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post #1 of 15
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What artists do your pre-teens or young teens enjoy listening to? I bought my 12year old dd an iPod for Christmas and would like to get a few CDs for her as well. She plays the violin and likes a lot of classical music, but as far as pop music I'm sort of at a loss. She likes Natasha Beddingfield and Taylor Swift, but beyond that I'm not sure where to go.

I'd like it to be popular music, but nothing that will cause me to drive off the road if we play it in the car.
post #2 of 15
We're going to be getting dd an ipod as well. She likes the typical teen pop and dance type music, a la Taylor Swift, etc. She also likes the multicultural Putamayo CD's, for instance Latin, World Music. She likes classical music as well, but I don't think this will go on the ipod as she mostly enjoys listening to classical at bedtime.

Just curious, which ipod did you get, the nano, classic or touch? We're still weighing the diffferent options here.
post #3 of 15
She might like Vanessa Mae. Not pop music but an interesting angle on the classical.
post #4 of 15
If you are getting her an ipod, I wouldn't get any CD's. I bet she'd love an itunes giftcard so she could choose several tracks by various artists.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by karne View Post
We're going to be getting dd an ipod as well. She likes the typical teen pop and dance type music, a la Taylor Swift, etc. She also likes the multicultural Putamayo CD's, for instance Latin, World Music. She likes classical music as well, but I don't think this will go on the ipod as she mostly enjoys listening to classical at bedtime.

Just curious, which ipod did you get, the nano, classic or touch? We're still weighing the diffferent options here.
That's what I'm looking for, the only problem is that I'm so out of touch, I don't know who the typical teen pop artists might be.

We got her a nano. I don't want her having unsupervised internet access all the time, so the touch was right out. The classic was overkill for storage for the amount of music she will have for the next several years. For some reason in her circles, the nano is moderately cool (of course, the touch is ideal) while the classis is less cool, so that works out fine for me.
post #6 of 15
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If you are getting her an ipod, I wouldn't get any CD's. I bet she'd love an itunes giftcard so she could choose several tracks by various artists.
We'll do that at some point, but I want a few CDs as well.
post #7 of 15
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That's what I'm looking for, the only problem is that I'm so out of touch, I don't know who the typical teen pop artists might be.

We got her a nano. I don't want her having unsupervised internet access all the time, so the touch was right out. The classic was overkill for storage for the amount of music she will have for the next several years. For some reason in her circles, the nano is moderately cool (of course, the touch is ideal) while the classic is less cool, so that works out fine for me.
I like the price tag of the nano, personally. I also have concerns about internet access and the touch. DD struggles w/small print-visual processing sorts of issues, so that's her concern about the nano. She "sees" better w/the classic, and of course the touch, even something like song titles. That's where I wonder about whether the nano is going to feel OK. I might try asking this over in special needs for a perspective too.
post #8 of 15
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If you are getting her an ipod, I wouldn't get any CD's. I bet she'd love an itunes giftcard so she could choose several tracks by various artists.
Does your computer burn CDs? If so, then give her a gift card to itunes, and you can burn CDs to your heart's content later.

My 14 year old listens to:

The Academy Is
Belle and Sebastian
Feist
The Decemberists
Bayside
Aimee Mann
The Greencards
Iron & Wine
The Get Up Kids
KT Tunstall
Neko Case
Flogging Molly
Phoenix
Regina Specktor
Ryan Adams
Sarah Jarosz
She & Him
The Shins
Vampire Weekend
We the Kings
The Weepies
Thriving Ivory


I can't tell you one way or another whether most of these are any good or not, or even if other kids listen to this stuff. I only recognize one band off her play list. She listens to old stuff, too, like the Pixies, Queen, the Beatles, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and Johnny Cash, but I don't know if other kids listen to that sort of thing, or if that is simply our interests coming through.
post #9 of 15
I don't have teens, but one of my sils is 15 years old this are the artists I recommend that I know she listens to.

Taylor Swift
The Perishers (strongly recommend this band it's awesome)
Poets of the Fall
Regina Spektor
The Bird and the Bee
The Beatles
Peter Broderick
Lenka
Sara Bareilles
Brandi Carlile
Coldplay
post #10 of 15
If you don't know what she likes, I'd really go with the iTunes card. Better to spend $ on that than on CD's that she won't like.
post #11 of 15
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We'll do that at some point, but I want a few CDs as well.
oh, I know CD's are nice for the car if you don't connect the ipod to the stereo -- but at least with my DD (who likes stuff like Taylor Swift, Miley, Carrie Underwood) she tends to only really enjoy 1-3 songs on each CD the artist puts out -- so it ends up be cheaper to buy individual tracks. We also burn mixed CD's which cost close to nothing and then I don't worry about them being scratched or lost.
post #12 of 15
My kids love the Beatles in addition to all the current stuff, and probably some Motown would work for something interesting, of course if it has a good beat to dance to, fun to sing to, my dd loves it.
post #13 of 15
A little OT but,
lorijds---- your child has excellent taste, IMO. Most of those artists can be found on my Ipod I'm impressed!

ok, back to the discussion at hand.......
I really think an Itunes gift card would be great! It opens up a world of options for her and you can always burn her choices onto a cd (if you have access to a burner).
post #14 of 15
We got DS (aged 10) an MP3 player for his birthday in September. So far its mostly loaded with classic rock that my DH likes. I am a strictly classical person so I wasn't any help. I'm actually glad to see the list of more current things because I'm looking for new ideas for music for him as well.
post #15 of 15
my 11 year old likes
paramore &
jack johnson
and recently some older stuff like
pearl jam &
candle box
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