Top 50 Baby Music Albums
Humans are hardwired to love music. It holds a place in us that almost nothing else can reach. As anyone who has seen a grin of delight spread across a listening baby's face knows, there's just something simple and profound about our relationship with sound. And while it's true that the littlest babies don't much care what's playing, as time goes on, they start to listen, move, and sing along (suddenly making half our old music collection off limits for the next 16 years). Luckily we live in a fertile time for kids' music, with rereleases of classic recordings, scores of talented newcomers making charming records, and seemingly every third rocker from the '90s inspired to settle down and create great children's music of their own. Read More ↓
For Babble's first Top 50 Baby Music Albums, we chose recordings that could grow up with babies rather than becoming obsolete as soon as the babies are old enough to crawl away from the stereo. This also meant we stretched the definition of "baby" into the toddler years. Since you may be hearing some of these songs fifty, a hundred, a thousand times, we chose with parental sanity in mind and included a category for the best albums for adults that also work for babies. With music so intimately wrapped up with our emotional lives, we're sure to have made choices you'll disagree with, so feel free to nominate any gems we missed. -Colin Murphy
38 / 50
Love Me for Who I Am | Brady Rymer
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Veteran children’s artist Brady Rymer’s 2011 album sensitively explores the experience of kids with autistic-spectrum disorders. Growing from Rymer’s work at Celebrate the Children, a New Jersey school for students with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, the lyrics take on the perspectives of children with this range of conditions.
With remarkable warmth and humor, the songs explore some of the characteristic idiosyncrasies of the autistic spectrum, like a deep need for predictability, being very turned off (or on) by specific foods or textures, and difficulty communicating the depth of ideas. There are many ways a concept like this could go wrong, but Rymer pulls it off, creating ten pretty rockin’ kids’ songs in the process.
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