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10 top songs to help your baby go to sleep (according to parents)

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Music is a great way to soothe your baby at bedtime, and if your baby is anything like mine, reading a book might not be helping with the wind-down process (he eats his books). 

Instead, we play some music and sing a few songs before popping him into bed. 

But which songs give off the strongest sleepy vibes to help your baby drift off into the land of nod?

For us, surprisingly, the album that soothes bubs off to sleep (sometimes) is Bon Iver, their self-titled album (which is – thankfully – not annoying to listen to!). 

Collecting data from Spotify, Babysense researchers checked out a bunch of baby sleep playlists to see which songs popped up the most. 

Here are the top 10 lullabies for babies, according to those public playlists. 

1. You Are My Sunshine (Originally performed by Jimmie Davis)

This number appeared on a whopping 147 playlists!

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2. Colours of the Wind (Originally performed by Judy Kuhn)

Appearing on 130 playlists, Colours of the Wind was made popular by appearing in the Disney film, Pocahontas. 

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3. Itsy Bitsy Spider (traditional version)

Itsy Bitsy Spider appeared on 128 playlists and was the most popular lullaby on the list. 

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4. Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Originally performed by Elton John)

Featuring in 124 lullaby playlists, Can You Feel The Love Tonight is another Disney song from The Lion King that parents use for bedtime. Parents prefer the Rita May version over the Elton John version (for these bedtime playlists, anyway). 

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5. A Whole New World (Originally performed by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane)

The Purple Tulips version of this love ballad appears on 110 playlists, but it was originally written as the main theme of the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin

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6. When She Loved Me – Toy Story 2 (Originally performed by Sarah McLachlan)

The Rockabye Lullaby version of When She Loved Me features on101 baby bedtime playlists. The song was originally written by Randy Newman and performed by Sarah McLachlan for the film Toy Story 2.

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7. Puff The Magic Dragon (Originally performed by Peter, Paul and Mary)

Laura Hanson’s version features on 99 playlists and tells the story of a little boy and his imaginary friend, a dragon.

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8. Baby Sleep Lullaby (Originally performed by Baby Sleep Music)

Composed for the sole purpose of getting your little one to sleep, Baby Sleep Lullaby features on 82 lullaby playlists. 

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9. Sonata No. 16 (Originally performed by Mozart)

One of the oldest bedtime songs on the list, Sonata No. 16 was first penned by Mozart in 1788 And the Lullaby Time version features on 79 playlists.      

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10. How Far I’ll Go (Originally performed by Auliʻi Cravalho)

Originally recorded for the Disney film Moana, this Thomas Loof cover featured on 77 playlists.

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