I personally think several of the modern day Children's songs suck.....No not because they're simple or don't sound good to me. More because they are a wasted opportunity, lets examine some Childrens songs for the lessons they teach. Firstly however evidence to defend my point. Childrens songs are built around the simple concept of conveying a message. They make excellent teaching tools. A song is a great way to learn something. I can personally remember every single line of the Pink Floyd song time, where as, ask me to sight off a poem without music and I'm hooped. Next example the ABC song, to this day irreplaceable in figuring out alphabetical order, I need to start somewhere in that song to figure it out. (Stop looking at me like the only kid with a glue stick in his mouth.)
Now lets look at some others, one grate one I'd consider a wasted opportunity, old McDonald a song that's main focus is to teach us our farm animals. For the most part something that is useless, unless someone lives on a farm. Not only does it teach us about farm animals, but about the sounds they make. It's essentially a song containing animals, and the sounds they make in onomatopoeia form. With an oink, oink here pfuh, pigs don't oink they sort of grunt so not only does it teach kids something no longer useful it gives them the wrong information. Most if not all of these songs, are both no longer useful, and hopelessly wrong in the first place. With this in mind, I think we should compile a new list of songs for children that teach them important life lessons through song form.
Firstly lean on me I mean common with the lyrics: Lean on me, when your not strong and I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on. Because before long I'm gonna need somebody to lean on. Common who ever doesn't see the importance of this message, for children needs to have their head checked. It's simple, no complexity in song structure, and it's probably one of the single most well intentioned songs of all time and if we all acted a little more like this song the world would be better.
Secondly I'd like to put forward needle and the damage done by Neil Young. This song is here not because it's positive, but because it warns of something much worse then any monster under the bed. Shielding children from the knowledge that these things are out their and can screw up your life, leaves them unprepared for some of the most important choices they will make. No kid starts out going I want, to be a heroin addict. I think shielding them from the knowledge of how horrible it is for them and their loved ones is nothing but a mistake.
My third and final... at least for now is here comes the sun by the Beatles. Why this song, firstly it's a Beatles track which means it's instantly poppy and sweet. It's a good entry point into one of the most prolific and influential bands ever. It's got a beautiful little message about keeping your head up in the rough times and the fact that the sun will be coming soon. That every sad time eventually can become a good one. I think that's a message a lot more important then what sound a chicken makes, or how much a purple dinosaur loves you. It's simple and pretty easy to learn all of these songs are I learned the our father in kindergarten kids could learn here comes the sun.
If you disagree about needing a revamp on Children's songs, on the songs I picked, or think I'm talking out my ass. Which I often am, voice your opinion, or even more fun suggest a song yourself and qualification reasons on why children should learn this song in place of the hey diddle, diddle. Maybe this should be a new classification of tween songs, or the songs you learn after old McDonald with all it's erroneous information. They'll get into music eventually, might as well get them into music with something to say, instead of something with a mindless catchy chores. I can't remember when I've needed to know about what sound a cow makes, I can think of several times in my life where the words of lean on me would have done me a world of good.