This list of nursery rhymes is the perfect resource for parents and educators alike.

Nursery Rhymes.

Welcome to the index page for Nursery Rhymes, where you will find a collection of classic and modern rhymes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Nursery rhymes are an important part of early childhood development as they help children learn language and improve their memory skills.

In this index page, you will find everything you need to know about these songs for kids. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or educator, this index page is the perfect resource for anyone looking to explore the magical world of nursery rhymes.

Discover the enchanting universe of nursery rhymes, where language and memory skills are boosted in young tots. Let this index page be your guide, whether you’re a proud parent, loving grandparent, or passionate educator. Here, you’ll uncover everything you need to know about these wonderful songs for kids that play a crucial role in early childhood development. Get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating world of nursery rhymes!

Table of Contents

What is a Nursery Rhyme? A definition

According to Elisabeth Galway, in Oxford Bibliographies we read that “Nursery rhymes, also known as Mother Goose rhymes, can be broadly defined as short songs and verses often read or sung to, or by, young children. Generally, these verses are anonymous, although the term nursery rhyme has also been applied to works written by known authors.

Characteristics of Nursery Rhymes

Looking up in dictionaries such as the Cambridge Dictionary or Merriam-Webster, we conclude that a nursery rhyme has the following characteristics:

  • it is for kids,
  • it is relatively short,
  • it has verses and rhyme, in most cases it is a song, i.e. it has a melodic line, and
  • it tells a short story.

Their presence in the English-speaking world comes from a long time ago, as already from the 16th century. we have the first records.

Why Teach Nursery Rhymes to a child?

Teaching nursery rhymes to a child is essential as it promotes early language development, strengthens cognitive abilities, and fosters social skills. By engaging with the rhythmic patterns and repetitive nature of nursery rhymes, children enhance their vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension skills.

These rhymes also stimulate cognitive development through memory recall and exposure to basic concepts. Furthermore, nursery rhymes provide an avenue for social interaction, teamwork, and building connections with others.

Overall, teaching nursery rhymes is a valuable tool in laying the foundation for a child’s holistic growth and learning.

List of Nursery rhymes [mp3 Download]

List of Nursery Rhymes

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A Farmer Went Trotting (Upon His Gray Mare)A traditional nursery rhyme that typically involves actions and gestures to mimic the movements of the farmer and the horse.lyrics
A Frog He Would A-wooing GoAn English nursery rhyme that tells the story of a frog who embarks on a romantic adventure.lyrics
A Jolly Fat Frog (Lived in the River Swim)An English traditional rhyme which tells the story of a crow preying on a frog and its original title was “The Frog and the Crow”.lyrics
A Sailor Went to SeaA cheerful and interactive chant about a sailor’s adventures on the sea.lyrics
A-Hunting We Will Golyrics
A-Tisket, A-TasketA popular American nursery rhyme and singing game that tells the story of a young girl who loses her yellow basket while going to the market.lyrics
ABC SongA fundamental rhyme that helps children learn the alphabet through a catchy melody.lyrics
Ah! Vous dirai-je, mamanA French nursery rhyme that dates back to the 18th century, commonly known as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star“.
Aiken DrumAn imaginative rhyme featuring a peculiar character with a hat made of food.lyrics
All Around the Green Apple TreeA traditional English nursery rhyme that involves a playful circle game.lyrics
All the Pretty Little Horseslyrics
AlouetteA traditional French-Canadian children’s song that has gained popularity worldwide. The word “alouette” translates to “lark” in English.lyrics
Animal Fair, TheSee “The Animal Fair
As I Was Going to St. IvesAn English nursery rhyme, counting rhyme and traditional riddle that dates back to the 17th century.
Baa, Baa, black sheepA well-known rhyme about a black sheep and its wool, teaching basic counting and sharing concepts.lyrics
Baby BumblebeeA playful and humorous nursery rhyme about a child’s misadventure with a bumblebee, involving sticky situations and a catchy melody.lyrics
Bahay Kubolyrics
Bear Went Over the Mountain, TheSee “The Bear Went Over the Mountain
Billy BoyA spirited folk song that tells the story of a young man named Billy and his love interest, exploring themes of courtship and a playful narrative.lyrics
Bingo Song (There Was a Farmer Had a Dog)A popular and energetic children’s rhyme that follows the repetitive and interactive structure of the traditional game, engaging kids with its catchy tune and encouraging participation.lyrics
Bobby ShaftoA traditional English nursery rhyme and folk song. It is named after a real person, Robert Shafto, who was a member of Parliament in County Durham, England, during the late 18th century.lyrics
Brahms’ Lullaby (Cradle Song / Lullaby and Good Night)A gentle and soothing lullaby composed by Johannes Brahms, often sung to lull babies and young children to sleep with its soft melody and comforting lyrics.lyrics
Brother JohnSee “Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping?)
Chubby Cheeksa delightful and playful nursery rhyme that is often sung or recited to engage young children.
Cobbler, CobblerA delightful rhyme about a cobbler who repairs shoes, teaching children about different occupations and the importance of hard work.
Cock-a-Doodle-Doo!A lively chant that imitates the crowing of a rooster, often used to teach children about animal sounds and encourage early morning awakenings.
Cradle SongSee “Brahms’ Lullaby (Cradle Song / Lullaby and Good Night)
Dance to your Daddy (When the boat comes in)A traditional English folk song that is often sung as a nursery rhyme or lullaby.lyrics
Did You Ever See a Lassie?A playful children’s song that encourages imagination and singing along while highlighting the qualities of a lassie (young girl) and the joy she brings.lyrics
Ding Dong Bell (Kitty’s in the well)A traditional English nursery rhyme that dates back several centuries and tells a short story in its simple lyrics.lyrics
Doggie DoggieA traditional children’s game and nursery rhyme that involves guessing and seeking an object or person.lyrics
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MoeA counting-out rhyme used to make a random selection, involving a repetitive chant and hand gestures to determine a choice among a group of options.lyrics
Finger FamilyA popular fingerplay rhyme that involves a simple and interactive hand gesture, where each finger represents a family memberlyrics
Five Little Ducks (Went Swimming One Day)lyrics
Five Little Monkeys (jumping on the bed)lyrics
Five Little Speckled FrogsA lively and engaging nursery rhyme that tells the story of five frogs and is ideal for teaching counting.
Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping?)lyrics
Frog Went a-CourtingA traditional English folk song and nursery rhyme that tells the story of a frog who goes courting a mouse.lyrics
Georgie PorgieA nursery rhyme that tells the story of a mischievous character and is still used in many preschools.
Girls and Boys Come Out To PlayA 17th century English nursery rhyme about playing in the moonlight.lyrics
Golden Slumberslyrics
Goosey Goosey GanderA traditional nursery rhyme that recounts a curious encounter with a goose and the exploration of a mysterious house.
Hickety PicketyA traditional nursery rhyme that follows a rhythmic pattern and tells a whimsical story.
Here We Go Looby Loolyrics
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bushlyrics
Hey Diddle DiddleA popular English nursery rhyme that dates back to the 18th century.lyrics
Hey Ho Nobody HomeAn English folk song and nursery rhyme that is often sung as a round or in a call-and-response style.lyrics
Hickory Dickory Docklyrics
Hot Cross BunsA popular English nursery rhyme and children’s song that is often associated with the Easter season.lyrics
Humpty Dumptylyrics
Hush Little Baby (Mockingbird)lyrics
I’m a Little Teapotlyrics
Incy Wincy Spider (Eency Weency Spider)lyrics
If you are happy and you know itlyrics
Itsy-bitsy spiderlyrics
Jack and Jilllyrics
KookaburraA popular Australian nursery rhyme that celebrates the native bird species known as the kookaburra.lyrics
Ladybug, LadybugA traditional nursery rhyme that tells the story of a ladybug. (UK: Ladybird, Ladybird)
Lavender’s Blue (Dilly Dilly)lyrics
Les Petites Marionnettes (Ainsi Font, Font, Font)
Little Bo Peeplyrics
Little Boy Blue (Come Blow your Horn)lyrics
Little Jack Hornerlyrics
London Bridge is falling downlyrics
Mary Had a Little Lamblyrics
Merrily we roll alonglyrics
Mexican hat dancelyrics
Mrs. Macaronilyrics
Miss Polly Had a Dollylyrics
Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Growlyrics
Old MacDonald had a farmlyrics
Oranges and Lemonslyrics
Pat-a-Cake (Patty Cake)lyrics
Pirouette, Cacahuètelyrics
Promenons-nous dans les bois (Loup, y es-tu?)lyrics
Rain, rain, go awaylyrics
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Crosslyrics
Ring a Ring o’ Roses (Ring Around the Rosie)lyrics
Rock-a-bye babylyrics
Row, row, row your boatlyrics
See Saw Margery Dawlyrics
Sing a Song of SixpenceA whimsical rhyme that tells the story of a king and his extravagant pie, filled with delightful imagery and humorous moments.lyrics
Star Light, Star BrightA a traditional nursery rhyme that dates back to the 19th century, inviting children to make a wish upon a star and marvel at the nighttime sky.
Sur le pont d’Avignonlyrics
Ten Little Fingerslyrics
The Animal Fairlyrics
The Animals Went in Two by Twolyrics
The Bear Went Over the MountainA cheerful rhyme about a bear’s adventurous journey over the mountain, often accompanied by actions or gestures.lyrics
The Farmer in the Delllyrics
The More We Get Togetherlyrics
The Muffin Manlyrics
The North Wind Doth Blow (The Robin)lyrics
The Wheels on the busA lively and interactive song that describes the various activities, sounds, and passengers encountered on a bus ride, often accompanied by hand movements and actions.lyrics
This Little Piggylyrics
This Old Manlyrics
Twinkle, Twinkle Little StarA well-known English nursery rhyme that originated from a poem written by Jane Taylor in the early 19th century.lyrics
Wee Willie WinkieA charming rhyme about a fictional character named Willie Winkie, who goes around town in his nightgown, tapping on windows to make sure children are in bed.
When Goldilocks Went to the House of the BearsA playful nursery rhyme that retells the story of Goldilocks encountering the three bears and their belongings.lyrics
When the Boat Comes InSee “Dance to your Daddy (When the boat comes in)
Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?A whimsical nursery rhyme that laments the loss of a beloved pet and humorously speculates where it might have gone.
Who Killed Cock Robin?A traditional English nursery rhyme that recounts the investigation and mourning surrounding the death of the fictional character Cock Robin, engaging children with a detective-like narrative.
List of Nursery Rhymes

List of Nursery Rhymes in English

Singing Bell has been collecting and releasing its own versions of traditional nursery rhymes for years now.

The following are all the English-language nursery rhymes we have published, listed alphabetically.

  • A Sailor Went to Sea

  • ABC Song for Kids (The Alphabet Song)

  • All the Pretty Little Horses (Hush-a-bye)

    All The Pretty Little Horses (Hush-a-bye)

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep

  • Baby Bumblebee

  • Billy Boy Sing-Along

    Billy Boy

  • Bingo Song (There Was a Farmer Had a Dog)

  • Brahms’ Lullaby (Cradle Song / Lullaby and Goodnight)

  • Did You Ever See a Lassie?

  • Finger Family (Daddy Finger)

  • Five Little Ducks (Went Swimming One Day)

  • Five Little Monkeys Sing-Along

    Five Little Monkeys

  • Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping?) Sing-Along

    Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping?)

  • Girls and Boys Come Out To Play

  • Golden Slumbers

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

  • Here We Go Looby Loo

  • Here we go round the mulberry bush.

    Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

  • Hickory Dickory Dock Sing-Along and Karaoke

    Hickory Dickory Dock

  • Humpty Dumpty Sing Along

    Humpty Dumpty

  • Hush Little Baby (Mockingbird)

  • I’m a Little Teapot

  • If You’re Happy and You Know It

  • Incy Wincy Spider (Eency Weency Spider)

  • Itsy-Bitsy Spider SING-ALONG

    Itsy-Bitsy Spider

  • Jack and Jill

  • Kookaburra

  • Lavender’s Blue

  • Little Bo Peep

  • Little Boy Blue

  • Little Jack Horner

  • London Bridge Is Falling Down

  • Mary Had a Little Lamb

  • Merrily we roll along (O'er the deep blue sea)

    Merrily we roll along (O’er the deep blue sea)

  • Miss Polly Had a Dolly

  • Mrs. Macaroni

  • Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow

  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm

  • Oranges and Lemons

  • Pat-a-Cake (Patty Cake)

  • Rain Rain Go Away Karaoke + Sing-Along

    Rain, Rain, Go Away

  • Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross

  • Ring a Ring o’ Roses (Ring Around the Rosie)

  • Rock-a-bye baby Sing-Along

    Rock-a-bye Baby

  • Row Row Row your Boat Sing Along.

    Row, Row, Row Your Boat

  • See Saw Margery Daw

  • Skidamarink | Nursery Rhymes Sing-Along


  • Ten Green Bottles

  • Ten in the Bed

  • Ten Little Fingers

  • The Animal Fair

  • The Animals Went in Two by Two | Free Nursery Rhymes

    The Animals Went in Two by Two

  • The Cuckoo and The Donkey (Der Kuckuck und der Esel)

    The Cuckoo and The Donkey (Der Kuckuck und der Esel)

  • The Farmer in the Dell

  • The More We Get Together

  • The Muffin Man

  • The North Wind Doth Blow (The Robin)

  • The Wheels on the Bus Sing-Along

    The Wheels on the Bus

  • This Little Light of Mine

    This Little Light of Mine

  • This Little Piggy

  • This Old Man - Sing-Along and Karaoke

    This Old Man

  • Three Blind Mice

  • Twinkle Twinkle-Little Star Sing-Along

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

  • When Goldilocks went to the house of the Bears - Sing Along.

    When Goldilocks Went to the House of the Bears

Lyrics for Nursery Rhymes

This collection includes 50 printable lyrics to popular nursery rhymes which will definitely come in handy.

Nursery rhymes with lyrics

Nursery rhyme Albums

Songs with Vocals

30 Favourite Nursery Rhymes - Vol.1 - Album Cover
Singing Bell 30 Favourite Nursery Rhymes Vol. 2

Karaoke Albums with Nursery Rhymes for Kids

50 Instrumental Nursery Rhymes for Karaoke, Vol. 1
50 Instrumental Nursery Rhymes for Karaoke, Vol. 2

Commercial Licenses for Nursery Rhymes

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100 Non-stop minutes of Nursery Rhymes

Listen to our nursery rhyme mashup, including 56 popular traditional songs for kids in a 100-minute mix. The mix begins with faster tempo songs and ends with favourite lullabies.

Our Nursery Rhyme Mashup

All Kids’ Songs

Kids Songs - Alphabetical Index, Karaoke or with vocals.

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes.

Lullabies + Baby Songs

Lullabies and Baby Songs

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