You don't have to resign yourself to The Wiggles and Kidz Bop for the next 10 years! There are artists out there who make music designed for kids, but still mindful of their parents who may explode at any moment if they have to listen to Pink Fong's Baby Shark one more damn time!!!
A Collection of Kids' Music That Won't Make Your Ears Bleed. You're Welcome.
(Woah, shit just got real there for a minute.....sorry.)
Here's a playlist filled with artists my kids love, and who I actually like. It's too late for me, but I hope this list helps you avoid a Pink Fong induced meltdown.
Jack Johnson, Curious George Soundtrack- I actually bought this before I had my 8 year old, and we've never stopped listening to it. It's the same Jack Johnson you know and love. My favorites are the White Stripes cover We're Going to Be Friends and the 3 R's, a really cute song about recycling.
Koo Koo Kangeroo, Rad-trospective- These guys are hilarious and we love their weird and quirky songs like Rollin in the Minivan, Cat Party and Baby Crocodile. Be wary though, these songs will get stuck in your head.
The Diggity Dudes, Presidential Physical Fitness Test- We were lucky enough to catch this dad band live at Willow Lawn's Mommy and Me events 5 years ago. This album is full of silly lyrics and catchy tunes. Our favorite track is Sugar Coaster, which has a really great message about what too much sugar does to your body. You won't be able to stop yourself from singing along.
Kira Wiley, Dance for the Sun, Yoga Songs for Kids- These mellow tunes are perfect for nap time or if you're trying to get your little ones to sleep in the car. They are also great for teaching kids about mindfulness.
Walter Martin, We're All Young Together- Walter Martin is the lead singer of the group The Walkmen. His children's album is full of whimsical songs and beautiful melodies. I love the track, I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N, but the whole album is great.
Laurie Berkner, The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection- Laurie Berkner tells so many fun stories in this upbeat pop collection. Her songs are also extremely danceable and perfect for family dance parties.
They Might Be Giants, Here Come the ABCs or Here Comes Science- I have loved They Might Be Giants since early high school. Their songs are so fun. All of their children's albums are awesome and educational.
Ask the Storybots- This is music from our favorite Netflix show. Every show begins with a question that the five bots, have to research and answer. These catchy songs are great for kids who ask a lot of questions.
The Barenaked Ladies, Snacktime!- Barenaked Ladies are another one of my favorite bands from high school. Their children's album give you the same silly banter between Ed and Steve and lots of catchy pop tunes about topics kids can relate to.
Johnny Cash, The Johnny Cash Children's Album- If you love classic country, you'll love this Johnny Cash album. It's kids songs done Cash style, darker and quirkier than traditional kids' tunes, but still lots of fun.
Ozomatli Presents Ozmokidz- I love Ozomatli. Their funky music has a little bit of everything: latin, reggae, electronica, zydeco, rock. It's hard music to pigeon-hole. Their music for kids is just as funky and weird and full of fun songs like, Moose on the Loose and Germs.
Caspar Babypants, This is Fun!- Remember the band, The Presidents of the United States of America? Who could forget their song, Peaches? Caspar Babypants is the kids' tune singing alter ego of Chris Ballew, lead singer of the band. He has made a bunch of kids' albums, but this is my favorite. The songs are as catchy as you remember the POTUSOA songs being!