We use music in our household every day to make connections and enhance creativity. I love listening to my boys make up silly songs and enjoy watching them learn to keep a steady beat with the shake of a tambourine. And we often have a Raffi CD playing on repeat in the car while my boys belt out “Baby Beluga“. However, there are times when I literally cannot listen to one more round of “Going On A Bear Hunt”. In order to keep my sanity (or at least what is left of it after listening to my preschooler and toddler re-enact scenes from Peppa Pig for the last hour), I have searched out some of the least annoying music that you can listen to along with your children.
Here are 4 of my favorite kid-friendly albums that I don’t get tired of listening to:
Muppets: The Green Album
This cover of 12 Muppets songs is performed by various contemporary artists. As an 80’s baby who grew up watching The Muppets Show, this album is great for my nostalgia fix. My preschooler is a big muppets fan as well and recognized many of the songs from the original movies that we’ve checked out at the library. While a few songs are a bit loud for my toddler, both my toddler and preschooler love dancing around the living room to Mahna Mahna.
Don’t Miss Song: “The Rainbow Connection”
This song was originally performed by Kermit the frog in the 1979 film The Muppet Movie and is covered by Weezer and Hayley Williams on this updated version.
Barenaked Ladies: Snacktime
A children’s-themed album from Barenaked Ladies? Of course it’s filled with silly and super catchy songs. You’ll find yourself singing along after a few listens. Only the Barenaked Ladies could write a song called Vegetable Town and somehow have my veggie-hating preschooler singing along to it
Don’t Miss Song: “Snacktime”
A song dedicated to one’s favorite snacks is sure to cause fits of laughter from my preschooler and toddler every time we listen. Grownups will love the recording of celebrities naming their favorite snacks. I get a kick out of hearing Janeane Garofalo say her favorite snack is microwaved chocolate doughnuts every time.
Jack Johnson and Friends: Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies For the Film Curious George
The curious little brown monkey is big at our house right now. Because George doesn’t speak, Jack Johnson acts as the voice of George through his music. I love this soundtrack to the 2006 animated film. It’s fun, uplifting and filled with tons of great collaborations, too. Confession: I found myself listening to this kid-friendly album the other day while cooking dinner and my kids were in the other room playing.
Don’t Miss Song: “We’re Going To Be Friends”
Originally performed by White Stripes in 2002, Johnson covers the song in his trademark easy, acoustic style.
Trolls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The companion to the 2016 DreamWorks movie Trolls, this album of primarily cover songs will definitely put a smile on your face. It was produced by Justin Timberlake (if that tells you anything!) and it’s filled with fun, upbeat songs. If there is anyone out there who can keep from dancing to this soundtrack, I would be amazed. Many of the songs are also filled with positive messages, which is definitely a plus in my book.
Don’t Miss Song(s):
Mom’s Favorite – “True Colors”
Originally performed by Cyndi Lauper in the 80’s, the song is covered by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. Their duet is beautiful and gives me chills every time!
Preschooler’s Favorite – “Can’t Stop The Feeling”
My preschooler’s pick, this Justin Timberlake song has a great beat and is sure to get my 5 year old dancing. One of my favorite mom hacks- play this song during toy clean-up time around your house. I guarantee you will see your kids picking up toys more quickly and maybe even with less complaining!