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The Coolest Playlist for Kids

(Note: the list is cross-posted from my daughter’s blog.)

I am a music fan. My life has a soundtrack, and if I went through my iTunes collection (or the hundreds upon hundreds of CDs I still have in bins in our garage), I could probably tell you all about my life when those albums were released. I know lyrics to pretty much every song I’ve ever heard, and I’m always singing along. I don’t have limited tastes, and I wouldn’t even say they’re refined, but like wines, I just know what I like. When I was pregnant with Story, I played all kinds of music, hoping she’d be just like me and fall wildly in love with my dream boyfriend Neil Diamond, or Death Cab for Cutie, or Nirvana, or a thousand other musicians I love. It was not to be.

Story has always been a big fan of classical (which I absolutely adore) and jazz (which I have learned to enjoy). Until recently, she’d tell me she hated my music, and I’d give up trying to convince her and put her Raffi CD back on. Now, Mason is a big rock fan and heavy bass kinda kid. Since birth, our little man has had rhythm. When he first learned to sit up, he’d bounce along to a beat, hilariously. Story has always been a mellow sort so when she recently showed an interest in pop, I jumped on the chance to create the ultimate kids’ playlist. (Especially considering all the road trips we take!)

I’ve listed each song title and artist here for you, they’re all available on iTunes. If you need more info (like album names), let me know. There are 70-something songs here, ranging from, oh, maybe the 50s through today. Many are favourites of mine, and some are favourites of the kids. We hope you’ll enjoy the list as much as we have, and hey, maybe you’ll find some old faves or new music you hadn’t listened to before! Without further blather, I present . . .

The Coolest Playlist for Kids, vol. 1

Barbie Girl (radio edit)
Aqua

Born This Way      
Lady GaGa

Boyfriend  
Justin Bieber

Call Me Maybe  
Carly Rae Jepsen

Dynamite
Taio Cruz

Firework  
Katy Perry

Love You Like a Love Song  
Selena Gomez & The Scene

Pumped Up Kicks  
Foster the People

What Makes You Beautiful  
One Direction

Ho Hey
The Lumineers

Rumour Has It  
Adele

Mahna Mahna    
The Fray

Somebody That I Used to Know
Gotye feat. Kimbra

Hello  
Martin Solveig & Dragonette

Rolling In the Deep    
Adele

Awake My Soul
Mumford & Sons

Forget You (radio edit)  
Cee Lo Green

Wavin’ Flag  
K’naan

Bulletproof      
La Roux

Yellow Submarine
The Beatles

Have You Ever Seen The Rain  
Creedence Clearwater Revival

Hunger Strike
Temple of the Dog

Fireflies  
Owl City

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough    
Michael Jackson

No Rain  
Blind Melon

I Walk The Line  
Johnny Cash

Rivers Of Babylon    
Boney M.

Thank U      
Alanis Morissette

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go  
Wham!

If I Had $1000000  
Barenaked Ladies

Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond

Every Breath You Take      
The Police

Even Flow
Pearl Jam

Ahead By A Century
The Tragically Hip

Heave Away
The Fables

Song 2
Blur

We Only Come Out At Night
Smashing Pumpkins

Burden In My Hand
Soundgarden

Lovefool
The Cardigans

Stand By Me
Ben E. King

When The Night Feels My Song
Bedouin Soundclash

California Dreamin’
The Mamas & The Papas

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
The Four Tops

Hound Dog
Elvis Presley

One two three four
Feist

Sweet Child O’Mine
Guns n’ Roses

Two of Us
Aimee Mann and Michael Penn

Ordinary Day
Great Big Sea

Sk8er Boi
Avril Lavigne

Just A Girl
No Doubt

Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Cyndi Lauper

Clumsy
Our Lady Peace

Kiss Me
Sixpence None The Richer

All Apologies (unplugged)
Nirvana

Under The Boardwalk
The Drifters

My Girl
Otis Redding

Africa (radio edit)
Karl Wolf

Redemption Song
Bob Marley

Lucky
Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat

I’m Yours
Jason Mraz

Bubbly
Colbie Caillat

We’re Going to Be Friends
Jack Johnson

ABC
The Jackson 5

Glory Days
Bruce Springsteen

Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac

Fortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lola
The Kinks

Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison

My Generation
The Who

Whaddya think?

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9 Responses to “The Coolest Playlist for Kids”

  1. Cinamongirl17

    Very very similar to what my daughter listens to, I’m always trying to slip in some Zeppelin or Doors or something more rock into her music but she won’t budge…but if it’s Carly Rae or One Direction or Taio Cruz she’s okay 🙂

    • alexandria

      I was happy to squeeze in some Blind Melon and Nirvana. 😉

  2. Insane Mamacita

    Love it! I heard each song in my head as I was going through the list. I love LOVE music. I need to start playing it more in the house.

    • alexandria

      For many years, I stopped playing it in the house because when times were quiet, I was just SO HAPPY for the silence. I’m even happier to be back to enjoying my music, though. 🙂

  3. Emma

    My kids already like a lot of those songs – so the extra suggestions are helpful. Thanks!

    • alexandria

      My pleasure. Anything to stop the kiddie music that was on rotation for the last 5 years.

  4. Amy Brown

    These are great songs, may I suggest “Owl City Feat. Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time” it seems to fit with your list. We have a similar car ride list and this is one of the latest editions. I have to keep looking for new ones so my head doesn’t explode.

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