Playlist of 30 Songs to Sing Baby to Sleep That Are Not Lullabies

Updated on July 14, 2018

To be real, I honestly don't know the words to most of the traditional lullabies. And, I certainly hear my fair share of kiddie songs when our 4-year-old is watching Netflix.

So, I loaded up a playlist on my phone. Even though not all of the songs have lyrics about babies and sleep, certainly the melodies can sound like a lullaby, right?

I snuggle with babe in the rocking chair, sing along, and eventually, he falls asleep. It's anyone's guess as to whether it's the music or not, but at least I get to enjoy some good tunes in the meantime.

Here are some of our faves in no particular order:

1. "Forever Young" - Bob Dylan

Lyrics pick:

"May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you"

2. "Three Little Birds" - Bob Marley

Lyrics pick:

"Don't worry about a thing
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright"

3. "Blackbird" - The Beatles

Lyrics pick:

"Blackbird singing in the dead of night"

4. "As Tears Go By" - The Rolling Stones

Lyrics pick:

"It is the evening of the day"

5. "Wildflowers" - Tom Petty

Lyrics pick:

"You belong somewhere you feel free"

6. "Dear God" - Avenged Sevenfold

Lyrics pick:

"Dear God the only thing I ask of you is
To hold her when I'm not around
When I'm much too far away"

7. "Silent Lucidity" - Queensryche

Lyrics pick:

"Hush now don't cry
Wipe away the teardrop from your eye
You're lying safe in bed"

"I will be watching over you
I'm gonna help you see it through
I will protect you in the night"

8. "Little Wing" - Jimi Hendrix

Lyrics pick:

"Well she's walking
through the clouds
with a circus mind
that's running around
Butterflies and zebras
And moonbeams
And fairy tales
That's all she ever thinks about
Riding with the wind"


9. "Beautiful Boy" - John Lennon

Lyrics pick:

“Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster's gone
He's on the run and your daddy's here

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer”

10. "St. Judy’s Comet" - Paul Simon

Lyrics pick:

"Little sleepy boy
Do you know what time it is?
Well the hour of your bedtime's
Long been past

And though I know you're fighting it
I can tell when you rub your eyes
You're fading fast"

11. "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" - Billy Joel

Lyrics pick:

"Goodnight, my angel
Time to close your eyes"

12. "Simple Man" - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lyrics pick:

"Baby, be a simple, really simple man
Oh, be something you love and understand"

13. "Sweet Baby James" - James Taylor

Lyrics pick:

"Goodnight you moon light ladies, rock-a-bye sweet baby James"

14. "Sun" - Concrete Blonde

Lyrics pick:

"Part the dark and chase it gone
You're the sweet and sunny one
As bright as any star tonight.
You smile like a beam of light"

15. "Songbird" - Fleetwood Mac

Lyrics pick:

"For you, there'll be no more crying,

For you, the sun will be shining"

"And I love you, I love you, I love you"

16. "In My Life" - The Beatles

Lyrics pick:

"In my life, I love you more"

17. "Another Lullaby" - Art Garfunkel

Lyrics pick:

"Close your eyes my pretty child,
Though the night is dark and the wind is wild,
I will stand beside your bed,

Tonight there is nothing you need fear or dread.You can sleep now, go to sleep,
The rain falls and the windows weep,
I'm standing by to sing a lullaby."

18. "Sleepyhouse" - Blind Melon

Lyrics pick:

"As I feel the moon rise
The time that all feels is the right time
Here in our sleepy house"

19. "Shooting Star" - Bad Company

Lyrics pick:

"Don't you know that you are
A shooting star
And all the world will love you
Just as long, as long as you are"

20. "Love Song" - Tesla

Lyrics pick:

"Love is all around you"

21. "Dream On" - Aerosmith

Lyrics pick:

"Dream on
Dream until your dreams come true"

22. "All of My Love" - Led Zeppelin

Lyrics pick:

"All of my love, all of my love, oh
All of my love to you"

23. "Farewell and Goodnight" - Smashing Pumpkins

Lyrics pick:

"Goodnight, my love, to every hour in every day

Goodnight, always, to all that's pure that's in your heart"

24. "Wild is the Wind" - David Bowie

Lyrics pick:

"Love me, love me, love me, love me
Say you do
Let me fly away
With you
For my love is like
The wind
And wild is the wind
Wild is the wind"

25. "Teach Your Children Well" - Crosby Stills Nash

Lyrics pick:

"So just look at them and sigh and know they love you."

26. "Wild World" - Cat Stevens

Lyrics pick:

"Oh baby baby it's a wild world
And it's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh baby baby it's a wild world"


27. "MLK" - U2

Lyrics pick:

"Sleep, sleep tonight

And may your dreams be realised"

28. "Sweet Child of Mine (acoustic)" - Slash & Myles Kennedy

Lyrics pick:

"Oh, oh, oh
Sweet child o' mine
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Sweet love of mine"

29. "Your Song" - Elton John

Lyrics pick:

"How wonderful life is while you're in the world"

30. "I Will" - The Beatles

Lyrics pick:

"Love you forever and forever

Love you with all my heart"

Sweet dreams, sweet babe.

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