List of nursery rhymes

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The terms "nursery rhyme" and "children's song" emerged in the 1820s, although this type of children's literature previously existed with different names such as Tommy Thumb Songs and Mother Goose Songs.[1] The first known book containing a collection of these texts was Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book, which was published by Mary Cooper in 1744.[2] The works of several scholars and collectors helped document and preserve these oral traditions as well as their histories. These include Iona and Peter Opie, Joseph Ritson, James Orchard Halliwell, and Sir Walter Scott.[3]

Nursery rhymes[edit]

The following is a list of nursery rhymes.

Title Other titles Place of origin Date first recorded
Ah! vous dirai-je, maman 'Oh! Shall I tell you, Mama' France 18th century
Aiken Drum Scotland 1825
Apple Pie ABC 'Apple Pie ABC' England 17th century/1672
Akka bakka bonka rakka Norway 1888
All The Pretty Little Horses 'All the Pretty Horses', 'Hush-a-bye' USA
Apples and Bananas North America 1985
Arthur o' Bower England Late 18th century
A Sailor Went To Sea 'The Sailor Song', 'A Sailor Went To The Sea Sea Sea', 'A Father Went To The Sea', 'A Father Went To The Sea Sea Sea' England 1885
A Wise Old Owl USA 1915
A-Tisket, A-Tasket 'A Tisket A Tasket' USA c. 1879
A-Hunting We Will Go England 1777
Akai Kutsu '赤い靴' or 'Red Shoes' Japan 1922
Alphabet Song 'ABC', 'The Alphabet Song', 'The ABC Song' USA 1835
Alouette 'Lark' Canada 1870
Animal Fair USA 1898
Ants Go Marching 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home', 'The Ants Go Marching', 'The Animals Went in Two by Two' USA 1863
As I was going by Charing Cross 'As I was going to Charing Cross' England 17th century
As I was going to St Ives England c. 1730
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep England c. 1744
Baby Shark Korea or Germany 2007
Backe, backe Kuchen 'Bake a Cake, Bake a Cake' Germany 1850
Bahay Kubo 'Field House' Philippines
Baloo Baleerie Scotland 1949
Billy Boy USA 1912
Bingo 'B-I-N-G-O', 'B-I-N-G-O with his name-O', 'Bingo with his name O' England c. 1780
Bobby Shafto's Gone to Sea 'Bobby Shafto' England 1805
Bye, Baby Bunting England 1784
Can you count the stars Germany 1837
The Cat Sat Asleep by the Side of the Fire England
Chizhik-Pyzhik 'Чи́жик-Пы́жик' Russia 1994
Christmas Is Coming USA
Cock-a-Doodle Doo England 1765
Come Follow Me (To the Redwood Tree) 'Come Follow Me' USA
Daisy Bell or Daisy Daisy England 1882
Dandini Dandini Dastana 'Dan-dini Dan-dini Dastana', 'Dandini', 'Dan-dini' Turkey
Did You Ever See a Lassie? USA or Scotland 1895-1900
Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, My Son John England 1797
Ding Dong Bell 'Ding Dong Dell' England 1580
Do Your Ears Hang Low? England
Doctor Foster England 1844
Dong, Dong, Dongdaemun '동, 동, 동대문' Korea
Down By the Bay USA or UK
Down By The Station 'Down at the Station', 'Down by the station early in the morning' USA or England 1948
Down Down Baby 'The Roller Coaster Song' USA mid 20th century
Down by the Station America 1931
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe 'Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo' Britain, USA or Finland 1888
Eeper Weeper 'Heeper Peeper' England late 19th early 20th century
Five Little Ducks 'May Limang Pato Akong Nakita' Philippines 1921
Five Little Monkeys '5 Little Monkeys', 'Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed', '5 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed' USA 1871
Five Little Speckled Frogs '5 Green & Speckled Frogs' USA 20th century
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow 'The Bear Went Over The Mountain' England 1709
Foxy's Hole England 16th century
Frère Jacques 'Brother John', 'Are You Sleeping', 'Are you sleeping, Brother John?' France c. 1780
Frog Went A-Courting 'Frog Wen A-Courtin'' England 1549-1611
Georgie Porgie England c. 1850
Girls and Boys Come Out To Play 'Boys and Girls Come Out to Play' England 1708
Goosey Goosey Gander England 1784
Green Gravel England c. 1835
Green Grow the Rushes, O England
Happy Birthday To You 'Birthday Song', 'Happy Birthday' USA 1893
Hark, Hark! The Dogs Do Bark England
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes 'Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes', 'Head and Shoulders' England 1961, pre 1960
Here Comes an Old Soldier from Botany Bay 'Here Comes an Old Soldier' or 'Old Soldier USA, Australia or British Isles Late 19th Century
Here We Go Looby Loo 'Looby Loo', 'Loopty Loo', 'Loop de Loo', 'Here We Go Loopty Loo' USA
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush 'Mulberry Bush', 'This Is the Way', 'This is the way (we)' England c. 1850
Hey Diddle Diddle England c. 1765
Hickory Dickory Dock 'Hickety Dickety Dock' England c. 1744
The Hokey Cokey 'Hokey Pokey' England 1826
Horsey, Horsey England 1937
Hot Cross Buns England 1797
How Many Miles to Babylon? Scotland 1801
Humpty Dumpty England 1803
Hush Little Baby 'Hush Little baby, don't say a word' USA before 1918
I Can Sing a Rainbow 'Sing a Rainbow', 'I Can see a Rainbow' USA 1955
Ichinensei Ni Nattara '一年生になったら' or 'When I Become A First Grader' Japan 1966
If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride 'If wishes were horses' Britain 1605
If You're Happy and You Know It 'If You Are Happy and You're Know it', 'If You're Happy and You're Know it, Clap Your Hands' USA 1916
I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell England 1680
I Had a Little Nut Tree England 1789
I Have Two Hands Philippines early 20th century
I'm a Little Teapot USA 1939
I'll Tell Me Ma 'The Wind' England, adapted in Ireland 1988
I've Been Working On The Railroad 'Working on the Railroad', 'I Have Been Working on the Railroad' USA 1894
I Love Little Pussy 'I Love Little Kitty' England 1830
It's Raining, It's Pouring USA 1939
Itsy Bitsy Spider 'Eensy Weensy Spider', 'Insey Winsey Spider', 'Incy Wincy Spider', 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider' USA 1910
Jack and Jill England c. 1765
Jack-a-Nory England c. 1760
Jack Be Nimble England c. 1815
Jack Sprat England 1639
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt USA or Canada 19th century
Johnny Johnny Yes Papa British Empire 20th century
Kookaburra 'Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree' Australia 1932
Ladybird Ladybird 'Ladybug Ladybug' Britain c. 1744
Land of the Silver Birch Canada 1920s
Lavender's Blue 'Lavender Blue' England late 17th century
Lazy Mary 'Lazy Mary Will You Get Up' USA or UK
Little Arabella Miller USA 20th century
Little Bo-Peep 'Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep' England c. 1805
Little Boy Blue England c. 1744
Little Bunny Foo Foo England
Little Chickens 'Little Chickies' or 'Los Pollitos Dicen' Spain 1875
Little Jack Horner 'Little Jack Horner sat in a corner' England 1725
Little Miss Muffet 'Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet' England 1805
Little Poll Parrot England 1853
Little Robin Redbreast England c. 1744
Little Tommy Tucker England c. 1744
London Bridge Is Falling Down 'My Fair Lady' or 'London Bridge' England c. 1744
Lucy Locket 'Lucy Locket lost her pocket' England or USA 1842
Mary Had a Little Lamb 'Mary had a Little Lamb, Little Lamb, Little Lamb' USA 1830
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary England c. 1744
Malbrough s'en va-t-en guerre 'Marlborough has left for the war', 'Mort et convoi de l'invincible Malbrough', 'The death and burial of the invincible Marlborough' France 1709
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John "Black Paternoster" Britain 1656
Miss Polly had a Dolly 'Miss Molly Had a Dolly', 'Miss Polly', 'Miss Polly had a little dolly', 'Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick', 'Miss Molly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick' USA 1865
Monday's Child England 1838
Needles and Pins England 1843
Nuts in May 'Gathering Nuts in May' England 1894
Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be? 'Johnny's So Long at the Fair' England 1770s
Old King Cole England 1708-1709
Old MacDonald Had a Farm 'Old McDonald Had a Farm', 'Old MacDonald', 'Old McDonald', 'Ol' McDonald', 'Ol' McDonald Had a Farm', 'Ol' MacDonald', 'Ol' MacDonald' USA 1917
Old Mother Hubbard England 1805
On Top of Old Smoky USA 1951
One for Sorrow Britain c. 1780
One for the Money USA 1820s
One Potato, Two Potato 'One Potato, Two Potatoes' England 1870
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe '1, 2, Buckle My Shoe' USA or UK 1805
One, Two, Three, Four, Five '1, 2, 3, 4, 5', '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I Caught A Fish Alive', 'One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Once I Caught A Fish Alive' England c. 1765
Oranges and Lemons England c. 1744
Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker's Man "Pat-a-cake", "patty-cake" or "pattycake" England 1698
Pease Porridge Hot 'Peas Porridge Hot' or 'Pease Pudding Hot' England c. 1765
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater USA c. 1825
Peter Piper England 1813
Polly Put the Kettle On England 1803
Polly Wolly Doodle USA
Poor Mary 'Poor Jenny' or 'Poor Sally' England 1880s
Pop Goes the Weasel England 1850s
Pretty Little Dutch Girl USA 1940s
The Queen of Hearts Britain 1782
Pussy Cat Pussy Cat Britain 1805
Rain Rain Go Away 'Rain, Rain Go Away, come again another day' England 17th century or earlier
Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross 'Ride a Cock Horse', 'Ride a White Horse to Banbury Cross' England 1784
Ring-a-Ring o' Roses 'Ring Around the Rosie' England 1881
Rock-a-bye Baby 'Hush a bye Baby', 'Rock a Bye Baby on the treetop' England c. 1765
Roses Are Red England 1784
Round and Round the Garden Britain 1940s
Row, Row, Row Your Boat USA 1852
Rub-a-Dub Dub England 1798
See Saw Margery Daw Britain c. 1765
Sea shanty 'chantey' or 'chanty' Britain, Scotland Or Ireland
Shabondama 'シャボン玉' or 'Soap Bubbles' Japan 1922
She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain 'When She Comes', 'She'll be Coming Around the Mountain (When she comes)', 'She will be coming round (around) the mountain (when she comes)' USA
Simple Simon England 1764
Sing a Song of Sixpence England c. 1744
Skidamarink 'Skinnamarink', 'Ski-dy-mer-rink-adink-aboomp', 'Skiddy-Mer-Rink-A-Doo' USA 1910
Skip to my Lou 'Skip to my Lou, My Darling', 'Skip to the Lou' USA
Solomon Grundy Britain 1842
Soft Kitty USA
Star Light, Star Bright USA late 19th century
Sticks and Stones Britain before 1872
Sur le Pont d'Avignon France 15th Century
Taffy was a Welshman England c. 1780
Ten in the Bed 'There were ten in the Bed', '10 in the Bed', 'There were 10 in the bed' USA
Ten Green Bottles 'Ten Green Bottles hanging on the wall', '10 Green Bottles hanging on the Wall', '10 Green Bottles' UK 1830
Ten Little Indians USA 1868
The Farmer in the Dell 'The Farmer's in his Den' Germany 1820
The Grand Old Duke of York 'The Noble Duke of York' England 1642
The Lion and the Unicorn England 1708-1709
The More We Get Together USA 1679
The Moon Has Been Arisen Germany 1779
The Muffin Man 'Do you know the muffin man?' England c. 1820
The Old Woman and her Pig 'The Old Woman who found a Silver Penny' England
The Three Jovial Huntsmen Britain 1880
The Wheels on the Bus 'The Bus', 'The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round', 'Wheels on the bus go round and round' USA 1939
There Was a Crooked Man Britain 1842
There Was a Man in Our Town 'The Wondrous Wise Man' or 'There Wan a Man in Thessaly' England 1897
There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe England 1794
There Was an Old Woman Who Lived Under a Hill England 1714
This Is The House That Jack Built 'The House That Jack Built' England 1755
This Little Piggy 'This Little Pig' England c. 1760
This Old Man 'Nick Nack Paddy Whack', 'Knick Knack Paddywhack', 'Nick Nack Paddywhack', 'Knick Knack Paddy Whack' England 1906
Three Blind Mice England 1609
Three Little Kittens USA 1843
Three Wise Men of Gotham England c. 1765
Thumbelina USA 1951
Tinker, Tailor England 1695
To Market, to Market England 1611
Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son Britain 1795
Tweedledum and Tweedledee Britain 1805
The Twelve Days of Christmas England Or Britain c. 1780
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Lyrics) France, UK 1806
Two Little Dickie Birds 'Two Little Black Birds' Britain c. 1765
Two Tigers 'Two Little Tigers' or 'Liang Zhi Lao Hu' China 1845
Walking, Walking 'Walking, Walking, hop, hop, hop' USA
Weddings and Funerals England
Wee Willie Winkie Scotland 1841
What Are Little Boys Made Of? 'What Are Little Girls Made Of?' Britain c. 1820
When I was a Bachelor England c. 1833[4]
When the Boat Comes In North East England 1826
When the Saints Go Marching in USA
Where is Thumbkin USA
Where, O Where Has My Little Dog Gone? 'Der Deitcher's Dog' Germany 1846
Who Killed Cock Robin? 'The Cock Robin Song' England c. 1744
Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? 'Who stole the cookie'. 'Who took the cookie', 'Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?', 'Cookie jar song' England
Wind the Bobbin Up England 1890s
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod USA 1889
Yankee Doodle USA 1780s
Yon Yonson 'Jon Jonson', 'Jan Jansen', 'Yan Yansen', 'Yohn Yohnson', 'John Johnson' USA 1890


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  2. ^ Bathroom Readers' Institute (2011). Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781607104599.
  3. ^ Styles, Morag (1997). From the Garden to the Street: Three Hundred Years of Poetry for Children. London: Cassell. p. 84. ISBN 0304332240.
  4. ^ "When I Was a Little Boy I Lived by Myself: Nursery Rhyme". Retrieved 20 July 2022.