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Children's Music Doesn't Have To Hurt: A 12 Song Playlist You Can Agree On

King Julian Wants You to “Move It”

The Backyardigans.

Everytime we get in the car, the kids want The Backyardigans.  When we first started getting them in rotation a few years ago, my wife and I thought they were the greatest.  The songs were clever, catchy, and we enjoyed it.

Now?  No thanks, Pablo.  If they ask for those little creatures, the speakers in the SUV are immediately fired to the back so we don’t have to listen to the songs.

I’m not complaining, though. Having my 5 year old ask for The Backyardigans in the car is much better than him knowing all the inappropriate words to Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna songs that dominate pop radio.  Those tracks are fine for adults, but don’t you squirm a bit when your kid starts belting “whips and chains excite me” from the back seat?

So to meet in the middle, I’ve made a playlist of songs from their favorite movies.

12 tracks that Mommy and Daddy can dig, and they can easily recognize:

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  • I Like To Move It – Will.i.am (Madagascar) 1 of 12
    I Like To Move It - Will.i.am (Madagascar)
  • Boogie Fever – The Sylvers (Despicable Me) 2 of 12
    Boogie Fever - The Sylvers (Despicable Me)
  • You Should Be Dancing – The Bee Gees (Despicable Me) 3 of 12
    You Should Be Dancing - The Bee Gees (Despicable Me)
  • I’m A Believer – Smashmouth (Shrek) 4 of 12
    I'm A Believer - Smashmouth (Shrek)
  • All Star – Smashmouth (Shrek) 5 of 12
    All Star - Smashmouth (Shrek)
  • More Than A Feeling – Boston (Madagascar 2) 6 of 12
    More Than A Feeling - Boston (Madagascar 2)
  • Copacabana – Barry Manilow (Despicable Me) 7 of 12
    Copacabana - Barry Manilow (Despicable Me)
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd (Despicable Me) 8 of 12
    Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd (Despicable Me)
  • Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts (Cars) 9 of 12
    Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (Cars)
  • You Might Think – Weezer (Cars 2) 10 of 12
    You Might Think - Weezer (Cars 2)
  • Kung Fu Fighting – Cee Lo Green (Kung Fu Panda) 11 of 12
    Kung Fu Fighting - Cee Lo Green (Kung Fu Panda)
  • Walk The Dinosaur – Queen Latifah (Ice Age) 12 of 12
    Walk The Dinosaur - Queen Latifah (Ice Age)

I should also add The Beatles make a great substitute too – especially the songs that Ringo sings (Yellow Submarine, Octopus’ Garden etc)

What are you favorite songs to listen to as a family?

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