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
17 / 50
So Tonight That I Might See | Mazzy Star
So Tonight That I May See’s Rankings
The second album from sultry early-’90s retro-mopes Mazzy Star opens with the country-tinged “Fade Into You,” the album’s one vague hit, and then fades into nine more blissed-out reverb fests that may start to sound a little bit like one another after a while. Doing a sort of romantic take on Velvet Underground drone accented by the occasional fiddle or twangy western guitar, Mazzy Star doggedly refused to play faster than a crawl or sing above a mumble anywhere on this record. Whether they were trying to or not, Hope Sandoval and crew managed to create one of the most relaxing records in history, the exact musical equivalent of a long afternoon spent dozing in bed.
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