36 Best Rap Or Hip Hop Songs For Kids To Dance And Sing

Your search for the best rap songs for kids ends here. While there’s no denying that most rap songs are specifically composed for older audiences, do a little bit of research, and you will find some cool child-friendly rap songs with great beats that you and your children can bob your heads to.

Children have always been fascinated by rap music, especially with the wordplay it entails. Blogger Cal W. Stannard writes, “My first memories of loving rap music were around the turn of the millennium when OutKast released ‘Ms. Jackson.’… The next rap single I remember being really interested in was probably Gorillaz debut single ‘Clint Eastwood’ which featured that amazing verse from Del The Funky Homosapien. I remember trying to write out his whole part just from ear when I was about 9 years old and it was probably all completely wrong but I was just obsessed with the sound of him stringing line after line together like that (i).”

With changing trends in music, the rap genre has evolved to encompass even the younger generations. So, introduce this list of catchy upbeat rap music to your children without hesitation.

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36 Kids Rap Songs

1. Stereo Hearts

Stereo hearts, a captivating song by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine, is a song about a guy who uses his metaphorical “stereo-heart” to express his love, and wishes to spend the rest of his life with her.

YouTube: Gym Class Heroes: Stereo Hearts ft. Adam Levine [OFFICIAL VIDEO

2. Jump

One of the classic hip-hop hits, Jump was composed by Jermaine Dupri and sung by the youngest duo in hip-hop, Kris Kross, in the 90’s. This song encourages people to jump to the rhythm and dance their hearts out.

YouTube: Kris Kross – Jump (Official Video

3. Ice ice baby

Vanilla Ice, an American rapper, is believed to bring the rap genre into popularity. The hit single “ice ice baby,” is one of those songs where the beat is what captivates the people’s attention rather than the lyrics where mostly he raps about his capability as a rapper.

YouTube: Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby (Official Music Video)

4. Old town road

Old town road by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, won the Grammys in 2020. Mixing rap with country music, he basically talks about his journey to success, as he’s experiencing it, in a fun and upbeat manner.

YouTube: Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Official Video) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus

5. Sunflower

This is probably your child’s favorite song from the movie “Into the spider-verse”. In this catchy and melodious pop song, Post Malone compares a girl to a sunflower which requires sunlight and love to bloom but is strong enough to handle the dark days.

YouTube: Post Malone, Swae Lee – Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

6. Good feeling

Florida, one of the most popular American rappers, wishes to reflect just “Good feelings” through the song. This song is about overcoming all the hardships to achieve our goals and finding the ultimate joy of success.

YouTube: Flo Rida – Good Feeling [Official Video]

7. Me Myself & I

The song Me, Myself, & I promotes self love

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A group of three American hip-hop artists, De La Soul, wrote this song to promote self-love. Me Myself & I was one of the No. 1 songs in the 80’s which tells us to rise above all the criticism and hate and proudly accept ourselves for who we are.

YouTube: De La Soul – Me Myself And I

8. Can I Kick It

Can I kick it, by the former hip-hop band from America, revolves around a group of New Yorker’s who believe in having fun and living life on their terms, that inspire others to join them.

YouTube: A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Official HD Video)

9. Survivor

Drawn from their personal hardships, the former girl band, Destiny’s Child, wrote this song as an inspiration for achieving success through perseverance and determination.

YouTube: Survivor – Destiny’s Child (Lyrics) 🎵

10. Now or Never

Considered to be one of the greatest rappers, Kendrick Lamar, tells us to never lose hope, continue to work hard towards our goal, and to find joy in little things.

YouTube: Kendrick Lamar – Now Or Never Lyrics

11. Rapper’s Delight

If you are tired of your child dancing to “baby shark,” then try the 70’s classic dance rap hit by the Sugarhill Gang. The melody of Rapper’s Delight is sure to get everyone grooving.

YouTube: The Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight ( HQ, Full Version )

12. Men in black

This song is a musical version of the movie Men In Black

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This is a musical version of the classic movie “Men in black” by the versatile artist, Will Smith. It is one of those songs that can get you and your child grooving to the funky beat.

YouTube: Will Smith – Men In Black (Video Version)

13. Dynamite

A hit party song, Dynamite, by Taio Cruz may get your children jumping and dancing to its thrilling flow. It is about letting go of our worries, celebrating life, and just being in the moment.

YouTube: Taio Cruz – Dynamite (UK Version)

14. Pretty Girl Rock

Let your children be inspired to embrace and love themselves through this self-empowering single of Keri Hilson about accepting one’s insecurities and imperfections.

YouTube: Keri Hilson – Pretty Girl Rock (Official Video)

15. Toosie slide (The clean version)

The song that took by storm, Tootsie slide by Drake, came out during the pandemic where everybody needed something to feel lighter. Through the lyrics of this song, Drake encourages everybody to just follow his steps and dance a little.

YouTube: Drake – Toosie Slide (Clean – Lyrics)

16. All we got

All we got, a vibrant song by Chance the rapper, was released in the year 2016. The lyrics portray his love for music, with a religious touch to it.

YouTube: Chance The Rapper – All We Got (Lyrics)

17. Can’t Touch This

The American rapper, MC Hammer, simply wrote this song to show off his style and skills as a rapper.

YouTube: MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This (Official Music Video)

18. The Principal’s Office

Marvin Young, a.k.a Young MC is an American rapper whose hit single “Principal’s Office” was released in the year 1989 and was among the best rap videos of that time.

YouTube: Young MC – Principal’s Office

19. Despicable me

Teach kids the catchy theme song from Despicable Me

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A catchy theme song from one of the most popular movies, “Despicable me,” by the legendary American artist Pharrel Williams, is a must-have in your playlist.

YouTube: Pharrell Williams “Despicable Me”

20. Playground

A kid-friendly song composed by children themselves. The 90’s hit, Playground, by the American boy group Another Bad Creation might just encourage your child to become the next best rapper.

YouTube: Another Bad Creation – Playground

21. Parents Just Don’t Understand

Here is a musical version of your children’s most common complaint “parents just don’t understand”. This song by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince won the VMAs for best rap video in 1989.

YouTube: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Parents Just Don’t Understand

22. I wish

Skee Lo, the American rapper, took the expression “if life gives you lemons make a lemonade” to the next level and wrote a song about his insecurities. This went on to reach the Billboard HOT 100 in the year 1995.

YouTube: Skee-Lo – I Wish (Official Video)

23. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

The song that popularised the band Us3, Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia), is a sampled version of the classic “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock.

YouTube: US3 – Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) [Official Video]

24. It’s tricky

Featuring on the Billboard HOT 100, Run DMC’s “It’s Tricky” has resurfaced again as one of Tik Tok’s most popular and trending songs. This can be a perfect dance party song to enjoy with your kids.

YouTube: RUN DMC – It’s Tricky (Official Video)

25. Good vibrations

This song is all about “good vibrations.” A hip-hop freestyling hit by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, promotes a healthy and happy lifestyle through music.

YouTube: Good Vibrations

26. Now that we found love

Now that we found love by Heavy D and the Boyz is basically about finding love and shows the singer’s attempt in convincing the girl of his dream through music.

YouTube: Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love ft. Aaron Hall (Official Video)

27. Rapture

Released in the year 1980, rapture by Blondie the American band, was the first ever song with rap vocals to hit number one in the Charts.

YouTube: Blondie – Rapture

28. Who let the dogs out

"Who let the dogs out" is a popular hiphop song

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One of the go to hip-hop songs for both children and adults, especially the millennial parents. A childhood favourite of many, “Who let the dogs out” by Baha Men, can be heard even today in parties.

YouTube: Baha Men – Who Let The Dogs Out (Original version) | Full HD | 1080p

29. I’ll find you

This song by vocalists Lecrae and Tori Kelly is all about having faith and believing that everything will work out. Add this to your child’s playlist and encourage them to believe in the almighty’s power and never lose hope.

YouTube: Lecrae – I’ll Find You (Video) ft. Tori Kelly

30. Tennessee

The lead singer of the band Tennessee, Todd Thomas a.k.a Speech, wrote the song to channel his sorrow of losing people dear to him and reminisce the memories of his beloved place, Tennessee.

YouTube:Arrested Development – Tennessee

31. 1980

The British rapper Estelle released her single “1980” in 2004. The lyrics are about her journey to becoming a rapper through the hardships.

YouTube: Estelle ‘1980’

32. Kick Push

Kick Push, a Grammy nominated song by Lupe Fiasco, portrays the rapper’s love for skateboarding with a metaphorical representation of life, and how he finds his love through it who is even better in it than him.

YouTube: Lupe Fiasco – Kick, Push (Official Video)

33. Come Close

A lyrics-based song filled with love, Come Close by rapper Common in collaboration with Mary J. Blige was released in 2002 and featured on the Billboard Hot 100.

YouTube: Common – Come Close (Official Music Video) ft. Mary J. Blige

34. What About Your Friends

What About Your Friends is about the meaning of frienship

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What About Your Friends was released by the American girl group TLC and conveys the message what the title stands for. The lyrics remind us of the meaning of friendship and of standing by each other through the good and the bad times.

YouTube: TLC – What About Your Friends (Official Video)

35. Glory

One of the most famous American rappers, Jay Z, wrote this song to celebrate the birth of his daughter. The lyrics are a celebration of the gift of life that he received in the form of his daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

YouTube: JAY-Z – Glory ft. Blue Ivy

36. Classic

Classic by MKTO is probably one of the catchiest songs till date, released in the year 2013. Yet another “classic” to have in your children’s playlist, which will make them bounce in delight.

YouTube: MKTO – Classic (Official Video)

rap songs for kids_illustration

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the best way to introduce rap music to my children?

The best way to introduce a child to rap music is to first provide them with information on the cultural and historical significance of the rap and hip-hop genre, along with the messages that these songs carry. You may then follow this up with a curated list of innovative child-friendly rap music that can be enjoyed by both of you and discussed in depth.

2. How can I ensure the rap songs my child listens to are appropriate for their age?

You may keep the rap music playlist child-friendly by carefully listening to the song, previewing the artists associated with it, reading its lyrics and their meaning on the internet, and checking the ratings on the album and the song.

3. Are there any rap songs for kids that teach positive values and behaviors?

Yes, several rap songs for kids teach them positive values such as empathy and kindness. Rap songs like ‘Be Kind’ (by Halsey and Marshmello) and ‘Believe in Yourself’ (by Meek Mill) teach compassion and reinforce qualities such as respect and self-confidence in children.

4. How can I involve kids in creating their own rap songs and music?

Think of exciting new ideas with your children to decide the topic of the rap song. Help them write the lyrics to the song and create a beat with them. You may also seek guidance from some of the rap videos on the web. Insert the lyrics in the music and refine the song. Perform and enjoy!

5. What are the benefits of using rap songs for kids in education and child development?

Rap songs can greatly improve your child’s language skills, as rap songs generally focus on lyrics rather than music. They also encourage your child to express their feelings through music and song. Singing songs can help them retain important information in a fun way. Moreover, rap songs also teach children about rhythm and develop their narrative skills.

6. How can rap songs for kids be adapted for children with special needs or disabilities?

You should consider the abilities of children with special needs to adapt rap songs well for them. For example, you can use simpler lyrics, movements, and visual supports such as flashcards or sign language to help them follow the lyrics according to the music. You could also adjust the speed and volume of the music to allow your children to feel comfortable.

7. Can rap songs for kids be used to promote teamwork and collaboration?

Yes, rap songs can be a group project, with some children lending the vocals while others lending the music. Select a group of children interested in creating new music, allocate them to their respective roles, and let the children discuss the idea for creating the rap song. They can decide the beat and tempo of the music while mapping out lyrics to match. Then, set the song to the music and adjust it wherever needed.

Most children love fast music that can make them dance and groove. If your child has also developed an interest in rap, this list of unique, kid-friendly rap songs, such as ice ice baby, old town road, and sunflower, are sure to light them up. The lyrics of these songs are inspirational and convey profound messages of love, strength, and happiness. Playing these new and old-school songs will enliven your children and compel them to dance to the beat. So, what are you waiting for? Choose your favorites from the ones listed and get ready to mesmerize your children with some good edutainment.

Infographic: Rap Songs For Children

Hip-hop music and children are always a good combination. If you are looking for songs that your little ones can groove to, we have a perfect mini playlist. Check out the following infographic, select the songs to play for your children, and watch them forget the world while dancing.

fun raps songs for children to dance (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

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