Music is powerful. It can change your whole mood. How many song lyrics do you think are stored in your brain? Have you ever heard a song you haven’t listened to for years, and all the words just pour out of your mouth, and flow perfectly? I love when that happens. If you want to read my rambling about this happening to me the other day, it’s after the lists of songs to listen to with your kids.
Our kids absorb songs, just like us. What do you want to have them repeating?
My daughter, 5, loves Bad Guy, by Billie Eillish. When it comes on the radio, I leave it on, sometimes it plays in stores, but other than that she doesn’t hear it. My son, 11, sings Novocaine, by The Unlikely Candidates. He also hears this on the radio. I like these songs too, but the lyrics aren’t really appropriate for their ages.
We can’t really shelter our kids from music, but we don’t have to constantly play inappropriate songs around them, if at all.
At home, my kids listen to their own YouTube playlists. They get to add the songs they want, with my approval. They also have some Disney CDs. They use their karaoke machine with disco lights to listen to these and sing along.
Here are 12 songs we like to dance to
1. Can’t Stop The Feeling- Justin Timberlake
2. Jump- Van Halen
3. Hair Up- JT, Gwen Stefani, Ron Funches
4. All Star- Smashmouth
5. Tutti Frutti- Little Richard
6. What Does The Fox Say- Ylvis
7. Footloose- Kenny Loggins
8. Electric Avenue- Eddy Grant
9. Best Day Of My Life- American Authors
10. Happy- Pharrell Williams
11. ABC- The Jackson 5
12. Twist And Shout- The Beatles
Here are 12 more songs that you can listen to with your kids and not really have to worry about them repeating the lyrics. I like putting these on when we are building, doing arts and crafts or puzzles.
1. Down On The Corner- CCR
2. Jammin- Bob Marley And The Wailers
3. Here Comes The Sun- The Beatles
4. My Girl- The Temptations
5. Black Water- The Doobie Brothers
6. The Only Way I Know- Jason Aldean
7. Don’t Worry, Be Happy- Bobby McFerrin
8. Voodoo Child (SR)- Jimi Hendrix
9. Roar- Katy Perry
10. Kashmir- Led Zeppelin
11. I Just Wanna Shine- Fitz And The Tantrums
12. Brave- Sarah Bareilles
So, continuing about hearing a song you haven’t heard and remembering the lyrics… This happened to me, the other day, with Eminem 😂
His music was all over the radio while I was growing up. It’s familiar and puts me in a good mood. I don’t agree with a lot of his lyrics, although some are spot on, most are not kid friendly. Yet, so many kids were fans of Eminem. Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
“I’m interesting, the best thing since wrestling. Infesting your kids ears and nesting. “Testing attention please” Feel the tension soon as someone mentions me.”
Without me- Eminem
So, Without Me came on the radio while my daughter, who will soon be 6, and I were driving to her school. I was surprised they put it on, haven’t heard it on that station before, or at all in years, but hey, guess they were feeling it? I was too, so I didn’t turn it off. All, well almost all, the words started coming out of my mouth, in sync with Shady 😄 It was a nice warm day, windows down kind of weather.
We don’t get out as much as we used to, since the Coronavirus, so we enjoy when we do, even if it’s just to pick up supplies from school for the kid’s home cyber classes. We arrived, the song was still playing and our windows were still down. (my husband got a kick out of that when I told him) It was after hours though, so there were only a few cars there, and no one actually in the parking lot to hear. Even if there were, I still would have left it on, not gonna let anybody ruin my nice drive 😂
Here’s 12 other inappropriate songs I listened to growing up
1. Cocaine- Eric Clapton
2. Yeah- Usher and Lil Jon
3. Lithium- Nirvana
4. It Wasn’t Me- Shaggy
5. My Name Is- Eminem
6. Sex And Candy- Marcy Playground
7. What I Got- Sublime
8. Mambo No.5- Luo Bega
9. Thong Song- Sisqo
10. Pretty Fly- Offspring
11. Ride With Me- Nelly
12. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen
So, despite all these songs that aren’t really for kids, that I listened to as a kid, I think I turned out alright 🤷🏼♀️
What are some songs you listened to growing up? What do you listen to with your kids/ what do they listen to now a days?