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The Best Children's Artists/Bands 

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Updated May 19, 2020 3.5k votes 851 voters 101.3k views 98 items

List Rules Only 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. (98 items)
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The Wiggles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas, It’s a Wiggly Wiggly World!, Yummy Yummy, Big Red Car, + more

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 ...more

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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: The Muppet Movie, A Christmas Together, A Green and Red Christmas, The Muppet Show, Kermit Unpigged, + more

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 ...more

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The Chipmunks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: Christmas With the Chipmunks, Greatest Christmas Hits, Christmas with The Chipmunks, Vol. 2, Undeniable, + more

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. ...more

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Raffi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
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Albums: Raffi's Christmas Album, Quiet Time, Corner Grocery Store, Singable Songs for the Very Young, Rise and Shine, + more

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 ...more
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Laurie Berkner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Genre: Children's music; Nationality: France

Albums: Victor Vito, Under a Shady Tree, Whaddya Think of That?, Buzz Buzz, Party Day!, + more

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. ...more
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Imagination Movers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: In a Big Warehouse, Juice Box Heroes, For Those About to Hop

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 ...more
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They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: Flood, Apollo 18, John Henry, Join Us, O Tannenbaum, + more

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, ...more

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Greg Page is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Children's music; Nationality: Australia
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 ...more
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Jeff Fatt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Genre: Children's music; Nationality: Australia
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 ...more
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Anthony Field is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Children's music; Nationality: Australia
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 ...more
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Mike Mennard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Mike Mennard (born 1967 in Ft. Worth, Texas) is a children's recording artist based in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Murray Cook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Genre: Rock music and Children's music; Nationality: Australia
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, ...more
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Mother Goose Club is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
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Albums: 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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Caspar Babypants is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: Sing Along!

Caspar Babypants is the stage name of children's music artist Chris Ballew.
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Fred Penner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
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Albums: The Season, Fred Penner's Place, Fred's Favourites, Moonlight Express, My First Adventures, + more

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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Hi5 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: Hi-5 Hits, Wish Upon a Star, Boom Boom Beat, Wow! (deluxe edition), Jump and Jive With Hi-5, + more

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 ...more
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Sam Moran is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Genre: Pop music, Opera & Children's music; Nationality: Australia
Samuel Alexander Moran (born 4 April 1978) is an Australian entertainer best known for having been a member of the children's band The Wiggles from 2006 to 2012. He was born in Sydney and raised ...more
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Hi-5 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: 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.
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Riders in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: Christmas the Cowboy Way, Merry Christmas from Harmony Ranch, Riders Radio Theater, Cowboy Songs, Saddle Pals, + more

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 ...more

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Trout Fishing in America... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: Truth is Stranger Than Fishin', Who Are These People?, Over the Limit, Reel Life, inFINity, + more

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 ...more
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The Wombles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: The Wombles Collection, Remember You're A Womble, The Best Wombles Album So Far, Wombling Songs, The Wombling Song, + more

The Wombles are fictional pointy-nosed, furry creatures that live in burrows, where they aim to help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in creative ways. Wombles were created by ...more
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Dan Zanes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Genre: Children's music and Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Catch That Train!, Cool Down Time, Hello, Hello, Family Dance, + more

Daniel Edgerly Zanes (born November 8, 1961) is an American former member of the popular 1980s band The Del Fuegos and is now the front man of the Grammy-winning group Dan Zanes and Friends.
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Dan Zanes and Friends is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

Albums: House Party, Rocket Ship Beach, Little Nut Tree, Catch That Train!, Night Time, + more

Dan Zanes and Friends is a popular children's music band with front man Dan Zanes.
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Paul Paddick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Genre: Children's music; Nationality: Australia
Paul Paddick (born 16 February 1967) is an Australian singer and actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Captain Feathersword, "the friendly pirate," a character associated with ...more
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Julie Garnett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
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