“Wheels on the Bus” Song Versions That Don’t Make You Cringe

“Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” is one of the most grating children’s songs, but it’s a very useful nursery rhyme.

by Alicia Kort
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“Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” is one of the most grating children’s songs, but it’s a very useful nursery rhyme. There’s a lot of competition for most annoying children’s songs too, so it’s very difficult to get that kind of a distinction. Regardless of how insane this song drives you, your kids probably love it anyway. This song — and it’s various different versions — are going to be a part of your life whether you like it or not, so you might as well accept it—sort of. At Fatherly, we have gathered the weirdest and most entertaining alternative versions of “Wheels on the Bus.” Some of these versions completely change the beat of “Wheels on the Bus” while others get super creative with the verses. There’s no reason to hear about people bouncing up and down on the bus for multiple hours at a time. (Unless that’s what your kid wants.)

5. The Dubstep Version

If you’re trying to get your kids into dubstep at a young age, then try out this alternative. It sounds kind of ridiculous, but it’s less grating than kids shrilly screaming “Wheels on the Bus” at the top of their lungs.

4. “Wheels on the Bus” with Dialogue

The Mother Goose Club tackles this classic nursery rhyme. Although we don’t think that sheep are allowed to drive, at least the sheep advises the riders to wear seatbelts. It also has some accompanying movements that your children can learn.

3. Buses and Dinosaurs

This version of Wheels on the Bus wildly deviates from the classic refrain with windshield wipers and mothers quieting babies. In this video, kids get off the bus to explore a museum and learn about dinosaurs. This might be a good version to put on if you’re sick of the original lyrics themselves.

2. A Very Trippy Bus

This psychedelic video looks crazy, but it’s actually probably the most calming version of “Wheels on the Bus.” It’s sung in a quiet, folk music style, so you might not notice it if your child puts it on repeat for half an hour.

1. The 16-Part Saga of “Wheels on the Bus”

There are 16 videos featuring 16 buses as they drive their passengers through the town. The buses break down in quite a lot of them, so you might need to explain to your kids that this doesn’t happen every time people take the bus. Other than that though, your kids will be entertained for at least an hour by these videos.

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