Did you feel it? The shift in the airwaves? Just 24 hours ago a new Coldplay song was introduced to the world. As I do with most new music these days, I hunted for the single on YouTube and clicked play. My four-year-old son was playing with magnets in the living room and at about 1 minute and 30 seconds in, he started singing along. Now there is no way he has ever heard “Magic” before, but I believe this song is one of those instant-refrain songs that so many of our kids seem to fall for.
“Magic” certainly isn’t the first instant-refrain song for my guy. He has been able to start humming along and chiming in on the choruses of many popular radio songs upon his first listen. I don’t think this is something unique to my kid; I think this is a new mystical music hook that some songs just seem to have, and our kids are just picking them up and loving them. Sometimes it’s awesome, like when you hear your son humming “Happy,” but let’s not talk about how darn catchy “Blurred Lines” was!
7 Popular Songs Your Kid’s Will Pick up in No Time:
1. “Magic” by Coldplay
Let’s start with “Magic,” the new Coldplay song. My son liked the repeat of the word “magic” a lot, but his favorite part, and the part he instantly copied, was when Chris Martin went falsetto with some “ooh ooh ooh oooh oooh’s” before the chorus.
2. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
The first time my son heard “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, he started singing along before the song finished. It is one of his all-time favorite songs, and he gets excited as soon as he hears the strum of the guitar.
3. “Roar” by Katy Perry
Katy Perry probably did not realize how many preschool fans she would gain with the release of “Roar,” but so many of my friends also have kids who just flip for this song. The animals! The call to roar! The Tarzan-like call! It was an instant favorite for my son.
4. “Tightrope” by Janelle Monáe
My son can not keep up with the fast-paced lyrics of Janelle Monáe on “Tightrope,” but that doesn’t stop him from trying! He manages to get about every 40th word correctly but he always lands perfectly on the chorus — which is positively adorable.
5. “Inner Ninja” by Classified feat. David Myles
If you haven’t played this song for your kid, you need to drop everything and do it! The video with Classified featuring David Myles is so fun. The only part my son knows is the chorus, and he is thrilled to bop his head along just patiently waiting for it.
6. “I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons
My son’s very first favorite song was “I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons. I don’t know what resonated for him in the first listen, but something clicked and it has been special for him ever since. He likes to make up his own version of the song which usually sounds like, “I will wait, I will wait for … you to make my supper.”
7. “Happy” by Pharrell
There is just something special about “Happy” by Pharrell. I’ve never seen anyone listen to it without moving and grooving. The first time my son heard it he instantly joined in with the clapping. You should see him car dance to this song now!
And an added bonus, here’s my son’s boogie to “Happy”: