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TOP 10 ALTERNATIVE LULLABIES

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Nancy Smallwood finds Bjork and Kanye in lullaby form...

Get your baby to sleep with some cool music

For most, getting your child to fall asleep is far from easy, so soothing music can sometimes be the answer. But what should you do when traditional nursery lullabies stop being charming, and start being grating? Thanks to the internet sorting out problems we didn’t even know we had, you and your baby can now listen to soothing covers of all your favourite bangers from the 80s, 90s, and more. 

So if you can't face another rendition of Twinkle Twinkle, have a look at these 10 surprising covers of songs you never imagined could be lullabies, so you and your baby can rock out and rock-a-bye at the same time.

1. Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights

Kate’s piercing vocals would be considered a tad overwhelming for anyone trying to get some shuteye, let alone someone under the age of five. Here, they’re replaced by a soft xylophone, making it perfect for bedtime. Ahhh. We feel sleepy already. 

Listen on Spotify here 

2. Blur - End of a Century 

If you’ve got fond memories of blasting out the Britpop, but that life now seems half a world away, get halfway there with this overwhelmingly soothing take on one of Blur’s finest offerings.

Listen on Spotify here 

3. System of a Down - Chop Suey

Everything about the original song is inappropriate for children, from the intense music video with moshing emos to the lead singer’s screaming vocals. And let’s not mention the lyrics. But thanks to Twinkle Twinkle Little Rockstar, you can finally find out just how relaxing nu-metal can be.

Listen on Spotify here

4. Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK

Teach your baby to stick two fingers up to the establishment by introducing them to the concept of anarchy before they can walk. Though, er, you might want to skip the lyrical content until they’re well past the age of enforced bedtimes.

Listen on Spotify here

5. Pink Floyd - Us and Them

The original is already one of Dark Side of the Moon’s most dreamy tracks, but you can play this version from Cradle Rock safe in the knowledge that you won’t have to reach for the volume knob at the crescendo - it’s smooth sailing from start to finish.

Listen on Spotify here

6. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun

Soundgarden’s howling grunge anthem translates amazingly well to a lullaby in this blissed-out version from Jammy Jams. Plus, the nostalgia factor is especially high if you grew up in the 90s (or spent the noughties watching MTV2). Just try not to rock out too hard during the solo.

Listen on Spotify here

7. Radiohead - Paranoid Android

You wouldn’t think Radiohead’s devastating ode to isolation would be a hit with the kids. But take it from Youtube user ThePurpleMenace: ‘I love my baby, and I love Radiohead. Playing this is a guaranteed way to calm him down when he’s totally inconsolable.’

Listen on Spotify here

8. The White Stripes - Fell in Love With a Girl

The White Stripes’s frenetic 2001 floor-filler had a music video entirely animated in Lego, so it’s a pleasing coincidence that this gently tinkling kid-friendly version is genuinely rather good.

Listen on Spotify here

9. Kanye West - Golddigger

Take away the lyrics, the thumping bass and the beat, and Golddigger still sounds catchy. A testament to the man who once said his greatest pain in life is that he will never be able to see himself play live.

Listen on Spotify here

10. Bjork - Joga

Bjork’s Icelandic moodiness makes for great lullabies, emotional landscapes and all. It’s especially true for Joga’s meandering melody. That said, it’s hard not to miss the sporadic beats, but if this gets the kids to sleep without any Baa Baa Black Sheep, sign us up.

Listen on Spotify here

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