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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Philadelphia Chickens | Sandra Boynton’s
Imaginary Musical Revue
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Writer and illustrator Sandra Boynton has been elbowing out the competition in the board book and greeting card sections for more than 30 years now. But print alone is not enough to contain all the rhymes, puns, and general animal-based silliness she relentlessly creates, so Boynton released the first of four children’s music albums in 1996.
Boynton and Canadian singer-composer Michael Ford penned 20 tunes and lined up an amazing cast of celebrities to record them – including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Laura Linney, Natasha Richardson, Eric Stoltz, and the Bacon Brothers (as in Kevin). As you’ll guess if you’re a fan of her books, the songs are unabashedly silly, with a range of styles suggesting a Broadway revue. Goofy, clever, and absurd, the wordplay here might be above the heads of younger kids, but the charming ridiculousness will be clear to everyone.
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