Favorite Music Albums for Kids

At our house, we don’t watch a lot of TV but we do listen to a lot of music!!  I’ve compiled a list of our favorite music albums for kids below for your listening pleasure!  Most of these I love as much as the kids.  I’ll continually add to and update this list, so be sure to save it for future reference!

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Our Favorite Music Albums for Kids

(in random order)

1.  The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band by Laurie Berkner

2.  Here Come the ABCs by They Might Be Giants (also on iTunes)

3.  Questions with Answers: Vol. 1 by Songs for Saplings

4.  Get Set for School Sing Along by Handwriting Without Tears

5.  Hidden in my Heart: Vol. I by Scripture Lullabies (also on iTunes)

6.  Hidden in my Heart: Vol. II by Scripture Lullabies (also on iTunes)

7.  ABCs by Songs for Saplings

8.  Home is an Island by Captain Rob and Sundae Horn

9.  Cats the Musical

10.  Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Maestro Classics / London Philharmonic Orchestra (also on iTunes)

11.  Wee Sing Animals, Animals, Animals by Pamela Conn Beall

12.  Wee Sing Bible Songs by Pamela Conn Beall

13.  Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies from the Film Curious George by Jack Johnson


As always, I recommend you listen to these yourself first before playing them for your children.  

One of our favorites — Home is an Island — does have one or two words that I ask my children to never sing/repeat, but that is one of our most loved albums.  The singers are from Ocracoke, an island off the coast of North Carolina, and we were blessed to hear them sing at a concert there right after one of my children had been born.  Sundae Horn sang “Home is an Island” and it moved me to tears.  Not subtle ones, but the big, fat run down your cheeks kind.  We bought their CD and I cried the next five times we played the song in the car.  While it no longer makes me cry, it is still one of the most moving songs I know.  Definitely worth checking out.  My kids also love the fox song a lot from that album!!

What are some of your favorite music albums for kids?

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book! http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/ http://www.parentteachplay.com/

  • We love the Putumayo for Kids, our favorites are Animal Playground and French Playground.

  • Emily says:

    Jack Johnson’s Curious George CD is awesome! Great kid’s music that won’t drive you crazy.

    • Genny Upton says:

      Oh my goodness! How could I leave off Jack? He’s my #1 favorite musician, and my husband likes to jokingly tease me that The 3 R’s from that album is “my” song. Off to add it! 🙂

  • Angela says:

    Great list! 🙂 Another one we love is Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell’s children’s album Catch the Moon. Elizabeth Mitchell has a few other good ones too but Catch the Moon is our favorite. There are also several others by They Might Be Giants that we like. Thanks for posting!

    • Genny Upton says:

      Thanks for the suggestions! Which other ones by They Might Be Giants do you like? I’ve heard “E eats Everything” so many times, I think I’d like to splurge for some new material in hopes my 5 year old will finally listen to a different song on repeat at bedtime. Seriously, it’s been months. lol

      • Angela says:

        Our favorite is Here Comes Science.

      • Bethany G says:

        I love “No!” but “Here Come the 123’s” is good too. “Here Comes Science” is good for the most part, but it does talk about Evolution quite a bit, and seeing as you have “Scripture Lullabies” on your list, I am thinking you might not appreciate that. Our library had a bunch of TMBG cd’s though, so maybe you could check them out there before you buy!

  • tana says:

    My kids LOVE the Imagination Movers.

  • Sabelle says:

    We are fans of the new album Uke Tunes by With Lions (you can hear samples on iTunes). My favorites are Skip to my Uke and Elia’s Anthem.

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m an elementary Music teacher and I LOVE using Party like a Preschooler by Go Fish. Takes songs we already know and puts them to a new beat. When you have to listen to children’s music as much as I do for work and then at home, I need something that will entertain me too.

  • Cheryl says:

    No one has mentioned Raffi yet?! My son loves the Baby Beluga album.

  • Lydia says:

    We LOVE BabyJam Music :). Simple songs and rhymes. English voices. SO much fun. Available to download on iTunes and AmazonMp3. We listen in the car and at mealtimes, well, whenever actually! Our preschool also use BabyJam :)x

  • I am loving this list! I am always on the lookout for new music to listen to with my kids. Thank you for sharing your favorites! We love Ralph’s World, particularly the songs “Driving in My Car” and “Wiggle Your Lah-De-Dah.”

  • Bethany G says:

    Oh and we took our toddler to “Music Together” classes in our area and she loved it. Not to mention I like the songs and find myself singing them to her even when I don’t have the cd on.

  • Stephanie says:

    Great list! We also like Milkshake. When the baby is napping we turn on Pandora’s Rockabye ‘s Baby station.

  • Mary Anne Duke says:

    I teach preschool music and enjoyed teaching the children music from Sound of Music. Also, CD’s with Broadway tunes are great especially the song Happy Talk from South Pacicfic.

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