Summer's over and school's back, but the music goes on. With Miley Cyrus twerking her way off kid-friendly turf, Selena Gomez challenging suitors to Come and Get It and Robin Thicke blurring the lines between fun and wrong, parents have to stay on their toes around the little ones and the music they hear. Sirius XM's Kids Place Live host Mindy Thomas offers up a few suggestions that parents can play without worrying about inappropriate subtext, and that kids will enjoy, too.
Pharrell Williams, Happy (from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack)
"If you need a song to put a collective spring in your family's step as you head out the door to school, this is the song to do it."
Recess Monkey, Tambourine Submarine (from Deep Sea Diver)
"Turn your school-bus ride into an adventure by going to the bottom of the sea in this Tambourine Submarine."
Justin Roberts, Recess (from the album of the same name)
"The magic of his music is finding that common ground between the nostalgia of childhood days for parents and being a modern-day kid."
Paul Spring, Mermaid (from Home of Song)
"It's a story, a song and some good theater of the mind all rolled into one in this beautifully spun tale."
Shine & the Moonbeams, Bully Bully(from Shine & the Moonbeams)
"It's not safe to turn on your computer because of cyberbullies. Bullies are everywhere, so this is an anthem to send your kids to school with."
Frances England, Move Like Saturday Night (from Blink of An Eye)
"This song reminds me of me as a kid hanging out with my family listening to Solid Gold radio show."
Dan Zane & Elizabeth Mitchell with You Are My Flower, Sail Away Ladies (from Turn Turn Turn)
"If there was ever a collaboration made in musical heaven, then this is it. I dare anyone to not sing along from the first note."
Trout Fishing in America, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers (from the album of the same name)
"This song is a hilarious take on an old tongue twister. You'll make some great family memories just by having your kids try to sing that verse."
The Verve Pipe, You Can Write a Song (from Are We There Yet?)
"They're the real deal - they've got blues, bluegrass and rock. A true kindie rock band. I love the way this song encourages kids to be themselves and to create their own music and not to just follow another pop star."
Caspar Babypants, Baby Beatles (from Baby Beatles)
"There have been a lot of Beatles cover bands for kids, but this guy truly took Beatles songs and made them his own. They are simple pop songs. My kids love his music."