Lullabies span across all genres of music—classical, modern, nursery rhymes, and everything in between. Much like favorite family recipes, these songs span cultures and generations. Pretty much anything can become a lullaby if you perform it the right way (and there isn't a parent out there who hasn't desperately turned the most random things into lullabies).
Though when it comes to the perfect baby sleep music, there are 10 songs out there that parents rely on the most.
Using data collected from Spotify, Babysense researchers found out which songs featured on the most playlists dedicated to helping babies drift off to dreamland. (And it's crystal clear that millennial parents are the ones pressing "play" on most of these!). Below are the top lullabies for babies:
You Are My Sunshine
A classic. This little number reminds your little one how much they're loved while giving them a joyful little tune to fall asleep to. It's featured on 147 sleepytime playlists!
Colors Of The Wind (Pocahontas)
This powerful ballad isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of "relax and unwind," but it sure is a classic. Many parents seem to agree, as it's snagged a spot on 130 playlists. The imagery in the lyrics is pretty stunning, too.
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Another classic, sweet song that babies and toddlers love. It gives them something to focus on (you and your fingers) while also allowing them to find comfort in a tiny arachnid—win/win.
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (The Lion King)
If anyone can get a baby to sleep, Elton John can. Over a hundred parents saved this to their playlists for a reason.
A Whole New World
Aladdin, Jasmine, and a magic carpet ride? They'll be drifting off in no time while dreaming of the most romantic '90s Disney duet ever.
When She Loved Me (Toy Story 2)
This song is incredibly heartbreaking—if you need a refresher, it plays during Jessie's montage as she recalls how Emily utterly abandoned her to the elements before she eventually found her way to Andy. But I can attest to the fact that it fully captures my toddler's attention every time it plays.
Puff The Magic Dragon
Listen, if this song was good enough to get our parents to sleep when they were babies—it's good enough for us. Were Peter, Paul, and Mary talking about drugs or a real, physical dragon? Eh, who can say? But that trio knew how to get kids to sleep.
Baby Sleep Lullaby
Featured on 82 lullaby playlists, this little ditty is the first lullaby on our list to be composed for the sole purpose of getting your little one to sleep. Baby Sleep Lullaby was recorded by Baby Sleep Music, an artist with a great repertoire of sleepy music.
Sonata No. 16
This Mozart classic is featured on 79 playlists because studies have shown that playing classical music to babies helps to calm them down. As a result, it's no surprise this classical piece makes the top ten features on 79 playlists.
How Far I'll Go (Moana)
This is hands-down one of the best songs in the entire Disney vault. Lin-Manuel Miranda certainly knows what he's doing when it comes to writing catchy songs that live on in our hearts and minds forever, so it's no wonder 77 parents have this number on their playlists.
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