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Our Top 40 Songs for Car Journeys with Kids

There’s no disguising the fact that road trips with kids can be trying – even with a lovely holiday or break, or a family-friendly festival, waiting for you at the other end.

And though it’s tempting just to let children play with their gadgets to keep the peace, it’s good to take the opportunity for some quality family time by creating a playlist of all your favourite tunes to sing along to.

Everyone has their own specific tastes, so aim for a balance of tunes that includes something to appeal to every person in the car, and stick to upbeat choices. If you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve shared some of our favourites.

Tots’ Favourites

The Wheels on the Bus

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Frère Jacques

Little Bo Peep

Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Humpty Dumpty

She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain

Jack and Jill


You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman (from Toy Story)

Fun, Fun, Fun – Pharrell Williams (from Despicable Me)

The Greatest Show (from The Greatest Showman)

The Circle of Life by Elton John (from The Lion King)

Hakuna Matata (from The Lion King)

Everything is Awesome (from The LEGO® Movie)

Car Wash – Christina Aguilera feat. Missy Elliott (from Shark Tale)

Route 66 – John Mayer (from Cars)

I’m a Believer – Smash Mouth (from Shrek)

A Spoonful of Sugar – Harry Connick, Jr. (from Mary Poppins)

Tween and Teen Pleasers

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Crown – Stormzy

Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna

Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson

Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Roar – Katy Perry

7 Rings - Ariana Grande

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

ABC - Jackson 5

Adult Classics

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

Little Red Corvette – Prince

Where the Streets Have No Name – U2

Truckin’ – Grateful Dead

Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads

Keep the Car Running – Arcade Fire

I Drove All Night – Cyndi Lauper

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

Everyday Is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow

Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles

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