Singalong Themes

by | March 17, 2024 | Celebrating, Involving Others, Other, Resources

Don Wendorf shares singalong themes he has developed during his many years of singing with persons living with dementia.

Here are some of the singalong themes I’ve developed in my years of singing along with persons living with dementia. I hope these ideas will serve as a launching point for your own singalongs.

  • Alabama (i.e. Stars Fell On Alabama, UA & Auburn Fight Songs)
  • Baby (i.e. Baby Face, Hush Little Baby)
  • Beatles (i.e. I Want To Hold Your Hand, She Loves You)
  • Blue (i.e. Blue Moon, Blue Skies, Blue Hawaii)
  • Campfire (i.e. This Land Is Your Land, You Are My Sunshine)
  • Christmas (i.e. Frosty the Snowman, White Christmas, Silent Night)
  • Colors (i.e. Blue Skies, Red River Valley, Sweet Georgia Brown)
  • Cowboy (i.e. Happy Trails To You, Red River Valley)
  • Classic Crooners (i.e. Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett)
  • Disney (i.e. Heigh-Ho, When You Wish Upon a Star, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) 
  • Dogs (i.e. Hound Dog, Bird Dog, B-I-N-G-O, How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?)
  • Easter/Spring (i.e. Easter Parade, Tiptoe Thru The Tulips)
  • Elvis Presley (i.e. Love Me Tender, Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, Can’t Help Falling in Love)
  • Fall And Falling (i.e. Autumn Leaves, I Fall To Pieces)
  • Farm (i.e. Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Grandma’s Feather Bed, Green Acres)
  • Folk (i.e. Kumbaya, Tom Dooley, Michael Row The Boat Ashore)
  • Free Advice (i.e. High Hopes, Smile, Pennies From Heaven)
  • French Songs (i.e. Frere Jacque, Dites-Moi, Alouette)
  • Grammy Songs 1958/1959 (i.e. Volare, High Hopes, Summertime)
  • Halloween (i.e. Monster Mash, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead)
  • Hawaiia (i.e. Tiny Bubbles, Blue Hawaii, Beach Boys)
  • Hot Dog (i.e. Oscar Mayer Weiner Ad, Under The Boardwalk)
  • Irish (i.e. Danny Boy, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, My Wild Irish Rose)
  • Italian/Italian American (i.e. Mona Lisa, Volare, That’s Amore)
  • Jukebox (i.e. High Hopes, Blue Suede Shoes, Kansas City)
  • Kazoo (i.e. Cindy, Skip To My Lou, Zip A Dee Doo Dah)
  • Kid Stuff (i.e. Hokey Pokey, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, B-I-N-G-O)
  • Lullaby (i.e. Brahms Lullaby, Hush Little Baby, Rockabye Baby. An Irish Lullaby)
  • Mardi Gras/New Orleans (i.e. Just a Closer Walk With Thee, When the Saints Go Marching In, Iko Iko)
  • Mexico/Cinco De Mayo (i.e. Tijuana Jail, Tequila, La Bamba)
  • Moon (i.e. Moon River, Blue Moon, Moonlight Bay)
  • Motown (My Girl, My Guy, I’ll Be There)
  • New Years (i.e. Accentuate The Positive, Auld Lang Syne) 
  • Nostalgia Rock (i.e. Blue Suede Shoes, Bye Bye Love, My Girl)
  • Ocean/Sea (i.e. Moonlight Bay, Yellow Submarine, Moonglow)
  • Oscar Winners (i.e. Over The Rainbow, White Christmas)
  • Patriotic (i.e. America The Beautiful, Yankee Doodle)
  • Plane And Train (i.e. Freight Train, Leaving On A Jet Plane)
  • Rain (i.e. Singin’ in the Rain, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head)
  • Rainbow (i.e. Over The Rainbow, Arky Arky, Rainbow Connection)
  • Rat Pack (i.e. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr)
  • Red (i.e. Red River Valley, Little Red Caboose, Roses Are Red)
  • Roaring Twenties (i.e. Baby Face, My Blue Heaven, Side By Side)
  • Sacred Songs (i.e. I’ll Fly Away, Just a Closer Walk With Thee)
  • Seventies (i.e. Close To You, Lean On Me, You’ve Got A Friend)
  • Snow/Winter (i.e. Jingle Bells, Let It Snow, Sleigh Ride)
  • Summer (i.e. Summertime, Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer, In the Good Old Summertime)
  • Tony Bennett (i.e. Smile, I Left My Heart In San Francisco)
  • Travel (i.e. Kansas City, I’m Walking To New Orleans, On the Road Again)
  • Trees (i.e. Lemon Tree, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, Cindy)
  • Valentines Day (i.e. My Girl, I Can’t Help Falling In Love)
  • Vintage TV (i.e. Happy Trails To You, Beverly Hillbillies)
  • Walking (i.e. I Walk The Line, Walking After Midnight)

You can use these singalong themes whether or not your play an instrument. You can use these Songs & Smiles Singalong Leader Videos. Or, read about Becoming a Songs & Smiles Singalong Leader.

Music makes a difference. Music connects us with each other. It can spark memories, elicit emotions, and brighten moods. I hope these singalong themes will inspire you to share the joy of music.


Don Wendorf and his wife, Lynda Everman, serve as advocates, authors, and speakers, supporting dementia care partners and working to Stamp Out Alzheimer’s.


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Author Bio: Don Wendorf is a retired psychologist and an active musician. He and his wife, Lynda Everman, serve as advocates, authors, and speakers, supporting dementia care partners and working to Stamp Out Alzheimer’s.

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