It’s a shame that babies can’t play their own music on their own time every once in a while.
But the good news is that no matter how silly (or annoying) a song is, if it makes your baby smile and dance then you’ll likely start to love it just as much as they do!
For a super long time our baby would only sleep in the car if Changing by John Mayer was playing. Which is a very nice song, so it wasn’t too bad even on repeat. Our baby is a big reason that song has over 54 million plays.
The car-sleep-song did eventually change… to Melt Away by Mariah Carey. Which is everyone’s favorite song, right? Ha. Yeah, kinda random.
But now we definitely know all the words and vocal runs by heart.
Once I started playing music for her at home, I realized how obnoxious some music made for babies can be.
I would hit skip so many times.
It’s understandable why they write them the way they do; they want to grab baby’s attention and be easy to remember. Why does that have to mean robotic voices, high pitch and high tempos, and two repeating verses? My busy baby doesn’t always need to hear lullabies, either.
Luckily for us, there’s a lot of variety out there! There really isn’t any rule saying babies need to exclusively listen to “baby music”, either.
Here are a few of my favorite playlists on Spotify that I’ll play for my daughter, along with a handful of song titles from each as a little preview.
Happy listening, babe!
Morning Happy Baby by Lacy.K
This one is a short playlist of 12 happy songs. Put this on while getting your baby dressed in the morning or while making breakfast. There’s a pretty good mix of a few recognizable songs for both parents and kids.
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Rise and Shine - Raffi
Life’s A Happy Song - The Muppets
☀happy hippie baby mornings☀ by lex_5159
Sometimes you just want some easy acoustic vibes. This is the perfect playlist for those days. 26 folksy songs that will probably make you want to wade in a stream or make flower crowns.
Sunrise - Norah Jones
Three Little Birds - Renee & Jeremy
Big Rock Candy Mountain - The Okee Dokee Brothers
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out - Yusef / Cat Stevens
Baby background Music by mariahschwander
This playlist will ensure that your baby has the same taste in music as your dad and will create an instant bond between the upcoming generation and the “everything was better before you had to wear seatbelts” generation. Every song is a classic rock song transposed to an instrumental lullaby. Super cute. Super cool.
All songs by Rockabye Baby!
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Livin’ on a Prayer
Don’t Stop Believin’
Classical Music for Babies by Rogerio Tutti
“Because leading experts say, Mozart makes babies smarter. I wish my parents played Mozart when I slept because half the time I don’t know what the heck anyone’s talking about.” - Kari the babysitter (The Incredibles, 2004)
Clair De Lune - Bae Bee
Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat Op. 9 No. 2 - Rogerio Tutti
Piano Sonata #8 in C Minor - Ludwig Van Beethoven
Bluey lullabies by novaborealis
If you’re similar to me and my husband, then you might like the tv show Bluey a little more than your kids do. I wouldn’t say all 12 of the songs on this playlist qualify as lullabies, but they are pretty nice to listen to. Bingo’s little voice in the song The Weekend makes me all emotional for some reason.
Wagon Ride - Bluey, Joff Bush
Creek is Beautiful! - Bluey, Helena Czajka
Rainbow - Bluey, Joff Bush
Mr. Rogers Covers by Hannah
For some reason I never thought to look up the music from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood on Spotify, so I was happy to happen across one of his strangely familiar songs on one of the previous playlists. Absolutely look them up. The ones with the original music and dialogue from the show have literally hundreds of songs. If you want a little more variety with a touch of modern folk, try out this cute covers playlist!
There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You - Sylvan Esso