We wouldn't trade our kids for the world, but it does seem like we already traded our musical freedom for them. Our days of being able to flip on our favorite tunes at any given moment are over, and it sure feels like we're destined to listen to the Moana soundtrack for the rest of eternity, right? Well, no, you probably don't want to bust out Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" at the next family dance party — that is, unless, you want one of your children to go to school talking about a boy toy named Troy who used to live in Detroit.
But that doesn't mean you're doomed to a constant loop of "You're Welcome." These pop songs are appropriate for all ages.
Everyone's going crazy for JT's 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 DreamWorks Trolls movie.
Although Cyrus seemed to go a little explicit for a while there, 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.
Next Up: "Brave" — Sara Bareilles
Originally published October 2012. Updated July 2017.
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