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AIBU to want to find music I can enjoy with my 4 year old?

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Doesntlooklikeanythingtome Mon 23-Apr-18 12:22:28

After living in a haze for the last few years, I have finally found my feet and want to enjoy listening to music with my child but am a bit lost. I'm looking for recommendations that are child friendly but not kid's music, which can be pretty grating. Have recently purchased Divide Ed Sheeran, Human Rag n Bone and Greatest Day Take That. Something we can sing to, dance to or have in the background during playtime. Open to classical, pop, rock etc. Please share the albums that you and your kids enjoy together. Thanks

HollowTalk Mon 23-Apr-18 12:24:20

We did The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Tamla Motown. They loved it.

SaucyJane Mon 23-Apr-18 12:31:46

I was about 4 or 5 when my parents took me to see "Joseph" - I absolutely LOVED it and listened to the tape over and over. That's probably a bit old fashioned now grin, but what about something like "Matilda" or "the greatest showman" soundtrack?

WisestIsShe Mon 23-Apr-18 12:33:12

When DS was little we listened to a us group named the Sugar Beats. It's covered of classic songs sung by a group with children in. Much better than I made it sound!

Anniegetyourgun Mon 23-Apr-18 12:33:24

Great music is NEVER old fashioned.

soloula Mon 23-Apr-18 12:37:03

We listen to a whole load of different music. DD1 (4yo) is loves songs with spelling - D.I.S.C.O. by Ottowan, S.O.S. by Abba. Her and DD2 (2.5yo) love the Beatles, especially Yellow submarine and Octopus' Garden. They love classical music too like Swan Lake and Nutcracker.

The trick is to find things that interest them and then find songs about those things (however tenuous - we listen to T Rex because, well, dinosaurs lol). Like Rolling Stones She's a Rainbow has loads of colours in it and then that's like a gateway song to try other rolling stones lol. Same with action songs (e.g. jump in the line Harry Belafonte).

I'm totally out of touch with the charts so I'm sure you'll have loads of suitable suggestions from others.

grandplans Mon 23-Apr-18 12:42:50

OK Go videos are great to share with children:

This is great fun:

Talith Mon 23-Apr-18 12:43:22

Stick the radio on and change it now and then until you hear something that gets you dancing. Radio 1 is good for brand new music that you might not have heard. Radio 2 is brilliant for everything from showtunes to tunes from pretty much every decade from the 40s to now. BBC Local Radio tends to have a real mix too. If you get a DAB radio you can pick pretty much any genre you like from rock to country. Radio all the way!

There Might Be Giants did a blinding album about science for kids which I can't recall the name of, but had increeeedibly catchy songs about science. I still sing them to my 10 year old. He runs away now :D

grandplans Mon 23-Apr-18 12:43:26

OK Go in zero gravity:

grandplans Mon 23-Apr-18 12:44:47

There Might Be Giants kids albums are Here Come the 123s and Here Come the ABCs.

They're brilliant smile

grandplans Mon 23-Apr-18 12:46:08

While we're on decent kids' albums, the Rasta Mouse CD is genuinely great music. We listen to it in the car all the time smile

Spaghettijumper Mon 23-Apr-18 12:46:16

My kids love The Greatest Showman soundtrack

LaurieMarlow Mon 23-Apr-18 12:49:08

Anything by There Might Be Giants.

Bit of Robbie Williams goes down well with my 3.5 year old blush

maddening Mon 23-Apr-18 12:49:28

Eric Herman is great for that age

liminality Mon 23-Apr-18 12:52:44

Can't you just play them great music - ie anything at all, that you love> Why presume kids won't understand the glory of great musicians of all genres?

BergamotMouse Mon 23-Apr-18 12:55:23

We love the okee dokee brothers here. It is kids music but has won Grammy awards. Catchy tunes, quite country/ bluesy but I enjoy listening to it alone blush

Fruitcorner123 Mon 23-Apr-18 12:57:16

We listen to anything. My kids like dance music, Michael buble, soundtracks from musicals, take that etc etc

The only things they dont like are sad, slow love songs.

Nyancat Mon 23-Apr-18 12:57:48

My DC love kids bop. It's pop songs reworked to make them more suitable for younger kids.

Jenijena Mon 23-Apr-18 12:58:08

Nick Cope... child centred music but excellent. Really looking forward to seeing him perform soon.

FlaviaAlbia Mon 23-Apr-18 13:02:17

I put on 80's music videos on the TV and DS loves it. Billy Joel's uptown girl is his favourite at the minute grin

Theknacktoflying Mon 23-Apr-18 13:07:10

Hello Children everywhere ... some of the music is bearable...

T2517 Mon 23-Apr-18 13:13:49

The kids I look after are OBSESSED with Joseph - we know every word and it’s a fairly big soundtrack so enough to not get bored of. Donny Osmond Canadian cast is my personal preference. They also love sia cheap thrills, the Beatles, anything that is very up beat and cheery

implantsandaDyson Mon 23-Apr-18 13:25:35

We always have music on in the car and in the house. At first it was just local commercial radio, then we made iTunes lists from music we had and then Spotify lists from songs they liked from films etc. We had a bit of a Jackson 5 obsession for a while. Now they all have lists according to their moods, what they're up to. Bruno Mars was huge for a while, then Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Avicci sad, there was a real dancey stage at one time. My 10 year old like 70s disco, my 7 year old likes anything that a female vocalist sings and my 12 year old has reached the "you'll never understand my music" phase! They listened to a lot of stuff their Dad does but then proclaimed Radiohead to be old man music I silently agreed

Doesntlooklikeanythingtome Mon 23-Apr-18 13:28:32

Thanks so much for ideas.

Doesntlooklikeanythingtome Mon 23-Apr-18 13:30:00

We don't have a car so miss the whole driving and listening time. Which is a pretty great place to share music.

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