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Top 16 Kids' Songs with Over a Billion Views on YouTube

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Parenting is not easy, especially for working moms and dads. You have to take care of your child's needs and make ends meet, both demanding time and attention. Fortunately, there are plenty of songs that can brighten the mood of a child while you're attending a Zoom meeting. Without further ado, here are the Top 16 kids' songs with over a billion views on YouTube.

1. "Baby Shark"

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What originated as a simple campfire song turned into the most viewed song for kids on YouTube. With over 10 billion views, "Baby Shark" broke the internet!

It's a cute song that anyone can sing. As an added trivia to this kids' song masterpiece, the South Korean entertainment group Pinkfong made over $120 million in January 2020.

It's no exaggeration that, out of all the songs for kids on this list, everyone knows how to sing this song.

Fun facts:

  • No one knows who wrote "Baby Shark"
  • "Baby Shark" was a dance craze in Germany
  • The "doo" lyric in "Baby Shark" is repeated 162 times

2. "Bath Song"

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The next song has claimed to help thousands of new-generation parents teach their kids how to take a bath and learn a few words! "Bath Song" by Cocomelon in 2018 is catchy and teaches your kids to wash their hair, face, hands, and arms.

After letting your child watch this a couple of times, you might see your kid showering on their own!

Fun fact:

  • "Bath Song" wittily fuses "Baby Shark" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider"

3. "The Wheels On The Bus"

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The classic nursery rhyme song "The Wheels On The Bus" from 1937 has made its way to YouTube to earn over 3.8 billion views. This song is over a hundred years old, and it is still one of the most trendy songs, even for today's time.

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Fun fact:

  • Two songs are similar to "The Wheels On The Bus":

    • "99 Bottles Of Beer"
    • "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush"
  • Michelle Chappel, an American Madonna impersonator, released a single that sampled "The Wheels On The Bus" in 2002

4. "Baa Baa Black Sheep"

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This nursery rhyme is even older than the previous one. Dating from the 1700s, "Baa Baa Black Sheep" is one of the most common kids' songs and has over 3.1 billion views on YouTube.

Fun fact:

  • The song originated from the French melody "Ah! vous dirai-je, maman"
  • "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "Little Polly Flinders," and "Alphabet Song" all use the same melody

5. "Lakdi Ki Kathi"

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From the film Masoom, this popular Hindi kids' song was released in 1960. It's about a kid, a couple of friends, and a horse. This song has over 2.9 billion views on YouTube.

Fun fact:

  • Three singers sang the original song in the film Masoom:

    • Vanita Mishra
    • Gauri Bapat
    • Gurpreet Kaur

6. "The Gummy Bear Song"

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Originating in Germany, "The Gummy Bear Song" is a novelty dance song by Gummibär. This song is about a bear-shaped German candy introducing itself over and over again. It was once a popular ringtone, but it has gone viral worldwide with at least 25 languages and more than 2.8 billion views on YouTube.

Fun fact:

  • The 2020 horror-comedy film, Spree, featured this song
  • The 2021 family-comedy film, Yes Day, also featured this song

7. "This Is The Way"

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Originally known as "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush," "This Is The Way" was a singing game for children in the mid-19th century. This version of the song shows a muppet teaching kids how to do basic needs like brushing, combing, washing, and more. It's one of those kids' songs that will help your child become more responsible for self-grooming. It has gained over 2 billion views.

Fun fact:

  • The song has a variant titled "Nuts In May"

8. "Sick Song"

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Another super popular song from Cocomelon. "Sick Song" is about how parents worry about their sick children, with a lullaby melody meant to help babies fall asleep.

Cocomelon fun facts:

  • Cocomelon gained one million subscribers on May 16, 2016, nine years after they started
  • Two years later, they gained 10 million subscribers, with over 400,000 new subscribers every month

9. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

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Did you know "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" used to have five stanzas? However, only the first stanza became popular. Here's the complete version of the song as a poem in 1761:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the trav'ller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often thro' my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

'Tis your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the trav'ller in the dark,
Tho' I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

10. "Deck The Halls"

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Originally titled "Deck The Hall," this traditional Christmas carol has reached 1.6 billion people on YouTube. The song's melody is Welsh and dates back to the 16th century. The English version was written in 1862 by the Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant. The pluralization of the title only started in 1892.


11. "Old MacDonald"

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The popular nursery rhyme "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" is a traditional children's song about a farmer and his animals. The song was written for an opera in 1706 and changed a lot since its inception. It was finally standardized in the 20th century with the lyrics we all know today.

Fun fact:

  • The earliest version came to light in "In The Fields In Frost And Snow"I

12. "The Boo Boo Song"

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"The Boo Boo Song" by Cocomelon is one of the most beneficial songs for you and your child. It teaches kids to speak to their parents whenever they feel hurt or are in pain. This helps them become responsible kids who inform grownups about things they can't fix by themselves.

Cocomelon fun facts:

  • In July 2017, Cocomelon's "No-No Bedtime Song" broke through to the mainstream, reaching over 1 billion views
  • In 2019, Cocomelon had the second-highest growth in YouTube channel subscriptions

13. "Balloon Boat Race"

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Here's a song about three kids playing a balloon boat race. Kids loved it so much that Cocomelon created the toys from the song, which are now available online.

14. "Five Little Ducks"

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This unique traditional children's song entertains your kids and teaches them how to count. As it also introduces them to how subtraction works! "Five Little Ducks" has an associated finger play and has reached 1.1 billion views on YouTube.

15. "The Tortoise And The Hare"

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A timeless story told by every parent now comes in the form of this catchy song by Cocomelon. The nursery rhyme is one of Aesop's Fables and the video has reached over a billion views on YouTube.

Fun fact:

  • Aesop dates to the 4th century BCE, which means this story is about 2,500 years old!

16. "The Animal Sounds Song"

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"The Animal Sounds Song" teaches kids what a horse, pig, lion, duck, and other farm animals sound like in a fun and interactive way.

Summary of Top 16 Kids' Songs

TitleNo. of ViewsChannelDate Uploaded

1. "Baby Shark"

10.3 billion

Pinkfong Baby Shark - Kids' Songs & Stories

June 18, 2016

2. "Bath Song"

5.1 billion

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

May 2, 2018

3. "Wheels On The Bus"

3.8 billion

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

May 24, 2018

4. "Baa Baa Black Sheep"

3.1 billion

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

June 25, 2018

5. "Lakdi Ki Kathi"

2.9 billion

Jingle Toons

August 21, 2019

6. "The Gummy Bear Song"

2.8 billion

icanrockyourworld

October 10, 2007

7. This Is The Way"

2.04 billion

Super Simple Songs - Kids Songs

June 8, 2016

8. "Sick Song"

1.7 billion

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

July 20, 2018

9. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

1.6 billion

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

December 6, 2017

10. "Deck The Halls"

1.6 billion

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

December 11, 2018

11. "Old MacDonald"

1.3 billion

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

April 18, 2018

12. "The Boo Boo Song"

1.2 billion

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

April 9, 2019

13. "Balloon Boat Race"

1.1 billion

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

March 13, 2018

14. "Five Little Ducks"

1.1 billion

Super Simple Songs - Kids Songs

September 15, 2016

15. "The Tortoise And The Hare"

1.04 billion

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

July 13, 2018

16. "The Animal Sounds Song"

1.02 billion

Bounce Patrol - Kids Songs

August 4, 2014

Six Bonus Tracks With Almost a Billion Views

17. "Monkey Banana-Baby Monkey"

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After Pinkfong's success with "Baby Shark," they decided to release a song with the same melody, but about monkeys. Unfortunately, it was no match for "Baby Shark's" views and success, but it still has over 995 million views on YouTube.

Fun fact:

  • "Monkey Banana-Baby Monkey" is the monkey version of "Baby Shark"
  • The "na" lyric in "Monkey Banana-Baby Monkey" is repeated 124 times

18. "Breakfast Song"

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This kids' song encourages your child to eat nutritious food to start the day. Plus, it's easy to sing and remember, perfect for background music in the morning.

19. "Swimming Song"

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If you love swimming and would like to introduce your child to the sport, play this tune for them! "Swimming Song" has a sporty and energetic melody that will surely keep your kid entertained.

Cocomelon fun facts:

  • The original creators of Cocomelon are a husband and wife duo
  • Cocomelon's originally started as "ABCkidTV" before the creators changed the name to Cocomelon

20. "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes"

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"Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" is timeless and has a lively melody. Plus, it effectively educates your child about the basic body parts.

21. "London Bridge Is Falling Down"

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This traditional English nursery rhyme -- and singing game for kids -- dates to the 17th century and this video now has over 874 million views on YouTube. Cocomelon still leads the way for making quality kids' music videos.

22. "Johny Johny Yes Papa (Parent’s Version)"

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Originally named "Johnny Johnny Yes Papa," the original version of this song is about Johnny getting caught eating sugar by his father. There are plenty of versions of this song, but this version is the most watched, with over 837 million views on YouTube.

Summary of Six Bonus Tracks

TitleNo. of ViewsChannelYear Uploaded

17. "Monkey Banana-Baby Monkey"

995 million

Pinkfong Baby Shark - Kids' Songs & Stories

May 28, 2016

18. "Breakfast Song"

988 million

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

October 16, 2018

19. "Swimming Song"

979 million

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

October 2, 2018

20. "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes"

893 million

ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

April 4, 2014

21. "London Bridge Is Falling Down"

874 million

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

May 8, 2018

22. "Johny Johny Yes Papa (Parent’s Version)"

837 million

Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes

December 26, 2017

Conclusion

I hope that this listicle has helped you take care of your child. If you need to leave your kid unattended for a quick call, playing any of the above will surely do the trick.


© 2022 John Emerson Conde

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