Top 5: Albums for Kids & ParentsJuly 7, 2014
By Jessica Vician
Every parent needs adult music every once in a while, but it’s difficult to compromise with kids when all they want to hear is “Let It Go.” Fret not, parents. I’ve done some research and found five artists you know (well, you might know most of them) who recorded children’s albums. Listen to these albums with your kids to keep everyone in the car happy.
Here Come the ABCs by They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants has a few children’s albums and all of them are great. They have the quirky charm of their regular albums but are perfect for kids to sing on repeat. The only problem? You might find yourself singing a list of nations from A to Z, too (see “Alphabet of Nations”).
Baby Loves Hip Hop Presents The Dino-5
The Dino 5 recorded an album that is part hip hop, part audiobook with catchy rhymes and beats even a baby will nod his head to (if he’s strong enough yet to nod his head). The stories about each of five dinosaurs, narrated by Grammy-winning poet Ursula Rucker, keep kids engaged, while members of Jurassic 5, Digable Planets, The Roots, and more play the dinosaurs in songs that will make you dance.
Papa’s Dream by Los Lobos
With a built-in story about hopping in a balloon and flying to Mexico to see Grandpa, the lively songs are sure to make any road trip more fun. It’s also a great opportunity for English-speaking kids to learn a little Spanish and for English-Spanish bilingual kids to have fun with songs in both languages.
Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George by Jack Johnson and Friends
If you’re a Jack Johnson fan, you might already own this album. It’s a happy yet mellow album in Johnson’s signature style that starts catering more directly to kids in the second half with songs like “The Sharing Song” and “The 3 R’s” providing lessons for your little ones. An added bonus for adults? Johnson’s cover of The White Stripes’ “We’re Going to Be Friends.”
The Johnny Cash Children’s Album by Johnny Cash
If you love the Man in Black, this album is for your family. The lyrics are easy to understand thanks to Cash’s enunciation, which helps your kids to learn and sing along. Some songs speak very directly to kids, like the math lesson “One and One Makes Two,” and they all have that classic Johnny Cash sound.
For an extensive list of children’s albums, check out Parent Dish’s Top 25 Albums for Kids.