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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Off the Wall | Michael Jackson
Off the Wall’s Rankings
Opening irresistibly with the imperative “Don’t Stop” and riding the boogie into “Rock with You,” “Workin’ Day and Night,” and seven more irresistible disco-funk grooves, Off the Wall is guaranteed to get babies on the floor, whether it’s noon in the nursery or a lights-out house party. With some of the most brilliantly un-understandable lyrics in popdom (“Get on, at the bus stop, don’t stop ’til you get enough”?), Michael Jackson’s 1979 solo album was his first collaboration with super-producer Quincy Jones, and his last before Thriller earned him mega-stardom, and things started getting weird. You don’t really need us to explain why it rules the dance floor, do you?
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