How to Create a 'Fab' Mix of Beatles Songs to Boost your Kid's Brain
A parent really can't go wrong choosing Beatles songs to play 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 "mix-tape" 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 turns out my husband was onto something. According to the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), listening to music improves babies' brain processing.
As for adults, tunes keep your mind young, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Their research shows that listening to music reduces anxiety, blood pressure and pain. It also improves sleep quality, mood, mental alertness and memory
Why not boost baby's brain (and yours) with the Beatles?
Beatlemania for babies and big kids
It really isn't that much of a stretch to compile kid-friendly Beatles songs. One of the most critically acclaimed bands in music history, The Beatles (Paul McCartney, the late John Lennon, the late George Harrison and Ringo Starr) made quite a lot of groundbreaking music in only 10 years. There are a lot of great songs to choose from.
Their sound is upbeat, pleasing to the ear and incorporates a wide range of fun instruments from around the world. It's fun music to sing, and fun music for dancing. Plus, their overall message of peace and love is typically non-offensive and mostly G-rated.
All you need is a playlist
Kids these days have no idea how easy they have it when it comes to listening to music. They just download songs with the click of a button. Another few clicks, they have a playlist.
As for your Beatles playlist, you can find free kids' music on check out on music sites like Pandora and Spotify. Better yet, visit The Beatles on YouTube or search up other Beatles videos.
If you're a true Beatles fan like my husband, though, you already own the music in a variety of audio formats.
7 kid-friendly Beatles songs
I agree with the author of the Fatherly article,12 Best Beatles Songs for Kids, who recommends playing songs that your kids actually like instead of the ones you think are kid-friendly. This is pretty much what we ended up doing for my son with The Beatles and other great bands.
Nonetheless, I put together 7 suggestions 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 little kids to sing, especially when they start belting out, "wuv, wuv, wuv."The message is simple, but it's important, especially nowadays. 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.