Thursday, October 24, 2013

Songs Your Kids Should Know

Music is amazing. It has a way of making us feel whatever emotions we need to. It can also transport us back in time. In our house music is always on. We keep music on in the kitchen while working and the kids fall asleep to their ipod every night. My husband and I both are music lovers and hope to raise our girls to have that same love. In this day and age of the Justin Bieber and the latest Disney superstar making records my husband and I came up with a list of songs that as parents, we feel is our duty to expose our kids to.

1. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen- the ups, the downs, the slow the fast, the head banging. This song is just a complete lesson in classic rock all wrapped nicely in a 5 minute and 55 second song.

2. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana- yes my husband and I are children of the 90's but this song really did change things in music. It pushed the grunge movement into the mainstream. Plus I will be able to explain why Mom only wore flannels during high school.

3. In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins- yes its a sad, slow-tempo song, but that drum solo! Waiting for that drum solo is always so intense. And really you have to teach your kids how to properly air drum to that part.

4. Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners OR Save Ferris- this is one of those few instances when the remake is just as good as the original. There will be a time in your kids life (probably in college) when this song will come on and everyone will sing along. Make sure your kids know the words.

5. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley- this song just makes you happy. It is positive and upbeat and optimistic. Even kids sometimes need to hear "every little thing is gonna be alright". Plus when your 3 year old sings it there really is nothing more adorable.

6.No Parking on the Dance Floor by Midnight Star- Both my husband and I were very much into breakdancing when we were kids. We had our fat laced converse, painters caps and giant pieces of cardboard. In our house we joke that the only rule is "No Parking on the Dance Floor". This song really captures that era. Plus our kids needs to understand when we say "Hey Lady, you can't park here!"
Honorable Mentions.....
Rapper Delight by Sugarhill Gang
 Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond
 Paul Revere- Beastie Boys

So tell us what songs are on your list?


  1. to go with the whole "songs you will need to know for college" you cant forget Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'

  2. to go with the whole "songs you will need to know for college" you cant forget Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'

  3. I LOVE this post! I am ashamed to admit that there is one (ok maybe two) songs on your list that I don't know... I'll remedy that soon! As for my kids, I try to expose them to my favorite jazz standards sung by my favorite vocalists, like My Funny Valentine by Etta James. This was awesome.

    1. Thank you Lorena! What songs are new to you?? And yes Etta James! Beautiful and classic. That's a great song!


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