Radio Jungle

Common Sense Media says

Hip, smart songs take kids on a lively musical journey.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Teaches kids about letters and sounds -- and how words are made "from pieces" -- as well as about colors, emotions, and constellations.

Positive messages

Great songs about using your imagination and creativity, as well as sharing your feelings.

Positive role models

The Pop Ups show you can make inspiring music for kids without dumbing down the content.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Radio Jungle is a standout among children's albums with its simple, smart lyrics that encourage imagination and fun. The music is so good, you'll forget that it's a children's album. Great for preschoolers, young elementary-age, and yes, parents.

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What's the story?

The Pop Ups are a Brooklyn duo who've found a niche singing to kids with smart, hip music that's a blend of Caribbean and funky pop with sounds reminiscent of The Beatles and R.E.M. On RADIO JUNGLE, their second family music album, The Pop-Ups sing about kid-friendly concepts to first-rate music that's entertaining without being too childish.

Is it any good?


Radio Jungle takes kids on an adventure through their coloring book, a pop-up city, and a fruit salad feast, with catchy, singable lyrics put to upbeat music that's well-crafted and engaging. "Feelings Change" lets kids get mad, sad, and grrrowl, while "Connect the Stars" reminds us to check out the stunning art in the sky. The music is so interesting that you might forget it's for your kids -- until you realize you're singing about a traveling banana and a box of crayons.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the music on Radio Jungle. How is it different from other children's albums? What do you like or dislike about it?

  • What's your favorite song on this album? Why? Is it the words that you like, or the music? What instruments do you hear?

  • "Feelings Change" is about showing your emotions. What can you do if you feel angry, sad, or scared?

Music details

Artist:The Pop Ups
Release date:April 3, 2012
Label:The Pop Ups
Genre:Children's Music
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Wild animals
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 5 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 April 29, 2012


It teaches kids about constellations and feelings. The music is so interesting you might forget its for your kids.


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