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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Dreamland: World Lullabies and Soothing
Songs | Various Artists
Dreamland: World Lullabies and Soothing Songs’ Rankings
A collection of calming songs from every continent, this album goes well beyond familiar lullaby territory, with soothing melodies sung in nearly a dozen languages, including Russian, Malagasy, Hebrew, and indigenous tongues from South America and Australia. Dreamland was the first in a series of world lullaby albums by the Putumayo Kids label, which has now expanded the list with albums specific to the musics of Asia, Africa, and the Celtic tradition.
Drawn mostly from the traditional cradle songs of their respective cultures, the 13 arrangements here range from a single voice with guitar to lush, atmospheric choruses and multilayered instrumental pieces that could work to calm little ones and adults alike. Even in this talented field, a standout is Brazilian singer Virginia Rosa, whose “La Vai Alguem” makes a strong case for Brazilian Portuguese being the most relaxing language out there.
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