Nursery Rhymes w/ Lyrics – Top 12 Must Know Nursery Rhymes for Parents


Top Must Know Nursery Rhymes

Something happened between the time that you were sitting in diapers through today – when you sit here as an adult completely blank minded and unable to recite the words to all of those nursery rhymes that you knew all too well.

Something? How about a trillion things….Decades have passed and you can’ t blame yourself for getting the words to your favorite nursery rhymes!

I remember trying to sing nursery rhymes to my first born when he was an infant. To be honest, I barely remembered the words and I was lucky to remember the names! A lot has transpired in all of our lives since we were children, so here’s a refresher course for all of my forgetful parents (which is likely, 99.999% of us!).

Trust me, I know there are MILLIONS of nursery rhymes. This list is not meant by any means to include the ‘best of the best’ or the ONLY rhymes you should know. I had a hard time deciding on a number to go with, so I chose to do a list of 12. Why? Because if I didn’t pick a number, I could have went on and on creating a list of 4,503 must know nursery rhymes. There’s just too many greats to pick from!

Let this list be a nice refresher for your dusty brain, but thereafter I hope you’ll continue on and check out more nursery rhymes and their lyrics online. You’ll be surprised at how easily you can remember the lyrics — let’s get nostalgic!


Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.


If you are happy and you know it

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
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. (clap clap)

If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)

If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three. (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)


Hush Little Baby

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.


Ba Ba Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.

One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.


Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

(starts off slow as you point to each body part; speed up as you repeat, going faster and faster)

Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.


Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round,
round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town.

The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish;
Swish, swish, swish;
Swish, swish, swish.
The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish,
all through the town.

The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep;
Beep, beep, beep;
Beep, beep, beep.
The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep,
all through the town..

The money on the bus goes, Clink, clink, clink;
Clink, clink, clink;
Clink, clink, clink.
The money on the bus goes, Clink, clink, clink,
all through the town.

The Driver on the bus says “Move on back,
move on back, move on back;”
The Driver on the bus says “Move on back”,
all through the town.

The baby on the bus says “Wah, wah, wah;
Wah, wah, wah;
Wah, wah, wah”.
The baby on the bus says “Wah, wah, wah”,
all through the town.

The mommy on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush.”
The mommy on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush”
all through the town.


Itsy Bitsy Spider

Insy bitsy spider
climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain
and washed the spider out;

Out came the sun shine
and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider
climbed up the spout again.


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Then the traveller in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark;
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

In the dark blue sky you keep,
While you thro’ my window peep,
And you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!


I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot short and stout,
Here is my handle, here is my spout,
When I get all steamed up hear me shout,
Tip me over and pour me out!


Ring a Ring a Roses

Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo, a-tishoo!
We all fall down.

Mummy in the teapot,
Daddy in the cup,
Baby in the saucer,
We all jump up.

Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo, a-tishoo!
We all fall down.

The cows are in the meadow,
Eating buttercups,
A-tishoo, a-tishoo!
We all jump up.


It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

It’s raining, it’s pouring
The old man is snoring
He went to bed and he bumped his head
And couldn’t get up in the morning


Three Little Kittens

THERE were three little kittens
Put on their mittens,
To eat some Christmas Pie.
Miaw wow! Miaw wow! Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!

These three little kitten
They lost their mittens,
And they began to cry:
Miaw! Miaw! Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!

Go, naughty kittens,
And find your mittens,
Or you shan’t have any pie!
Miaw! Miaw! Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!

These three little kittens
They found their mittens,
And joyfully did cry:
Miaw! Miaw! Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!

Oh, Granny dear,
Our mittens are here,
Make haste and cut up the pie.
Purr- rr—rr! purr-rr! Purr-rr!

  • alicia k

    this is a great list to keep on hand!

  • Cynthia R

    I knew most of them, which surprised me. Just 3 I didn’t really know or use.

  • Sarah L

    My favorite for little kids is ‘head & shoulders’.
    I didn’t know twinkle, twinkle had so many verses.

  • Angela Rhodes Ingles

    Great list – and happy that I know all of them! We’re expecting our first baby shortly. :)

  • http://kinkytails.blogspot.com/ Lindsay N.

    My mother used to sing me all of these but Three Little Kittens was my favorite! Thanks for sparking my memory!

  • http://reviewsbycole.com cole

    I always sand it “ring around the roses” and I know there’s more verses to I’m a little teapot, but I don’t know what they are. LOL

  • Rebecca Carter

    I knew most of them but didn’t realize several of them had more then one verse. That came as a major surprise to me.

  • Mary Withrow

    My mother never taught me nursery rhymes (Or how to cook, lol) so I learned them all when I first had children. Abagails favorite song is Itsy Bitsy Spider.

  • http://afixerupper.com Trish F

    Thanks for the refresher course, it’s funny that these have been around since I was a kid and I’m old enough to be a grandma and I’m pretty sure they were being sung when my parents were little too. Classic as they come. I have to say I never knew the second or third verse of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Ring a Ring a Roses I always thought was Ring around the Rosie.

  • http://learningtobe31.blogspot.com/ Bri Sherman

    Most of these were familiar but Ring a Ring of Roses was different than I had ever heard (with the exception of the first verse). And we always called it Ring a Round the Roses….

  • Amanda Alvarado

    Wow! I actually know all of them (with a few variations) except for the Hush Little Baby which I can never remember! Didn’t know there were more verses to Twinkle Twinkle either!

  • Melissa Marinho

    I was looking up nursery rhymes to sing to my daughter, and to see if the words I was singing was right. My parents sang the same 6 nursery rhymes to me and my sister every night, and I remember all 6, which I’ve been singing to my daughters. Our dad confessed to us a few years ago that he didn’t know all the words, and made them up, and it’s funny because we’ve been singing them like that for years to our kids! He was right, he had them all wrong, HAHAHA! Not the whole song, but just parts. I still sing them the way he sang them to us, I love his rendition :) This list is definitely one to have on hand as well!

  • Michelle Lynn Lynch

    Printing this! Can’t believe I’ve been singing Hush Little Baby correctly though!! lol