At this time each year, we are blessed with a list of five children’s albums that don’t make us want to run from the car screaming. Throw these Grammy nominees for best children’s album of the year on your “children are present” playlist.
Track to sample: “Baconstein”
Liner Notes: This album features two tracks with Wilco’s Pat Sansone.
*Winner – Best Children’s Album of the Year
Track to sample: “Say Hello”
Liner Notes: Craig Robinson (The Office) sings with Loeb on two tracks and Ed Helms (The Office) plays banjo on “Wanna Do Day.”
Track to sample: “Lemonade”
Liner Notes: “Valentine (I Don’t Wanna Be Yours)” is the perfect anti-Valentine’s Day anthem for the girls/boys-are-yucky club.
Track to sample: “I’m Proud”
Liner Notes: This hip-hop children’s group focuses themes on social change and racial justice.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Track to sample: “Old MacDonald Zulu Style”
Liner Notes: You’ll recognize this group’s sound from their contribution to Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland.