Music You and Your Kids Will Love- Really!

My 2-year-old son loves music. And we enjoy exposing him to songs from different artists and genres as long as they don't contain any bad language or imagery. Fortunately, he's at the age where any veiled references to bad behavior go right over his head.
I'm pretty sure I came out of the womb hearing lots of R&B, which was perfectly fine at the time because music was a lot less sketchy back then. Now, though, just listening to the radio with your kids can be dicey depending on the station and the time of day. That situation alone leads to what we consider a drastic separation in many households: Music for the kids and music for the adults.
It doesn't have to be that way. This separation of parents' music and kids' music -while sometimes necessary- doesn't have to be the norm in your house. Believe it or not there's lots of music you can listen to with your little one that isn't necessarily kiddie music, as long as you're willing to broaden your musical horizons. We do a little R&B, old school hip-hop, indie rock, "kindie rock", house music, classical, lounge (is that a category?), music from TV shows, whatever works. Real music is for EVERYBODY.
So let's hear it for tunes that are good for the kids and don't make you want to knock yourself unconscious. Here are just a few of the kiddie and non-kiddie selections we have in heavy rotation:

Jack Johnson "Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George"

Songs for Dust Mites (Steve from Blue's Clues)
Raphael Saadiq "The Way I See It"
Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle and Shake

Jamiroquai "Travelling Without Moving"
Flaming Lips, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"

Flaming Lips "The Soft Bulletin"
Cuban Lullaby
Best of Schoolhouse Rock

Just a few of our recent MP3s

Yolanda Adams "The Me Dance"
Aquabats "Pool Party"
Dirty Sock Funtime Band "Music Everywhere"
Jack's Big Music Show "Space Explorers"

*Also, various old school Hip-Hop tunes - This week it was (Monie Love, UMCs, Stetsasonic)

Other artists/collections I've been told to check out but haven't listened to yet:
They Might Be Giants
- Amazon actually has a nice collection of TMBG CDs that the band made for children and their parents. Band members say their kids like to "rock" so they made rockin' music for kids.
Barenaked Ladies
Beethoven's Wig (was just nominated for a Grammy)
Dan Zanes
Justin Roberts

We would LOVE to hear more options from you! If you have music you like to listen to with your kids, we beg you, PLEASE share by clicking on comments.


Fred G. said...

My kids like Michael Jackson, but playing it for them makes me feel weird.

African-American Brides said...

Oh, I'm glad you said that. We have "Off the Wall" on the iPod. It IS a weird situation. In my mind, though, there's old Michael and new Michael. Old Mike is alright! :)

The Pretty Brown Girl said...

I just discovered this blog thru twitter. I think it is GREAT!

I'm a mom of two, ages 14 and 10 AND a professional childcare provider, and a college student majoring in Child development and Nursery School Education. This is my LIFE! LOL!

A great DVD of music for kids is the Really Rosie collection of Maurice Sendak stories put to music by Carole King. I've used this both @ home and w/work babies and it's been a hit for over 15 years w/my crew. Check it out!

African-American Brides said...

I'm just seeing your comment, PBG! Thanks so much for weighing in. :)

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