Remember how you used to be able to throw on whatever music you wanted to listen while cruising in your vehicle?
Yeah, I don’t either.
While there are many milestones on the parenting path, having to censor your taste in music is a significant one no one really notices happening.
Although you may have had to shelf your explicit lyrics, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer “Baby Shark” for the rest of your life.
Here are five kids’ songs your child while love and you won’t mind keeping on repeat:
1. Istanbul by They Might Be Giants
These guys release some pretty amazing kids’ albums that are both catchy and educational.
This song is one of my particular favorites – especially if you’re concerned with your child knowing whatever happened to Constantinoble.
To get a bigger kick out of this song, check out the routine on the video game Just Dance. So much fun!
2. Vegetable Time by The Barenaked Ladies
Who doesn’t want to listen to a song solely dedicated to snacks?
This song features recordings of well-known celebrities sharing their favorite snacks, including Janeane Garofalo professing her love for microwaved chocolate doughnuts.
In fact, the entire album is enjoyable!
3. The Entire “Trolls” Soundtrack
If you can’t bump along to Justine Timberlake and Anna Kendrick rocking out well known tunes and some amazing original pieces, then there is no hope.
Just kidding. But the music from these movies is amazingly catching and kid-friendly.
These fun and upbeat songs should definitely be included on your kiddo’s playlist.
4. Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus may be many things, but you can’t deny that her songs are catchy.
This one in particular is a quintessential party song with high energy music and easy-to-sing-along-to lyrics.
You may think you’ll get tired of listening to this song over and over, but we all know the truth:
5. You’re My Best Friend by Queen
I really had to add this one for sentimental reasons, since this used to be mine and my mom’s “song”.
Given Queen’s repertoire of racy lyrics and controversial image (for their time), this rocking ballad is clean, catchy and perfectly celebrates the beauty of friendship.
While you’re at it, throw in “We Will Rock You”.
6. It Takes Two by DJ EZ Rock and Rob Base
The best part about exposing your child to appropriate music is that you can easily dig up old-school songs that you enjoyed in your youth!
However, be sure to download the clean version/radio edit. There is a version that drops an f-bomb.
Otherwise, this is a great song with lyrics your little ones can easily catch onto.
7. Getting Jiggy Wit’ It by Will Smith
Another blast from the past (how am I this old?), even the smallest child will delight in belting out ill-timed “Na Na Na’s”.
Pro Tip: Teach your kids the dance. Please.
Will Smith is a great example of how rap music can be fun and clean!
8. Dancing Queen by ABBA
It’s a scientific fact that the earlier you start your kids on old-timey music, the more they will appreciate.
Actually, I’m not sure if that’s true, but it’s worth finding out!
Get your dance on with your little one by becoming The Dancing Queen and exposing them to some classic disco jams.
9. Down By the Bay by Raffi
We should probably throw your kid a bone and let them listen to music that’s, you know, written for them.
Down By the Bay is a fun rhyming song where the possibilities are endless!
Have you ever seen a moose kissing a goose?
Or a cat wearing a hat?
This is a great language-building song that your kiddos can have a lot of fun with.
10. Un Poco Loco from Coco
I’d be remiss to recommend tolerable children’s songs without mentioning one from a Disney/Pixar movie.
Actually, you can just pick any of them and find musical satisfaction.
However, if you’ve never heard “Un Poco Loco” from the Pixar movie Coco, it is definitely worth a listen.
And if you’ve never seen the movie Coco, it is well worth the watch.
Between the crazy guitar playing and the singing voice, this is one to definitely belt out in the car! (Or the bathtub…or the living room…or the middle of the grocery store…)
Build Your Playlist!
See? Child-appropriate music doesn’t have to be painful.
So hop on your favorite music streaming service and make the perfect playlist!
What songs do your kids love that don’t drive you crazy? Let us know in the comments!