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
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Buckwheat Zydeco’s Bayou Boogie | Buckwheat Zydeco
Buckwheat Zydeco’s Bayou Boogie’s Rankings
Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural has been leading his zydeco party band for more than 30 years, making music that is undeniably danceable whether or not you know the steps. For the uninitiated, zydeco is the rollicking, accordion-based music of Creole southern Louisiana, traditionally sung in the regional French dialect. Buckwheat Zydeco plays an updated, R&B-infused version and is one of a handful of zydeco artists to achieve mainstream renown, so he’s a fitting ambassador of the music and Creole culture more broadly.
The 14 songs on Buckwheat’s second children’s album don’t need anything beyond their own clap-along beats, but the producers chose to take an educational tack that frames many of the songs in forced exchanges between Buckwheat and child narrators, with cheesy lessons about Louisiana and Creole culture, the French language, and even one song about the solar system. That’s fine, I guess, as long as everybody realizes we’re really here for the party.
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