There’s almost always a good reason to play music in the classroom. But finding a motivating, fast-paced, playlist of school-appropriate songs can be tricky. We turned to the teachers in the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE Facebook group for their suggestions. As usual, they gave us some great ideas. We compiled just a few of their recommendations into an energizing, school-appropriate playlist. Check out the songs below or start jamming immediately by listening to them all on our WeAreTeachers Spotify Page!

  1. Better When I’m Dancin’ by Meghan Trainor
  2. OK OK by HOKO
  3. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
  4. The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti and Spearhead
  5. Brand New Day by Lindsey Ray featuring Tim MyersLyrics from Brand New Day by Lindsey Ray featuring Tim Myers for a school-appropriate songs playlist
  6. Colors by Black Pumas
  7. Heat Waves by Glass Animals
  8. Pompeii by Bastille
  9. Golden Years by David Bowie
  10. Safe and Sound by Capital Cities
  11. Take On Me by A-Ha
  12. Is It True? by Tame Impala
  13. Me! by Taylor Swift featuring Brandon Urie of Panic! At the Disco
  14. Cha Cha Slide by DJ Casper
  15. Born This Way by Lady GagaLady Gaga Lyrics for clean classroom playlist
  16. Counting Stars by One Republic
  17. When Can I See You Again by Owl City
  18. All About You by the Knocks featuring Foster the People
  19. Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson
  20. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
  21. Levitating by Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby
  22. End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M.
  23. On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
  24. My Universe by Coldplay & BTS
  25. Meant to Be by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
  26. Africa by Toto
  27. Praise You by Fatboy Slim
  28. Save Your Tears by Ariana Grande and the Weeknd
  29. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  30. More of This by Vetiver
  31. I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
  32. A-Punk by Vampire Weekend
  33. Brown Skin Girl by Beyoncé, Wizkid, and Saint Jhn featuring Blue Ivy
  34. Jump by Van Halen
  35. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
  36. This is What You Came For by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
  37. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall
  38. Permission to Dance by BTS
  39. Cheap Thrills by Sia featuring Sean Paul
  40. Good Feeling by Flo Rida
  41. Miss You Much by Janet Jackson
  42. Girl by Jukebox and the Ghost
  43. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  44. One Week by Bare Naked Ladies
  45. Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
  46. Riptide by Vance Joy
  47. Happy by Pharrell Williams
  48. Try Everything by Shakira
  49. Some Nights by Fun
  50. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  51. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  52. The River of Dreams by Billy Joel
  53. Canned Heat by Jamiroquai
  54. Centerfield by John Fogerty
  55. Treat People with Kindness by Harry Styles
  56. Dance Monkey by Tones and I
  57. Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty
  58. Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
  59. What Do I Know? By Ed Sheeran
  60. September by Earth, Wind, and Fire
  61. Feel it Still by Portugal the Man
  62. MMMBop by Hanson
  63. Budapest by George Ezra
  64. Respect by Aretha Franklin
  65. One of Those Days by Little Big Town
  66. Dynamite by BTS
  67. Give a Little by Maggie Rogers
  68. Malibu by Miley Cyrus
  69. Kill ‘Em With Kindness by Selena Gomez
  70. Lights by Ellie Goulding
  71. Old Town Road by Lil Naz X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
  72. Havana by Camila Cabello
  73. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by the Darkness
  74. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
  75. Take a Chance on Me by ABBA
  76. Kick, Push by Lupe Fiasco
  77. Hurricane by The Vamps

Want to try out this playlist of school-appropriate songs with your students? Check out the WeAreTeachers Spotify page for this playlist and more!

The Big List of School-Appropriate Songs To Keep Everyone Pumped Up and Motivated