25 Hit Songs You Didn't Know Were Turned Into Lullabies
Having a baby doesn't mean you can't rock out to cool tunes. These remixes aren't for the clubs - they're for cribs.
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
This classic has had a complete makeover into a mysterious lullaby for the tiniest of grunge fans. This cover is dark and haunting - the perfect soundtrack to a game of make believe.
Coldplay - Yellow
This Coldplay tune has been transformed from a Chris Martin love song into an upbeat headbopper. Perfect to chill out to on a sunshine-drenched day with your bub.
No Doubt - Don't Speak
Gwen Stefani's 1996 song is about her breakup with bandmate Tony Kanal. For parents, the title's more appropriate to that feeling of wanting a few minutes of peace and quiet.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Put away your air guitar, it's time to rock out to the xylophone on this rock classic. Who knew the Red Hot Chili Peppers could sound so upbeat?
Outkast - Hey Ya
This is the best opportunity to put on your dancing shoes and teach your kids how to ‘shake it like a polaroid picture’. Good luck then trying to explain what a polaroid is.
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen
Did you know the lyrics of the chorus ‘too-ra-loo-ra, too-ra-loo-ra, aye’ are originally from an old Irish lullaby? They mean ‘goodbye for now, I’ll be seeing you’.
Eminem & Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie
Maybe don’t play this on the same day you have your ‘honesty is the best policy' talk. Eminem’s songs don’t often get called ‘cute’, but hey - there’s a first for everything.
Kanye West – Gold Digger
We don’t know what’s more amazing: the fact that even young listeners can enjoy this 2005 Kanye tune or that a whole album of Kanye West songs have been turned into lullabies.
TLC - No Scrubs
If RnB is more your thing, this is the song for you. It’s the perfect song to teach your little girl (or boy) to be independent, stand up for themselves and refuse to put up with any scrubs.
David Bowie – Heroes
Even the tiniest tots deserve an uplifting power ballad. Put this one on when it’s time to play superheroes to have one of the coolest soundtracks to saving the world.
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
The heart-wrenching song first appeared on Maroon 5’s 2004 debut album Songs About Jane. This upbeat take on the hit makes it great for a sing-a-long – more so than the original.
Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
The Aerosmith song was made famous by the 1998 film Armageddon. The lyrics are spot on for any doting parent watching their bub grow up: ‘cause I miss you babe, and I don’t want to miss a thing’.
Oasis – Wonderwall
This is an ingenious way to pass on this song to the next generation with all the cool rockstar attitude still intact. We’re still a bit stuck on how to explain to the kids the meaning of a ‘Wonderwall’.
Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
Bet you’d never thought you’d see the words ‘Metallica’ and ‘nap time’ in the same sentence. Put on this surprisingly mellow track and enjoy the sweet dreams.
Silverchair - Tomorrow
This Australian grunge hit helped put Newcastle’s Silverchair on the map. This rendition has swapped the famous raw and punchy vocals of Daniel Johns for some cute glockenspiel.
Radiohead – Karma Police
The anthem for any moody and alternative teenager has been reworked for an even younger crowd. If you can tear your eyes away from the slightly unsettling album art, it’s a great listen.
Blur - Song 2
The guitars and Damon Albarn’s iconic vocals may be missing but that same rockin’ vibe is still there. Teach your kids the chorus and we guarantee they’ll love joining in.
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
The British songstress’ 2006 tearjerker is a complex song about lying, cheating, relationships, love, regret and hurt. Lucky this version has no lyrics.
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
If you thought the 1999 pop masterpiece was catchy, wait till you hear this. This will have you humming along in no time. Do you think Beyonce plays this to Blue at bedtime?
Ed Sheeran - A Team
Ed Sheeran’s pop gem was already flawless. Slow it down a notch, add a tinkle of windchimes and a gentle tambourine, and its sounds will have you relaxed in seconds.
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Considering the infamously raunchy video clip and the dubious lyrics, this isn’t a song normally recommended for the kids. But this instrumental version is perfect for all ages.
Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness
This cover of Lana Del Rey’s melancholic 2012 release is just as beautiful as the original. Put this one on when it’s time for you (or your bub) to take a nap.
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
Take away the vocals to Miley Cyrus’ heartfelt 2013 release and the intro becomes sweet and pensive. A beginner’s introduction to Miley until they’re old enough for twerking.
Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
Every future rapper has to start somewhere. See this as the training wheels to opening up your kid’s ears and eyes to the world of hip hop.
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
This take on Deee-Lite’s 1990 dancefloor filler is a rhythmic lesson back to the basics. The maracas, bongos, and xylophone prove you don’t need electronics to get you dancing.
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