5 Awesome Dancing Songs for Kids

Since we’re all on vacation more or less, and definitely fun is the main thing on our minds during the summer, let’s take a moment to get enthusiastic about dancing. Having a mini disco in your back yard or your living room is – and I’m firmly convinced of it – one of the greatest and most fun ways to spend your time with friends, which the world has wrongly forgotten about. Besides making a case for the return of the disco or dancing session as a casual source of fun, this post will also bring to your attention 5 great dancing songs for kids, which can be totally used for grown-ups as well.

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Since dancing in such a relaxed and casual manner as inviting a few friends over is obviously more about goofing around than about actually dancing with expert moves and skills, why not also employ some children’s songs in the process? It might be much more fun than you expect, even if you don’t have any young guests around. Sure, hosting a Game of Thrones drinking game is an equally legit source of fun, but maybe giving a chance to a few dancing songs for kids will spark up a refreshing change.

Therefore, without further ado – here goes.

1. Veo veo – Spanish kids’ song

We didn’t plan this article as a top and all the dancing songs for kids presented here are mentioned in a random order, but still, if I had to choose an all-time favorite, this would have to be it. It’s in Spanish and thus makes a nice variation to all the English songs out there, it’s very cheerful and light and you can’t help but giggle each time you listen to it. You can listen to it here.

2. The Hamster Song

If you already feel like bursting into laughter, you have every reason to do so. Originally developed by the Wii franchise, the Hamster Song is one of the most awesome dancing songs for kids ever developed. What’s disarmingly fun about it is the fact that it’s not so much a song, as it is a slightly melodious pile of babbling. Once you get over your initial surprise or sense of ridicule, it can become addictive and turn the whole atmosphere into an overwhelmingly fun place to fool around and jump up and down. You can listen to it here.

3. Lambada

Ok, so this one was never really a song specifically designed for children, but it’s one of the songs which I associate the most with my own childhood. When I was 3 or 4, which was about 25 years ago, I used to dance my socks off on this song, to the delight and general laughter of the grown-ups around me at the time. Interacting with small children now, I noticed how much they like the song as well – it’s so melodious and fun and hummable that it definitely deserves a place in the list of awesome dancing songs for kids. You can find it here.

4. Kaczuszki (or the Duckling Song)

This song is major hit with kids all over Eastern Europe: each country has its own cover of it and kids generally seem to go crazy about it whenever it comes up on shuffle at a mini disco. This one here is the Polish version and it’s one of the best, but if the tune gets you dancing, try listening to its other versions as well. You can listen to it here. P.S: The song sounds impossibly fun even without understanding the lyrics, but to have some major laughs try using Google Translate for the lyrics.

5. Ram Zam Zam

Oh, this last one sounds so funny that if you still have a bit of life left in you, you won’t be able to help dancing on it as soon as it starts! It’s in German, but the lyrics are so goofy and silly that there isn’t really anything to understand about it, so don’t worry about not getting it. You can listen to it here.

Hopefully you’re already convinced of the surprisingly fun potential for grown-ups which dancing songs for kids hold. Charge up your batteries and have all the dancing fun and the chocolate shakes you can muster!

Absolutely Outrageous Outfits- Nicky Minaj Edition

Few of us have not heard of this American singer/songwriter/actress/rapper that has often left fans speechless more than once with her out-of-this world appearances. Indeed, she takes pride in being not only dynamic and original with her personal style, but also fearless and common-sense-defying. And if you thought that Lady Gaga was one of those artists that made fashion decisions based on a complete lack of logic, think again! Here are some of the most courageous (and outrageous) outfits that Nicky Minaj flaunted to make you change your mind!

Recommended Read: Fashion Disasters Around the World

Toffee and Mirrors?!

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At the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Nicky Minaj lived up to her reputation when she decided to wear a Japanese-inspired outfit that combined bubble-gum-colored hair, a patterned face mask, an ice-cream pendant and mirror-like elements that were only completed by the toys in her hands and pink tutu. Clearly worth noticing!

The 80’s Aren’t Dead

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Another key appearance of 2011 was when Nicky decided to rock a pink patterned jumpsuit and a pink wig courtesy of Marge Simpson while leaving her hotel. The pink shoes were indeed a must, and the lips would of course need to be pink. Granted, the outfit is not only bold, but also compliments her figure! Oh and none of us, mere mortals, could pull it off. So we have to give her that.

Somewhere Inside the Rainbow

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Clearly stage outfits can be as fashion forward as they can be and an artist that wants to completely portray the feeling of his music can use tools such as make up, clothing, hair and lighting to create a complete experience for his audience. This is what Nicky Minaj did in April 2011 when she appeared in a rainbow patterned outfit, a white corset with a dash of glitter and another Marge-inspired wig that seemed to be as high as the Empire State Building.

Modern Day Little Red Riding Hood

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A unique combination that involves the stories of the Grimm Brothers, the Vatican and some creative designers had Nicky Minaj wearing a mind-boggling outfit that couldn’t have done Red Riding Hood herself justice. This is the dress  that the singer wore for the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012 and we’d be crazy not to admit that she reminds us of a nun in her unique Versace ensemble.

Leopard Print

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There is a clear motive in the wig selections of Nicky since this is the third such outfit that includes a bi-colored wig worthy of Marge. Only this time, the artist decided to pair it with a leopard-print outfit that is neither a dress nor pants. At the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011, she lit up the red carpet in a vintage Givenchy creation had her dressed from head to foot in leopard-printed fabulousness.

White’n’Blue

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It’s not just the hair that has to be spot on with Nicky. Aside from her asymmetrically colored hair, the singer decided to inspire her look from Beach-goer Barbie and pair a maxi skirt with a beautiful bra (clearly meant to flaunt the girls) and a fabulous pair of blue boots. Come on Barbie, let’s go party!

Satellite Lady

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It’s not just the boys that dreamt of becoming astronauts when they were five. Clearly Nicky drew from this when she decided to wear this out-in-space inspired outfit with a Jetson-Family vibe and electric blue and silver planets attached. This is how she performed at the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in Los Angeles.

These were just a few of her outrageous outfits, although a simple image search could make you discover so many more! Whether she is too much for some of us, she clearly has a statement (or more than just one) to make and she does so constantly.

Horrible Covers to Ruin Perfectly Awesome Songs

Some songs are written so utterly perfect that no cover could or would ever do them justice. And in spite of our availability when it comes to listening to a song that has been rehashed in order to make it possible for wannabe artists to hit the top of the charts, there are songs that simply shouldn’t be tackled. Even though we should also address the topic of including parts of famous songs into pieces that simply aren’t good (as Abba’s “Gimme Gimme Gimme” was raped by Madonna or how Christina Aguilera and Pitbull decided that Aha’s “Take on me” needed some improvement), today’s article will only discuss appalling covers that could even make fans doubt the original song. So here are (x) horrible covers that have completely ruined the originals:1

Madonna- American Pie

At the top of our list is one of the best contenders for the Worst Covers of All Time lists. Madonna’s American Pie has been so loathed and has been described as one of the biggest travesties to ever be heard. Recorded for the romantic comedy “The Next Best Thing”, it’s more than clear that neither the song nor the movie were well received. So much so that Madonna herself disavowed the song, stating that her decision to record it was sort of forced by a certain record company. Whatever the reason, there is no reason for such bad music.

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Britney Spears- Satisfaction

Wasn’t it more than clear that if the queen of pop wanted shit to hit the fan with the previous cover, that the princess of pop would follow in her footsteps? She decided therefore to take this absolutely amazing song from the Rolling Stones, grind it together with a dash of bad singing, stick it to a ridiculously horrible re-orchestration and market it as her own personal insult to a band that has written music history.

Decide for yourselves.

Sheryl Crow – Sweet Child o’ Mine

Who doesn’t love the original, down-to-earth, absolutely perfect song that was, is and forever will be Sweet Child o’ Mine? Apparently Sheryl Crow, as she single handedly destroyed it (as if she had lit it on fire, spat on it and lit it on fire all over again to make sure that the ashes themselves had burned). Her version is even worse than anyone could imagine, but if you don’t want to take our word for it, we invite you to try and get to the end of this 3 min 57 second musical cacophony.

Enjoy.

Massive Attack- Light My Fire

Even great bands such as Massive Attack can totally screw up from time to time and there is no better example of such a situation than what they have achieved by trying to cover the song “Light My Fire” (originally sung by The Doors). We all know the original and if you don’t we strongly suggest you listen to it at least ten times so that you can erase any and all remnants of this cover from your memory.

The Cover here.

Sean Kingston- Me Love

Can you imagine a situation in which a relatively bad song is covered and it becomes an even worse song? Of course you can’t so we decided to help you and bring you one perfect such example. Originally sung by Led Zeppelin (as Dyer Maker), Sean Kingston managed to suck out everything in the song that had to do with good-old-fashioned music and replaced it with poorly structured commercial music, thus turning it into complete and utter rubbish.

For your own viewing pleasure.

Music Inspired Artwork That is Both Beautiful and Unique

Music is in itself art and by having acquired that status it has also earned the right of influencing those it comes in contact with in beautiful and personal ways. It is said that: “Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears and straight to the heart” and who could argue with that? Few of us could spend more than 4 hours without listening to a bit of music and that is precisely the reason why. Our minds and souls need constant stimulation and music makes us remember of the beauty that lies within. We have decided to bring to you some of the most beautiful works of art that have been inspired by the concept of music and what is interesting is that they are as beautiful as the music itself. Enjoy!

Music is The Key of Love

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Music operates with keys (tonic notes) which basically declares how a song is supposed to be played and in which range. This is a Sol Key that has been beautifully crafted to incorporate the keys of a piano as well as a musical measure in another key (Fa key) – maybe the artist was trying to create a key that holds more keys. Whichever the case, it looks gorgeous.

“Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST.” – Frank Zappa

Self-Expression to the Point of Obsession?

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So many artists have turned their talent and craft into an obsession- just think of Van Gogh, Dali and many others, and some say that music is no exception because the need of expression of emotion may be so intense that artists can only do so through their music. So for them it is not just the ultimate joy but also an existential need.

“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein 

When Notes Become Flowers

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Sheet music and the entire musical language is a beautiful thing- it allows the vision of composers and talented writers to be showcased exactly as they envisioned it even after hundreds of years. It may be in fact true that music makes all things blossom into the most beautiful of flowers.

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” – Aaron Copland

The Music of Nature

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The beauty of music also resides in the fact that it isn’t exclusive to mankind. In fact, it is the song of nature that inspired man in the first place so why not raise an ode to nature’s most exquisite singers? Birds!

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche 

Art on Skin

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In truth, some of the most beautiful music inspired artwork pieces have been in the form of tattoos done by musicians of enthusiasts. Truthfully, “music is how feelings sound like” .

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.” – Plato

Nature’s Violin

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Meant to show that music is indeed alive with the feelings of those listening to it, this is a piece that speaks to so many. Stunning.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” – Victor Hugo

Sing of Love

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When we can’t speak of love, music is what comes through so why not sing of love instead? Music is in fact one of the best attempts we have at winning someone’s heart over and with the perfectly chosen ballad we might just succeed in winning over the love of our lives.

The Ultimate List of Love Songs- The Greatest Love Songs of All Time

Expressing love directly might not come easily to us and it’s precisely because of this that we decided to convey our affection differently: through music. And the emotion that music creates is so different than anything else we might use when trying to show love: poetry, painting, writing- they all pale in comparison because music is synergic art. It combines all these elements in order to create the perfect musical painting of love. So we decided to count down ten of the most beautiful love songs to have ever been composed. Be sure to let us know if we neglected to include your favorite.

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1. Eric Clapton- Wonderful Tonight

Composed by Clapton for his muse of the time (Pattie Boyd), the song was included on the artists’ 1977 Slowhand album. This song is actually a narrative that describes an evening in the life of two lovers, how they attend a party and how he falls deeper and deeper in love with her (or realizes the depth of his feelings).

2. U2- With or Without You

Featured on their album “The Josua Tree”, this song is by far one of the most loved U2 songs in history. It hit #131 on the Rolling Stone Magazine list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and we surely understand why- this song is so emotional and sends out such a beautiful message that it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.

3. The Beatles- Something

Released in 1969 and featured on their album Abbey Road, this song is proof that simple is best when music is concerned. The message is so subtle and so beautiful, the music is exquisite so how can the message of love not come through? Many believe that this is the most perfect of love songs and who are we to disagree?

4. Elton John- Your Song

Sir Elton John’s song is absolutely exquisite because it starts off exactly as love does- a bit unsure, a bit awkward and a bit scared of what follows. This song doesn’t just go out to the person you love but also flows exactly in the stages that love does.

5. Whitney Huston- I Will Always Love You

Maybe you weren’t expecting to find such a song on this list but we do have to give credit where credit is due and this majestic artist that is Whitney Huston has indeed given life to one of the best known love songs out there. And in all honesty, the song is absolutely beautiful. And it touches the very soul.

6. Queen- Love of My Life

There was no possibility that such an iconic song would not be featured in our countdown. Queen have so many wonderful songs but this one conveys not just the love but also the bitter sweetness that comes with it.

7. Moulin Rouge- Come What May

In a musical of love, where the plot is centered around a play that is being written about love by two people in love, there was no possible way that the key song would not be deserving of our list. And in all fairness, which lover doesn’t want to vanish in the kiss of his significant other.

8. Aerosmith- I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing

Another song that has caressed our souls throughout the years is this Aerosmith classic that is clearly worthy of our list. And which lover ever wanted to close his eyes and miss any part of the beauty that his love could create?

9. Pink Floyd- Hey You

Featured on their famous album “The Wall”, this isn’t the typical song you would expect to find on our list, but this song is more than worthy of such a place. Listen to it and you will understand exactly why.

10. Scorpions- Still Loving You

Who said that rock ballads can’t be amazing love songs? Actually, the best such songs are rock ballads precisely because of the delicate message that rock bands could convey. Still Loving You is a perfect example of this- a love song that has lived through the years and will never lose our fascination for it.

These are the best love songs of all time in our opinion. Which ones are your favorites?