We’re always so excited when a new CD shows up to review. We love music (and impromptu dance parties) and our kids are well-versed in iPod operation, so it’s no secret which tunes are their favourites day after day.
So if you’re in the market for some new music, these are our recommendations, starting with Miss Q and The K Man’s most favourite:
1. Frozen motion picture soundtrack by Christophe Beck, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez: if you don’t come away with at least one of these tunes stuck in your head for days, I don’t think we can be friends.
2. Coconuts Don’t Fall Far From the Tree by Splash’n Boots: some of the funniest lyrics you’ll hear on any kids’ CD. Don’t be surprised when your kids start chanting “Okie dokie artichokie, hey, hey, HEY!” in the grocery store.
3. Blast Off by Space Chums: this one really grew on us and is one of the most-requested CDs when we’re in the car. Track 5 is always the fan favourite.
4. Bunny in the Moon by DidiPop: fantastic as part of the bedtime routine, especially the tooth-brushing song that’s exactly two minutes long to encourage the right amount of brushing.
5. Squishy Banana by Oso Simple: one of my kids’ all-time favourites, it’s the CD they’ve listened to since birth.
6. Name Your Tune (volume 1), a personalized compilation by Candace Alper: goes down as one of the best gifts to give or receive; your kid will love hearing his or her name in every song.
7. Count Me In! by The Little Rockers Band: ideal for toddlers and younger kids. Listen for a fun mash-up of “Old McDonald” and “I Can’t Get No…Satisfaction.”
8. ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! by Andrés Salguero: a far less annoying way to teach some basic Spanish than Dora and Diego re-runs.
9. Music Soup by Jen Gould: “I Love My Rooster” is so sweet and one we’ve been singing for years from this CD. There are lots kooky tunes found here, too.
10. Gratitude Attitude from Recess Music: minding your Ps and Qs has never been more fun than it is with help from songs that encourage thankfulness.
DISCLAIMER: Some of these CDs were provided for review purposes, but my opinion and musical critique cannot be bought!