Top 5 Songs I Want My Baby To Come Out Singing.

This week I read that music babies become familiar with in the womb can become soothing to them once they break out into the real world, that being said, I’m currently sitting with my cellphone on my belly letting little Ezy Bean soak in all of my favorite tunes. This post is dedicated to the top five songs I hope my son comes out singing along to, with the hopes that my readers will join in on the baby playlist action and throw out some of their favorites as well!

  1. Africa by Toto

This classic really came into my life while binge watching the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, but it’s been around for so much longer! Released in 1982, this hit is one that will never age, with its catchy lyrics and sway inducing beat, it’s hard to imagine a world without it. Written by the bands vocalist David Paich and drummer Jeff Porcaro, it tells the story of a man who, according to Paich, is in love with a continent, not a person, commonly used as a romantic song it was actually inspired by a documentary seen by Paich on Africa in the early 80’s and the song was created as a way to try and understand the tragedy and beauty the continent held.

Reasons this song is great for baby:

It’s soothing but not in an immediately puts you to sleep or acts as background noise type of way, and the slow steady beat of the drums makes it perfect for rocking the little noodle to sleep. Also a smash hit with Mom and Dad, so we won’t want to throw the phone out the window after hearing it seventy thousand times.

  1. Janglin by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

We first fell in love with this song while watching it be performed as one of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, and we haven’t stopped listening since. Created in classic Edward Sharpe style, it’s fun and takes you on a journey that involves a ten-piece ensemble and lots of energy. Taken off of the album Up from Below, what other song can flawlessly incorporate the name of their band in the chorus? The song is easy to listen to and catchy enough to hum along to with or without it playing in the background.

Reasons this song is great for baby:

The happiness this song exudes is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face, regardless of how cranky he may be. With gang vocals and a slew of instruments, it’s distinct sound is one neither mama or baby could forget.

  1. Electric Love by BØRNS

This one Ezra chose himself back in month five of his nine month stay, as one day I was lying in bed listening to music and his little body couldn’t stop moving and grooving to the beat! From that point on I knew he’d be a fan just like his Mama. This psychedelic pop song is one that never fails to get my day going and little baby bean can agree. Upbeat and all around fun listen, it follows you through the experience of being in love, in a catchy very pop song type of way. BØRNS hit the scene in 2013 and has been creating magic ever sense.

Reasons this song is great for baby:

Besides being his all-time favorite song to beat me up from the inside, this song is fun and just makes everything seem like its sunshine and rainbows, and when it’s 2am and Ezy bean’s still wide awake, that’s a song that Mom and Dad can get behind. Plus, a song all about love can maybe describe how much we love the little noodle, even when he decides it’s a good night for an all nighter.

  1. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Straight off the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, this one is as recognizable as Patrick Swayze’s signature all black look in the 1980’s classic Dirty Dancing. This is the song that plays during the finale when “nobody puts Baby in a corner” and she turns into the amazingly talented dancer Johnny knew she could be. This song is one that almost everyone can sing at least part of, and took the nation by storm when it won the Academy Award for “Best Original Song” in 1987.

Reasons this song is great for baby:

Ezra will learn to love Dirty Dancing almost as much as he loves his Mom and Dad, and this song will be no exception to that as he learns that whenever it plays he’ll be obliged to dance with his Mom, no matter how old he gets.

  1. Timshel by Mumford and Sons

Off their very first album titles Sigh No More, this song is short and sweet, often overlooked for the wildly popular Little Lion Man off the same album, it packs a sentiment unlike any other. A song about solidarity and togetherness, about life and the choices that lie ahead “and you have your choices and these are what make man great, his ladder to the stars.” the song proves to be a lullaby about the human spirit and just how much we all can hold each other together. With the subtle group vocals, this song is a hidden gem among the stomp and holler feel of the rest of the album.

Reasons this song is great for baby:

With its soft-spoken tone, it is as close to an actual lullaby as you can get, with a little bit more sentiment and a lot more heart, hopefully one listen to this and some warm cuddles will have the little guy sleeping in no time.

Well that wraps up my top five songs to let my baby listen to before he joins us on the outside, I’d love to hear from all the rad Mom and Dad’s out there as to what songs their kids loved (or hated) while in the womb! Stay tuned for an eventual part two titled “Top Five Songs Baby Actually Likes Listening To” coming your way sometime in June!

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