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A Ranking Of Nursery Rhymes From Tolerable To Torture

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baby playing pianoMost parents live to rue the day they ever popped that kiddie disk into the CD player , because even though you made it to Grandma’s house, it’s now the only thing your kids will listen to in the car without screaming. All nursery rhymes are the worst, but some are more tolerable than others. Here’s a breakdown of nursery rhymes from the ones you hum to yourself in the shower to the ones that make you want to set your ears on fire.

1. Patty Cake

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Little kids get a kick out of this one, plus you can sing it while sitting down. Baby giggles + comfort = winning.

2. The Itsy, Bitsy Spider



Any song that alerts children to the horror of spiders gets a stamp of approval. The sooner they know thine enemy, the better.

3. Ring Around The Rosie



If you can ignore the fact that this song may be about dying from the plague,  it’s a good one. Don’t let the kids get so dizzy that they lose their dinner and you may be able to work off some energy before bedtime.

4. The ABCs




If this song gets stuck in your head, just swap out the lyrics to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and you’ve got yourself a playlist. And while for the life of me I can’t remember a single thing I learned in the 5th grade, this little ditty from preschool came in super handy as an adult when I worked filing medical records.

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