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What's better than a song that short, simple, and insanely catchy?  Not much, really.

Today's Cool Kids selection comes from Sir Paul McCartney.  The legendary ex-Beatle is working on some new material, but today we're going to listen to the song that kicks off his 2007 release Memory Almost Full.  "Dance Tonight" fits the bill of short, simple and catchy perfectly.  With lyrics like "Everybody gonna dance tonight / Everybody gonna feel alright", this song will be stuck in the heads of everyone who listens and repeated spins will be welcomed.

The video for "Dance Tonight" features the left-handed mandolin played on the song prominently.  The mandolin in question was purchased at a London guitar shop by McCartney and whenever he played it for his then 3 year old daughter Beatrice, she would begin to dance immediately.  McCartney says the song, then, wrote itself.

Watch the video for "Dance Tonight" featuring Natalie Portman and Mackenzie Crook:

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The catchiest (and usually the most memorable) part of a pop song is the refrain.  It’s usually the easiest part of a song to sing along to and we know that kids looooove to sing along!

Today’s Cool Kids selection comes from the Swedish band The Cardigans and features one of the catchiest and most fun refrains in all of pop music to sing along to.  Yes, we’re talking about “Lovefool” with its simple, yet profound cry of “love me, love me, say that you love me!”  This song became an international hit after being featured in the Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” film in 1996.

Take a listen (and shout along) to The Cardigans’ “Lovefool”:

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Woooo Hooooo!!

There’s not too much more to say about today’s Cool Kids selection.  The hook of this song is one of the best, yet simplest, ever written.  Young folks will certainly enjoy screaming along to Damon Albarn’s chant of “woo-hoo” while the crunchy guitars collide all around it.

Kids like things that are familiar and this song has been used almost everywhere.  If your Cool Kid has watched TV or played a video game, there’s a good chance that she’s heard this song before.  Clocking in at a hair over 2 minutes, this one is great for those with short attention spans.

Take a listen to Blur’s “Song 2”:

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If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times:  Kids love to dance.  There’s just no stopping them.  Once their little feet start moving, look out!

Today for Cool Kids, we have a song from legendary soul man Ray Charles.  Released in 1956, “This Little Girl Of Mine” plays off of the gospel classic “This Little Light Of Mine”.  The call and repeat section of the chorus provides a fun opportunity for kids to shout along and, of course, you can dance, dance, dance to this song.

Take a listen to Ray Charles’ “This Little Girl Of Mine”:

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The Cars' most popular party song - Shake It Up - is pretty popular among the younger set, as well.

Today we heard from Sarah Harmon, a listener from Baden, who told us about her son Gideon's love of dancing:

"My 4 year old son Gideon and I love dancing to the entire Cars greatest hits collection, but the song that really gets him shaking his groove thing, and all of his friends', is Shake It Up by The Cars. I've yet to meet a child who's bum doesn't start shaking when that song starts."

Take a listen - and shake it up - with your cool kid!

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