This clean playlist of dance music for kids will be a hit with all ages without the worry of anything inappropriate. Destress and get rid of some restless energy by having a family dance party with your kids!
This post was originally posted on August 14, 2018 and has since been updated to improve user experience.
The secret mood changer
I have a theory in life that just about any mood can be turned around with a good old dance party.
Boyfriend dumped you? Dance it out.
Time of the month came a day early and you’re feeling like death? Dance, girl.
Kids throwing fits all morning and you want that glass of wine before 9 am? Put on some jams, turn it up as loud as you can, have. a. dance. party.
There’s something so wholesome about turning up
Kids dance songs = parenting done right
It’s probably my number one parenting method. Kids go crazy, I put on the dance music. The crazy thing is – it works.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on the edge of losing my cool, navigating a mess house, barking dog, and crying kiddos.
Then I’ll stop, take a deep breath and ask if they want to dance. Smiles
Each kid gets a spoon “microphone”, I put on a playlist and we twirl for an entire 5 minutes, Inevitably, they then lose interest, calm and ready to take on the world of matchbox cars and little brothers.
Meanwhile, my own anxiety level is back down to a relatively neutral level.
The power of a dance party, people.
The Ultimate Playlist of Kids Dance Songs
You’re sold, right?
Just like I did in my Kid-Friendly Songs, country songs for kids, rock and roll songs for kids, Songs for Daughters, Girl Power Songs and hip hop songs for kids posts, I’m sharing a solid dance party playlist that is high energy to get wiggles and bad mood out any day of the week and that you won’t mind shaking your groove thang to either.
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Does it get any more
Magic – B.O.B
A little bit of a hip hop song for kids, part pop hit, this one is fun to bop around to. Bonus: if you’re an OG Weezer fan, Rivers Cuomo sings the chorus.
Thunder – Imagine Dragons
My 3 year old bops to this song all day and demands the “lightning thunder song!!” It’s a perfect song for kids to dance to, stomp their feet, and shout at the top of their lungs. Lyrics about exceeding expectations and following your dreams never hurts either.
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
I don’t care who you are or how you feel about the former Hannah Montana – this song is fun. Not only is it a totally clean dance song, but it’s got such a happy, catchy tune that is infectious
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Got a Despicable Me fan? They probably already love this song! If you don’t do a little hip twist every time this song
The Greatest Show – Panic! at the Disco
Confession: I have yet to see this movie mostly because I know how I can get with musicals. But I am a forever P!ATD fan, so this cover is a favorite in my house. The original is also a great dance song for kids, but this one have a bit more oomph, if you ask me.
Roar – Katy Perry
Even if this clean song didn’t have a great beat and amazing lyrics for kids, (“Dancing through the fire/’Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar.”) Your kids will absolutely ADORE any excuse to “ROAR” every time it comes on. The music video is extra fun as well!
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
So, my kids know all of the words to “Bye, Bye, Bye” and “Tearing Up My Heart” so the fact that JT made such a fun, kid friendly dance song makes my soul happy. This song from the “Trolls” movie is all about feeling happy and dancing it out! It’s one of our favorite upbeat kids songs.
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Not everyone will find this classic to be an essential, but I grew up on Journey and this song is. my. jam. Also, hearing little kids scream, “DON’T STOP BELIEEEEEVINGGGGG!” is funnier than I can explain here.
Dynamite -Taio Cruz
If you can hear this clean hip hop song and not start bopping around, I can’t help you. My kids love that this one has a fun beat that is easy to shake it to. Just make sure you get the radio edit version.
Better When I’m Dancing – Meghan Trainer
Bonus, with this song for kids to dance to – the music video features the Peanuts and Snoopy! This Meghan Trainer song has the same, fun beat as “All about that Bass” but way more
Your Beautiful – One Direction
Okay, okay – hear me out. Yes, it’s a notoriously obnoxious song. BUT it’s so catchy, totally kid-friendly, and it can’t help but put a smile on your face.
The Man – The Killers
Okay, so this one might not be what you’d expect to see on this list, but it’s Ryan’s
I Got a Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
This is a fun throwback, but I’m pretty sure it’s against the law NOT to dance to this clean song. OG Black Eyed Peas are known for great dance tunes and good times and this is the perfect example. My kids adore it!
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
I’m a big fan of country songs for kids, but even wholesome country boys can sneak in some naughty language. Thomas Rhett is definitely one of them (see: Vacation and T-Shirt) but this song is not only sweet, but a clean dance song for kids.
You can check out all of these songs in one place on my Spotify Dance Music For Kids Playlist!
The best part of a dance party is that you really don’t need much – a playlist, some way to play that music, and room to shake it is really the basic necessity.
Turn up these clean dance songs for kids and start shaking away all of the stress and bad mood!
Okay so tell me – does your family enjoy family dance parties? What are you favorite kids dance songs?
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