Music videos for my daughter
May 29, 2018 5:19 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for music videos that are swear-free, appropriate for children, have an interesting through-line, feature girls, and have music you could at least sway to. Also, they should be on Youtube.

These are for my six year old and three year old daughters. I like showing them women or girls doing amazing stuff, dancing or singing, and they LOVE music videos.

It's ok if the lyrics have non-explicit adult themes, I'm not super concerned about them puzzling it out, based on existing experience with Abba.

Here are some examples of the kind of thing I'm looking for:
Sigrid - High Five
Sia - Chandelier
Wolf Alice- Bros
posted by selfnoise to Media & Arts (43 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: Ok sorry, I forgot one thing. I am not looking for something that's explicitly targeted towards kids, like teaching them the alphabet or something. I'm looking for standard music videos.
posted by selfnoise at 5:23 PM on May 29, 2018

No lyrics at all, but some really fun, cool visuals and danceable music... does Lindsay Stirling fit the bill?
posted by space snail at 5:24 PM on May 29, 2018 [1 favorite]

Whip my hair back and forth by Willow Smith
posted by raccoon409 at 5:28 PM on May 29, 2018 [1 favorite]

Master of Tides (also Lindsay Stirling) is also pretty amazing
posted by space snail at 5:32 PM on May 29, 2018 [1 favorite]

Hot Cheetos and Takis is an amazing song and rap video by kids. Several girls in the video, also many boys.
posted by SaltySalticid at 5:42 PM on May 29, 2018 [2 favorites]

Best answer: My daughters (5 1/2 and 2) LOVE the following videos that might fit your criteria:

Bjork - Army of Me
Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Sara Bareilles - Love Song
Sara Bareilles - Brave
Hundred Waters - Out Alee
Fiona Apple - Paper Bag
Lorde - Royals
Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
The Breeders - Cannonball
Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight
Feist - 1 2 3 4
Feist - My Moon My Man
Deeelite - Groove Is In The Heart
Janelle Monae - Tightrope
posted by saladin at 5:44 PM on May 29, 2018 [6 favorites]

Genera8ion and MIA - The New International Sound Pt. II

Lotta girls doing kick-ass martial arts.
posted by Beardman at 5:48 PM on May 29, 2018

Oops, forgot a couple:

Goldfrapp - Rocket
Fiona Apple - Sleep to Dream
posted by saladin at 5:49 PM on May 29, 2018

Vienna Teng - Level Up
posted by mixedmetaphors at 5:49 PM on May 29, 2018

Hinds - The Club

Just four Spanish ladies rockin' out at the chalet
posted by Beardman at 5:57 PM on May 29, 2018

Oh nuts, sorry, one more:

Tokyo Jihen - OSCA
posted by saladin at 5:59 PM on May 29, 2018

Big fan of MC Chris's Nerd Girl. Nerd girls, also dancing. It's sort of about dating but nothing sexual and it's sort of sweet and very catchy.
posted by jessamyn at 6:17 PM on May 29, 2018

Might be a little too quirky for you, but it's worth checking out No Rain by Blind Melon.
posted by christinetheslp at 6:18 PM on May 29, 2018 [3 favorites]

Dua Lipa - New Rules
posted by crazycanuck at 6:20 PM on May 29, 2018

Random thoughts:
Three women from Georgia (the country), singing together while walking down a road.
Two women from Japan, playing shamisen together, e.g. with fireworks in the background.
Ribbon (rhythmic gymnastics) performances, e.g. Anna Bessonova or Aleksandra Soldatova
posted by Wobbuffet at 6:24 PM on May 29, 2018

You need bboom bboom. Also don't miss out on the fan made cover videos. It's kpop so a mixture of english and korean, but a super fun song and video.
posted by forforf at 6:49 PM on May 29, 2018

Kylie Minogue’s “Come Into My World” directed by Michel Gondry is super fun as a video for kids to watch.

My kid also loves Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” which is all women dancing awesomely and joyfully for themselves.
posted by sestaaak at 6:55 PM on May 29, 2018 [1 favorite]

Ex Hex, Waterfall (caution, lots of flashing/flickering)
Pizzicato Five, It's A Beautiful Day
Slower, no lyrics, but they might dig this Kaki King performance
posted by halation at 6:59 PM on May 29, 2018

Anything by Eurythmics or Annie Lennox. I was thinking specifically of There must Be an Angel and Walking on Broken Glass
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:05 PM on May 29, 2018

Postino - I Love It
Younha - Run
Kara - Step
Wonder Girls - Like This
f(x) - Pinocchio
Miss A - Breathe
posted by needled at 7:06 PM on May 29, 2018

REM Stand
REM Shiny Happy People
Anna Kendrick Cups
posted by fluttering hellfire at 7:07 PM on May 29, 2018

And if you're super sure that they can't puzzle things out Fred Schneider Monster
posted by fluttering hellfire at 7:10 PM on May 29, 2018 [1 favorite]

AKMU - Dinosaur
(AKMU or Akdong Musician are a Korean brother-sister duo, the younger sister being the main vocalist)
posted by needled at 7:28 PM on May 29, 2018

Soy Yo by Bomba Esterio is kind of like the modern Latino version of the Blind Melon video linked above.
posted by mattamatic at 8:46 PM on May 29, 2018 [4 favorites]

The Go! Team - Ladyflash
(Doing It Right would be perfect, but the lyrics include 'lazy-ass'.)
posted by hydrophonic at 9:16 PM on May 29, 2018 [1 favorite]

Spice Girls - Wannabe (... don't share with kids if you don't like it, because it's a really really catchy tune.)
Katy Perry - Roar
Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made for Walkin'
Destiny's Child - Independent Women, Pt. 1

And my current favorite summer song: Miss Eaves Produced by KEISHH - Thunder Thighs

(I thought about Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman," but it's got a really loud and often-repeated "Hell Yeah." If that's an acceptable level of swearing, it's a great video for active girls.)
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 9:42 PM on May 29, 2018 [1 favorite]

Zinc - Show Me featuring voguing duo AyaBambi. Stay to the end for the twist.
posted by airmail at 11:14 PM on May 29, 2018

Mondo Grosso - Labyrinth single shot dance through the streets of Hong Kong
This Kenzo ad
posted by airmail at 11:24 PM on May 29, 2018

Best answer: Laura Mvula - That's alright
posted by mymbleth at 1:54 AM on May 30, 2018 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Non-narrative, but Jain's music is catchy as all get out and the videos win prizes.

I watch this video constantly to hype myself up.

Lots of Beyonce videos would also suit, but "Move Your Body" is designed for kids to watch and dance to.

Lastly-- inspiring in a different way than "girls kicking ass", but OK GO's videos surely have a place on this list somewhere, especially since the songs are fairly uplifting and swear-free. White Knuckles / This Too Shall Pass
posted by athirstforsalt at 3:01 AM on May 30, 2018 [1 favorite]

In case you've got any mini metalheads, Voice of Baceprot are hijab wearing teen girl musicians from Indonesia, and they are awesome. Example.
posted by threetwentytwo at 9:30 AM on May 30, 2018

This dance to Istanbul is the only thing I've ever seen from the show Bunheads and it rules. If your youtube recs are anything like mine, it'll lead you to some more good dance videos: Misty Copeland and some ballet schools with kids of all ages.
posted by clavicle at 9:47 AM on May 30, 2018

This is from left-field, but my similarly aged daughters love the Haschack Sisters (Boys are so Ugh + others). I'd much rather have them listen to this than Justin Bieber (who they also love & I can't stand). They are basically little-kid youtube singers/stars. Them plus Taylor Swift covers a lot of tracks..
posted by The_Vegetables at 11:34 AM on May 30, 2018

Thunder Thighs by Miss Eaves
Doing me - Ray BLK (alternate version, there's not an official video, only these lives ones, but the song is great)
QUEEN - Janelle Moane
Lovefool - The Cardigans
Hard Times - Paramore
posted by nuclear_soup at 11:53 AM on May 30, 2018

Best answer: Diet Cig - Harvard
Diet Cig - Tummy Ache

I think both of those have profanity, but the songs are catchy and the videos include tween/teen girls being awesome and empowering.
posted by Is It Over Yet? at 12:26 PM on May 30, 2018

ohh! and prob. my favorite vid ever the avalanches - since i left you
posted by speakeasy at 1:17 PM on May 30, 2018

This doesn't quite meet your requirements because it's not girls, but OK Go's Here It Goes Again is really fun and I bet kids would love it.

I lovelovelove the dancing in Kieza's Hideaway (and I am pretty sure it was shot in one take)
posted by radioamy at 8:11 PM on May 30, 2018

Janelle Monae - Electric Lady
posted by PenDevil at 5:49 AM on May 31, 2018

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