About a year ago, Amazon had a special deal: 100 kids songs for 99 cents. I thought, “how bad can they be?” and decided it was worth a buck to find out. The answer? very bad: dorky karaoke-esque background music accompanying a kid’s choir butchering classics like “Little Miss Muffet.” I knew there was better kid’s music out there, but it took recommendations from fellow parents and friends and a bit of luck to find it. Here are some of our favorites:
We discovered this catchy rendition of the ABC song thanks to our friend Corry.
We have CD’s of local rock star Big Jeff on repeat in the car. His style is reminiscent of everything from Ween or The Beatles (think “Strawberry Fields”) to ska and hard rock. Jax is a huge fan (and his parents are too).
This heart-breakingly sweet lullaby is by Renee and Jeremy, found via our friend Curran.
There are also some awesome CD’s that have been given to us:
Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wriggle and Shake (Thanks, Abby!)
French Playground (Thanks again, Abby!)
Down at the Sea Hotel (Thanks, Mom and Dad – and love that Lucy Kaplansky autographed it, too!)
They Might Be Giants has a bunch of kid stuff, too (Thanks for the recommendation, Andrea!):
So what about you? Do you have any kid or kid-friendly favorites?