I’ve made 8 music compilations for my kids, plus a compilation of lullaby music. But I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find kids’ music I like, and this year (2012) my son asked me to make him a “rock” compilation for his 8th birthday. I tried to select songs that reflect a bit of an indie aesthetic but are still relatively accessible, and I tried to avoid “one hit wonders.” I also avoided recent songs (none are later than 1990), so the compilation mostly reflects some roots of indie rock rather than indie rock itself. I’d love to hear any of your ideas about what “rock” songs you’d want to share with a kid.

Click below to stream the compilation:


1. Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers “Roadrunner” (1976)
2. The Velvet Underground “Rock & Roll” (1970)
3. T.Rex “Telegram Sam” (1972)
4. David Bowie “Hang On To Yourself” (1972)
5. Bo Diddley “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover” (1967)
6. The Beatles “Bad Boy” (1965)
7. Chuck Berry “Too Much Monkey Business” (1957)
8. The Only Ones “Another Girl, Another Planet” (1978)
9. Television “See No Evil” (1977)
10. The Soft Boys “I Wanna Destroy You” (1980)
11. The Clash “I’m Not Down” (1979)
12. Wire “Three Girl Rhumba” (1977)
13. DoubleHappys “Needles and Plastic” (1985)
14. The Church “For A Moment We’re Strangers” (1982)
15. The Go-Betweens “I Need Two Heads” (1980)
16. The Clean “Dunes” (1990)
17. The Wedding Present “Once More” (1988)
18. Orange Juice “Felicity” (1982)
19. Game Theory “Waltz the Halls Always” (1985)
20. The Cure “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” (1979)
21. New Order “Chosen Time” (1981)
22. Echo and the Bunnymen “The Cutter” (1983)
23. The Jesus & Mary Chain “Down On Me” (1987)
24. Talulah Gosh “Steaming Train” (1986)
25. Primitives “I’ll Stick With You (demo)” (1988)

Send me a message (or complete the form on this page) for more information.

And here are three videos with songs from the compilation:


“The Cutter”:

“Needles and Plastic”:

1 Response to Felicity

  1. Pauly says:

    Love it so much!

    Francis asked me what my favorite song was a couple of days ago, and it caught me off guard. I said, “I don’t know, maybe ‘One Love’ by Bob Marley, or ‘Snik Snak Skaduliak’ by the Go Nuts.”

    I realize those are two very different songs!

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