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  • The Original 'Baby Shark'! 7 Barney Songs That Gave Kids (and Adults) LSS

    Before “Baby Shark,” Barney songs were children’s favorite tunes to sing and dance to.
    by Kate Borbon .
The Original 'Baby Shark'! 7 Barney Songs That Gave Kids (and Adults) LSS
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  • Before “Baby Shark” and other catchy tunes that gained popularity on the Internet (and perhaps in every home with little kids), there was one iconic children’s show that popularized songs that are still beloved to this day: Barney & Friends.

    The show, which followed the iconic purple dinosaur and his friends Baby Bop, BJ, and a group of kids, became known not just for engaging children with cute Barney songs but also for teaching its viewers about a variety of concepts, from ABCs and 123s to animal sounds to learning to clean up at home.

    Research has proven the positive impact Barney & Friends has had on its young audience. According to a series of studies from Yale University’s Family Television Research & Consultation Center, the show has helped influence children’s language development and prepare them to enter a more structured learning environment. Some teachers who participated in the studies even said that after they showed their students the show, the incidence of violent play among pre-schoolers decreased.

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    Mary Ann Dudko, Ph.D., an expert on developing age-appropriate content for children’s media and whose team provided research, consultation, and support services for Barney & Friends, told PBS Kids, “Each Barney episode emphasizes language and cognitive development, physical activity and social interaction. Interesting, meaningful and relevant topics are selected to present educational concepts appropriate for, and eagerly embraced by, the target group of children ages two to five.”

    Dr. Dudko also discussed why Barney songs have become such big hits not just among children but even adults. “Young viewers are encouraged to get up and move around as the cast members sing and dance. The songs and choreography are presented in a simple, repetitive style — a key to successful learning for young children.”

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    Barney songs that always get stuck in our heads

    Chances are that even if you haven’t seen every episode of Barney & Friends, there is one Barney song whose lyrics you have memorized. Each tune is very memorable, with easy, repetitive lyrics and upbeat melodies. Below are just some classic Barney songs that prove just how much of an impact our favorite purple dinosaur has made.

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    “I Love You”

    Arguably the most well-known Barney song there is, “I Love You” is a simple song about loving others and treating friends like family. This song was performed in nearly every episode of Barney & Friends throughout its decade-long run.

    Notable lyrics: “I love you, you love me/We’re a happy family/With a great big hug/And a kiss from me to you/Won’t you say you love me, too?”

    “Barney Is a Dinosaur”

    Also known as the theme song of the song, “Barney Is a Dinosaur” introduces viewers to the Barney. It’s another tune that was played in every episode of the show.

    Notable lyrics: “Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination/And when he’s tall, he’s what we call a dinosaur sensation”

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    “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

    Every child knows this classic children’s song, which features repetitive lyrics you can change to feature different actions, such as “stomp your feet,” “shout ‘Hooray’,” or even “do all three.”

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    Notable lyrics: “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands/If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands/If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it/If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands”

    “Brushing My Teeth”

    If you’re looking for a way to make brushing teeth more exciting for your tot, singing songs is something you might want to try! This song not only guides kids on which parts of their teeth and mouth to brush but also reminds them to turn off the faucet when it’s not in use to save water.

    Notable lyrics: “Oh I’m brushing my teeth on the top/It’s so much fun, I hate to stop/But while I’m brushing my teeth and having so much fun/I never let the water run/No, I never let the water run”

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    “Itsy Bitsy Spider”

    Another classic nursery rhyme that is a staple in each child’s repertoire, the song requires some actions you can encourage your child to do while singing. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the actions you ask your child to do while you’re singing together!

    Notable lyrics: “The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout/Down came the rain and washed the spider out/Out came the sun and dried up all the rain/And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again”

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    “Clean Up”

    Make cleaning up more exciting with this Barney song which encourages the little ones to help out with the chores, whether you’re placing your plates in the sink after mealtime or fixing up his room after playtime.

    Notable lyrics: “Clean up, clean up/Everybody, everywhere/Clean up, clean up/Everybody do your share”

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    “I’m Glad I Have a Brother”

    Siblings don’t always see eye to eye, but the bond between them is unique and unbreakable. This is the message of “I’m Glad I Have a Brother,” a song sung by Baby Bop and her older brother BJ. This adorable Barney song might help your kids get along better!

    Notable lyrics: “My big brother, he’s number one/When we’re together, we have lots of fun/Sometimes he makes me mad/But I’m glad he’s my brother”

    In search of nursery rhymes to sing at home with your little one? Click here to learn about Tagalog nursery rhymes!

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