The origins of the 10 best early childhood songs comes from a mix of unknown authors, poems that are several centuries old and some great Hollywood movie productions. We have sung these tunes as kids and many of us have sung them with our children and grandchildren. The ten best childhood songs have educated us, entertained us and brought joy into our lives. These childhood songs stay with us for a lifetime.
- “Whistle While You Work” This wonderful song written by Frank Churchill and Larry Morey premiered in the 1937 Disney movie, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” In this tune there is plenty of cleaning to do and Snow White encourages the dwarfs to sing a cheerful song as they work. This lovely song tells the tale of having a good attitude as we tackle tasks.
- “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window” This lovely song was written by Bob Merrill in 1952 and made popular by Patti Page. The singer will be traveling to California and wants to leave her sweetheart with a dog. As the song goes, she does not want a different kind of pet; she wants the doggie in the window, the one with the “waggley tail.”
- “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” The lyrics for this song was written by Ann and Jane Taylor and first published as a poem in 1806. The singer is amazed at the star so high above the earth that shines like a diamond. The tune goes on to say how the light from the star guides the night traveler. This song is about curiosity and wonder.
- “Humpty Dumpty” This short one-verse tune is a childhood favorite. As the song goes, the main character had a great fall and “all of the king’s horses and all of the king’s men could not put Humpty Dumpty back together again.” This melody is of English origin and was first published in 1803. Humpty Dumpty is usually portrayed as an egg-shaped character
- “Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friend” Simply put, this is a silly, fun tune. As the title implies, the singer urges folks to be kind to web-footed friends because a duck may be somebody’s mother or brother. The tune goes through a number of versus and just when you think it is over, it is time for another chorus.
- “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” This lively song comes from the Disney movie, “Mary Poppins.” In the movie, Dick Van Dyke sings the tune and is joined by the entire chorus. It is a song about having fun and adventure. The singer wants to fly a kite high up in the atmosphere. The theme is about soaring and pushing limits.
- “Happy and You Know It” This entertaining song is about being happy and having fun. This tune is usually sung by groups of children. As the tune goes, if you're happy clap your hands, then stomp your feet, then shout. In the final verse, the singers do all three at the same time.
- “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” There are no rules that children’s songs need to make sense. This fun tune has the singer saying that his name is John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, too. The song has one verse which gets repeated. This cute rhyme is sure to bring a smile to kids of all ages.
- “Happy Birthday” Every child should enjoy their birthday and have their family and friends sing this song in tribute. This song celebrates a milestone in each young life and is usually marked with a party. Of course, this is one of those tunes that we still love to hear in our later years.
- “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” Jack Norworth wrote the first version of this classic song in 1908. The song is a tribute to our national pastime and the young singer wants to go to the ballpark. It is about having fun at the game, enjoying the snacks and not caring if they ever leave the park. This wonderful song has been a childhood favorite for generations.
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