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The Best Songs To Get Toddlers Moving

It’s great for encouraging her co-ordination and understanding how her body works, but toddler dancing doesn’t necessarily mean Nelly The Elephant/Dora The Explorer/Wheels On The Bus over and over… and over. Check out the other (grown up friendly) tunes that’ll get your child moving.
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Happy – Pharrell Williams

Ah, Pharrell. This featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and automatically puts everyone (toddlers included) in a good mood.
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Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Walking that fine line between irritating and oh-so amazing, this hit by the Canadian singer is feel-good pop at its catchiest.
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What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

The chorus of 1D’s debut single, which sold more than 150,000 copies in its first week, is perfect for jumping around the living room with your toddler.
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Let It Go – Idina Menzel

One of the best Disney films ever, Frozen’s soundtrack includes the epic Let It Go. Cue lots of toddler spinning and singing a la Elsa.
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Drunken Sailor

Not the most obvious choice, but this sea shanty gets one M&B-er’s niece up dancing more than anything. Must be the repetition – and pirate fancy dress potential.
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I Like To Move It – Sacha Baron Cohen

Originally recorded by US duo Reel 2 Real, this was brought into the toddler-sphere by the film Madagascar, where it was sung by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as lord lemur King Julien.
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Gangnam Style – PSY

With a dance routine toddlers love to copy, this 2012 hit took the world by storm.
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You Can Get It If You Really Want – Jimmy Cliff

Summertime. BBQ. Garden. The ideal soundtrack for a chilled family day.
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Yellow Submarine – The Beatles

This number one classic has been keeping kids entertained for nearly 50 years. A real crowd pleaser on a car journey – although perhaps not on repeat.
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Get Lucky – Daft Punk

A brilliant jumping-on-the-sofa anthem and another win for Pharrell who sings on the track.
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I Love It – Icona Pop

Swedish duo Icona Pop released this in the UK last year with its infectious ‘I don’t care – I love it!’
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I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc

This laid-back tune is a favourite with M&B deputy editor Lara’s two boys.
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Firework – Katy Perry

In fact, most songs by her. Including Roar. Be prepared for everyone going (and probably failing…) for those big notes.
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Dancing Queen – Abba

A great excuse to dance around the kitchen with your toddler. Child standing on your toes optional.
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I’m A Believer – The Monkees

Another 60s’ hit, this sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
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Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

Yep, we’re just singing them all now. ‘Cos every little thing’s gonna be alright *happy head sway*.
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Surfin’ USA – Beach Boys

Anything that comes with an obligatory surfing dance gets a massive thumbs up.
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La La La – Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith

In a chat with M&B, Zoe Ball revealed this was the ultimate song to get her toddler Nell up and dancing.
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Weather With You – Crowded House

Everywhere you gooooo, always take the weather with youuuuu. Love it.
  • Author: Alex Davies Alex Davies
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