The Wheels on the Bus

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"The Wheels on the Bus"
song by Verna Hills
Genre children's song
Writer(s) Verna Hills
Language English

"The Wheels on the Bus" is a United Kingdom folk song dating no later than 1939 written by Verna Hills.[1] It is a popular children's song in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom and is often sung by children on bus trips to keep themselves amused. It has a very repetitive rhythm, making the song easy for a large number of people to sing, in a manner similar to the song "99 Bottles of Beer". It is based on the traditional British song "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush". The song is also sometimes sung to the tune of "Buffalo Gals", as in the version done by Raffi.

The song is now very popular for children in several other languages.

Mad Donna's cover version[edit]

"Wheels on the bus"
Single by Mad Donna
Released 4 May 2002
Format CD single
Length 2:25
  • Star Harbour
  • All Around The World Disco 0202R

In 2002 British Madonna impersonator "Mad Donna" had a hit with the song, featuring a version of Madonna's "Ray of Light" over which the classic children's song was sung. The single reached #17 in the United Kingdom and also made the charts elsewhere in Europe.[2]


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