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10 Family Friendly Songs for the Car (That Won't Drive Parents Nuts)


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'Istanbul (Not Constantinople)' by They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants accordion player and lead singer John Linnell and guitarist John Flansburgh perform in New York City.
They Might Be Giants accordion player and lead singer John Linnell and guitarist John Flansburgh perform in New York City.
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They Might Be Giants, an alternative rock band that has found recent success among the younger set with albums like "No!" and "Here Come the ABCs," has always had a flair for the quirky. In 1990, the band released the single "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," a swingy tune about a city that changed its name. Most people assume that the song was written by They Might Be Giants; in fact, it was written by Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon in the early 1950s and first recorded by The Four Lads in 1953.

Children who've enjoyed the kid-centric They Might Be Giants albums will love hearing this classic track -- and lots of parents will be instantly transported back to their own youth. Plus, it's a mini history lesson. What's not to love?


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