Top 10 Love Songs to Sing to Kids

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There's no shortage of love songs, or kid songs. But finding a tune that succeeds on both levels isn't easy come Valentine's Day. Here's ParentDish's mixtape for the generation that's never even seen a cassette.

1. "When I'm Sixty-Four" by the Beatles
Start planting the seed early to head off your move to a nursing home. "Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm 64." With honking clarinets and bells, this 1966 lover's lament could just as easily pass as a silly cartoon soundtrack. (That's a good thing.) As a bonus, it actually mentions Valentine's Day.

2. "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
You can't help but sing along to this 1967 hit. The catchy chorus "I love you baby" sums up all that's warm and fuzzy about being a parent on Cupid's holiday. It's a pure, innocent celebration of love -- and you can dance to it.

3. "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder's loving sentiments to his daughter, Aisha, will charm the little lady in your life. After all who doesn't like to hear that she's precious, wonderful and pretty? Written in 1976, the original version opens with little Aisha's cry.

4. "Whenever I See Your Smiling Face" by James Taylor
The first verse says it all -- "Whenever I see your smiling face, I have to smile myself." A sunny tune with a sweet message guaranteed to get even the grumpiest kid grinning. Released in 1977, it's still a radio staple.

5. "Be My Little Baby" by The Ronettes
The all-girl trio promises, "For every you kiss you give me, I'll give you three." Although the object of their affections obviously wasn't literally a baby, your kids won't know the difference. They'll just enjoy the 1963 hit's loving words. (Teasing your hair is optional. Singing into your hairbrush, a must.)

6. "Forever Young" by Rod Stewart
Why preach the golden rule, when Rod will do it for you? The song is filled with pearls of wisdom for children. The lyrics are unabashedly hopeful and uplifting -- OK downright sappy actually. In the video for 1988 release, he croons to a cute curly-headed youngster who doesn't fuss the whole time.

7. "Teddy Bear" by Elvis
It's never too early to introduce your children to the King. And he seems to be singing directly to them in this 1957 ditty that references lions, tigers and teddy bears. Serve it with up with a peanut butter and banana sandwich and you can't lose.

8. "Skinnamarink"
Whether you're 3, 4 or 34 you'll love this storytime staple. You can sing it. You can sign it. You can learn it in Japanese. Don't take our word for it, troll You Tube for dozens of versions of preschoolers around the world happily singing along.

9. "Pony Boy" by Bruce Springsteen
A great entry point for future fans of the Boss. Saddle up and take an imaginary trot with this singalong lullaby from Springsteen's 1992 Human Touch album. Giddy-up.

10. "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
This modern ode to love works as long as you mumble through the first verse, which includes lines such as "done done me" and "you're so hot that I melted" (which will undoubtedly raise difficult questions about sex -- or worse, grammar). This jouncy beach tune, which hit the charts in 2008, is mostly breezy fun.

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