baby playlist
August 20, 2012 4:02 PM   Subscribe

Happy baby playlist! Looking for suggestions for a playlist of happy rock/pop songs (not lullabies) to sing to Baby Yarly. So far, I've got Feelin' Groovy, Three Little Birds, and Good Day Sunshine. What else?
posted by yarly to Media & Arts (25 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
David Bowie in Labyrinth - Magic Dance
posted by mannequito at 4:10 PM on August 20, 2012

Yellow Submarine
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 4:13 PM on August 20, 2012

Happy Together
Dream a little Dream of Me
posted by Requiax at 4:15 PM on August 20, 2012

I can see clearly now

Lovely Day

Love Train

Okay, very heavy on the R&B. Maybe too much. Maybe this is better?
posted by ambrosia at 4:20 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]

I've sung Goodnight Demonslayer by Voltaire. It's not a lullaby in the sense of musical style, and I feel the message is overall a happy one. Apologies if it doesn't suit your criteria, or if the octave isn't to your liking.
posted by CancerMan at 4:21 PM on August 20, 2012

I Will by the Beatles.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 4:22 PM on August 20, 2012

Baby (1971) - Os Mutantes
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
You Belong To Me (I like the way these two sing it.)
posted by carsonb at 4:30 PM on August 20, 2012

America the Beautiful is really fun to sing too.
Who Put the Bomp - Barry Mann
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
posted by carsonb at 4:34 PM on August 20, 2012

Kooks, a charming song written by Bowie for his son.
posted by scratch at 4:43 PM on August 20, 2012

The Wonderful World of Andy Williams is great all the way through
Wendy & Bonnie
posted by rhizome at 5:00 PM on August 20, 2012

Walking On Sunshine
posted by bleep at 5:07 PM on August 20, 2012 [2 favorites]

Favorites on our happy baby singalong rotation:

Beatles: Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, Here Comes the Sun
Jackson 5: ABC, I Want You Back
Mary Wells - My Guy
The Romantics - What I Like About You
The Monkees - I'm a Believer
Herman's Hermits -- I'm Into Something Good
Dixie Cups - Iko Iko
The Cyrkle - Red Rubber Ball
Blind Melon - No Rain
REM - Stand, Shiny Happy People
James Brown - I Feel Good
posted by somanyamys at 5:11 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]

Not exactly what you are asking for, but I cannot recommend highly enough Disney's For Our Children, featuring Bruce Springsteen , Bob Dylan, Elton John, Sting, Ziggy Marley Paul McCartney Bette Midler, James Taylor, Barbra Streisand and more.

This is children's music that doesn't talk down to children. My favorite: Little Richard singing Itsy Bitsy Spider.
posted by SLC Mom at 5:16 PM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]

ELO - Mr. Blue Sky
posted by snorkmaiden at 5:46 PM on August 20, 2012

I know my sister and her husband are fond of Carry On Wayward Son for my nephew.
posted by notquitemaryann at 5:51 PM on August 20, 2012

If you do a search for Kids' CBC on Youtube you'll find some good examples of songs that didn't necessarily start out as "kids' music":


Sam Roberts singing Me and Julio (actually, Paul Simon is a good source of kid-friendly music)

The Great Lake Swimmers and See You on the Moon! (this is from their album of the same title with songs "for kids of all ages"
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 6:25 PM on August 20, 2012

All together now - The Beatles

Alligators all around - Carole King (all of the Really Rosie/Nutshell Kids songs are great)

Any song from the album Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes Little & Big - Pete Seeger

Hot corn, cold corn - Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
posted by askmehow at 6:52 PM on August 20, 2012

TMBG, "Istanbul," "New York City," etc.
Themes to "Ponyo" and "Totoro
Great Big Sea, "When I'm Up (I Can't Get Down)" (it's pretty ironic, but wee ones don't know that) ... I feel like a lot of their songs might do, but most of them haven't migrated to this computer.
"Something Good," forget the performer -- Juan Luis Guerra and somebody (I'm on my way to the train station!)
"Be OK," Ingrid Michaelson
I'm pretta sure some Lenka would work ("Roll with the Punches" sounds happy musically but isn't)

I've heard good things about Trout Fishing in America from friends with kids but don't know anything about them myself.
posted by wintersweet at 7:01 PM on August 20, 2012

Hey Little by Bonnie Prince Billy

This might border just a touch on lullaby, but it makes the Furnace.Baby dance. So who knows.
posted by furnace.heart at 7:14 PM on August 20, 2012

Seconding anything from the Really Rosie soundtrack.
Also It's So Easy (link is to Linda Ronstadt's version)
posted by SisterHavana at 8:47 PM on August 20, 2012

In our house a little Jonathan Richman with I'm A Little Airplane aways got the smallest guy moving while Daft Punk/Around The World was his older brother's favourite. Throw lots at them, see what gets a smile.
posted by N-stoff at 10:00 PM on August 20, 2012

I remembered that I'd once suggested "Rockin' Robin" previously on a similar question. You may want to check that one out as well—I think it has some good suggestions.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 10:56 PM on August 20, 2012

Some kids respond well to Norweigan death metal, so you don't have to stick too close to the classics.
posted by barnacles at 12:44 AM on August 21, 2012

My 2-year-old seems to really like Leonard Cohen. Also Free to Be ... You and Me and the Dino-5 album.
posted by miss tea at 3:22 AM on August 21, 2012

If you modify or leave out the lyric about "bootleg hooch" and the one about "peroxide blondes", maybe Button Up Your Overcoat.
posted by Lexica at 8:42 PM on August 22, 2012

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