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10 Albums to Share with your Kids

Ah, remember when it was all checked shirts and DMs and pints of Snakebite? I loved Nirvana with a passion in my teens. And now it’s a great way to remind kids that they didn’t invent adolescent angst. Also they shouldn’t wear t-shirts with someone’s face on, unless they’ve listened to the album or are aware of someone’s history (see also: Che Guevara and The Ramones)

2. Bridge over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel

Aside from the fact that this album reminds me of A-Level revision, it’s timeless, isn’t it? The title song is unspeakably beautiful, of course, but the whole album is quietly poetic, and perfect if your kids are inspired to learn acoustic guitar.

3. 1989, Taylor Swift

Actually not everything I play for Flea is from my own youth – I think it’s worth continuing to listen to new stuff because every so often along comes a TOTAL pop classic that’s infused with all sorts of positive girl messages, and this is one of them.

4. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder

I’ve played Flea a lot of tunes over the years, Stevie Wonder, though, was one of the biggest successes. And why not? Who can resist the blend of dance-your-socks-off Motown-rhythms with sharp lyrics that reference all of American life in the 1970s.

5. The Immaculate Collection, Madonna

You might not be a fan of every aspect of Madonna’s career (and I’m certainly not) but there’s no getting around the fact that this album is a bona fide pop classic. It’s also a PERFECT road trip album with plenty of songs you can sing out loud to, from Holiday to Lucky Star to Borderline to Papa Don’t Preach to… well, pretty much every track is a winner.

6. John Denver’s Greatest Hits

Laura over at LittleStuff has tried heroically to introduce her children to John Denver, but to no avail. In out house, we’ve fared a little better – Country Roads is a staple on pretty much any road trip we take, and while Annie’s Song might pass her by for now, she can always be relied upon to join in with a chorus of Grandma’s Feather Bed.

7. Ramones, Ramones

I do firmly believe every teenager wearing a Ramones t-shirt should know this album. Joanne over at Opposable Thumbs has tried to force it on her teen daughter, but the teen has proved immune to even the irresistible Rock n Roll High School. Travesty.

8. The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow

There are so many awesome Smiths albums, it’s hard to know where to start – but I recommend this album, which has enough sing-along classics to entertain most kids. And I’ve yet to meet a depressed Northern teen who didn’t at least love Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now. As Jenny from The Brick Castle points out, your kids may think you tragic – but pull out your original Smiths t-shirt and you’re instantly uber-cool.

9. Buena Vista Social Club

Because sometimes you just need a soundtrack to dance around the kitchen too while you’re preparing Sunday lunch – and this is PERFECT.

10. The Beatles, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Why? Because the Beatles are made for kids, with singalong melodies, trumpet solos and more as recommended by Cheshire Wife. Frankly, if your child reaches the age of 13 without knowing all the words to “With a Little Help from my Friends” then you, to be honest, have failed as a parent. End of.

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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

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Sally

Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

165 Comments

  1. Margaret GALLAGHER

    Girls just wanna have fun by Cindy Lauper
    Reminds me of our fun night out and now I sing it with my neices
    Memories shared and and laughter

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  2. Donna

    Foo Fighters Everlong is one of my favourite songs and I’d love to share it.

    Some on your list I haven’t ever listened to and will check them out. Taylor Swift?!
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  3. Cassie Walsworth

    Mysterious girl, always the song that makes me dance x

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  4. Sophie Grayling

    ATM it’s lovesick by banks. She has a new album out and I love her

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  5. ftovey7

    Let Me Love You – DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber

    Because what we really need is love

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  6. Kelly Glen

    The power of love by Jennifer Rush.
    Just because I love the song so much.

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  7. Sarah Mackay

    Cant stand me now – The Libertines

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  8. Laura Nice

    Phil collins i use to listen my mum listening to him when i was younger

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  9. Kim Neville

    Perfect strangers by Jonas Blue as catchy tune to sing too and they would like

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  10. Darren B

    Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
    It was always on the radio when our eldest was born and we had it as our first dance so its a special song for us.

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  11. Kat

    Wake Up Boo! by The Boo Radleys. I defy anyone not to belt it out at the top of their voices and bounce around. Intro is an instant mood lifter. My kids LOVE IT*

    *I have no idea if they love it, I am singing too loud to hear any complaints. I like to think this will be one of the things they will make their kids sing to in the flying cars of the future saying: “Your grandma used to LOVE this one…”

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  12. Kathryn Dainty

    Wake Up Boo! by The Boo Radleys. I defy anyone not to belt it out at the top of their voices and bounce around. Intro is an instant mood lifter. My kids LOVE IT*

    *I have no idea if they love it, I am singing too loud to hear any complaints. I like to think this will be one of the things they will make their kids sing to in the flying cars of the future saying: “Your grandma used to LOVE this one…”

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  13. Matt McAndrew

    Paranoid Android by Radiohead. I grew up listening to Radiohead and this song epitomises how great they are.

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  14. Maggie Coates

    Elton John’s Candle in the Wind. Love anything by Elton John and remember seeing him live many moons ago.

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  15. Alex Cook

    Atmosphere by Joy Division because it’s so beautiful!

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  16. Jo Young

    I’d share Endless Love with my husband as that was our first dance song!

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  17. laura banks

    the safety dance me and the hubby bop to it on a friday night

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  18. Holly Gibson

    Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, I think it’s a beautiful song!

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  19. Dave C

    Bittersweet symphony by the Verve as it epitomises life perfectly!

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  20. Jaelin Farrow

    Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, it’s a favourite of my family’s and who doesn’t want to hear a bit of Reggae?!

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  21. Kris McNair

    Everyone has that one song with their other half that means something special to them – that will one day be the backing track to the first dance at their wedding.
    My song with my fiance is Frank Sinatra – “New York”.

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  22. Victoria N

    The Greatest day – Take That, it was our first dance at our wedding!

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  23. fozia Akhtar

    Cant stand me now – The Libertines

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  24. Rachael G

    Anything by Fall Out Boy – I am trying to turn my Husband into a fan!

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  25. kayleigh white

    Driving Home For Christmas – because we as a family love Christmas!!

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  26. Freya Knudsen

    Anything Frank Sinatra…. Reminds me of my grandad.

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  27. Simone Bishop

    Don’t you want me – the human league. We used to have the CD and play it in the car every day on the way to school. 🙂

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  28. Daniel

    Fairytale of New York, because it’s close enough to Christmas

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  29. Jess

    Got to share a fun party sing-a-long to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen with my best friends!

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  30. Ellie Wood

    We are your friends! – Justice

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  31. helen tovell

    Thriller ready for halloween

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  32. Solange

    Sia ft. Rihanna – Beautiful People ft. Can Bener because it’s a really good collaboration.

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  33. Beky Austerberry

    Have to agree with Nirvana – but add Greenday Dookie on there too

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  34. maureen findley

    sweet caroline reminds me of my mum and dad

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  35. Nicola Newton

    Any song with ed sheran love that guy and songs

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  36. Kat Glynn

    Elbow’s One Day Like This is such a beautiful song, and needs to be shared x

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  37. Jo Carroll

    ‘The Fool on the Hill’ by The Beatles. It’s one of my favourite songs and melodies plus I love the lyrics which remind people that the quiet ones are not dumb and can really see what is going on in the world…sometimes more than those who shout and are often heard too much? x

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  38. leanne weir

    paint it black by the stones

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  39. Laura bryant

    Rhianna umbrella reminds me of my teenage years and having a good time

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  40. Sarah Archibald

    Tennessee – Hans Zimmer ! To try and calm this absolute nut house!! 🙂

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  41. alex walsh

    Won’t get fooled again by the Who, cracking song and a great life lesson too

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  42. Jenny @ thebrickcastle

    I totally would have The Smiths How Soon Is Now? or Sit Down by James. Either encapsulated for me what it was like to be 16/17/18 – and both are gorgeous tunes. I’ve introduced all of myteenagers to them – and bizarrely The Smiths wins it. I can’t hear that riff from How Soon Is Now? without getting goosebumps.
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  43. Michaela atkins

    James Arthur’s new song .. shows you can achieve even after hitting your lowest points

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  44. angela b

    relax by frankie goes to hollywood, my first girls holiday to spain they played it all the time, fab memories

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  45. Emma Rawlinson

    Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and The Waves because it’s so upbeat and always makes me smile 🙂

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  46. Kristy Brown

    Jealous – Nick Jonas!

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  47. Susan Hoggett

    Foo fighters Everlong, brilliant song!

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  48. Hannah Scudder

    Thriller by Michael Jackson-its a classic!

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  49. MANDY DOHERTY

    Layla by Derek & the Dominoes, as it was a favourite of my late husband and the one we adopted as ‘our song’

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  50. Kellie Steed

    I would share 3 Libras by A Perfect Circle with my husband, as it’s what I walked down the aisle to 8.5 years ago. I still well up a little bit when I hear it. I’m not much for the soft music, but it’s a beautiful song. To educate my little man, he will have to have the classics that formed me: The Doors, The Cure, Nirvana, Sick of It All, Biohazard, Vision of Disorder and probably everything Mike Patton has ever done!

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  51. IAIN MACIVER

    if I can dream by elvis Presley love it

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  52. Sarah Lee

    Better Together by Jack Johnson – because it was our first dance song at our wedding

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  53. Annabel Greaves

    I love everything on the Immaculate Collection by Madonna, it reminds me of growing up and has some great upbeat tunes I would love to share with my children xx

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  54. NINA MOTYLINSKI-DAVIES

    Yours by a group called Blues Traveller. It’s not so well known in the UK and it was my husbands and I ‘s first dance. It is the most beautiful song in everyway and I would love more people to hear it!

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  55. Lara Boekhoff

    I would love to share The Seahorses Blinded by the sun. This song helped me get through a really dark time in my life and lifted my spirits when I needed it most

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  56. natasha davies

    closer – chainsmokers

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  57. Isabel O

    I think my favourite song which is Never Let Me Go by Florence & The Machine.

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  58. Joanna Ford

    I would love to share The Beatles all my life as I just think the words are so beautiful.

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  59. Kate L Jones

    I love Stand By Me. It reminds me so much of family weddings.

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  60. Alix boswell

    I love Kings of Leon – Use Somebody. I love kings of Leon and this song,would love to share it with family and friends

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  61. Jennifer Haden

    Don’t GIve Up, by Josh Groban, some inspirational x 🙂

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  62. Sarah H

    Happy Birthday to You by Stevie Wonder as it’s my daughters 21st this month … Feeling old! 🙂

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  63. Ray Becker

    My Way Frank Sinatra been to sooooo many funerals

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  64. Kali filsell

    I would love to share Gladys Knight and the pips ‘midnight Train To Georgia ‘ this song I grew up with my mum and auntie always used to play it and we used to sing at the tops of our voices and dance around the living room , it would be great to share it with them and reminisce

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  65. Emma Gardner

    ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ by Tears for Fears because I listened to it all throughout my teens, and it always made me so happy no matter what situation I was in!

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  66. Joanna Coleshill

    Everlong by Foo FIghters – my husband and I had our first dance to this

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  67. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)

    That’s a hard one – probably Bohemian Rhapsody because it makes everyone head bang and sing!

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  68. melanie crumpton

    Angel and the Tongue song, because I think it will be a hit

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  69. Nikki Hayes

    Are We the Waiting/St Jimmy by Green Day – its my current favourite song and I love to share it around as much as possible :o)

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  70. Gwyn Sharps

    Dancing Queen by ABBA as it’s so happy.

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  71. Emma Ellams

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger by Kelly Clarkson, it’s like the anthem of my life 🙂

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  72. Lauren Old

    Queen – We Will Rock You because our family all like Queen and it reminds us of the awesome tribute show we went to years ago!

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  73. EJ Dunn

    Hotel – You Should Have Known. It’s an addictive tune!

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  74. Jo McPherson

    Any Wham – lots of happy memories 🙂

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  75. Debra Shanahan

    Shout out to my EX by Littlemix – couldn’t have said it better myself

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  76. Elizabeth Flood

    America Razorlight as its upbeat

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  77. Simon Blunt

    Great article, gonna listen to these with my teens this half term 🙂

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  78. Thomas L

    Rudimental – Feel the love

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  79. Kat Lucas

    The Dance by Garth Brooks as it was my Grandfather’s favorite

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  80. Natalie Crossan

    pretty fly for a white guy – it’s such a classic

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  81. Rebecca Powell

    I would love to share any Oasis songs – love them all

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  82. Katie W

    Basket Case by Green Day as it cheers me up every time I hear it.

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  83. Sarah Lewis

    Hue and Cry, Labour of Love because I just loved it back in the day x

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  84. Rachael Marsden

    michael jackson – human nature, he was a fantastic artist and that track and the whole thriller album are superb

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  85. Rebecca Hobbs

    David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes, an absolute classic and evocative

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  86. Jayne Kelsall

    In the air tonight – Phil Collins .x

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  87. Joanne Casey

    U2 Joshua Tree album, great tracks and reminds me of my teens

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  88. kathy cakebread

    Let Me Love You – DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber

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  89. Rachael Donovan

    walking on sunshine – katrina and the waves such a fun happy song

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  90. Chantal

    The Parlatones – I’ll be there. Its just such a sweet song and the video is lovely too!

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  91. MichelleD

    Motorcycle Emptiness by the Manics because it’s amazing!

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  92. lindsey bluff

    snow patrol chasing cars, because it was the first dance at my wedding

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  93. Lynsey Buchanan

    Party Like A Russian by Robbie Williams is my new favourite song.

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  94. Dale Dow

    10. The Beatles, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    My dad loved the Beatles and so any of their songs remind me and my family of him

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  95. juliette morrison (clarateddy)

    Robbie Williams Angels

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  96. sarahf

    Take Me Home, Country Roads
    by John Denver

    cause thats where i would love to go

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  97. AG

    My husband loves ABC so he’d share Poison Arrow in the hopes our unborn will pop out wearing a gold suit.
    My niece loves music and I share my love of Disney music and show tunes with her. She belts out a brilliant version of Memory from Cats (at five years old!)

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  98. claire little

    can’t stop the feeling

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  99. Samantha Fernley

    Little Mix – Black Magic as it’s a chirpy song and it’s almost Halloween.

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  100. Ali Thorpe

    Too hard to pick just one. Maybe Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus as it’s fun, and good to sing to.

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  101. Diana

    The Sundays – Wild Horses, because I really love it 🙂

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  102. Aidan

    John Kelley – Rapture at sea, just a beautiful track

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  103. Julie

    I want to share ABBA’s Dancing Queen with them because it’s a tune and a half!

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  104. Lesley Styles

    Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who because it’s a fantastic piece of music – with a message!

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  105. Verity Evans

    The prince – madness. All time favorite song by a band I was bought up on

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  106. Hazydayz72

    Some great albums in there, love Nirvana and Ramones!!

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  107. lucy knight

    Superheroes by The Script great lyrics and as it says turn the pain into power!!

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  108. Rich Tyler

    James Morrison – You Make It Real – Our Wedding Song 🙂

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  109. Laura Harrison

    Happy – Pharrell Williams as its a good song to dance and it does make you feel happy (I like to see my family and friends happy) xxx

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  110. Denise S

    fairy tale of new york the pogues and kirsty mccoll you cant help but sing alone to it

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  111. KARL BOROWY

    LOVE YOU YEAH YEAH YEAH for friends and family

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  112. joanne casey

    Joshua Tree Album, U2 it just reminds me of my teens

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  113. Lucy Robinson

    Anything my Madonna. Love them all especially Holiday.

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  114. Rebecca Phillips

    I found myself nodding along with your list – especially Nirvana and The Ramones. Id probably opt for Charlie Don’t Surf by the Clash. I love the lyrics (my favourite – Africa is choking on their Coca Cola) and they are one of my favourite bands ever. I wish I was alive at the time that they were around!
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  115. R Skinner

    Crash By the Primitaves as its just an amazing tune

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  116. Logan

    27 by Passenger. Uplifting song and very true, no matter how old you are

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  117. Vicki Smith

    Billy Joel’s Piano Man – such an emotional song and means a lot to me and my dad

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  118. Patricia Avery

    Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

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  119. georgina ackroyd

    work work work , its so catchyand gets all the family dancing

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  120. annette slater

    I love a guy called yelawolf, and also eminem and linkin park xx

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  121. Jayne Townson

    Imagine by John Lennon as it’s such a beautiful song.

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  122. Jamie C Millard

    Elvis – Viva Las Vegas. We are just back from an amazing time in Vegas so sharing all the memories – with an amazing soundtrack.

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  123. stephanie Campbell

    jess glynne dont be so hard of yourself, i love the meaning and the upbeat of it all

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  124. Ruth Liddle-Howden

    any McFly song!

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  125. theresa cooke

    What a hard question. I would say Cloud Busting my Kate Bush on the Whole Story Album which is one of my all time favourites.
    It is a Beautiful Story of a song and has lots of sentiment.

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  126. John Jewett

    What is love by Haddaway

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  127. Lucy Chester

    Thriller by Michael Jackson, well it is Halloween in a week so need to be prepared

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  128. Leanne Humberstone

    Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

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  129. Heather Hawley

    ‘Billie Jean’ because it’s a great song.

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  130. Jill Fairbanks

    Fix you by Coldplay

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  131. Julie Camm

    We are Young byFun as its such a great sing along song

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  132. Cathy O

    Will Pharrell and Happy as I hope it would make everyone happy just like it does me!

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  133. Cathy O

    Will Pharrell and Happy
    Hope it would make the people I shared it with just that!

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  134. Diane Wood

    I love so many songs, it’s hard to narrow it down to one but how about RESPECT by Aretha Franklin. It’s good to have a blast from the past and I especially like Motown and this has a positive message towards women

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  135. Clare Hubbard

    ELO – Mr Blue Sky, its such a happy song and always reminds me of summer

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  136. Di Coke

    Duran Duran – Hungry like the wolf. LOVE IT!!!!

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  137. Tishist

    Holiday by Madonna as it was my favourite when I was little

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  138. Deborah Foster

    (Everything I Do) I Do It For You” song by BRYAN ADAMS, because it was our first dance at our wedding to husband, Tim, so has very special memories for us, from 20 yrs ago

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  139. Sarah Sims

    MmmBop by Hanson because its mine & my sisters song.
    She was obsessed with Hanson and played their album on repeat all summer one year!

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  140. Antonia Richardson

    new gold dream simple minds i think my family will love it as much as i do

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  141. Chantel L

    You Get What You Give (New Radicals) – one of my favourite 90’s songs. I think it’s really uplifting, an optimistic song for the family!

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  142. Cheryl G

    Life on Mars by David Bowie – an epic song, that’s got a great sing a long chorus too

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  143. Emma

    Let me entertain you. It is apt.

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  144. Deborah Mackenzie

    Wake me up before you go go

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  145. Catherine

    Phil Collins – in the air tonight

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  146. James Haslett

    Our own cover of Ooh Aah by Gina G 🙂

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  147. Scott fallon

    Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots. Just as a hint

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  148. Rhiann dennison

    Fleetwood mac -landslide . Classic song and loved by my daughter as much as me

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  149. Meena H

    Hey Jude is my all time favourite song and I can’t wait to share it with my children

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  150. Nicholas Bond

    Big yellow taxi – so many meanings to the song

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  151. Kirsty Woods

    Somewhere over the rainbow – Eva Cassidy, This song means a lot to me and my family for lots of reasons <3

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  152. claire fawkner

    Anything by The Smiths – my fav music!

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  153. ellie spider

    I love P!nk 🙂 so raise a glass 😀

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  154. Emma Beckett

    Creed – My Sacrifice

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  155. paula cheadle

    Nothing compare’s to you – Sinead o’connor

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  156. hayley pemberton

    beach boys. god only knows. expresses how i feel about them

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  157. Tammy Neal

    work work work – rihanna always get you in the mood by cleaning or dancing xx

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  158. George Wright

    Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia. I don’t think most of them would know it and it’s a special song.

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  159. Keri-Anne

    Any song from the Division bell album by Pink floyd. Best album ever 🙂

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  160. Alan

    Cool top 10 of albums. I started 2 years ago to add some of my favourite albums into the car journeys. Tori Amos’ first 2 albums shaped my teens, so I felt I should share it. The amazing reaction was silence in the car. Our eldest (8 at the time) commented that, she enjoyed experiencing different styles of music. I enjoyed the lack of constant noise from the back seats.
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  161. Becky

    Love the Beatles Madonna and John Denver and Simon and Garfunkel some top picks here
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