List Of 22 Best Rock Songs For Kids To Listen

Most rock songs for kids make children sing-along and hit the dance floor. The drum roll, the upbeat tunes of the electric guitar, and the catchy lyrics get them excited.

You can introduce your children to several trendy rock songs from famous bands such as The Beatles, Queen, and Pink Floyd as these are the epitome of rock music. Welcome your little rock stars to the world of rock and roll with this list of foot-tapping rock songs.

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22 Most Popular Rocks Songs For Kids

Here is a curated list of the most popular rock songs for kids.  Play them at a party or at any casual family gathering to get your children grooving.

1. Spider-Man – Ramones

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Spider-Man’s theme song was first aired in 1967. It was composed by Paul Francis Webster and Bob Harris and recorded at RCA Studios, Toronto. If your child is a fan of superheroes and enjoys watching Spider-Man, this song is sure to get them rocking to the tunes.

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2. Apple, Peaches, Banana, and Pears – The Monkees

Play the Apple, Peaches, Bananas, and Pear’s song when your children get fussy while eating. Introduce fruits to preschoolers with this rock song.

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3. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles

This one is a classic. Arrange a perfect tea party with children, grab some healthy snacks, and dance to the tunes of Yellow Submarine. It is a memorable song of the Beatles performed in 1968 for an animated musical comedy film.

A blogger by the alias cassielou82 recalls fond childhood memories in a trip down memory lane and says, “It all started, well I don’t have a start date when it comes to loving The Beatles. I don’t have a memory of when it started because I know it started when I was very young, too young to remember. My first cassette tape was a Beatles greatest hits tape that I would play on my Fisher Price tape player (i).”

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Some people considered yellow submarines a code word for the illegal drug barbiturate Nembutal, which was sold as yellow capsules.

4. Little Monster Babies – Kimya Dawson

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Play Little Monster Babies to calm down your little rock stars when they are messing around the house. This rock song was performed by Kimya Dawson in 2008.

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5. Bein’ Green – Andrew Bird

Most children enjoy watching The Muppets. Bein’ Green is one sweet rock song that is dedicated to children around the world. Performed by Andrew Bird, this alternative/indie rock song has touched a million hearts.

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6. Just A Kid – Wilco

Is your child a SpongeBob fan? Here’s a song from the movie The SpongeBob SquarePants. Share it with your children and look at how they react.

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7. Another Brick In The Wall – Pink Floyd

Millennials are smart and have advanced knowledge about almost everything, thanks to the Internet. However, they are perpetually glued to their screens. Encourage them to explore the world outside their gadgets with this progressive rock number from Pink Floyd.

Despite its popularity with children, this hit track also resonates with many adults. For instance, Jo Resner, a preschool teacher from the US, narrates how he felt a connection with this track by Pink Floyd. He says, “There’s a common misconception that all teachers must’ve loved school as children. While that may be true for some, it certainly wasn’t for me. I struggled through school as a child and so when I heard this song I couldn’t help but feel like it was a sort of anthem for others like me (ii).”

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8. School’s Out – Alice Cooper

School’s Out by Alice Cooper tells you about the academic year break. This pop rock song breaks the monotony of school and takes you to a fun zone.

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9. Kids In America – Kim Wilde

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A big hit from the past, this song is a favorite of many parents. Now it’s time for your children to hear and enjoy this rock song. Are you dancing to the tune already?

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10. Splish Splash – Bobby Darin

One of the bestselling songs of 1958, Splish Splash still rocks.   “I was a-splishing and a-splashing. I was a-rolling and a-strolling”. This song can be considered as an anthem and a reminder to keep dancing no matter how life treats you.

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11. They Might Be Giants – Particle Man

They Might Be Giants is a song from 1990 performed by the band “Particle Man.” This song tells an interesting story. Listen to it, now!

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12. Ocean Man – Ween

This simple rock song from the American band not only has a nice rhythm to it but is also perfect for dancing.

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13. Hang On Little Tomato

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Pink Martini’s song Hang On Little Tomato is best for pre-school and kindergarten kids. Play this certified rock music and feel the vibe of cheerful music and joyful lyrics.

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14. You Are My Sunshine – Johnny Cash

Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell, “You Are My Sunshine” has been covered widely by artists around the world. Johnny Cash’s version is ideal for children. Check it out now.

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At least 20 people have claimed to have written the song “You are my sunshine.”

15. Five Sleepy Heads – Elvis Presley

This is a sweet lullaby to help your children fall asleep and can be played before bedtime. And if you or your child are Elvis Presley fans, you may listen to it on repeat, all day long.

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16. Bohemian Rhapsody – Muppets

Listen to The Muppets’ version of the famous rock song Bohemian Rhapsody This one’s a favorite of most children. Did you know that this video went viral and received over 10 million views within the first two weeks of its release in 2009? The original version is notable for its several sections including a ballad segment, hard rock verse, and more.

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17. I Love Rock N Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

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This legendary rock song has been a favorite across generations. Get grooving with this party number.

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18. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor

If your little one enjoys superhero stories, then ”Eye of the Tiger” might interest them. You may also listen to the karaoke version and sing it out loud with your children.

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19. We Are The Champions – Queen

This motivational rock song by Queen can be played when your child is preparing for an exam, a competition, or any big day in their lives. “We are the champions,” the title says it all!

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20. Kids In America – Kim Wilde

Kids in America by Kim Wilde celebrates the younger folks of America. This popular rock song is sure to get your child dancing to the groovy tunes.

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21. The Loco-Motion – Kylie Minogue

The Loco-Motion is a kids’ rock song that turns any place into a dancing party. The music is so catchy, and the lyrics are easy to follow. Its beats and tune make children want to groove and move their feet. You may decorate your living room or yard as a railway station to match the theme. This song is sure to fill the air with joy and excitement.

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22. Mah Na Mah Na- The Muppets

Mah Na Mah Na by The Muppets is a musical burst of happiness. With its catchy Mah Na Mah Na chorus, this playful song sets the right mood for an entertaining time. Originally from an Italian documentary, the song was made famous by The Muppets with their silly and entertaining version.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is it called rock music?

Rock music, also known as rock and roll, is a music genre named so due to its literal meaning, that is, making a rhythmic movement (rocking and rolling) on the music. Fundamentally, rock and roll music combines rhythm and blues (R’n’B) elements of African-American like ska, rockabilly and country music. However, it has many styles of darwin from different genres like jazz, folk, punk, metal, garage rock, grunge rock and electric blue.

2. How do you introduce rock music to kids?

First, you can make a list of rock songs with different styles and share them with your child. Second, pick a few rock songs from the article and discuss their lyrics and music with your children. Share about the musical instruments used in the songs and how different styles use different instruments to create a unique style of rock and roll. If your child looks keen to learn rock music, enroll them in professional group classes to learn the nuances of rock music from experts.

3. How can parents ensure the lyrics in rock songs are appropriate for their children?

To ensure the lyrics in rock songs are appropriate for their children, parents can research the artist or band for information regarding their lyrics, themes, or any controversies surrounding their music. They can also pay attention to parental advisory labels and consider exploring alternative versions of the songs with suitable lyrics.

Be it classics like that of ‘Survivor’ or contemporary ones, rock music is timeless. Some people favor mellow rock, while others prefer fast music. Regardless, there is a rock song for all. So, whether you enjoy rock music and want to familiarize your children with it or they have an interest in music and performing arts, all of the rock songs for kids listed above could be perfect for introducing your kids to. So, go ahead, and rock your heads to your favorite rock tunes with your children and enjoy.

Infographic: Popular Child-Friendly Rock Songs

Rock songs are one of the popular music genres that can get everyone moving, be it children or adults. Even the songs released many years ago are just so good that they’re still the favorite of music lovers. Here, we bring you the following infographic with classic rock songs that you can introduce to your child’s playlist. We are sure they will thank you later.

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