A Kids’ Playlist That Won’t Make You Want To Crash Your Car

playlist1My children are 7 and 4 and I have spent the last few years listening to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Disney classics and Crayola Kids in my car. There have been times when I’d wake up in a sweat mumbling the words, “Can you feel the love tonight?”

I’ve had my husband quite worried.

But no more. I have spent the last year perfecting a playlist of adult music that kids love. It allows for about an hour of pleasant driving time.  It could save your life, but you can thank me later.

  1. We Will Rock You –  Queen (tempting to do the double clap and hand raise movement but not advisable if driving!)
  2. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  3. Today Is Gonna Be A Great Day – Bowling For Soup (admittedly this is from Phineas and Ferb, which IS on the Disney channel. But the music from the show is awesome!  Album only)
  4. You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Randy Newman
  5. Real Gone – Sheryl Crow
  6. Who Let the Dogs Out – Baha Men (our personal favorite, don’t let your kids listen too closely to the words).
  7. The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  8. Tunnel Of Love – Dire Straits (an interesting choice, you may think. But no child of mine will survive until 18 without having some appreciation of Mark Knopfler).
  9. We Are the Champions – Queen (motivational after a soccer match).
  10. Affirmation – Savage Garden (this was my favorite song when I was pregnant with my first. I think it reminds my kids of the womb).
  11. Ghost Town – The Specials (kids dig the eeriness).
  12. It Must Be Love – Madness
  13. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  14. One Way or Another – Blondie
  15. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker, Jr.
  16. Jump – Van Halen
  17. Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats
  18. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

Want to freshen up your  music collection with an eye toward family harmony in the car?  Add your favorite adult song that kids dig in the comments below by midnight, April 6th, 2010 for a chance to win a $25 iTunes gift card (U.S. only please).

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  1. says

    Abba is always a favourite with mine too (2 & 5), particularly ‘Mamma Mia’! Another thing we do is compile our own cd together on Itunes before going on a big journey – that way everyone gets a song they like – makes for a bizarre song list but it works for us!

  2. says

    Brilliant post!! This song collection is my favorite and one of my favorite songs is Tunnel of Love. However, I don’t like to hear music during traveling, especially when I drive car. Thanks for sharing.

    Best Regards,

  3. MommyMakaka says

    My 19 month old loves “Boom Boom” by Black-Eyed Peas. She also asks for “gaga” Lady Gaga that is.

  4. says

    Lately, we’ve been listening to Linkin Park’s “What I’ve Done” (from the Transformers soundtrack), N*SYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye,” (from Scrubs – Turk *did* bring it back!) and the entire “Flushed Away” soundtrack (Billy Idol, Tom Jones and the Dandy Warhols, yay!). It makes life in the car so much easier. Now if we could just stop the whole repeat phenomenon…

  5. says

    Oh, and I can’t forget kiddie favorites Black Eyed Peas (any of it) and Lady Gaga (who doesn’t love a 5-year-old boy singing, “Beautiful, dirty, dirty, beautiful, dirty, rich…”).

  6. jeanmarie73 says

    Agree on The Specials – kids love ska! Also recommend:
    Mighty, Mighty Bosstones – Simmer Down
    Ozomatli – Chango, Como Ves
    Jack Penate – Spit at Stars (reminds me of The Housemartins)

  7. says

    thanks so much, great list!
    Agree with Boom Boom Pow and I’d also add my kids love Walking on the Moon by Sting. Every time they hear it they start giggling.

  8. Marcia says

    With you all the way on Mark K and Dire Straits; have to add “Money for Nothing (and the chicks for free).

  9. Mami2jcn says

    My kids love Aha’s “Take on Me”. They also love “Axel F.”, the theme from “Beverly Hills Cop”. It’s all about the 80s synthesizer.

  10. Vicky H. says

    I feel that many of Michael Jackson songs are fun and appropriate for kids. I’ve been listening to him all of my life, and I think he really played a big role in my appreciation for music. Just to name a few: Thriller, Speed Demon, Beat It, Jam, and Another Part of Me.

  11. Jessica says

    My longer siblings really latched onto “Come Home Billy Bird” by The Divine COmedy for some reason. It IS a great song.

  12. Jessie says

    I’ll try not to repeat any from above, but a look through my iTunes shows me..

    Oldies are Goodies so-Yakey Yak, At the Hop, Tutti Fruitti, La Bamba, The Twist, Wooly Bully, Sweet Georgia Brown, Ring of Fire, Jumpin Jack Flash, Elvis.

    Later we’ve got You Got to Me, Bad Moon Rising, Rock Lobster, Centerfield, Dancing With Myself, Walking on Sunshine, Footloose, Our House, Jump for My Love, Thank God I’m a County Boy, ROCK in the USA, Faith, Bankshot, Dancing on the Ceiling, Rock this Town, U Can’t Touch This, All Star, Rattled, Mary’s Place, The Impression That I Get, Vogue, All My Best Friends Are Metalheads, You’re the One That I Want, Greased Lightnin’, Graceland, and Get On Your Feet.

    Anything you can find that the Muppets did. I Never Harmed an Onion, Movin’ Right Along, To Morrow, You Can’t Roller-skate in a Buffalo Herd, The Rhyming Song, Happiness Hotel, and add to them any Novelty songs you can stand-I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, Beans in My Ears, Guitarzan, The Purple People Eater, and Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor.

    Um, I spent more time on that than I meant to. Oh well.

  13. Jacob says

    My kids love ‘King Tut’ by Steve Martin and for some reason I never get tired of it either

  14. Snowflake07 (Audra) says

    How about “My Sharona” by The Knack, or maybe “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates. They’ve both got really catchy beats. :-)

  15. Lesley Cully says

    My girls currently adore Mika, Michael JAckson and the soundtrack from Princess & The Frog!

  16. Sara B. says

    A fave of mine has always been Love Potion #9…oldie, but goodie!

  17. Diana says

    I have to admit I’m not bothered listening to Miley Cyrus, but her music definitely wouldn’t be considered adult. My kids are happy listening to the Go-Go’s and especially love the song, “Vacation”. Not a bad title for a TSM theme song!

  18. says

    I agree with Kayt- My three year old daughter loves Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga. And throw in some Taylor Swift for good measure. My three year old son is strictly rock n roll. God love that kid.

  19. arielle says

    Crazier – Taylor Swift (my niece loves this as a bedtime song!!)

    Imagine- Glee

    Take A Bow – Rihanna

  20. says

    Thirty Dirty Birds – Red Hot Chili Peppers,
    Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram,
    It’s My Life – No Doubt,
    Lollipop – Mika,
    Wonderful Night – Fatboy Slim,
    Riot Radio – The Dead 60s

  21. Nate says

    Both of my boys love Lordi, Adam Ant, Peter Gabriel, Ok go, and now The Heavy thanks to the Kia ad.

  22. says

    Practically anything by They Might Be Giants seems like it would be great fun, & a personal favorite from my own childhood was the “Really Rosie” soundtrack – sung by the always-amazing Carole King.

  23. says

    You have no U2!!
    My husband introduced my kids to FatBoy Slim behind my back. I still haven’t forgiven him. I countered with the Beatles. He didn’t speak to me for days.
    I have to endure days of All Star by SmashMouth every time they watch Shrek. It makes me want Raffi back…

  24. Kelly Ann T. says

    Switching to Glide by the King, In the House of Stone and Light, and Eagles Fly by Sammy Hagar.

  25. Ashers says

    I don’t know if it counts as an “adult” song but Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is always a hit.

  26. Cathy says

    I’ve gotten my kids into Def Leppard :) Photograph is a favorite! Thank you for the giveaway.

  27. Kate says

    My kids love Elton John, the Beatles, and Simon and Garfunkel. They also like ‘Our House’ by Madness – my little trip back to my own childhood LOL

  28. Carol V. says

    I was a child of the 80’s, so my kids listened to lots of 80’s music. Some of the one’s I think are good for kids and fun for adults are: Funkytown, We Got the Beat, Vacation (by the Go-Go’s), and Walk Like an Egyptian.

  29. says

    Great list – some are on our family favorites, too. I also agree w/many of the additional ideas in the comments section. I, too, am a child of the 80’s so we have a lot of disco and “new wave” songs (which my husband hates). I tackled this same subject on my blog: http://savvymomsafekids.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/will-disco-harm-my-children/
    We all love Warren Zevon’s Excitable Boy album, too, although there are several spots where we must strategically drop the volume so the kids can’t hear the lyrics. Thank goodness there’s so much great music out there to share w/our kids!

  30. Beth says

    “Get Down and Get With It” by Slade.
    Get your boots on! Get down! Get with it!
    *clap your hands* *stomp your feet* *let your hair down*
    Gets the blood moving, and moods grooving.

    Savvy C, W. Zevon is wonderful. “Mr Bad Example” doesn’t have any explicit words in it, I don’t think … ;)

  31. Michelle C says

    My kids (8, 6, and 4) go CRAZY for “Ballroom Blitz” and “Smoke on the Water” — awesome!!

  32. Donie says

    Since you asked…here are a few of our favorites…

    Who Let the Dogs Out–Baha Men
    Monster-The Automatic Automatic
    U Can’t Touch This- MC Hammer
    Superman- R.E.M.
    Mony Mony- Billy Idol
    Drift Away- Dobie Gray
    Word Up-Cameo
    Kryptonite-3 Doors Down
    One Week- Bare Naked Ladies
    I Want Candy- Bow Wow Wow
    American Pie-Don McLean
    Candy-Iggy Pop
    Tom’s Diner-Suzanne Vega
    Viva la Vida- Coldplay
    Cheeseburger in Paradise-Jimmy Buffett
    Unwritten-Natasha Beddingfield
    She Drives Me Crazy- Fine Yound Cannibals
    Secret Agent Man-Johhny Rivers

  33. Beth says

    Thought of another standout …
    “A Tisket, A Tasket” sung by Ella Fitzgerald is so swinging. Makes me not really mind the request for “Again, again!”

  34. says

    With so many great choices, if I start downloading now, I might have a fabulous playlist for the spring break ride to and from Orlando! Thanks for the great suggestions

  35. Melissa M. says

    My kids…and most kids I know…love Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas. Just have to have the radio version though.

  36. Renski says

    I’m having a hard time narrowing it down to one song… let’s see …. MowtownPhilly by Boyz2men

  37. says

    My kids love singing along with Pink’s “So What” and Gwen Stefani’s “Sweet Escape”. Oh and any of the songs that Glee has redone. They love singing along with the Glee cd.

  38. April says

    My 12 year old daughter likes Walkin’ On Sunshine and I Love Rock & Roll (Joan Jett).
    Her and her Daddy like to play the “who’s singing now?” game – and she’s getting pretty darn good with classic rock!

  39. Paula Hafner says

    Roll On and Song of the South- both are by Alabama
    Country Roads- John Denver

  40. breanna says

    this is one of the best posts/comments i’ve seen in a LONG TIME!!

    my best addition to the list is “buddy holly” by weezer. my little lady LOVES this song, and so do i!!

  41. Laura says

    Everyone in our house is a fan of “If I Had a Million Dollars” by BareNaked Ladies

  42. Claire says

    “Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson… perhaps cause it’s the Free Willy theme song!

  43. Kendyl says

    My son loves Mr. Rock and Roll by Amy MacDonald and My Sharona, although we may have to take that second one out of rotation once he starts paying attention to the words! :-)

  44. Julie K says

    I’m lucky that my kids like rock music. We sing “Dirty Little Secret” by the All American Rejects in the car. Thanks!

  45. Geoff K says

    My favorite adult song that the kids love would have to be “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies — they seem to really get into the fast beat and even faster rhymes, and it’s a kick to see them dance and (try to) sing along!

  46. Cynthya P says

    Good list! It can be tough to come up with songs everyone likes (or at least can tolerate.) One of ours is I Can’t Drive 55 by Sammy Hagar.

  47. Katy M says

    The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” is a fun one for kids and adults. Don’t allow them to learn grammar from the lyrics, though!

    Thanks for the great list and fun giveaway!!! :)

  48. Kathy S says

    My granddaughters love Bob Marley’s “One Love.” They’ve both loved the beat of reggae music since they were babies!

  49. Lori C. says

    Ever since we got “The Beatles” for Rock Band, they are a hit with the whole family.

  50. Melanie says

    Aw, I was gonna say Don’t Worry, Be Happy but that ones already on there. Thats our favorite.

  51. linda s says

    My kids (and dogs) love Jump Around by house of pain. they jump and make the windows rattle when they hear it!

  52. Autumn says

    I NEVER comment on blogs. But this was EXACTLY what I needed!!! Thank you so much! I can’t ever think of songs when I sit down to download stuff! Thank you thank you thank you. Al I had so far was walk the dinosaur by queen latifah :D

  53. Reed says

    Brilliant suggestions. Thanks all. Should keep my little ones moving and grooving to the beats and out of mischief!

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