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20 Songs KIDZ BOP Ruined

We were on a family outing. I was driving, my husband was in the passenger seat. From the back, our daughter requested music.

We often listen to Disney radio on iTunes when we are all in the car together. My husband decided he was in the mood for something different. He began to scroll through iTunes, settled on something and the music began to play.

"What IS this?!" I demanded to know.

My husband looked down at his phone and said nonchalantly, "KIDZ BOP."

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I don't remember which song was playing. I just know my ears hurt.

"It's an abomination!" I said. "Make it stop!"

"Noooo," our 6-year-old daughter cried from the back seat. "I like it!"

Of course she did.

I guess I have been living under a rock most of my life, but it was the first time I had heard— and even heard of—KIDZ BOP. And oh how I wish I could take it back.

Some of the songs they cover were annoying to begin with. But, in many cases, KIDZ BOP has taken a song I used to love and completely ruined it. It's senseless. And cruel.

Let's start with a few songs from my youth, shall we?

1. "ABC" (Jackson 5, 1970)

2. "Celebration" (Kool & The Gang, 1980)

3. "Footloose" (Kenny Loggins, 1984)

4. "Hey, Jude" (The Beatles, 1968)

5. "I Think I Love You" (The Partridge Family, 1970)

6. "I'm A Believer" (The Monkees, 1967)

7. "Jump" (Van Halen, 1983)

8. "Walk Like An Egyptian" (The Bangles, 1985)

9. "We Are Family" (Sister Sledge, 1979)

10. "We Got The Beat" (The Go-Gos, 1981)

Each one of these songs evokes a memory from my childhood when it is played. Have you seen "Inside Out" yet? Those memories are yellow. Or they were before KIDZ BOP ruined them. Now they are all blue. And some of them were core memories, people! Elementary school. Middle school. High school.

There is no more nostalgia connected to these songs. There is only KIDZ BOP. And all I hear in my head is that sound made when someone scratches the needle across an LP.

The songs are classics. And they don't need kiddie versions. It is completely unnecessary. Listening to pre-pubescent voices sing them, accompanied by tinny, poorly arranged, computer-generated music makes my stomach turn.

They have an entire Beatles album. And one titled "'80s GOLD." With well over 30 albums, there are countless songs KIDZ BOP has horribly tainted.

Including these more contemporary hits:

11. "All About That Bass" (Meghan Trainor, 2014)

12. "Best Day Of My Life" (American Authors, 2014)

13. "Boom Clap" (Charli XCX, 2014)

14. "GDFR" (Flo Rida, 2014)

15. "Happy" (Pharrel Williams, 2013)

16. "Love Me Like You Do" (Ellie Goulding, 2015)

17. "Roar" (Katy Perry, 2013)

18. "Sugar" (Maroon 5, 2015)

19. "Time Of Our Lives" (Pitbull – Ne-Yo, 2014)

20. "Uptown Funk" (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, 2015)

My first thought when I heard the KIDZ BOP versions of these songs was that kids have no business singing many of them. They are not meant for kids. Sure, KIDZ BOP changes any racy lyrics and cuts out profanity. But if the content is rated, "M" for Mature in the first place, why record a version for kids? And on the other side of the coin, if the original is kid safe, why not just leave it alone?

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In the case of questionable content—words and themes that are, in our opinion, too mature for our daughter—we just don't listen with her. That's our approach. We don't keep all contemporary music from her. She loves singing along to "Roar," for example. And "Best Day Of My Life" is a family favorite. There have been many kitchen dance parties to that one. The original version.

No more KIDZ BOP. Ever.

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