Kids’ Music That You’ll Love, Too

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Listening to children's music doesn't have to be painful. In fact, I have to admit that some of my kids' CDs stay on whether or not they are in the car. Think it's too good to be true? Check out these family favorites. I'll bet you will end up singing along, too!

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Justin Roberts: Meltdown

You can't go wrong with any of Justin Roberts' albums. We have a number of them, well worn. All of his music features an upbeat sound and great storytelling that kids can relate to. Our family favorite, though, is definitely Meltdown.

Where to start: Start with the songsMeltdown” and “My Brother Did It.” Is your child having trouble seeing the chalkboard? Check out “Get Me Some Glasses.”

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Lisa Loeb: Camp Lisa

Lisa Loeb is one of a growing group of adult artists that has made a crossover into children's music. This album is understated and fun without giving you a headache if the kids want to hear it five times through.

Bonus: Purchasing this album supports the Camp Lisa Foundation, which sends kids that would not normally get the opportunity to summer camp.

Where to start: “The Disappointing Pancake” is our absolute favorite, and “Best Friend” is fun, too.

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Barenaked Ladies: Snack Time

Barenaked Ladies' music for kids is not all that different from their adult music (and I say that with unwavering fondness). It's silly, they tell fun stories, and somehow, you never get tired of it. If you are on a long car trip, try listening to a few of their songs and then inviting your kids to weave their own stories for you.

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Where to start: “Pollywog in a Bog” and “7 8 9.” If you want something utterly bizarre, start with “The Ninjas.”

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Lunch Money: Original Friend

The band Lunch Money describes itself as indie music for the whole family. It is real music without a lot of chaos and noise around it, and they have one song in particular that is awesome for parents who are children of the 80s, which leads me to …

Where to start: “Dollhouse.” If you grew up in the 80s, you will laugh out loud at this song with its references Rainbow Brite, Skeletor, and all of your favorite childhood toys. I listen to this song often when the kids are nowhere to be found. For the kids, check out “I Want to Push Buttons.”

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Peter Himmelman: My Trampoline

We came across Peter Himmelman a couple of years ago when he was performing at Land of Nod stores. I consider it to be the kids' first “rock concert.” The songs are simple and catchy, while giving parents a laugh or two as well. (“Are there any kids named Steve anymore?”)

Where to start: “Imagination” and “King Ferdinand”

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They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science

For those of us that grew up loving They Might Be Giants and songs like “Particle Man,” consider this album to be the gateway album to getting your kids hooked, too. Their music is just as awesome as you remember.

Where to start: Go directly to “Paleontologist.” You won't be sorry.

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Todd McHatton: Galactic Champions of Joy

Run-of-the-mill indie music not cool enough for you? Todd McHatton describes his music as a “psychedelic pop explosion for the entire family.” Along with good music, he's also got some fun videos up on YouTube that are great waiting-room distractions.

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Where to start: “Say Hello to My Hippo” and “I Think I'm A Bunny,” which may be the friendliest monster song ever recorded.

Which of your kids' tunes do you enjoy?

Disclaimer: If you do not enjoy the music selections provided, I fall at the mercy of ongoing child-induced sleep deprivation.

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Kids’ Music That You’ll Love, Too

Tracy Jensen is a writer, marketer, mother, fundraiser, marathoner, and music lover. A working, single mom of two kids ages six and five, she is notorious for doing things the hard way. In addition to writing for EverydayFamily, she survives suburban exile by blogging about life’s foibles at It Builds Character. She can be found at night ignoring the dishes and playing on Twitter. ... More

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