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Kids love music.

There are many bands and music created and geared for kids. But just as my own music taste is 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.

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.

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.

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5 comments
  • Geoff – Love your drive to school favorites and the link. Listening to Pete Seeger weave together stories and songs is priceless and a great way for kids to learn to develop their own style of storytelling.

  • Drive to school favorites for me and my eight and six yr olds:

    Sun City Girls: Funeral Mariachi
    The Sound of Music film soundtrack
    Brian Eno: Another Green World
    Pete Seeger: American Ballads set
    Woody Guthrie: Asch recordings
    Any Ella Jenkins

    Cannot recommend the Pete Seeger collection enough. Great cultural literacy – where else are kids going to learn Yankee Doodle and Skip to My Lou? http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=3223

  • elvis costello was there and he was great except he did not play many of the songs i remember from way back in the day except for one of my faves: PEACE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING. i love MYSTERY DANCE! will need to go dance now.

  • was elvis costello there? a long-time favorite here is MYSTERY DANCE. (but now we’re at the age of “so…what do you think the mystery dance even is, mom?”)

  • My boys both said The Beach Boys when I asked them just now. My 2yo likes the Music Together CDs, although she really likes the Beach Boys song about the girl cruising around until her daddy takes the t-bird away. The kids are on a Beach Boys kick this summer, can you tell? 😉