Bands/Musicians The Best Children's Artists/Bands  

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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. (89 items)
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The Wiggles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas, It’s a Wiggly Wiggly World! The Wiggles are a children's music group from Australia formed in Sydney, in 1991. The idea behind the formation of the group came from Anthony Field. Other members in the original line up from ...more

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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
The Muppet Movie, A Christmas Together, A Green and Red Christmas The Muppets are a group of puppet characters known for an absurdist, burlesque and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Having been created in 1955 by Jim Henson, they are the ...more

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Laurie Berkner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Victor Vito, Under a Shady Tree, Whaddya Think of That? Laurie Berkner is an American musician best known for her work as a children's musical artist. Berkner plays guitar and sings in the Laurie Berkner Band, along with pianist Susie Lampert, ...more

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The Chipmunks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Christmas With the Chipmunks, Greatest Christmas Hits, Christmas with The Chipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks is an American animated music group created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., for a novelty record in 1958. The group consists of three singing animated anthropomorphic ...more

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They Might Be Giants is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Flood, Apollo 18, John Henry 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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Imagination Movers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
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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Raffi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
KoenMiller added Raffi's Christmas Album, Quiet Time, Corner Grocery Store Raffi Cavoukian, CM, OBC, better known by his mononym Raffi, is an Egyptian-born Canadian singer-songwriter, author, essayist, and lecturer of Armenian descent. He has developed his career as a ...more

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Greg Page is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Gregory John Page, AM is an Australian musician and actor. He is best known as the original lead vocalist and a founding member of the children's band The Wiggles. Page has also recorded several ...more

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Hi5 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Hi-5 Hits, Wish Upon a Star, Boom Boom Beat 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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The Wombles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
The Wombles Collection, Remember You're A Womble, The Best Wombles Album So Far 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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Murray Cook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Murray James Cook, AM is an Australian vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known as one of the founding members of the children's band The Wiggles. Cook was also a regular guest on ...more

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Julie Garnett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Julie Garnett added

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Fred Penner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
KoenMiller added The Season, Fred Penner's Place, Fred's Favourites Frederick Ralph Cornelius "Fred" Penner, CM OM is a Canadian children's music performer who gives appearances throughout North America. His television show, Fred Penner's Place, aired ...more

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Anthony Field is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Anthony Donald Joseph Field, AM is an Australian musician and actor. He is best known as a member of the children's group The Wiggles and the 1980s and 90s pop band The Cockroaches. While still ...more

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Trout Fishing in America is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Truth is Stranger Than Fishin', Who Are These People?, Over the Limit 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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Sam Moran is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Samuel Alexander Moran is an Australian entertainer best known for having been a member of the children's band The Wiggles. He was born in Sydney and raised in Wagga Wagga. He is the host of the ...more

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Jeff Fatt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Jeffrey Wayne Fatt AM, is an Australian musician and actor. He is best known as a member of the children's band The Wiggles and the 1980s and 90s band The Cockroaches. As part of the Wiggles, ...more

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Caspar Babypants is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Sing Along! Caspar Babypants is the stage name of children's music artist Chris Ballew.

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The Okee Dokee Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Through the Woods, Take It Outside, Can You Canoe? The Okee Dokee Brothers are an independent American bluegrass and American roots children's music duo from Minneapolis. Their 2012 CD/DVD release Can You Canoe? won a GRAMMY for Best Children's ...more

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Hi-5 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
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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Dan Zanes and Friends is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
House Party, Rocket Ship Beach, Little Nut Tree Dan Zanes and Friends is a popular children's music band with front man Dan Zanes.

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Dan Zanes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Catch That Train!, Cool Down Time, Hello Dan Zanes was a 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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The Shazzbots! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Matthew Hubbard added Shazzbots Go!, Blast Off!

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

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Go!Go!Go! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Go!Go!Go! is a British musical group. It is part of a cross-media project aimed at primary-age children comprising the pop group, live theatre show, television, and interactive website.

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Tweenies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
No. 1, Friends Forever, Greatest Hits 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

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Cake for Dinner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Danylo Fedoryka added

Cake for Dinner will take you on a musical carpet ride around the world where you will encounter and be part of music from different countries. Bring your voices because you're part of the show!

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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

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Ralph's World is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
At the Bottom of the Sea, Ralph's World, Happy Lemons Ralph's World is a children's music group created by Ralph Covert. Covert, previously of Chicago-based indie-rock group The Bad Examples, uses high rock and roll energy with kid-friendly lyrics. ...more

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Rosenshontz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Tickles You!, Greatest Hits!, Uh Oh! Rosenshontz was a children's music duo popular in the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s. Made up of Gary Rosen and Bill Shontz, the group recorded six albums between 1980 and 1994. Some of their more ...more

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The Learning Station is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Where is Thumbkin, Literacy in Motion The Learning Station is an educational children's musical group, comprising the husband-and-wife team Don and Laurie Monopoli, and their friend Jan Hrkach. Don Monopoli founded the group in ...more

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Malin Reitan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Malins Jul, Malin på månen, Pang Malin is a Norwegian singer. She finished 3rd in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with her song "Sommer og skolefri". She is also a recording artist with several released ...more

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Alphabet Soup Children's Enter... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Alphabet Soup Children's Entertainment is a Canadian children's band based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Formed in 2000, the group gained prominence through appearances at festivals, the Manitoba ...more

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LuLu and the TomCat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
LuLu and the TomCat is a children's musical group formed in Roland, Manitoba, Canada in 2001. The group has produced children's albums and made concert appearances.

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Charli Robinson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Sharlene Marie Zeta Robinson, known professionally in Australia as Charli Robinson and previously as Charli Delaney, is an Australian singer, actress, radio presenter and children's performer ...more

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Riders in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Christmas the Cowboy Way, Merry Christmas from Harmony Ranch, Riders Radio Theater 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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Kira Willey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Dance for the Sun, Kings & Queens of the Forest Kira Willey is an award-winning American musician best known for her song Colors which is featured on a popular Dell computer laptop commercial. She is also a certified Yoga instructor and a

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Devo 2.0 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Devo 2.0 Devo 2.0 was a quintet, created for Walt Disney Records, of child actors who sing, dance, and mime playing instruments along to songs re-recorded by some of the original members of Devo. Jerry ...more

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Joanie Bartels is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Dancin’ Magic Joan Constance "Joanie" Bartels is an American children's singer, songwriter and recording artist and occasional actress. Her 1985 album, Lullaby Magic, was certified gold by the ...more

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The Blankies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
The Blankies is a cartoon band with educational songs for children in preschool and early elementary school. The Blankies is a registered trademark of 4 Boys Inc, an independent label based out ...more

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Beethoven's Wig is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Beethoven's Wig 4: Dance Along Symphonies Beethoven's Wig is a vocal group that sings lyrics written to the greatest hits of classical music. Created by lyricist, lead singer and producer Richard Perlmutter, the group has been a ...more

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Peter Combe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Newspaper Mama, Chopsticks, Wash Your Face in Orange Juice Peter Combe is an Australian children's entertainer and musician. Musical genre - Children's Music He has had 22 releases, including seven gold albums, two platinum, three ARIA awards and one ...more

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The Hooley Dooleys is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
The Hooley Dooleys, Roll Up! Roll Up!, Pop! The Hooley Dooleys were an Australian children's music and performance act which began in 1996. Their material was aimed at children between the age of two to seven. They originally appeared on ...more

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Eric Herman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Snail's Pace Eric Herman is a children's music performer based in the Pacific Northwest. His music combines various styles of rock music with often wryly humorous kid-related lyrics to create what he refers ...more

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Teacher and the Rockbots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Science, World, Multiplication Teacher and the Rockbots is a cartoon band with songs in the educational children's music genre. There are 51 songs in the four CD collection related to elementary school subjects. Teacher and ...more

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Gregg Russell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Gregg Russell is a regionally known singer, song writer and actor who regularly performs on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He has shared the stage with such famous acts as Steve Martin, The ...more

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Father Abraham & the Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands

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Kathleen de Leon Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Kathleen de Leon Jones is an Australian actress, dancer, and singer of Filipino descent. She was an original cast member of the ARIA Award winning Australian children's television program,

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Jonathan Sprout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
More American Heroes Jonathan Sprout is a songwriter, performer and recording artist from Pennsylvania, USA. He has released nine albums, the last seven of which feature children's music. His three most recent ...more

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Steve Elci & Friends is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
GinaGigliottiBarber added

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Captain Bogg & Salty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Children's Artists/Bands
Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Bedtime Stories for Pirates, Prelude to Mutiny 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 ...more