When my daughter (now 6) was around 1, 1 1/2, I ran an experiment. The drive to daycare was a short 5 minutes - enough to listen to one song. So we listened to the same song every drive. Eventually she caught on and she started singing along to “Man On the Moon”. Sometimes I had to use YouTube and she would say “it’s the man in the hat!”.
So I kept this going with other songs and developed a playlist. A sampling of other songs she liked (and how she described them):
The Gaslight Anthem - Great Expectations (“crazy music”)
The Gaslight Anthem - Meet Me by The River’s Edge (“Sally says”)
LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean (“present company”)
The B52s - Rock Lobster (“down, down, down”)
Bowie - Let’s Dance
Kraftwerk - Trans Europa Express (“they sound like robots”)
Gorillaz - Clint Wastwood (thanks to Trolls)
Pavement - Fight This Generation
I kept adding songs to the playlist and her little brother (now 3) has joined in on the following:
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar
Ian Hunter & POTUSA - Cleveland Rocks
Wilco - Shot In The Arm
Baha Men - Who Let The Dogs Out?
Pharrell Williams - Happy
R.E.M. - Superman
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
I started a whole new playlist and the two of them know the chorus of B.O.B. by Outkast and have been jamming to This Year by The Mountain Goats. And the 3yo is air-drumming to Poison by Bel Biv DeVoe.
One day they’ll thank me