The best kids music of 2010, if we do say so ourselves

Justin Roberts Jungle GymWhat’s your beat? asked someone recently when I told them I write for Cool Mom Picks. Confused momentarily by the lingo, I recovered and replied, kids music.

And, what a great beat it is, especially in 2010, when the music put out by kids’ musicians was so amazingly eclectic and fun, tender and danceable.

I somehow managed to narrow my favorite CDs of the year down to ten votes for the annual Fids and Kamily Music Poll. Nearly thirty industry movers and shakers—journalists, producers, bloggers and radio show hosts—participated, and our collective favorites made the official list of the Top 10 Kids CD’s for 2010.

This year however, for the first time in its five year history, the top spot in the Fids and Kamily Music Poll is a tie, and I couldn’t be happier to see which amazing CD’s are sitting up there together.

The fabulous Justin Roberts is at the top for Jungle Gym, a view he has had three times before, having been first with Meltdown in ’06 and Pop Fly in ’08.

Many Hands CD

This time, though, I’m sure he is happy to share his honors with the most-awesome compilation CD, Many Hands-Family Music for Haiti. Not only is it packed full of phenomenal music, all the sales go to a great cause: The Haitian People’s Support Project.

Want to see the rest of the list? Then click on over to Fids and Kamily and see how 2010 is ranked. And, if you want to see my own super-secret ballot picks, take a peek below. -Christina

Cool Mom Picks Pick of the Year 2010Cool Mom Picks’ Top Kids’ Albums of 2010

Jungle Gym by Justin Roberts
Take it Outside by The Okee Dokee Brothers
The Final Funktier by Recess Monkey
Funky Fresh and Sugar Free by Sugar Free All Stars
Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell
Many Hands-Family Music for Haiti by Various Artists
Underground Playground by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (review forthcoming!)
Party Like a Twinkle Star by Charity and the Jamband
Time Out to Rock! by The Not-Its!
Rock Paper Scissors by Dean Jones

Find the list of the Best Kids’ Music of 2010 at the Fids and Kamily website, and find the best of the best family friendly music, as always, in the Cool Mom Picks archives under “tunes.”


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • Reply November 28, 2010

    Ashleigh B

    Anyone know any good Christmas kids CD’s.

  • Christina
    Reply November 28, 2010


    Hi Ashleigh,

    I’ve got my ears open for new Christmas CD’s for 2010 and will be sure to post news of any we love. For now though, if you look in our achives, you’ll find reviews of the following great kids Christmas CD’s:

    The Hipwaders’ A Kindie Christmas
    Uncle Rock’s Express Your Elf
    Putumayo Presents A Family Christmas

    Hope that helps!

  • Reply November 30, 2010


    You forgot the Imagination Movers. All of their cd’s are awesome!

  • Reply November 30, 2010


    I’ve been a follower of Cool Mom Picks for over a year, probably more like two, and I have to say I find it hard to believe the Imagination Movers are nowhere to be found on your list. They won the 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Original Song with “Boing, Cluck, Cluck”, as well as numerous other awards including a Parents Choice Award. Their music has become a daily part of my daughter’s life and has provided us with our mantra, “When you want to give up, when you want to give in, Try again, try again, try again.” Honestly, I’m shocked there’s no mention of them here. And I’m just as shocked that they aren’t even in the “Honorable Mentions” on Fids and Kamily.

  • Cool Mom Picks
    Reply December 1, 2010

    Cool Mom Picks

    Ashley, my kids love Uncle Rock’s Express your Elf

    The Hipwaders have a fun Xmas Album

    And then, there’s always John Denver and the Muppets. Really!

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