My parents’ idea of “kid music” was Meatloaf’s “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” because it referenced Cracker Jacks. They were young, hip and fans of a wide variety of music genres from Bubble Gum to The Beach Boys to Blood, Sweat and Tears. They had two children before either saw 25 years old, which didn’t allow for much in the way of disposable income, so we spent much time at home, listening to music.

Before I had kids, I worked in radio both on and off the air. My entire career revolved around the music industry. Once the twins arrived, and I traded the mic for more humble employment as a stay at home Mom, but the love for music never waned. In fact, I had a difficult time finding any decent kids music that didn’t seem patronizing, unintelligent, or just plain generic.

Luckily, I became a parent during a movement to make children’s music palatable when a wave of artists began producing modern music kids enjoy and don’t make parents want to poke their eyes out with Crayola markers. Artists like Justin Roberts, Dan Zanes, They Might Be Giants and AudraRox started popping up on television, featured on iTunes and with CD’s in prominent places in my favorite music stores. Not to mention, with these ditties, there’s no worry about inappropriate language or subject matter which is always a plus when trying to entertain parroting toddlers.

Several bloggers devote online space to compiling reviews and news regarding this niche music scene. My personal favorite, Zooglobble, written by Stefan Shepard, has been featured on NPR and is one of the leading sources of information regarding “Kids Music Worth Sharing” as the blog’s banner states. Another conissieur of kids' music, Warren Truitt of Kids Music that Rocks, vows to find “Music for kids that doesn't make adults want to rip their hair out”, a sentiment reflective of the opinions and news he provides.

So, the next time you put some tinny, harpsichord classical CD on repeat for the 27th time, fear not. You have options. Cool, hip options that are fun for the whole family.