It’s Not All Mary Poppins

What gets you Humming?

In the last post, some of you shared your favourite children’s albums. What fun! I’m always interested in new music. It doesn’t have to be new music, of course, just new-to-me. So now I want more!


Tell me, dear readers: which is your favourite children’s album? And (if it’s not the same), what is your child’s favourite? (And if you’re a family of audiophiles, you can give me up to three. But only three!!)

(Oh, and your child’s favourite album? It doesn’t have to be specifically children’s music. If your tot rocks on to The Who, let us know! The adult choices, now, THEY have to be children’s music.)

Let’s have a musical moment!

June 6, 2007 - Posted by | memes and quizzes, music


  1. Dan Zanes House Party is a family favorite. The BeeGees and ABBA are hits with my tot as well.

    Comment by kate | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. Totally dig Dan Zanes. My kids like just about any music and will dance to anything. Our faves are Kid’s Dance Party (it has a bunch of disco tunes sung by kids with grown-ups. I used to use this CD in classroom when we had several consecutive rainy days and lots of extra energy to burn) and “Be My Friend” by Walt Disney. We sing those songs at the top of our lungs in the car.

    Comment by Michelle | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. Merry can recite the Sound of Music by heart. She goes to sleep to it every night.

    Comment by Peter | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. No! – a great kids album by the pop band They Might Be Giants. (a lot of other TMBG songs are just great for kids too.)

    Comment by anastasiav | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  5. Looks like we have to check out Dan Zanes.

    Our current favs are Laurie Berkner’s Victor Vito (Oliver sings the title song very well for a two year old, and who doesn’t love to hear their kid say “rutabaga”?), Sandra Boynton’s (and a cast of thousands’) Philadelphia Chickens, and Susie Tallman’s Children’s Songs – a collection of childhood favorites.

    Comment by clumberkim | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  6. We love Laurie Berkner. (The song “We Are the Dinosaurs” is a perfect “marching song” to get little feet moving when kids are being slow!) I like the “folksy” sound and the kids love how many songs are silly or require fun movements, so it’s win-win. Other then that, we tend to listen to what every is on the radio. I don’t have extra money for all the music I want to buy, so I’m not going to be getting lots of kids CDs to try out. But Dan Zanes is getting so many plugs, I may be checking that one out soon (maybe a birthday present for the boys!). 🙂

    Comment by Tina | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  7. Dylan (9) – he likes The Spaghetti Incident by GnR or Devil’s Got A New Disguise by Aerosmith.

    Millie (3) – Aerosmith too.

    Influences? Mummy!!

    (They’re my Godchildren 🙂

    Comment by Claire | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  8. Great idea Mary!

    My all time favourite kid’s song is Kermit’s “It’s not easy being green.” Gotta love Jim Henson.

    My daughter’s favourites are Phil Collins and George Thorogood. She’s 11…hehehe.

    As far as Raffi goes, my only exposure to him was from my younger cousin when I was growing up but I do remember “The Sharing Song??” (don’t remember the exact title) and thinking it was cute.

    “It’s mine but you can have some, with you I’d like to share it, ’cause if I share it with you, you’ll have some too.”

    Just a bit of evidence that these songs do stay with us. 😛

    Comment by Sheri | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  9. My favorites are all the classic Sesame Street ones (from the 70s and 80s – I’m actually in the market on ebay right now trying to replace my childhood ones, which my mom foolishly lost in a move!) – but if I had to choose JUST ONE it would probably be Bert and Ernie “Side By Side” double album.

    Archie’s, so far, seems to be either Raffi (he loves him!) or the B52s Wild Planet.

    Comment by Heath | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  10. I love the For the Kids albums (multiple artists including Sarah McLachlan, the Barenaked Ladies, and many others that I hadn’t heard of before), but Bub and Pie insist on Hi-5 ALL THE TIME now.

    Comment by bubandpie | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  11. So far as children’s albums go, my kids have seen Jacques “Jake” Chenier twice in concert in our town in the past two months. He has both english and french albums out and I recommend “Walking in the Sun” and “Content d’etre moi.” Catchy music, simple, meaningful and age-appropriate lyrics.

    We all really like the Fred Penner Christmas album as well. Traditional songs from all over the world.

    My daughter is five and she is absolutely loving Sheryl Crow right now. Both kids like R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc. They’ll pretty much listen to any adult music (that we let them). Anything they can dance too (whether weird techno beats or classical for “ballet”) is up for grabs here.

    Comment by karyn | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  12. Ramo, an album about a little elephant with thin skin that shows all the colors of the rainbow. He is tormented by jungle friends for being different, and then his mother is captured and taken to a zoo. However, it all ends up all right and they are reunited in the end. Also, the kids at the zoo *love* his colors.

    My second favorite kids album was “Free to be You and Me”. A classic.

    Comment by Ann | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  13. My nephew Josh will be 2 and has been a Todd Snider fan since the womb so now he dances to “Vinyl Records” and begs for us to play it over and over.

    I have taught him to appreciate Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” and he always reaches for my cellphone as soon as he sees me so that he can hear “coco,” as he calls it.

    But, far and away, his favorites are “The Wheels on The Bus” (not happy unless everyone in his line of sight is doing the appropriate movements) and the song his Daddy wrote and recorded for him.

    Comment by Christa | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  14. ooh! my favorite album was a four-disc set that i used to play for dylan: 101 toddler favorites (
    i suggested it to lady m when she was looking for music for Q. i think it’s great for variety, which can be tough to get with small children. 🙂

    the toddler i just started babysitting is a big fan of enya at bedtime.

    Comment by Lara | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  15. I like both “For the Kids” albums and my 2.5 son likes the Laure Berkner Band and Jerry Garcia “Not for Kids Only” album.

    Comment by Rayne of Terror | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  16. I have two kids, ages four and nineteen months. Bridget, the four year old, likes country music, especially Tim McGraw’s “Last Dollar.” Mainly, I think, because at the end you hear his daughters singing. We went through a Laurie Berkner phase and also For Our Children phase–especially liked Mama’s Soup Surprise and Itsy Bitsy Spider. Now we are kind of between phases. When Jack was tiny, Eight Days a Week by the Beetles would always soothe him! Maybe because we listened to it about twenty times a day when I was pregnant with him!

    Comment by Dana | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  17. Wow! What an eclectic bunch of children we have! A huge range, with only a few repeats: three votes for Dan Zanes, three for Laurie Berkner, and three for the For the Kids albums. After that, it’s everything from Ernie and Bert, through ABBA to George Thorogood. With a little Sound of Music for class…

    Sheryl: Did you get to see George Thorogood when he was in town a couple of years back? My Emma would have been about the age yours is now; I took her, and she LOVED it. She was a little disconcerted when the two women and a man ahead of us whipped off their shirts. (“Why are they DOING that, mummy? And doesn’t that lady know she has a giant rip in her bra? Ick.” Even then, a fashionista, my girl…) (Oh. My answer? “Because they’re b-b-b-b-bad.” Heh.)

    Comment by MaryP | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  18. See previous post-Dana, that’s so funny-my Pre-K class performed Last Dollar (just the beginning, middle and end chorus) for graduation this year!

    Comment by Steph | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  19. “You Are My Flower” and “You Are My Sunshine” by Elizabeth Mitchell are great kid’s albums. Folksy, nicely paced and gentle.

    Other than that, the kids I know have very eclectic tastes, influenced by their very different parents. One boy likes opera, specifically Wagner. And if you think a four-year-old wouldn’t be able to tell one opera from another, you should see how quick he is to turn off Puccini. (Nussun Dorma used to be on his CD of sleepy music.)

    Another nephew is really into hip-hop, and it’s really hard to find songs that are appropriate for his age that don’t require parental editing or really long conversations about how women are not ‘hos.’ His parents can’t stand that kind of music, but it’s his choice (within reason.) My nieces are really into Madonna and the Indigo Girls.

    Comment by BeckaJo | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  20. Wow, after thinking about this for just a few minutes, I realize that I could write a long post about it (which I will sometime soon, on my own blog).

    We have lots of favorites – they cahnge all the time – but these three are always near the top:

    NO! by They Might Be Giants. BB, hubby and I love everything about this CD. TMBG performed kids’ songs at my workplace a couple years ago and, while I couldn’t attend, I heard they were awesome.

    Singing in the Bathtub by John Lithgow. His CDs are all great fun but this one in particular is full of toe-tapping tunes. BB loves it when I play the Singing in the Bathtub song when it’s time to get ready for bath. (Actually, he visted my work a couple of months ago – read about it on my blog if you care to – and was extremely entertaining. I already liked his kids’ music but the visit make me like it even more.)

    Classic Sesame Street songs. This isn’t a particular CD, and I may like these songs more than the kids do, but I was born in 1970 so I grew up with these songs. I bought the Sesame Street classic episodes DVD set last CHristmas and BB really enjoyed watching it with me – so maybe he DOES like these songs as much as I do.

    Comment by BookMama | June 6, 2007 | Reply

  21. Hey Mary,

    I’m going to guess you meant me (Sheri) about George Thorogood cause I’m the only one who mentioned him. No, we didn’t make it out to the concert but by the sounds of it, it was quite the party. My Emma is a big young yet for that kind of party. 😛

    Comment by Sheri | June 7, 2007 | Reply

  22. We love anything by Laurie Berkner, but the favorite is probably Victor Vito.

    I also love the For The Kids compilation cd.

    At bedtime, my son listens to Jack Johnson’s Curious George soundtrack.

    Comment by dee | June 7, 2007 | Reply

  23. Free to Be, You and Me, perhaps? Not all music, so perhaps that’s cheating. I also love this greatest hits compilation from Sharon, Lois, and Bram that I have.

    pumpkinpie? We don’t actually listen to CDs together so often as just sing or make up songs or play instruments, so I’m not sure if she would have a fave. She was danced to sleep nightly to a Harry Connick Jr. CD as a wee thing, though…

    Comment by kittenpie | June 7, 2007 | Reply

  24. I am a complete sucker for kids music, I love that I can sing along, but my favorite is probably Laurie Berkner’s Buzz Buzz.

    My 4 year old son likes Farmer Jason’s Rockin in the Forest, and my 2 year old daughter is a Backyardigans music fan (though she will groove to almost any of it).

    Comment by Treadmillista | June 7, 2007 | Reply

  25. I really enjoy the Kids Bop cds! I just found your blog and wanted to say that it’s great! 🙂 The entry about the sharpie cap was too funny.

    Comment by Cozy | June 8, 2007 | Reply

  26. All music. Any music. It’s all good here! Josh Groban is a favourite, Raffi is loved, and anything we can sing along to. Hubby and I have very different opinions on music, so there is lots of variety to choose from.

    Comment by Tammy | June 9, 2007 | Reply

  27. We have a mix here. Kiddo likes the Peter, Paul and Mommy albums, They Might Be Giants No! and Here Come the ABCs, and the old Sesame Street tunes. We’re also hooked on the soundtrack to Labyrinth- Dance Magic Dance is cause for much celebration.

    Comment by Megin | July 2, 2007 | Reply

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