I'm looking for a decent collection of classic children/nursery songs to play for my 3-year boy. The collections that I've found on Amazon are either poorly rated or, according to some reviewers, have issues with the performers.

I'm specifically looking for the "classic" songs, e.g. Twinkle Twinkle, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, the alphabet song, etc. Preferably sung in English by performers with a neutral accent.

  • Fred Penner, Ella Jenkins, Raffi all have some of these mixed in with other things... I miss Ella and Raffi!
    – zipquincy
    Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 18:24
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    I'd highly recommend recording your own voice singing those songs. Familiar voice, familiar accent, and fairly cheap =). You can obtain the melodies for free with a simple google. Just add a voice-over :)
    – Swati
    Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 4:23
  • Until I read for a 3 year old, I was going to say Rock Band on the Xbox. I feel I have given my kids a good "classic" (rock) song experience with this game. Commented Apr 21, 2012 at 15:03
  • Also, try to find Pete Seeger's "American Favorite Ballads", a set of records containing all the folk classics like "Big Rock Candy Mountain", "Old Dan Tucker", "You are my sunshine" etc. amazon.com/American-Favorite-Ballads-Pete-Seeger/dp/B001SGKQI6 Amazing music even if you don't have kids!
    – zipquincy
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 18:20
  • I believe this type of question is considered off topic [along the lines of which product should I buy], but I have an answer so I've answered below. Could we make this a Wiki to avoid banning the question?
    – Paul Cline
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 17:19

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I checked out some Raffi CDs from the library and found a lot of the older songs (as well as the FANTASTIC song "Banana Phone" which I sing to this day). I think there was another CD called "Toddler's Favorites" but it also had one or two that set my teeth on edge.

If your kids like the album they will play it incessantly, so consider ripping the songs, deleting the ones that annoy you, and then burning a new CD with only the good ones.

  • Oh Banana Phone... I miss you.
    – zipquincy
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 18:18

Disney's Children's Favorites Vol. 1 1. If you're happy and you know it 2. Shoo, Fly, Don't Bother Me 3. This Old Man (Knick-Knack Patty-Whack) 4. I've Been Working On The Railroad 5. Three Blind Mice 6. Oh, Susanna! 7. The Man On The Flying Trapeze 8. The Blue-Tail Fly (Jimmy Crack Corn) 9. The Mail Must Go Through 10. Home On The Range 11. It Ain't Gonna Rain No More 12. A Bicycle Built For Two 13. Mary Had A Little Lamb 14. Take Me Out to the Ball Game 15. Friends Lullaby 16. Old MacDonald 17. The Hokey Pokey 18. She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain 19. Ten Little Indians 20. The Green Grass Grew All Around 21. In The Good, Old Summertime 22. Animal Fair 23. Row, Row, Row Your Boat 24. I'm A Policeman 25. Pop! Goes The Weasel 26. Dixie 27. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star 28. A Hunting We Will Go 29. Down In The Valley 30. Good Night, Ladies

Disney's Children's Favorites Vol. 2 1. The Wheels on the Bus 2. Froggie Went A-Courtin' 3. The Farmer In The Dell 4. Yankee Doodle 5. On Top Of Old Smoky 6. Sailing Medley 7. Camptown Races 8. Old Blue 9. Here We Go Loopty-Loo 10. The Sidewalks Of New York 11. Short'nin' Bread 12. John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmid 13. Thumbelina 14. The Bear Went Over The Mountain 15. Red River Valley 16. Skip To My Lou 17. Swanee River 18. Western Medley 19. London Bridge 20. Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush 21. Frere Jacques 22. The Dump Truck Song 23. Bingo 24. Polly Wolly Doodle 25. There Was An Old Lady 26. Carrot Stew 27. When The Saints Go Marching In 28. There's A Hole In My Bucket 29. Meet Me In St. Louis 30. Mickey Mouse March

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