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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1 | The Beatles
You know the Beatles have to be on the list, but choosing one best Beatles album is like choosing one best religion; no matter what you say, somebody will want to fight you over it. So we’re staying agnostic and picking an anthology that covers the biggest songs from every era of the band’s career.
Down at the daycare, everybody still knows that “Yellow Submarine” is where it’s at. Besides that, little ones (and bigger ones) will probably be most enchanted with the songs starting about a third of the way through this collection, when the jangly guitars start to mature into beauties like “Yesterday” and the enigmatic “Paperback Writer” and “Eleanor Rigby.” The one glaring omission for our purposes is that the anthology contains none of Ringo’s songs, which impartial experts agree are even more childish than Paul’s.
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