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15 Songs for Hipster Kids… And Their Parents!

on January 13, 2014, 12:00pm
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Beach Boys – “Barbara Ann”

With its “Bah bah bah bah bah bah ran” and ridiculously high falsettos, this song is perfect for singing and playing with children. Let’s be honest: When singing this song, parents and children couldn’t care less about the actual lyrics. They just want to scream out “bah bah bah bah bah bah ran” over and over again, and can you blame them? The infectiousness of the titular line is certain to be coupled with laughter and smiles. –Len Comaratta

They Might Be Giants – “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” or “Birdhouse in Your Soul”

If you’re a music-savvy parent, odds are the Johns are already teaching your offspring the ABCs, 123s, and science through They Might Be Giants’ trio of children’s albums. If that’s working out for you, why not introduce your kiddos to some of the choicer material off Flood? The silly swing of “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”, complete with Tiny Toon Adventures cartoon video, will give them an edge in social studies class, and you’ll feel like there’s a beautiful birdhouse in your soul when your son’s second grade teacher calls to inform you that your boy serenaded his sweetheart with the line “Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet.” –Matt Melis

Wilco – “My Darling”

Apart from getting a jump on indoctrinating your kid into the cult of Wilco, “My Darling” is a sweet, reassuring sentiment to pass along. All that child needs to know is he/she was made with love. The kid appeal comes from the quirky sounds and warm, hazy harmonies.They won’t even know their parents are getting all sappy on them. –Erin Carson

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