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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The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem, and More’s Rankings
For five brilliant years starting in 1976, Jim Henson’s Muppets had a prime-time variety show all their own, and it was never quite clear whether kids or grownups were the intended audience. Regardless, dozens of clever family-friendly songs came out of the show and its string of associated movies.
This album, released by Rhino in 2002 to commemorate the show’s 25th anniversary, collects 27 of the best tunes from across the Muppet media empire, including such essentials as Kermit’s much-covered existentialist classic, “Bein’ Green,” and crossover hits “Rainbow Connection” and “Movin’ Right Along” from The Muppet Movie.
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