bedside song list - Americans for the Arts



compiled by Cathy DeWitt,

Older Generation (65+):

Bill Bailey Let me Call You Sweetheart Down by the Old Mill Stream *Shine on Harvest Moon *Daisy, Daisy (Bicycle Built for Two) Side by Side Show tunes: Sunny Side of the Street, Try to Remember, As Time Goes By, etc

Singalongs (Almost) Everyone Knows:

You Are My Sunshine Row Row Row Your Boat Make New Friends (but Keep the Old) This Land Is Your Land Dream, Dream, Dream Michael Row the Boat Ashore Home on the Range Day-O Show tunes: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, O’ What a Beautiful Mornin’, Summertime

Children’s Songs

: Baby Beluga Barney Theme Song (formerly known as This Old Man) Froggie Went a Courtin’ Goin’ to the Zoo Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Eensy Weeensy (Itsy Bitsy) Spider How Much is that Doggie in the Window? *Oh Susannah *Old MacDonald Had a Farm The Teddy Bears’ Picnic *The Wheels on the Bus

Religious Songs:

*Amazing Grace *Down by the Riverside In the Garden He-ne-ma-tov-u-ma-na-eem (Jewish) *Will the Circle be Unbroken I’ll Fly Away *Angels Watchin’ Over Me *He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands *I Saw the Light

Old Hippie Favorites (for Baby Boomers, 50s & 60s music):

*Blowin’ in the Wind Blackbird, With a Little Help from my Friends, Let it Be (or anything Beatles) Scarborough Fair/Sounds of Silence Get Together Poison Ivy Moon River *Helplessly Hoping *If I Had a Hammer *Peaceful Easy Feelin’ (or other Eagles) You’ve Got a Friend (or other Carole King) Sweet Baby James (or other James Taylor) *Mustang Sally *My Girl (other Motown, R & B) Twist and Shout


*Jambalaya Your Cheatin’ Heart *Mountain Dew *Country Roads Take me Home *My Grandfather’s Clock Keep on the Sunny Side *New River Train *Old Joe Clark Long Black Veil Man of Constant Sorrow Red River Valley The Tennessee Waltz

Ethnic Songs:

Edelweiss Frere Jacques *Jamaica Farewell Shalom Chaverim Erev Shel Sho sha nim Kookabura *Kumbaya *Tie Me Kangaroo Down Cockles and Mussels Funiculi Funicula *Cielito Lindo La Bamba Sakura Tumbalalaika

* denotes good for group singalong, easy to make up new words or extra verses to, etc. Sometimes you might need to change a word here or there—use your intuition!