When I was pregnant I remember thinking how exciting it would be to have a new friend, a blank slate that I could teach the world to – and nothing could be more rewarding than introducing them to music. Imagine hearing David Bowie for the first time, what a privilege to have that responsibility. So, every day I play Boo a song from my iPod and tell him about the artist. We’ve had Coldplay (the sad day my husband returned to work) Disclosure (it was a Friday) and The Stones Roses (no reason needed). However, the past few days I’ve let fate intervene and shuffle has chosen Take That (don’t judge me), and today The Carpenters (ok, now you can judge me). Now, I’m no baby whisperer, but I can honestly say he preferred the last two slightly guilty pleasures the most. F*ck, what can I do about a child pre-dispositioned to bad music?
While I’m on the matter, how do I avoid the mind-numbing nonsense that is nursery rhymes? I really don’t think babies like them as much as adults think, it’s just that they aren’t exposed to anything else. I agree that the repetition of words is appealing, but surely dance music follows that format?
If there’s any Mums and Dads out there who can give me advice on how to keep my kid grounded in decent music – please share your advice.
In the meantime, here’s ten songs every child should be educated about and exposed to from a young age, just because…!
- The Stone Roses – Made of Stone
You never want your kid to come home and say ‘Mummy, what are the Stone Roses’ – your duty to educate starts now!
- Barry White – Never gonna give you up
Well, this is how it started, right!
- Amy Winehouse – Monkey Man
Because all babies are a bit like Monkey Men!
- Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa
Get your hip-hop fix in now, before they start asking what a mother*cker is!
- Oasis – Acquiesce
Frankly, it should be on the curriculum, but since it’s not…
- Underworld – Born Slippy
It was on my birth playlist, what can I say!
- Ed Sheeran – Small bump
The lyrics always get us…
- Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
I listened to this song endlessly when I was pregnant, I love the lyrics – “I want a daughter while I’m still young, I wanna hold her hand and show her some beauty, before all this damage is done.”
- Strike – U sure do
Classic dance song, every child must bop to
10. The Carpenters – Rainy days and Monday’s
The soothing vocals of Karen Carpenter are ready for a new generation