Once you become a parent, your view of the world totally changes, and your musical taste may take a hit too. If your favorite songs from a few decades ago are all about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, then you've probably found yourself listening to some pretty terrible kids' music in the car. Not to fear, parents who still want to maintain their musical integrity while spending time with their kids. There are at least a few pop tunes climbing the Billboard charts that fall into the category of squeaky clean (and aren't sung by children in a screaming falsetto).
Adults love 'em, and your kids are bound to enjoy these totally appropriate pop hits on the way to school. (Bonus points for using this playlist for a family dance party to burn off some energy after school too.)
Everyone's going crazy for JT's latest 2016 hit because it really is that good (just give it a listen if you don't believe us). Parents are jamming to it, and kids love it too — which makes sense since it was created for the upcoming DreamWorks Trolls movie.
As nutty as Miley has become since her Hannah Montana days, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the lyrics to this hit song, and it's extra fun to sing along with in the car. We recommend cranking it up to drown out the sounds of your children screaming when the road trip has lasted just a little too long. (Note: We've gone with a video of only the "Wrecking Ball" lyrics above, because the naked Miley music video is totally not suitable for kids.)
Not only is this hit by a Swedish DJ fun to shake it to, but it has some pretty compelling lyrics that you can only hope will sink in as your kids listen on repeat. "Life's a game made for everyone/And love is a prize" is a lot different than some of the more graphic songs about sex that objectify women, and we can thank Avicii for that.
Just a few years before JT, Pharrell dropped a similar crossover hit that you'd never guess came from a kids' movie. "Happy," from Despicable Me 2, was so popular that it was even nominated for an Oscar in 2014.
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