How to Create a 'Fab' Mix of Beatles Songs for Kids
Whether it's a tape, a CD, or an iPod playlist, a parent can't go wrong choosing Beatles songs for kids (unless, of course, you're a Rolling Stones fan, but that's a whole other story).
My husband's quest to create the perfect Beatles "mixtape" for our new baby started the minute he saw the blue plus on my pregnancy test. As a lifelong Fab Four fan, he was adamant about exposing our son to his favorite band early (as in still in the womb).
"'Yellow Submarine' remains the gateway drug that turns little children into Beatles fans, with that cheery singalong chorus."
It really isn't a difficult task to compile kid-friendly Beatles songs, when you're choosing music for children. One of the most critically acclaimed bands in music history, The Beatles (comprised of Paul McCartney, the late John Lennon, the late George Harrison and Ringo Starr) made quite a lot of amazing music in only 10 years, so there's a huge selection from which to choose.
The Beatles' sound is upbeat, pleasing to the ear and incorporates a wide range of fun instruments. And their overall message of peace and love is typically non-offensive and mostly G-rated.
There are several practical reasons to expose a child to music, apart from the entertainment value. Many experts say that music has a huge effect on a baby's brain development. According to the Science Daily, music education can actually improve a child's reading skills.
Nowadays, you can easily create a nice playlist of children's music on your phone or tablet. There are several sites with free kids' music such as Pandora or Spotify. Just download the apps of choice and create your lists.
If your child is visual, hop onto YouTube for music videos. As a toddler, my son was partial to the music and videos from Super Simple Songs. Just be sure to accompany your child on this musical journey. You never know when something unsavory might pop up in the search.
So come on mom and dad. Hook up the speakers and pump up the volume. Let's get those tiny toes tapping.
Beatlemania for Babies
Here are my top 7 suggestions, based on my own experience as a mom, for creating your own kid-friendly tribute to The Beatles:
All You Need is Love (Lennon-McCartney, 1967)
Hopefully "love" is a word your child will learn early on. This is a cute song for kids to sing, especially when they start belting out, "wuv, wuv, wuv." Added Bonus: if you can convince your child that love is all they need, maybe you can reward them for doing household chores with hugs instead of dollars.
Here Comes the Sun (George Harrison, 1969)
It's such a beautiful song. Plus, if you have a boy, you can turn this one into a fun parody: "Here Comes the Son."
Yellow Submarine (Lennon-McCartney, 1966)
This is a great song for kids. The first time my son heard "Yellow Submarine" was also the first time he ever laughed. You must admit, there is something inherently hilarious about Ringo Starr's vocals.
According to Rolling Stone, "'Yellow Submarine' remains the gateway drug that turns little children into Beatles fans, with that cheery singalong chorus."
All Together Now (Lennon-McCartney, 1969)
Upbeat, catchy and teaches the basics of counting to 10.
Maxwell's Silver Hammer (Lennon-McCartney, 1969)
If you can put aside the fact that this song is about a guy maniacally bludgeoning people to death with a hammer, it's a very charming song.
I am the Walrus (Lennon-McCartney, 1967)
This is simply a fun song and a reference to a Lewis Carroll poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter." Carroll wrote the 1865 novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (adapted in 1951 into a kid-friendly Disney film).
She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney, 1963)
This song was typically on "repeat mode" in our car when my son was young since he always wanted to hear it again and again and again (yeah, yeah, yeah).
As it turns out, the German version of this song, "Sie Liebt Dich" was also a huge hit with the under-four-year-old crowd. My son called it "The Other She Loves You" and even sung the words (in German). Entertaining AND educational.
Learn more about The Beatles on their official website.