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15 Party Fouls You Should Never Make Slideshow

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1. Forgetting Extra Toilet Paper

When worrying about serving guests cocktails and getting the hot food out on time, the last thing on a host's mind is the bathroom. "It might seem funny, but many hosts don't even consider that it too needs to be made party ready," says Jes Gordon. Roland Blandy agrees, "It's an easily preventable party foul."

2. Drinking Too Much

For many event planners, like Lisa Gorjestani and Shawn Rabideau, this is high on the no-no list. "Those who drink too much are that much more likely to cry or be argumentative, and as a host, that's the last thing you want to have happen to you a party." Same for guests. Do you really want to be so drunk that you're a burden to the host as they try to figure out how to get you home safely?

3. Not RSVP’ing

Forgetting to RSVP is a party foul of the highest order. "Whether it is a small dinner party, or large wedding, not sending an RSVP back is stressful for the host and might leave you without a chair," says Christina Clayton. Carlyn Berghoff agrees. "The RSVP is a vital step in planning, and helps dictate staffing levels and the amount of food needed, for starters. "Kim Oliff adds, "By ignoring their invitation or replying late you are sending a message of disrespect and putting the host in the awkward position of having to contact you for your answer."

4. Thinking the Party is All About You

"Whether you're at a dinner party or at a wedding, if you're a guest, be a guest," says Jesi Haack. Don't try to upstage the hosts or guests of honor. After all, when it's your turn to celebrate, do you want someone to come rain on your parade? Didn't think so.

5. Having a Cocktail Hour That’s Too Long

There is a reason its called a cocktail hour: it should be an hour long. It's one of Polly Onet's pet peeves, and as a host, "it's just asking for trouble, especially when entertaining guests around mealtime." Todd Fiscus advises keeping the cocktail portion of the party under an hour if more than 100 people, and shorten it to 30 minutes as your guest list gets smaller.

6. Running Out of Food

When entertaining, it's a surefire to end a party (short of shutting off the power), and most event planners agree. Steve Wenger has seen many a host consider cutting back on portions with the thought that only half the guests will eat the dish. Bad idea. "Never let anyone go home hungry," agrees Dan George. Worst-case scenario, you'll have too much food and a fully-stocked bar for yourself. Not bad. And if you can't eat everything, do as Mitchell Crosby does and send guests home with something for later.

7. Doing a Disappearing Act

According to entertaining expert Annette Joseph, as the host of an event, you're also the entertainment. That means you kind of have to be at the party. Brian Kappra agrees. "Don't go running off to restock the bar or hide in the kitchen to tend to things there, only to leave guests to fend for themselves."

8. Forgetting Who You’re Entertaining

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Just because you're hosting a party doesn't mean it's is all about you. A good host makes sure their guests are comfortable first. Sebrell Smith agrees, "You need to remember that not everyone shares your same tastes." To make the right selections when planning, Carl Hedin advises that "one should take into consideration the variety of guests attending and make decisions based on their sensibilities."

9. Not Being Clear on the Dress Code

Decoding what "Black Tie with Western Flair" means is challenging enough for some, so if there is a certain level of dress required of guests, or it will ensure they're comfortable, make it clear on the invitation. "Nobody likes to show up to a jacket required dinner in shorts," adds Todd Fiscus.

10. Bringing a Guest (Without Asking)

For starters, unless your invitation is addressed to Mary McConnell and Guest, it's likely you're not allowed to bring a guest, but it doesn't hurt to check with your host. "And never assume anything," advises Veronica Alexandra, because you know what they say, "It's only going to make an ass out of you and me."

11. Having a Cash Bar

While this doesn't happen often anymore, it still occurs. "If you're going to make guests bust out the bills for a beverage, it's best not to have a party at all," advises Kristin Banta. If you're still on a tight budget, there are ways to make it work. Make the party BYOB, or ask guests to bring a potluck appetizer and offer a wine bar stocked with inexpensive bottles free of charge.

12. Complaining

This goes for both hosts and guests. "If you don't like the food, seating, or selection of alcohol, complaining is disrespectful to the host," says Tara Wilson. Being invited to a party is a privilege and the host hand-selected the guests to attend. And for hosts, Karen Doan warns that complaining about other guests or something gone awry is a great way to sabotage your party. "Have an elegant event by being an elegant host."

13. Taking Centerpieces (Without Asking)

"Unless the host has specifically indicated guests can take their arrangement, never, ever assume its OK to pick up your flowers at the end of a wedding or gala event," says Jennifer Grove. It's tacky, rude, and you never know if the glass containers have been rented from the florist, or if the bouquets need to be saved for something else.

14. Not Knowing Enough About Your Guests

"As a host, your job is to not only make sure your guests are comfortable, but you also need to do your homework before you send out invitations," advises Crosby. "If you have friends who do not drink, don't invite them to a wine dinner. Don't serve pork or shellfish if you have Jewish friends coming, and if you have older guests, lay off the curry and spicy dishes. And always have a vegetarian alternative in the back of your head ready... just in case!" And if you're worried you don't know enough about your guests, then call someone who does, even if it's a co-worker or secretary.

15. Not Providing Directions When They’re Needed

Growing up in a home that is notoriously difficult to find, and not trackable on GPS, I know this all too well. "It's easy to provide a simple set of directions and a phone number, in case guests get lost," says Crosby. Not only does it show your guests you care about them, but it also ensures that there are no stragglers and you can get dinner on the table on time.


26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack &mdash and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” &mdash Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing “Havana ooh-na-na” are high. But the lyrics are clear of anything unfriendly.

25. “Dancing On My Own” &mdash Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

24. “Shape of You” &mdash Ed Sheeran

One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” &mdash Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it’s also got empowering lyrics. “I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world.” The only thing you might have to explain is what “HBIC” means… head boss in charge, right mom?

22. “Can&rsquot Stop the Feeling” &mdash Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT’s 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don’t believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too &mdash which makes sense since it was created for the DreamWorks Trolls movie.

21. “Wrecking Ball” &mdash Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it’s extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We’ve gone with a video of only the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)

20. “Wake Me Up” &mdash Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. “Life’s a game made for everyone / And love is a prize” is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.

19. “Happy” &mdash Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you’d never guess came from a kids’ movie. “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack &mdash and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” &mdash Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing “Havana ooh-na-na” are high. But the lyrics are clear of anything unfriendly.

25. “Dancing On My Own” &mdash Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

24. “Shape of You” &mdash Ed Sheeran

One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” &mdash Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it’s also got empowering lyrics. “I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world.” The only thing you might have to explain is what “HBIC” means… head boss in charge, right mom?

22. “Can&rsquot Stop the Feeling” &mdash Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT’s 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don’t believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too &mdash which makes sense since it was created for the DreamWorks Trolls movie.

21. “Wrecking Ball” &mdash Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it’s extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We’ve gone with a video of only the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)

20. “Wake Me Up” &mdash Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. “Life’s a game made for everyone / And love is a prize” is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.

19. “Happy” &mdash Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you’d never guess came from a kids’ movie. “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack &mdash and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” &mdash Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing “Havana ooh-na-na” are high. But the lyrics are clear of anything unfriendly.

25. “Dancing On My Own” &mdash Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

24. “Shape of You” &mdash Ed Sheeran

One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” &mdash Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it’s also got empowering lyrics. “I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world.” The only thing you might have to explain is what “HBIC” means… head boss in charge, right mom?

22. “Can&rsquot Stop the Feeling” &mdash Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT’s 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don’t believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too &mdash which makes sense since it was created for the DreamWorks Trolls movie.

21. “Wrecking Ball” &mdash Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it’s extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We’ve gone with a video of only the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)

20. “Wake Me Up” &mdash Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. “Life’s a game made for everyone / And love is a prize” is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.

19. “Happy” &mdash Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you’d never guess came from a kids’ movie. “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack &mdash and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” &mdash Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing “Havana ooh-na-na” are high. But the lyrics are clear of anything unfriendly.

25. “Dancing On My Own” &mdash Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

24. “Shape of You” &mdash Ed Sheeran

One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” &mdash Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it’s also got empowering lyrics. “I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world.” The only thing you might have to explain is what “HBIC” means… head boss in charge, right mom?

22. “Can&rsquot Stop the Feeling” &mdash Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT’s 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don’t believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too &mdash which makes sense since it was created for the DreamWorks Trolls movie.

21. “Wrecking Ball” &mdash Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it’s extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We’ve gone with a video of only the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)

20. “Wake Me Up” &mdash Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. “Life’s a game made for everyone / And love is a prize” is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.

19. “Happy” &mdash Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you’d never guess came from a kids’ movie. “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack &mdash and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” &mdash Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing “Havana ooh-na-na” are high. But the lyrics are clear of anything unfriendly.

25. “Dancing On My Own” &mdash Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

24. “Shape of You” &mdash Ed Sheeran

One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” &mdash Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it’s also got empowering lyrics. “I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world.” The only thing you might have to explain is what “HBIC” means… head boss in charge, right mom?

22. “Can&rsquot Stop the Feeling” &mdash Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT’s 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don’t believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too &mdash which makes sense since it was created for the DreamWorks Trolls movie.

21. “Wrecking Ball” &mdash Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it’s extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We’ve gone with a video of only the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)

20. “Wake Me Up” &mdash Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. “Life’s a game made for everyone / And love is a prize” is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.

19. “Happy” &mdash Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you’d never guess came from a kids’ movie. “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack &mdash and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” &mdash Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing “Havana ooh-na-na” are high. But the lyrics are clear of anything unfriendly.

25. “Dancing On My Own” &mdash Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

24. “Shape of You” &mdash Ed Sheeran

One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” &mdash Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it’s also got empowering lyrics. “I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world.” The only thing you might have to explain is what “HBIC” means… head boss in charge, right mom?

22. “Can&rsquot Stop the Feeling” &mdash Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT’s 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don’t believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too &mdash which makes sense since it was created for the DreamWorks Trolls movie.

21. “Wrecking Ball” &mdash Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it’s extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We’ve gone with a video of only the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)

20. “Wake Me Up” &mdash Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. “Life’s a game made for everyone / And love is a prize” is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.

19. “Happy” &mdash Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you’d never guess came from a kids’ movie. “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack &mdash and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” &mdash Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing “Havana ooh-na-na” are high. But the lyrics are clear of anything unfriendly.

25. “Dancing On My Own” &mdash Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

24. “Shape of You” &mdash Ed Sheeran

One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” &mdash Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it’s also got empowering lyrics. “I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world.” The only thing you might have to explain is what “HBIC” means… head boss in charge, right mom?

22. “Can&rsquot Stop the Feeling” &mdash Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT’s 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don’t believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too &mdash which makes sense since it was created for the DreamWorks Trolls movie.

21. “Wrecking Ball” &mdash Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it’s extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We’ve gone with a video of only the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)

20. “Wake Me Up” &mdash Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. “Life’s a game made for everyone / And love is a prize” is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.

19. “Happy” &mdash Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you’d never guess came from a kids’ movie. “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack &mdash and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” &mdash Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing “Havana ooh-na-na” are high. But the lyrics are clear of anything unfriendly.

25. “Dancing On My Own” &mdash Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

24. “Shape of You” &mdash Ed Sheeran

One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” &mdash Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it’s also got empowering lyrics. “I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world.” The only thing you might have to explain is what “HBIC” means… head boss in charge, right mom?

22. “Can&rsquot Stop the Feeling” &mdash Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT’s 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don’t believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too &mdash which makes sense since it was created for the DreamWorks Trolls movie.

21. “Wrecking Ball” &mdash Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it’s extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We’ve gone with a video of only the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)

20. “Wake Me Up” &mdash Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. “Life’s a game made for everyone / And love is a prize” is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.

19. “Happy” &mdash Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you’d never guess came from a kids’ movie. “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack &mdash and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” &mdash Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing “Havana ooh-na-na” are high. But the lyrics are clear of anything unfriendly.

25. “Dancing On My Own” &mdash Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

24. “Shape of You” &mdash Ed Sheeran

One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” &mdash Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it’s also got empowering lyrics. “I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world.” The only thing you might have to explain is what “HBIC” means… head boss in charge, right mom?

22. “Can&rsquot Stop the Feeling” &mdash Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT’s 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don’t believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too &mdash which makes sense since it was created for the DreamWorks Trolls movie.

21. “Wrecking Ball” &mdash Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it’s extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We’ve gone with a video of only the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)

20. “Wake Me Up” &mdash Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. “Life’s a game made for everyone / And love is a prize” is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.

19. “Happy” &mdash Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you’d never guess came from a kids’ movie. “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


26 Pop Songs Little Kids (& Parents) Can Dance to

We wouldn’t trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of having total control over our playlists are over, and no matter how many times our favorite songs get played, it’s nothing compared to the Moana soundtrack &mdash and especially now when we’re all home and in close quarters, for sanity’s sake, it’s important we find songs us parents enjoy too.

It would also be nice to feel like we were at least a little on top of the latest Top 40, but with so many pop songs out there with curse words and sexual references, we’d rather protect little ears, thanks. Still, we’re not totally doomed to listen to a constant loop of “You’re Welcome” (uh, I mean, thanks, Dwayne Johnson?)

These pop songs are appropriate for kids of all ages AND fun for a mid-day family dance party.

26. “Havana” &mdash Camila Cabello

Warning: This one is an earworm, and the chances of your kid singing “Havana ooh-na-na” are high. But the lyrics are clear of anything unfriendly.

25. “Dancing On My Own” &mdash Robyn

Have your dancing shoes ready for this one.

24. “Shape of You” &mdash Ed Sheeran

One of the catchiest songs of 2017, it’s also an excellent song to choreograph a routine for or just shake to the rhythm. There are a few slightly questionable lyrics (“now my bedsheets smell like you” and “put that body on me”) but most kids will be too distracted by the music to care, and compared to most pop songs out there, it’s pretty darn clean.

23. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” &mdash Daya

Your kids can bust some moves to this song, and it’s also got empowering lyrics. “I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world.” The only thing you might have to explain is what “HBIC” means… head boss in charge, right mom?

22. “Can&rsquot Stop the Feeling” &mdash Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT’s 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don’t believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too &mdash which makes sense since it was created for the DreamWorks Trolls movie.

21. “Wrecking Ball” &mdash Miley Cyrus

Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it’s extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We’ve gone with a video of only the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)

20. “Wake Me Up” &mdash Avicii

Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. “Life’s a game made for everyone / And love is a prize” is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.

19. “Happy” &mdash Pharrell Williams

Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you’d never guess came from a kids’ movie. “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


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