What makes a song that’s good for kids?

Tot Rock Scale:

  1. It has to be a good song
  2. Repetition (The Ants go Marching)
  3. Counting or Spelling (B-I-N-G-0)
  4. Content about animals, trains, food (Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
  5. Accompanied by dance moves (The Wheels on the Bus)
  6. Involves or is enhanced by animal noises, grunts or yelps (Old MacDonald had a Farm)
  7. Simple Lyrics, simple melody (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

A good, Tot Rockin’ song can have any of these traits. Often some of the best loved kids songs have several (think: This Old Man). The only prereq is #1- it has to be a good song on it’s own. What makes a good song? Well, obviously I have some distinct opinions about that. In general however, a good song is anything you are willing to listen to 10 times a day without resorting to stuffing your ears with mud.

You’ll notice I said nothing about profanity, content of lyrics, or genre of music. That’s by design.


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