18. “Happy” — Pharrell Williams
Yes, “Happy” has pretty much been beaten into the ground, but somehow it doesn’t get old. And it’s so fun to watch kids feel genuinely happy while they sing and dance to the lyrics.
19. “Pompeii” — Bastille
“Pompeii” is fun and educational: There are actual references to historical events in the song that might inspire kids to do a little research. Plus, it’s just a really fun, danceable party tune.
20. “Hurricane” — The Vamps
The Vamps have already shown up on various kid TV networks, and their song “Hurricane” is featured in Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Steve Carell. This song is kinda in the same vein as Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” — it’s cheery, fun and makes you want to get up and dance.
21. “What Do I Know?” — Ed Sheeran
Who doesn’t love Ed Sheeran? This song is all about saving the world with music and love. Positive vibes and so catchy too.
22. “Symphony” — Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson
I mean, “clean” is in the name of the band, so this song has to be a winner, right? This ditty has clean lyrics and is total dance-party material.
23. “Something Just Like This” — The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
The lyrics are obviously open to interpretation, but it seems to us like “Something Just Like This” is celebrating the superheroes that walk among us and the fact that there is something fantastic about being “normal.” Kids will love singing about superheroes and grown-ups love the positive message. Both will love the fun, futuristic beat. We’ll just cross our fingers that no one under the age of 17 asks what a chain-smoker is.
Expert tip: Common Sense Media advises parents to listen to appropriate music when the kids are within earshot. “Your child will sing along with whatever you select, so make sure you choose songs with lyrics you won’t mind your child repeating if you aren’t around,” it says on their website.