Not Your Momma’s Playlist….

This is NOT your Momma’s playlist – except it is; it’s your momma’s and your momma’s momma’s. This is a playlist that spans generations, bridges gaps, connects our littles to our grandmas, all while keepin’ it real. We’ve compiled a playlist that goes beyond typical toddler tunes by encouraging kids to listen and learn music that spans generations. Because let’s face it, one more day of “Let it Go” and we all might be running off to a secluded ice palace.

Modern Day Time Machine 

Music has the unique ability to transport one through time. By encouraging littles to listen to older tunes of past generations, the music is able to transport them from the present to the past serving as a modern day time machine. Thus, opening up doors that have been closed by history and introducing them to events that have rocked – literally and figuratively – the past. 

Why We Love it:

Music has many benefits for children; improves math skills, serves as a communication mechanism, and of course, encourages awesome dance moves. Songs are compiled of patterns, rhythms, and rhymes; all of which form the foundation of pre-math and literacy skills. Our playlist combines genres and generations, thus exposing children to the many different worlds of music.  

Why your kids will love it: 

Kids love to sing, dance, and jam out. Music helps to boost their social skills and confidence by creating and encouraging their own rhythms and movements. As a child grows older these playlists will be engrained in them, allowing them to be more open than just the latest boy band. They will be able to cross generational divides, communicating effectively with the past and the future. These memories will forever be part of their subconscious. One day a familiar song will come on and they will be transported back to that time when “Momma and I really jammed out to that song Grandma loved”.  

Check out our list for your next jam session:


American Girl – Tom Petty

Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf

Miss You – Rolling Stones

Yellow Submarine – The Beatles


New Age Pop

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Happy – Pharrell

Roar – Katy Perry

Shake it Off – Taylor Swift



Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash

The Gambler – Kenny Rogers

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

On the Road Again – Willie Nelson



My Girl – The Temptations

ABC – The Jackson 5

I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson

Dancing in the Streets – Martha Reeves and the Vandellas


Soft Rock

Take it Easy – The Eagles

Bennie and the Jets – Elton John

Better Together – Jack Johnson

Ants Marching – Dave Matthews


Soul Pop

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Something’s Gotta Hold On Me – Etta James

Hallelujah I Love Her So – Ray Charles

You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes



One Love – Bob Marley and the Wailers

I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers

(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You – UB40


Classic Rock

All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

Forever Young – Bob Dylan

Ramble On – Led Zeppelin

Wish you Were Here – Pink Floyd


This list could go on forever; there are so many amazing songs and artists. Music has written and rewritten our history, changing and influencing so much of our culture. It is important to expose children to the past, to understand how the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, or Johnny Cash forever changed history.  

Check out our playlist on Spotify for more fun tunes or create your own playlist – either way just start encouraging the music of the past and present. And don’t be surprised when your kid starts belting out “One Love” or commenting on how awesome Jimi Hendrix is on a guitar – you’ll be thinking to yourself “Yep, he got it from his momma.” 

Interested in music and want to learn more about why music education is an important part of learning? Check out Why Your Child Needs Music Education.

Photo Credit: Ashley W
Sources: PBS

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Ashley Wells

Ashley lives in North Carolina, with her husband, 4 year old little girl and infant son. She has dreamed of being a SAHM since she was a little girl and now enjoys living out this dream by making everyday adventures with her two tiny sidekicks. She loves yoga, fitness, dark chocolate, and wine. She's an organizer of playdates, preschool happenings, and girls night outs. She's an encourager of making messes, finding passions, and dreaming the impossible.

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