It’s taken me eight solid days to compile this list…and I can’t lie, I’m relieved I’m finally finished! It’s mostly for my own reference, so I wanted it to be comprehensive. I went through our old cassette tapes, kids movies, my mom’s CD collection, and brainstormed like whoa, and I am finally ready to release this soundtrack to my childhood. So, without further adieu…
Lullabies and Kids Songs
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
“Mary Had a Little Lamb”
“The Alphabet Song”
“A-a-apple Phonics Song” by Sue Dickson
This is probably one of the first songs I ever learned. Taught me the alphabet as well as phonics. We had the whole thing tacked up on the wall and we’d walk around singing it just like the little girl in the video. D’aww!
“Happy Birthday to You”
“Happy Birthday to You” – Variation
This snarky version of the Birthday song was taught to me at Sunday School by some boys. Naturally.
“The Itsy Bitsy Spider”
“I’m a Little Teapot”
“Old MacDonald Had a Farm”
“Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
“London Bridge is Falling Down”
Growing up, I thought it was “London Bridges Falling Down”. heh heh But me and my friends played this game/sang the song a lot.
“This Old Man”
“Three Little Fishies” by Kay Kyser
“There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea”
“There’s a Hole in the Bucket”
When I was around four, my mom was babysitting another little kid, and at lunch he started singing this song to my mom, because there was a hole in his sandwich. “There’s a hole in my sandwich, Mrs. ______, Mrs. ______!”
“The Water Buffalo Song” from VeggieTales
“I Love You” from Barney and Friends
“Michael Finnegan” from Barney and Friends
“John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” from Barney and Friends
“99 Bottles of Coke”
TV Show Themes
“The Song That Doesn’t End” from Lamb Chop’s Play-Along
“Where in The World is Carmen Sandiego” by Rockapella
Quigley’s Village Theme
My brother and I used to hum this to each other to put ourselves to sleep when we were little.
The Gospel Bill Show Theme
Reading Rainbow Theme
Barney and Friends Theme
Touched by an Angel Theme
“Limbo Rock” by Chubby Checker
“Downtown” by Petula Clark
The two songs above are ones I distinctly remember skating and roller blading to at Skate City as a kid. *sniffle* Great memories.
“I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles
I remember this song coming over the air waves in a Taco Bell when I was young, and my Mom freaking out and telling us she used to be in love with Paul McCartney. One of my first introductions to non-Christian music. heh heh
Christian Songs / Artists
Michael W. Smith is my favorite singer, and I grew up with a lot of his earlier songs on cassette tapes. I re-discovered him as a tween and have been in love ever since. These are songs of his I remember from childhood…
“Nothin’ But The Blood” by Michael W. Smith
“Agnus Dei” by Michael W. Smith
“Great is the Lord” by Michael W. Smith
“Lamu” by Michael W. Smith
“My Place in This World” by Michael W. Smith
“Love Crusade” by Michael W. Smith
“Cross My Heart” by Michael W. Smith
“Hand of Providence” by Michael W. Smith
“The Throne” by Michael W. Smith
“I’ll Be Around” by Michael W. Smith
“Awesome God” by Michael W. Smith
Keith Green’s voice can still bring me to tears, even though I’ve drifted far from my Christian upbringing. His songs will always have a very special place in my heart.
“Your Love Broke Through” by Keith Green
“No One Believes in Me Anymore” by Keith Green
“Because of You” by Keith Green
“Lies” by Keith Green
“You are the One” by Keith Green
“He’ll Take Care of the Rest” by Keith Green
“You” by Keith Green
“Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful” by Keith Green
These are some of the worship songs ingrained in my memory from age five and under…
“Lift Jesus Higher” by Vineyard from You Are Here/Hosanna
“Hosanna” by Vineyard from You Are Here/Hosanna
“It’s Your Blood” by Vineyard from You Are Here/Hosanna
“Wounded Soldier” by Danny Daniels (originally from You Are Here/Hosanna)
“I Believe in Jesus” by Marc Nelson from Change My Heart Oh God
“Hosanna” by Carl Tuttle from Change My Heart Oh God
“Refiner’s Fire” by Brian Doerksen from Change My Heart Oh God
“More Love, More Power” by Keith Matten
Twila Paris is a voice I grew up on, along with Kelly Willard and so many others. My favorite Twila Paris songs are from her Christmas album, which you’ll find further down. I can never get over how clear and beautiful her voice is.
“We Will Glorify” by Twila Paris
“He is Exalted” by Twila Paris
“Run To You” by Twila Paris
“The Warrior is a Child” by Twila Paris
“We Bow Down” by Twila Paris
I don’t remember many songs directly from the sibling band 2nd Chapter of Acts, but I definitely remember Matthew Ward’s voice as a staple of my later childhood. I love his harmonies, and his album My Redeemer is full of some of my favorite worship songs. My teenaged brother recognized him in a store once and tickled him pink by knowing who he was, decades after the Jesus Music craze.
“Easter Song” by 2nd Chapter of Acts
“Takin’ the Easy Way” by 2nd Chapter of Acts
“To the King” by Matthew Ward
“My Redeemer” by Matthew Ward
“There is a Redeemer” by Matthew Ward
“All That I Am” by Annie Herring
Cheri Keaggy’s first album came out when I was eight years old. It was a constant in our house, and I find the music very calming, now.
“Make My Life an Altar” by Cheri Keaggy
“Worship Medley: We Have Come To Worship Him / There is Joy in the Lord” by Cheri Keaggy
“Little Boy On His Knees” by Cheri Keaggy
I was surprised to find so many Amy Grant songs conjuring up memories of the past, but I guess the truth is, my parents had more of her tapes than Michael W. Smith’s. These are my favorites from her, though I snipped a half-dozen more off the list that I clearly remember from childhood.
“El Shaddai” by Amy Grant
“Thy Word” by Amy Grant
“Stay for Awhile” by Amy Grant
“Takes a Little Time” by Amy Grant
“Baby Baby” by Amy Grant
“Lead Me On” by Amy Grant
“Emmanuel” by Amy Grant
“Love Will Find a Way” by Amy Grant
“Everywhere I Go” by Amy Grant
“Father’s Eyes” by Amy Grant
“Big Yellow Taxi” by Amy Grant
“Willing Heart” by Kelly Willard
“I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb” by Ray Boltz
“We Are the Reason” by David Meece
“A Song in the Night” by Silverwind
“Amazing Grace” by Judy Collins
“Gospel Train” from Smoky Mountain Sunday
“The Coloring Song” by Petra
“Fight the Fight” from Fight the Fight: Rescue the Unborn
“Oh the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”
When I was growing up, this was my mom’s favorite hymn, and we often sang it in house church. It always filled me with a sense of awe.
“From The Rising Of The Sun”
I honestly never heard a recorded version of this song, so I’m just linking the only one I found that has the same melody and lyrics I grew up with. t.s.d. used to play guitar and sing this song, often at night while my brother and I were falling asleep. When we got older we used to sing it to each other from our rooms as we were going to bed.
“Be Bold, Be Strong”
“He Knows My Name”
“Mighty Is Our God”
Christian Kids Songs
“Tree Song” by Evie
This song always comes to mind when I think of Christian kids music. It was my favorite slow song as a kid, and it still makes me sniffle now when I listen to it. Evie’s voice is so pretty.
“Knock, Knock, Knock” from Bullfrogs and Butterflies
This was my number one favorite song as a kid. I could have sung it all day long. I even remember the first time I heard it. I was less than five years old, being babysat at a friend’s house, and we were jumping on a little rebounder and rewinding the song over and over and jumping to it until we couldn’t breathe.
“Wake Up, You Sleepyhead” by Rhett Parrish from Brentwood Kids Company Sampler
This song drove t.s.d. nuts, but my brother and I used to love it when we were little.
“John 1:1, 2, & 14” from G.T. and the Halo Express
“Heaven is a Wonderful Place” from Kids Praise 1
“Lord Be Glorified” from Kids Praise 2
“Welcome to Critter County” by Christine Wyrtzen from Critter County
“Deep and Wide”
“Oh, How I Love Jesus”
“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”
We used to have a thick white hardcover book and a cassette tape that went by this name. I don’t remember much about them other than it was a bunch of kids running around singing this song. But I can’t find it anywhere, so if anyone has any idea what it was, I’d love to know.
“I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”
My Grandma gave me a Cardinal music box that played this song when I was very young. It broke and I never knew what the song was until probably fifteen years later, when a Coca-Cola commercial from the 70’s was played during a football game and I recognized it.
“Teddy Bears’ Picnic”
This song plays in a little pink music box I’ve had since I was four or five. It’s one of my favorite possessions. I lost the little bear that rotated inside the music box on the street once, and it got run over by a car. But a few years later, we found one that matched exactly! He has a little red bowtie. My box is so old, I’m almost afraid to play it now, but it still sounds as good as it ever did! I love it so much and sometimes it can still make me cry.
“Music Box Dancer” by Frank Mills
I remember being four or five years old and always seeing the sheet music to this song sitting on our old Kincaid piano. We had two versions – one was Easy Piano, the other was a bit more difficult. Mom didn’t know how to play the piano but she loved this song, so she used to work on learning it. She would get pretty good, then not play it for a few years, then try to learn again. It’s been a long time since she asked to play the piano in my room, but I have heard her listening to the song on YouTube in her room every once in awhile. This song makes me feel happy and sad at the same time, but I really love it. It’s very sweet and pretty…simple, yet when I play it I want to hear it over and over.
My brother and I used to whistle this at each other in the mornings alllllll the time.
“Devotion” by Hadley Hockensmith
The entire Heartsongs album by Hadley Hockensmith is like a lullaby to me. It pretty much reduces me to nostalgic tears every single time. I adore it.
“Pachelbel’s Canon in D” by Lee Galloway
Piano Songs I Played
“Mary Had a Little Lamb”
This was the very first song I learned on the piano, when I was four or five. My mom taught it to me. Sometime after that, I started lessons, which continued into my early teens.
Definitely one of my favorite songs I learned as a kid, this is probably what started my love of Spanish music.
“Light and Blue”
Easy as heck but still one of my favorite songs to play. I’ve known this since I was six years old.
“Heart and Soul”
Some friends from Texas visited us when my brother and I were young, and taught us to play this duet. A few years later when I was around twelve, we met a girl who could play the duet alone. Naturally, my brother and I wouldn’t be shown up by some girl, so we both taught ourselves to do the same.
Beautiful and heart-rendingly sad, I absolutely love this song.
So fun to play, and easy to jazz up and add things to, as is the previous “Light and Blue”. I’ve always played this about ten times faster than the girl in the video. hehe
“Now Do We Fight Them” by Bruce Rowland from Return to Snowy River (2:30-4:30)
“The Knuckle Song”
“Ten Little Indians”
“The Purple Cow”
“O Holy Night” by Twila Paris and Matthew Ward
It’s been a tradition that this is the first Christmas song we play every year, while decorating the house. It always makes Mom get teary-eyed and it has become one of my favorite Christmas songs, as well.
“Hallelujah Chorus” by Twila Paris
“I Saw Three Ships” by Twila Paris
“The Promise” by Michael Card
“Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” by Amy Grant
“Tennessee Christmas” by Amy Grant
“Christmas is a Time to Love” from Psalty’s Christmas Calamity
“The Little Drummer Boy” from Kids’ Christmas Sing-a-long
“I’m Gonna Wrap Myself Up for Christmas” from Psalty’s Family Christmas Sing-a-long
“Go Tell It on the Mountain”
“All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”
The rest are songs featured in movies, or film scores…
“The Ride” etc. by Carmine Coppola from The Black Stallion (37:30 to 44:20)
“Together Again” by Georges Delerue from The Black Stallion Returns
Black Beauty Theme by Danny Elfman
Beautiful music from a very sad and touching horse movie.
“Roll Over Beethoven” by Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band, featured in Beethoven
“Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson from Free Willy
I remember playing with my friend Lindsey to this song as the whales breached and splashed onscreen. We would put our arms up like we were diving, and “pshhh” and splash all over the living room.
“Born Free” by Matt Monro from Born Free
I loved this movie when I was little, and I named one of my early stuffed animals after the lioness. However, I also loved The Lion King, so I named her for that, as well… The result? Elsa Nala…
“Looking For Romance (I Bring You a Song)” by Cast from Bambi
A lot of the music from Bambi scared me when I was very little, but this piece is really beautiful and swayful.
“I Just Can’t Wait to be King” by Jason Weaver, Laura Williams, and Rowan Atkinson from The Lion King
Still my favorite Disney movie. It was so hard to choose a song, but I decided to go with the songs that were my favorites as a child, or that made the deepest impression on me at that age, and this was the one.
“Friend Like Me” by Robin Williams from Aladdin
“Forget About Love” by Liz Callaway, Gilbert Gottfried, and Brad Kane from The Return of Jafar
“Cruella De Vil” by Bill Lee from 101 Dalmatians
“Goodbye May Seem Forever” by Jeanette Nolan from The Fox and the Hound
This song made my four year old self shiver with tears I tried so very hard to hold back. It still breaks me up when I listen to it.
“Be Our Guest” by Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansbury from Beauty and the Beast
“Let Me Be Your Wings” by Gary Imhoff and Jodi Benson from Thumbelina
“A Fair is a Veritable Schmorgasboard-orgasboard-orgasboard” by Agnes Moorehead and Paul Lynde from Charlotte’s Web
I have a different favorite song from Charlotte’s Web now, but when I was little, the above was the funnest, and therefore, my favorite. hehe
“Heigh-Ho” by Cast from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
My brother and I used to pretend we were dwarfs. He was Doc and I switched between Dopey and Bashful.
End Credits by Bruce Broughton from The Rescuers Down Under
“I Wanna Be Like You” by Louis Prima, Phil Harris, and Bruce Reitherman from The Jungle Book
“Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat” by Cast from The Aristocats
“Let’s Get Together” by Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills from The Parent Trap
“I Get Around” by The Beach Boys, featured in Flight of the Navigator
“Let’s Go Fly a Kite” by Cast from Mary Poppins
I remember being sublimely happy, singing this song to myself as I played on the swings at my friend’s house. *sniffles*
“A Place of My Own” by Jennifer Edwards from Heidi
“Kindle My Heart” by Liesel Matthews from A Little Princess
“We Are the Champions” by Queen, featured in The Mighty Ducks
“Jessica’s Theme” by Bruce Rowland from The Man from Snowy River
I grew up watching this and the following film, and the music is some of my favorite in the world. I learned many of the songs on piano before the age of ten, and even my teacher struggled to get through them at first. Extremely beautiful, sometimes sad, and often intricate, I will always love Bruce Rowland’s scores.
“Skill at Arms” by Bruce Rowland from Return to Snowy River
“Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” by Frankie Laine from Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
As a kid, I loved this song so much that I hand-wrote all the lyrics as I played and rewound the VHS over and over.
“El Dorado” by George Alexander from El Dorado
I couldn’t find the score by Nelson Riddle, though that is what I loved best from El Dorado when I was young – the suspenseful music as they’re walking down either side of the street!
Theme by Elmer Bernstein from The Magnificent Seven
Theme by Elmer Bernstein from The Sons of Katie Elder
“Here’s to the Ladies” by Frankie Avalon (originally by Frankie Avalon and Chill Wills from The Alamo)
“I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen” by Ken Curtis from Sons Of The Pioneers, featured in Rio Grande
I love this song, it’s so sad and beautiful!
“Baby Elephant Walk” by Henry Mancini from Hatari!
Still one of my favorites to play on piano.
“Prelude” by Elmer Bernstein from The Ten Commandments
“The Galley” by Miklos Rozsa from Ben-Hur
Oh God, the suspense and tension of this scene in Ben-Hur is only topped by the incredible chariot race! They just don’t make music or movies like this, anymore…
“Ave Caesar” by Miklos Rozsa from Quo Vadis
“Legend and Epilogue” by Miklos Rozsa from El Cid (1:45)
“In The Meadow” by Debbie Reynolds from How The West Was Won
I didn’t realize until about a year ago, but I absolutely adore Debbie Reynold’s voice, and it’s partially due to this song, and mostly due to her singing in Charlotte’s Web. I started tearing up when I re-watched this movie, and didn’t understand why. Her voice just touches something deep inside me. When I researched her name, I discovered she was the voice of Charlotte.
“Amen” by Jester Hairston (dubbing Sidney Poitier) from Lilies of the Field
This did it, I’ve had a soft spot for hand-clappin’ black church music ever since!
Musicals / Shows
“Barn Dance” by Gene de Paul from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
This is one of my all-time favorite movies, and it was so hard to choose a favorite song. In the end, I thought back to how I felt about this movie as a little kid, and the barn dance and fight were unquestionably my most favorite part!
“Do Re Mi” by Julie Andrews and Cast from The Sound of Music
“Mandy” by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney from White Christmas
This is hands-down my favorite Christmas movie ever, and this sequence is the most exciting part! I used to sneak around the house with my little heart belt cinched tight past all the holes, dancing around like a goon pretending I was Vera-Ellen.
“Riverdance” with Michael Flatley from Riverdance
“You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two” by Ron Moody from Oliver!
“It’s the Hard-Knock Life” by Aileen Quinn from Annie
“Give it Away” from Colby’s Missing Memory (6:33-9:13)
Christian Beach Boys rip-off at it’s best!
“God’s Love is the Rule” from The Donut Man
My first introduction to rap.
“The Recipe Song” from Kid’s Praise 4! – Singsational Servants
“Cares Chorus” from Kids’ Praise 5 – Psalty’s Camping Adventure
“I am a C-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n” from The Sunday Sing-a-Long Video (Maranatha! Kids) (21:41-23:18)
Definitely one of my favorite songs when I was in Sunday School at like, age four. *giggles* It just gets faster and faster and faster and oh my gosh, it’s so funnnn!
“Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier” by Mark O’Connor and James Taylor from Liberty!
I finally figured out why I love James Taylor’s voice. It’s because I grew up listening to this song and loving it!
“M’appari tutt’amor” by Friedrich von Flotow, featured in Skylark
This song is in a very touching scene in the movie Skylark, with Glenn Close, and I just love it. I have three or four versions.