15 Happy Songs to Make Kids Instantly Joyful

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Happy Songs for kids

“Happiness is a fundamental human goal”, according to the United Nations, a statement regarding the International Day of Happiness celebrated on March 20th every year. This collection of happy songs for kids aspires to bring a smile on children’s face, the small everyday step on the way to happiness.

Of course, a fleeting laugh isn’t everything kids need. Peace, well-being, communication and attention are some of the things little ones seek, provided they have what they need to eat, sleep, stay warm and peaceful. As long as the basic material needs are met, then music and singing can sustain or bring a good mood to young ones and grown-ups alike.

If You’re Happy And You Know It

No need for recommendations for this kids’ song that automatically comes to mind when we think of the word “happy“!

Don’t Worry Be Happy

The composer of this song, Bobby McFerrin, got inspired by the phrase “Don’t worry, be happy” by the Indian mystic and spiritual master Meher Baba (1894 – 1969). In the song you won’t hear any musical instruments by an orchestra or a band, as all the sounds come from overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by McFerrin who also sings the lyrics.

Besides McFerrin himself, in the funny original video appear Robin Williams and Bill Irwin.

Top of the World

The song was first recorded by the American pop duo Carpenters in 1972 and very soon reached Νο.1 at the Billboard Hot 100. In the following video we hear it sung by children’s voices full of joy, love and optimism!

You Are My Sunshine

The origin of the song is disputed, as it is said that Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell probably bought the song from Paul Rice. Anyway, sing-along with The Hound and The Fox and all you will feel is joy!

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Baby Shark

Originally a campfire song, it has become a top hit in the last few years. Time for preschooler-style happiness!

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What A Wonderful World

Playing For Change aims to create hope and inspiration for the future of our plane. Let’s sing with them!

Un Poco Loco

“Un Poco Loco” means “A Little Crazy”. Crazy with joy? Why not! Without a doubt, this is one of the happiest Disney songs of recent years, from the movie Coco.

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Bear Necessities

Also a Disney movie song, taken from the film The Jungle Book. Click here to find more happy Disney songs and lyrics to sing-along.

Mahna Mahna

An all-time classic from the Muppet Show. It may have been more than 50 years, but this uplifting track gets a place in the joy club. Mahna Mahna is, in fact, for the entire family.


Even making an attempt to spell “Superclifragilisticexpialidocious” will change your mood! If you have company, it’s even better! From the unforgettable Mary Poppins movie.


We included this song in our list of pop songs for kids, but even if you’re a grown-up, getting your body parts moving when Pharrell starts singing “Happy” is inevitable. It was featured in the animated film “Despicable Me”.

Can’t Stop the Feeling

A song by the American singer Justin Timberlake and main theme song from the soundtrack of the movie Trolls.

A Sky Full of Stars

British rock band Coldplay sing in the streets of London changing not only our mood, but also the mood of all passers-by.

Yellow Submarine

Let us also remember a song from the past, which has left an indelible trace of carefreeness. The Beatles sang this in 1966 and released it as a double A-side single, paired with “Eleanor Rigby”.

Make sure the whole band is in the submarine and here we go!

Ani Kuni

Performed by the French duo of Polo & Pan, with incomprehensible lyrics, maybe even funny, and music that lifts the mood of people of all ages. We do not need to have a very serious reason to remember what it is like to dance and sing like children – quite the contrary!

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