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    The Top 50 Kids Songs of All Time: Songs 31-35

    The list continues. I'd been planning to post this entry this morning, so I found the fact that somebody just posted a comment on the last list of "Hey, whatever happened to the rest of the list?" amusing.

    And to think I originally thought I'd crank these out in about two weeks.

    In any case, here are the previous entries:

    Songs 36 through 40
    Songs 41 through 45
    Songs 46 through 50

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    35. "All Through the Night" - traditional: A traditional Welsh lullaby with less than straightforward lyrical hurdles to jump ("Soft the drowsy hours are creeping / Hill and dale in slumber steeping"), it's the melody that makes this classic. I'm amazed that this isn't covered more -- it's not like the lyrics are that difficult -- easily within the reach of a parent tired of singing more familiar lullabies. (Listen to a sample from Mae Robertson's rendition here.)

    34. "Skidamarink" - traditional: Most uptempo lullaby ever. Actually, I'm not sure it's even a lullaby -- I just first heard it on a lullaby album. Compared to the very serious lullabies (see #35, for example), this is a refreshing alternative. (You can hear a sample of the version that introduced me to the song here. Listen to a sample from the Old Town School of Folk Music rendition here. A bit more uptempo.)

    33. "Skip To My Lou" - traditional. There's the innocuous version ("Fly's in the buttermilk / Shoo, fly, shoo") and the embittered, scorned-preschooler version ("Lost my partnet / What'll I do?... / I'll find another one / Prettier than you"). (Raffi does the innocuous version, Bullfrog Jumped includes the other version.)

    32. "If You're Happy and You Know It" - traditional. One of those songs that if you're the least bit cynical and tired you're just not going to appreciate. But it's a very simple song that kids have fun with -- who doesn't like clapping their hands or stomping their feet when they're 3? (The Old Town School of Folk Music -- who else? -- does a fun version on Songs For Wiggleworms -- sample here.)

    31. "BINGO" - traditional. Actually, this is kinda hard for kids to completely master, though they'll have fun clapping. Now that I think about it, by the time the song gets to "clap, clap, CLAP CLAP OH!," I still have problems with it. Unfortunately, I can't think of any must-hear versions of the song -- it's too prescriptive for massive creativity. (Still, you can always go back to Wiggleworms Love You here.)

    Reader Comments (2)

    And Johnny Bregar's version of "Bingo" off "Stomp Yer Feet!" isn't too bad either. I put this song in the category of "Free Bird"--by the time you reach my age (early 40s), you've heard it enough to last a lifetime. But the kids do enjoy it...
    March 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKaty L
    Bingo can be a fun game for a group of toddlers if you forget about the leave-out-a-letter bit. Everyone's in a circle, and you take one step towards the center on each letter (B.... I.... N.... G....) and then on the last letter everyone hustles backwards (Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!). It's a winner every time.
    March 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

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