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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Best of the Laurie Berkner Band | Laurie Berkner
Best of the Laurie Berkner Band’s Rankings
With songs about marching dinosaurs, call-and-response animal noises, spaghetti, and buzzy insects, Laurie Berkner’s music is red meat for the toddler masses, and heavy rotation of her videos on Nick Jr. has helped transform her into kid-music royalty over the last few years.
This 2010 compilation collects 20 (well, 18 plus two alternate versions) of the most popular tunes from Berkner’s five previous albums. Her straightforward delivery and sweet, mildly silly songs hit just the right note for getting little ones dancing along and joining in. The tunes are mostly mid-tempo acoustic stomps with simple, memorable choruses and plenty of chances to sing along. Despite the “kindie rock” label Berkner is often saddled with, there is no sense of an aging hipster being behind this music. This stuff is ready for the sandbox and honestly doesn’t care what adults think about it.
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