Family music is one of the most surprisingly entertaining genres that exists today across the musical universe. That statement is just as true today as it ever has been thanks to this year’s crop of new albums. Between the arrangements, which will entertain listeners of all ages and the lyrical themes, to which young listeners especially will connect, family music albums prove that they are just as viable as those of their mainstream counterparts.
That is why this year, just as in years past, Phil’s Picks is making sure to give those albums their own time in the light. This year’s list features new releases from acts such as Mister G, The Not-Its, The Okee Dokee Brothers and plenty of others who might not be so well-known.
Topping this year’s list is the new album from Seattle’s own The Not-Its. As noted in a previous review of that album, it is a full-on celebration of childhood and the innocence connected to that time in life.
The Okee Dokee Brothers’ latest album Winterland was a risk for the duo because of the success of the group’s “adventure albums” that preceded the record. Yet, it was a risk that proved to pay off thanks to its musical and lyrical content, which uses winter themes to delve into some very deep and very grown-up topics.
Cheri Magill’s new indie-pop styled record Tour Guide takes third place in this year’s list thanks to its arrangements and its own celebration of childhood (and even parenthood).
The records noted here are just part of this year’s list. The other 12 records featured in the list are noted with these records below. As always, the list features 15 total albums, with the Top 10 being the top albums and the following five being honorable mentions. without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Family Music Albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY MUSIC ALBUMS
- The Not-Its — Ready or Not
- Cheri Magill — Tour Guide
- The Okee Dokee Brothers — Winterland
- Mister G — Fireflies
- Red Yarn — Red Yarn’s Old Barn
- Hullabaloo — 20 Songs in 20 Days
- Splash and Bubbles — Rhythms of the Reef
- Steve Elci and Friends — Jump in the Puddle
- Ants, Ants, Ants — Why, Why Why
- Mi Amigo Hamlet — Happy Land is Tierra Feliz
- Suzi Shelton — Hand in Hand
- Sara Lovell — Wild is Everywhere
- Animal Farm — We Are One
- Liz Beebe — Hush Now: Lullabies For Sleepy People
- The Green Orbs — thumb Wrestling Champions
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