There are many bands and music created and geared for kids. But just as my own musical preferences are not stuck in a particular genre neither should my childrens’. Expose them to it all and see what they move and groove too. And like me, I find their favorites may vary with mood or activity.

Pete Seeger at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival

I recently asked parents to share their children’s favorite musician as part of a contest. The answers are so eclectic and awesome, I want to share them with you.

  • They Might be Giants
  • Bon Jovi
  • What Cheer? Brigade
  • The Beatles
  • Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Laurie Berkner
  • Joe’s Backyard Band
  • Big Time Rush
  • KISS
  • Harry and the Potters
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
  • Dan Zanes
  • Johnny Cash
  • Pete Seeger
  • Bob Marley
  • The English Beat
  • Talking Heads
  • R.E.M.
  • Rogers & Hammerstein – 60s and 70s musicals (e.g. Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story and Bye Bye Birdie)

After taking my kids to the Newport Folk Festival this year, I would add some the following to my kids’ list:
Elvis Costello, Carolina Chocolate Drops, David Wax Museum and the SEEGER clogging all stars.

Check it out, turn it on and add your favorites in the comments below.