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Harry Nilsson - "Gotta Get Up"
You see, the nice thing about toddlers is that they're naturally inclined to dance to rock music the way people were before actual dance music came along. This song inspires such jumping around in my household that it's impossible to keep the record from skipping.
Paul Simon - "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard"
Just now, for the first time in my entire life, it occurred to me that I have literally not considered for even one second what this song might be about. It doesn't matter, though. Lots of energy, a little bit of whistling, and Rosie, the queen of Corona.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - "I Send My Love to You"
First of all, it's important to choose the full-band, country version from the Greatest Palace Music album—the original is just too boring for your kid to handle. But with the good version, you'll find yourself facing a somewhat tricky situation: the best part, which features the line "The moon is falling, and my wounds are calling. My head is bleeding, and I'm a duck," along with some extremely enjoyable quack-quack sounds, is immediately followed by the line, "Fuck the land, and two if by sea." So you'll have to decide if you really care about the f-word being tossed around, but you probably shouldn't.