My BIG Book of Music Therapy Songs

by Rachel on April 6, 2011

My B-I-G Book of Music Therapy Songs

This was my bible during my first year as a professional music therapist.  Throughout the nine months prior that I spent in internship, I compiled songs that I thought might come in handy (or already had) for music therapy sessions.  I’m so glad I took the time to do that way back when, because here I am, four years later…still referring back to it and adding new songs as I go.

Of course, not every song is relevant anymore, especially now that I write most of my own material.  But every single song on my recent list of 12 Songs Every Music Therapist Should Know can be found in this giant binder, as are many of the songs I’m about to add to that list.

I received several requests for my FULL list of essential songs, and since I aim to please, here goes!  Note: I am not elaborating on each one as I did in my original list, because if I did, you’d still be reading this tomorrow…

  • “Ain’t No Sunshine” (Bill Withers)
  • “All Good Gifts” (Godspell)
  • “All Star” (Smashmouth)
  • “American Pie” (Don McLean)
  • “Amazing Grace”
  • “Apples & Bananas”
  • “Be OK” (Ingrid Michaelson)
  • “Blackbird” (The Beatles)
  • “Blue Skies”
  • “Blue Suede Shoes” (Elvis Presley)
  • “Boogie Baby”
  • “Boom Boom, Ain’t it Great to be Crazy”
  • “Breakaway” (Kelly Clarkson)
  • “Brown-Eyed Girl” (Van Morrison)
  • “Bushel and a Peck” (Guys & Dolls)
  • “Change the World” (Eric Clapton)
  • “Circle of Life” (Elton John)
  • “Clap For Love” (Little Miss Ann)
  • “The Climb” (Miley Cyrus)
  • “Colors of the Wind” (Vanessa Williams)
  • “Day by Day” (Godspell)
  • “Defying Gravity” (Wicked)
  • “Do-Re-Mi” (The Sound of Music)
  • “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (Bobby McFerrin)
  • “Everybody” (Ingrid Michaelson)
  • “Fire & Rain” (James Taylor)
  • “Firework” (Katy Perry)
  • “Fix You” (Coldplay)
  • “For Good” (Wicked)
  • “The Girl I Mean to Be” (Secret Garden)
  • “Glory of Love”
  • “God Only Knows” (Beach Boys)
  • “Hallelujah” (Jeff Buckley)
  • “Happy Together” (The Turtles)
  • “Here Comes the Sun” (The Beatles)
  • “Hero” (Mariah Carey)
  • “Hey Jude” (The Beatles)
  • “Horse With No Name” (America)
  • “How Sweet It Is” (James Taylor)
  • “I Believe I Can Fly” (R. Kelly)
  • “I Can See Clearly Now” (Lee Towers)
  • “I Don’t Care if the Rain Comes Down”
  • “I Got Rhythm”
  • “I Have a Dream” (ABBA)
  • “I Will Remember You” (Sarah McLachlan)
  • “I Want To Teach the World To Sing”
  • “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
  • “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”
  • “In the Jungle”
  • “Jingle Bells”
  • “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt”
  • “Jump, Jive ‘n Wail” (Louis Prima)
  • “Just the Way You Are” (Billy Joel)
  • “Lean on Me” (Bill Withers)
  • “Let It Be” (The Beatles)
  • “L-O-V-E”
  • “My Favorite Things” (The Sound of Music)
  • “My Girl” (The Temptations)
  • “My Wish” (Rascal Flatts)
  • “Never Never Land” (Peter Pan)
  • “No Day But Today” (Rent)
  • “No One is Alone” (Into the Woods)
  • “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing” (Schoolhouse Rock)
  • “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (The Beatles)
  • “The Rainbow Connection” (Kermit the Frog)
  • “The Raindrop Song”
  • “River of Dreams” (Billy Joel)
  • “Seasons of Love” (Rent)
  • “Shake Your Sillies Out”
  • “Side by Side”
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me”
  • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
  • “Stand By Me” (Ben E. King)
  • “Sunrise, Sunset” (Fiddler on the Roof)
  • “Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay!”
  • “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
  • “This Little Light of Mine”
  • “Three is a Magic Number” (Schoolhouse Rock)
  • “Three Little Birds” (Bob Marley)
  • “The Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)” (Greenday)
  • “Top of the World” (The Carpenters)
  • “Twist and Shout” (The Beatles)
  • “Under the Boardwalk” (The Drifters)
  • “When You Wish Upon a Star” (Pinocchio)
  • “Wide Open Spaces” (Dixie Chicks)
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “You Gotta Be” (Des’ree)
  • “You Raise Me Up” (Josh Groban)
  • “Your Smiling Face” (James Taylor)
  • “You’ve Got a Friend” (James Taylor)
  • “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (Randy Newman)
  • “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”


Notice the nice little scroll box? Right around song #35, I decided it was mandatory. Hopefully I’ve given you some new ideas for songs to add to your own repertoire…and like my last “essential” songs post, I want to know: which tunes am I still missing?



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