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Soundtrack for a spunky 1 year old.
August 2, 2014 5:15 PM   Subscribe

My baby girl's birthday is this week and I am hunting the perfect song to back a slideshow of photos of her first year. I do not want anything overtly sappy. My kiddo is known for being adventurous and fun so I want to find her a song that is suiting to her personality. Help please! :)

I do not want anything overtly sappy. My kiddo is known for being adventurous and fun so I want to find her a song that is suiting to her personality.

Help please! :)
posted by mittenbex to Media & Arts (25 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Learning to Fly, Tom Petty

Beautiful World, Colin Hay

Adventure, Angels & Airwaves
posted by kattyann at 5:31 PM on August 2 [1 favorite]


Many of Joe McDermott's songs celebrate the adventures of early childhood. Our favorites were "I am Baby" and "Little White Shoes."
posted by Ostara at 5:36 PM on August 2 [1 favorite]


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?
posted by Hermione Granger at 5:37 PM on August 2 [4 favorites]


"Happy" by Pharell is of course the ubiquitous song this year.

Personally? I'd go with some Grimes
posted by saucysault at 5:53 PM on August 2 [3 favorites]


Dr. Worm.
posted by norm at 6:00 PM on August 2


I like to sing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" to my daughter. She is also full of joie de vivre and spunk.
posted by treehorn+bunny at 6:19 PM on August 2


I used Laurie Berkner's "Five Days Old" for a similar project. She and Trout Fishing in America have a lot of fun upbeat kids' songs that might work.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 6:22 PM on August 2


And She Was
posted by Mchelly at 6:49 PM on August 2 [5 favorites]


Teddy Bear's Picnic
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:53 PM on August 2


Devendra Banhart, "Baby"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQZgsabdpz4
posted by highwayshoes at 7:12 PM on August 2


The themesong to Disney's Gummy Bears cartoon.
posted by novelgazer at 7:17 PM on August 2


Home?
posted by cornflakegirl at 7:50 PM on August 2 [1 favorite]


Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine.
posted by swerve at 8:12 PM on August 2


Feist! 1234
posted by lakersfan1222 at 8:30 PM on August 2 [1 favorite]


Checking things off a to do list by Lullatone!
posted by jrobin276 at 9:15 PM on August 2


Yellow Submarine or You know My Name, Look up the Number. The kids go crazy for either.
posted by effluvia at 9:37 PM on August 2


That MGMT song, 'Kids'

You were a child,
crawlin' on your knees toward it.
Makin' mama so proud,
but your voice was too loud.

We like to watch you laughing.
You pick the insects off plants.
No time to think of consequences.


And I just like the upbeat tune. :)
posted by Salamander at 9:52 PM on August 2 [1 favorite]


Theme songs from Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and the Legend of Zelda.
posted by Lieber Frau at 10:42 PM on August 2 [1 favorite]


Jack Johnson put out a great soundtrack for a Curious George movie several years back. Lots of great songs on this album for adventurous little kids!

One of the best is a really nice White Stripes cover, We're Going To Be Friends. Jungle Gym is a good one too, and so is Upside Down.
posted by Old Man McKay at 11:21 PM on August 2 [1 favorite]


Clap Your Hands by Sia.
posted by h00py at 2:29 AM on August 3


Manitoba - 'Kid You'll Move Mountains'
posted by Joeruckus at 4:31 AM on August 3


Ca Plane Pour Moi, by Plastic Bertrand? I have no idea what the lyrics mean, but it always conveys a certain sense of overflowing energy to me, as I imagine a rambunctious kid can.
posted by Captain l'escalier at 9:22 AM on August 3 [1 favorite]


From the same era, Bow Wow Wow's "Go Wild in the Country" has a similar sense of boundless youthful energy, and "adventurous" lyrics (in English).
posted by Captain l'escalier at 9:24 AM on August 3


Father and Daughter, Paul Simon. The lyrics (link) are charming, a hope for an idealized childhood: "I'm going to stand guard / like a postcard / of a Golden Retriever"
posted by Tufa at 2:51 PM on August 3


I Feel It All, another one by Feist, more age-appropriate and a total joy/life anthem
posted by lakersfan1222 at 9:58 PM on August 5


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