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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Disney’s Greatest | Various Artists
Disney’s Greatest’s Rankings
While it’s almost a given that kids will gravitate to a favorite new Disney release and watch it until it burns its every line and merchandising hook into your eternal soul, it’s still worth it to get them acquainted with the whole range of great music recorded for Disney’s movies over the past 75 years.
This three-volume collection, of which only the first disc is linked above, opens rather inauspiciously with Phil Collins and Randy Newman but gets quickly into the good stuff, like “I Wan’na Be Like You” (performed by Louis Prima), “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” The other volumes in the series follow a similar arrangement that front-loads the newest material and puts more classic tunes further into the discs.
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