Child-appropriate jams that don’t drive parents crazy are a rare brew. We cranked up tons of tyke tunes to find standout 2015 albums so far with better beats for your brood.
By Putumayo Kids
These 11 lively multilingual critter-themed tracks by various artists take your kids on a global animal-kingdom journey, from the States to France, South Africa, The Netherlands and more. Re-release. $14.98. Putumayo World Music.
By Josh & The Jamtones
This super energetic Boston-based ska-punk-pop band might even get your tweens’ attention with fast-paced, hilarious ditties like “Tailfeather,” “I <3 Ur Face,” “L-O-V-E” and more. $9.99. Jamhouse Records.
By Bunny Clogs
This kiddie hip-hop/pop record introduces some of nature’s weirdest creatures, like the platypus, squid, toad and naked mole rat. $12/CD, $10/MP3. Princess Records.
By Play Date
The upbeat lyrics of this husband-wife duo get your toes tapping as kids groove to kindie (i.e. kid indie) rock songs like “Ninja Pajamas” that aim to develop a sense of health, self-worth and independence. $12/CD, $10/MP3. Fun Fun Records.
By Lloyd H. Miller
This old-time jazz and rock ’n’ roll album is packed with songs from the 1800s and newer originals on everything from the Gettysburg Address to abolition. $9.99. Lloyd H. Miller.
By Rockabye Baby!
The tattooed pop-punk rockers get a sweet acoustic makeover to lull your darling to dreamland. Part of the 65-plus-artist series. $16.89/CD, $11.99/MP3. Rockabye Baby.