Cherish the Last Month of School With This Spotify Playlist

Cherish the last month of school with a School Playlist that will have you wishing you could go back to homeroom.

As Alice Cooper famously put it, “school’s out for summer!” Well, almost… But while Summer means lots of free time for our little ones, it can sometimes in turn mean less free time for us. So why not cherish the last month of school with a School Playlist that will have you wishing you could go to homeroom too?

Weekend Beatz: Music from Our Fave Shows

From Coach Taylor to Piper Chapman, this playlist’s got you covered.

So many excellent shows to sink into these days, right? We can barely tear ourselves away long enough to go to work.

Sometimes it’s great to chill with our kids and catch a couple episodes or — better yet — put them to bed and escape into a whole other world.

We pulled these tracks from the soundtracks our favorite shows — Vinyl, Girls, True Detective, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Empire, The Wire, Friday Night Lights, Silicon Valley, Orange is the New Black, Better Call Saul, etc etc.

We know we forgot about a 1000 shows worthy of binge-watching so definitely let us know what we missed!

Pssst…While you can’t watch a lot of these shows with the littles, you for sure can enjoy this playlist with them.

Thank You David Bowie: A Playlist for You & Your Kids

A playlist for all your David Bowie tribute needs.

I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring. – David Bowie

David Bowie, a master of re-invention, was more than an artist. More than just a performer. Through his life and music he embodied the idea that all we have to be is who we are. It’s a sad thought that it’s come to an end, yet sharing all of his ground breaking cultural contributions with our kids can be a spark that ingnites something in them. And that’s infinite.

We’ve put together some of the most universally loved songs and videos for you to share with your kids today or any day.

And a Spotify version:

Open This Page And Hit “Play” for Your Best Modern Holiday Mixtape

15 songs you might not have thought of that capture the joy, nostalgia, spirt, melancholy, and silliness of the season. 

It’s Christmas, so we’re giving you two ways to listen to the Holiday Mix Tape.

  • Click here to open Spotify
  • Listen to the entire 15-song YouTube playlist below. (It looks like one video but each Christmas song will play in succession.)

1. Hallelujah, Rufus Wainwright.

A gorgeous hymn that’s not about Christmas. Written by Leonard Cohen and covered by many great vocalists. The title means “Praise the Lord,” the song is about sex, and Rufus Wainwright’s voice is that boozy eggnog you secretly like. Perfect for the holidays.

Lyric listen: There’s a blaze of light in every word / It doesn’t matter what you heard / The holy or the broken Hallelujah

2. 2000 Miles, The Pretenders.

Written in 1983 about The Pretenders’ original guitarist who died a year before its release. But, if you want, you can imagine that it’s a song about long distance lovers missing each other at the holidays. Or, you could just consider it a literal song about distance, because 2000 miles is actually very far.

Lyric Listen: In these frozen and silent nights / Sometimes in a dream you appear / Outside under the purple sky / Diamonds in the snow sparkle / Our hearts were singing / It felt like Christmas time

3. The First Song, Band of Horses.

It’s unclear if this song is about the birth of a child or the awkwardness of holidays with family. I dunno. DOES ANYONE HAVE THE INTERNET? For sure though, it’s a big ethereal sound coming at you from all directions. Turn it up.

Lyric Listen: And Christmas time coming / Hangover approaching / We’ve been drinking for long

4. Xmas Time Is Here Again, My Morning Jacket.

Off the Y2K EP, it’s a song about how Christmas is here again. CUZ IT KEEPS HAPPENING. MMJ’s rich harmonies make it a real purty song for the season.

Lyric Listen: Been tossin’ and a-turnin’ all through the night / I’ll be wide awake until broad daylight / ‘Cause Christmas, Christmas, Christmas Eve is here again

5. Winter Song, The Head and The Heart.

Not exactly about Christmas, definitely about winter. Expansive harmonies confess an aching heart. Warm, like fireplaces and hot chocolate.

Lyric Listen: Tell me somethin’, give me hope for the night / We don’t know how we feel / We’re just prayin’ that we’re doin’ this right / Though that’s not the way it seems

6. Please Come Home for Christmas, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.

Bluesy, jazzy, sexxxaaayy. Straight outta Vermont.

Lyric Listen: Bells will be ringing this sad sad news / Oh what a Christmas to have the blues / My baby’s gone I have no friends / To wish me greetings once again

7. White Christmas, Otis Redding. Because Otis Redding.

Also, cheers to the white Christmases we used to know. Before global climate change tore us up inside.

Lyric Listen: I’m dreaming of a white Christmas / Just like the ones I used to know / Where the treetops glisten and children listen / To hear sleigh bells in the snow

8. Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

New old school funky soul reveals chimney-ghetto loophole. Spoilers ahead.

Lyric Listen: When I was a child I used to wonder / How Santa put my toys under the tree / I said, momma can you tell me how this can be? / When there ain’t no chimneys in the projects

9. Merry Christmas Baby, B.B. King.

My father was a huge B.B. fan and once gave me tickets to a show for Christmas. If it’s possible to add more value to a live B.B. show, then it’s my father narrating the history of the blues between songs and quizzing me the next morning on what I learned about cultural appropriation. So yeah. This track’s for my dad, Bluesman Johnny.

Lyric Listen: Santa came down the chimney / Half past three, y’all / Left all them good ole presents / For my baby and for me

10. Christmas in Hollis, Run-D.M.C.

Featured on the 1987 compilation album, A Very Special Christmas, it’s an ode to Christmas in Hollis, Queens. Upon its release, white people everywhere cried and clutched their children because, prior to this song, they didn’t know Santa was a homie.

Lyric Listen: Rhymes so loud and proud to hear it / It’s Christmas time and we got the spirit / Jack Frost chillin’, the hawk is out / And that’s what Christmas is all about / The time is now, the place is here / And the whole wide world is filled with cheer

11. Father Christmas, The Kinks.

Released in 1977, Father Christmas tells the tale of a department store Santa who gets beat up by a gang of disgruntled poor kids tired of getting nothing for Christmas. It rocks cuz it’s The Kinks.

Lyric Listen: Have yourself a merry merry Christmas / Have yourself a good time / But remember the kids who got nothin’ / While you’re drinkin’ down your wine

12. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues.

An Irishman sleeps off a bender in the drunk tank, dreams of lost loves and broken dreams. This tune’s mean, jubilant, and sentimental. Just like a drunk on Christmas.

Lyric Listen: You took my dreams from me / When I first found you / I kept them with me babe / I put them with my own / Can’t make it all alone

13. Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Bruce Springsteen.

#AMERICA.

Lyric Listen: Clarence, you been rehearsing real hard now? / So Santa will bring you a new saxophone?

14. Christmas Treat, Julian Casablancas.

My 8 year old says this song describes exactly how he feels. The original is awesome, but definitely waste a half hour on YouTube watching Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, and Morgan Tracy cover it on Saturday Night Live.
Or just watch this: https://vimeo.com/82542924

Lyric Listen: I don’t care what the neighbors say / Christmas time is near / I don’t care what anyone says / Christmas is full of cheer

15. Auld Lang Syne, Phish Live @ Worcester Memorial Auditorium, 12/31/91.

This is 53 seconds of pure nostalgia. Can you hear me tripping? Oh WAIT, I mean CHEERING. I was there! No lyrics. Just swirly elation and friends and tingly tinsel feels.

Playlist for kids and parents: Summer BBQ Jams

BBQ season is upon us. You get the hot dogs and beers, we’ve got the tunes covered.

Song List:

Wouldn’t It Be Nice– The Beach Boys

The Tide is High– Blondie

Kids in America– Kim Wilde

Wipe Out– The Surfaris

Fantasy– Mariah Carey

(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay– Otis Redding

The Only Place– Best Coast

Summertime– Sam Cooke

Cruel Summer– Bananarama

I Want You to Want Me (Live)– Cheap Trick

Buffalo Soldier– Bob Marley & The Wailers

Heart of Gold– Neil Young

Up on the Roof– The Drifters

The Boys of Summer– Don Henley

Playlist for kids and parents: Karaoke Hits!

Allegedly it’s national karaoke week. We’re not saying these are our favorite songs. We’re just saying they sound awesome when you belt them out after you’ve had a few drinks. Or, whenever you commandeer your kids’ karaoke machine.

Spiderwebs- No Doubt

Total Eclipse of the Heart- Bonnie Tyler

Don’t You Want Me- The Human League

Pour Some Sugar on Me- Def Leppard

Don’t Stop Believin’- Journey

Stay- Lisa Loeb

Say it Ain’t So- Weezer

Heartbreaker- Pat Benetar

I Want You to Want Me- Cheap Trick

Like A Prayer- Madonna

Livin’ On a Prayer- Bon Jovi

 

Earth Day Jams – A Playlist for Our Home

For Earth Day, we made a playlist of songs that both celebrate our one and only home, while also reminding us to take care of it. This playlist is best enjoyed outside!

Like all of our playlists, it’s great for both grownups and kids.

Feeling Good – Jennifer Hudson

My City Was Gone – Pretenders

Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang

Leaves That Are Green – Simon & Garfunkel

Trees- Dr Octagon

Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

The Green Fields Of Summer – Peter Wolf

(Nothing But) Flowers – Talking Heads

This Land Is Your Land – Neil Young

Playlist for Kids and Parents: Baseball Songs!

We’re celebrating opening day with a playlist of great baseball songs.

(Note from Ed: Definitely going to blast this on our next family trip to Fenway!)

Playlist

 

The Star Spangled Banner – Whitney Houston – The Star Spangled Banner/America The Beautiful

Take Me Out To The Ball Game – Sophie Milman – Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

Centerfield – John Fogerty – Centerfield

Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen – Greatest Hits

Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (2009 Re-Mastered)

Joe Dimaggio Done It Again –  Billy Bragg, Wilco – Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions

Sweet Caroline –  Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Steam – 60’s Gold

We Are The Champions – Queen – Greatest Hits