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Kids' playlist makeover

Sarah Caron is a Connecticut-based freelance writer and editor. She lives with her wonderful husband, two adorable kids and two funny beagles. Check out her food blog at Sarah's Cucina Bella.

Stage a music coup

Your kids probably know all the top songs and artists today, but what about the classics? With great artists like The Who playing major sporting events and Glee making old hits new again, now is a perfect time to make over your kid's playlists by introducing them to new (old) music.

Mom and daughter with headphones

Tired of hearing Lady Gaga and Lil' Wayne on repeat? Today's songs are catchy and fun, for sure. A lot of great new songs are out there. But new music isn't the only good music, is it?

It's time to stage a coup for your kid's playlists. Focus on their likes and build a new catalog with some fabulous classic songs. What's right for your kids?

Get dancing

Does your child love high-energy music with a great beat? Then introduce her to these amazing artists and songs.

  • The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go
  • Village People: Macho Man, YMCA
  • Jackie Wilson: Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher
  • Little Eva: The Locomotion
  • Chubby Checker: The Twist, Pony Time
  • En Vogue: Hold On
  • Paula Abdul: Straight Up
  • TLC: Creep
  • Abba: Dancing Queen
  • The B-52s: Love Shack
  • The Bangles: Walk Like an Egyptian
  • Aretha Franklin: Respect
  • Wham!: Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
  • Gloria Gaynor: I Will Survive
  • Madonna: Vogue
  • Prince: 1999
  • Salt n Pepper: Push It
  • Will Smith: Getting Jiggy With It
  • House of Pain: Jump Around
  • Deee-Lite: Groove Is in the Heart

Glee classics

The Fox show Glee has taken the entertainment world by storm with its quirky mix of teenage angst, drama and... a glee club. If your kids love this show, then capitalize on their interest by introducing them to the classic versions of popular Glee songs.

  • Neil Diamond: Sweet Caroline
  • Journey: Don't Stop Believing
  • REO Speedwagon: Can't Fight This Feeling
  • The Supremes: You Keep Me Hanging On
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival: Proud Mary
  • Young MC: Bust a Move
  • Avril Lavigne: Keep Holding On
  • The Pretenders: I'll Stand by You
  • Jordin Sparks: No Air
  • Bill Withers: Lean on Me
  • Queen: Somebody to Love
  • Cyndi Lauper: True Colors
  • Rihanna: Take a Bow
  • Van Halen: Jump
  • Billy Idol: Dancing with Myself
  • Rolling Stones: You Can't Always Get What You Want

Rock out

Do your kids love Lifehouse and Daughtry? Are they into Kings of Leon and Nickelback? Then tell them about all the fab rock musicians they are missing out on. Here's a few to introduce them to:

  • Elvis Presley: Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, A Little Less Conversation, Hound Dog
  • Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love
  • Rolling Stones: Satisfaction, Sympathy for the Devil
  • Beach Boys: Good Vibrations, California Girls
  • The Who: Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again, Pinball Wizard, Who Are You
  • Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., Streets of Philadelphia
  • Lynard Skynard: Sweet Home Alabama, Free Bird
  • Beatles: Hey Jude, Yesterday, Love Me Do, Yellow Submarine
  • Eagles: Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane
  • Aerosmith: Walk This Way, Dream On, Amazing, Cryin'
  • Pink Floyd: Money, Comfortably Numb
  • Queen: We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • U2: With or Without You, Beautiful Day, Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  • Guns N' Roses: November Rain, Paradise City, Sweet Child O'Mine

Hip hop classics

Young Money, 50 Cent and Lil Wayne might be popular now, but they aren't the first artists to bring hip hop to the nation. Introduce your kids to these classics:

  • Run DMC: Run's House, Walk This Way
  • Grandmaster Flash: If U Wanna Party, The Message
  • Sugarhill Gang: Rapper's Delight
  • LL Cool J: Rock The Bells, Mama Said Knock You Out, Around the Way Girl
  • Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock: It Takes Two
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: Summertime, Parents Just Don't Understand
  • Eminem: What's My Name, Stan, Lose Yourself
  • Digital Underground: The Humpty Dance
  • The Beastie Boys: Paul Revere, (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
  • Busta Rhymes: Woo-Hah, Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See
  • Snoop Dog: Drop It Like It's Hot

Tell us: What songs do you want to introduce your kids to? Comment below!

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