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Music - Aug 11, 2016

Playful Playlists for Restless Kids

Go beyond Disney sing-alongs with these family-friendly Spotify playlists (OK, there’s some Disney here, too)

Summer seems to fly by, but if you have kids, you know that the days can be filled with repetitive cries of boredom. Keep the kiddos dancing and entertained with these sweet child-geared playlists.

Family Favorites

Sing at the top of your lungs to this Disney-only playlist. Bill Murray singing “The Bare Necessities” with Kermit Ruffins? Check. Angela Lansbury and crew singing “Be Our Guest”? You know it. The song that taught all girls the word “reprimand”? You better believe Jodi Benson (a.k.a. Ariel) is singing “Part of Your World.” And, yes, of course, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” is here, too. There’s a good array of B-side hits as well. Be sure to give a listen to “Some Day My Prince Will Come” from Snow White and “Cruella De Vil” from 101 Dalmatians.

The Ultimate Toddler Playlist

If your precious angel doesn’t share your love of Rush, this playlist by Kidz Bop Kids will help keep the peace. Eighty songs strong, it includes a cover of Pharrell’s “Happy,” and you can all sing along to “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid (you remember all the words, admit it!). Tegan and Sara’s “Everything is Awesome!!!” and Dan Zanes & FriendsLet’s Shake” keeps this playlist hopping. And so you don’t lose your mind too much, Cake is on the list with a really cool rendition of “Mahna, Mahna.”

New School Kids Music

If a diet of cool music is essential for your youngin’ (we feel that), this playlist is for you. It’s a fun user-curated catalogue that will have everyone in the family bobbing their heads with a hip-hop song about fruit by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo to folky duo Walter Martin and Kat Edmonson singing about siblings on “Hey Sister.” We predict that the mellow melody “Everybody Farts” by Randy Kaplan will become an instant favourite.

Folk for Kids

Your free-range kid will love grooving to these twangy tunes. With three hours of hits, it features the vocal talents of Peter, Paul and Mary, Shirley Temple and Bob Marley and the Wailers. There’s some nostalgia for parents, too, with classic songs like “Oh, Susanna” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

Hip-Hopscotch & Reggae Recess

If mad beats are more your steeze, this is a not-to-be-missed collection of family-friendly beats. From a G-rated version of “Shake Ya Tailfeather” to a newfangled hip-hop variation of the schoolyard classic “If You’re Happy and You Know It” by Big Don; other gems include “Apes in Capes” by The Pop Ups and David Chicken’s “Cookie Time.”

Family Road Trip

To avoid listening to “Let it Go” 50 (thousand) times in a row, check out this playlist that packs a favourite song for everyone on the trip. It starts out strong with The Beatles’ timeless “Ticket to Ride” and continues strongly with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (because what kid doesn’t like that song?!), Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” “1234” by lovely Canuck singer Feist, and the ultimate road tripping song, “Born to Be Wild” by fellow Canadians Steppenwolf. There’s plenty of top 40, too, if your little pop star craves the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae.