Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Our Favorite Children's Music

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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4 comments:

  1. I do love me some Raffi! I can't wait to have kiddos so I can pass on that tradition :)

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  2. Hi

    I have just read you post re music for children.
    Please listen to our music for children from South Africa. We are very proud of it as it is designed to be parent friendly.
    It is on iTunes search for Beautiful Creatures-Ed Jordan.
    Please let us know what you think.
    Our website is www.beautifulcreatures.co.za

    Kind Regards
    Paul Choritz
    Beautiful Creatures

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  3. We especially love Go Waggaloo by Sara Lee Guthrie!

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  4. i really liked this post, rose, with all the good music suggestions. i placed some on hold at the library. thank you!

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