26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack — and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” — Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing "https://music.apple.com/us/album/body-talk/1440714879" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Dancing On My Own” — Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

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One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” — Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it"https://music.apple.com/gb/album/cant-stop-feeling-original-song-from-dreamworks-animations/1110121889" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Can’t Stop the Feeling” — Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT"/entertainment/articles/972059/20-pop-songs-for-kids-that-dont-involve-sex-drugs-or-lady-gaga" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >23 Kid-Safe Pop Songs That You’ll Still Enjoy

21. “Wrecking Ball” — Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there"https://music.apple.com/us/album/wake-me-up-remixes-ii-single/1444323057" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Wake Me Up” — Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. "https://music.apple.com/us/album/happy-live-single/915102914" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" > “Happy” — Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you"http://www.axs.com/news/pharrell-s-oscar-nominated-song-happy-from-despicable-me-2-a-crossover-14796" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

Next: “Brave” — Sara Bareilles

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18. “Brave” — Sara Bareilles

An inspiring and catchy hit, and as you watch your kiddos learn the words and start to sing along, at least you"https://music.apple.com/ca/album/call-me-maybe-single/465744617" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Call Me Maybe” — Carly Rae Jepsen

Admittedly, this song can be kind of annoying, but for some reason, Carly Rae Jepsen is like wholesome catnip for kids. Her 2012 smash hit is one that you might get secretly addicted to after you"https://music.apple.com/us/album/hey-soul-sister-single/367069226" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Hey, Soul Sister” — Train

Leave it to Train to drop a feel-good hit that both parents and kids can enjoy without any guilt. This 2009 tune is poppy and upbeat with just a touch of romance that doesn"https://music.apple.com/us/album/roar-deluxe-single-single/1445316509" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Roar” — Katy Perry

This one might require some interpretive dance, but we"/entertainment/articles/972061/10-pop-songs-little-kids-can-dance-to-oh-and-parents-can-hang-too/page:3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" >“Let’s Dance to Joy Division” — The Wombats

14. “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” — The Wombats

What better to dance to than a song about, you know, dancing? Your kids are probably too young to listen to Joy Division or to understand what irony means, but they"https://music.apple.com/us/album/something-that-i-want/1440639057?i=1440639720" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Something That I Want” — Grace Potter

Your kids will probably recognize this song from Tangled, but don"https://music.apple.com/ua/album/love-runs-out-remixes-single/id1445312042" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Love Runs Out” — OneRepublic

The boys of OneRepublic know how to write a dance-inducing song. The key is in the thumping drums. Remember "https://music.apple.com/us/album/shake-it-out-remixes-ep/1445150918" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Shake It Out” — Florence + The Machine

We give a resounding, "https://music.apple.com/au/album/a-sky-full-of-stars-ep/892542258" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“A Sky Full of Stars” — Coldplay

Totally the kind of song to make you throw your hands in the air and dance around in circles, isn"https://music.apple.com/ae/music-video/me-and-julio-down-by-the-schoolyard/444561514" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” — Paul Simon

If there"https://music.apple.com/us/album/glee-the-music-the-untitled-rachel-berry-project-ep/874999911" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >Pompeii” — Glee cast

Everyone loves the cast of Glee, right? Even if that"https://music.apple.com/us/album/funky-town/385394264?i=385395056" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Funky Town” — Lipps Inc.

You and the kids will have a blast boogieing down to this 1980s disco hit. Once again, the Shrek producers recognized a great dance tune for kids and included it in the movie Shrek 2.

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Your soul will dance to this inspirational tune from Michael Franti and Spearhead. Franti penned the lyrics to express his new outlook on life after almost dying from a ruptured appendix.

Next: “Party in the U.S.A.” — Miley Cyrus

5. “Party in the U.S.A.” — Miley Cyrus

Old Miley gives us a blast of danceable fun with this one. Get out the video camera and capture the fun the kids will have prancing around to this 2009 pop hit.

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The best part of “Break Free” is definitely the call for dramatic hand gestures. If you’re not flailing around wildly with the kids, you’re doing it all wrong.

3. “I’m a Believer” — Smash Mouth and Eddie Murphy

This song, originally recorded by the Monkees in the "https://music.apple.com/us/album/mickey-the-very-best-of-toni-basil/1468208739" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Mickey” — Toni Basil

"https://music.apple.com/us/album/groove-is-in-the-heart-ep/818269215" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" >“Groove is in the Heart” — Deee-Lite

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