Although you may carefully survey iTunes, the CD shop, and your local box store for the best musical CDs and downloads for your kids, it can be hard to find music that both children and parents can enjoy together. Modern pop music can have ultra-adult themes, and explaining to a child a questionable song lyric they hear you singing can result in major embarrassment. There is a solution to finding great music that is very kid-friendly. Look to the oldies!
The nifty fifties are the best place to start for fun music that kids love. It’s clean cut and fun to dance to...There were many genres of music recorded in this time period. For rock and roll, try listening to “Peggy Sue” by Buddy Holly, “Teddy Bear” by Elvis Presley, and “Rockin’ Robin’” by Bobby Day. The decade also brought us such great songs as “Downtown” by Petula Clark and “Georgy Girl” by the Seekers.
You definitely want to introduce music from the 1960s. This was a decade of rock and roll, and it was also a decade of girl groups. They put the girl power in music long before the Spice Girls. Some songs to play include ”Baby Love” by the Supremes, ”One Fine Day” by the Chiffons, “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups, and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by the Supremes.
Also include music from the 1970s in this bunch. While there were obviously a few artists that pushed the limits, most music from this time period is totally safe for kids. All the songs from The Carpenters, Olivia Newton-John, the Bee Gees, Barry Manilow, Chicago, and Billy Joel should be fun for people of all ages.