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I Mostly Let My Kids Listen To Oldies So I Don’t Have To Worry About X-Rated Lyrics

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As parents, there are so many ways we can be embarrassed by the behavior of our children. It is a hallmark of my parenting style that I do whatever I can to mitigate the possibility of my kids saying or doing something awful that reflects on me as a parent. As I have said in previous posts, I am pretty old-school and have high expectations of their behavior. I want them to act- and sound- their ages, not like they are teenagers. Sadly, today’s music (and if I’m being honest, music from the last 20-30 years) has too many outright nasty lyrics. From “talk dirty to me” to “blow my whistle”, I have trouble keeping a pop station on for too long if my little dudes are around. That is why over the years, I have mostly let my kids listen to oldies so I don’t have to worry that they are going to hear something they shouldn’t.

Now, I am no prude- our family loves Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. And oh my word, we are BIG Taylor Swift fans. We do listen to pop music in the car sometimes (although my hand is never far from the radio dial, just in case). However, I find that I am much calmer when I know there is no chance of them hearing something they shouldn’t repeat. That said, at home, I constantly have music on in the background and 95% of the time, it is oldies. I love music from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. As a result, my kids know The Twist better than some Baby Boomers and will eagerly tell you that The Beach Boys are one of their favorite bands. Not only is it super cute, I know that I can leave it playing while they are around and not have to worry about what they will hear.

I enjoy pop music but I must admit- I truly prefer the music of other eras. I love how romantic the songs were and how no one is singing about tapping anyone’s ass or whatever. These older songs have lyrics talking about how wonderful it is to just hold someone’s hand or kiss them. That is the impression of romance and love that I want my children to have right now, while they are too young to even understand some of the awfulness coming out on the airwaves these days let alone, repeating it. I hold no judgment whatsoever toward parents who let their kids listen to these songs but I know it’s not right for us. They have their whole lives to hear such things and for now, innocence reigns in our house. And honestly, in a world of auto-tuned bullshit, I am happy to give my kids an education in Louis ArmstrongElla Fitzgerald and other deeply talented artists that sounded so amazing with very little help. I know there are still decent artists now, but I am happy to keep that history alive for another generation.

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102 Comments

  1. Shelly Lloyd

    November 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Whatever your reason for letting your kids listen to oldies, keep up the good work. One of my girl scouts is totally into Frank Sinatra. I think it is so cool. And I so love Ella Fitzgerald. We really need to start a movement to bring such talented artist back into the spot light again. But without looking like hipsters.

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    • js argh

      November 2, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Oh man, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Billie Holiday…those ladies could sing. I’m with you – listen to them for whatever reason, as long as you listen to them at all.

    • Boozy Inactivist

      November 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Yep agreed, as a kid my Mum used to tell me we needed some “girl time” – Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Eartha Kitt on shuffle. I loved it!

    • Anonyme

      November 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Ella is my favorite singer, hands down. I could listen to her recording of ‘The Lady is a Tramp’ five times and I wouldn’t get tired of it. I know because I’ve done it. And someday I’ll go to Coney to eat balogna on a roll. 😉

  2. NotTakenNotAvailable

    November 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I’m not into jazz singers the way I’m into rock artists, but considering people have been have been using music to share their clever innuendos and double entendres since music existed, you may be better off going really old school in music choices…I’m thinking Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart! :p

    • falcongirl

      November 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Except that some of Mozart’s music was really bawdy. Maybe you need to go farther back. Gregorian chants, anyone?

    • Cee

      November 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      I don’t know why but this is making me think of Enigma

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      November 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Haha, I suppose I should have specified symphonies rather than operas! Although introducing ’em to operas young may compel them to become fluent in Italian and German so they can understand all the dirty talk…

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      November 1, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      Hector Berlioz wrote a symphony based on an opium trip in the early-ish 1800s. Symphonie Fantastique. It’s really cool to listen to, though!
      (Composers are very clever at how they incorporate sex and drugs into their music lol)

    • CrazyFor Kate

      November 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I dunno, my guess is you wouldn’t have to look far to find a really filthy monk.

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      November 1, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Musicology grad student here. Composers have always been clever at sneaking in naughty bits even in sacred music. Specific chants might be clean, but definitely not all of them! 😉

    • Aldonza

      November 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Oh his stuff was so raunchy! I love it for that very reason!

  3. Cee

    November 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    This works until they go to school and meet the kids that were raised listening to today’s pop. It’s funny to see cuz the kid that knows the pop songs will sing it and the kid that doesn’t know it kinda cluelessly follows along totally getting the lyrics wrong.

  4. Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    November 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I love old school music as much as any other kind of music (I really love music…), but the only reason we don’t consider some of those lyrics x-rated is entirely because we don’t get the context. Give it thirty, forty, or fifty years, and people might not be getting the context of our pop music either. 😉

    • Elizabeth Licata

      November 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      I listened to oldies exclusively as a child, and I still remember the moment I understood “I’ve got a brand new pair of roller skates, you’ve got a brand new key.” I was 24 and was suddenly like, “wait, what?”

    • Ddaisy

      November 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      I never understood that one, and quite frankly, I still don’t. What do keys have to do with roller skates???

    • Shelly Lloyd

      November 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Older or vintage skates used to attach to your shoes. They would come with a key that you could use to adjust the skates to fit your shoes. The key would tighten or loosen the sides and/or straps of the skates.

    • FishQueen

      November 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      WHOA YOU JUST BLEW MY MIND

      I honestly thought that song was about actual rollerskates.

      Well, dang.

    • FishQueen

      November 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      “What’s a disco stick?”

      -my hypothetical children, c. 2030

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      November 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      They will have not the slightest clue, and you will be so uncool. 😛

    • Valerie

      November 2, 2014 at 8:26 am

      No one in 1950’s doowop is asking if your anaconda don’t want none. Just saying. You guys are all trying to twist this-trust me, my Sinatra Pandora is not playing anything I would be ashamed for his teachers to hear.

    • jo

      November 2, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      AGREE. Some people make it their personal mission to disprove everything an author writes, because who the hell knows why. The *majority* of oldies are pretty clean.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      November 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      I’m not twisting anything. I don’t blame you in the slightest. But don’t be surprised if your kids’ grandparents or other elders are a little more in tune to the references than you’d expect.

      Many of those songs are just as dirty for their time period as ours are today. Every generation has had a considerable amount of questionable material, but it gets “cleaner” as the next generation comes up with a whole new set of slang and concepts that their elders won’t understand. It’s how music evolves.

      You don’t have to defend it, because as I already said, I don’t blame you. I just don’t get the whole framing it as a war of generations thing when it’s not. Every generation is full of dirty pervy people. We are most certainly not the first, and there’s been a market for it as long as there has been a market for music.

    • jo

      November 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      That’s the point. If your kid sings something and nobody gets the context….great! Sure as hell beats your 8 year old singing talk dirty to me in tuft grocery store.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      November 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      I don’t disagree.

    • jo

      November 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Grool

  5. rockmonster

    November 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    http://31.media.tumblr.com/e410b9f81be7db9347e94f8c5d89c0e1/tumblr_mkbvs0wPPZ1qcps22o2_250.gif

    Dude, X-rated, R-rated, and PG-13, lyrics show up everywhere. that’s the magic of time and its effects on language. Shit changes and so do double entendres. You don’t think it’s X ratd because you don’t understand the slang from that decade.

    But still, listen to oldies. Not saying that you can’t. 🙂

    • Cee

      November 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      It does change! Obvi when you really listen to it, sometimes you can catch those old double entendres, but sometimes they go over our head. But you do see more kids burst into “MY ANACONDA DON’T…MY ANACONDA DON’T…MY ANACONDA DON’T WANT NONE!” than “ooh How could I dance with another wooo” I have yet to see a student sing something other than top pop hits.

      If I had kids, I would just have them listen to a bit of kiddie music I could stand and alternative/rock/oldies because it is what my girlfriend and I listen to, its less stressful than worrying about double entendres.

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      November 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      There’s also the innocence and literal nature of young kids at play. When I was a kid and first heard The Doors sing, “Girl we couldn’t get much higher,” I just thought Jim Morrison and his girlfriend were in a hot-air balloon or something.

    • Cee

      November 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      That is true…I was a *very* naive tween and *I* didn’t know what “tonight is the night when 2 become 1” meant.

    • Ezzy666

      November 1, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Kids have been singing those lyrics for 20 years around here.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JphDdGV2TU

    • ChickenKira

      November 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      I get so frustrated when people reference the my anaconda song in these types of arguments. What kind of rock were some people living under in the 90’s where they didn’t know where that came from the first time they heard it?

    • Ezzy666

      November 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      i don’t remember if this was a real commercial.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZotB5N3Z5-o

    • Shelly Lloyd

      November 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      I don’t know if that is real or a parody…I’m so confused.

    • wmdkitty

      November 2, 2014 at 1:16 am

      Real, parody, I don’t care!

      That was hilarious!

    • Ezzy666

      November 1, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I used to wonder why would uncover when she was sleeping and what he wanted.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUDziTN1WmU

    • Valerie

      November 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Guys I’m talking like, SUPER old. Rat Pack and earlier. Louis Armstrong. Bing Crosby.

    • jo

      November 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      I get it. Basically stuff my in-laws still listen to!

    • wmdkitty

      November 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Yeah, and Sneaking Shit Past The Radar is a time-honored tradition.

    • Aldonza

      November 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Every time I get requests from elementary schools to come in and teach “Midsummer Night’s Dream” because the kids love the fairies and it’s such an innocent Shakespeare play I have to laugh. That show is soooooooooooo sexual. I mean, not subtle at all. But if they don’t understand the reference because it’s covered up by flowery language, no one knows.

  6. Lindsey

    November 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Classics are full of sexual references. Maybe just as much as now(for example: squeeze me baby, till the juice runs down my leg; Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones).

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      November 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      I had no idea what was going on in Mick Jagger’s life that was so horrible he couldn’t get no satisfaction from it when I was a kid. :p

    • ChickenKira

      November 1, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      I remember asking my Aunty once “Where is he trying to make a dead man go?” “What?” “When he says “You make a dead man come”, come where?” “Erm… to the zoo” “Oh”.

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    • Lucille two

      November 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Great point. My parents took me to a Pink Floyd concert when I was in third grade. I was clueless.

    • The Ocean Walker

      November 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      I was going to comment on that exact thing! I also was only allowed to listen to oldies growing up, and now when I hear the songs as an adult, I’m shocked by all the sexual/drug references. I’m pretty sure if I didn’t pick up on it as a kid, kids won’t pick up on the subtext in today’s songs.

    • whiteroses

      November 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      My kid’s play class will play “Great Balls of Fire” at some point. Every time.

      I always find that hilarious, personally.

    • Amber Leigh Wood

      November 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      The thing I never realised growing up was Grease, I loved that musical and watched it growing up almost daily. When I got older and new what the lyrics actually said/ment I was so shocked.
      (We’ll be gettin lots of tit/ in greased lightning anyone?)

    • FishQueen

      November 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Oh, my god, my high school put on Grease. We had a matinee for the Girl Scouts, as we did every year, and I was backstage cringing every time a reference got made. “Those ain’t leaves, they’re used balloons!”

    • Lilly

      November 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Chuck Berry’s My Ding-a-Ling, Beatles Warm Gun, Anything by Barry White

    • Valerie

      November 2, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Yeah no. We don’t even listen to that. It’s mostly Sinatra, Dean Martin, 50’s doowop, etc.

  7. Tisa Berry

    November 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    A three year at the daycare I work at sung Anaconda. He knew EVERY SINGLE WORD.

    • AP

      November 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      When I did camp, the worst summer was when “Don’tch ya” by the Pussycat Dolls was popular. 5 year olds in their swimsuits dancing and singing “Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?”

      No. Just No.

  8. chill

    November 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I used to have XM radio where they have a station dedicated to each decade (70’s music on channel 7, 80’s music on channel 8). I’m fairly open to what my kids listen to and know, but it seemed like the line was between 80’s and 90’s music. Sure, there was “Like a Virgin” and Frankie Goes to Hollywood in the 80’s, but those were more the exceptions, whereas in the 90’s more music seemed to be “in your face” sexual. That was fine because I was old enough at the time, but not okay for my tweens to hear. These days, I change the channel for Jason Derulo’s Wiggle and Anaconda.

  9. 2Well

    November 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    When my friends would argue about N’Sync and Backstreet Boys, I was just like, “I’m going to sit over here with my ABBA and Aerosmith.”

  10. Ezzy666

    November 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    2 live crew songs are now considered oldies. My cousins who are now in their early 20s used to sing along with us and they weren’t even in kindergarten yet.

    • AP

      November 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Yup. My husband found Blink 182 on the classic rock channel. A lot of their later lyrics were very filthy AND very clearly audible.

  11. Ezzy666

    November 1, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    What about country western spirituals?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6gMVG0gxOw

  12. Ezzy666

    November 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I found the old song i was looking for

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PhOWpdt6xg

    I used to sing this one as a kindergartner
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcYOy6I6OR8

    • Shelly Lloyd

      November 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      “Shave ’em Dry” is going to be my new phrase of the week.

  13. OptimusPrime*

    November 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    “The Twist” was about sex. So was “Mash Potato”.

    • mamaduck_75

      November 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      True, but not as obvious that’s what it’s about when sung by a toddler. Try having a husband who has given your daughter a love for AC/DC, and live that wonderful moment when she’s singing the lyrics to Big Jack, and comes out with “Santa’s not the only one who’s got a full sack”. Yeah, good times, lol. I’m like the writer of the article…I try to keep most of what we listen to under control, not really because it’s so bad, but because kids will repeat that stuff at the most embarrassing moment possible.

    • Valerie

      November 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Right but no one is asking if anyone’s booty needs explaining. Come on. Lol

  14. Lucille two

    November 1, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I think that is great. I definitely fail in this arena as I don’t care much for oldies . My husband loves classic rock and my 3 year old loves to lip sync “a whole lot a rosie”. I try to balance out the misogyny with some old jazz, and some not too vulgar bikini kill. Meh no parenting awards will be awarded at my house.

  15. CW

    November 1, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Music used to be more suggestive rather than in your face. Adults knew what Donna Summer meant in the song “Bad Girls” when she sings, “Hey mister! Gotta dime? Hey mister! Wanna spend some time?” but kids didn’t. Now everything’s all spelled out rather than merely hinted at 🙁

  16. Anne

    November 1, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I was going to ban my husband playing metal,around our daughter because I thought she might find it scary but honestly? I don’t care anymore she’s been listening to it since birth and it actually calms her down like her white noise machine does. I will be censoring her TV shows she she is older but music mostly not. I don’t care if she hears a swear word or someone talk about shaking their butt. I would rather censor TV violence

    • SarahFairymeed

      November 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      He’s probably touching her. Hes tired of you.

    • Personal

      November 2, 2014 at 3:21 am

      What?!

  17. Anonyme

    November 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    The ‘classics’ have a lot of “adult” references too. Nothing explicit, although ‘Is That All There Is’ has a pretty blatant reference to suicide.
    On a semi-related note, I’m wondering if I’m the only 25 y/o female who listens to some of the ‘greats’–Ella Fitzgerald (favorite). Jim Croce, Johnny Cash, Cat Stevens, Credence Clearwater Revival, John Denver…

    • whiteroses

      November 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      “In a little while from now/if I’m not feeling any less sour/ I promise myself to treat myself and visit a nearby tower/ and climbing to the top will throw myself off..”

      Yep. Super uplifting, no?

      But to answer your question, Ella is awesome, CCR rules, and Thelonius Monk makes me happy. I’m 31 🙂

    • Aldonza

      November 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      One of the shows I’m directing right now for a homeschool group has a project element and we’re having the kids research different musical eras. It’s been a ton of fun having them discover groups from the 50s, 60s and 70s. It was the music my parents listened to when they were young so I grew up with it on in the house a lot and always loved it. It’s also music my hubby and I both actually like, so it gets listened to a lot in the car 🙂

  18. WhattheHellPARTYHARDBELLSPROUT

    November 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    My mum used to play us “Lola” by The Kinks. I didn’t quite wrap my head around the story of the song until I was about 15…

    Also for what its worth, my hubby’s a DJ, so we listen to a lot of EDM in our house :p Nothing quite like some wubs, dubs and dirty basslines in the morning haha.

    • Aldonza

      November 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Oh man, my Dad used to play The Kinks all the time and I loved that song but did not get it until I was a pretty old teenager. I remember the first time the “walked like a woman and talked like a man” line clicked with me. Mind. Blown.

    • Boozy Inactivist

      November 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      My husband really wanted to call our daughter Lola, he had never heard the Kinks song! Seriously reevaluated our marriage at that point! 😉

  19. SarahFairymeed

    November 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Your children will have EBOLA next week. Thank the blacks for that.

  20. SarahFairymeed

    November 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I watch porn with my children it teaches them how to do it.

    • candyvines

      November 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      How very shocking. Everyone is so, so shocked.

  21. the_ether

    November 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    The first time my parents ever left us home alone, my mum freaked out because she called to check on us and we didn’t answer. Why? We couldn’t hear the phone on account of having the Pirates of Penzance turned up too loud. It’s OK though, musicals never involve sex or death 😉

  22. Elizabeth Licata

    November 1, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Huh. I wonder if that’s why my parents listened only to the oldies station when I was growing up. Though my parents are old, so 50s and 60s stuff was their jam. And I was allowed to have “like a virgin” as my favorite song when I was 4. (No clue what it meant.). But my knowledge of early 60s one-hit wonders constantly amazes my music nerd husband.

  23. OptimusPrime*

    November 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Not exactly the same thing, but it drives me batty when people idealize people in the past. People still had kinky sex (Marquis de la Sade and Fannie Hill), people still did drugs (Lewis Carroll), people probably drank more heavily and more often, and premarital and extramarital sex was actually quite rampant. I’m pretty sure the popular music of every time had its bawdy and lewd hits, most just failed to get passed down to the next generation or recorded. Even the 1950s had its seedy side. Even the Victorians got their kink on. Basically, if someone does it now, someone was doing it in the past.

  24. guest

    November 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I went around singing Big Balls, by acdc my entire childhood. I turned out alright 😉

    • wmdkitty

      November 2, 2014 at 1:19 am

      And the funny thing is, he was, in fact, talking about actual dancey-event-type balls, and not, well… you know.

      I still can’t listen to that song without giggling.

    • guest

      November 2, 2014 at 1:44 am

      It’s still one of my faves! It took me years and years to get the innuendo lol but I’m glad to know it’s not ACTUALLY about balls!

    • wmdkitty

      November 2, 2014 at 1:52 am

      It doesn’t really help that they start chanting “pull ’em suck ’em” at the end, there.

  25. Rachel

    November 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I loved oldies as a kid and what I mainly listened to,and generally the radio ones tend to be pretty safe to ignorant kids. But their is nothing that can keep them completely safe,I kept singing that song “I`m too sexy” song as a kid,so yeah still embarrassing.

    • SarahFairymeed

      November 1, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      And it made you into the fat slùt you are today.

  26. SarahFairymeed

    November 1, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    My husband made our eldest daughter practice sucking còçk on him.

  27. LOL is this article serious?

    November 2, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Dirty songs have existed since the dawn of time.

    Mozart once wrote “LECK MICH IM ARSCH” (“lick my arse”, which at the time basically meant “kiss my ass” in German), “BONA NOX” (Goggle the lyrics and prepare to giggle), among others.

    In the 1950s you had the gem that was “Butcher Pete” hit the airwaves:

    “Hey everybody did the news get around
    About a guy named Butcher Pete
    Old Pete just flew into this town
    And he’s choppin’ up all the women’s meat!”

    That’s just the opening verse. The 2nd part (B side) talks about him having sex with his cellmate in prison.

    Songs from the 1930s are FULL of marijuana/cocaine references. Songs from the 1960s reference LSD a lot.

    Heck, one of my favorite songs EVER when I was growing up was “Son of a Preacher Man”, which is about how she lost her virginity to the boy. Another favorite in our house was “Harper Valley PTA”, which even if you think the lyrics are cute (cause they are) still spawned discussions about how some jerks will judge you harshly based on what you wear, so not exactly innocence-saving.

    I get the impulse to spare kids from more graphic songs (especially during repeater phase, am I right? LOL), but making a big deal out of something or forbidding something (especially something that saturates our culture/society that you LITERALLY cannot get away from) is usually the best way to make sure your kids gravitate towards it.

  28. wmdkitty

    November 2, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Oh, the classics are just as gnarly and nasty, they’re just full of thinly-veiled references and Unusual Euphemisms.

  29. SarahFairymeed

    November 2, 2014 at 1:49 am

    I hate nīggèrs.

  30. LP225

    November 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

    My kids know Stevie Wonder’s greatest hits better than anyone I know! I thought I was alone in my retro music for my kids way.

  31. chickadee

    November 2, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I see what Valerie means here, and we did the same thing. We listened to Sesame Street albums, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, TMBG, Trout Fishing in America, and 60s stuff all over the place. Because all the sex was in the 60s stuff, but it was more subtle. And I mastered the art of the quick volume-mute when certain words in songs by later artists came up.

  32. Guest

    November 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I can get on board with this. When that “whistle” song came on a fb friend posted a video of her son singing “come and blow my whistle baby” and I was like wut.

  33. Elisa the Uterine Unicorn

    November 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I hate the Beatles. Just wanted to put that out there. LOL There’s a tambourine or something in a lot of their songs that makes my teeth try to crawl out of my head.

    Biggest thing, to me, is to be aware of what is in the music you’re listening to. Be willing to discuss the questionable lyrics, even if it’s “That’s not a nice thing to say.” Do NOT buy concert tickets to Ke$ha and then be shocked when she sings that the boys all want her cootchie.

    Of course I grew up in a home where only Christian music was allowed, preferably gospel, and according to one of the Christian parenting books my mom had that I read when I was bored one day, “Pop music is so catchy because the beat imitates sexual intercourse.” (paraphrased, but that was the gist of it) Make of that, what you will.

    I’ve come to love Pink Floyd now, but I probably would not let a young child listen to them, Some of their songs are just really freakin’ creepy.

    • Boozy Inactivist

      November 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      I hate the Beatles too, and The Wall gave me nightmares as a child!

    • Big Giant Head

      November 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

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