Keep the party jams flowing with a killer playlist of music at your child’s birthday party. But don’t just throw anything on. You have to be intentional with your playlist if you want it to have any effect.
Your goal is to find kid-friendly hits that set the mood and keep the kids pumped.
Get Them Dancing!
Not a music mixing expert? As a parent, you’re not expected to be a grand master DJ. However, the playlist is just as critical as the rest of the party. That’s why we have a list of jams and tips to help you organize age-appropriate music for any birthday celebration 😉
Start with the Party Theme
You should always hold everything to the theme of the party. Find hits with ideas, genres and words that coordinate well with everything else. Then throw in some pop hits in the mix to keep the beat going and the kids interested.
But be careful what you throw into the playlist. Most modern hits on the radio aren’t really age-appropriate for younger kids. You don’t want explicit songs about sex, vulgar language and violence slipping into the mix. That’s why we always recommend starting your party mix from scratch. Never use a radio station.
Where Can I Set Up My Own Playlist?
Spotify, iTunes and YouTube are probably the best platforms to pull your music from. They make organizing and customizing a playlist simple and effective. But if your budget is a bit tight, YouTube is probably the best option. You can just add songs to your own YouTube account without any cost to you.
If you have a subscription to either of the other platforms, you can grab nearly anything for a modest price. Or you can add crowd-favorites that you already own to the playlist for free!
What’s the Best Way to Organize a Birthday Party Music Playlist?
Mix up the genres to keep things interesting. So if you play a lot of pop music, toss in some country or a rock ballad in there after every couple of songs. Keep the nostalgia roller coaster going between party bangers and easy-going conversation music.
Kids especially enjoy active music that invites activities! Throw in the Cha Cha Slide and Cotton Eye Joe for fun little line dances at peak party times.
Start Your Playlist with Us!
Below we include of comprehensive list of kid-friendly birthday jams of any occasion. Feel free to use it for some inspiration and throw in your child’s favorite music from time to time. And if you want a list to follow for later, download our 105+ Ideas for Kids Birthday Party Songs.
You’ll have everyone busting a move at your kids latest Birthday celebration!
Birthday Songs for Kids Playlist
- ABC by The Jackson 5
- A Sky Full Of Stars by Coldplay
- All Star by Smashmouth
- Best Friend by Brandy
- Better When I’m Dancin’ by Meghan Trainor
- Birthday by The Beatles
- Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby
- Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones
- Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
- Busta Move by Young MC
- Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
- Candy Girl by New Edition
- Celebrate by Pitbull
- Celebration by Kool & The Gang
- Cha Cha Slide by Mr. C the Slide Man
- Cheap Thrills by Sia
- D.A.N.C.E by Justice
- Dancing Queen by ABBA
- Daydreamin by Tatyani Ali
- Day-O by Harry Belafonte
- Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson
- Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
- Firework by Katy Perry
- Flashdance by Irene Cara
- Footloose by Kenny Loggins
- Fun Fun Fun by Pharrell Williams
- Funky Town by Lipps Inc.
- Gangnam Style by PSY
- Get Into The Groove by Madonna
- Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
- Good Time by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
- Groove is in the Heart by Deeelite
- Happy by Pharrell Williams
- Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder
- Hey Soul Sister by Train
- Hey Ya by Outkast
- Ho Hey by The Lumineers
- Holiday by Madonna
- Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
- Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
- I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
- I Like to Move It by Madagascar Soundtrack
- I’m A Believer by Smashmouth
- I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow
- Jump by Kris Kross
- Jump by Van Halen
- Kung Fu Fighting by Cee Lo Green
- La Bamba by Richie Valens
- Le Freak (Freak Out) by Chic
- Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts
- Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf
- Me Myself and I by De La Soul
- Mickey by Toni Basil
- Never Say Never by Justin Bieber ft. Jaden Smith
More Birthday Songs for Kids Parties
- On The Floor by Jennifer Lopez
- One Time by Justin Bieber
- One Way or Another by Blondie
- Party in the USA by Miley Cirrus
- Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
- Please Don’t Stop the Music by Rihanna
- Pop by NSYNC
- Raise Your Glass by Pink
- Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap!
- Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
- Riptide by Vance Joy
- Roar by Katy Perry
- Rock & Roll All Night by KISS
- Rock the Boat by Hues Corporation
- Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
- Scream by Cee Lo Green
- Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
- Shake It Out by Florence and The Machine
- Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
- Shake Your Booty by KC & the Sunshine Band
- Something that I Want by Grace Potter
- Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees
- Stray Cat Strut by Stray Cats
- Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
- Sugar by Maroon 5
- Sugar Sugar by The Archies
- That’s What I Like About You by The Romantics
- That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of by Raven Symone
- The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) by Ylvis
- The Loco-Motion by Little Eva
- Twist and Shout by The Beatles
- The Twist by Chubby Checker
- Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
- Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
- Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira
- Walk The Dinosaur by Was (Not Was)
- Walkin on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
- We Are Family by Sister Sledge
- We Got the Beat by The Go-Gos
- What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
- We No Speak Americano by Yolanda Be Cool
- We Will Rock You by Queen
- Whip My Hair by Willow Smith
- Who Says by Selena Gomez & The Scene
- Wipe Out by The Ventures
- YMCA by Village People
- You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
- You Should be Dancing by Bee Gees
- You’re the One That I Want by Grease Soundtrack
- Renegades by X Ambassadors
- Wild Things by Alessia Cara
PIN THESE 105+ BIRTHDAY SONGS FOR KIDS FOR LATER!
PIN THESE 105+ BIRTHDAY SONGS FOR KIDS FOR LATER!