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What should we be listening to in the car?

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Flowerface Thu 31-Oct-13 19:34:31

We are bored of all our in-car listening and getting restive! I have an animal mad 4 year old, and an 18 month old. Some mixture of story and song would be good, the little one gets bored with pure story, though also useful to have for when he goes to sleep. Any thoughts?

HorryIsUpduffed Thu 31-Oct-13 19:38:31

They Might Be Giants - the children's CDs. 123s, ABCs, Science. Good musical tunes that feel like pop music, but accessible pre-school or primary school literacy and numeracy.


BikeRunSki Thu 31-Oct-13 19:38:59

We got from Yorkshire to Cornwall this summer with our 4.9 yo and 19 month old listening to Roald Dahl stories on cd. Those CDs go with us everywhere!

FoxyRevenger Thu 31-Oct-13 19:40:02

I've no idea, I am the driver so it's radio or a CD of my choosing. Have honestly never thought to get something for my poor neglected children. Bad mother alert!

Tommy Thu 31-Oct-13 19:40:29

second Roald Dahl and also Julia's Donaldson's stories which always have a song.

Flowerface Thu 31-Oct-13 19:46:00

It's self-interest really Foxy, otherwise I have to constantly mediate fights or try to pass them books and toys they've flung on the floor without mowing down hordes of innocent passers by...

Great suggestions, thanks. We do have Julia Donaldson. Once the neighbour's children all filed out of the house to watch, in awed (aka horrified) silence, my performance of the nut growing into a tree. "Small, brown, hard round....[etc]". It was mortifying.

Meglet Thu 31-Oct-13 19:47:48

Radio 1 usually. And I burn CD's of non-sweary 'pop' music, they get their one direction and little mix, I get the stones and kayne west.

I'm driving so I get to choose, it's the only chance I get to listen to music these days. I'd go loopy if I had to listen to kiddie songs.

MrsWembley Thu 31-Oct-13 20:07:52

Current favourite here for my 4yr old DD is Bon Jovi...

In DP's car, she asks for 'the ar-hoo song', by which she means Warren Zevon's 'Werewolves of London'. We might stop playing some of the other tracks on that album soon...wink

It can just be music for them to sing along to. Fun stuff that won't drive you mad. We purposefully chose not to play children's music in the car from the start as we didn't want the long distance nightmare that is 'Wheels on the Bus' repeated ad nauseum.grin

Quangle Thu 31-Oct-13 20:15:49

DCs can listen toBest ofQueen for hours.

Quangle Thu 31-Oct-13 20:17:05

But for the animal theme, the BBC audio of Johnny Morris reading the Just So Stories is fab.

ShoeWhore Thu 31-Oct-13 20:19:27

We put our iPod on shuffle and vote on each track - play or skip

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Thu 31-Oct-13 20:21:09

Radio 1 here too. Never did me any harm...

vladthedisorganised Thu 31-Oct-13 20:27:15

Hear hear, MrsWembley! DD's first favourite song was Blur's Song2 (she joined in with the "woo-hoos") and we just listen to anything non-sweary of mine. She quite likes Roots Manuva too..

BlessThisMess Thu 31-Oct-13 20:27:50

For non-naff kids music, try Raffi or Putamayo. For a mix of stories and songs, we had the Sticky Kids CDs. They drove me a bit mad after a while but the kids loved them.

ShreddedHoops Thu 31-Oct-13 20:28:20

Classic FM if I want toddler to nap, KISS if I've given up trying grin

FredKiller Thu 31-Oct-13 20:30:40

Whatever you do, do not think it would be 'amusing' to play your DC your ancient "Jumpers For Goalposts" CD of football anthems. Your DS may become obsessed with Keith Allen's fucking "Vindaloo" and request it over and over, every sodding journey. (Thanks DH)

amistillsexy Thu 31-Oct-13 20:34:52

We have the Best of Queen on a loop here, too, Quangle. The DCs love it.
Other than that, it's Radio 4 if I'm feeling grown up, or Radio 2 for singing along to.
The DCs love listening to music on cDs or Radio, and I'm always amazed at their ability to recognise songs they've only heard a couple of times in passing.

Flowerface Thu 31-Oct-13 20:37:00

Oh yes, think we've got all the Raffi, and we also did the amazing Johnny Morris Rudyard Kiplings. DD can now recite the Whale's Throat ("really truly twirly whirly eel") but it's too talky for DS.

I admire all those who never got sucked down this road in the first place, and therefore have never been in the hell of 'three hour journey with 2 minute song on continuous repeat'. Especially when the song in question is 'the Pelican's beak holds more than his belly can'. If I had my time again... But I fear the cat is out of the bag.

JumpingJackSprat Thu 31-Oct-13 20:40:05

Guns n roses, iron maiden or metallica smile

Perissa Thu 31-Oct-13 20:40:48

DS is 4 and we either have Radio 1 or my CD's. He likes Imagine Dragons at the moment because he says one of the songs sounds like the theme tune to Mouk from Disney Jnr. He also likes Bastille, The 1975 and Fun.

ShoeWhore Thu 31-Oct-13 20:50:46

grin fredkiller my boys love Vindaloo. And Firestarter by the Prodigy blush

manchestermummy Fri 01-Nov-13 08:28:40

Hmmm we listen to all sorts! Abba, classical music, The Beatles (their current fave), the radio, One Direction, Seasick Steve, Andrew Lloyd Webber... The list goes on. I'm sure my haphazard approach to exposure to music is probably dangerous and uneducational or something! grin

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Fri 01-Nov-13 21:53:37

What JumpingJackSprat said! Enter Sandman puts DD beautifully to sleep.

JumpingJackSprat Sat 02-Nov-13 12:59:50

My dss adores iron maiden. Unfortunately his mum listens to manufactured pop so we are waiting to see whose taste he will be more influenced by :D

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