So, Beyonce and Jay-Z had a baby, and – true to self-indulgent celebrity form – Jay-Z recorded and released a song in honor of that baby before the placenta was even cold. Which might seem odd to you and I – if my husband had taken off to a recording studio while I figured out what the hell to do with our brand new squawling offspring, I think that I’d have been more than a little put out* – but let’s face it: they’re artists. They’re special. They get these creative urges and they just have to give in to them, you know?
*(That said, I did blog about my son’s birth before I could even stand up in the maternity ward, so. Pot, kettle.)
So it is that songs about how blown one’s mind is by one’s own offspring – or even other people’s offspring – are not at all uncommon. Sometimes, they’re even good. Jay-Z’s is not good – it is, actually, really very bad (it contains the line, “you’re my child with a child from Destiny’s Child.” Really.) – but there are quite a few lyrical tributes to babies and children that are very good. Herewith, ten of what I believe to be the very best such tributes (a list that I was tempted to title, Top Ten Songs Inspired By Or Written For Babies Or Children By Preening Grown-Ups, but worried that that was too snarky, because I really do like these songs. ‘Isn’t She Lovely’, these songs are not.)
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