Top Pop 2

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Cynthea Riesenberg, Common Sense Media
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So-so; there are better sanitized compilations.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Boyfriends are cheating two timers in "Fighter."

Violence

There are no violent references.

Sex

Although the reference may escape some listeners, unwed pregnancy is alluded to in "Sk8ter Boi" ("Five years from now she sits at home feeding the baby she's all alone.")

Language

Not all innuendo has been erased. "Intuition" declares, "You got something that you want me to sell/ Sell your sin. Just cash in."

Consumerism

There are no commercial tie-ins.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Gin" becomes "drinks" in "All That Jazz," but the song retains approving references to nightly brawls.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in the growing market for sanitized albums of tween tunes that preserve a rocking beat while erasing sexual innuendo, this CD is less diligent than some of its competitors in keeping it squeaky clean.

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What's the story?

TOP POP 2 boasts that it's a collection of \"chart toppers carefully selected for kids of all ages.\" But it's certainly up for discussion whether every song is a chart topper and just how appropriate songs are for all ages. For example, in \"Rock Your Body,\" Justin Timberlake's original lyrics, \"Better have you naked by the end of this song\" have been sufficiently scubbed to \"Gonna have you dancin' by the end of this song.\" But then why has the reference to \"Miss J's big butt\" in \"Intuition\" been left in, or the hint of unwed pregnancy in \"Sk8ter Boi\"?

Is it any good?

Some folks might dispute that every song is a chart topper, while others might complain that the selection could have been a bit more sanitized. Certainly the lyrics, while cleaned up on some tracks, remain objectionable on others.

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