Children have a way of livening up our moods. They can make us laugh by asking unusual questions or playing with us. Due to the excitement they bring in our lives, it is no wonder that there are songs written about children. The songs about children do not just focus on describing them; but also explain how we can relate to them. Are you curious to discover which songs these are? Without further ado, here are the top ten best songs about children.
10. Stay Up Late – Little Creatures (1985)
This song focuses on a man, a woman, and their baby. It is about a baby who refuses to go to bed, so the parents try to get him to sleep. Babies refusing to sleep is very typical, and there are many reasons for that. According to Motherly, babies may not want to sleep because they are not tired, have separation anxiety, or are afraid of something. So, understanding the root cause of a baby not sleeping is more important than forcing them to sleep.
9. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) – John Lennon (1981)
John wrote this song for his son, Sean. At that time, his son was five years old. He expresses his eagerness to see his son grow up into a man. His excitement to see his son become an adult is heartwarming and tragic. It is heartwarming because it is not rare to see a father express his love for his son in music. The tragic part is that John would not live to see that dream since he was murdered when his son was five.
8. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder (1976)
Stevie wrote this song to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Aisha Morris. The track begins with a recording of Aisha’s actual birth. As the song continues, you can hear recordings of Stevie bathing Aisha as a toddler. Although he primarily praises his daughter, he also acknowledges the one who made her birth possible: Yolanda Simmons (Londie). You could consider that a gentlemanly move.
7. Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)
Even without analyzing the lyrics, the title of the song clearly tells us how to relate with our children. Some parents provide their children with the standard basic needs like food and shelter, but neglect to teach them crucial life skills. This style of parenting is called uninvolved parenting, and it has some unforeseen consequences on the child. According to Very Well Mind, the parenting style may lead to children engaging in substance abuse or being stressed. Parents thus have a role in teaching children beyond providing them basic needs.
6. When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) – Beach Boys (1964)
The track focuses on a child who wonders whether or not they will be the same person in adulthood. Having a child being concerned about how they will turn out is refreshing since children generally do not have the sense of foresight as adults do. As the song continues, the band identifies some of the struggles children and adults face. It mentions how adults enjoy more freedom than children since they do not have to be told what to do. However, he also reminds us that despite enjoying the freedom to do what they want, they have to worry about fending for themselves, something children don’t have to worry about.
5. Do You Know Where Your Children Are – Michael Jackson (2014)
Sometimes children may experience hardships and run away from home. If you are wondering why children run away, this song helps shed some light. The song talks about children raised in a broken family; the father comes home drunk while the mother engages in prostitution. These children then decide to run away from their parents but experience more problems. They end up becoming victims of rape. While their children suffer in the streets, the parents seem unaware of what is happening to them.
4. God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday (1942)
The singer acknowledges that children may not have anything to offer, but their innocence is enough to warm up to them. She considers innocence a blessing. Incidentally, innocence is a trait Jesus desired from his disciples. He likened innocence to humility and asked them to be as humble as children. Due to their humility, all they will desire is usually love, not things like money.
3. Child of Mine – Carole King (1970)
Typically, we expect children to learn from adults. This song turns things around and lets us know that we can also learn from children. In the first verse, she acknowledges that a mother and a child can see the world differently. She lets us know that when we try to see things from the child’s perspective, we can learn new things. So, life is not all about instructing children but also learning from them whenever necessary.
2. Hey Jude – The Beatles (1968)
Paul McCartney wrote this song to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian (Jude). John had divorced Julian’s mother, Cynthia, to be with Yoko Ono. Divorce is generally hard for a child to process, but the song reassures the son that everything will be okay. However, things were not quite okay. John would spend much of his time with Yoko than with his son.
1. Bertie – Kate Bush (2005)
Kate Bush wrote this song for her then seven-year-old son. This song is heartwarming once you realize there was a time she did not want children. Additionally, when you listen to the chorus where she calls her son “lovely” over and over, you cannot help but crack a smile.
Have these songs helped you appreciate children a bit more? Hopefully, they have. These songs describe the nature of children and their lives so well that you cannot help but protect a child from danger when you see one. Additionally, the songs can also help you relate with your child in a better way. Let’s face it; some parents could use a little help relating to their children, and listening to these songs is one way to achieve that.