Music: Kidz Bop

For extra credit, compare and contrast this with the bizarre modern phenomenon where the Kidz Bop munchkins put smiley faces on wrist-slitting fare like "Bring Me To Life."

Kidz Bop is a CD series of pop song covers performed by kids. Currently on the 27th CD of their main series, Kidz Bop has also released several special collection CDs.

This series contains the following tropes:

  • Age Inappropriate Art: A short list of songs that have been featured within that make you go "What the hell were they thinking, putting that in there?!":
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Maybe not to the extremes of some mainstream little-girl groups like Play, but to some extent the outfits the preteen girls wear in the dance-along videos border on too revealing.
  • Bowdlerize: Kidz Bop does this to songs that originally have anything relating to substance abuse, alcohol, violence or sex in their lyrics in order to make them more kid friendly. This makes their song choices interesting, to say the least. Even lyrics of more innocent forms of love are edited. Many of the songs listed above also mention what was changed.
    • Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" changes "Kissed my lips" to "Held my hand."
    • Bowling for Soup's "1985" leaves in the Prozac but changes "Shake that ass" to "Shake it fast." (Ironically, this version is less censored than the version Bowling For Soup created specifically for Radio Disney.)
    • There is a common joke on how Kidz Bop's rendition of "Hot in Herre" by Nelly would go:
    It's getting hot in here
    So put on some cool clothes
    I am getting so hot
    I'm gonna put a fan on
    • Their cover of Lady Gaga'snote  "Born This Way" is a particularly notable example where they manage to completely strip away the entire meaning of the song by editing out references to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, along with references to "being different", which kills the song's themes of standing out in a society that preaches being different, but really wants everyone to be alike.
    • The only change made to Psy's "Gangnam Style" (aside from the removal of the first line in each verse) can be heard in the commercial itself. "HEEEEEEEEEY, HEY LADY!" At least they have an actual Korean kid singing the lyrics.
    • A bizarre aversion in their version of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy". "I can die when I'm done" is left in, but very minor changes, such as "I wanna be like that" becoming "I wanna be just like that" and "it looked like fun" becoming "it seemed like fun", are made.
    • Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" changes the bottle of Jack line to "And then I go pack". Also, "Tiiiiiippssssy" gets changed to "siiiiilllly".
    • Kevin Rudolf's "Let It Rock" changes "Stuck his middle finger to the world" to "Raised his hand & waved it to the world".
    • Len's "Steal My Sunshine": "Karen! I love you!" gets changed to "Kid! I love you!"
    • Weezer's "Beverly Hills": "Crap" gets changed to "Junk", but strangely not on their later cover of "50 Ways to Say Goodbye".
    • The Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up": "Boys call you sexy" gets changed to "Boys call you crazy" because the word sexy wasn't appropriate for the Kidz Bop Kids.
    • Fergie's "Glamorous" from 12: "If you ain't got no money take your broke ass home" gets changed to "If you ain't got no money, take your broke self home"
    • Christina Aguilera's "Not Myself Tonight": "If you don't like it, fuck you!" get changed to "If you don't like it, boo hoo".
    • will.i.am and Britney Spears' "Scream and Shout": "Britney, bitch" gets changed to "Kidz Bop Kids".
    • Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" from 15: "Yeah you PMS / Like a bitch, I would know" gets changed to "Yeah you change your mind / Like a girl, I would know". "California Gurls" from 18: "Sippin' gin and juice" gets changed to "Sippin' on a juice", and "Tryína creep a little sneak peek" gets changed to "Tryiní to act a little crazy". Also in this chorus line, "Daisy Dukes, bikinis on top" wasn't appropriate for the Kidz Bop Kids. So they used "Fine, fresh, fierce We got it on lock" two times in the chorus. "Firework" from 19: "Six feet under" gets changed to "Yeah, put under" because they knew "Six feet under" was too inappropriate. "The One That Got Away" from 21: "On my 18th birthday, we got matching tattoos" gets changed to "When it was my birthday, you brought me some balloons". "Dark Horse" from 26: "Make me your Aphrodite" gets changed to "Make me your one and only"
    • Pitbull and Ke$ha's "Timber": The first verse wasn't used just because they knew the words "booty" and "sexy" were not appropriate, and Miley Cyrus was mentioned in this song. Also "Order me another round" gets changed to "Dance with me, weíre going round".
    • One Direction's "Live While We're Young" from 23: "Come on and let me sneak you out" gets changed to "Come on and let me take you out". Also this chorus line "Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy 'till we see the sun" gets changed to "Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy dancing in the sun", and "Tonight, let's get some" gets changed to "Tonight let's have fun". "Story of My Life" from 26: "She told me in the morning/She donít feel the same about us in her bones" gets changed to "She told me in the hallway/She donít feel the same about us in her bones".
    • Icona Pop's "I Love It": "I threw your shit into a bag" gets changed to "I threw your stuff into a bag", "Youíre from the 70s, but Iím a 90s bitch!" gets changed to "Youíre from the 70s, but Iím a Kidz Bop kid!", "I crashed my car into the bridge" gets changed to "I drove your car across the bridge." The first two edit is straight from the radio edit, and the second is edited to "a 90s kid".
    • Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" has changed some words in this song: "I'm gonna pop some tags" gets changed to "I'm gonna rock some tags" because they knew pop was too inappropriate. "This is fucking awesome" gets changed to "This is really awesome", "Walk up to the club like ĎWhat up I got a big cock?í" gets changed to "Walk up to the club like ĎWhat up I got a hit song?í", "Piiisssssss" get changed to "Ewwwwww" and "I'm in this big ass coat" gets changed to "I'm in this real big coat". "Can't Hold Us" from 24: "We'll fight 'til it's over" gets changed to "We'll dance 'til it's over" and "But thatís what you get when Wu-Tang raised you" gets changed to "But thatís what you get when Kidz Bop raised you".
    • Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me" from 23: "Yo, JB!" gets changed to "Yo, KB!" "Beauty and the Beat" from 24: "Baby, do it like you do" gets changed to "Baby, dance it like you do", and "Body rock, girl I feel your body rock" gets changed to "Really rock, girl I can see you really rock"
    • Anna Kendrick's "Cups (Pitch Perfectís When Iím Gone)": "Two bottles of whiskey for the way" gets changed to "I got my memories for the way" and "Two quarts of ice cream for the way"
    • Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound": "Even if we're six feet underground" gets changed to "Even if we're sofa underground". Once again, they knew "six feet under" was too inappropriate for this.
    • Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It" from 24: "This love will be the death of me / But I know Iíll die happily" gets changed to "This love will be the best of me / But I know Iíll live happily"
    • Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" from 26: And everyone in line for the bathroom / Tryiní to get a line in the bathroom" gets changed to "And everyone in line for the bathroom / Man I really gotta use the bathroom".
    • The Lumineers' "Ho Hey": "All the blood that I would bleed" gets changed to "All the love that I would need".
    • Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" from 24: "Hotter than a fantasy, lonely like a highway" gets changed to "Hotter than a summer day, lonely like a highway"
    • Pitbull and Christina Aguilera's "Feel This Moment": "Meet and greet, nice to meet ya" gets changed to "Kidz Bop Kids, nice to meet ya".
    • Taylor Swift's "22" from 24: "To fall in love with strangers" gets changed to "To dance along to Kidz Bop".
    • Jessie J's "Domino" from 22: "I'm feeling sexy and free" gets changed to "I'm feeling happy and free", "Dirty dancing in the moonlight, take me down like I'm a domino" gets changed to "Now weíre dancing in the moonlight, knock me down like I'm a domino".
    • Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" from 22: "If I took you home, itíd be a home run" gets changed to "If I took you out, it would be such fun", and "Round up baby tilt the freaky show" gets changed to "Round up baby to the Kidz Bop show".
    • Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" from 17: "Snap, snap, to that shit on the radio" gets changed to "Stop, stop, that song on the radio". "Telephone" from 18: "And I cannot text you with my drink in my hand, eh?" gets changed to "And I cannot text you when Iím going to dance, ay", and "Out in the club and I'm sippin that bubb / And you're not gonna reach my telephone" gets changed to "Out in the club and I'm eating that grub / And you're not gonna reach my telephone". "Alejandro" from 18: "Donít want to kiss / Donít want too much / Just smoke my cigarette and hush" gets changed to "Donít want to miss / Donít want too much / Just walk away from me and hush", and "But her boyfriend's like a friend, just like a friend". "Born This Way" from 20: "A different lover is not a sin" gets changed to "A different viewpoint is not a sin".
    • Cascada's "Evacuate The Dancefloor": "'Cause it feels like a overdose" gets changed to "'Cause it feels like itís really close", and "This beat is killing me" gets changed to "This beat is moving me".
    • Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are" from 19: "I can kiss her all day if she lets me" gets changed to "I can watch her all day if she lets me". "The Lazy Song" from 20: "Meet a really nice girl/Have some really nice sex/And she's going to scream out, 'This is great, oh my God, this is great." gets changed to "Meet a really nice girl, send a really nice text. And she's gonna write back, You're so great OMG you're so great!"
    • LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem": "SHAKE THAT!" gets changed to "DANCE THAT!"
    • Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" from 18: "Like a Virgin, youíre Madonna" gets changed to "Like a popstar, youíre Madonna". "Drive By" from 22: "Oh but that one night, Was more than just right" gets changed to "Oh but that one day, Was more than OK".
    • Bastille's "Pompeii": "The rubble or our sins?" gets changed to "The rubble or our wins?"
    • Justin Timberlake's "Not a Bad Thing" from 26: "When someone cuts your heart open with a knife/Now youíre bleeding" gets changed to "When someone breaks your heart open with a lot[?]/Now youíre hurting".
    • John Legend's "All of Me": "Love your curves and all your edges" gets changed to "Love your words and all your edges", thus stripping away a reference to loving women no matter what their shapes or sizes are.
    • Paramore's "Ain't it Fun" from 26: "You can ring anybodyís bell to get what you want" gets changed to "You can ring anybodyís cell to get what you want". What, was "bell" not modern enough?
    • Lorde's "Team" from 26: "So all the cups got broke" gets changed to "So the dishes got broke". Also "blood stains" gets changed to "grass stains". And "Grey Goose" gets changed to "Gold Goose".
    • OneRepublic's "All the Right Moves" from 18: "Over the world is death" gets changed to "Over the world that's lead". "Counting Stars" from 26: "I feel something so right by doing the wrong thing" gets changed to "I feel something so right by doing the right thing".
    • Ed Sheeran's "Sing" from 26: "And then she handed me a bottle of water with tequila" gets changed to "And then she handed me a bottle of water, said Ďnice to meet yaí".
    • Beyonce's "Single Ladies" from 18: "Iím up on him, he up on me / Donít pay him any attention Ö Donít be mad once you see that he want it" gets changed to "Iím into him, heís into me / Donít pay him any attention Ö Donít be mad once you see that heís into it".
    • The Script's "Breakeven": "Just prayed to a God that I donít believe in" gets changed to "Just prayiní to a thing that I donít believe in".
    • B.o.B. and Bruno Mars' "Nothin' on You": "And you wild when you ainít got nothiní on / haha" gets changed to "And you out when you ainít got anyone".
    • P!nk's: "So What" from 15: "And you're a tool" gets changed to "And you're a fool".
    • Kelly Clarkson's "Never Again" from 12: "I hope when youíre in bed with her, you think of me" gets changed to "I hope when youíre out with her, you think of me." "Stronger" from 22: "You now the bed feels warmer sleeping here alone" gets changed to "You know the light feels better sitting here alone".
    • Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe": "I beg and borrow and steal" gets changed by "I beg and borrow and feel".
    • Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight, Tonight" from 20: "I woke up with a strange tattoo" gets changed to "I woke up with a strange hairdo".
    • fun.'s "Some Nights": "Oh, Lord, I'm still not sure what I stand for oh" gets changed to "Oh no, I'm still not sure what I stand for oh", and "Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?" gets changed to "Who the heck wants to be alone all dried up in the desert sun?"
    • Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding's "I Need Your Love" from 25: "I feel so high" gets changed to "I feel so good".
    • Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" is generally thought of as being about a sniper about to shoot his target. While "Take Me Out" could mean "take me out on a date" in theory, the rest of the lyrics ("I'm just a crosshair / I'm just a shot then we can die" is clearly about an assassination.
    • Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy actually called them on this, preventing "Dance, Dance" from being used for Kidz Bop 10 due to its sexual undertones.
    • Hinder's "Lips of an Angel" and Buckcherry's "Sorry" have really strong lyrics. Saving Abel and Kardinal Offishall should be thanking God that "Addicted" and "Dangerous" weren't on Kidz Bop 15.
    • Bruno Mars should be counting his blessings that Kidz Bop 19 and 20 passed over "Grenade". (His first hit, "Just The Way You Are," was kid-friendly enough for 19 and was a near-lock for the album the whole time, which greatly seemed to affect "Grenade"'s chances.) "The Lazy Song" did make it in, but instead of using the media-friendly version that skips over the entire line about him having sex with some girl he just met, they change it to him sending her text messages and her writing back. "Locked Out of Heaven" made it into 23, though "Sex" was changed to "Love". "When I Was Your Man" seemed all but certain to make it onto 24, but surprisingly, it got snubbed. Thankfully 26 skipped "Young Girls".
    Meet a really nice girl send her some really nice texts
    And she's gonna write back "you're so great" (OMG you're so great) Yea-aah
    • The people at Kidz Bop weren't smart enough to know what LMFAO stands for before they covered "Party Rock Anthem" on Kidz Bop 21. Or They Just Didn't Care (they didn't spell out their name). In fact, it's the very first song on the album! (Good thing "Sexy and I Know It" wasn't on "22".)
    • Nicki Minaj's "Fly" was on "21", and "Starships" was on "22". The latter song starts off immediately with "Have a thing, clink. Have a good night." "Higher than a motherfucker" gets changed to "We're Kidz Bop and we're taking over." (They could have used the Glee version, "Higher than any other," but they knew the word "higher" was too inappropriate for it.)
    • "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 might actually be worse after being Bowdlerized.
  • Celebrity Star: Sean Kingston appeared on 14 to sing "Take You There" with the Kidz Bop Kids.
  • Child Popstar: The best known example in 21st century America.
  • The Cover Changes The Meaning: Many of the Bowdlerized versions of the songs have their meaning changed pretty drastically. Especially any songs that are centered about drug use or drinking.
  • Long Runner: They've released 27 CDs since first starting in 2001.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: As the entry for Age Inappropriate Art points out, there are plenty of songs with dark themes that were already Lyrical Dissonance... and this version winds up even cheerier sounding.
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