Children’s music, this critic has noted time and time again, is one of the most underrated genres of the vast musical universe. To this day, so many people still have the belief that children’s music is cutesy pre-school level material that will only appeal to its young target audiences. The reality of children’s music is that while some of that music does appeal mainly to younger listeners, just as much of it will appeal to older audiences, too. The bluegrass sounds of the Okee Dokee Brothers, the hip-hop vibes of Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and even the light jazz arrangements of Diana Panton prove that there is just as much music out there that will appeal just as much to adults as it will to children. That being the case, this critic is hereby proposing that the music industry eliminate the term “Children’s Music” from here on out and replace it with the term “Family Music.” Now with that in mind, this critic has been focusing quietly a handful of Family Music albums yet again this year, and this year’s list has some interesting new additions that will indeed appeal to the whole family including the list’s topper, Swing Set, from veteran Family Music entertainer Jazzy Ash.
Also included in this year’s list of new Family Music offerings is the soundtrack to the Junie B. Jones stage play, Dolly Parton’s (yes, Dolly Parton) I Believe In You, Danny Weinkauf & The Red Pants Band’s Totally Osome! and so many other offerings. As always, this critic’s list includes the top 10 New albums plus five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 records. Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Family Music Albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY MUSIC ALBUMS
- Jazzy Ash — Swing Set
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo — Songs of Peace & Love for Parents & Kids Around The World
- Putumayo Presents — Cuban Playground
- Putomayo Presents — Italian Playground
- Junie B. Jones: The Cast Album
- Mr. Dave — Feeling Good
- Mister G. — Green World
- Danny Weinkauff & The Red Pants Band — Totally Osome!
- Paper Canoe Co. — Beanstalk Jack
- Dolly Parton — I Believe In You
- Twinkle — Just Dance
- Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights — Brooklyn Baby!
- Hullabaloo — The Best of Hullabaloo
- Laurie Berkner — The Dance Remixes
- Dana Cohenour — Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes
That’s it for this list, but not it for Phil’s Picks year-ender lists. With this list out of the way, there are still lists of the year’s top new Jazz & Blues albums, rock, hard rock & metal albums, live recordings, albums of the year, and plenty of DVD/BD lists. Since time is short in the year, Phil’s Picks will offer multiple lists each day in an effort to make it to the year’s end. So stay tuned for all of that.
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