Many of the nursery rhymes that children grow up with have origins that are hundreds of years old. A good number of them were formed to be an expression of some political or news event of the time. Since freedom of expression was not always welcome by the king, short rhymes were sometimes used to show dissent subtly, without putting your life at risk. The most memorable of these short rhymes were passed down from generation to generation and many have become disconnected from their original meaning. Since almost all children grow up learning nursery rhymes at some point during their upbringing, it's no surprise that they hold a place in the psyche of the musician. For this playlist I have selected what I feel are the 10 best examples of songs inspired by nursery rhymes. I'm certainly missing a bunch of worthy songs, so what would you add, and what would you remove?
Top 10 Songs Inspired By Nursery Rhymes
1. Peter Piper - Run-D.M.C.
2. Mary Had A LIttle Lamb - Stevie Ray Vaughan
3. Cat's In The Cradle - Harry Chapin
4. Engrish Bwudd - Man Man
5. Old Mother Hubbard - Ella Fitzgerald
6. Oranges And Lemons - The Mekons
7. Hey Diddle Diddle - Marvin Gaye
8. The Humpty Dumpty Love Song - Travis
9. The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead - XTC
10. All The Kings Horses - Joss Stone
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