Singing often begins at a young age; it’s a simple and excellent way to both teach and entertain small children. Easy songs to sing for toddlers are generally seen as classics, often borne of nursery rhymes and fairy tales from years, and in some cases centuries, ago. “Ring Around the Rosie” is one such little song, first printed in 1881 and carrying on until today. Its tune and words are simple, and it’s even been made into a game for the kids who sing it, adding to both its charm and recognizability. The song is among the first of tunes and lyrics for many children, growing up.
“You Are My Sunshine” is another, and it’s similar in that it’s primarily geared towards children in its affection and simplicity. Often, in fact, it’s used to express a mother’s ever-present love for her darling child. However, the song can also be used, at times, to represent or express more saccharine romances: its tune is considered nearly iconic by some, and its lyrics are loving and short. The song is very easy to remember and sing. Many songs like these, in fact, are nursery rhymes or lullabies for children.
Even so, there are quite a few that might be considered just as simple by adults. A song seen as ‘easy’ is often iconic in some way: Christmas carols in particular have extremely notable tunes and lyrics. The notes of “White Christmas,” for instance, can always be heard throughout the Christmas season, and its words have become ingrained into the holiday culture as well. The song conveys a simple enough idea, and it’s easy to relate to. ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…’ almost always brings people to begin to carol along.
Church hymns are remarkably simple to sing, too – at least, some of them are. Even if a person isn’t religious, many tunes and lyrics from hymns are immediately able to be recognized; their longevity and prominence makes many of their lines easy to recall. “Amazing Grace” is one such instance, and, considering it dates back to the late 1700s, that might not be so surprising. Many people can remember and croon at least the first stanza of this song, and it’s even used at times in popular media, or sung by various famous artists. Though religion has certainly perpetuated these hymns, they’re simple enough to sing that they’ve worked their way into more mainstream minds.
The sum of it is that simplistic or iconic songs are the easiest to sing. What makes a song easy to sing will, of course, vary from person to person, but many children’s songs are intentionally made to be easy songs to sing, and the same can likely be said for tunes centered around the holidays or other popular events. Certain pop songs, or songs that top various music charts, can generally be called catchy enough to stick in a person’s mind, but whether or not they’re easy to sing is very subjective; songs constructed especially for little learning minds are the simplest to learn, so it’s no surprise that a great deal of easy songs are childlike and whimsical.