I was listening to my iPod recently and, as always, I had it on shuffle. A song off of Liz Phair’s third album, whitechocolatespaceegg, came on, and I remembered that the album is primarily about the birth of her new kid. It pales in comparison to Exile in Guyville and even Whip-Smart, but there are some decent songs on there – she hadn’t gone the pop sell-out route just yet.
But that’s neither-here-nor-there because as I pressed skip to get to the next song on my iPod, I started thinking about songs that are about babies and kids. There really aren’t that many. Strike that – there are probably tons, but most of them don’t rate in my book (they’re country, or by Harry Chapin or Jim Croce or Phish).
So I’ve compiled a very short list of some of the best and worst songs about babies-slash-kids that ARE worth talking about, complete with streams! Please note that I’ve found many, many more than the few listed below, but I cannot in good conscience promote songs like “Butterfly Kisses” or anything by Amy Grant.
After the jump.
Stay Up Late, Talking Heads – Just a cool tune that is about a baby the Heads typically off-kilter way. Deny it.
Brick, Ben Folds Five – No offense. Apparently a good third of the band’s output is about his kids, but this is the only one worth mentioning. For obvious reasons.
With Arms Wide Open, Creed – The only way this song could be worse was if it were actually about Jesus instead of just featuring Stapp pretending to be Jesus, per the usual.
Just the Two of Us, Will Smith – Daddy exploits YOU! Daddy exploits YOU!
The “Webster” Theme Song – Doesn’t it just make you smile?
Here’s a list that’s a bit more forgiving than mine. But isn’t “Isn’t She Lovely” about President Obama? Maybe that’s just every other song by Stevie Wonder.