I can tell you the first songs each of my kids sang on their own. I can sing you the tunes my husband and I each made up singing to our kids at night. His is aptly called “the sleepy time song” and mine is cleverly named “I love, love love you” which are pretty much most of the lyrics. But more importantly, I can offer you five albums to enhance the children’s music library in your life:
- Jim Gill’s music. I recommend his album The Sneezing Song and other Contagious Tunes (the Washing Machine is a great great song) but really every single one of his CDs has songs our boys LOVE. As an added treat, you might check out A Soup Opera. It’s a great read along CD/book that introduced our boys to opera. I especially recommend Jim Gill because his tunes are short, catchy, with easy to remember words that aren’t annoying.
- All About John Deere For Kids: the Music, Parts 1-3 by James Coffey
Yep, I’m showing my love for the Quad Cities and especially Moline as the headquarters for John Deere, but seriously, my boys love tractors and what’s better than tractor songs? My favorites off this CD are the John Deere Theme song and Pickin’ Pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch.
We also like the videos that go with these songs (sold separately, of course): the All About John Deere Video Series.
- Here Come the ABCs by They Might Be Giants.
I’m not going to lie, I like this group’s kids music better than their adult music. You may know some of these hits.
From Here Come the ABCs check out the songs Alphabet of Nations (Algeria, Bulgaria, Cambodia…) and Fake-Believe. I catch my husband singing the countries quite often. Also, you can find out what F is for. . .
Oh! And, as a bonus, this CD comes with a DVD cartoon to go with the songs. WIN! I think I like this album because while the songs are kind of elementary with catchy tunes, some of the subject matter and language makes me feel like we are learning stuff, too (such as: C is for Conifer, my kind of tree).
- Disney’s Greatest
It’s Disney’s Greatest hits in an almost endless number of volumes. Get them. Get them all and sing your hearts out. If pressed, I’d have to say Vol. 3 is my favorite with Poor Unfortunate Souls, Gaston, What’s This?, The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers, and the Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater…we roll down the windows and sing out loud!
- Alphabutt by Kimya Dawson and friends
This CD sounds like a compilation of all the crazy mixed up songs we make up throughout the week. Some make sense, most are just a crazy jumble of words that kind of, sort of, maybe work. When we are driving our sweet ride of a minivan down the one ways of Rock(in) Island, Illinois this CD is a big hit with our kids and their friends. Nothing says fun like yelling: A is for Apple, B is for Butt, C is for Cat butt, D is for Doo-doo. I personally also like Littler Monster Babies and I Love You Sweet Baby (which sounds surprisingly like my own I love love love you song…hmmm…)
Bonus Tip: Have an album you play when you want the kids to fall asleep in the car. For us it is Celtic Visions by John Mock – an Irish music orchestral album – but you pick whatever type of music you think is restful and quiet and sleep-inspiring. Then sleep train your kids to fall asleep when they hear it. The minute Celtic Visions goes on in the van, our boys know, it’s time to rest.
We are always looking to check out new music. Anything you’d recommend?