Looking for new and exciting dance songs that will have your kids on their feet and moving to the beat?
I’ve compiled a list of the 100 Best Kids Dance Songs in 2023, featuring popular tunes that your kids will love and that you can feel good about.
Music is an essential part of a child’s life!
Not only is an outlet for self-expression and creativity, but it also promotes important social, emotional and cognitive skills.
As a mom of three and a camp counselor and educator for over 20 years, I know how challenging it can be to find age-appropriate music that is both fun and entertaining.
So say goodbye to tired old songs and hello to a playlist that will keep the whole family dancing!
Note to teachers: These can also be used in school as brain breaks for students.
Check out our Kids Dance Party Playlist on Apple Music.
Here’s the criteria we used to choose our favorite kids dance songs in this post:
- Popularity and Relevance: Popular among young kids and relevant to their interests and experiences.
- Age-Appropriateness: Appropriate lyrics and themes (within reason). Added bonus if it has a great message for young people!
- Danceability: Fun beats and rhythms that are easy to dance to and get kids moving. This is what makes it a great dance song!
- Fun Factor: Catchy melodies and lyrics that little kids will enjoy singing along to.
Without further ado, here are the best songs for kids to dance to. Bookmark it for your next family dance party!
1. I Ain’t Worried (OneRepublic)
“I Ain’t Worried” is a fun song by the American pop rock band OneRepublic, released in 2021. The song features an upbeat tempo and an empowering message about not letting fear or negativity hold you back.
2. Don’t Start Now (Dua Lipa)
“Don’t Start Now” is a great song by English singer Dua Lipa, released in 2019. The song has an upbeat disco-pop sound and features lyrics about moving on from a past relationship and feeling confident and independent.
3. Shivers (Ed Sheeran)
“Shivers” is a pop song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, released in 2021. The song has a great beat, upbeat tempo and catchy tune. It features lyrics about falling in love and feeling butterflies in your stomach.
4. As It Was (Harry Styles)
This upbeat diddy is the perfect song for a family dance party. As It Was was written by Harry Styles and released in 2022.
5. High Hopes (Panic! At the Disco)
“High Hopes” is a song by the American rock band Panic! at the Disco, released in 2018. The song has an upbeat tempo and features an energetic brass section, as well as lyrics about perseverance, ambition, and chasing one’s dreams. Play this song is a great way to pump the kids up!
6. Sunroof (Nicky Youre & Dazy)
This is an especially good song for cruising around the neighborhood on a sunny day. Sunroof is one of my kids favorites! They love the catchy beat and happy lyrics.
7. Cold Heart (Elton John & Dua Lipa)
In one of the best dance songs of 2021, music legend Elton John and pop sensation Dua Lipa teamed up to revive Elton John’s classic hits “Rocket Man” and “Sacrifice,” featuring new vocals from Dua Lipa and additional production by Australian electronic music duo PNAU. Cold Heart is an upbeat song is one that the whole family will love.
8. Feel It Still (Portugal The Man)
“Feel It Still” is a song by American rock band Portugal. The Man. It was released in 2017 and quickly became a commercial success, winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The song features a catchy bassline, groovy guitar riffs, and a lively beat, making it a popular choice for dancing.
The lyrics are about rebellion and standing up against the system, and the song’s upbeat energy and fun vibe make it a great addition to any dance playlist.
9. Sunshine (OneRepublic)
“Sunshine” is a song by American pop rock band OneRepublic. It was released in 2021 as part of their album “Human.” The song features a catchy beat, uplifting lyrics, and a driving rhythm that makes it a great choice for dancing.
The lyrics are about finding hope and positivity in dark times, with a chorus that encourages listeners to “look for the sunshine” and keep moving forward. The song’s upbeat tempo and feel-good message about positivity and resilience make it a great addition to any dance party playlist.
10. On Top of the World (Imagine Dragons)
This happy, high energy song has an uplifting message about feeling on top of the world. Kids will enjoy dancing to its catchy chorus and the driving percussion. It’s one of our favorite songs!
Listen to On Top of the World >>
11. Dynamite (BTS)
“Dynamite” is a fun dance song by South Korean boy band BTS, released in 2020. The song has an upbeat tempo and features a blend of disco, pop, and funk influences, as well as lyrics about having fun and feeling good.
The song’s catchy melody and positive message have made it a global hit, and its colorful music video has also been popular with fans of all ages. The song’s lyrics are generally appropriate for children, with no explicit references or adult themes.
12. Kings & Queens (Ava Max)
“Kings and Queens” is a dramatic and catchy song by American singer Ava Max, released in 2020. The song has an upbeat tempo and features a mix of electronic and organic instrumentation, including a driving beat and catchy synths.
13. Sucker (Jonas Brothers)
“Sucker” is a song by American pop rock band Jonas Brothers, released in 2019. The song has an upbeat tempo with a catchy melody and a mix of pop and rock instrumentation, including electric guitar, drums, and synths.
14. Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)
Shake it Off was an instant classic when it was released in 2014. It’s the lead single from her fifth studio album “1989”. The song has a catchy and upbeat melody with a pop and funk-inspired sound.
15. Can’t Stop The Feeling (Justin Timberlake)
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” is a song by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake, released in 2016 as a single from the soundtrack of the animated film “Trolls”. The song has an upbeat and funky pop sound, with a mix of instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and synths.
The lyrics of “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” are about feeling good and dancing, and the song has a joyful and energetic vibe.
The music video for “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” features Timberlake dancing and singing in various locations, including a diner, a record store, and a street.
The video’s upbeat and colorful atmosphere could inspire kids to dance and have fun, while also promoting a positive and inclusive message of happiness and community.
Listen to Can’t Stop The Feeling >>
16. Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (Silento)
“Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” is a song by American rapper Silentó, released in 2015 as a single from his debut EP “Fresh Outta High School”. The song has a catchy and upbeat hip-hop sound, with a mix of electronic beats, synths, and handclaps.
The lyrics of “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” are about doing a popular dance move called the “Whip” and the “Nae Nae”, which involves whipping one arm and then doing a hip-shaking move. (Bonus if you can do the “stanky leg”.) The song’s simple and repetitive chorus encourages listeners to “watch me whip, watch me nae nae”, making it easy to follow and fun to dance to.
The music video for “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” features Silentó and a group of kids and teens doing the dance moves in various locations, including a classroom, a basketball court, and a parking lot. The video’s playful and lighthearted tone reflects the song’s fun and simple message, making it a popular choice for dance parties and social media challenges.
Listen to Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae >>
17. Happy (Pharrell Williams)
“Happy” is a song by American singer-songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams, released in 2013 as a single from the soundtrack of the animated film “Despicable Me 2”. The song has an upbeat and cheerful sound, with a mix of instruments such as piano, drums, horns, and synths.
The lyrics of “Happy” are about feeling happy and enjoying life, with the chorus encouraging listeners to “clap along if you feel like a room without a roof”. The song’s has a positive and uplifting message, and the video has a joyful and inclusive atmosphere that promotes community.
18. Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars)
“Uptown Funk” is a song by British musician and producer Mark Ronson, featuring American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. The song was released in 2014 as the lead single from Ronson’s album “Uptown Special”. It has a funky and upbeat sound, with a mix of instruments such as drums, horns, and guitar.
The lyrics of “Uptown Funk” are about being confident and cool, with Mars singing about his swag, style, and charm. The song’s catchy chorus encourages listeners to “don’t believe me, just watch”, making it easy to sing along and dance to.
19. Shut Up and Dance (Walk The Moon)
“Shut Up and Dance” is a song by American rock band Walk the Moon, released in 2014 as the lead single from their album “Talking Is Hard”. The song has an upbeat and catchy sound, with a mix of instruments such as guitar, drums, and synthesizer.
Listen to Shut Up and Dance >>
20. This is What You Came For (Calvin Harris & Rihanna)
“This Is What You Came For” is a song by Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris, featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna. The song was released in 2016 and has an upbeat electronic dance sound, with a mix of synths and percussion.
The music video for “This Is What You Came For” features abstract, futuristic visuals, with Rihanna appearing on a giant screen singing and dancing. The video’s colorful and dynamic visuals match the song’s upbeat and electronic vibe.
Listen to This is What You Came For >>
21. Cheap Thrills (Sia)
“Cheap Thrills” is an upbeat pop song by the Australian singer-songwriter Sia. The song was released in 2016 as the second single from her seventh studio album, “This Is Acting.”
The song features Sean Paul and is known for its catchy melody and danceable beat. The lyrics encourage listeners to forget about their worries and dance, even if they don’t have much money.
22. Born This Way (Lady Gaga)
“Born This Way” has an empowering message about self-acceptance and embracing your unique qualities. Its upbeat tempo and driving rhythm could make it a great choice for kids who want to dance with confidence and positivity.
23. Sorry (Justin Bieber)
“Sorry” by Justin Bieber is one of the best dance songs for kids by the Canadian singer-songwriter. Released in 2015 as the second single from his fourth studio album, “Purpose,” the song is a upbeat pop and dancehall track with a catchy melody and energetic beat.
The lyrics are about apologizing for mistakes in a relationship, but the upbeat rhythm and positive vibes make it a great choice for dancing and having fun. The song’s popularity and catchy hook have made it a favorite among kids and adults alike.
24. All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor)
“All About That Bass” is a song by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, released in 2014 as the lead single from her debut EP, “Title.” The song is an upbeat, retro-inspired pop track that celebrates body positivity and self-acceptance. The lyrics encourage listeners to embrace their curves and ignore societal pressures to be thin. The song’s catchy melody, fun lyrics, and upbeat rhythm have made it a popular choice for dancing, especially among kids and teens. The song’s positive message has also earned praise for promoting body positivity and self-confidence.
Listen to All About That Bass >>
25. Roar (Katy Perry)
“Roar” is a popular Katy Perry song has an energetic, upbeat tempo with a catchy melody and driving beat, making it a great choice for dancing. The song’s lyrics are about finding your inner strength and standing up for yourself.
26. Dance Monkey (Glass Animals & Iann Dior)
Dance Monkey by Tones & I is a unique and funky-sounding song that will have everyone moving and grooving.
27. HandClap (Fitz and The Tantrums)
“HandClap” is a high-energy, popular song by American indie pop band Fitz and The Tantrums, released in 2016. The song has a lively, upbeat tempo and features a combination of electronic and organic instrumentation, including handclaps, percussion, and horns.
The music video for “HandClap” features the band members performing against a backdrop of colorful, kaleidoscopic visuals, with an emphasis on movement and dance. The video’s energetic choreography and infectious rhythm could make it a great inspiration for kids who love to dance and want to move to the beat.
More Kids Dance Songs
“Levitating” by Dua Lipa
“Party In The USA” by Miley Cyrus
“Waka Waka” by Shakira
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
“Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong
“What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
“Gangnam Style” by PSY
“The Gummy Bear Song” by Gummy Bear
“The Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper
“The Chicken Dance” by Bob Kames
“The Macarena” by Los Del Rio
“The Hokey Pokey” by Ray Anthony
“The Electric Slide” by Marcia Griffiths
“Y.M.C.A.” by Village People
“Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
“Happier” by Marshmello ft. Bastille
“Firework” by Katy Perry
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
“Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan
“Dancing Queen” by ABBA
“Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors
“Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti & Spearhead
“Jump” by Van Halen
“Jump” by Kris Kross
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
“Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
“Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
“We Will Rock You” by Queen
“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
“The Time Warp” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
“Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club
“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
“Fame” by Irene Cara
“Flashdance…What A Feeling” by Irene Cara
“Mickey” by Toni Basil
“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” by Dead or Alive
“Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
“Jump Around” by House of Pain
“Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team
“Rump Shaker” by Wreckx-N-Effect
“Here Comes The Hot Stepper” by Ini Kamoze
“I Like To Move It” by Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman
“Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
“Barbie Girl” by Aqua
“The Hamster Dance” by Hampton the Hampster
“Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65
“It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls
“My Sharona” by The Knack
“I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow
“ABC” by Jackson 5
“Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” by Michael Jackson
“Car Wash” by Rose Royce
“That’s the Way (I Like It)” by KC and The Sunshine Band
“Boogie Shoes” by KC and The Sunshine Band
“We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
“Get Down On It” by Kool & The Gang
“Jungle Boogie” by Kool & The Gang
“Good Times” by Chic
“Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees
“Night Fever” by Bee Gees
“Mamma Mia” by ABBA
“Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA
“Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas
“Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
“I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters
Family Dance Party Games
Hosting a family dance party with your kids is one of the most fun ways to be silly and spend time together. Don’t over think it! Just throw on a fun playlist (see our link above), and start dancing in the living room or kitchen!
If you want to take your family dance party to the next level, here are some creative ideas:
Set up the sound system: Set up your sound system and speakers in the chosen location. Make sure the volume is not too loud to avoid disturbing your neighbors.
Decorate the space: Make the space festive and fun by decorating it with balloons, streamers, and disco lights. You can also create a dance floor area with rugs or mats.
Costume party: Encourage everyone to dress up in their favorite costumes or themed outfits. You could have a specific theme like 80s, superheroes, or animals.
Dance-off: Split the family into two teams and have them compete in a dance-off. Each team could take turns picking a song and creating a dance routine to go with it.
Karaoke: Combine singing and dancing by having a karaoke dance party. Each person could take turns singing their favorite songs while the rest of the family dances along.
Musical chairs: Put a twist on the classic game of musical chairs by playing upbeat dance songs instead of traditional music. When the music stops, everyone has to find a partner and dance together.
Dance challenge: Create a dance challenge by choosing a specific song or dance move and having everyone try to replicate it. You could have prizes for the best dancer or the most creative variation.
Flash mob: Work together as a family to create a flash mob dance routine. Practice the routine ahead of time and then surprise your friends and neighbors by performing it in a public place.
Dance scavenger hunt: Create a list of dance-related items or tasks, such as “dance with a partner,” “do the robot,” or “dance in a circle.” The family has to find and complete each item or task while dancing along to the music.
Here are some dance games you might like to try:
Freeze Dance: This game involves dancing while the music is playing, and then stopping when the music stops. Whoever moves or makes a sound after the music stops is out. All of the songs listed above make great freeze dance songs!
Musical Chairs: Arrange a set of chairs in a circle, and play music while everyone dances around the chairs. When the music stops, everyone must race to find a chair to sit on. The person who doesn’t get a chair is out, and one chair is removed for the next round.
Dance Battle: Split into teams or individuals and take turns dancing to a song. Each dancer or team has a set amount of time to perform their best moves. The rest of the group votes on who wins the dance battle.
Limbo: Hold a stick or broomstick horizontally at a low height. Each player takes turns going under the stick while dancing to the music. Lower the stick after each round, and anyone who touches the stick or falls over is out.
You can adjust the games according to the age and skill level of your family members.
As we wrap up our list of the 100 best kids dance songs in 2023, we hope you’ve found some new favorites to add to your playlists and get your bodies moving and grooving.
Whether you prefer the latest hits or classic tunes, there’s a song on this list for everyone.
So put on your dancing shoes, turn up the volume, and let the music move you.
Here’s to many more dance parties and joyous moments on the dance floor!