You know you are 'maturing' (not getting old!) when you start saying phrase like, "You can't call that music! The music we listened to when I was young - now that's music!"
I am not sure the debate of which generation had the best music will ever be resolved. (Deep down, we all know it was the 80's, right? Crowded House, Queen, INXS, The Police, U2 - need I say more?)
However, I think we can all agree, the messages coming through the songs has definitely changed over time.
As a mum to a toddler and a music teacher to primary school aged kids, it gets harder and harder to find songs that are likable by the kids as well as age appropriate.
It is also harder to monitor what are kids have access to in the amazing technological age that we are in.
So, I want to share with you some bands and artists I have discovered in my experience as a music specialist. These bands or artists have consistently released music that might help you and your children come to a happy agreement when it comes to blasting tunes through their iPod.
This band have put out some great songs with clean, wholesome lyrics. The beats get your toes tapping and I have not met a kid yet who hasn't belted out their song Counting Stars, even though it was released a few years ago.
Great music, great lyrics. The Script's songs are bound to bring an uplifting message to your children's ears and encourage them to strive for their best while wrapping it up in a popular and likable pop melody. If you haven't listened to The Script, then check out Hall of Fame or Superheroes first!
The majority of Taylor Swift's music send out a message fun and young love. I personally do not mind primary school aged kids singing about this kind of love. It is a little safer than shaking their money maker, right? Taylor has a knack of writing catchy melodies and children love to sing her songs (and the boys just love to hate to sing her songs!) Whatever boat your children fall in, there is love for Tay Tay!
Kidz Bop are a very over commercialised American kid's band that do covers of popular songs. They aren't my favourite sound, but I am not their target audience! The great thing about them is they cover a lot of popular songs but change the lyrics of songs that have questionable lyrics. This means you do not have to hear your little cherub singing about drinking a lot of alcohol at a party! They have over 30 albums of pop songs. You can find them here.
Another artist that can be relied upon to write lyrics that are upbeat and uplifting. His music is well crafted and easy to pick up. He is well known to kids too as has been an X-Factor Australia judge. Many of his songs have been favourites at the school where I teach.
Now, help your kiddies get their playlist set up and go and enjoy some time with your feet up! You never know, you might just get 5 minutes!