I spent most of this morning listening to pretty much the entire Beatles back catalogue with my 15 day old. Having gone through the rock and roll, pop, psychedelic, alternative and rock eras, I think following this extensive research I can now present to the world my attempt at the ultimate Beatles for Babies playlist…
1. Here Comes the Sun (Abbey Road): gentle, melodic and a perfect opener. Great to sing along to.
2. Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da (The White Album): the first of the classic “Kids” songs from the Beatles catalogue. A sing along, dance along classic.
3. We Can Work It Out (Single): a less well known track, but fantastic middle 8 and one of the earliest songs I remember hearing.
4. Blackbird (The White Album): soft acoustic guitar and child friendly melody
5. Yellow Submarine (Revolver): A kids classic, say no more
6. Penny Lane (Magical Mystery Tour): another nice upbeat song for a sing along
7. Let it be (Let it be): one of the greatest songs ever written
8. The Fool on the Hill (Magical Mystery Tour): it has a recorder solo, perfect for getting the little one into music
9. Michelle (Single): French singing = eduction and music
10. Lady Madonna (Single): baa baa baa baa baa baa baa ba ba (the backing vocals are a lot of fun for a baby)
11. Octopus’s Garden (Abbey Road): perfect for bath time fun
12. In My Life (Rubber Soul): nostalgic with a lovely plinky plonky piano instrumental
13. With a little help from my friends (Sgt. Pepper): sing along time again
14. When I’m 64 (Sgt. Pepper): see above, plus as a new dad singing it I already feel 64
15. All together now (Yellow Submarine): simple pop perfection
16. Ticket to Ride (Help!): an early Beatles classic
17. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (Abbey Road): a heroic combination of sing along childhood melodies with a story of a serial killer. What better to sing with a 15 day old
18. All my loving (With the Beatles): sentimental and fun
19. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill (The White Album): weird, fun, and again a chorus that is great to sing along with
20. All You Need Is Love (Magical Mystery Tour): the sentiment is worth it alone
21. Golden Slumbers (Abbey Road): bed time approaches
22. Goodnight (The White Album): let Ringo sing your little one off to sleepyland
What do you think? Have I missed anything?