Rock & Roll Playground

Common Sense Media says

Super cool collection of classic rock for kids and families.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good ol' rock n' roll tunes about growing up, enjoying life, and dreaming big!

Positive role models

Exposes kids to different kinds of American music.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a lesson in classic rock 'n' roll for your kiddos, with songs old and new. There's nothing to be concerned about.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Acclaimed music label Putumayo Kids is bringing good ol' rock 'n' roll to little ones everywhere with their album ROCK & ROLL PLAYGOUND. It's a super-cool collection of classic rock and jive tunes with a new twist and new tunes that represent that great American sound. Featuring Grammy winners Bill Harley and Taj Mahal, as well as new favorites, like Dan Zanes, Starfish, Peter Himmelman, Rhythm Child, and Roger Day, this album is a colorful, celebratory ode to rock music.

Is it any good?


Rock & Roll Playground features twelve tracks that commemorate the spirit of early rock 'n' roll, jive, and blues. Kids can shake, rattle, and roll to Zane's bluesy "Let's Shake," while those who wanna jive will love Taj Mahal's "Willie and the Hand Jive." Classics like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," Rhythm Child's "Oh Susanna," and Uncle Rock's rendition of the Steppenwolf classic "Magic Carpet Ride" will have everyone in the family boppin', rockin', and jivin' to the oldies. Rock and Roll Playground will renew your family's love of America's baby -- rock 'n' roll.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way rock 'n' roll has changed. These songs reflect the way rock music started. Do you think these tunes sound like rock music today? How are they different? What do you think of when you hear the phrase "rock 'n' roll"? What characteristics do you think make up a rock song?

  • Putumayo Kids has exposed children to all kinds of different music from all over the world. Do you like listening to music from other cultures and genres? What do you like about other music? What do you like about music in this country?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:June 29, 2010
Label:Putumayo World Music
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 2 year old Written byAlice Luu July 25, 2010

we love it very much.It is usefull

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old July 18, 2010


hmm songs are iffy because you never know when a messge is gonna POP yah now

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