Make a Family Playlist

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About a year ago, my husband created a family playlist for our family. Musician that he is, it was an eclectic mix of songs he used to play in rock bands 20 years ago as well as later stuff that we’ve come to like. Who would have thought that Elvis Costello, U2, Sarah Groves, and Tom Petty could happily co-exist in a musical conglomeration?

We use iTunes to maintain our music collection, so it was pretty easy for him to burn this playlist to a CD to take with us in the car or to make extra copies for the kids to listen to.

What resulted was this series of road songs that our kids know by heart. The little ones kick their feet and bob their heads in time to the music. And since we usually start off vacations and fun outings by listening to this CD, we’ve all come to associate these tunes with good times as a family.

More than just a song list, it’s a memory for our family.

Do you do anything special with your music?

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  1. We are a very music friendly family. Whether it is singing songs together or making up silly songs spur of the moment (two preschoolers get a kick out of that). Probably our biggest use of music is during clean up time. I have the hardest time getting motivated to clean and do the daily chores without the radio blaring to jam-friendly tunes. Thus, my 3.5 and 4.5 year old always know it is pick up time when the ipod stereo gets put on shuffle. Makes it much easier to put the toys away while doing a little boogie! 🙂

  2. I have a list of songs I run to, I have the same list on my iPhone & jam out to them our home. My kids are particularly fond of Cake’s “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” song!

  3. I LOVE David Crowder!!!!!!! He (along with Skillet and Jesus Culture) are our faves! Whenever I need to calm down and refocus I put DC*B on the iPod and sing away.

  4. My husband and I started doing this when our kids were still pretty young for the 6 hour drive to the grandparents’ house. Now that they are 12 to 16, they still request the same music on trips! As the 12 year old has said, the music means “family vacation and fun!”

  5. I love this idea, thanks! Top of the list for us would be Johnny Cash’s “Daddy Sang Bass.”

    “Daddy sang bass, Momma sang tenor, me and little brother would join right in there…cause singing seems to help the troubled soul.”

  6. Our family LOVES David Crowder! Jeff and I even got to meet him and his wife and chat with them for a bit after his concert at House of Blues in Dallas a couple years ago.

  7. Any music ideas? places to start? Not all radio music is very appropriate these days. We are planning a long long car trip would love any ideas.

    1. @charlotte, is a good starting place. You can create a station of your favorite artists and then it will suggest similar bands and singers.