Top Ten Nursery Rhymes in the UK

col001-061Booktrust did a survey of over 2,500 people in the UK to determine the top nursery rhymes.  Here they are with links to their lyrics (most of the links have mp3’s or videos too):

1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

2. Incey Wincey Spider

3. Round And Round The Garden

4. Baa Baa Black Sheep

5. The Grand Old Duke Of York

6. If You’re Happy And You Know It

7. Humpty Dumpty

8. This Little Piggy

9. Ring A Ring A Roses

10. I’m A Little Teapot


Mama Lisa

Note: The survey was done in 2009.

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6 Responses to “Top Ten Nursery Rhymes in the UK”

  1. Wendy Tidman Says:

    It saddens me somewhat that this list contains so many of the more modern children’s rhymes. I wonder if it is a reflection of a dwindling knowledge of old traditional rhymes and children’s games. We sing a great variety of any nursery rhymes that I can remember from my own childhood to our grandchildren, often making up little ‘plays’ – such as for ‘Little Boy Blue’. The Opies wrote several books about nursery rhymes, and their origins, and I am hopeful that we can share that with my grand-daughter when she is older. She already knows a wide variety of rhymes at three and a half. Of course, she sings the more modern ones at school!

  2. Terry Haun Says:

    My Grandmother sang a song when she was a child (early 1900’s) and taught it to me and I taught it to my children. that’s 4 generations at least. Although, we have no idea where it came from; she did not remember. Her great-grandfather was from England and came over around 1849 and I often wonder if it came from there. (as it was entirely a verbal rhyme, I am not sure of the spelling. This is all from phonics that I remember).

    As I was crossing humber-jumber janey
    I met a rin-a-ma-jig stealing my kapaney,

    If I’d a had my rit-ma-tit-ma-tat-ma-taney
    I’d of surely shot that rin-a-ma-jig for stealing my kapaney.

    – – – – – – – – – (Meaning)

    As I was crossing London Bridge
    I met a thief stealing my pony.

    If I’d a had my rifle,
    I’d of surely shot that thief for stealing my pony.

  3. martin Says:

    Sweetest nursery rhymes

  4. R Harvey Says:

    I have always wondered at what the meaning might be behind “As I walked by myself”. I would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.

  5. Lisa Says:

    The rhyme is as follows:

    As I walked by myself,
    And talked to myself,
    Myself said unto me,
    Look to thyself,
    Take care of thyself,
    For nobody cares for thee.

    I answered myself,
    And said to myself,
    In the self-same repartee,
    Look to thyself,
    Or not to thyself,
    The self-same thing will be.

    It seems to mean that if no one cares about you, it doesn’t matter what you do. Would anyone else like to give their take on this rhyme?

  6. Avryll Sixtus Says:

    My former parents in law, Iona and Peter Opie, published many many books on Children’s Lore and Language, Nursery rhymes and their origins, Fairy Tales and their origins, Singing and skipping games, and are considered the world’s real authority on all these and related topics. Their books are usually available online, through Oxford Press, or in your local library.

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