Forget ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘Rock-a-bye Baby’, parents are opting to sing more contemporary pop songs to send their baby off to sleep, according to the results of a new survey. At the top of the modern song list are the lyrics of Oasis, Elvis Presley, Duffy, and even the ballads of Guns N’ roses. The survey found that one in ten parents questioned couldn’t remember the words to lullabies, and 13 per cent thought lullabies were old-fashioned.
Kathryn Crawford, who conducted the poll, said “We were really surprised to find that moms would rather sing modern pop tunes than traditional lullabies. I expect most moms put the radio on when at home with the baby, and the catchy lyrics make it impossible to sing anything else at bedtime.”
The Top Ten ‘alternative’ lullabies were:
1. ‘Patience’ – Take That
2. ‘Angels’ – Robbie Williams
3. ‘I Kissed a Girl’ – Kate Perry
4. ‘You’re Beautiful’ – James Blunt
5. ‘Love Me Tender’ – Elvis Presley
6. ‘Beautiful’ – Christine Aguilera
7. ‘Warwick Avenue’ – Duffy
8. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ – Guns N’ Roses
9. ‘Wonderwall’ – Oasis
10. ‘Girl’ – Sugababes
It isn’t a completely far-based concept. Rockabye Baby has released a variety of contemporary songs from Bob Marley and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Nirvana and the Rolling Stones have been set to xylophone, creating a beautiful lullabye-esque melody for your baby. It’s avaialble in single downloads at iTunes and you can get the entire CD collection at The Land of Nod.