Music Reviews

age 10+
 
'50s-style songs still resonate with kids; some iffy lines.
By Various Artists
(1978)
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age 12+
 
Catchy pop breakthrough for band with punk roots.
By Blondie
(1978)
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age 12+
 
Powerful debut by enduring female vocalist.
By Pretenders
(1980)
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age 13+
 
Joan Jett claims rock 'n' roll for women in fierce debut.
By Joan Jett
(1981)
age 12+
 
Simple Minds hit outshines synth-heavy '80s pop fluff.
By Various Artists
(1985)
age 13+
 
Memorable but dated '80s rock.
By Various Artists
(1986)
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age 13+
 
Rappers' hit debut packed with girls, booze, and attitude.
By Beastie Boys
(1986)
age 9+
 
Surfer boys at their best in sunny, bouncy hits collection.
By Beach Boys
(1999)
age 5+
 
Songs tell the story on Oscar-winning Disney soundtrack.
By Various Artists
(2001)
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age 10+
 
Positive messages about self-esteem from former Idol champ.
By Kelly Clarkson
(2011)
age 8+
 
Boy band sings about true beauty; great message for tweens.
By One Direction
(2012)
age 7+
 
Disney darling sings of living your dream; great for kids.
By Zendaya
(2012)
age 10+
 
Romantic country ballad celebrates music and memories.
By Eric Church
(2012)
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age 2+
 
Eclectic music with sweet lyrics and great messages.
By Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
(2012)
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age 2+
 
Songs from Minnie and the Clubhouse cast inspire friendship.
By Various Artists
(2013)
age 4+
 
Soundtrack encourages healthy habits and friendship.
By Various Artists
(2013)
age 9+
 
Wistful, piano-driven Hunger Games ballad references war.
By Coldplay
(2013)
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age 12+
 
Positive messages about beauty ideals shine in OK pop song.
By Colbie Caillat
(2014)