Some sing-a-long songs for kids include "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," "On Top of Spaghetti," "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round," and "Miss Lucy Had a Steamboat." Other songs for kids are "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain," "What a Wonderful World," and "Don't Worry, Be Happy."
"Miss Lucy Had a Steamboat" is a top sing-a-long song because of the rhyming strategy used to replace words that are not kid friendly with new words. This song was created in the 1950s and has been featured on TV shows such as the "Simpsons" and "Rocko's Modern Life". "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" was created much earlier, with the first written lyrics being recorded in 1917. This song has a repetitive pattern that incorporates different animals on the farm, as well as the sounds these animals make. Frank Sinatra created a recording of this children's song on one of his albums.
"She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" started gaining popularity in the nineteenth century. The original meaning of the song was a metaphor to represent the chariot that Jesus would ride in on his return from heaven. "What a Wonderful World" also has a deeper meaning as an optimistic alternative to the violence and societal issues of the 1960s.