When I contacted Spotify to ask if they would be interested in participating in the Travelling to Japan With a Toddler feature, it was because I thought the songs of Spotify Premium would be extremely useful to have on the plane.
I wasn’t wrong. We played Spotify premium over Hannah’s Puro Sound Labs headphones at several key points throughout the flights. Hannah loved having her familiar music on hand, and it went some way towards calming her before the inevitable challenge of falling asleep.
What I hadn’t realised was that Spotify Premium would become an integral part of our everyday lives while we were on holidays. It was great! We put it on in the mornings to wake up, we put it on when we needed to relax, and we put it on when Hannah was full of energy, so that she could dance it out!
Having Spotify Premium on our trip was brilliant. We soon formed a firm view of our favourite songs for different occasions. Some of them were songs that I have been familiar with for a long time, others were new to me, but suggested to me before the trip by people who know things…
Casper Babypants. 👍
— DaddyPoppins (@DaddyPoppinsBlg) August 26, 2017
Now it’s my turn to share the knowledge with you. If you are planning a trip, or simply need some new children’s songs in your everyday life, go ahead and check these out:
Dad’s Top 5 children’s songs on Spotify:
Best song to wake up – Take it Easy – Casper Baby Pants
This little ditty is actually on our “sleep” playlist. It’s a beautiful little song for sending a little person off to dreamland. However, we had the rare occurrence of having to wake a toddler up a couple of days ago, after she was well-and-truly worn out from a big day of sight-seeing.
We tried to stir her gently, but the poor kid was deep in dreamland and reluctant to come back. I figured music was our best option, and this little beauty lulled her back to the land of the living in the most gentle of ways. Hannah wasn’t even cranky about being woken… which is great. because I would usually follow up with this…
Best song to get the day started – You Gotta Have Pep – John Lithgow
Yes, the John Lithgow sings kids songs! Not only that, but he does a bloody good job!
Lithgow’s take on some classic children’s songs is fantastic, but this one in particular is our go-to for getting each day underway. The song is manic, it becomes more and more intense as it goes on! By the end of the song, Hannah is pumped and ready for action! So are we (although Emma is somewhat less enthusiastic about starting her day with John Lithgow yelling at her).
Best song for dancing – Dino Stomp – Play School
We have stacks of Play School songs on our “Hannah” playlist. They are the kings of kids’ songs. Many of the songs on their albums take me straight back to my own childhood, and it’s an absolute joy to discover them all over again and share them with my little girl!
Dino Stomp is not one that I’m familiar with from my childhood, but it has become an all-time favourite in our household. Hannah loves to stomp along with it. In fact, stomping is Hannah’s first official dance move. Not a great song if staying above someone else (probably a good way to get prematurely ejected from a Japanese Airbnb), but as all of our apartments have been ground floor, we have no worries! Stomp away, little one!
Best earworm – My New G’Nu Kazoo – Jimmy Barnes and The Wiggles
Jimmy Barnes and The Wiggles, need I say more? This song is short, loud and incredibly good at burrowing deep into your subconscious. Be warned, you will be humming this long into the night, well after the little one has gone to bed. Guaranteed to give your better half a headache.
For a double dose of Barnesy and the Wiggles, play back-to-back with We Love Haggis, Stew and Shortbread.
Best song for Daddy-Daughter duets – Down In The Meadow – Play School
Hannah can’t sing many of the words in this song. In fact, she can only really sing one of them. But the sheer joy of her “CHOOOOOOOO!” at the end of my “Boop boop diten datem whatem…” makes it all worthwhile. Hannah eagerly awaits her turn to sing her part while I sing the rest of the song.
We have been known to stroll through the streets of Osaka singing this song together, much to the bemusement of the locals.
There are thousands upon thousands of great kids songs available on Spotify. If you are planning an international adventure, or just looking for some new tunes, go ahead and start with these!
Disclosure – Spotify provided Blog of Dad with a Premium Spotify subscription for the purpose of review during our Japan adventure. The views expressed in this post are entirely my own views, based on my experiences with Spotify Premium. For more information, visit my disclosure page.