Sometimes, being a parent can be quite constrictive. You have to watch your language; no F-bombs allowed, even if the little tykes are driving you insane. You’ve got to change your T.V. preferences when they’re around, which is generally all the bloody time. Yes, you have to get all the details about that steamy episode of “The Affair” from your friend – again. And you definitely have to watch your music selections, which might just be the most irritating restriction of all. Say bye-bye to Rihanna’s raunchy anthems, Nicki Minaj’s graphic praise of her posterior and hello to “John the Rabbit”. But all in all, we love our kids and we want to spend as much time as we can. So why not make bonding time enjoyable for both you and the little ones? Pop music has a variety of kid-friendly, catchy songs that your child can groove to and which you might find yourself guiltily humming along to.
So, whether you guys are in the car, the house or at a birthday party, crank these top 10 best kids dance party songs of 2018 up and embarrass your kids with your dad-moves.
Table of Contents
- 10. Jessie J – It’s My Party
- 9. Sia – Cheap Thrills
- 8. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty
- 7. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
- 6. Katy Perry – Fireworks
- 5. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
- 4. Selena Gomez – Kill ‘Em with Kindness
- 3. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!
- 2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
- 1. PSY – Gangnam Style
10. Jessie J – It’s My Party
British singer and song-writer, Jessie J is best known for “Price Tag”, a chart-topping hit. While that song was popular with everyone, it does not get as much airplay as it did when it was released back in 2011. For something a bit more current, try It’s My Party, which is an up-beat track that is as catchy as it is inspiring. Inspired by “haters”, Jessie J wrote the record as she felt that they “need love more than anyone else”. With that positive message in mind, coupled with its child-friendly lyrics, It’s My Party is definitely one jam that should be on your playlist at a party. The popular kids party song has garnered 22 million views, which is not as impressive as her other hits but still a great party song.
9. Sia – Cheap Thrills
In 2016, noted song-writer Sia of the black and blond wig fame gifted parents and children with this island-themed electropop style hit. This bouncy party anthem is the surest way to liven up a kid’s party, and get the other moms and dads on the dance floor. Its remix, which features Jamaican dancehall artist, Sean Paul only gets better and has in fact been nominated for a Grammy. Critics have praised the chart-topper calling it “the song that saved 2016”. The video to the best kids dance party song has a staggering 901 million views on YouTube. These hits will have your kids trying to outdo each other in dance, and may or may not involve overturning of furniture. Be warned.
8. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty
Released in 2016, this song proves that songs that are motivational do not have to be boring. Dubbed “rebellious” and “relatable”, Sit Still, Look Pretty, is all about female empowerment, being a rebel and going after your dreams; which is a message most parents want to pass on their children. With its 15 million views on YouTube, the song and proven to be a hit among adults and kids alike, and has inspired many a cover from aspiring singers. As danceable as it is inspiring, this slow-tempo dance party song is perfect for that time in a party when you would prefer to watch your kids move, without risking breakage of your glassware.
7. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
Peaking at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, Treat You Better has firmly established Canadian artist Shawn Mendes as a singer to watch. This is yet another song with an empowering message, aiming to educate people on domestic violence. The video even ends with the number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. While the little ones may not comprehend the message being sung about, Mendes’ silky vocals and the fusion of the drums, guitar and the tambourines are sure to have the kids singing along. The most popular kids dance party song’s video has received over 1.2 billion views on YouTube making it one of the most viewed YouTube videos ever.
6. Katy Perry – Fireworks
Katy Perry has always been a kid- favorite, with hits like Roar and the more adventurous, I Kissed a Girl. While you may secretly enjoy the latter (and even contemplate enacting the lyrics), it is certainly not appropriate to be jamming to it with those sweet, impressionable babies around. A safe alternative is Fireworks, which as a bonus point has been featured on Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, a popular children’s animation. With its melodic beat and powerful lyrics, this song is great for dancing. The children will undoubtedly recognize it from films such as the aforementioned Madagascar, Alvin and The Chipmunks and Glee and will be even more excited as a result. The best kids song has a formidable 1.0 billion views on YouTube, attesting to its popularity.
5. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
This was the hit that introduced us to the five heartthrobs that make up epic English-Irish boy band One Direction. Being their debut and lead single off their album Up All Night, the song catapulted them to the international charts. For instance, the song was number four on the US Billboard Hot 00, topped the Scottish and Irish charts and was certified platinum in the United States. Any and every youngster will adore this power pop track with its adorable, catchy chorus. The song was massively popular, with radio DJs receiving hundreds of requests from listeners on the daily. It appeals mostly to teenagers but younger kids will love dancing to it too. The video has accumulated around 870 million views on YouTube.
4. Selena Gomez – Kill ‘Em with Kindness
Many millennial children are familiar with the former Disney star’s work on television and will doubtless be entranced with this dance-track. The song promotes magnanimity, encourages love even in the face of hate, with lyrics like “Put down the weapons you fight with” and “Kill ‘Em With Kindness”. As a dance track, critics have deemed it the “highlight of her album” and a “winning pop gauntlet”. Gomez herself stated that lyrically, it was her favorite record in that particular album. The song performed relatively well, peaking at number 39 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Polish Chart. The artful and sultry video (which is not so child-friendly) has garnered 2 million views.
3. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!
Yet another song recorded for a film, Justin Timberlake makes us dance with this disco-pop track. Written for the animation, Trolls, Can’t Stop the Feeling! is Justin Timberlake’s fifth number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song performed massively well internationally, topping charts in Brazil, Canada, Belgium, Israel, South Africa, Switzerland etc. It was the best-selling song in the United States in 2016, selling around three million downloads as of 2018. The song has also been nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award and a Critics’ Choice Award. Your kids will appreciate this funky, infectious, disco song.
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
The lead single from Carly Rae Jepsen’s EP Curiosity, the song was an instant hit, after its release in 2012. Justin Bieber even named it the “catchiest song” he’s ever heard. Jepsen manages to flirt the line between sugary-sweet and sickly in this record and it is vaguely reminiscent of the bubblegum pop era. With its fun, innocent and age-appropriate lyrics, Call Me Maybe is perfect for your little one’s precious ears. It has a great melody and infectious lyrics that will keep you pressing the play button again and again. Nominated for numerous awards including a Grammy, the best kids party song has been called the “perfect pop song” by critics. The video has accumulated a stunning 908 million views.
1. PSY – Gangnam Style
Can anyone ever forget this phenomenal hit from 2012? This is the only K-pop record that managed to sweep the world with the Korean wave. PSY had just about everyone from world leaders to music critics praising this record. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon even called it “a force for world peace”. This song is deeply addictive, with people attempting the ‘Gangnam Style’ which is the name for the amusing moves that PSY showcased in the video. The ‘Gangnam Style’ is extremely endearing and will be sure to please the kids in a party. This jam was so popular that after its release, it overtook, Call Me Maybe, reaching the top position on YouTube Top 100 Music Videos. It had about nine million views each day everyday within only two months. The video also garnered a billion views on YouTube and is currently the third most watched video on the YouTube platform. Gangnam Style, with its comical moves is the perfect party song to dance to with your little ones, guaranteeing cheer and smiles around.
The most important thing as a parent is to expose your child to material that isn’t just fun, but also instructional and uplifting. The records above do just that and so much more. Go on and get your groove on top 10 best kids dance party songs.