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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A Day at the Farm with Farmer Jason | Farmer Jason
A Day at the Farm with Farmer Jason’s Rankings
Hey, remember Jason and the Scorchers, who basically invented punk-country back in the ’80s? No? Kinda? You weren’t even born yet? Well anyway, this is that same Jason, name of Ringenberg, and now he lives on a farm outside Nashville and, as his character Farmer Jason, makes pretty good music for kids. He can really play guitar, too.
A Day at the Farm is exactly what it promises, with eleven countryish songs about the life, animals, and crops of a working farm. Although the songs themselves are catchy, silly ditties and rhymes with minimal seriousness, they’re all framed by educational interludes in which Farmer Jason gives mini-lessons about the subject’s role on the farm: what it’s for and how to care for it. To kids in a farmer phase, I’m sure this is great, but for everyone else it messes with the rhythm on an otherwise entertaining album. Still, there’s some real sing-along/dance-along potential in these tracks.
It’s also nice to hear a kids’ performer who’s not afraid to crank his amp up into the red a little bit. If, as seems inevitable, the Reverend Horton Heat ever decides to get into the children’s biz, he may find his niche already occupied by Farmer Jason.
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