What makes a song that’s good for kids?
Tot Rock Scale:
- It has to be a good song
- Repetition (The Ants go Marching)
- Counting or Spelling (B-I-N-G-0)
- Content about animals, trains, food (Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
- Accompanied by dance moves (The Wheels on the Bus)
- Involves or is enhanced by animal noises, grunts or yelps (Old MacDonald had a Farm)
- 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.