Song Singing falls under the Performing strand of the music curriculum. I think its one of the easier strands to teach but at times it can be difficult to think of suitable songs to teach. I’m hoping to share a list of songs that I enjoy teaching below – if you have any more to add please let me know! I’ve decided not to split the list into year groups as it really depends on the class.


Movies and Musicals

I love songs from movies and musicals!

  • My Favourite Things from the Sound of Music

  • Do Re Mi – The Sound of Music
  • Edelweiss – The Sound of Music
  • Bear Necessities from the Jungle Book
  • An Austrian went yodelling

  • When I grow up from the musical Matilda
  • Naughty from the musical Matilda
  • The School Song from the musical Matilda

  • A Spoon Full of Sugar from Mary Poppins
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins

  • I Wanna Be Like You – The Jungle Book
  • Colours of the Wind – Pocahontas
  • A Whole New World – Aladdin
  • Tale as Old As Time – Beauty and the Beast
  • You’re never fully dressed without a Smile – Annie (Sia version also works well)
  • What is this feeling? – Wicked

  • Popular – Wicked


Any songs that are currently ‘popular’ that the children like can be used! (Just check the lyrics to make sure they are appropriate)

Some of my favourites include;

  • Shake it out – Florence and the Machine

  • When I’m 64 – The Beatles
  • Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
  • Obladi Oblada – The Beatles

  • Erie Canal – Bruce Springsteen

  • Lily Allen – Somewhere only we know

  • Winter Song – Sara Bareilles

  • Have you ever seen the rain- Creedance Clearwater (or Rod Stewart)
  • Thats what friends are for – Stevie Wonder
  • We Will Rock You – Queen
  • Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

Songs as Gaeilge

  • Amhrán na bhFiann
  • Trasna na dtonnta

  • Téir abhaile rua
  • Oró sé do bheatha abhaile

  • Báidín Fheilimí
  • An Poc Ar Buile
  • Ding Dong Dederó
  • Bog Braon don tSeanduine
  • Beidh Aonach Amarách
  • Fionnghuala