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The Best Music for the Best Children’s Birthday Party

“Music brings people together. Through music, children take an inner experience and move it into a shared creative experience. Group music-making releases energy which can be channeled in creative, productive directions. Children learn about themselves and others by playing music together and by listening to each other — tapping into hidden courage that can be played out by singing together or discovering the inner resources to listen quietly to another child’s playing.” – Judi Bosco (Board Certified Music Therapist)



For children, music provides many, many benefits. Experts agree, there are lots of good things about letting your child learn to play an instrument or listen to music every single day. We live in a world of instant gratification, but real life demands having patience. When you are playing in a band or orchestra (and most musicians do), you have to be willing to wait your turn to play otherwise the sound is a mess. That inadvertently teaches patience.
Music can be a much-needed connection for kids (and adults too!). “It can satisfy the need to unwind from the worries of life, but unlike the other things people often use for this purpose, such as excessive eating, drinking, or TV or aimless web browsing, it makes people more alive and connected with one another,” says Michael Jolkovski, a psychologist who specializes in musicians.
So, when you want to throw an amazing party for your children, you should not forget to pick a theme party, to buy the party supplies and to make a list with your children’s favorite songs. Because we are here to help you, here is a list with songs that will make your party really great:
THE 1950s/60s

This era is filled with tunes that are goofy, bouncy and pretty darn wholesome. Your children will love to listen to this music and they will dance a lot.
· “La Bamba” -Richie Valens
· “Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash (perfect for young Woody & Jessie fans….)
· “Twist and Shout” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” “Birthday” “Octopuses Garden”- The Beatles (I mean, you really
you can’t go wrong with any Beatles song!)
· “Wipe Out” – The Ventures
· “Build Me Up Buttercup” – Foundation
· “The Loco-Motion” – Little Eva
· “Day-O” – Harry Belafonte
· “I’m A Believer” – The Monkees
· “The Twist” – Chubby Checker
· “Magic Carpet Ride” – Steppenwolf
· “Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies


THE 1970s
Classic Rock, disco, punky, funky. The Seventies had it all—and these groovy tunes make for an amazing kiddo dance party.
· “Bliztkrieg Bop” – The Ramones
· “HEY! HO! Let’s GO!” – Ramones song
· “Rock & Roll All Night” – KISS
· “We Will Rock You. “ – Queen
· “You Shook Me All Night Long.” – AC/DC
· “I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow
· “One Way or Another” – Blondie
· “Shake Your Booty” – KC & the Sunshine Band
· “Stayin’ Alive” – Bee Gees
· “Dancing Queen” -ABBA
· “YMCA” – Village People
· “Le Freak (Freak Out)” – Chic
· “You’re the One That I Want” – Grease Soundtrack
· “Rock the Boat” – Hues Corporation
· “We Are Family” – Sister Sledge
· “Funky Town” – Lipps Inc.


THE 1980s
Who does not love to watch little kids chanting and dancing on these:

· “That’s What I Like About You” – Romantics
· “Blinded Me With Science” – Thomas Dolby
· “Safety Dance” – Men Without Hats
· “Get Into The Groove” – Madonna
· “C’mon Eileen” – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
· “Hungry Like the Wolf” – Duran Duran
· “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
· “Walk Like an Egyptian” — The Bangles
· “We Got the Beat” – The Go-Go
· “Mickey” – Toni Basil
· “You Give Love a Bad Name” – Bon Jovi
· “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
· “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
· “Footloose” – Kenny Loggins
· “Flashdance” – Irene Cara
· “Stray Cat Strut” – Stray Cats
· “Jump” – Van Halen
· “Busta Move” – Young MC
· “Walkin on Sunshine”- Katrina and the Waves


The purpose of the party is all about the kids having fun! And these songs will transform your children’s party into a great one:
· “Gangnam Style” —PSY
· “What Makes You Beautiful” – One Direction
· “Starships” — Nicki Minaj (CLEAN version, of course)
· “Good Feelin” — Flo Rida
· “Stereo Hearts” — Gym Class Heroes, with Adam Levine
· “Just Dance” or “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga (download the clean versions)
· “Please Don’t Stop the Music” – Rihanna
· “Firework” – Katy Perry
· “Dynamite” – Taio Cruz
· “Hey Ya”- Outkast
· “Sweet Escape” – Gwen Stefani
· “Life is a Highway” Rascal Flatts
· “Me Myself and I” – De La Soul
· “D.A.N.C.E” – Justice
· “Kids” – MGMT
· “Cha Cha Slide” – Mr. C the Slide Man
· “A Punk” – Vampire Weekend
· “I Got A Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas