13 Grammy-Nominated Songs Both You & Your Kids Can Listen To & Love

13 Grammy-Nominated Songs Both You & Your Kids Can Listen To & Love
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With it being Grammy Awards season, now's the time to bond with your kids by binge-listening to some of the most beloved award-winning (or at least award-nominated) songs of our time, right? Except, of course, that not all critically acclaimed music is kid-friendly: You and your kids might love dancing to Beyonce's "Formation," but you might not love explaining the Red Lobster reference to your third grader, for example. And, of course, it goes without saying that not all kid-friendly music is exactly music to our ears.

With that in mind, we've put together a list of Grammy Award–winning and/or nominated songs from the past 10 years that you can listen to with your kids without cringing -- and will inspire listeners of all ages to get their groove on!

  • Hello


    Chances are your kid is already plenty familiar with Adele's ubiquitous chart-topper "Hello" (nominated in 2017 for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Pop Solo Performance). All the more reason to belt it out family-style! (Perfect eyeliner not required.)

  • Can't Stop the Feeling


    Nominated this year for Best Song Written for Visual Media (for the movie Trolls), Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" will face off against "Heathens" by Twenty-One Pilots and "Try Everything" by Shakira, among others -- but J.T.'s feel-good hit has our vote!

  • Glory


    Winner of Best Written Song for Visual Media at the 2016 Grammy Awards, "Glory" (from the film Selma) is the equal rights anthem our kids need to hear right now (we do, too!).

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  • Single Ladies


    Put your hands up! Not only did "Single Ladies" win Song of the Year at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards (in 2010), it also won Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. All your kid needs to know, however, is that it's about sisters doing it for themselves in the fiercest possible way.

  • Let It Go


    Yeah, we know you're still sick of "Let It Go" (which won Best Song Written for Visual Media in 2014). But your kids love it -- and, let's face it, you know all the words.

  • Roar


    Perfect for getting kids amped up before big games (or tests, or dance recitals, or whatever other high-stakes task is at hand), Katy Perry's "Roar" was nominated for Song of the Year in 2014. 

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  • Uptown Funk


    It was no surprise when "Uptown Funk" took home Record of the Year in 2016 -- you still can't turn on the radio without hearing it several times a day. And yet somehow, this Mark Ronson tune featuring Bruno Mars never gets old!

  • Happy


    Why should you listen to Pharrell's "Happy" (which won Best Pop Solo Performance in 2015) with your kids? Because it will make all of you, well, happy. (The video's pretty upbeat, too!)

  • Forget You


    Sure, there's also an explicit version of this song -- but Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" is perfectly appropriate for kids, and will most definitely inspire impromptu dance parties. Nominated for Song of the Year in 2011, it took home the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Award.

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  • Radioactive


    With lines like "It's a revolution I suppose" and "This is it, the apocalypse," this 2014 Song of the Year nominee (from Imagine Dragons) feels especially relevant right now. Dystopian lyrics aside, it still manages to be catchy!

  • Cut Me Some Slack


    Truth be told, "Cut Me Some Slack" (which won Best Rock Song in 2014) is neither Paul McCartney nor Dave Grohl's best song, but your kids should still listen to it because, hello? It features two former members of the Beatles and Nirvana ... what?!

  • Don't Wanna Fight


    Discourage squabbling between siblings with the infectious, soulful "Don't Wanna Fight" by Alabama Shakes, which won Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance in 2015. They'll be too busy keeping the beat to bicker!

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  • Umbrella


    You can't listen to all of Rihanna's songs with your kids ("Bitch Better Have My Money," ahem), but you can listen to "Umbrella," which was nominated for Best Song in 2008 and doesn't have any lyrics that will make you uncomfortable!

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