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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