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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Catch the Moon | Lisa Loeb & Elizabeth Mitchell
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Lisa Loeb had a hit in 1994 when her song “Stay (I Missed You)” found its way into Gen-X melodrama Reality Bites, launching a brief spell in the spotlight that gave girls with interesting glasses a whole new line to get hit on with for a few years. In 2003 she got together with old friend Elizabeth Mitchell to record this lovely collection of children’s tunes.
The album includes a couple of originals and covers (like Dylan’s “New Morning”), with the balance made up of traditionals from various cultures, including songs in Spanish, French, and Japanese. Though most are folk songs, the arrangements are often fresh and original, as on a hesitating “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and a neatly harmonized “Oh Susanna.” Packaged with a board book based on the title song (one of the original tunes), this one will be popular around the house for years.
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