Top 10 Clean Party Songs for Kids

There is some great dance music out there, but not all of it's appropriate for children or even teenagers. Here is a list of our top 10 clean songs for you to choose from for your kids' next party. They all feature compelling dance beats along with positive messages that are free of profanity and suggestive lyrics. 

Justin Timberlake Can't Stop the Feeling

RCA

Justin Timberlake's song from the movie "Trolls" is arguably the catchiest danceable track of 2016. You only need to hear this once to recognize what an instant classic it is. Timberlake put it together with pop masters Shellback and Max Martin, who was responsible for writing some of the hits that made Britney Spears, NSYNC, and Backstreet Boys famous. "Can't Stop the Feeling" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., and it also went on to be a top hit on adult pop and contemporary radio.

Selena Gomez Kill 'Em With Kindness

Interscope

This slick, danceable tune is the fourth hit single from the pop sensation's album "Revival." In addition to its irresistible whistling hook, it features a much-needed message for difficult times. Here, Gomez encourages everyone to tone down the negativity, "put out the fire before igniting," and "Kill 'Em With Kindness." 

Shawn Mendes Treat You Better
Courtesy Island

When Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes hit in 2015, he was only 17 years old. That year, his debut album, "Handwritten," went to No. 1 on the pop album chart, and the single "Stitches" peaked at No. 4. "Treat You Better" is the first single from his second album, "Illuminate," released in 2016. It positions Mendes as a young man who believes the object of his affection deserves better than the lousy guy she's currently with: "And any girl like you deserves a gentleman."

Zara Larsson Lush Life

Epic

Zara Larsson is a rising pop star from Sweden. She won the Swedish TV talent show "Talang" in 2008 at age 10, and won a Kid's Choice Award for Favorite Swedish Star in 2016, when she was only 18 years old. "Lush Life," her follow-up to the breakthrough U.S. hit, "Never Forget You," is a bright, catchy song about the power of crushes—and leaving them behind to be your own person.

Sia Cheap Thrills

RCA

Sia has proved that her breakthrough pop mainstream album "1000 Forms of Fear" from 2014 was no fluke. Mixing synth pop and reggae beats, "Cheap Thrills" celebrates the ability to have a good time without spending a lot of money. It is the second single from the Australian singer's 2016 album "This Is Acting," and the remix featuring Jamaican musical artist Sean Paul became her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 10. It was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. 

Alessia Cara Wild Things

Def Jam

Canadian artist Alessia Cara is a musical hero for those who find themselves just a bit outside the mainstream. Her breakthrough single "Here" was one of the biggest sleeper hits of 2015. It eventually ended up at No. 5 on the U.S. pop chart. "Wild Things" is a celebration for those who aren't "cool kids" and one of those rare mainstream teen hits that also found a home at adult pop radio.

 

Bahari Dancing On the Sun

Interscope

Bahari are a Southern-California-based female trio who aim to create a youth-oriented celebration of contemporary coastal culture. Their single "Dancing On the Sun" borrows classic pop sounds from artists like the Mama and the Papas, the Bangles, and Sheryl Crow. Bahari are aiming, according to their own publicity, to offer listeners a sense of what it's like to be spirited, independent-minded young women. 

Little Big Town One Of Those Days

Capitol Nashville

Country music superstars Little Big Town took a risk with the "One Of Those Days" single, as it steps well outside the country mainstream. The group worked with powerhouse performer-writer-producer Pharrell Williams ("Happy") to put the track together, and it is an uplifting pop party song about world empowerment. 

Daya Sit Still Look Pretty

Artbeatz

Daya broke into the pop mainstream in 2015 when she was 17 years old. She had a hit the following year with "Hide Away," and climbed into the top 10 as vocalist for The Chainsmokers smash "Don't Let Me Down." Her solo follow-up was "Sit Still, Look Pretty," sung from the perspective of a pretty girl who is not satisfied with being recognized solely for her looks.

 

Marshmello Alone

Monstercat

DJ Marshmello follows in the tradition of other electronic dance music artists like Deadmau5 and Daft Punk by not revealing his individual identity. He makes public appearances in a marshmallow mask. 2015 was his breakthrough year. "Alone" is a thoroughly contemporary party track incorporating many elements of trap music.