Kidz Bop

Common Sense Media says

Mostly bland pop covers sung by anonymous kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

A few songs have dark images ("a world full of killing and blood spilling").

Sex

A few lines such as "let's get it on tonight" aren't edited out.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Some CDs contain promotional stuff.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these chart-topping CDs have kids covering popular songs -- songs that aren't always the best suited for young ears (although chances are really young ones won't even blink at "let's get it on tonight"). While most of the tunes are edited, some aren't: Nickelback's "Hero," J-Lo's "Jenny From the Block," and Ashanti's "Just a Friend" are good examples where inappropriate content is left in. It's also useful to keep in mind that this prolific music machine produces pretty bad stuff vocally and instrumentally, and may have you running out of the room as soon as your kid hits play.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

KIDZ BOP CDs are the kind of music that parents want to like. Certainly the people at Kidz Bop had the best intentions when they created this popular series. They wanted to provide kid-friendly versions of current songs by popular artists so families could share an enjoyable music experience together. And perhaps they might have succeeded if they had done a better job of cleaning up the few songs with lines that just aren't appropriate for kids and found musicians who didn't sound like first-round American Idol rejects.

Is it any good?

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There's usually little objectionable lyrical content, but there's also no heart, passion, or soul. And, the quality of music is so dreadful that you may not want to bother: The instrumentation is synthesized and lacks inspiration; the mastering so carelessly handled that it sounds like someone threw a wet towel over the mixes. Even the anonymous singing kids sound like they would rather be doing something else.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Kidz Bop covers already popular songs. Do you think that covering a song is a form of flattery or not? How do they choose the songs? Are they always age appropriate? What songs would you like to hear covered? Does having kids sing the tunes make them more appealing?

Music details

Artist:Kidz Bop Kids
Release date:July 29, 2008
Label:Razor & Tie
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byXandrez January 29, 2009
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Music Slaughter

They cant even sing, and they kill all good music. To be honest, i hate the jonas brothers and i feel bad they got their songs on kidz bop.
Adult Written byMusicman23 April 9, 2008
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BEWARE OF KIDZ BOP!!!

Kidz Bop is a danger to young kids everywhere. It reveals mature topics to kids. Although they may not fully understand what the words mean, the concepts are engrained in their minds. DO NOT BUY KIDZ BOP FOR YOUR KIDS!!!
Parent of a 2 and 10 year old Written bySteffauri516 January 22, 2013
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What's the point of this again?

No, really. What is the point of Kidz Bop? The first Kidz Bop CDs made their debut when I was in my early teens, so naturally it didn't appeal to me in the least then. Now, I have a 10 year old daughter and a 2 year old son and frankly, they aren't that impressed by it either. Honestly for my sake on long drives I'm glad they don't like it! But really, Kidz Bop is targeted towards...well...kids, my oldest is 10 and I'm fairly certain the music caters to children as old as preteens, but one of her aunts bought her one of the CDs (I think they're on #40 or something now?) two years ago for her birthday and she listened to it maybe three or four times before completely tiring out of it. And personally, I really don't get the point of all the hype Kidz Bop gets. For those of you who have never listened to it, go to Youtube and look up some of the music; all it is, is the most popular songs of the moment, re-sung by kids instead of the actual artists. On some songs they change the lyrics, and admittedly the rewrites are very poor. The latest one I've heard was a Katy Perry song where they replaced the phrase "we got matching tattoos" with, "you bought me a balloon" or something along those lines. Apparently some parents would rather their children listen to Kidz Bop as opposed to the real songs because of the content, which frankly I don't understand. Whenever my daughter finds music she likes (my son is still a bit too young to decide his music tastes!) I usually preview it, and if there is swearing, sexual innuendo, etc. I just download the clean version for her. She doesn't notice the difference and the content is appropriate. Honestly, I wouldn't waste your time with the franchise. The rewritten lyrics are terrible, clean versions of real music generally please everyone, parents and kids alike, and I'm sure your older kids will be much happier as well--it's almost like a transition into 'real' music for them. While we are not a Kidz Bops family, I'd rate the content on for kids 5 and up.
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