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10 Children’s Music Albums You Won’t Mind Hearing on Repeat

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You know how you get that one annoying children’s music song stuck in your head for what feels like days? (And sometimes is actually days.) That’s a pretty good test to see if you can handle being a parent. Can you listen to one annoying song repeating over and over and over and…

Between the nursery rhymes and stories you re-read again and again, it can make you a little nuts. But, there are a few good books and good songs and albums you can handle a little longer than the others! I polled my friends to ask them for the best “non-traditional” kid’s albums that don’t get on their last nerve. 

Between car rides, weekend mornings, or extra time at home due to the end of the school year, you may be needing to update your kid’s first album preferences! Sure, you can find dozens of versions of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, but what about something that’s a little more…fresh? Whether you want classic songs with a twist, or a new lullaby album with clever lyrics perfect for old and young listeners alike, we can help! These are the family album favorites that friends love and recommend!

10 Children’s Music Albums to Try

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1. Basho and Friends

I first heard Basho and Friends on some toddler Pandora stations and another friend said anytime B&F songs come on, the whole family sings along. There are lots of original songs, but also some cool, funky twists on classics that younger children (and you!) will love. Definitely the best version of The Itsy Bitsy Spider I’ve ever heard. And let’s just say that at this point, I’ve heard a lot.

2. Rockabye Baby!

Definitely not the classic children’s song you remember. These albums are meant to expose your ears (and baby’s) to the bands and songs of various artists you love! Think a mixture of sweet lullabies set to your favorite songs. From The Beach Boys and Queen, to The Beatles, Justin Timberlake, Journey, and more. If you love the band, chances are there’s a Rockabay Baby! album for you. 

Some of these are also just kind of hilarious to think about as you listen. Who would think Kanye’s Gold Digger would make a sweet bedtime song? smiling child wearing sunglasses and headphones

3. They Might Be Giants

80s and 90s kids (now having their own kids) will remember They Might be Giants for their fun, quirky songs and it turns out they’ve got some children’s music too. Here Comes the ABCs is educational and has catchy words and hooks and you won’t mind hitting repeat on. That’s some quality family time in the car!

4. Banjos in Space

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Full disclosure, this album comes to you from my brother, Lucas. BUT, in true sister form, I wouldn’t add it to the list if it didn’t deserve a spot (I’ve been his toughest critic for the past 30-something years, you know.). Actually, my toddler gives the real endorsement here. Each morning he wakes up and strums his shirt (like he’s playing a banjo) to let me know he wants to hear this album.

It’s a comedy/banjo album meets Star Wars, local television and evil monkeys. So, yeah, kids will love it. My kid asks for the title track at bedtime quite frequently!

A Favorite: Even if my kid isn’t with me, I’ve been known to play “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon”, which you might remember from Sesame Street. This version is so, so sweet. Good job, bro.

5. The Raging Idiots

When a friend recommended this album, I thought they were kidding at first. (That name didn’t sound super kid-friendly, ha!) No joke, that’s the name! Their kid-specific album is actually by The Raging Kidiots, so there’s that. There are twelve catchy tunes on this one, aimed probably more at an older kid range, though my kid will dance to anything with a good beat, so don’t exclude it for toddlers too!

family dancing together

6. Kid’s Bop

You’ve seen their commercials forever, and now that you’re in the parent club, the songs aren’t half-bad! Kidz Bop is basically your top 40, trending “adult” music, sung by kids. They’ve covered everyone; all the rock stars and pop new releases you can imagine. Obviously there are some lyric changes here and there, but overall the songs are good and you’ll love singing along in the car without having to worry about changing the channel quickly when those questionable lyrics come up.

7. Sugar Free All Stars

Definitely the classic kid’s band you’ve heard about for years, even if you didn’t have kids. Sugar Free All Stars has many albums to pick from, with songs all geared towards kid’s favorite things. (“Monster Truck”, “My Dog Pete” “Petting Zoo”, etc.) Chances are, your kids (and you) will approve.

8. Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie

Guthrie’s folk songs are fun and quirky and Elizabeth Mitchell’s voice is gorgeous and calming. A perfect combination when you’ve got kids albums on repeat non-stop!

boy listening to headphones

9. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rockstar

While Rockabye Baby! might be more “pop” geared, these children’s music albums hit you in all the rock feels. Want your kids to appreciate Metallica and Sublime? Grab some of these to introduce them. They do have some pop-ier albums too (like Adele and Mumford & Sons), but if rock is your genre of choice, these albums are for you. I mean, your kids. :)

10. The Hero in You by Ellis Paul

 A cool introduction to some notable people in history. From Georgia O’Keefe to Rachel Carson, Rosa Parks, Thomas Edison and more, kids (and you!) will be introduced to some some real-life American heroes. Bonus, there’s a book that goes along with it!

Here are a few other kids’ songs albums to check out:

  • Alphabutt – Kimya Dawson
  • Free to Be You and Me – Marlo Thomas 
  • Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the film Curious George – Jack Johnson and Friends
  • Snacktime! – Barenaked Ladies
  • The Johnny Cash Children’s Album – Johnny Cash
  • The Best of Raffi – Raffi
  • Feel What U Feel – Lisa Loeb
  • Baby Beatles – Caspar Babypants
  • Abiyoyo and Other Story Songs for Children – Pete Seeger
  • Family Time – Ziggy Marley

Have a favorite children’s album? Let us know!

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Annemarie LeBlanc

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

My grandson loves to sing and I must say, he can carry a tune very well. I would love to get him any of these CDs. I can see talent in singing in that boy so we might as well develop his musical ability. New songs would be good for him (and me!) When he is playing with his train sets, he sings Baby Shark non-stop. Lately he includes Here Comes Santa Claus in his humming and singing.

Romy

Friday 22nd of November 2019

What a great list! When I was a kid, I loved Carole King’s I’m Really Rosie, it was so great!

Laurie Emerson

Thursday 21st of November 2019

I love all Disney songs. My children like to sing Whistle While You Work when we make dinner together and then set the table. It makes dinnertime so much fun!

Myrah Duque

Thursday 21st of November 2019

These are amazing! Been looking for songs for my little nieces. I miss so much my daughter's toddler days!

krystal

Thursday 21st of November 2019

These would be fun to listen to with my son. They Might be Giants were popular when I was young!

Cathy

Friday 22nd of November 2019

This is really so fun listening together with my niece and nephew of they are really fun and enjoyable to be with I think they will sing and dance.

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