Updated: Feb 19, 2021
One of the amazing thing about parenthood is seeing how kids personalities develop. I am the proud gather of 4 and each of my children has their own taste in music. As they age this has changed but I am happy to report by and large they have good taste. I don't agree on everything but the fact that they have found ways to express themselves through a creative outlet is awesome.
My oldest is probably the most impacted by my taste in music. Much of what he seems to like overlaps my interest, that is to say he tends to like older music like Billy Joel. I've overheard him listening to the playlist described in this series a few times. Seeing as how he's over 18 that's fine but I am sure he skips the more aggressive songs.
His brother is definitely more adventurous and eclectic when it comes to song sections. He enjoys going to concerts, listening not only to music on YouTube but analysis of songs and reviews. His tastes tend to lean more towards rap and hip-hop and while those aren't my favorites generally speaking I owe credit to him for introducing me to several songs on this list.
My oldest daughter is a young teenager and loves the music from Hamilton, soft rock and country. Matching her personality she focuses on positive music with love and uplifting themes. She is generally positive and her song selections definitely reflect that.
My youngest daughter is a natural born singer. She has music in her very soul. Since she could talk she's told us she wants to grow up to become the worlds greatest singer. In her 8 short years that has not changed and she loves to explore and find new musical interests. She is into folk music and Taylor Swift. Mom is originally from Romania so her playlists tend to be very different from ours. She loves Night Wish, big epic songs like the Phantom of the Opera, melodies with no words (often stolen from movie soundtracks) and some old country music I've exposed her too.
Collectively we span a lot of different music tastes and it's fun when we are in the car together bouncing from one style to another.
If you have Amazon Music and want to listen to this playlist you can find it here.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen When I listened to Queen's greatest hits two disc CD on the regular this was one of my starting points (second disc if memory serves).
The Dance by Garth Brooks More classic Garth Brooks magic! I used to buy his albums as soon as they came out.
Dance Off (feat. Idris Elba) by Macklemore An opening from Heimdall? Hell yes. I heard this for the first time live at the Sprint Center.
Dark Horse [feat. Juicy J] by Katy Perry
Katy Perry has more talent in her pinky than I do in my whole body. She also finds some interesting collaborators.
Deeper Than The Holler by Randy Travis This was the song that was playing when my dad and stepmom met. I love them and this song very much.
The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band I clearly remember my dad popping this cassette into his 1969 Pontiac Firebird and saying to me, "Now don't tell your mom I let you listen to this one."
The Distance by Cake Another band/song I found later than everyone else. I love how they refuse to follow music norms and with the weirdness it works… well.
Don't Stop Believin' by Journey I mean what can I say about this that isn't known universally. I. Love. This. Song. You do too don't you?
Down With The Sickness by Disturbed When I fashioned myself a "rocker" Disturbed saw plenty of playtime. Not a song for the kids though.
Dragula by Rob Zombie This song is about grandpa munsters hot rod. No, not kidding. Also did you know Rob Zombie was an early producer for PeeWee Herman? Yeah now listen to it again. Lol