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10 Child-Appropriate Pop Songs for Kids to Sing

Written by Molly Webb

Taylor Swift performs and turns on the Christmas Lights at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, London. 06/11/2012 Picture by: Steve Vas Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com

Anyone who’s worked with me knows that I don’t endorse a lot of restriction on what kids are allowed to sing. Children’s love of a song often has nothing to do with how they relate to the lyrics and much to do with how a certain melodic hook, chord progression, or beat moves them. Exposure, of course, also plays a large role, so children gravitate toward what you play for them in the car and what their older siblings play in their room. But while I don’t like dictating what kids have to sing, it’s important to at least sometimes encourage them to sing lyrics that they can relate to so that they can get practice understanding the emotional crux of a song. It can be challenging to find pop songs like this, so today I’m giving you 10 child-appropriate pop songs for kids to sing.

1. Brave, by Sara Bareilles

“Brave” is about having the courage to speak up instead of bottling up all the hurt and anger. It’s a wonderful, empowering message for all ages.

2. Beautiful, by Christina Aguilera

Since the official music video isn’t as G rated as the song, I used the lyric video instead. Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” is about maintaining your sense of self-worth even when others are trying to tear you down.

3. Breakaway, by Kelly Clarkson

“Breakaway” is perfect for every age. By preschool, we all enter a variety of situations where we begin to break away from the comfort of our home life and explore the world independently.

4. Mean, by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has several child-appropriate songs, but “Mean” is my favorite message. When a child is being bullied, it’s very difficult to keep perspective and realize that this is a temporary phase. Singing along with “Mean” is both empowering and cathartic.

5. Firework, by Katy Perry

One of the quintessential child-appropriate pop songs, “Firework” is about feeling good about yourself and shining bright for the world.

6. Fight Song, by Rachel Platten

“Fight Song” deals with the theme of fighting through the times in your life you feel lost and small. It’s very easy to relate to no matter how young or old you are.

7. Happy, by Pharrell Williams

I hope that “Happy” is a song you’ve all related to at some point and that you’ve felt like clapping along because happiness is the truth.

8. Count on Me, by Bruno Mars

While Bruno Mars may not have a huge selection of child-appropriate material, “Count on Me” is a pretty strong exception. It’s explicitly about friendship and about counting on the people in your life you’re closest to.

9. Fireflies, by Owl City

No empowerment theme, no overcoming obstacles or being there for your friends: “Fireflies” is just an all-around fun song full of dream-like images.

10. Who Says, by Selena Gomez

Another song for the empowerment list, “Who Says” discusses loving who you are, flaws and all.

Molly Webb

Molly is the founder of Molly’s Music. She is a dedicated singer and pianist whose musical journey spans 2.5 decades, with stops along the way to sing for the pope, pass Certificate of Merit at the highest level, study with Gwen Verdon and Ben Vereen, and record an original album.

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156 Comments

  1. Thank you! Just put this list together as a playlist for my daughter who was looking for some songs to sing – and it’s really hit the spot!

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    • Thanks, Hazel! I’m so glad it helped.

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      • Hi I am 10 and i loved the Selena Gomez one the most!

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        • It’s a really good one!

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          • i am 12

          • i am 12 and i like count on me

          • I like that one too!

        • me to by the way im 8! and selena gomez is my favorite singer!

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          • Im 11 and liked most of the songs!

          • Thanks for the comment, Olivia! I’m glad you like them!

    • I hate this music (no offense

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      • It’s not for everyone, Natasha. What do you like to listen to?

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        • Before you go – Lewis Capaldi

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          • Sabrina, good one!

      • Fight song by Rachel Platten is totes the best cause I said so

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        • I’ve always liked that one too! 🙂

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          • Cool

          • im 11 and I liked most of them!

        • Cool

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          • Hey! This was interesting. But me as a 12 year old almost 13. I did not see much I liked. But my friends enjoyed like 2 of these. My taste in music has changed, but not drastically.

          • I totally get it! They aren’t for everyone! What kind of music do you enjoy?

          • Girl you sing good
            Nice

        • Thank you Molly. I have two young kids…this is great. I was looking around for something for my son to sing. He is around 7years old. Anything for boys. Looking forward for another post. Thanks !!!

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          • Hi Bill! Thanks for the message! Here’s a second set with a few more songs for boys. More Songs for Kids to Sing. Home, by Philip Philips is another one that just popped into my head.

        • hi I like tayler swift but i think she’s written better songs
          fight song is great

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      • me too not like the music the I like

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      • if you dont want them to be offened then dont say anything, i think all these songs are great thought!

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      • Then why did you click here??? Sob sob sob

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      • im a 10 year old kid and i like song about death and hanging by the neck and i HATE these songs these are for 2 year olds also i dont like girl singers

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        • 👍🏻

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        • YES

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        • your TOTALLY RUDE if you don’t like them then why are you on this website!!? and by the way I’m 8 and your not good with typing! + I am not scared of you plus I’m a girl!

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        • I don’t want to be offensive, but we didn’t really ask, and plus if you like those types of songs, search and listen yourself. The person who made this worked really hard on this so please don’t criticize. It literally says “10 child-appropriate POP Songs” And if you don’t like it so much don’t leave mean comments. Anything you say can hurt more deeply than you think. It can lead to dangerous things.

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        • u r so mean

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    • I LOVED IT!!!!!ALL OF THEM!!!!HIGHLY RECEMNDED!!!!

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    • Hi I am 10 and my Dad loves the song called “Fireflies”By Owl City

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      • I’ve always liked that one too!

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  2. Fireflies is a meme…

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    • Never seen that

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    • i hate fireflies

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      • We all have our own unique musical taste. 🙂

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        • ok

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    • Thanks, Naomi!

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      • Molly, what a wonnderful list! It is always a battle to find age appropriate songs. I am from South Africa an a new vocal coach.

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        • Thanks, Shani! Glad it’s helpful!!

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  3. Would, I feel like a monster, Skillet be age appropriate for a 10 year old boy?

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    • Sarah, I think it just depends on the context. I’d honestly have no issues with a student of mine singing that at one of our recitals if he liked it a lot, since there aren’t any bad words or anything in it. That said, if it’s for a school performance or something like that people might get fussier over the darker content.

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  4. good songs but why is selena gomez on here…

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    • Thanks for the comment! Her later songs might be more adult, but “Who Says” has a good message for kids.

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  5. Great way to teach kids how to sing.

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  6. These are good songs but you need more popular songs.

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    • Thanks, Emma! Some of these were a little more popular and current when I wrote the blog a few years ago. 🙂 But I agree that I should post a more current one.

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    • What about happier by marshmallow Im ten and I know 3/4 of them

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      • Thanks, Megan! Great suggestion!

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  7. HI Molly, Thanks for this great list. am a guitar teacher for young girls and woman and it’s hard to find the right songs which are simple for them to play. Some of these are perfect but I would love an updated list to add onto the songs my students love.

    You’ve really helped. Awesome.

    Lily

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    • Thanks so much, Lily! Here are a few others. But even that blog is a couple years old now, so it’s definitely time for me to update it!

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    • Hi Molly, Thanks for this great list. am a guitar teacher for young girls and woman and it’s hard to find the right songs which are simple for them to play. Some of these are perfect but I would love an updated list to add to the songs my students love.

      You’ve really helped. Awesome.

      Ally

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      • I’m so glad, Ally! I know, I REALLY need to update this!

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  8. Hi just looked and love 3 or 4 of these songs I don’t know the rest and listen to them every day

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    • So glad to hear, Eloise!! Thanks for commenting!

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        • Thank you!

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  9. I’m learning how to sing and I love it

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    • That’s great to hear, Tyleigh! Keep it up!

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  10. You should put the song “Have it All” on there

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    • Thanks, Johnny! That looks perfect. I have a few collections, and I’ll put that into the next one.

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    • My. Most favroite singer is. Miley Cyrus and victoria justice justin beiber. Maya matlyn selena gomaz and ryan mc xarten

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      • Great choices!

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  11. This was so helpful!
    Thank you, I’m trying to find a song for my school talent show!
    If you have more any ideas plz tell me!
    Thank you

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    • Thanks so much for the comment, Isabelle! Happy to give ideas. Anything in particular you’re looking for, like lower songs, higher songs, etc.? Either way, good luck with the talent show!

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  12. Thanks, from a father who’s always looking for good stuff for my 8 year old!

    🙂

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    • Thanks, David! 🙂 Glad it helped!!

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  13. Thank you so much for the list. I am an ESL teacher and love ALL OF THEM!!
    They are all age appropriate for elementary school kids for sure and my students who are learning English love to sing along since the lyrics are simple, the song is not too fast, and the melodies are all easy to follow.
    Again, thank you so much!

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  14. Thank you so much for the list. I am an ESL teacher and love ALL OF THEM!!
    They are all age appropriate for elementary school kids for sure and my students who are learning English love to sing along since the lyrics are simple, the song is not too fast, and the melodies are all easy to follow.
    Again, thank you so much!!!

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    • Thanks for the comment, Nicky! I’m so glad it helped!

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  15. i love the songs my favourite are brave mean count on me and firflies but all songs aew really nice

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    • Thanks for the comment, Rosie! I like those three too.

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  16. I love most of these songs especially breakaway it reminds me of memories that I have made. thanks for this list the songs are so inspirational

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    • I love that one too! I used to listen to it on repeat before studying abroad for a year. 🙂

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  17. Hi Molly! This is a great list. I have a Kindergartner who wants to sing in her upcoming talent show. I love that she is showing a love for music and want to continue to encourage that. Would you mind sharing other Taylor Swift appropriate songs? Right now, my daughter wants to sing ‘You Belong to me’ and that might be pushing it so trying to give her other suggestions! 🙂

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    • That’s so great that she wants to perform! Out of the Taylor Swift ones I found, “Mean” is probably the most relatable to kids, but maybe take a look at “Safe and Sound,” “Change,” and “The Lucky one.” “Safe and Sound” is from Hunger Games and is less up. “The Lucky One” is just about the price of fame. Hope she has a blast!

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    • Thanks, Olivia! 🙂

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      • I like all of these songs!! The only thing is that I like country music better.

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        • I like country, too! Maybe I’ll write a country list at some point.

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  18. I am doing a project for math where i have to make a parody of a popular song into area and perimeter. Division can’t bring me down! lmao

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    • Haha, good luck on your project, Molly! 🙂

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  19. in clude some billie eilish thiugh

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    • I wrote the list a few years ago, but I’ll put her on my next one. 🙂

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  20. I love love love Who says, thank you molly!😉

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    • So glad you liked the list, Kaylee! Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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  21. Hi! This list was very helpful because I teach a very advanced kids hip hop dance class. However, even though we dance very advanced we love to use songs like these to dance to. Again thank you!

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  22. Hi! This list was very helpful because I teach a very advanced kids hip hop dance class. However, even though we dance very advanced we love to use songs like these to dance to. Again thank you!

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  23. I love like love Brave, by Sara Bareilles, Thank you molly!😊😉🙂😺😸

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  24. This a pretty great list.

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  25. This an amazing list.

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    • Thanks so much!

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  26. HI Molly Just wanted I am a kid and I saw this and helped me so much so thanks

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    • I’m so glad, Romy!

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  27. I love this so much, that I listen to it secretly every day!

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    • I listen to music secretly as well but this list is pretty nice but I don’t listen to it I listen to songs like heather, eyes blue, fight song and Ppcocaine

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      • Hi Lora, I really like those too!

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    • Thanks so much!

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  28. Wow, I am a teacher and was inspired listening to the songs. Looking forward to sharing them. Thank you!

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    • Thanks so much! I’m glad that was helpful.

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  29. Thank you so much for recommending these songs, these are songs that actually somewhat help me get through with my life, i guess i can be called depressed and abused but these are when i didn’t know how to bottle up my emotions. And so ever since i was 5 i taught myself how to bottle up my emotions. And so ever since then my friends have called me emotionless. The only feeling i ever showed was happiness, all the other feelings were gone, i forgot about them. Anyway like i said, thank you for recommending these songs.
    Hannah

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    • Hi Hannah! Thanks so much for sharing your story. I’m so sorry to hear about everything you’ve been dealing with and am glad music is an outlet for you. Please take care!

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      • hi Hannah its nice to meat you umm I’m have a sing off in I don’t know what to sing🥺😟😬😰

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        • Hi Hannah! Good luck with everything! What are the rules of the sing-off?

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  30. i love it

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  31. Hi, I’m 11 and in fifth grade. I think these songs might be a bit too little for me… I think their probably great songs for littler kids. I prefer artists like Ava Max and Gabby Barrett. I like songs such as ‘You Broke Me First’ by: Tate McRae or ‘Savage Love’ by: Jason Derulo (the clean version, obviously!). Do you have a list for older kids?

    P.S. Happy New Year!

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    • Hi! That’s totally understandable that you’re aging out of them! I don’t have a list written out, but “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara has a good message. So does “Rise Up,” by Andra Day. Those two are a little older. Some more current ones are “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez, “My Future” by Billie Eilish, “People, I’ve Been Sad” by Christine and the Queens, Daisies, by Katy Perry. I also can’t get Mrs. Snow by Sia out of my head right now. In reality, by 11 I think you can probably pick any pop songs you like and just leave out the swear words and other suggestive stuff if you end up performing one of them. Thanks so much for the comment!

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  32. all of these are great!!!!!! like AWSOME! and I have a MP3 player and this will all be going on it!

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    • That’s great, Maggie! I’m so glad you liked them!!

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  33. this music is going on my MP3 player! for SURE!

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  34. Hi, it really worked for my daughter. She loved it! Thank you.

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    • I’m so glad, Sam! Thanks for the comment!

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  35. 🙂 How did you know all these songs?

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    • I teach singing, so my students introduce me to a lot of them!

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  36. This was great! I’m Tessa, and my friends and I were looking for school appropriate songs, and this was great, thank you so much! 💖

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    • I’m so glad, Tessa! Thanks for the comment!

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  37. This is amazing! I am 11 and I wanted to find some age-appropriate songs for my 7 year old sister! This helped a lot!

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    • Thanks so much for the message, and how nice of you to help your sister that way!

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  38. I’m ten and l now like 3/4 of them maybe do happier by marshmallow

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    • Thanks, Meg! Great suggestion!

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  39. Thanks so much I’m 12, and I’m going to choreograph a dance with my little cousins that 6-7 and she does gymnastics and dance and I was looking for songs for her that were appropriate and easy to dance to and I found some good ones….thanks so much!!!

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    • That sounds great, Ella! Good luck with the dance, and thanks so much for the comment!

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  40. hi i am 12 going on 13 all there songs are so good i will try them out thank you molly and whoever do not like them and putting all them hate comments is rude

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    • Thanks so much, Abby!

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  41. I LOVE Talor Swift’s “Mean”

    Thx for the list! P.S I’m 10

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    • So glad you liked it!

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  42. thank u sooo much!!! i wanted kid songs for my age and all i could find were baby songs!!! also, i liked fireworks the most!

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    • Thanks so much, Faith! Glad you liked them!

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  43. Hi! I’m 13 and I think firework and fight song are the best!

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    • I like those too!

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    • Thanks for the comment, Cayleigh! I like those too!

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  44. I love every song but my favourite songs are brave and maen.

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    • Those two are great!

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  45. my fav songs are maen and fierwork and brave i love evrye song

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  46. firework,maen and .brave are my favrote songs

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  47. I love brave and firework!

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  48. fierwork and brave are the best

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  49. i love this websiete i like singing it all the time.

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    • Thanks so much! And I’m so glad you love to sing!

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  50. I’m 8 years old and i LOVE FIREWORK

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    • It’s a really good one!

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      • FIRE WORK IS THE BEST!!!

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  51. fire work is the best

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  52. Am glad my mom chose for me Fight song and its among the list. i have done audio and video coming soon. I shall make sure i produce the rest. thank you Molly for this.

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    • That’s great to hear! Good luck with everything! I’d love to hear your song someday!

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  53. Molly i write for me a song. Am ten years old.

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