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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."
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?
(Jackson 5, 1970)
(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)
(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
They have an entire Beatles album. And one titled "'80s
GOLD." With well over 30 albums, there are countless songs KIDZ BOP has horribly
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
15. "Happy" (Pharrel Williams, 2013)
16. "Love Me
Like You Do" (Ellie Goulding, 2015)
17. "Roar" (Katy
18. "Sugar" (Maroon 5, 2015)
19. "Time Of
Our Lives" (Pitbull – Ne-Yo, 2014)
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?
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.