Does the thought of children's music put a smile on your face or a look of disdain? Personally, I have always enjoyed children's music, but I know many adults who, if they don't hate it, at least are annoyed by it. When I was a kid, my favorite albums were anything by Raffi, and Wee Sing Silly Songs. I loved singing songs at summer camp, and would sing in the car to pass to the time on trips. However, if you don't like children's music so much, you might want to try a regular adult musical artist who has made a children's album. My current favorites are:
Ziggy Marley's Family Time
Dan Bern's Two Feet Tall
Of course, just because music is marketed to adults doesn't mean that children and babies won't love it too. Lately we have been using music to help Sweet Pea fall asleep at night, and Average made a great mix that helps her to relax and drift off. The majority of these are songs that we have always liked and won't easily tire of, with a few Raffi classics thrown in for good measure. Here is the list:
F-Stop Blues Jack Johnson Brushfire Fairytales
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Raffi The Corner Grocery Store
Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Daughters John Mayer Heavier Things
Blackbird Sarah McLachlan I Am Sam Soundtrack
Rock-A-Bye Baby Raffi The Corner Grocery Store
Hard Time Killing Floor Blues Chris Thomas King O Brother, Where Art Thou?
I'm Yours Jason Mraz We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things
Yellow Coldplay Parachutes
Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection
Slip Slidin' Away Paul Simon The Paul Simon Anthology
Home On the Range Gene Autry The Essential Gene Autry
Lullaby Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way
Goodnight, Irene Raffi The Corner Grocery Store
If you are not familiar with Raffi, and you like fun, acoustic kids music, I would recommend checking out:
Another favorite of mine when I was a child was the Really Rosie album and matching book by Carole King.
What are your favorite kids songs or albums?
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