Tired of putting your right hand in, then putting it out, then putting it back in and shaking it all about? As fun as it is, there’s only so many times you can do the Boogie Woogie. Give your children (and yourself) a refreshing break from their usual tunes by including some Hip Hop songs to their daily playlist. The rhymes and beats actually make Hip Hop appealing to children. It encourages them to create their own moves and dance combinations, allowing them to express their emotions through movement.
We know what you’re wondering – aren’t Hip Hop songs usually about mature subjects like crime, violence, hardships, adult relationships and money? And don’t they have language that’s inappropriate for little ears?
Well, yes…and no. Some Hip Hop songs are about friendships, dancing, working hard and even the love for Hip Hop. As for the explicit language, while there are versions with the bad stuff ‘bleeped’ out, there are actually songs without any foul language. We’ve done our research and come up with the top 5 songs that are safe and super fun for you and your kids to groove to. Here they are:
- Kris Kross – Jump
Two lil’ kids with a flow you ain’t ever heard
And nothin’ fake, you can understand every word (word, hahaha)
As you listen to my cool, smooth melody
The Daddy makes you J-U-M-P
An oldie but a goldie, this song was actually performed by a couple of teenagers (as young as 12 and 13 years old!) Like the name suggests, the song is sure to make you jump. The lyrics are simple and are mostly about being different, unique and true to yourself. Speaking of unique – notice that these little boys wear their clothes backwards?
- Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Round and round, up and down, around the clock
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (do it)
Friday, Saturday, Saturday to Sunday (do it)
Get, get, get, get, get with us, you know what we say, say
Party every day, p-p-p-party every day
Now here’s a song we all know. The meaning is simple – that every now and then, everyone deserves to have a little fun, kick back and relax. It’s basically about having a good time.
- MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
Thank you for blessin’ me
With a mind to rhyme and two hype feet
The song is about being so confident that no one can bring you down. Even if you’re dancing or singing or doing what you love, you’re doing it for yourself and no one else. The video features Hammer doing a lot of his signature moves that are quite catchy, just like the beat. Just a heads-up – your child might be repeating the words ‘Cant touch this’ a lot and then breaking into dance. Consider yourself warned.
- Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
On your mark, ready, set, let’s go
Dance floor pro, I know you know
I go psycho when my new joint hit
Just can’t sit
Gotta get jiggy wit it,
This one’s guaranteed to make the children dance. The lyrics are easy and stick with you. In fact, it’s been 24 years since it was released and while writing this, we are singing the song in our heads (and tapping our feet!)
- Gym Class Heroes – Stereo Hearts
My heart’s a stereo (yeah)
It beats for you, so listen close (listen)
Hear my thoughts in every note
Chances are that your child already knows this popular song. It’s got a fun beat and catchy lyrics. The rap verses go well with Adam Levine’s chorus. Yes, it is a song about love but it’s clean and the artist uses a lot of clever metaphors for his heart by comparing it to a stereo, a boombox and a dusty record.
Thing to keep in mind while playing Hip Hop songs around kids:
- Do listen to the songs before playing them for the children. This is just to make sure you’re comfortable with the theme and there are no surprise words or phrases that you might have to explain later.
- Always listen to the radio edit. There are different versions of songs and just in case the song you like has some language, the radio edit would have bleeped those words out.
- Songs from the earlier years are generally much cleaner than the later decades. So, try to find some songs from the 90s.
There you have it – our pick of 5 super fun kid-friendly Hip Hop songs. Can you think of some to add to the list? Let us know.