A Lullaby Playlist That Doesn't Suck
Updated: Sep 27, 2020
Hey WOA community! It's been a while, I know. I started this blog shortly after my youngest was born and was actually sleeping... that ship has since sailed and between managing my department at work and literally never sleeping at night there hasn't been a ton of time to write.
I have, however, spent tons of time singing to my daughter, in hopes that something would get her to sleep. I ended up searching the internet a lot for baby songs to sing for her, but let's be real here for a moment, baby lullabies kind of suck. They're filled with people dying of the plague, or babies falling out of trees, and are just kind of bad. So I set out to create a different type of baby playlist. One that she enjoyed and I could have fun singing to her. 1. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell My little girl loves when I sing this to her, and we have so much fun with this one. Even better, when I sing it to her at night without the music, its a bonding moment for us, an anthem. "Ain't no mountain high, ain't no valley low, ain't no river wide enough baby. If you need me call me, no matter where you are, no matter how far."
2. Here Comes The Sun - The Beetles
This song is so calming and lighthearted that every time I sing it she gets the biggest smile on her face. Raise them right and they will know good music is what I say.
3. This Little Light of Mine - Sam Cooke Sam Cooke is already a family favorite in our home, so when I started signing this song to our little one I knew she would love it. She's heard Sam Cooke's voice from the womb so much she probably wondered where he was when she came home! My little one will dance and smile to this song like no one's business, and when I sing it to her solo she calms right down. Its a little bit of Jesus, and a little bit of soul, all rolled into one.
4. Everyone is Special - Barney There are two people who, when I was a child, told me I was special that I actually believed them. Their names are Barney and Mr. Rogers. Maybe it's the 90's kid in me but these were staples growing up and I still sing many of the songs I learned from those shows to my kids now, this being one of them.
5. You are Special - Mister Rogers
If you read the last explanation for the fourth song, you probably could have guessed number five. Mr. Rogers is still a staple in my home and has the power to make this grown woman cry at thirty-plus years old. When Mr. Rogers tells you you're special, every fiber of your soul believes him. So I sing this to my daughter, to make sure she never forgets how incredibly special she is.
6. In the Garden - Hymns on Piano
As a girl my grandmother on my dad's side used to sing this to me, and it always stuck with me and relaxed me as a kid. I started singing this to my baby one particular night when no sleep was in sight and it really helped her to settle. This YouTube video isn't the version I have on my playlist, but it's very close and a great piece by Sangah Noona.
7. What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
"I hear babies cry, and I watch them grow. They'll learn much more than I'll ever know, and I think to myself 'What a wonderful world.'" This song is both beautiful and soothing, and is such a good reminder on those nights where we're up in the middle of the night doing everything we can to get our little ones to sleep, just how truly blessed we are. These nights will pass, and they'll get bigger, and we'll miss the days that we sang them to sleep with this lullaby. This one might be just as much for us as it is for them.
8. Jesus Loves Me, This I Know - Hymns on Piano I sang this to our baby when she was still in the womb, so its only natural that this is her favorite out of all of these songs for me to sing to her. Singing this with some white noise on is a solid ticket to sleep for many difficult nights.
9. Who Loves You - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Lord knows I wish I understood why she loves this one so much. Maybe its the high pitch voice of the background signers or the fact that I full on reenact Frankie Valli signing ""Who's gunna love you, love you?" but regardless, she thinks it's hilarious.
10. Vienna - Billy Joel This is a song that I've always had on my own playlists, but the fact that my child has started trying to walk and said "Hi" at three months old tends to make me think of her when I sing it now, so now every once in a while I'll sing it to her. Partly because I wished she'd slow down because I'm going to miss her baby years so much, and partly because I hope she remembers the words as she gets older and tries to remember not to push herself too hard. I thoroughly believe she is going to be something amazing when she gets older. A doctor, or a CEO, or president maybe. I want her to remember that she is loved and cared for no matter what she chooses in her life.
This song was actually sang to me by my dad when I was a baby. I love singing this to my little one when she falls asleep, and in a way it reminds me that my dad is looking down and watching over her too. It's such a sweet song to sing for a little girl, and I absolutely love it.
12. Peanuts - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons What can I say? The kid is a fan. This is another one that puts a huge smile on her face. But you have to do the high pitched Frankie Valli voice. Babies love the high pitched Frankie Valli voice...
13. Peace Like a River - Elizabeth Mitchell
I used to sing this as a kid for our worship team at church, but now I sing it to my daughter when I'm trying to calm her down and it certainly does the trick. Sometimes I'll even change it up a bit and sing it in Spanish "Yo tengo rio de agua viva, rio de agua viva, rio de agua viva en mi ser." A little bit of Jesus always does the trick.
14. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - Four Tops We'll dance around the house signing this and she's as happy as can be. Motown babies are happy babies, it seems.
15. Dream Baby Dream - Bruce Springsteen
This song is so sweet and what playlist could be complete without The Boss somewhere in there? Sometimes its the simplest songs that make the best songs.
If you want a streamable version of this playlist, it can be found on Spotify at: