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Music for Parents and Kids — My Son’s Top 10 Favorite Jams

As much as I love the album Free to Be You and Me, hearing that opening banjo lick for the sixth or seventh time in a row raises the hairs on the back of my neck. Felix has learned how to operate the CD player — he’s yet to figure out how to use the computer (phew!) — and he likes to play DJ, which means, as anyone who’s spent time with a little kid knows, a lot of repetition. A lot, a lot, a lot.

This is problematic for me, because I’m one of those people who can’t tune music out. When at a bar or restaurant that’s playing good tunes, I have trouble following along with conversation, my ears naturally focus on the music first. So it was essential to my sanity to find some middle ground with my son, otherwise we’d be incessantly fighting over the soundtrack to our days at home. Despite my love for hip-hop, most of my favorite anthems have some, uh, questionable lyrics. While Felix nixes grunge and punk because “this music’s too noisy!” What a fuddy-duddy.

Our common ground? Pop and dance songs, and here are 10 tracks that both parents and kids will enjoy.

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