10 Kindie Artists to Add to Your Kids' Playlist

You can only tolerate Wheels on the Bus on repeat for so many hours. These musicians belt out kid-friendly lyrics with parent-friendly tunes, so everyone can keep their sanity.

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December 20, 2018

Lisa Loeb

This icon of the ’90s is back – who could forget her breakout hit Stay from Reality Bites?! – this time with an album for the next generation. Feel What U Feel has the same singer-songwriter feel as her adult-focused songs with catchy hits like Moon Star Pie (It’s Gonna Be Alright) and the get-up-and-dance song Wiggle. Her familiar voice is a soothing add to the list.

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Justin Roberts

This Chicago-based artist throws together catchy tunes with lyrics that little ones love. His album Recess is full of fun and quirky songs like I’ll Be An Alien and the title song Recess. Your kids will be singing along and laughing at some of his lyrics – and you will too.

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The Pop Ups

Straight out of Brooklyn, the duo Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein produce hits that even adults can jam out to. Their latest album Giants of Science explore different science-related topics through song with the smooth beats of Time and How Do We Know, which also doubles as the theme song from the kid podcast Wow in the World (also worth checking out!).

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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

If hip hop is your jam, get these guys on the playlist, stat. Their songs are full of funk and soul with clever lyrics like “I brushed my face and I washed my teeth” in the song Opposite Day or Secret Superhero “my mask and cape made from Masking tape.” It’ll be hard not to play these over and over again.

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Okee Dokee Brothers

A little bit of bluegrass and a whole lot of folk is what you’ll find from these Colorado friends. Many of their songs are about the great outdoors. The latest, Winterland, tackles -- you guessed it -- winter, with songs like Ukele in a Snowstorm and Blankets of Snow.

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The Not-Its!

This party of five – all parents themselves churn out relatable hits like the slow ballad Potty Mouth that will have your kids laughing out loud, or the poppy Staring Contest about the favorite childhood challenge, all on their latest album Ready or Not!

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Recess Monkeys

These three Seattle elementary school teachers teamed up to become a hilariously witty band belting out a variety of chill songs about topics relatable to kids and adults. Parents will get a considerable chuckle out of Just One More Thing, a song about the antics of bedtime, and Not for You about the visit to the toy store. Kids will love 'em all!

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Tim Kubart

Tim’s music is fun and poppy – the type of songs you want to tap your foot or bop your head to. His lyrics are creative and some of his songwriting even shows up on popular kid shows like Sesame Street and the Sprout Channel. His latest album Building Blocks covers a number of topics through song from field trips to friendship.

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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

This husband-and-wife duo adds a little Latin flair to their jam sessions. Their songs aren’t just fun to listen to – they speak right to kids with topics like Paletero man (the Mexican ice cream man) and the jazzy song, Blue Bear, about a blue bear hunting for food.

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The Laurie Berkner Band

A super-popular choice for the toddler set, Laurie Berkner and her band are often touted as one of the original “kindie rockers.” Her songs are easy to sing along to with hits like We are the Dinosaurs and The Goldfish. Her “Best of” album is a great place to start to get a good feel for all her favorites.

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