Okay, I might need to add a disclaimer to that title. I am fairly certain all of these songs are kid-friendly. I personally don’t know about any hidden, and potentially inappropriate meanings for any of them, but one never knows. It is not lost on me that this list is missing some seriously great rap and hip hop songs but until they offer more kid-friendly versions we are going to have to let the kids discover those songs when they get a little older. So, having said that, here is some music for kids that will get them rockin’ and ensure they grow up listening to the good stuff, according to me, that is.
The Beatles, All You Need is Love
Why not start their introduction to good music with a band that few would argue didn’t change the world? Just like a good book, the Beatles are band the kids will devour.
Neil Young, Rockin’ in the Free World
With good music comes good musicianship? musiciandry? Musicality? Are any of those words? Anyway, kids these days should know that music doesn’t always come from a computer. There are some great artists out there.
It’s just a genius song. Who doesn’t love this band? Music for kids needs to be made up of great bands with supreme talent and Coldplay tops the list every time.
Taylor Swift, Shake it Off
Maybe she stands out a little on this list, but the kids lover her and for good reason. This artist is writing her own songs and staying out of trouble. You love her, too. Stop pretending.
Elton John, Rocket Man
I wanted to add Tiny Dancer so you could teach your children the wrong lyrics and laugh when they sang, ‘Hold me closer Tony Danza but in the interest of keeping this legitimate, I had to add a song I always turn to when my girls want to have a dance party.
Pink, Just Give Me a Reason
She’s super talented and a total rock star. Women can rock, too, and our kids need to know it. Feel free to throw in a little Joan Jett if you need to drive this point home.
Prince, Purple Rain
He’s the artist that other artists adore. There is no other like him. Kids can get behind his eclectic style and they can appreciate how he rocks that guitar.
Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk
It’s okay to be current with a few of your choices. This catchy tune will have everyone up and dancing.
The Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want
This is a great song, and an even better message for our kids. I like to sing this acapella whenever the kids ask to visit the toy store.
John Lennon, Imagine
Why not end our playlist with a great song that inspires?
There you have it. A list of great songs to listen to with your kids. I’d love to know what would be on your playlist.