Sweet Dream Songs: The 12 Best Bedtime Songs

We asked hundreds of moms for their favorite good night songs and these tunes came up again and again.

close Continue Slideshow Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Based on a nineteenth-century poem, this song has the same melody as “The Alphabet Song.”

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!”

You Are My Sunshine

Pete Seeger’s version gives “You Are My Sunshine” a folk spin.

“You Are My Sunshine “

A beloved lullaby and a hit song for musicians like Ray Charles and Bing Crosby, this melancholy tune has a memorably sentimental chorus:

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy, when skies are gray.”

Disney Movie Love Songs

Parents suggested several favorite Disney movie ballads, including “You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan, “Once Upon a Dream” from Sleeping Beauty (inspired by a Pyotr Tchaikovsky ballet!), and “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella.

Amazing Grace

This soaring hymn has been around for hundreds of years and is still inspiring parents to sing … and babies to sleep!

“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind, but now I see.”

Yo Gabba Gabba

This colorful show for tots is filled to the brim with hip tunes. Parents particularly liked “Party in My Tummy” and “Sleepytime.”

Hush Little Baby

This charming cause-and-effect song about a parent trying to calm their baby with gifts is full of silly accidents and sweet intentions:

“Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
(Mama’s/Papa’s) gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
(Mama’s/Papa’s) gonna buy you a diamond ring.”

It’s also a great song for improvisation … a few lines in, you’ll probably need to make up some rhymes of your own!

The Alphabet Song

Talk about mixing learning and fun! “The Alphabet Song,” sung to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” is short and easy to remember.

Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y and Z.
Now I know my A-B-Cs,
Next time won’t you sing with me.”

Songs by The Beatles

Considered one of the best bands of all time, this 1960s group’s musical legacy extends into the nursery, where parents said they sing tunes like “All My Loving” and “Golden Slumbers.”

O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack

Included in the O Brother Where Art Thou? movie soundtrack, this sweet folk song pleads “Go to sleep you little baby.”

Jesus Loves Me

This 19th-century poem has turned into a well-known church hymn, thanks to its simple memorable tune and lyrics that appeal to all ages.

Silent Night

Another popular church hymn, this classic Christmas song, adapted from a German carol, creates a sense of quiet and calm – something many new parents are in need of!

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