10 Unlikely Lullabies

Have you ever found yourself humming your favorite song — be it rock n’ roll, pop, or country — to your baby, and suddenly you realize it was meant to be a lullaby? Well, your lullaby at least? I have, and after asking around, it sounds like I’m not the only one. Here are a few of my favorites, along with some from readers of my personal blog.

  • Sing Baby to Sleep

    Sing Baby to Sleep

    When the tried and true classics aren’t working for you — or you’ve sung them all a thousand times — try one of the songs here. You might just be (very pleasantly) surprised.

  • Sweet Child O' Mine

    Sweet Child O' Mine

    Move over Axl, this Guns N’ Roses classic is all mine now. This has been one of my favorite songs since I was a kid, and now it brings tears to my eyes when I sing it to my little ones.

    Listen to it on YouTube

  • I Will

    I Will

    My oh-so musically inclined friend, John, says this is one of his (many) go-to songs.

    Listen to it on YouTube

  • Where is the Love?

    Where is the Love?

    Nicola says her two boys are calmed within three beats of Black Eyed Peas. This is one of their hip hop favs, along with Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night. Yes, really.

    Listen to it on YouTube

  • Carolina in My Mind

    Carolina in My Mind

    Aimee of Everyday Epistle says, “Though I would never pass up a chance to go to North Carolina, at 3 a.m. in the morning, I’d have gone anywhere to get some sleep!”

    Listen to it on YouTube

  • Bad to the Bone

    Bad to the Bone

    Ilina of Dirt & Noise leaves it at, “Bad to the Bone. True story.”

    Listen to it on YouTube

  • Mama Tried

    Mama Tried

    Melissa of Tales of the Anti-Preemie serenades her miracle boy with Old 97’s version of this one.

    Listen to it on YouTube

  • Mannish Boy

    Mannish Boy

    Melissa of Tales of the Anti-Preemie also likes singing the blues. (Don’t we all sometimes?)

    Listen to it on YouTube

  • Tonight, Tonight

    Tonight, Tonight

    Nancy of said that with kid number three, they’ve moved on from Slow Dancing to this recent pop hit.

    Listen to it on YouTube

  • Cowboy Take Me Away

    Cowboy Take Me Away

    This is another one of my all time favorite songs … the perfect lullaby for my two (not-so-little-anymore) baby boys.

    Listen to it on YouTube

  • Cherish


    What parent doesn’t cherish that little life that they hold in their hands. (Even when he Just. Won’t. Sleep…) I also don’t know many moms who don’t enjoy a little Madonna. Just sayin’.

    Listen to it on YouTube

So, don’t be shy. What are your favorite unlikely lullabies? After all, you might just be making someone’s very long day.

Read about Amy’s fun-loving approach to parenthood on her personal blog, Using Our Words.
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