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There are plenty of kids movies out there with singing sections, some better than others. If you’re looking for signing movies that are tolerable for parents whilst having plenty of belters out there for your kids to grab their microphone and sing along to then you’re at the right place.
There will be a lot of Disney in this list but we’ll try and fit in as many others as we can.
Arguably the Queen of sing-a-long kids movies and a decent film as well. Features global hits such as Let it Go. In total there are just under 20 songs with singing in which is quite a lot for anyone. Many of the vocals are from females so bare that in mind.
It’s a great film for parents of siblings as they show two sisters struggling with growing up without parents. There’s a love story in there as well as humour from a good ensemble cast.
Lion King (1994)
A blockbuster in its time and a quality film overall. We prefer this version over the 2019 remake for kids. There are plenty of songs including I Just Can’t Wait To Be King and Circle of Life from the likes of Elton John, Carmen Twillie and Jeremy Irons.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Family friendly and a gentle introduction for your kids to the world of ABBA. They may even get into the 2018 sequel! Maybe they’ll even start to want to do 70s, 80s and 90s hits on their microphone and karaoke machine!
The Sound of Music (1965)
Age has not changed this classic piece of cinematic history. So popular were the songs that the album of the film went to number 1 which such hits as Maria, The Sound of Music and Do-Re-M. The story is still a beautiful one but may not be as gripping for kids as the modern Disney movies but for those children who are really into their music this film will be a feast.
The Muppets (2011)
The Muppets is live action so plenty of real humans singing (and Muppets) and with over 30 songs over a variety of themes and subjects this can cater to young toddlers and children. Many kids songs with singing are original songs for the purposes of the movie (like Frozen) but The Muppets features songs kids may be already familiar with such as Gary Human Cars, AC/DC Back in Black and Starship’s We Built This City.
Great for those with Netflix and not Disney+. Trolls has plenty of sing a long songs such as Can’t Stop The Feeling and Hello Darkness with many tunes reworked to include Trolls references. A rather decent kids film with lots of singing and a good enough story to keep parents interested while they do it. If they enjoyed the film there’s also a series which picks up after the film called The Beat Goes On.
High School Musical (2006)
If you don’t want to stick to animation and want a human presence then High School Musical is a great start with plenty of original songs to sing and learn. Hits include Start of Something New, What I’ve Been Looking For and Bop to the Top. If they love this there are so many sequels we can’t keep up as well as other shows such as Glee that are similar in tone. Perhaps more for older kids.
A high school film notable for its singing and absent from many lists like this that cater for kids. What a crime! Grease is one of the best films of all time and bursting at the seams full of classic easy to sing a long songs such as Grease Lightning and You’re The One That I Want. Some scenes may not have aged well but if you want your kids to have less pink pop and more funk and soul then try this classic.
The Greatest Showman (2017)
A bit grittier but plenty of songs for older kids to learn. Perhaps one of the best story driven films with plenty of songs in it, too.
Sing Along Films for Children
Singing has a great many benefits to children, and should be encouraged and enjoyed. Singing in the car is a great way to pass the time as is simply singing a song they remember on a walk. For parents of kids who just love to blast out a tune a great film with lots of singing is more likely to be enjoyed by ones that don’t. The above list provides a wide range of these types of film to suit all ages and tastes with a lot of them having sequels and expanded universes to take them further should they wish.
This isn’t an exhaustive list as there are 100s of musicals out there but we feel it’s a balanced selection with at least one great recommendation for your child or children. It would be quite easy to fill this list with Disney films but most parents are likely aware of those already, instead we’ve singled out a couple of their best.