Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Fever Playlist

Even Yoda loves our jams.
We're like DJ's for Jedis.
Recently someone asked me what music Kate & I were rocking out to in the Big White Tampon.  The answer was nothing good because I hate everything on my iPod as I've heard it approximately 4,987 times.  Then three of my friends on Facebook mentioned in their status updates that they were looking for recommendations for new music. It wasn't just me!

So I got busy and found some new tunes and made a playlist for us.  You can check out the track list below.  We also published the Spring 2010 RFML Playlist on iTunes where you can hear everything.  Here it is:
  1. 6 Foot 7 Foot (feat. Cory Gunz) by Lil Wayne [Editor's Note: According to the Cap'n this song is not good for kids, just because it has a lot of curse words and stuff and Lil Wayne may or not be a felon or something.  He was like "I can't believe you're listening to this with Mini in the car!" And I was all "Umm... it's educational.  Because it teaches *counting*"  Somehow he seemed unconvinced and has since laid down a No Lil Wayne Dictum when kids are in the car.  What a square. - xo, Lydia]
  2. Right Round by Flo Rida
  3. This is a GLEE-heavy playlist.
     Because the kids love it.
    OK, fine. We're Gleeks.  Suck it.
  4. Hello by Martin Solveig & Dragonette
  5. Rocketeer by Far East Movement & Ryan Tedder
  6. MASH-UP ALERT!!! Jennifer Lopez vs Edward Maya ft Pitbull & Vika - Love On The Stereo Floor by DJ Ryson
  7. Loser Like Me by the Glee Cast
  8. Raise Your Glass (Glee Cast Version)
  9. Cooler Than Me by Mike Posner
  10. Bottoms Up by Trey Songz f. Nicki Minaj
  11. Born This Way by Lady GaGa
  12. City Girl by Echo Kings (Love. love. love.)
  13. Animal by Neon Trees
  14. Under Cover of Darkness by The Strokes (OH DEAR MAUDE this whole damn disc is so bad ass)
  15. Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine
  16. Rolling In the Deep by Adele (ditto on this one)
  17. Tightrope (feat. Big Boi) by Janelle Monáe (This song is guarunteed to make your toddler rock out)
  18. Take Me or Leave Me (Glee Cast Version)
  19. Don't Rain On My Parade (Glee Cast Version) 
  20. Get It Right (Glee Cast Version)
  21. Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars
  22. Coming Home by Diddy - Dirty Money & Skylar Grey
  23. The High Road by Broken Bells (This band is 2 dudes: the lead singer of the Shins and mutherfunking Danger Mouse. Swoon.)
  24. Pyro by Kings of Leon (mmmmm.... Kings of Leon.)
  25. Machu Piccu by The Strokes
  26. Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons
  27. 1983 by Neon Trees 
Now please help us!  We need your recommendations.  The last time we asked you to send your song suggestions we got SO MUCH good stuff.  So! What's good out there? Especially stuff we may not have heard of.  What are the songs that your kids love that you can actually stand listening to?  When we get enough of them, we'll compile them into a Volume 2 on iTunes. 

Gracias hookers!
xo, Lydia & Kate

(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2011


  1. Have you listened to 'The Fratellis'? Their song 'Flathead' was in one of the first ipod commercials - it's pretty rockin' stuff!

  2. Stupidfacedd by Wallpaper (hot hot hot!!)

  3. cool idea! the itunes list only has 15 songs though? vampire weekend is awesome- so is phoenix.

  4. Perfect by Pink - the "naughty" version is awesome but the clean version is good for you and the kids. I think it has a great message too. (:

  5. Ok My list of loves: Beatles, Frank sinatra, Tool, Afi, Alien Ant Farm, Brand New, Spanking machine, Metallica, Jack off Jill, Kmfdm, Wumpscut, Puscifer, Portis head,Minus the bear, Lincoln park, Musicals,Elton John, denali, a perfect circle ,dismemberment plan ,from autumn to ashes ,dave mathews band,kittie ,korn, lifehouse, lisa loeb , mazzy star , massive attack, nine inch nails,preferred 53,the postal service,poe,radiohead, rufio ,cake , smashing pumpkins, The doors, Ccr, Ummmmmmmmmm.........Slipknot, The y store, alice in chains, The dresden dolls, Amina, the decemberists, murder by death, Jill Tracy, Angels and airwaves, The addicts, Stone Sour, Flee the scene, Demented are go, Kimya Dawson, Kids in the way, The Black Math experience, Dream evil, more to come later.

    Some of these are not child friendly.

  6. E.T. by Katy Perry is my current, always on "replay", song of the week.

  7. I agree with Mimi. Vampire weekend or phoenix. Totally awesome. Neon Trees whole album is great too!!

  8. I agree with Mimi. Vampire weekend or phoenix. Totally awesome. Neon Trees whole album is great too!!

  9. Yo mommas! There are more than 15 songs on the iTunes list but there's a weird scrolly thing you have to do in order to see them. Scrolly downy thing on the side...

  10. Free Me by Joss Stone is my new anthem!!!

  11. These are recent purchases on my "best of purchased" playlist that I've been listening to non-stop:

    Bohemian Like You by The Dandy Warhols
    Pavlov's Bell by Aimee Mann
    What I Cannot Change by LeAnn Rimes
    We Are The People by Empire of the Sun
    The Story I Heard by Blind Pilot
    Shut Your Eyes by Snow Patrol
    Can You Tell by Ra Ra Riot
    Change of Seasons by Sweet Thing
    Photosynthesis by Frank Turner (the video for this is cute because it involves a lot of cute little school kids)
    Gone In The Morning (Single ZVersion) by Newton Faulkner
    Short Skirt/Long Jacket by Cake
    Give Me The Meltdown by Rob Thomas (someone made a funny video for this on YouTube with all these people having colossal temper tantrums caught on tape)
    Bruises by Chairlift
    Madman by Charlotte Martin
    I'll Believe You When by Matchbox Twenty
    Nine In The Afternoon by Panic! At the Disco
    Just Older by Bon Jovi (having just had a birthday, this speaks to me)
    Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz
    Figure It Out by Maroon 5
    Heads Will Roll by Yeag Yeah Yeahs
    Redeemed by Charlotte Martin

  12. I have enoyed learning new latin music in Zumba class. Try "Bon, Bon" by Pitbull, "Calabria 2008 feat. Natasja" by Enur, "Gasolina" by Daddy Yankee, "Walk Like an Egyptian (Real Reggaeton version)" by Wilman de Jesus, and "Prrrum" by Cosculluela. The beauty of this music is that some of it could be quite rude, but your kids will never know because it's all in Spanish.

  13. I recently accidentally loaded a TOTALLY inappropriate Ani DeFranco song on my 5 year old's ipod.

  14. Forget You by Ceelo.. (the bad version is great when you're without kiddos!) and totally agree about Perfect by Pink! Firework by Katy Perry, Just a Dream by Nelly, King of Anything by Sarah Barielles (sp?)!!

  15. Voltaire! He had a couple of songs used in the Billy & Mandy cartoon on Cartoon Network, and while much of his music is not especially kid-friendly, he has quite a few tracks that are. Check out To the Bottom of the Sea and Spooky Songs for Creepy Kids.

  16. I LOVE Loser Like Me! Glee is so awesome!!!

  17. What Krista said! Also, "Shut it Down" by Pitbull, and Fulanito's "Wiggle Wiggle" and "Callate". "Not Big" by Lily Allen. "Fairytale" by Sara Bareilles. "That's Not My Name" by the Ting Tings. "Mercy" by Duffy.

  18. Anything by Lily Allen will crack you up. Although she's probably not for the kids either. ;)

  19. I would recommended a local to you band, Carbon Leaf. They are great! My almost three year old loves their music as well, in the car I put it on when he is freaking out and he calms down and starts singing along.

  20. I love the entire Mumford and Sons album, not just Little Lion Man.

  21. Love Phoenix...Lisztomania rocks out on my radio daily. I also LOVE Rumour Has It by Adele. If we're getting all "Gleek" then I P.Y.T. and When I Get You Alone are awesome. And ANYTHING by the Black Keys is always welcome on my radio.

  22. I wish I had something to contribute, but I am so not cool in the music department right now. I am still plugging along with my iPod mini and haven't uploaded any new songs onto it in ages. We have, however, been enjoying the original Sound of Music soundtrack as of late. My two-and-a-half year old son's current favorite is "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria". Awesome.

  23. I don't Feel Like Dancin by Scissor Sister
    Undo It~ Carrie underwood
    Stuck like Glue~Sugarland
    Little White Church~Little Big Town
    Only Prettier~miranda lambert (This song kinda annoyed me at first but then grew on me
    Leave The Pieces ~Wreckers
    I don;t Wanna Be In Love~Good Charlotte

  24. I LOVE all things Glee! My new personal favorite is "These are the Things" by Francesca Battistelli and another is John Butler Trio "Don't wanna see your Face"

  25. Some oldies but goodies.
    1. Romeo by Basement Jaxx
    2. Strict Machine by Goldfrapp (might not be good for the kiddos)
    3. Technologic by Daft Punk
    4. Inside Out by Eve 6
    5. Drive by Incubus

  26. Sergio Mendez! Soooo fun!!! here's a song done with fergie. he's brazilian, and the music is amazing!!!
    his album 'encanto' is soooo good!

  27. also sergio mendez. i DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU to listen to this without dancing! =)

  28. "We also published the Spring 2010 RFML Playlist on iTunes where you can hear everything."
    Did you mean the 2011 playlist? Just trying to be helpful.

  29. Count on Me by Bruno Mars
    Just the way you are by Bruno Mars
    Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s
    Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson
    Viva La Vida by Coldplay
    Let's Just Fall In Love Again by Jason Castro
    Unbelievable by Josh Gracin
    Big Girl by MIKA

  30. Anything by Tyrone Wells (seabreeze, sink or swim, hold on...). Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band. And the most inappropriate song to have stuck in your head during an important medting...the Rhianna "S & M" song

  31. Scrolly down guys kill me!

  32. Danceable, singable tunes that my kids enjoy - here's a few that have been hot in Europe (where we currently struggle to get by!) in the past year or two:
    We No Speak Americano - DCup and Yolanda Be Cool
    Sunday with the Flu - Yodelice
    Alors on Danse - Stromae
    No Stress - Laurent Wolf
    The Boy Does Nothing - Alesha Dixon

  33. An Ecclectic Mix I Keep on File along with some not neccessarily suitably for my 5yo, but we also listen to some Nickelback, Fake It, How You Remind Me, Figured You Out, G n R's Dead Horse and Dust and Bones but more suitable and mixed
    Down Came a BlackBird ~~Lila McCann (may be hard to find) her first hit
    You Can't Always Get What you Want~ The Stones
    (Teaches them a nice lesson about life, HAHA)
    I Believe ~~ Brookes and Dunn
    Fuzzy Was an Outlaw ~~ David Allan Coe
    Mary Magdaline (unsuitable for little ones who can understand prostitute, hepatitis and benzadrine
    Long Haired Redneck
    Born To Fly ~~ Sara Evans
    A Horse With No Name ~~ America
    Did I Shave My Legs For This? ~~ Deena Carter
    The Bug ~~ Mary Chapin Carpenter
    Suds In The Bucket Sara Evans
    Famous In A Small Town Miranda Lambert
    Should've Listened ~~ Nickelback

    I find most of these stress relievers in addition to fun.

  34. Oh dear, reading these suggestions makes me feel like I'm from another time and place - I recognize maybe 1 out of 20 of them. Enjoy what you like, but I'm afraid my only good suggestion right now would be "Alegria" by Los Pinguos - well, anything by Los Pinguos, but that one is so incredibly catchy. . . .

  35. Laughed when I read Lily Allen. She has a song F*** You that is hysterical and my friends know it so we may or may not hum the chorus when things get a bit irritating in public places like work.....

    Michael Franti is at the top of my list right now. He just sounds like summer.

  36. Family Force 5 are the most-loved group by my kids and me. Our favorite tracks are "Dance or Die", "Put Ur Hands Up" "Love Addict" and "Supersonic". Also Gleeks here :)
    And seriously, how can you "raise those kids right" without some killer 80s music? Throw those kids some Bon Jovi, for crying out loud. Also, my kids may or may not know all the words to "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" by the Georgia Satellites.

  37. my child is big on anything lady gaga or Taio Cruz... his Dynamite album rocks out! He also "raises the roof" when asked, especially why Jump around and kriskross's JUMP come on! lol

  38. Mexican Mavis by Boy & Bear
    Shell Games by Bright Eyes
    Windows Are Down by Amos Lee
    My Body by Young the Giant
    Gone by Donnis
    Marathon by Tennis
    So Low by Talib Kweli

  39. Seconding what Gertrude said re Mumford & Sons. At the very least, you need to add "The Cave" & "Sigh No More" from that CD to the playlist.

  40. If you like Mumford and Sons, check out the Avett Brothers, specifically I and Love and You, Murder in the City, Head Full of Doubt, Ill With Want... My four year old knows all the lyrics to every album of The Gaslight Anthem, and all the kids love the soundtrack to Across the Universe which is all Beatles songs sung by the movie cast.

    Razorback Mommy

  41. Cage the Elephant - Thank You Happy Birthday has some great songs on it!!

  42. "Uncharted" by Sarah Bareilles. You are welcome.

  43. I'm going to add "WalMart Woman" by Sue Fabisch.

  44. The whole Bruno Mars album is bad ass! My 2 year old LOVES "Runaway Baby" and "Count On Me." The latter is totally educational and it will even meet the Cap'n's approval for appropriate lyrics. :) Rock on hot mamas!

  45. Aquabats- Pizza Day
    This is like my favorite song. <3 Them! A good album of theirs to have is Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures Vol.2

  46. I forgot...

    Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People
    What You Know by Two Door Cinema
    Young Blood by The Naked & Famous

  47. If you use Pandora, type in Mumford and Sons and you get an awesome mix of music!

  48. I really like Anya Marina, although some of her songs may not be appropriate. She has a fun voice.

  49. Kick Drum Heart by the Avett Brothers

  50. S&M by Rihanna. I was rocking out to it in the minivan the other day. I may or may not have had a toddler in the back. It's so wrong, but so catchy - and perfect for the treadmill.

    D******d by Kate Nash. Love it.

  51. Almost anything by Leonard Cohen-an oldie, yes, but really, really a goodie. Especially from his Live in London album.
    Try out I'm Your Man, A Thousand Kisses Deep, The Tower of Song, almost anything really. But some of it might have to be censored by the Captain.

  52. My kids (ok, me too) absolutely love …
    Almost anything by Bruno Mars
    Raise Your Glass - Pink (clean version)
    Tonight I'm Lovin You - Enrique Iglesias, Ludacris
    Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
    Cupid Shuffle
    Big & Chunky by Will.I.Am from the Madagascar 2 Soundtrack
    I Like to Move It by Will.I.Am from Madagascar 2 Soundtrack
    Alex on the Spot - Madagascar 2
    Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
    The Way You Make me Feel - Michael Jackson
    Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
    Boogie Wonderland - Happy Feet
    Hey Ya – Outkast
    So What – Pink
    Rihanna – Umbrella
    I like the Way You Move (Clean version)– OutKast

    Yeah, I know, we kick it old school

  53. OK, I'm totally old-school with my car music. But we still bust a sweet move! Are you only looking for new stuff?

    Here are my top "old" kid-friendly songs:
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, by Stevie Wonder
    It's Your Thing, by The Isley Brothers
    Beans and Cornbread, by Louis Jordan
    Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens, by Louis Jordan

    And some contemporary songs that the kids love:
    Touch the Sky, by Kanye West
    Don't Steal Our Sun, by The Thrills
    Hounds of Love, by The Futureheads
    Raid, by Madvillain

    Oh...and we also love Gwenyth's Cee Lo cover of 'Forget You'. Don't hate me...

  54. Maroon 5 and Amy Winehouse are in play currently. Plain White T's "Rhythm of Love" Ditto the 80's music - The Police, Tom Petty... Of course my DH corrupts them by listening to the bluegrass channel - lots of twangy banjo "my wife and my dog left me and the mine closed down" songs but they love it.

  55. Oh, definitely "S&M" by Rihanna. "Sticks and stones may break my bones but whips and chains excite me"...need I say more? My 5-yr-old may or may not walk around singing "S S S and M M M."

    Others on my current gym list~
    "ET"~Katy Perry
    "What's My Name"~Rihanna
    "Grenade"~Bruno Mars
    "Born This Way"~Lady Gaga
    "FU"~Ceelo Green
    "Pretty Girl Rock"~Keri Hilson

  56. "Rhythm of Love" by the Plain White T's!!!!

    Blue October - Jumprope - kiddoes will like the rhythms of the song; the meaning of the song really hits me when I'm having one of those "I need to just go back to bed" days




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