Groove to the Music



Groovy grooves for tots from the Backyardigans.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages kids to be brave and exposes them to many genres of music.

Violence & scariness

Some good messages about not being afraid of the dark.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Over the top -- CD insert is filled with ads for Nick Jr. shows.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Nick Jr. TV tie-in CD is likely to drive anyone over the age of 4 a little nuts, but will probably be adored by any preschoolers in the vicinity.

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What's the story?

GROOVE TO THE MUSIC features music from

The Backyardigans, a beloved Nick Jr. TV show. The CD utilizes a wide variety of musical styles on 18 short songs meant for toddler enjoyment. Though most parents will find this selection of babyish vocals and repetitive lyrics tiresome, many will appreciate the well-played instrumental tracks and the impressive array of international music themes. The strongest tracks are those that pay tribute to genres with American roots. "What's So Scary 'bout That?" and "The Ballad of the Brave Pink Knight" deal with fear of the dark and being brave, with lyrics that are more interesting and well-written than the rest, and terrific big band/jump-swing backing tracks. "Aha!" boasts wonderful folksy acoustic guitar and a sly message about being a hero.

Is it any good?


The CD offers an opportunity to introduce toddlers to a variety of music styles, including rock, pop, Celtic, calypso, Dixieland, and reggae rhythms. While "I Love Being a Princess" and "Oh, My Sherman" (inexplicably sung to the tune of "My Darling Clementine") could easily have been left off the CD, most songs should delight the very young. Little children who love the Backyardigans are likely to be enchanted, and parents might enjoy using the variety of styles as a jumping-off point for sharing some favorites from their own music libraries.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the wide variety of musical styles represented here. The more musically adventurous can then search their music libraries for "real" songs with similar stylistic influences.

Music details

Artist:The Backyardigans
Release date:September 11, 2006
Label:Nick Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written bymilo remmestein November 29, 2011


From what I have seen so far from this show, these kids have an imagination that will make Seth McFarlene make a run for cover. Tiki Beach (Pretty good name, should be a song), Race to the Tower of Power and Stomp to It? These songs are not that bad and yes, this is coming from a 15 year old. Some of the songs make good guitar practice or dance practice without all the explicit lyrics. Conclusion: nice work, Nick Jr.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byprettygirl April 9, 2008
Parent of an infant, 5, and 7 year old Written bygrumpyjenn April 9, 2008

Not bad even for parents

Of all the Children's cds we have in the car - and we have a lot - the two Backyardigans cds and the Sesame Street ones are the least grating on me. And my preschooler knows the different styles of music thanks to the Backyardigans - we can be listening to any music - kids or adults - and she'll ask, "Mommy, is that a song like in the Race to the Tower of Power?" Yup, sure is.


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