Great party music is not always great for kids. However, kids love to dance to pop music, too. This is your guide to 10 current hits that are safe for children.
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Baauer's trap dance track "Harlem Shake" has swept the globe. The reason is an Internet meme that has exploded into thousands of 30 second "Harlem Shake" videos. As such the song will be an expected part of any party soundtrack. No one is required to do the old "Harlem Shake" dance. Freestyle dancing is strongly encouraged.
Although he is certainly a current king of party music, Pitbull's songs are not always appropriate for children. However, his latest is a track that will excite and entertain all audiences. Christina Aguilera delivers an inspiring featured vocal. Many parents will smile at the "Take On Me" sample used prominently.
Conor Maynard emerged last year as the UK's answer to Justin Bieber. The 20 year old has released four consecutive top 10 pop hits at home including "Turn Around." Here he sings about transcendent love on top of contemporary pop-soul dance beats. Ne-Yo is on hand to deliver his usual silky smooth featured vocals.
15 year old Coco Jones is a rising star from the Disney pop music camp. She clearly has been listening to Beyonce and Rihanna. Their influence has been heavily infused into this track. This song is perfect for girls to strut confidently around the dance floor as they encourage the DJ to turn the music up.
Parents are likely to smile when they hear this song. The world's biggest boy band One Direction have dug down into classic late 70s punk to find songs to cover for their new Comic Relief charity single. Blondie's "One Way Or Another" and "Teenage Kicks" by UK punk pioneers the Undertones are blended together in a raucous mix that is likely to kick any kids party into high gear.
16 year old Austin Mahone will spark the memory of many parents with this reworking of Biz Markie's 1989 hit single "Just a Friend." The teen singer first gained attention through posting his singing in videos on YouTube. In late 2011 he became the youngest artist ever to show up on Billboard's Social 50 chart measuring the social media popularity of musicians. Flo Rida joins in here with an amiable rap.
Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child" is a massive pop hit around the world. It's not difficult to see why. The dance music super group combine uplifting lyrics about relying on the wisdom of parents with an ultra-catchy contemporary dance track. Sadly, this is the goodbye song for Swedish House Mafia as they have announced the trio is splitting up.
10. R5 - "Loud"
For those slightly quieter moments at the party or a needed change of pace, this laidback debut single from the group R5 will fit perfectly. The group includes Ross Lynch from the hit TV show Austin and Ally and three of his siblings along with one of their best friends.