Playlists of the Stars — And Their Kids!

09/05/2008 at 11:00 AM ET
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Sure, Christina Aguilera, Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge may top the charts with their popular songs, but at home, it’s their children who rule the iTunes. In this week’s PEOPLE, some of our favorite singing celebs share their children’s top pop picks. Here’s a look at a few:

  • Melissa Etheridge‘s four children, Bailey Jean, 11, Beckett, 9 ½, and twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven, 22 months, enjoy Common Threads by Bobby McFerrin, The Rainbow Connection as performed by Sarah McLachlan, When It Don’t Come Easy by Patty Griffin, and a song by mom — Message To Myself. "Really, it’s their fave!" Melissa says. iTunes users can click here to download the Etheridge’s favorite songs!
  • New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre and son Griffin Thomas, 9 months, enjoy songs like Goodspeed (Sweet Dreams) by the Dixie Chicks and Your Song by Elton John. To download Joey’s playlist from iTunes, click here!
  • When Christina Aguilera and son Max Liron, 8 months, have alone time, they like listening to Jamming by Bob Marley, Stay Awake by Julie Andrews and ironically, Relax Max by Dinah Washington. To check out more of Max and Christina’s picks, click here!
  • While new mom Nicole Richie may not be a singer, she and 8-month-old daughter Harlow Winter Kate enjoy classical greats like r Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Wild World by Cat Stevens. To see the rest of Nicole and Harlow’s picks, click here!

Click "More" to see top tunes from Anthony Kiedis, Solange Knowles, Taylor Hanson, and Sheryl Crow.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis and son Everly Bear, 11 months, rock out to Spaceship by Sean Lennon and Master of Puppets by Metallica. Click here to view and download more of the duo’s playlist!
  • R&B mama Solange Knowles and son Daniel Julez Smith, 4 next month, groove to Crank That (Soulja Boy) by Soulja Boy ("I get a kick out of him singing ‘yooooouuu’!" she says) and of course, The Backyardigans Theme Song by the Backyardigans. Check out more of Julez and Solange’s picks by clicking here!
  • MMMBoper Taylor Hanson and 2-year-old son River Samuel have taste that crosses all genres, listening to everything from Believer by Ben Kweller to Black or White by Michael Jackson ("Listening to that is when he really busts a move," says Taylor). Click here for other tunes from Taylor’s iTunes playlist!
  • Sheryl Crow and son Wyatt Steven, 16 months, share a special favorite — Sheryl’s own Lullaby for Wyatt written just for him. They also love Elmo’s Song by the Sesame Street cast (naturally!). For additional tracks from Sheryl’s playlist, click here!

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Bancie1031 on

I didn’t know that NKOTB Joe McIntyre had a son!!! Now that their coming out with a new album maybe we will start seeing pictures of them with their children, as I do believe that all of them now have kiddies.

phoebe on

As I guessed, the coolest playlist belongs to the Kiedis boys! I love that family!

aurora mia on

I second that the coolest play list belongs to Everly Bear 🙂

Lauren on

Okay, I get why Solange might get a kick out of her son singing the “Yooouuu!” opening line; beyond that, I find it really sad that she thinks (Crank That(Soulja Boy) is anywhere *near* appropriate for a 4-year-old. I wonder if she’ll get a kick out of him walking around saying “Superman that ho?”

dsmom on

Oh my lord Lauren LOL! I agree 100%. But I had to laugh at your last sentence.

Missy on

I normally don’t comment but I have to say something. Growing up I listen to all types of music and Madonna is one of my favorites and of course some of her songs were inappropriate but my mother did her job and monitor me as I listen to it and made sure I appreciated the art of the music and not mimic it. Though “superman” is not one of my favorite songs “like a virgin” at about age 4 was so lighten up!

Lauren on

“Though “superman” is not one of my favorite songs “like a virgin” at about age 4 was so lighten up!”

Tell ya what-go to, look up what “Superman” and “Supersoak that ho” means, and type with a straight face that a 4-year-old listening to and singing those words is anything other than completely disgusting. Something tells me anyone who thinks a child singing this song is cute has no idea what the song is about. And if they do, that makes it even worse.

phoebe on

Lauren, you’re completely right, music like that has it’s place, but not in a child’s world. I would never allow my daughter to listen to something like that.

Missy on

I know what the song means I do not need an “Urban Dictionary” LOL to know what that means. All I am saying is songs I liked like Whitney Houston ” I want to dance with somebody” was about sex. Tina Turner “Private Dancer” was also. I was young listening to those songs. Music is a form of expression. Like I said “Superman” is not one of my favorites her son likes a part in the song doesn’t mean he is going to go supersoak that ho! That’s what mean I about lighten up!

phoebe on

It’s more about the language in the songs than it is about the theme of them. If I one day have a son, I do not want him going around singing about ho’s and thinking that is an acceptable term to refer to women just because he’s heard it in a song. Our kids grow up so fast already, I don’t need my daughter getting that kind of language in her vocabulary or believing that she deserves to be called names because a singer says it’s okay. I listen to all music before letting her listen, and the same goes for the little television and films I allow her to see.

I do understand where you’re coming from Missy, but Like A Virgin and I Wanna Dance With Somebody, while a tad sexual, are not offensive and do not use derogatory terms and would not encourage children to run around singing about ho’s. I would be far more concerned about hearing that than I would about the odd line from a pop song.

And yes, I do practice what I preach. My daughter listens to some selected Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers songs with a good side helping of Led Zep and The Beatles. I listen to everything she hears before she hears it, and there is no way any song about ho’s will be making it into my car or house or ipod where my girl might hear it. I do NOT want her going to nursery and coming out with that.

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