Finding music that both children and adults enjoy can be a difficult task. Between capturing a melody that is catchy but not overwhelming to the senses (or the nerves) and creating lyrics that appeal to a wide age range, it’s no wonder that some people avoid “children’s music” all together.
Don’t give up quite yet! KRL has a wide selection of music CDs that both kids and adults will love. Sound too good to be true? Check out some of these albums and you might find yourself listening even when the kids aren’t around!
Renee and Jeremy A Little Love. These two singer-songwriter friends harmonize together in a way that is beautiful and calming. This personal favorite of mine includes sweet covers of popular songs like “Give it Away” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and “Yellow” by Coldplay – a rainy day go-to. Also checkout: Lisa Loeb’s Catch the Moon
The Okee Dokee Brothers Can You Canoe? This album won a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Children’s Music. It’s fun, fresh and lively and great for the whole family. The bluegrass/folksy feel will have you tapping your feet and singing along. Take it on a family road trip! Also checkout: Johnny Cash’s The Johnny Cash Children’s Album
Elizabeth Mitchell You Are My Little Bird. Any Elizabeth Mitchell album is a definite winner if you’re wanting a successful pairing of sweet melodies and sincere lyrics. This is perfect whenever you want a feel good pick-me-up or some cuddle time with your little one! Also checkout: Frances England’s Mind of My Own and Dan Zanes’ Little Nut Tree.
Caspar Babypants This is Fun. Caspar Babypants continues to be one of my all-time favorite music-for-kids-for-adults artists. Caspar Babypants, aka ‘Chris Ballew’ of the band Presidents of the United States of America, creates music that is silly, catchy and down-right fun regardless of your age. Any of his CD’s will be a winner. Also checkout: Laurie Berkner’s The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band
The Verve Pipe Are We There Yet? From the same band that released record-breaking hits in the 90’s comes this fun and energetic album that will have the whole family singing along. Perfect for long car rides or a mood-lifting dance party! Also checkout: The Barenaked Ladies’ Snacktime! and They Might Be Giants’ Here Comes Science.
Ziggy Marley Family Time. This 2009 Grammy Award Winner is filled with uplifting lyrics, toe-tapping harmonies and fun reggae beats that are sure to have both children and adults singing along. This would be a fun selection for anytime! Also checkout: Bob Marley’s B is for Bob
Family music time doesn’t have to end here, however. Create your own music with your little ones using some of these great and simple to use apps:
Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome!
Kids Music Factory