Music Approved for Kids *and* Parents

Music for Kids

Being a mom for over a decade means I’ve listened to more kid’s music than any reasonable person should have to tolerate (Wheels on the Bus on repeat for 3 hours? Check). However, I’ve also found some tunes that the whole carpool can enjoy!


Here are some parent-approved kid’s music suggestions

Rockabye BabyMusic for Kids

Jim Gill

Laurie Berkner

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Hot Peas ‘N Butter

They Might Be Giants has multiple kids’ music albums out; our favorites are Here Come the 1,2,3s and Here Come the ABC’s. There’s a new album coming out called Why?

Sesame Street has some awesome remakes and original hits by current artists, like Feist ; Jason Mraz, Pentatonix, Will.I.Am, Usher, Train, OK Go, Elvis Costello, One Direction and more!


But who says it has to be all “kid’s music”? Let’s throwback to some of our own favorites!


Party-time! Music to get you Moving

“Keep your Head Up” Andy Grammer

“Sugar” Maroon 5

“Best Day of my Life” American Authors

“Pompeii” Bastille


“That’s Not my Name” The Ting Tings

“Moves Like Jagger” Maroon 5

“Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland

“Honey I’m Good” Andy Grammer

“Brighter than the Sun” Colbie Callait


Lullaby and Good Night: Some Calm Classics

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

Where Kids Eat Free in Chicago's West Suburbs

“Same Love” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“I Just Called to Say I Love You”  Stevie Wonder

“You Are My Sunshine”  Johnny Cash

“Say Something” A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera

“Ho Hey” The Lumineers

“One Love” Bob Marley


Mommy’s (and Daddy’s) Teen Favorites

“Jump” Van Halen

“Jammin”Bob Marley

“Wake me Up (before you Go- Go)” Wham!

“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey

“Thriller”  Michael Jackson

Uptown Girl”Billy Joel

“Send Me on My Way” Rusted Root


Oldies but Goodies

“Somebody to Love” Queen

“Our House”  Madness

“Piano Man”  Billy Joel

“Don’t Stand So Close To Me”  The Police

“Rock the Casbah”  The Clash

“Jessie’s Girl”  Rick Springfield

“We Will Rock You” Queen

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terell

“American Pie” by Don McLean

“Build Me Up” The Foundations

“School’s Out” by Alice Cooper

“Walk this Way” Run DMC, Aerosmith

“Black Betty” Ram Jam

“Yellow Submarine” The Beatles

“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” Four Tops

“Life Is A Highway” Rascal Flatts

“Ring of Fire”  Johnny Cash


What are your kid’s favorites? Leave us a comment with their “jam”!

About the Author

Liz Haskins
Liz is a mom of three equally active and adorable sons, aged six, eight and twelve. As a child, her family moved to Western Springs from Central Illinois, and she and her husband are thrilled to raise their own family here. She works two days a week as a medical assistant, so she tries to fill her time with the boys outside of school with activities that they can all enjoy. This winter, they’ve enjoyed swimming at a few indoor pools, and the boys love going to zoos and children’s museums. In the summer they love to do anything outdoors; they try to hit a different park every week! Their go-to for indoor days are open play spaces that have a range of activities to accommodate her children’s age differences. Outside of being a mom and working, Liz’s passions are photography, reading, and, as an extrovert, she loves meeting new people and connecting over mutual interests.

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