by Marisa Torrieri Bloom
Pop quiz: What’s the last thing you played in your car? If your answer is Kidz Bop, you’re definitely a parent who wants to make sure your kids aren’t listening profanity-laced tunes while you drive. And/or your name is Nick, and you’re a dad of four who plays the drums. 🙂
To be sure, Kidz Bop puts out some amazing renditions of songs like Cardi B’s “I like it.”
But I sense that what many parents really need more of is good playlists full of adult-friendly songs that you can listen to with the little ones in tow.
Whether you’re embarking on a family road trip, or are simply tired of hearing “Baby Shark” on repeat, here’s a summer playlist full of seasonal, (mostly) grownup tunes that your kids will love. I can say this with confidence because it’s an actual summer playlist I use for my two sons, both under 7.
“Three Little Birds” — Bob Marley
Everything about this song makes me happy. If you’re not burned out on “Legend” from your college years, also download “No Woman No Cry.”
“Believer” — Imagine Dragons
My littlest one loves the thundering drums and been easily singing along with the chorus.
“Rock Party” — Kids Imagine Nation
This fun song from the Orange California kind rock trio Kids Imagine Nation calls for some serious dancing.
“Miserlou” — Dick Dale
This surf song is one of my all-time favorites, even without “Pulp Fiction.” Kids will totally dig it too. RIP, Dick Dale.
“We Will Rock You” — Queen
Stomp, stomp, clap! Stomp, stomp, clap! While some might be offended by this song’s lyrics, my kids love it (and they only remember the first verse anyway).
“ME!” — Taylor Swift
T-swift’s new one is catchy and uplifting. If you haven’t over-played “Shake it Off” like me, add that one to the list too.
“Message in a Bottle” — The Police
Who doesn’t love this song? I mean, really?
“We Are The Dinosaurs” — Laurie Berkner
You might think that this is a children’s song, but trust me, you won’t get the refrain out of your head: “We are the dinosaurs, marching, marching!”
“How I Love You Sun” — Jessa Campbell & The Saplings
If you like this song, the video is even better!
“Pony Boy” — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
This isn’t a grown-up song, but it’s a super cute little country ditty. And that makes me happy.
“No Hablo Espanol”
Backstreet Boys singer Howie D’s first children’s record navigates his unusual upbringing. My kids are obsessed with this song.
“Firework” — Katy Perry
This song makes me think of the Fourth of July every time.
Marisa Torrieri Bloom is the editor and founder of Rockmommy.