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5 kid friendly playlists that won’t drive you crazy

Posted on 15 September 2017

My parents tell a story about my twin sister and I as kids, around 6 years old, cruising in the back seat of the family wagon on a road trip, both singing away to Clarence Carter’s Strokin’.  

Now, if ever there was a song that you didn’t want your kids to know the lyrics to, I reckon that would have to be it. It was the 80s, things were liberal.

On your average radio station these days, every other song is equally as inappropriate for little ears as Strokin’. And the news breaks aren’t good either. But then again, if you go too far in the other direction and listen to the Wiggles on repeat, you might go stir crazy.

So, all hail streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Turns out, there is a good middle ground between sassy adults only tunes and Let It Go.

Here’s our top five streaming channels and radio stations that you won’t have to worry about, won’t drive you crazy and will make everyone happy. Plus, they offer up a good musical education, which we are firmly for.

1. Hipster Cocktail Party Radio - Pandora

Personally, this is my kind of music. Sinatra, Winehouse, Simone, Morrison. It’s all golden oldies and I love it. A pure education in classics and good tunes for kiddies of all ages.

2. Cool Family Radio - Apple Music

This is a great mix of more modern Indie music, golden oldies and rock. Think Jack Johnson, Mungo Jerry and Springsteen.

3. Family Road Trip - Spotify

This Spotify playlist is actually a pretty good education for the kids across 90s and early 2000s country and rock. The odd kid friendly sing along is in there too, like Purple People Eater, and makes for a bit of fun.

4. Clean Pop Even Your Kids Can Listen To - Spotify

For all the modern pop you could possibly want, this is the streaming playlist for you. Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, the list goes on. It’s joyful, worry-less pop coming right up. Make sure you find the playlist with the full title above, because there are some other options that we wouldn’t recommend as fully family friendly.

5. Clean Indie (Kid Friendly) - Spotify

For the Indie music lovers out there, this playlist is long and sweet and perfect for cruisy days at home pottering around. Augustines, Gonzalez, Vance Joy and City and Colour are just a few that feature. It’s a good’n.

So there you have it. We can’t guarantee the kids will be off the mind numbing Disney classics forever, but these playlists will offer up a change at the very least. Happy listening!

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