It has been too long since I posted a list of my favorite songs of a year. 2011, to be exact.
(I already said how embarrassed I was about that.)
Following up on my list of Top 10 kids music debuts in 2013, here's my list of my 25 favorite (or best, depending on your perspective) kids' songs on albums released over the past year ("year" defined as between November 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013, to match the Fids and Kamily Awards this year). I should note that some of these songs have been floating around for a few years now (the Trout Fishing and Shine and the Moonbeams songs), but have only now found themselves on a proper release. One could do much worse than to put all 25 on a mix CD or iTunes/Spotify playlist.
In any case, picking these 25 songs was tough, tougher than in most previous years, I think. I had another 15-20 songs I was seriously considering for this list, and on another day, my mood would have struck me differently and at least a couple of those songs would be on here. But I'm pressing the "publish" button today.
Top 25 Kids Music Songs of 2013 (listed alphabetically by artist)
"Similes and Metaphors" - The Bazillions (Heads or Tales)
"When Pigs Fly" - Sandra Boynton (performed by Ryan Adams) (Frog Trouble)
"Thingamajig" - Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (Lishy Lou and Lucky Too) -- I know, I know, the album was released on Oct. 1, 2013 and so technically speaking shouldn't be on here. But come on, this was song was awesome. And there was a single, so that's what I'm hanging my hat on...
"Lonely Girl" - Cat Doorman (The Cat Doorman Songbook)
"It's Not Fair To Me" - Bill Harley & Keith Munslow (It's Not Fair To Me)
"Dinosaur" - Lori Henriques (The World Is a Curious Place To Live) *
"Wag More" - Boxtop Jenkins (You're Happier When You're Happy)
"Take You Into My Arms" - Joey No Knows (Color This Album)
"Nine O' Clock Behind the Jack Rabbit" - Josh & Gab (I'm Not a Bully!)
"You Made Me a Sock Monkey" - Billy Kelly (AGAIN!) *
"Have You Ever Been Jealous?" - Alastair Moock with Rani Arbo (Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids) *
"Let's Skateboard" - The Not-Its! (KidQuake!)
"High 5 Your Shadow" - Ratboy Jr. (Champions of the Universe)
"The Deep End" - Recess Monkey (Deep Sea Diver)
"Recess" - Justin Roberts (Recess)
"Bully Bully" - Shine and the Moonbeams (Shine and the Moonbeams)
"Home of Song" - Paul Spring (Home of Song)
"Song Without a Rhyme" - SteveSongs (Orangutan Van)
"Duermete" - Heidi Swedberg and Friends (My Cup of Tea)
"The Late, Great Nate McTate" - Trout Fishing in America (Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers)
"Here Comes My Friend" - Underbirds (Underbirds)
"Scavenger Hunt" - The Verve Pipe (Are We There Yet?)
"Stay True" - The Watson Twins (Pioneer Lane)
"Bigga Bagga" - Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke (Please To Meet You)
"Honeybee" - Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell with You Are My Flower (Turn! Turn! Turn!)