music The Best Kids Folk Songs  

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When it comes to the best kids folk songs, you need to know a minimum of three names: Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, and Ella Jenkins. This trio of outstanding musicians made famous some of the top kids folk music ever created. They are sing-along tunes that are easy for children to pick up, and many of these will probably be familiar to you.

These children’s folk songs are iconic and memorable. Who doesn’t remember the words to “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain” or “Oh Susannah”? Plenty of these folk songs are not just for the kiddos, but they work well for younger listeners. The repetitive verses make for plenty of easy, fun group sing-alongs around campfires.

The vast majority of these famous kids folk songs are American, and many were written hundreds of years ago. The rich history of U.S. folk songs has allowed music teachers and camp counselors a wealth of good music to draw from. If you’re putting together a playlist, this kids’ folk songs list should help!

Watch the videos. Sing along, stomp your feet and clap your hands, and be sure to vote for your favorite folk songs for children.

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Oh Susannah James Taylor

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Puff the Magic Dragon Peter, Paul and Mary

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She’ll Be Coming ’round the Mountain Sesame Street, Matt Robinson, Loretta Long

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Old Dan Tucker Pete Seeger

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Clementine Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Don’t You Push Me Down Woody Guthrie

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RobLein added Home on the Range

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Dry Bones The Wiggles

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Skip to My Lou Elizabeth Mitchell

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Shenandoah Harry Belafonte

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Polly Wolly Doodle Shirley Temple

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I Had a Rooster Pete Seeger

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Row Row Row Your Boat Wini Beatty

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Jim Crack Corn Pete Seeger

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Yankee Doodle Wonder Kids

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Old King Cole Wee Singers

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Riding In My Car Woody & Arlo Guthrie & the Guthrie Family

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Michael Row the Boat Ashore Harry Belafonte

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Rock Island Line Snooks Eaglin

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Brown Girl in the Ring Lord Invader

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Go Tell Aunt Rhody Ella Jenkins

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Jelly Man Kelly Sharon, Lois & Bram

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Who Fed the Chickens? Ella Jenkins