Top 50 Most Popular Nursery Rhymes Of All Time (Lyrics, Origins & More)

  • Learn the top 50 nursery rhymes of all time
  • Lyrics included, so you can sing along with your little ones
  • Read about the origins of these popular children’s rhymes
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It’s a rite of passage for everyone growing up to memorize a dozen or so nursery rhymes along with our siblings and classmate. The list of nursery rhymes we could recite from the top of our heads along with the actions they come with seem very natural to many kids and adults up to today.

These nursery rhymes playlist can be heard in classrooms and kiddie parties all over the world and it adds a little bit of fun into the ambiance with the fun words and clever rhymes.

But have you ever wondered where these nursery song lyrics came from and what they mean? Here’s the list of popular and their origins to add to your stock knowledge:

Top 50 Most Popular

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1. A Wise Old Owl

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2. A-Tisket, A-Tasket

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3. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

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4. Bingo/Bingo Was His Name-O

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5. Bye, Baby Bunting

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6. Cock a Doodle Doo

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7. Ding Dong Bell

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8. Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe

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9. Five Little Speckled Frogs

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10. Frere Jacques

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11. Georgie Porgie

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12. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

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13. Hey Diddle Diddle

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14. Hickory Dickory Dock

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15. Hot Cross Buns

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16. Humpty Dumpty

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17. Hush Little Baby

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18. I’m a Little Tea Pot

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19. It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

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20. Itsy Bitsy Spider

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21. Jack and Jill

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22. Jack Be Nimble

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23. Jack Sprat

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24. Ladybird, Ladybird

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25. Little Bo Peep

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26. Little Boy Blue

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27. Little Miss Muffet

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28. London Bridge is Falling Down

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29. Lucy Locket

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30. Mary Had a Little Lamb

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31. Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

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32. Old King Cole

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33. Old MacDonald Had a Farm

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34. Old Mother Hubbard

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35. One Two Buckle My Shoe

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36. One Two Three Four Five

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37. Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

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38. Pat-a-Cake Baker’s Man

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39. Pease Porridge Hot

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40. Pop Goes the Weasel

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41. Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat

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42. Rain Rain Go Away

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43. Ring a Ring O Roses

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44. Rock-a-bye Baby

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45. Row Row Row the Boat

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46. Rub-a-Dub Dub

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47. Star Light, Star Bright

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48. Three Little Kittens

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49. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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50. The Muffin Man

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Our Ultimate List of Popular Nursery Rhymes

There are a lot more nursery rhymes being sung today that have many different origin stories. It is not just limited to the popular ones like the London Bridge nursery rhyme lyrics. Some may teach valuable lessons and other may just be fun to sing along to.

Whichever may be the case for these nursery rhymes and others like it; they have been a part of our culture for many centuries and will not be lost in time.

Sing along with your kids with the knowledge that the words you are singing have been passed on for many generations before you and you are now passing it on to the next generation.

We've featured 50 nursery rhymes on this post but we've also ranked our very own favorites!

  • Our Very Own Top 15 Nursery Rhyme Favorites: (taken from the 50 above)
  • Nursery Rhyme #1: A Wise Old Owl
  • Nursery Rhyme #2: Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Nursery Rhyme #3: A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  • Nursery Rhyme #4: London Bridge Is Falling Down
  • Nursery Rhyme #5: Little Miss Muffet
  • Nursery Rhyme #6: The Muffin Man
  • Nursery Rhyme #7: Humpty Dumpty
  • Nursery Rhyme #8: Jack And Jill
  • Nursery Rhyme #9: Three Little Kittens
  • Nursery Rhyme #10: Bingo / If Bingo Was His Name-O
  • Nursery Rhyme #11: Hey Diddle Diddle
  • Nursery Rhyme #12: Row Row Row The Boat
  • Nursery Rhyme #13: Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Nursery Rhyme #14: Rain Rain Go Away
  • Nursery Rhyme #15: One Two Buckle My Shoe

BONUS:
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Books & Toys

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Nursery Rhymes Pop Up Books:

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A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up
Matthew Reinhart - Publisher: Little Simon - Edition no. 0 (09/22/2009) - Board book: 12 pages
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Mini House: Mother Goose's House (Mini House Book)
Peter Lippman - Publisher: Workman Publishing Company - Board book: 20 pages
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Baa Baa Black Sheep: A Spinning Nursery Rhyme Pop-Up Book (Spinning Nursery Rhyme Pop-up Books)
Applesauce Press - Publisher: Applesauce Press - Edition no. 0 (03/28/2017) - Hardcover: 10 pages

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Nursery Rhymes Toys:

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Nursery Rhymes Featured Video:

Nursery Rhyme Fun With THE WIGGLES!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se5XcrG4S8s