A few years ago my son was at a birthday party and got the best party favor ever—a CD of kids’ music. But not just any kids’ music. These were songs that I really enjoyed listening to and singing along with as well. (Read: No toddlers shouting incoherently, no overdone nursery rhymes, no techno madness.)
I decided to copy the idea for my son’s 2nd birthday and the CD was a hit—with kids and parents alike. When his 3rd birthday rolled around, people were asking if there was going to be a new CD. I obliged. I even did a holiday version for my other son’s 1st birthday since he’s a November baby. Now that my big boy’s 4th birthday is sneaking up on me, I’m working on another CD. But frankly, I’m having trouble finding great songs.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s no shortage of kids’ music. Just a shortage of fun, adult-friendly kids’ music. My kids will listen to the same CD, 5 times a day, for weeks on end. Which means I listen to the same CD, 5 times a day, for weeks on end.
Here are some of our favorites from past CDs to give you an idea of what we love:
If All of the Raindrops by Laura Doherty
Hey Hippopotamus by Justin Roberts (love most of his songs, really)
You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Riders in the Sky
Catch the Moon by Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell
The Disappointing Pancake by Lisa Loeb
Upside Down by Jack Johnson
Little Sack of Sugar Elizabeth Mitchell
In my quest for another great CD, I’ve been researching songs. These are some albums that have been recommended in various blogs and articles.
Victor Vito & Buzz Buzz by Laurie Berkner
Snack Time by Barenaked Ladies
Catch that Train & The Fine Friends Are Here by Dan Zanes
Time Machine by The Sippy Cups
At the Bottom of the Sea by Ralph’s World
Meltdown by Justin Roberts
Here Come the ABCs by They Might Be Giants
I also came across the Timeout New York Kids “Best of 2009” list.
I’m spending lots of time listening to clips on iTunes in hopes of finding some new gems. If you know of any, please share them. I could use the time and my kids could use some new favorites!
PLEASE NOTE: When creating CDs, please be sure to understand and follow copyright laws (i.e. buy multiple copies on iTunes, etc.).