I have a cd of nursery rhymes called 'Jack and Jill and all their friends' which has traditional nursery rhymes sung to a (properly arranged) variety of different instruments - harps, hurdy gurdies, dulcimers, viols etc, recorded in a church in Oxford.... DH hates it (because of the operatic voice of the singer) and we refer to it as the middle class nursery rhymes cd but for some reason dd (13 months) absolutely loves it, especially the lovely tinkly backing to 'Ding Dong Bell'.
It's not very singalong-able though!
The Gruffalo woman made a CD that comes with a book, with songs written based on the Gruffalo story, Monkey Puzzle & other songs too.
That one's pretty good actually, & the book has the tune & words & nice little pictures with it.
I can recommend some children's music that isn't the classics: Henri Des is very good. They Might Be Giants did some kid's albums. And You Are My Sunshine is a good albumn, too, with some classics. Very folksy.
Can I just add a not recommended? the cd of nursery rhymes sold in ELC and Tescos...some high pitched woman tweeting the wrongtune, adding herown second verses and a coupel of real dillies of her own songs! MIL bought it for DS...and played it for us all...cue DH failing in all diplomacy and just laughing out oud at the absolute horror!
DS prefers system of a down's new single (honest, he does, we hate it, but it comes of tv and he grins at the telly!)
Thank you very much for all your suggestions (and NOT suggestions!) I will investigate them all.
There's a great CD called "Songs I heard" by Harry Connick Jr which has tracks from musicals and other songs from his childhood, but with a great jazz background - it's worth checking out if you're looking for something a bit different.
I'm a trained singer, so anyone who sings badly on a commercially produced CD is immediately scorned!
KathyMxxxxxxx - that sounds great. My dd is used to my every so slightly operatic sounding voice, so it might be just her kind of CD!
When I was little we used to have Musical mystery tour tapes. They're aimed at children but are done by people who also do adults music & play their own instruments (Hilary James & Simon Mayor). They're not traditional nursery rhymes but they are quite fun (although very catchy!)
I googled musical mystery tour & this is one of the sites that came up if you are interested. I presume that they still sell them, or if not you may be able to get the on amazon or something.
Don't know if you can get the hold of Raffi CDs in this country, but if you can, they're well worth it. Think Amazon stock a few, but this one is great if you can get it. I defy anyone not to singalong.
I got a couple of cd's in woolies - Peter & the Wolf and Romeo & Juliet for my girls, but they're proper music that I don't mind listening to, we've all grown out of children's stuff and listen to eg the beatles, and ballets a lot more