25 best bands for kids

The entire family will love this list of the 25 best bands for kids, so get ready to add songs to your playlist and jam

Photograph: Courtesy Jaime Trueblood

Kids' music is not what it used to be—the Raffis of yesteryear have long since been replaced with a hipper, more diverse crowd of kids' bands, seemingly all with the common goal of closing the gap between cutesy-wootsy, tear-your-hair-out kiddie lyrics and something parents actually want to listen to. Read on for our picks of the top 25 kids' bands—then join your budding record nerd in collecting (well, downloading) their singles and CDs. 

Can't get enough music? Listen to the best Disney songs of all time or check out these birthday party entertainers who know a good tune. 

25 best kids' bands


They Might Be Giants

No kindie band has maintained the critical praise and loyal fan devotion in both parents and children quite like They Might Be Giants. The band's Here Comes... Disney album series has made the Giants' two Johns (Flansburgh and Linnell) the unquestioned superstars of children's music. Plus, their live (and generally sold-out) concerts consistently welcome both gen-X parents and their kids. theymightbegiants.com

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The Okee Dokee Brothers

Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander tap into the essence of friendship, love and relationships with their gorgeous Americana tunes. These bluegrass friends from Minnesota have been best buds since childhood. okeedokee.org

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The Not-Its!

This Seattle quintet packs an indie-rock punch with thumping drums and shredding guitars, drawing influence from early Fugazi and Superchunk albums—a fact parents will surely appreciate. Never seen without its hot-pink and jet-black getups, the band is perfect for little rockers and their air-guitar-playing elders alike. wearethenot-its.com

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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Serving up style, great pop tunes and a large heaping of charm, this husband-wife duo from L.A. is a must for the whole family—and their list of accolades, including Grammys and Emmys, prove it. 

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Justin Roberts

One of the crown jewels of modern children's songwriting, Roberts constructs perfect pop songs wrapped in the nuance of childhood experiences. Whether he's singing about Grandma's cookies ("From Scratch"), welcoming a new baby into the family ("Cartwheels and Somersaults") or anxiously waiting by the radio to hear your school-district number called ("Snow Day"), the Chicago native stands out with expert musicianship and lush melodies. justinroberts.org

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Leslie D

Hi! I'm a new children's musical artist and just released my first album on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, etc. I would love for you to take a listen! You can hear it on my website at www.rockinredmusic.com. Thank you! -Rockin' Red