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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Family Time | Ziggy Marley
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Though he has been putting out records for more than two decades, this is the first children’s album from Ziggy Marley, Bob and Rita Marley’s eldest son. With a voice that’s a dead ringer for his dad’s, Marley assembles a talented cast of musicians and big-name guests here, including Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Toots Hibbert, Jack Johnson, and Hawaiian soul breakout Paula Fuga. Laurie Berkner and Elizabeth Mitchell also drop by to lend some crib cred. The sunny, upbeat songs are mostly originals. With only a few orthodox reggae arrangements, the album is perhaps best described as Jamaican-flavored pop.
Rather than just downloading, it’s worth picking up the beautifully packaged CD version, which includes lovely watercolor illustrations of young things growing and transforming, along with black and white line drawings for coloring.
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