Editors’ Notes You don’t have to be a parent to know the trials of finding a song—let alone an entire set of music—that’ll satisfy everyone. But if you do happen to be a parent, you know the pain more than anyone. Sometimes you can’t take another “kids” song; sometimes they just won’t tolerate another “adult” one. In that spirit, here’s a playlist of pop classics then and now that have that rare generation-bridging quality, as nuanced and timeless to grown-ups as they are immediate to youngsters. After all, catering to them doesn’t mean giving up on you. Our editors update things here regularly, so if you hear something you like—ahem, something everyone likes—add it to the family library.

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