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Baby Lullabies: Music to Their Little Ears

Earlier this year, BT, a UK tech firm, did some research into what kind of music parents use to get their fussy little babies to go to sleep, apparently to help them develop a line of baby monitors that also play music.

37% of the parents in their study chose hip hop songs to sing at bedtime. They also found that 25% of mothers sing songs from television ads to their babies while 15% of the dads chose songs from movies. 13% also choose pop tunes. Here is the list they came up with for Top 10 Chart Hits.

1. Moon River, Audrey Hepburn
2. There Must be an Angel, Eurythmics
3. Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice
4. My Way, Frank Sinatra
5. Islands in the Stream, Dolly Parton
6. Sing, Ed Sheeran
7. Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guns ‘N’ Roses
8. Timber, Pitbull Ft. Kesha
9. Groovy Kind of Love, Phil Collins
10. Stay With Me, Sam Smith

They also had a Top 3 list of sporting anthems and Top 3 classic lullabies:

1. Ireland’s Call – Ireland rugby
2. Swing Low Sweet Chariot – England rugby
3. You’ll Never Walk Alone – Liverpool

Top three classics:

1. Humpty-Dumpty
2. Rock-a-bye Baby
3. Three Blind Mice

Their research also showed 29% of parents agreeing that “white noise” on a baby monitor helps to soothe babies.

Many parents make their own playlists on youtube just for this purpose. There are also many long lullabye and white noise videos on youtube. There are many 10-hour videos of just one song, like The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight is on our playlist, but not for 10 hours. Over several generations, our bedtime music has included Johhny Mathis, Johnny Horton, Harry Belafonte, Perry Como, Alan Mills, and Mitch Miller.

In the current generation, we have twins who love this Jimmie Rodgers playlist. The Fox and The Goose is their favorite song hands down. The narcotic powers of The Fox and The Goose is a sight to behold.

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