy song is a fun tune to sing along to and bring a bit of cheer to your get-together. The cover version by the adorable Chipettes is also worth checking out and it’s going to be hilarious listening to your tiny toddler party guests trying to sing along in matching voices!
9. Phillip Phillips – “Home”
If you know how to play the guitar, then you can show off your strumming skills to your friends and impress them by singing this as a duet with your child for a little party entertainment. Yes, be that guy at the party. You know you want to.
10. Echosmith – “Cool Kids”
This light ditty with sweet vocals makes you think about your younger days when you were just a dorky kid trying to be a “cool kid” who wants to fit in. But hey, you grew up and are cool enough to throw your own awesome party now surrounded by those who love you, so there is a happy ending after all.
11. Train – “Hey Soul Sister”
This feel-good song will make you tap along to the beat and you’ll quickly pick up the words to the chorus and sing along as you tuck into your party bites. Who exactly is the Soul Sister he’s singing about anyway? You. You are the hot Soul Sister. So go put on your dance shoes and have a good time at the party with these type of pop songs!
12. B.o.B (featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore) – “Airplanes”
Even if your kids are too young to fully understand the lyrics or catch what is being rapped in the verses, they’ll probably pick up on the word “airplane” and be zooming around the room with arms stretched out as this song plays in the background.
13. P!nk – “Perfect”
Although this feisty little singer is known to have a potty-mouth, most of her songs have really great messages behind them and this song is about loving yourself and rising above your insecurities. Just be sure to search for the “clean” version without the random f-bomb she throws in!
13. Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Love her or hate her, this catchy song will make kids want to dance around at the party and if they insist that you join them, don’t be coy – if Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) can shake his buns to Tay Tay, so can you! Pop songs, here we come!
Which is your favourite child-friendly tune?