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The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Updated May 19, 2020 4.5k votes 1k voters 119.4k views98 items

List RulesOnly bands and musicians who make music for children, from TV performers to recording artists. If you're adding to the list, refrain from adding child stars and singers.

Do you remember when you were a kid, and you're parents would play you music and you were supposed to learn something from these songs? No? That's alright, that's why you should find out who these kids bands that played the music who soundtracked your early years are. While it's likely you don't remember who many of these children's music bands are, that's alright. We tabulated this list so you can take a peek, search your memory bank and see which one you think is the best.

So, that said, who are considered the best kids bands? Any list of kids bands (not to be confused with kid bands or even baby bands) has to include the go-to likes of the Chipmunks, the Muppets, the Wiggles and even, believe it or not, They Might Be Giants. All of these groups have released an album of kids music to success and remain beloved amongst kids everywhere. Don't believe us? Play a kid one of these children's music bands and you'll heard for yourself.

Ultimately, it's up to you to decided what is the best kids band. If you think one should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best children's music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest children's music musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular children's music bands that you might've heard of. {#nodes}
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    The Wiggles

    Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas
    The Wiggles are an Australian children's music group formed in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1991. Since 2013, the group members are Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, and Emma Watkins. ...  more


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    Raffi's Christmas Album, Quiet Time
    Raffi Cavoukian, (Armenian: Րաֆֆի, born July 8, 1948), known by the mononym Raffi, is a Canadian singer-lyricist and author of Armenian descent born in Egypt, best known for his children's music. He...  more
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    The Muppets

    The Muppet Movie, A Christmas Together
    The Muppets are an ensemble cast of puppet characters known for their absurdist, burlesque, and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Created by Jim and Jane Henson in 1955, they are the...  more

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    Imagination Movers

    In a Big Warehouse, Juice Box Heroes
    Imagination Movers is a band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2003. The line-up includes Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche, and Scott "Smitty" Smith. Members of the group were longtime...  more
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    Anthony Donald Joseph Field, AM (born 8 May 1963) is an Australian musician, actor, songwriter and producer. He is best known as a member of the children's group The Wiggles and the 1980s and 1990s...  more
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    The Chipmunks

    Christmas With the Chipmunks, Greatest Christmas Hits
    Alvin and the Chipmunks, originally David Seville and the Chipmunks or simply the Chipmunks, are an American animated virtual band created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. for a novelty record in 1958. The...  more

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    Jeffrey Wayne Fatt AM (born 21 July 1953) is an Australian musician and actor. He was a member of the children's group The Wiggles from its founding in 1991 to 2012, and was also in the 1980s and...  more
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    Laurie Berkner

    Victor Vito, Under a Shady Tree
    Laurissa Ann "Laurie" Berkner (born March 15, 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France to American parents) is an American musician best known for her work as a children's musical artist. Berkner plays...  more
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    Murray James Cook, AM (born 30 June 1960) is an Australian musician and actor. Cook was one of the founding members of the children's band The Wiggles from 1991 to 2012. Cook provided guitar, vocals,...  more
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    They Might Be Giants

    Flood, Apollo 18
    They Might Be Giants is an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell. During TMBG's early years Flansburgh and Linnell frequently performed as a duo, often...  more

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    Gregory John Page, AM (born 16 January 1972) is an Australian singer, musician, and actor. He is best known as the original lead singer and a founding member of the children's band The Wiggles from...  more
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    Caspar Babypants

    Sing Along!
    Caspar Babypants is the stage name of children's music artist Chris Ballew....  more
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    Fred Penner

    The Season, Fred Penner's Place
    Frederick Ralph Cornelius Penner, (born November 6, 1946, Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian children's music performer who gives appearances throughout North America. His television show, Fred...  more
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    Mike Mennard (born 1967 in Ft. Worth, Texas) is a children's recording artist based in Lincoln, Nebraska....  more
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    The Shazzbots!

    Shazzbots Go!, Blast Off!

    Children's Music, Pop/Rock, Folk, Dance

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    Mother Goose Club

    Mother Goose Club Sings Nursery Rhymes Vols. 1-10

    Created by parents and educators, Mother Goose Club reimagines traditional nursery rhymes into fresh and dynamic songs that preschoolers find irresistible. Mother Goose Club’s infectious rhythms and melodies inspire preschoolers to get up and dance, while lyrics and rhymes engage children in developing language skills and an enduring love of reading.


    Each day, children around the world watch Mother Goose Club on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and on local PBS stations across the US. Mother Goose Club is a proud 4-time EMMY ® award winner. In addition to amassing a devoted following on YouTube, Mother Goose Club’s music is streamed worldwide on all major streaming services. Mother Goose Club’s videos and exclusive games and books are available on Mother Goose Club’s app for Android and iOS.

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    Trout Fishing in America

    Truth is Stranger Than Fishin', Who Are These People?
    Trout Fishing in America is a musical duo which performs folk rock and children's music. The duo is composed of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. They took their name from the novel Trout Fishing in...  more
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    Riders in the Sky

    Christmas the Cowboy Way, Merry Christmas from Harmony Ranch
    Riders in the Sky is an American Western music and comedy group which began performing in 1977. Their style also appeals to children, and they are sometimes considered a children's band. They have...  more

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    Hi-5 Hits, Wish Upon a Star
    Hi-5 was a children's musical group and television program that started in 2003. It was based on the original Australian TV show. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award three times and won other...  more
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    No. 1, Friends Forever
    Tweenies is a British children's television programme, originally broadcast on the BBC's CBBC programming block. Episodes of the programme have also been repeated on the CBeebies channel since 2002....  more

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    Jump and Jive With Hi-5
    Hi-5 is an Australian children's musical and comedy group formed in 1998 which is associated with the children's television series of the same name....  more
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    Joanie Bartels

    Dancin’ Magic
    Joan Constance Bartels (born May 21, 1953) is a retired American children's singer-songwriter, recording artist, and occasional actress based in New Zealand. Her 1985 album, Lullaby Magic, was...  more
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    Captain Bogg & Salty

    Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Bedtime Stories for Pirates
    Captain Bogg and Salty is a pirate-themed rock band from Portland, Oregon, and a representative member of the subgenre of pirate rock. The band is well known for their live shows, performed in full...  more
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    Malin Reitan

    Malins Jul, Malin på månen
    Malin (born Malin Reitan; 8 August 1995 in Trondheim, Norway) is a Norwegian singer. She finished 3rd in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with her song "Sommer og skolefri". She is also a...  more