One of my favourite things to do with Inky and Scout is to fire up Youtube and watch music videos.
But it’s virtually impossible to find kid friendly music videos—they’re either too sexually provocative, or violent or creepy for Inky who’s nearly 2. Scout loves the video to “Wide Awake” (Katy Perry) but it’s too freaky for Inky who cowers on the chair complaining “Too scary! Too scary!” She actually doesn’t know what “Too Scary” means given she alternates between “Too Scary” and “Too Spicy” for the same thing, but whatevs. One thing for sure is I don’t want to be watching freaking Wiggles videos for the rest of my life.
So when compiling this list of songs from 2010 onwards, they had to meet the following criteria;
- A catchy song that I would happily sing ad nauseum for 3 days afterwards (so no Delta basically);
- A video that has a positive (or at worst, non-existent) message for a bit of fun;
- A video that’s not scary, confronting or too melancholy (so no Birdy for you!); and
- A song that has no swearing (Eminem, I’m looking at you) or sexual content. A little kiss is OK though, my kids are not robots!
- Say You Like Me (We The Kings, 2011) – this video totally satisfies the nerdy teenage boy in me dying to get out. A narrative involving the band in Super Mario Bros, Guitar Hero and Street Fighter type-scenarios (but in a fun, not violent, way – maybe be careful with the under-5s). Oh, and the lead singer’s a bit scrumptious, too. If you like that sort of thing.
- What makes you Beautiful (One Direction, 2011) – What’s a kid’s list without 1D. Seriously. Song has a “nice” message and the boys are so happily inoffensive I just want to do a little anti-vomit in my mouth every time I see them.
- Cameo Lover (Kimbra, 2011) – We love Kimbra, an alternative retro-esque role model for kick-arse kids. Bright colours, inoffensive boys, hip song.
- Call me, maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen, 2012) – Cute message that it’s OK for boys to like boys and not to take it all too personally.
- Somebody that I used to know (Gotye/Kimbra, 2011) – Introduce the kiddies to body painting and University theatre “art” angst. Who said you couldn’t get them early?
- One Thing (One Direction, 2012) – 1D have turned vanilla into an art. Think of this video as a cheap, frothy tour of London.
- We’ll be a Dream (We The Kings, 2010) – Pillow fights, Demi Lovato and cute shaggy-haired boys. What’s not to love?
- Heartbeat (Marco, 2012) A sweet tune by a young urban funkster.
- I Love It (Hilltop Hoods feat. Sia, 2011) – A bit of an ambiguous video (“But what are they burying, Mum?” “Oh, I don’t know, kid – Treasure?”), but brilliant hip-hop song and a softer introduction to rap/hip-hop than Eminem!
- Don’t you Worry, Child (Swedish House Mafia, 2012) – I can’t tell you how much Inky loves this song. That kid is my House Hound. The video is basically footage from their final british concert, but I prefer watching Ink body-slamming the desk anyway.