20 Songs for an Awesome Baby Shower Playlist

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20 Songs for an Awesome Baby Shower Playlist
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Have you ever been to a get-together at someone’s house where they don’t have music playing in the background?

And then the lull comes.

It’s super quiet and no one’s saying anything, so you stare at the floor. You glance up real quick, but the lull continues, so you look down at your lap. Still no one’s saying anything, and you can sense everyone else’s eyeballs trying to settle on the least awkward thing, and you find yourself focusing on that weird stain on the kitchen counter that looks kind of like a uterus.

This is why you need music.

Add to that the unique brand of uncomfortableness that a baby shower brings with those blasted games, oohing-and-aahing at every lame gift, and the lack of alcohol – and did I mention the games? – and you REALLY need music.

20 Baby Shower Songs

I helped plan a baby shower recently, and my job was to provide the playlist. But when I searched online, the baby shower music I found consisted of:

  1. Songs with “baby” in the title, or
  2. Saccharine sweet kids’ music

The first approach gives you Baby Got Back, and the second makes the attendees gag. Not to mention the guest of honor. She has years of cheesy kids’ music ahead of her – why subject her to it earlier than necessary?

So I put together a new and improved baby shower playlist.

While the songs aren’t necessarily about babies and kids, their lyrics are sweet without being gag-worthy. Plus, this playlist is upbeat and contemporary. Just add in your own favorite recent music to get hours and hours of tunes to combat the baby shower awkwardness. Or: Just put this batch on repeat and consider it done.

You may even find yourself listening to it well after the baby shower – I did!

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1. We’re Going to Be Friends by The White Stripes

Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we’re going to be friends

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

2. Race You by Elizabeth & The Catapult

‘Cause there’s dirt on my skirt and pebbles stuck in my toes
Oh, which way should we go down
Nobody knows, nobody knows
I’m gonna race you back home

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

3. Beautiful Day by U2

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

4. Count on Me by Bruno Mars

If you’re tossin’ and you’re turnin’
And you just can’t fall asleep
I’ll sing a song beside you
And if you ever forget how much you really mean to me
Every day I will remind you

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

5. Sweet Pea by Amos Lee

Sweet pea
Apple of my eye
Don’t know when and I don’t know why
You’re the only reason I keep on coming home

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

6. The Littlest Birds by The Be Good Tanyas

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

7. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by The Beatles

In a couple of years they have built a home, sweet home
With a couple of kids running in the yard
Of Desmond and Molly Jones
Happy ever after in the market place

Listen: iTunes

8. Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Buble

I might have to wait, I’ll never give up
I guess it’s half timing, and the other half’s luck
Wherever you are, whenever it’s right
You’ll come out of nowhere and into my life

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

9. All Smiles by Jess Penner

Hands full of lemon drops all dissapear
All lips like children, the voices we hear
They’re all smiles, they’re all smiles, they’re all smiles

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

10. Upside Down by Jack Johnson

I want to turn the whole thing upside down
I’ll find the things they say just can’t be found
I’ll share this love I find with everyone
We’ll sing and dance to Mother Nature’s songs
I don’t want this feeling to go away

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

11. New Soul by Yael Naiim

I’m a young soul in this very strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout what is true and fake

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

12. The One Who Loves You the Most by Brett Dennen

When the sky is falling from above you
And the wind is raging from the coast
And you want someone who truly loves you
I will be the one who loves you the most

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

13. Baby by Devendra Banhart

Like some hog-tied kangaroos
You be one and I’ll be one too
We play it goofy, or we play it cool

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

14. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more
Than we’ll know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

15. The Lucky Ones by Tim Myers

Lately I’ve been smiling outside
I feel good, I feel light as a feather
Open up the window look out at the sky
Everything’s better
Ah, ah, ah
Ah, ah, ah
We’re the lucky ones

Listen: iTunes

16. Yellow by Coldplay

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah, they were all yellow

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

17. Home by Phillip Phillips

Hold on to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

18. Thank You by Mozella

You fight off my enemies
You’d take a bullet for me
And you know I’d do the same for you
‘Cause that’s how we roll
Connected at the soul

Listen: iTunes

19. Overwhelmed by Tim McMorris

From the first time I saw you
I knew that you’d be mine
And from the first glance you gave
My world it slowed, you stopped the time

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

20. Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift

I know, I know, Taylor Swift. But just give it a listen.

Your little hand’s wrapped around my finger
And it’s so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter cause you’re dreaming
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light
To you everything’s funny, you got nothing to regret
I’d give all I have, honey
If you could stay like that

Listen: iTunes | Amazon MP3

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Your Turn

What song makes you think of babies and kids without being sickeningly sweet? Share your pick in a comment below!

  • Nicole Richter

    This is an awesome playlist! I couldn’t find some of them yet but I’m looking forward to listening to them all. I think they’ll be a hit at my friends shower. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Nicole, I’m so glad you enjoyed the list! Just let me know if you need any help tracking any of them down. :-)

  • Lisa

    I’d like to add “How Sweet it Is” by James Taylor. Such a great song!

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Lisa, that’s such a great suggestion! I was just singing that to my baby girl the other day. Thanks for stopping by to share that one. :-)

  • Shelby

    Puff the magic dragon by Peter Paul and Mary

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Shelby, thanks for that recommendation! That’s a good one. :-)

  • Je

    Lenka- The Show
    Phil Collins- Strangers Like Me

    Thanks for a great list!

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Je, I *adore* The Show by Lenka. Great suggestion!

  • Aubrey Denton

    This is just what I didn’t know I was looking for, haha! Thank you for sharing!

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Aubrey, my pleasure! I just love all these songs, so it makes me happy to share them. :-)

  • Brittany

    Britney Spears’ song My Baby is a really lovely song as well or even Someday (I Will Understand) which is by her as well.

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Brittany, thank you for the recommendation! I will give those a listen right now. :-)

  • Araceli Munoz

    I love this list I am definitely using it for the baby shower I am planning next week. Thank you so much :)
    Phil Collins – You’ll Be in My Heart
    I sung this song throughout my pregnancy to my little man.

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Araceli, I’m so glad to hear this list was useful to you in your shower planning! I love that you sang the same song to your little guy while you were pregnant. And what a sweet song! The song I’ve always sung to Bailey is much less inventive – Hush Little Baby. :-)

  • scarlett

    mamas song by carrie underwood makes me think of my sweet little girl growing up

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Scarlett, what a sweet suggestion. Thank you!

  • Amy

    Was making a list of my own and needed some more ideas, and your playlist is exactly what I’m going for. A few I already had (some not as contemporary as others, but I still dig ‘em):
    The Mamas and Papas rendition of Dream a Little Dream is my favorite. I sing it to my stinker bell every night.
    Ray Lamontagne- Hold You in My Arms
    Ronettes- Be My Baby
    Elton John- Your Song

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Amy, thank you for adding more to our ongoing list! Also, I just love that you call your little one stinkerbelle. I use that one too! :-)

  • Michelle

    This is a wonderful list! I am helping to plan a baby shower for My son and someday daughter-in-law(hopefully) and came upon this. They will love it, thank you!
    mickilei@aol.com

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Michelle, I hope the baby shower went well! I’m happy to have helped a small bit. :-)

  • Tabitha

    love this list, thanks so much, I was just sitting down to make a list for my sister’s shower and I found your list first. Perfect

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Tabitha, I’m so glad the list was helpful for you!

  • Kat

    Great list. Thank you so much for posting it. I am going to use every song you listed.

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Kat, I’m happy you enjoyed it! I’d love to hear how the baby shower goes. :-)

  • srikasip

    wow! best baby shower playlist i’ve seen yet! thanks so much! fantastic!

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      What a sweet comment! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! :-)

  • kimbfaria

    Add Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”. Beautiful song.

    • http://idealistmom.com/ Kelly @ IdealistMom.com

      Kim, yes! That one is so beautiful. Thank you for adding your pick to the list!

  • Elizabeth Marie

    great post! thanks!

  • Missy

    You did an awesome job with this playlist!! I so love this list!! I will be using it as well! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  • penny

    I agree – this is the list I didn’t know I was looking for! Thank you so much for putting this together!Other playlists were too cheesy for me. I added a few:
    Feist – 1234, Mushaboom
    Jack Johnson – Better Together, Angel, Lullabye
    Edward Sharpe – Home
    Michael Buble – Dream a Little Dream
    But I only thought of these after your inspiration! Thanks again!

  • http://JimmyWendt.com/ Jim Wendt

    Here’s a song just released on iTunes in November: “Father Daughter Song It’s Your World” by yours truly, Jimmy Wendt. Rockin’ upbeat song dedicated to my two amazing girls. The lyrics start with:

    Welcome home, glad you’re here.
    It’s a fragile world but have no fear.
    I will love you all that I can.
    Look up at me, squeeze my hand…

    Enjoy.