I sang the same lullaby to my twins almost every night when they were babies – ‘Baby Mine’ the song from the Dumbo Movie. I still love that lullaby, but when my middle child was born and he took forever to get to sleep, I found myself singing it over, and over, and over, until I didn’t love it quite so much! I needed something new to sing but I had no idea what.
Some nights I started making up songs in desperation! They usually went something like this:
“Why don’t you ever go to sleep?
Go to sleep, oh please go to sleep
Sleep is good, you need to sleep
Please sleep, please, please, please, sleep”
To save my poor son from hearing his mother plead in song all day and night I’ve come up with a few more good lullaby options!
These ten groovy lullabies are easy to sing along to, calming and soothing, and above all else, they are not boring!
Ten Best Groovy Lullabies
I have linked to you-tube videos of the songs where I could find them, some of the videos are tad odd, but at least you can sample them and hear for yourself what I am yabbering on about!
Goodnight My Angel – Billy Joel
This is not so easy for a female voice to sing but it is a beautiful song with beautiful words.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
This version combines both songs and is just way cool!
Dreamland – Art Garfunkle
A little bit hippy and whole lot of fun. I really really like this one! Excuse the odd video that goes along with this song on you-tube it was the only version I could find!
The original version was by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins but there are some new and groovy versions out there including my favourite by Susan Vega and this one by Harry Connick Jnr. The lyrics of this song just make me grin – perfect for my non-sleeper!
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Fredrika Stahl
Now before you think I am nuts for suggesting this boring nursery rhyme as a hip and groovy lullaby, go listen to this version…. it’s anything but boring!
The Long Day is Over – Nora Jones
A lot of people suggested Nora Jones – and she certainly is cool and soulful. I picked The Long Day is Over just cause the title sounded right!
Morningtown Ride – The Seekers.
A tad daggy I know, but this version by the seekers reminds me of my childhood, and it’s nice and easy to sing!
Moonshadow – Cat Stevens
Gone hippy again, but I really like this song. It’s easy to sing and the chorus is cool, even if the rest of the words are not entirely sleep inducing!
Baby Mine – Bette Midler
I have to include my favourite lullaby on the list, even if I am a little over it. This version from the movie Beaches is my favourite.
This song is all floaty and peaceful – I really like the version by Bette Midler, but I can’t find it online anywhere, so this one will have to do.
I’m still collecting great lullaby options so if you know one that is not on the list please pop it in the comments below!