Songs About Toys

Time to take a brief stress break in the middle of your hectic day and think back to your childhood… of the simple little things in life that made you happy….. or made you smile….. that made everything right in your world….. if  only for that moment in time. The theme here is toys, usually meaning the toys of the past or “yesteryear”. Some of these songs look back on a particular toy with great fondness while others use the theme of toys to shed light on something completely different….. if you know what I mean. The only requirement here is that there is a toy mentioned by name or referred/suggested to in the title of the song….. even if it happens to have a ‘double’ or ‘alternative’ meaning. You’ll find a few of these to be real obscure but there are some fun ones here in the mix. Enjoy!

Songs About Toys

  1. A Broken Doll – Al Jolson (1916) 
  2. Baby Be My Toy – Teresa Brewer 
  3. Barbie Girl – Aqua 
  4. Big Boy Toys – Aaron Tippin 
  5. Brand New Key – Melanie 
  6. Come & Buy My Toys – David Bowie 
  7. Cuddly Toy – Nilsson 
  8. Doll House – Priscilla Renea 
  9. Dreidel – Don McLean 
  10. I Like My Toys – Idle Race 
  11. I’m In Love With My Little Red Tricycle – Napoleon XIV 
  12. I’m Your Puppet – James & Bobby Purify 
  13. Jack In The Box – Jackpots 
  14. Kite – U2 
  15. Kites Are Fun – The Free Design 
  16. Let’s Go Fly A Kite – from the Disney classic, Mary Poppins 
  17. Like Toy Soldiers – Eminem 
  18. Little Plastic Castle – Ani DiFranco 
  19. Little Toy Trains – Glen Campbell 
  20. Master of Puppets – Metallica 
  21. My Ding-A-Ling – Chuck Berry 
  22. New Toy – Lene Lovich 
  23. Old Toy Trains – Roger Miller 
  24. One Tin Soldier – The Original Caste, Coven 
  25. Parade of The Wooden Soldiers – Harry Connick Jr. (A Disney Classic
  26. Puppet Man – The Fifth Dimension 
  27. Rag Doll – Aerosmith 
  28. Rag Doll – Four Seasons 
  29. Real Toys – Altered Images 
  30. Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle 
  31. Rubber Duckie Song – Ernie from Sesame Street (voiced by Jim Henson
  32. Skip A Rope – Henson Cargill 
  33. Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley 
  34. The Dreidel Song – various artists 
  35. The Hula Hoop Song – Teresa Brewer 
  36. The Man With All The Toys – The Beach Boys 
  37. The Marvelous Toy – Chad Mitchell Trio (however the well done animated video shown below is John Denver as the vocal – who actually was former member of the Chad Mitchell Trio long before he went solo in his career) 
  38. The Teddy Bear Song – Barbara Fairchild 
  39. The Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Henry Hall & His Orchestra (1932) An All-time children’s classic 
  40. Toy Balloons – Russ Conway 
  41. Toy Boy – Mika 
  42. Toy Soldiers – Martika 
  43. Toys In The Attic – Aerosmith 
  44. Yellow Balloon – The Yellow Balloon 
  45. Yo-Yo – Billy Joe Royal 
  46.  Yo-Yo – The Osmond Brothers 

BONUS #1:

SONGS ABOUT GAMES & OTHER RELATED PLAY THINGS

  1. 19 Something – Mark Wills 
  2. Do The Donkey Kong – Buckner & Garcia 
  3. House At Pooh Corner – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 
  4. March of The Toy Soldiers – from the Nutcracker Suite – originally by Tchaikovsky 
  5. Merry Go Round – The Replacements
  6. Music Box Dancer – Frank Mills 
  7. My Boomerang Won’t Come Back – Charlie Drake 
  8. Pac-Man Fever – Buckner & Garcia 
  9. Penny Arcade – Roy Orbison 
  10. Pinball Wizard – The Who 
  11. Playground In My Mind – Clint Holmes 
  12. Puff The Magic Dragon – Peter Paul & Mary 
  13. Return To Pooh Corner – Kenny Loggins 
  14. Simon Says – 1910 Fruit Gum Company 
  15. Two Little Boys – Rolf Harris 

SPECIAL BONUS #2:

CLASSIC TOY TV COMMERCIAL JINGLES

1960’s Cracker Jacks Commercial with Famous Theme Song (This is a classic embedded in deep within the memories of those of us who grew up in this era) 

1960’s Slink Commercial with Famous Theme Song (same can be said here for an iconic tune from my childhood) 

1980’s G.I. Joe Theme Song from the TV cartoon series of the 80’s

Extra Special Bonus #3:

YouTube Sensations

“The Gummy Bear Song” (English version) – Gummibar (includes sing-along lyrics) 

“Transformers Song – I Am Optimus Prime” – Parody of “The Time” (Black Eyed Peas)  by Angie Griffin & Chad Nikolaus 

“The Toy Song” – Destorm 

Famous Toys Enshrined at the National Toy Hall of Fame

National-Toy-HOFThe National Toy Hall of Fame, now in its 11th year, is an American hall of fame that recognizes the contributions of toys and games that have sustained their popularity for many years. They have pretty much endeared themselves in the hearts and minds of American children everywhere over generations and have enshrined their place in American pop culture status forever.

The National Toy Hall of Fame® at Strong National Museum of Play® recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations, inspiring them to learn, create, and discover through play.

Criteria for induction includes:

  • Icon-status – The toy is widely recognized, respected and remembered.
  • LongevityThe toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations.
  • Discovery – The toy fosters learning, creativity or discovery through play.
  • Innovation – The toy profoundly changed play or toy design.

Established in 1998, the National Toy Hall of Fame was originally housed at AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village in Salem, Oregon but was moved in 2002 to the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, after it outgrew its original home.

Strong National Museum of Play® is the nation’s only museum devoted solely to the study of play as it illuminates American popular culture. Known for its family friendly, interactive exhibits and world-renowned collections (including the world’s largest collection of toys, games, and dolls), the museum is the second largest children’s museum in the nation and the largest year-round family attraction in upstate New York.

For more info on Strong & the National Toy Hall of Fame visit www.museumofplay.org.

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To date 42 toys have been enshrined in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Below is a year-by-year rundown of the annual inductees.

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* Check out my follow-up post to this one about the latest (2009) inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame at the following link:

Big Wheel & Game Boy Finally Get Their Overdue Place In The Toy Hall of Fame

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Original inductees (1998-99)

The original inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame were announced in November 1999. Students from nearby Willamette University protested (good-naturedly) when they learned that Mr. Potato Head and Barbie’s friend Ken were not included. The 17 lucky winners were…

  1. Barbie
  2. Crayola Crayon
  3. Erector Set
  4. Etch-A-Sketch
  5. Frisbee
  6. Hula Hooplincoln-log-cabins
  7. Lego
  8. Lincoln Logs
  9. Marbles
  10. Monopoly
  11. Play-Doh
  12. Radio Flyer Wagonradio-flyer-wagon
  13. Roller Skates
  14. Teddy Bear
  15. Tinkertoy
  16. View-Master
  17. Duncan Yo-Yo

Class of 2000

This year’s selections were chosen from a field of 34 nominations by a panel of educators and civic leaders that included Sharon Kitzhaber, wife of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. Nominees rejected for the honor this year included G.I. Joe, Original Nintendo, the soccer ball, Beanie Babies, the baseball glove and the cap gun.mr_potato_head

18. Bicycle

19. Jacks

20. Jump Rope

21. Mr. Potato Headslinky

22. Slinky

Class of 2001

Both children and adults created a list of 82 nominees over the past year. A national panel of distinguished educators and civic leaders choose two toys for induction this year.silly-putty-pkg

23. Silly Putty

24. Tonka Trucks

Class of 2002

There were more than ninety nominees this year.Raggedy-Ann

25. Jigsaw Puzzle

26. Raggedy Ann – Her induction this year came after a full year of campaigning from fans.

Class of 2003alphabet-blocks

27. Alphabet Blocks

28. Checkers

Class of 2004gi_joe_action_marine-2

29. G.I. Joe – The G.I. JOE brand overwhelmed the competition in a Playthings Magazine poll asking which nominated toy most deserved to be honored.

30. Rocking Horse

31. Scrabble

Class of 2005candyland-box

32. Candy Land

33. The Cardboard Box

34. Jack-in-the-Box

Class of 2006

This year’s nominees were: Atari Game System, Big Wheel, Easy-Bake Oven, Lite-Brite, Fisher-Price Little People, Hot Wheels, Lionel Trains, Operation Skill Game, Pez candy dispenser, rubber duck, skateboard, and Twister. Only two of the twelve nominees took their place in the Lionel-Train-boxhall that year.

35. Lionel Trains

36. Easy Bake Oven

Class of 2007

37. Atari 2600atari2600

38. Kite

39. Raggedy Andy

Class of 2008

The following toys were added in 2008:

40. The Stick – Curators praised the stick for its all-purpose, no-cost, recreational qualities, noting its ability to serve either as raw material or an appendage transformed in myriad ways by a child’s creativity.old-skateboard

41. The Baby Doll

42. Skateboard

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Class of 2009

Which of America’s favorite toys will take their honored places in the National Toy Hall of Fame® this year?

Can Playing Cards make the cut?

Will Nintendo Game Boy® score big?

Can Sidewalk Chalk scrape by?

The Strong National Museum of Play has announced the twelve final nominees being considered for the 2009 induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame®.

And alphabetically — the nominees are……….

  • The Ball
  • Big Wheel
  • Cabbage Patch Kids®
  • Game of Life®
  • Hot Wheels®
  • Nintendo Game Boy®
  • Paper Airplane
  • Playing Cards
  • Rubik’s Cube®
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Toy Tea Set
  • Transformers®.

Only two of the twelve finalists will make it into the prestigious hall, joining such toy luminaries as Barbie®, Mr. Potato Head®, and the Atari® 2600 Game System.

The National Toy Hall of Fame receives thousands of toy nominations via mail and email annually. The final 2009 toy inductees, to be chosen by a National Selection Committee, will be announced at a press conference on Thursday, November 5, and a major weekend public celebration will follow at Strong National Museum of Play on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8.

* Check out my follow-up post to this one about the latest (2009) inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame at the following link:

Big Wheel & Game Boy Finally Get Their Overdue Place In The Toy Hall of Fame

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Link to the Toy Industry Hall of Fame:

Link to the National Toy Hall of Fame:

Links to Toy Museums around the United States:

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