Best Songs for Younguns?

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    I want to make a playlist of upbeat G-rated songs for my child, but I want real "adult" music, not some plinky annoying children's songs. Other than the usual classical recommendations, what do you suggest?

    I'm thinking of things like Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles, Lean on Me, or maybe 99 Luftballoons, or maybe some of Jonathon Coulton's songs, but I don't know which ones yet. They Might Be Giants is a must, of course. :smile:

    Other ideas might be Elvis, REM, The Beach Boys...

    What songs do you recommend?
     
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    Oh gosh, this is a hard one!!! When our baby was here, I had trouble finding even a handful of appropriate CDs in my collection. My only criteria: a lack of swearwords :redface:.
     
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    I know! Even without, my collection of music tends to be dark or make references to sex, drinking, or drugs. I think he's too young for The Velvet Underground or most of Tom Waits' music. :redface:
     
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    Anything by Herman's Hermits, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, Matchbox20/Rob Thomas.
     
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    Thank you, Hoss! Good ideas. :smile:

    I had to look up Herman's Hermits.

    YouTube - Herman's Hermits - No milk today

    Good suggestion! That reminds me... maybe Sam Cooke might also have some good songs. Of course, he has good songs, I meant good songs for younguns. :tongue:

    Maybe Cibo Matto and The Barenaked Ladies. Oh, and Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles.
     
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    The Beach Boys are indeed pretty cool. I loved them when I was a kid.
     
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    The Jazz Crusaders, particulary their instrumentals, were a fave when I was young. The 'rents listened to all Jazz and Blues, but something about the Crusaders feels soothing. Highly recommend giving Marcella's Dream a listen as a sample.

    Trying to think of music that wouldn't be too loud or jangly.Joni Mitchell's Ladies of the Canyonm TigerLily by Natalie Merchant. David Gilmour's On the Turning Away. CSNY's So Far.

    Bob Dylan is soooo good, but maybe the covers - wouldn't want to scare the baby. :09:

    Written on BlackBerry, so please excuse typos.
     
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    i like listening to a lot of internet radio at work, my suggestion is to throw in at least a few of the songs from this station:

    LuxuriaMusic Internet Radio | Internet Radio: Exotica, Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad, Bossa, Soft-Psych, Go-Go, Latin Jazz, Sophisticated Rock and Surf

    henry mancini, tony bennett, annette funicello, grant green..

    oh, thought of another suggestion: pink martini. the recent album splendor in the grass is great, and the title track is stellar.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZyp2j3Jabg
     
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    How could I not laugh? :lmao:
    That video was funny, too!

    Songs that tell stories are good for language development. I've never actually heard that one before.

    I'm glad I asked this question. I don't think my musical exposure is wide enough.

    I think The Beach Boys is a good choice:
    YouTube - Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
    YouTube - The Beach Boys - Kokomo

    Sam Cooke:
    YouTube - Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
    YouTube - Sam Cooke- Another Saturday Night
     
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    Oh, wow! Thank you for all the suggestions! I'm listening to them right now. :smile::smile::smile:

    I should say WE are listening to them right now. :biggrin1:
     
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    the playlist here has some good choices:

    Radio DavidByrne.com - Archived Playlists: 2010

    off the top some decent picks appear to be:

    chuck berry, roy orbison, buddy holly, jerry lee lewis, louis prima, bo diddley, etta james

    From David Byrne:

     
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    Kids love anything with a good beat. 50's and 60's music are great choices. Good clean lyrics and fun for adults to listen too as well.
     
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    When I was a little kid, I fell in love with my parents ABBA "Arrival" LP. So much so that it somehow became MY album. I have adored ABBA ever since.

    I don't have children so I can only speak from my own childhood - bright, poppy and danceable.

    ABBA
    anything produced by Stock/Aitken/Waterman
    Dusty Springfield
    early Madonna (obviously NOT 'Erotica' or 'Like A Virgin' LOL)
    Diana Ross/Supremes
    Petula Clark
    Cher ('Turn Back Time' is perfectly suitable without the video)
    Carly Simon
    Blondie/Debbie Harry
    Pretenders
    Divinyls
    Cilla Black
    Marcia Hines
    Daddy Cool/Mondo Rock/Ross Wilson
    Eurogliders
    Eurythmics/Annie Lennox
    Renee Geyer
    Janet Jackson
    Sharon O'Neill
    Jenny Morris
    Deborah Conway/Do Re Mi (NOT 'Man Overboard')
    I'm Talking/Kate Ceberano
    The Dugites (maybe NOT 'Gay Guys')
    Skyhooks (mostly)
    Split Enz/Crowded House/Finn Brothers

    Obviously not EVERY song by them would be suitable but most.

    I don't know the OPs location so a lot of the artists you may not know.
     
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    Yeah, probably not 'I Touch Myself' :tongue:
     
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    OMG! I forgot all about that one! :eek:
     
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    I can relate. I was never into "kid music" or kids shows or Disney movies. Makes it kind of hard to be a mom! I LIVED on Kenny Loggins Pooh Corner CD's. He has two of them and both of them make me cry equally. Those CDs are so fantastic I can't even describe them.

    Heres the WEIRD thing..when my baby was so fussy that nothing could console him I tried Metallica played at somewhat loud volume and it would calm him almost immediately. I have no idea why but I read it on the net somewhere and it worked like a charm.
     
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