The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #188: Baby Shark Attack

Have you seen this video on YouTube? It’s an adorable toddler trying desperately to get Alexa to play her favorite song. You probably know the song.

“Baby Shark” is world-wide phenomenon kicked off by the South Korean educational company Pinkfong. Kids, parents, non-parents, Cardi B, Ellen, James Cordon… so many of us are tuned into “Baby Shark” because it makes little kids happy.

But for many adults “Baby Shark” is an attack on their sanity with no end in in sight and no place to hide.

Tune in to hear what can be done when your kid loves the thing that’s crushing your soul and killing your cool cred.

We’ll speak with Chris DeVille from Stereogum, who wrote the article “Baby Shark, fatherhood and the death of my music cred” for The Washington Post. Then music critic Charlie Harding from the podcast Switched on Pop will lose his “Baby Shark” virginity live on our show. Plus, DJ Steve Owen from Some Guys Entertainment will tell us what it’s like to set “Baby Shark” loose on a dance floor. Maybe, with help from these guests, we’ll find a way to hear this song in a new way.

Kid Tested, Music Critic Approved

To help get “Baby Shark” out of your head, and create some new family classics, here’s a playlist of songs from Chris DeVille that will keep your whole family boogieing for days. Or, at least until they ask you to put on “Baby Shark” one more time.

10 Grownup Songs My Kids Actively Enjoy (Or At Least Tolerate)
by Chris DeVille

Kacey Musgraves – “Slow Burn”
Camila Cabello & Young Thug – “Havana”
Drake – “Nice For What”
Vampire Weekend – “Harmony Hall”
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey – “The Middle”
The Beatles – “Hey Jude”
Post Malone & Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
Radiohead – “15 Step”
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”